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MoonDragon's Health & Wellness
Nutrition Basics

Herbs
SHEA BUTTER
& Shea Nut Herbal Oil

Karite Nut Tree, African Shea Tree, Mangifolia Tree
(Butyrospermum Parkii)





  • Shea Nut Description
  • Shea Nut Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Shea Nut Dosage Information
  • Shea Nut Safety & Interaction Information
  • Shea Nut Herbal Oil & Herbal Products





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    SHEA BUTTER DESCRIPTION

    Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) is a slightly yellowish or ivory-colored fat product of the oil by cold pressing extraction of the fruits (nuts or seeds) of the Karite Nut tree (also known as the African Shea Tree; Mangifolia tree; Vitellaria paradoxa). These trees are found in the savannahs of central Africa. It is followed by a full refining process. During the pressing of the butter, a liquid fraction appears as Shea Oil which offers an exceptional skin feel.

    The traditional method of preparing unrefined Shea Butter consists of the following steps:
    • Separating / Cracking: The outer pulp of the fruit is removed. When dry, the nut, which is the source of Shea Butter, must be separated from the outer shell. This is a social activity, traditionally done by Women Elders and young girls who sit on the ground and break the shells with small rocks.

    • Crushing: To make the Shea nuts into butter, they must be crushed. Traditionally, this is done with mortars and pestles. It requires lifting the pestles and grinding the nuts into the mortars to crush the nuts so they can be roasted.

    • Roasting: The crushed nuts are then roasted in huge pots over open, wood fires. The pots must be stirred constantly with wooden paddles so the butter does not burn. The butter is heavy and stirring it is hot, smoky work, done under the sun. This is where the slight, smoky smell of traditional shea butter originates.

    • Grinding: The roasted shea nuts are ground into a smoother paste, water is gradually added and the paste is mixed well by hand.
    • Separating the Oils: The paste is kneaded by hand in large basins and water is gradually added to help separate out the butter oils. As they float to the top, the butter oils, which are in a curd state, are removed and excess water squeezed out. The butter oil curds are then melted in large open pots over slow fires. A period of slow boiling will remove any remaining water, by evaporation.

    • Collecting & Shaping: The Shea Butter, which is creamy or golden yellow at this point, is ladled from the top of the pots and put in cool places to harden. Then it is formed into balls.

    • Industrially, a mechanical sheller such as the Universal Nut Sheller may be used, although controversy over its usability with shea nuts is reported in that article. The refined butter may be extracted with chemicals such as hexane, or by clay filtering.

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    CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

    A classification system for Shea Butter has been suggested, separating it into five grades: A (raw or unrefined, extracted using water), B (refined), C (highly refined and extracted with solvents such as hexane), D (lowest uncontaminated grade), E (with contaminants). Commercial grades are A, B, C. The color of raw (grade A) butter ranges from cream (like whipped butter) to grayish yellow, and it has a nutty aroma which is removed in the other grades. Grade C is pure white[citation needed] While the level of vitamin content can be affected by refining, up to 95 percent of vitamin content can remain in refined grades (i.e. grade C) of shea butter while reducing contamination levels to non-detectable levels.

    COMPOSITION & PROPERTIES

    Shea Butter extract is a complex fat that contains, besides many nonsaponifiable components (substances that cannot be fully converted into soap by treatment with alkali), the following fatty acids:
    • Oleic Acid (40 to 60%)
    • Stearic Acid (20 to 50%)
    • Linoleic Acid (3 to 11%)
    • Palmitic Acid (2 to 9%)
    • Linolenic Acid (less than1%)
    • Arachidic Acid (less than 1%)

    Shea is well known to assist cutaneous dryness, dermatitis and dermatoses, eczema, solar erythema and burns. Shea butter melts at body temperature and absorbs rapidly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling.

    Shea Butter contains vitamins A and E, and cinnamic acid. Cinnamic acid provides protection against ultraviolet rays. Using Shea Butter cream daily can reduce sun exposure to the face and body, and offer a natural barrier of protection against smoke, smog and other environmental pollutants in the air, which all contribute to aging skin. Shea Butter can help prevent sun allergies and promote cell regeneration and capillary circulation. It also has been shown to have anti-inflammatory capabilities.


