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Shea Butter continues to be a hot additive for the cosmetics industry. So many people ask me at craft shows, “What is Shea Butter?”

So the short answer I give at shows is: Shea Butter is a moisturizer produced from a tree grown in Africa. They take the fruit from the tree, remove the nut/seed from the fruit and "cook" or render it into a butter. It is what African women have used for centuries to moisturize.

It is transdermal and soaks down into the layers of your skin. It does not just sit on the skin and feel “moist”--it actually soaks in and conditions your skin. It is also known as a healing oil for these reasons and is thought to help in these skin conditions:

  1. Itchy or dry skin
  2. Skin rash
  3. Sunburn or peeling skin after a burn
  4. Blemishes and wrinkles
  5. Small skin wounds or cracks
  6. Shave cream for a silky smooth shave
  7. Tough, rough calloused skin (like on feet)
  8. Cold weather and frost bite
  9. Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
  10. Insect bites and skin allergies like poison ivy
  11. Healthy skin
  12. Muscle fatigue, aches and pains
  13. Before and after strenuous exercise
  14. Eczema
  15. Psoriasis
  16. Dermatitis

And now I am introducing our new Filtered Natural Unrefined Shea Butter! This is the shea butter with more of the goodies in it and I am thrilled to have found a supplier that offers the quality I have come to expect in an unrefined product. Why UN-refined? Won't it be dirty, unsanitary and BAD? Nope, refining often removes or alters what starts out to be a perfectly wonderful natural product, but, in the process of deodorizing and cleaning it up, you lose many of those naturally occurring benefits.

This Shea Butter is light yellow/green in color, has a slightly nutty, smoky odor and is imported from West Africa. It is smooth, creamy and has been naturally processed to give the best resulting product while retaining all the benefits of the natural product.

 If you ever feel any "graininess" it is actually one of the seven fatty acids in the shea butter that melts a little slower than the others. This one "bumpy" fatty acid is commonly removed when shea butter is refined, but, in this product all the good stuff is left in tact. So, if your lip balms or lotions feel any differently…don't worry…it's more good stuff soaking into your skin.

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