Unrefined Organic Shea Butter
Our unrefined shea butter is certified organic and comes from Ghana. The shea butter is produced by a local women's co-operative without the use of chemicials.
Organic Shea Butter Production
Because shea nuts are a natural product, the colour of the shea butter can vary. It can be anything from a creamy white colour to a darker beige colour - this does not mean the shea butter has "gone off". Unrefinded shea butter has an extremely long shelf life and its healing powers stay intact for at leat 18 months after production. Our shea butter is never older than a couple of months as we have a high turnover and only buy freshly made butter.
Unrefined organic shea butter is made from shea fruit nuts (the karite tree). The fruit is collected from uncultivated trees, cracked, roasted and pulverised. It is then boiled in water for several hours until the shea butter rises to the top and scooped into larger vessels or gourds where it is left to cool and set. This method is the best for producing unrefined, raw shea butter and it is still widely used all over Ghana - there is NO need to use hexane or chemicals to make unrefined shea butter and that is the way we prefer it. Another method is propeller extraction whereby the shea nuts are pressed against a metal press (similar to a meat grinder). the nut is then squeezed out by pressure. the end product is fresh, raw, unrefined organic shea butter. This method is now widely used by Ghanese women co-ops, simply because it cuts down on time, helps them to be more organized and produce more shea butter without the need for chemicals. We also buy shea butter that is produced in this way as we find that the traditional method sometimes makes the butter more expensive to buy in and we cannot get hold of enough butter to sell on.
Benefits of raw shea butter
Unrefined organic shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E and F amongst others. It absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue. It moisturises and protects skin and hair and is great for getting over-treated hair back into shape and health. It does not clog pores or hair shafts. It maintains skin moisture beautifully. It penetrates deep into the skin and helps to maintain its elasticity. It keeps your skin clear and smooth and helps to soothe skin and scalp irritations. In short - its benefits are endless....
You can apply a little shea butter to your hair before swimming which helps to protect it from chlorine and salt water. Shampoo and condition you hair right away after swimming and apply raw shea butter in small amunts at least once a week (shampoo after 30 - 60 minutes) to keep your hair's lustre and shine.
Organic raw shea butter is also great for shaving. Best time to use it is in the morning after a shower or bath. Apply a little butter BEFORE you shower to soften the area. Then use a sharp razor with at least two blades and if possible a moveable head.
Unrefined shea butter can help to reduce stretch marks and dark spots. Use if together with your sunscreen to prevent peeling and to give you a more even tan. You can add a small teaspoon of raw shea butter to your hot bath to soften your skin and help you relax. Or add a teaspoon of raw shea butter to a foot bath after buffing your heels and toes. Soak your feet for 10 minutes, towel dry and massage in a generous amount of raw shea butter - you will find that the skin on your feet is transformed in no time. Shea butter is also great for dry, chapped hands and keeps the skin soft and supple which is especially useful for people working a lot with water and chemicals (hair dressers for example and nurses).
Keep raw shea butter out of hot areas and in a cool dark place so it doesn't melt and stay fresh for longer.