    SHEA BUTTER (UNREFINED) PROFILE

  • Botanical Name: Butyrospermum parkii
  • Origin: Ghana
  • Extraction: Expeller Pressed / Unrefined
  • Shelf Life: 1 Year Optimal
  • Notes: Because of its raw state, the scent of this butter is quite odoriferous and may alter your products aroma, albeit slightly. It is also of a pliable nature and can be directly applied to the skin. To prolong its shelf life, store in a dark, cool location.


  • SPECIFICATIONS
      Color- Cream with Yellow Hint
      Odor- Nutty with a pleasant aroma
      Free Fatty Acids- 0.03%
      Peroxide Value- 0.2
      Non-Saponifiables- Less Than 6%
      Saponification Value- 184
      Iodine Value- 59.9
      Total Saturated- 39-60
      Total Monounsaturated- 40-48
      Total Polyunsaturated- 4-10
      Melting Point- 89-95°F

    FATTY ACIDS
      Oleic- 60.5%
      Palmitic- 5.0%
      Linoleic- 7.9%
      Stearic- 45.24%

    Shea Butter is becoming increasingly popular in the natural bodycare and cosmetic industries for good reason. It has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties, where it has been used to protect and condition skin which has been damaged by the sun and wind.

    GRADES OF SHEA BUTTER:

    The Shea Butter sold by Mountain Rose Herbs is completely raw, unrefined and having a thick and often nutty aroma. Many companies use bleaches, deodorizers, or chemicals to alter the scent and appearance of Shea Butter. It is important to not purchase Shea Butter that has been altered in this way, as these processing methods deplete the product of its healing and medicinal properties, and also destroy the vitamins and minerals naturally present in Shea Butter. Shea Butter naturally has a cream color, and a distinctive scent which may not appeal to some. However, after applying Shea Butter to the skin, the scent lessens in strength. If you have been purchasing Shea Butter without the characteristic scent, then you have not been purchasing good quality Shea Butter.

    EXTRACTION METHODS:

    The majority of Shea Butter is prepared by hand in small villages across western Africa. Shea Butter processing is historically done by village women, and the method which they use has been passed down to them through their elders. The Shea Butter sold by Mountain Rose Herbs is processed in the traditional way in a village in Ghana . Because of the money earned by the women, the village has been able to afford basic necessities, such as schools, clinics, and clean water. To produce Shea Butter, the nuts are first picked from the Shea Tree and cracked, grilled, and pounded by hand. They are then boiled in water until the oil rises to the surface of the kettle. This oil is then scooped into gourds, where it is allowed to cool. Once that the oil has cooled, it thickens into a butter-like consistency. This Shea Butter is then packaged and shipped, providing us with a pure, high quality, and genuine product.

    BENEFITS:

    Shea Butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A, E, and F, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A and E help to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin. They also provide skin collagen which assists with wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Vitamin F contains essential fatty acids, and helps protect and revitalize damaged skin and hair. Shea Butter is an intense moisturizer for dry skin, and is a wonderful product for revitalizing dull or dry skin on the body or scalp. It promotes skin renewal, increases the circulation, and accelerates wound healing. It is also beneficial for the treatment of many different conditions, such as:
    • Dry skin
    • Stretch marks
    • Itchy skin, skin rashes, Eczema, and Dermatitis
    • Sunburn
    • Small skin wounds
    • Damaged skin
    • Rough skin (such as on feet)
    • Insect bites
    • Muscle aches, fatigue, and tension
    • Wrinkles and signs of aging
    • Chapped skin from cold weather
    • Dry or over processed hair
    • Diaper rash
    • Skin allergies
    • Frost bite

    In addition, Shea Butter offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF-6), and may be incorporated into natural sunscreen recipes. Because of its soothing nature, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating effects, it is a perfect ingredient to incorporate into your bodycare recipes and skin care regime. It is also wonderful to use in the summer as a moisturizer before and after sun exposure to reduce possibility of the skin peeling or becoming dried out.

