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Herbal Butters & Herbal Waxes
& Shea Nut Oil

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

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  • Shea Butter Herbal Description
  • Shea Butter Herbal Uses
  • Shea Butter Recipe
  • Shea Butter Dosage Information
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    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.


    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.

    The Shea Butter available from 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.


    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.


    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 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 ageing.
    • 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.

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    At room temperature, Shea Butter is semi-soft and solid. However, the melting point of Shea Butter is 89 to 95 degrees 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 Essential Oil 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 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. Apply with Cocoa Butter and / or Elastin Cream topically as directed on the product label. These substances are very good for stretch marks.

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  • 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.

      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 degrees

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

    The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.



  • Basic Body Butter Recipe

  • Soothing Lip Balm Recipe



    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.



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

    Those with serious or persistent skin problems, such as eczema, should consult a health care provider before using Shea Butter. Shea Butter and Shea Nut Oil is not recommended by those with nut allergies.


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