HEAL – RENEW – PROTECT
What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is a natural oil made from compressing and boiling the fruit of the African Karite tree, found in the Savannah regions of West and Central Africa. Natural shea butter contains high quantities of vitamins A and E and is known to improve a variety of skin conditions, including wrinkles, eczema, dermatitis, and even some blemishes.
How is Shea Butter Made?
Shea nuts are rather large and resemble chestnuts. First, the nuts are dried, and then the hard outer shell is removed. The flesh inside the nut is ground down using machines or, traditionally, a mortar and pestle. Once the nut has been crushed, it is roasted. The roasted shea butter is then boiled in water. The butter floats to the top of the water and is scooped off, ready to be used. The shea butter may or may not be filtered to remove impurities.
How to store Shea Butter?
Shea Butter does not need to be refrigerated. However, over a period of two or three years, the Shea Butter will begin to lose some of its effectiveness. As the natural ingredients begin to break down, some of the healing benefits will be reduced, but the Shea Butter will continue to be an effective moisturizer. Store Shea Butter in a cool (not necessarily cold) place. If you’re going to use it within a year, you should have no problems.
Keep the shea butter in a consistent cool temperature around 50 degrees F (you can refrigerate it to make it last longer, but it will get firm from the cold). Don’t expose the shea butter to hot temperatures or sunlight (like in your car).
**IMPORTANT: Stop using products immediately if irritation occurs. Seek the advice of a Dermatologist before starting any new skin or hair product.