    USING SHEA BUTTER:

    At room temperature, Shea Butter is semi-soft and solid. However, the melting point of Shea Butter is 89 to 95°F and it will melt readily once applied to the skin. Since Shea Butter absorbs so quickly, it immediately relieves dry and irritated skin. There are many different uses for Shea Butter, below are some of the ways in which Shea Butter may be used:
    • May be easily incorporated into Lotions, Creams, and Body Butters.
    • Add a spoonful to your bath water for a luxurious and healing experience. Especially helpful for those with dry or itchy skin, or sore muscles. Try adding Lavender or Chamomile essential oil as well, or an herbal infusion made from soothing herbs.
    • In massage, Shea Butter is beneficial for overexerted muscles or for dry, chapped skin. If the odor is too strong, warm the butter slightly over a double boiler, and add essential oils.
    • In soaps, Shea Butter has a conditioning effect. Try incorporating Shea Butter into your handmade soap recipes.
    • Massaged into the scalp for dry scalp symptoms and to stimulate hair growth.
    • Use during pregnancy to keep the skin supple, and to prevent stretch marks. It may also be used after giving birth to reduce stretch marks.

    PRECAUTIONS:

    Those with serious or persistent skin problems, such as eczema, should consult a health care practitioner or dermatologist before using Shea Butter. Not recommended by those with nut allergies.


    The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs: Shea Butter, Certified Organic, Bulk Cosmetic & Skin Butters. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.
    SHEA NUT OIL PROFILE

  • Botanical Name: Butyrospermum parkii
  • Origin: Africa
  • Extraction: Expeller Pressed / Refined
  • Shelf Life: 2 Years Recommended
  • Kosher Certified: No
  • Notes: Stores well under any condition but extreme heat will lessen the shelf life. The Shea oil is obtained as a fractionated "by-product" of Shea butter and it comes directly from the seed where the liquid oleins are removed from the thicker stearines. As a result this product has a fairly thick consistency. For cosmetic use only.


  • SPECIFICATIONS
      Color- Cream
      Odor- Characteristic / Flat
      Free Fatty Acids- 0.06%
      Peroxide Value- 1.9
      Non-Saponifiables-
      Saponification Value- 183.4
      Iodine Value- 63.1
      Specific Gravity- 1.46
      pH- 4.22

    FATTY ACIDS
      Oleic- 73.15%
      Palmitic- 4.0%
      Linoleic- 13.7%
      Alpha-Linolenic- 0.33%
      Stearic- 8.5%



    The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs: Shea Nut Oil, Bulk Organic Carrier & Vegetable Oils. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.




    SKIN MOISURIZING BUTTER PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Cocoa, Illipe, Kokum, Mango, & Shea Butters

    Cocoa Butter: An aromatic solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and further processed to yield a warm color and delightful odor. Will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items to help reduce cutaneous dryness and for the improvement of skin elasticity. A soothing ingredient commonly found in most cosmetic preparations and now fair trade certified.

    Illipe Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from whole Illipe nuts (Shorea stenoptera) this exotic butter adds regenerative and moisturizing properties to your handmade creations. Illipe butter is renowned for its incredible moisturizing properties and its ability to restore elasticity to the skin. It is quite comparable to cocoa butter in its constituents, and is beneficial for the treatment of numerous skin and hair disorders.

    Kokum Butter: A highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product.

    Mango Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. Mango Butter has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin, and is very similar in color and texture as cocoa butter making it an exotic and fun alternative for toiletry products. Great source of essential fatty acids.

    Shea Butter:This raw unrefined butter is derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, our certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. Our shea butter is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor.





    SHEA NUT USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    For thousands of years, Shea Butter has been used for a multitude of skin ailments including dermatitis, cracks, crevices, eczema, rashes, severely dry skin, psoriasis, and skin ulcers. It also works well as a balm for minor burns, muscle aches, and rheumatism. Shea Butter also helps wounds heal more quickly, lessen the effects of scars, and daily use can help prevent stretch marks. Massage therapists prefer Shea Butter when giving massages because of its non-greasy feel and emollient properties.

