Amazing Benefits and Various Uses of Shea Butter

Shea Butter: Amazing Benefits and Various Uses

Shea butter is essential for natural beauty. It moisturizes, protects, and regenerates. It is used daily for the beauty and vitality of the skin and hair.

Shea butter comes from an African tree, Butyrospermum parkii. It is a naturally fatty almond present in fruits and processed that gives this product, whose many cosmetic virtues are very well known. Shea butter is popular for its moisturizing, repairing, smoothing, and softening properties. It is particularly rich in oleic acid and stearic acid. It also contains natural antioxidants (vitamins A and E), latex, and phytosterols which is important if you're using it in food. 

Phytosterols are commonly added to foods and supplements to improve heart health. These compounds are known to lower cholesterol levels by reducing cholesterol absorption in digestion. 

DID YOU KNOW shea butter is originally used for cooking and still in in parts of Africa, especially in the Sahel and West African coutries. 

Hard Shea Butter vs Whipped Shea Butter

shea butter raw What is Hard (Raw) Shea Butter?

Hard shea butter—also called unrefined or raw shea butter—is the kind that’s extracted with minimal processing, retaining its nutrients. Here is the color, smell, texture, and composition of raw unrefined shea butter:

Color: Yellow.
Smell: Light but characteristic, which evaporates about 5 minutes after application.
Texture: It is solid but smooth and soaks up well in the skin and instantly softens it.

We love shea butter for its multiple properties. It is softening, accelerates healing, nourishes the hair, bellies of pregnant women and irritated breasts of babies, fights against the harmful effects of the sun, is perfect as a lip balm, etc.

However, the rather thick texture of raw shea butter makes the application a bit difficult, which is why we always recommend mixing it with carrier oils. We suggest you transform your shea butter into an all-purpose whipped meringue, with a lush texture, that's easy to apply.

This butter, in addition to offering you the fantastic properties of shea, also combines the benefits of those carrier oils. Depending on which one you use, the finished product can be used on the body, face, hair, and more. 

The addition of essential oils is optional. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to use whipped butter on a child, check with your doctor first, or skip them altogether. If you plan to be in the sun, it is important to avoid photosensitizing essential oils, like citrus oils, which are the essential oils in all citrus fruits ie limonene in lemon essential oil. 

How to use Shea butter when it is too hard?

Shea butter naturally has a solid and hard texture at room temperature. It is possible to use shea butter by taking a small amount, using a spoon for example, and melting it in the palm of your hand before application. 

You can also combine it with other kinds of butter and oils by melting it to compose a balm or to introduce it into an emulsion as a fatty substance. 

For example, if you want to prepare a butter with a soft texture to use in massage on wet skin, we recommend a mixture of 50% shea butter and 50% liquid carrier oil of your choice. To do this, melt these 2 ingredients in a double boiler, then pour the mixture into a pot or use the handy candle warmer trick you often see us using on TikTok. 

Or you can go for whipped shea butter straight from the source!

 What is Whipped Shea Butter?

Whipped Shea Butter makes raw shea butter easier to use. Getting it out of the container and applying it becomes as easy as using body lotion. Shea butter is whipped by adding carrier oils like coconut oil, grape seed, sweet almond, MCT, safflower, avocado oil, and prepared in a way that prevents re-hardening.

Whipped shea butter is shea butter with more benefits from natural products, ultra-moisturizing texture, and easy to apply.

Shea Butter: Amazing Benefits and Uses

Shea butter deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin, but also the hair fibers. It also has a big advantage: it does not leave a greasy film during its application but actually absorbs completely because the fats in shea butter are similar to that which our sebaceous glands produce naturally. Shea butter works well with our biology making it a superior moisturizer. 

It's also a protector against UV rays.

Shea butter is particularly essential in the summer since it also soothes skin irritations, due to sunburn for instance. It also allows to prolong the tan and to help the skin to keep all its elasticity. If you do get a mild sunburn, combine melted shea butter will some fresh aloe gel for a daily healing salve that will soothe the burn and promote quicker healing of the skin. 

Shea butter shows daily benefits, especially for the care of hands, lips, and hair.

shea butter for hairBenefits of shea butter for hair

Nourishing for all hair types, shea butter is particularly recommended for people who have kinky hair, to which it restores shine, and helps retain moisture that is often fleeting with 4C hair types. Used as a conditioner on frizzy hair, it will nourish curls and fight frizz. Shea butter also helps maintain color. A hair mask is the most common way to benefit from its benefits.

Shea butter natural hair care ideas:

  • Argan oil: nourishes the hair
    • Buriti vegetable oil, tucuma butter: maintains hair color
    • Essential oil ylang-ylang, castor oil: restores the shine
    • Chamomile, turmeric powder: maintains blond hair
    • Walnut stain: maintains brown hair

Benefits of shea butter for the face

Calming and soothing, shea butter helps fight irritation and nourishes dry areas of the face. It also helps to heal chapped skin with its regenerative powers. It is also used as a protective lip balm and can help you prolong your tan.

When winter comes, shea butter moisturizes and protects the skin from harsh weather. It also helps to maintain its elasticity. Shea butter is therefore precious in all seasons.

When combined

  • Roman chamomile hydrosol, yarrow hydrosol: prevents irritation
    • Oily macerate of calendula: nourishes sensitive skin

shea butter Benefits of shea butter for the skin

On a daily basis, shea butter can be used in many circumstances. It moisturizes the skin deeply and can be applied as a balm, particularly in dry areas. It also has a regenerative action, especially on calluses on the elbows and heels.

You can also use shea butter to soothe your skin after waxing or to reduce (or even prevent) stretch marks. Just massage a small amount between your fingers to melt the butter, then massage.

Another tip for silky skin: pour a spoonful of shea butter into boiling bath water and allow it to melt in the water before immersing yourself in it.

When combined

  • Essential oil of cypress, Roman chamomile, or aspic lavender: treats irritations
    • Oily macerate of calendula: nourish sensitive skin

How to preserve Shea butter

Pure and unrefined, shea butter can be stored for more than a year in the dark, not necessarily in the fridge. It's best to keep the container completely closed. You can add Vitamin E to your shea butter mixes in order to prolong the shelf life and add protective benefits. 

How to choose shea butter?

Always prefer 100% pure and natural shea butter. shea butter is naturally organic when sourced from West Africa where it is native and grows wild without special cultivation. 

Where to buy shea butter?

In our shop, at farmers markets, or on the Internet.

Risks, precautions, and contraindications of shea butter

Shea butter should not be used by people allergic to latex since it contains it in its natural state, although it's hard to find cases where a latex allergy was the result of using shea butter.  Be careful, at the beach or elsewhere in the sun, it protects against UV rays but does not replace a good sunscreen if that's what you need. 

We hope you enjoyed this plethora of facts and tips on using and buying Raw shea butter, an African superfood with various uses for the whole body. #leadwithlove

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