    Since Shea contains essential fatty acids, it makes a great conditioner and moisturizer for skin and hair. That is why this butter is so commonly used in soaps, lotions, and skin creams. In addition to daily skin hydration, shea is also a useful treatment for dry, tight, and cracked skin. Shea butter is mainly used in cosmetics, such as lip gloss moisturizer creams and emulsions, and hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair. It is also used by soap makers, typically in small amounts (5 to 7 percent of the oils in the recipe), because of its property of leaving a small amount of oil in the soap.

    In Africa, Shea Butter is used for cooking oil, as a waterproofing wax, for hairdressing, for candle-making, and also as an ingredient in medicinal ointments. It is also used by makers of traditional African percussion instruments to increase the durability of wood (such as carved djembe shells), dried calabash gourds, and leather tuning traps.

    Shea Butter is used as a base for medicinal ointments. Some of the isolated chemical constituents are reported to have anti-inflammatory, emollient and humectant properties. Shea Butter has been used as a sunblocking lotion and has a limited capacity to absorb ultraviolet radiation.

    In Ghana, Shea Butter, locally known as nkuto (Akan) or nku (Ga) is used as lotion to protect the skin during the dry Harmattan season. In Nigeria Shea Butter is used for the management of sinusitis and relief of nasal congestion. It is also massaged into joints and other parts of the body where pain is experienced. Many producers of Shea Butter also claim it is useful in treating:
    • Sunburns.
    • Mild skin rashes.
    • Diaper rash.
    • Minor burns.
    • Mild skin irritations.
    • Stretch marks, such as those associated with pregnancy.
    • Itchy skin.
    • Dry scalp.
    • Eczema.
    • Dry or damaged hair.
    • Shaving or razor irritation.
    • Skin aging.
    • Superficial wounds.
    • Calluses and rough patches.

    BASIC BODY BUTTER RECIPE

    Ingredients:
    Instructions

    Do no use both Shea and Cocoa Butter. Cocoa Butter will make a slightly harder bar, Shea Butter will make a slightly softer bar.

    Add Beeswax, Carrier Oil of choice and Butter of choice to a microwave safe container. A Pyrex Measuring Glass works best for cleanup purposes. Melt in 20 second increments until all is melted. Stir well. Add Fragrance of Essential Oil, and stir well.

    Pour in a Melt & Pour Soap mold, Push Up Stick, or Deodorant Container and let harden overnight.

    This recipe can also be used for Lip Balm, by using a Skin-Safe Flavor Oil instead of the Fragrance of Essential Oil.



    SOOTHING LIP BALM RECIPE

    Ingredients
      Flavoring
      Vitamin E Oil
      0.5 oz. Shea Butter
      0.5 oz Calendula Infused Oil
      1 oz Cocoa Butter
      1 oz Green Tea Infused Olive Oil
      2 oz Beeswax

    Instructions

    Melt beeswax in a glass measuring cups. When melted add cocoa butter and shea butter. Heat just until melted. Add slightly warmed olive oil and calendula infused oil.

    If needed, slightly reheat. Add flavoring, stir.

    Pour into lip balm tubes or pots. This lip balm may be helpful in healing cold sores with in a few days of use.





    SHEA BUTTER DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Shea Butter and Oil comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions. Use from 3 to 20 percent in creams and lotions, soaps and balms, or 100 percent as a moisturizing serum or massage oil. There is no doubt that shea products, namely butters, can make the skin more supple and smooth. Apply body butter to your skin in areas that are especially susceptible to dryness, like the elbows and knees, for long-lasting hydration.

    The butter from Shea is available in its raw or cold pressed form, as well as in refined and highly refined forms. You can use it alone, but it is also an ingredient in dozens of health and beauty products. In its pure form, Shea has a bland, but not unpleasant, scent. Other scents may be added to the raw form in order to make it more enjoyable to use, although it works very well without them. Shea Butter works well when blended in:
    • Hand and body lotion.
    • Baby lotion.
    • Body wash.
    • Bar soap.
    • Liquid hand soap.
    • Body scrub.
    • In-shower moisturizing lotions or creams.
    • Bath soaks.
    • Foot creams.
    • Massage and bottle oil.
    • Lip balm.
    • Shampoo.
    • Hair conditioner.
    • Leave-in conditioner.
    • Hair serum.
    • Body sprays.
    • Anti-aging complexes and serums.
    • Body butters.
    • Lip butters.





    SHEA BUTTER SAFETY & INTERACTION INFORMATION

    Shea Butter is intended for external use only. There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Shea Butter when used as recommended.




    SHEA NUT HERBAL & OIL PRODUCTS

  • Shea Butter Herbal Products

  • Shea Nut Herbal Oil Products


  • QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS



    SHEA NUT HERBAL OIL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Shea Butter, Certified Organic, Bulk Cosmetic & Skin Butters
    This raw unrefined butter is derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, our certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. Our shea butter is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Shea Nut Oil, Bulk Organic Carrier & Vegetable Oils
    A beautiful oil with a deep golden color which is delivered to us from cold pressing the nut seed of the Shea (Karite) Tree. Shea oil is a byproduct of Shea butter production where the pressing of the seeds produces a fractionated oil. This oil leaves a smooth and healthy feel to the skin and offers benefits for numerous skin problems including dermatitis, eczema, burns, cutaneous dryness and other irritations. Highly recommended as a protective agent against harsh weather conditions where a mild barrier against the elements is desired.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS

    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, Organic, Refined, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Trinity Shea Butter, Organic, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, 8 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, Organic, Refined, 8 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, Organic, 16 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Trinity Shea Butter, 16 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, 5 gallons.
    Starwest Botanicals: Grandpa's Shea Butter Soap With Lavender & Vanilla, 3.25 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Grandpa's Sandalwood Soap With Shea & Ginseng, 3.25 oz.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Lavender Shea Cream, Organic, Organic Essence Pure Organics, 4 oz.
    Organic Lavender is famous for its relaxation properties, but did you know that it is also a stimulant? Itís a delicate balancing act that lavender can perform, which makes it ideal for any skin type and versatile for any mood. Contains Certified Organic Shea butter Certified Organic sunflower oil Certified Organic beeswax Certified Organic lavender oil Tocopherol No artificial colors,presercatives, parabens or animal testing.
    HerbsPro: Olive & Green Tea Shea Butter, Nubian Heritage, 4 oz.
    In addition to flavor and nutritional benefits, Olive Oil has been used for centuries in cosmetic treatments for body and hair. The softening, regenerative and antioxidant benefits of Olive Oil have been blended with Shea Butter to create a line of products for normal to dry skin types. These products are further enriched with vitamin rich Green Tea. Shea Butter and Olive Oil regulate moisture and soften skin while the anti-aging and antioxidant properties of Green Tea help protect the skin from dehydration, free radical damage, environment exposure and premature aging. Contains Olive oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Butter, Green Tea, Ginseng Extract. Crisp, refreshing, sweet floral musk.
    HerbsPro: Indian Hemp Shea Butter, Nubian Heritage, 4 oz.
    Combining the protective, healing and rejuvenating qualities of Hemp Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, this collection provides benefits to all skin typesand problem skin. Naturally antiseptic and antibacterial Neem Oil, traditionally used to treat skin orders, helps heal and balance problem areas as Vetiver, the oil of tranquility, relaxes and comforts. Protects, heals, rejuvenates and balances skin; relaxing and comforting to the skin. Contains Shea Butter, Hemp Seed oil, Neem oil, Vetiver, Vitamin B-5. Natural aroma that is herbal and exotic floral.
    HerbsPro: Shea Butter Lotion, Now Foods, 4 oz. Tube
    Shea Butter Lotion has a rich, luxurious texture that penetrates deep to condition and moisturize every type of skin, regardless of tone or texture. As a natural derivative of the karite tree that grows in Western and Central Africa. Shea Butter Lotion is a wonderful emollient that is perfect for daily use. It has a warm, subtle aroma that is both light and pleasant, and works well on both light and dark complexions. Apply a liberal amount of this citrus scented lotion to the body as often as needed to maintain a healthy balance of water and oil in the skin. Use daily for best results.
    HerbsPro: Shea Butter Intensive Moisturizer, Raw, Organic, Nourish, 5.5 oz.
    For centuries, shea nut trees have been harvested for their exotic, rich butter, which offers skin nutritional benefits. Soothing and smoothing intensive care. Natures gift for dry, cracked, or irritated skin all over the body (including lips, elbows, feet, heels, and hands), dermatitis, minor burns, stretch marks, chapping. Fragrance-free.
    HerbsPro: Shea Butter Body Cream, Desert Essence, 6 oz.
    Shea Butter Body Cream hydrates, supports, and soothes dry or sensitive skin while protecting from harsh elements. Apply to entire body as needed throughout the day. Especially effective if used when the skin is damp after bathing.
    HerbsPro: Shea Butter, Now Foods, 7 oz.
    100% Pure Shea Butter has a rich, luxurious texture that penetrates deep to condition and moisturize every type of skin, regardless of tone or texture. As a natural derivative of the karite trees that grow in Western and Central Africa, pure Shea Butter is a wonderful emollient that's perfect for daily use sealing in moisture for dry, cracked skin. It has a warm, subtle aroma that is both light and pleasant, and works well on both light and dark complexions. Gently apply Shea Butter as desired to skin while paying close attention to dry or chapped areas. Contains no fillers, preservatives, additives, or artificial colors. No solvents are used during extraction and is guaranteed to be 100% natural.
    HerbsPro: Raw Shea Butter Lotion, Nubian Heritage, 8 fl. oz.
    The Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter Collection are recipes of essential vitamins, skin and hair-nourishing ingredients, including Vitamins E and B-5, Soy Milk, Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Macadamia Seed Oil. The unique formulas are infused with a special essential oil blend of Frankincense, Myrrh, Cardamom, Ginger and Black Pepper that adds an aromatic experience and skin-healing properties. Frankincense is known for its toning and anti-aging properties and adds aroma therapeutic benefits promoting mental strength, clarity and balance while Myrrh is known as a superior cosmetic in early remedies and helps to heal chapped skin. Shea Butter in its purest form has the highest level of healing and rejuvenating properties. Soy milk and Vitamin E help to regenerate damaged tissue and promote quick healing of skin cells. Contains Shea Butter, Soy milk, Vitamin E, Frankincense and Myrrh>Healing for all skin types and sensitive skin. Natural aroma with a spicy Frankincense and Myrrh scent, for men and women.
    HerbsPro: Shea Butter Conditioner, Desert Essence, 12 fl. oz.
    Shea Butter Conditioner nourishes and detangles hair while improving shine and body. Massage a small amount into wet hair. Rinse thoroughly. Use with Desert Essence Shea Butter Shampoo for maximum benefits.
    HerbsPro: Shea Butter Lavender Body Lotion, Tamanu Oil, Mode De Vie, 16 fl. oz.
    The perfect body lotion reveals itself in glowing supple skin. Mode de Vie Shea Butter body lotion softens and nourishes the driest skin. Shea Butter is extracted from the nut of the West African Karite tree. These extracts are remarkable for their high content of unsaponifiable fats (containing stearic and oleic acids) that stimulate tissue to create its own collagen. By compensating for lipid deficiency in epidermal cells, Shea butter provides the skin with the essential fatty acids it needs to generate cell renewal. They have added Tamanu oil from Tahiti. Traditionally used for its reparative powers in promoting healthy and blemish-free skin, Tamanu penetrates deeply to nourish and restore. With these vital elements in a blend of natural vegetable oils, Mode de Vie Shea Butter body lotion works as a lipid barrier preventing transdermal moisture loss, while strengthening elasticity and restoring smoothness. Used daily, our formula heals, soothes and re-hydrates even sensitive skin.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Shea Oil & Mango Butter With Vitamin C, Nubian Heritage, 4 oz: HF
    Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Infused With Shea Oil & Vitamin C is made with certified organic ingredients. Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Infused With Shea Oil & Vitamin C contains brightening, firming and moisturizing properties. Nubian Heritage complements the moisturizing, soothing and restorative benefits of Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter and Avocado Butter with the anti-aging and regenerative properties of Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E in our Body Butter line. These vitamin rich treatments contain powerful skin hydrators to maximize moisture retention and skin suppleness. This line is highly recommended for all skin types.
    Kalyx: Shea Butter, Refined, Starwest Botanicals, 4 oz: C
    Kalyx: Shea Butter, Refined, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 4 oz: C
    Kalyx: Shea Butter, Refined, Starwest Botanicals, 8 oz: C
    Kalyx: Shea Butter, Refined, Certified Organic, 8 oz: C


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Shea Nut Herbal Oil Products
    Amazon: Shea Butter Herbal Products

  • Aromatherapy: Shea Nut Herbal Oil Information
  • Nutrition Basics: Shea Butter Herbal Information



  • SHEA BUTTER HERBAL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Shea Butter, Certified Organic, Bulk Cosmetic & Skin Butters
    This raw unrefined butter is derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, our certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. Our shea butter is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Shea Nut Oil, Bulk Organic Carrier & Vegetable Oils
    A beautiful oil with a deep golden color which is delivered to us from cold pressing the nut seed of the Shea (Karite) Tree. Shea oil is a byproduct of Shea butter production where the pressing of the seeds produces a fractionated oil. This oil leaves a smooth and healthy feel to the skin and offers benefits for numerous skin problems including dermatitis, eczema, burns, cutaneous dryness and other irritations. Highly recommended as a protective agent against harsh weather conditions where a mild barrier against the elements is desired.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS

    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, Organic, Refined, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, 8 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, Organic, Refined, 8 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter, 5 Gallons
    Starwest Botanicals: Shea Butter Soap With Lavender & Vanilla, Grandpas, 3.25 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Sandalwood Soap With Shea & Ginseng, Grandpas, 3.25 oz.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Karite-One Shea Butter, 100% Pure, Mode De Vie, 2 oz. (38606)
    HerbsPro: Whipped Shea Butter & Pomegranate, Shea Radiance, 2 oz. (84835)
    HerbsPro: Karite-One Shea Butter, 100% Pure, Mode De Vie, 4 oz. (16397)
    HerbsPro: Shea Butter Lotion, Now Foods, 4 oz. Tube (68718)
    HerbsPro: Shea Body Butter With Lavender, Aura Cacia, 4 oz. (70422)
    HerbsPro: Rainforest Pure Shea Butter, Shea Radiance, 4 oz. (95764)
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    Food for Healthy Skin USDA Organic Honestly Organic. For centuries, shea nut trees have been harvested for their exotic, rich butter, which offers skin nutritional benefits. Soothing and smoothing intensive care. Natureís gift for dry, cracked, or irritated skin all over the body (including lips, elbows, feet, heels, and hands), dermatitis, minor burns, stretch marks, chapping. Fragrance-free.
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    100% Whipped Shea Butter Hydrating Moisturizing Nourishing Original / Fragrance Free This 100% pure unrefined Shea Butter is extracted from the seed of the West African Karite Tree, known as the Tree of Life. This rare, natural butter has been treasured for centuries as it contains essential nutrients to heal, moisturize and protect all types of skin while restoring elasticity and tone. Rich and creamy, this Whipped Shea Butter is crafted with care. Fragrance free for sensitive skin. 100% Natural. Free Of Fragrance, animal testing.
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    Unrefined. Moisturizes and Softens. Organically grown. Shea butter is a natural derivative of the karate tree that grows in Western and Central Africa. Its rich, luxurious texture penetrates deep to condition and moisture all types of skin. Its wonderful emollient quality is perfect for tougher areas such as the elbows, knees and feet and can also be used as a scalp moisturizer.


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