Shea butter is best for dry, irritated, sensitive skin and anti-aging.

Scientific name:  Butyrospermum parkii

Family:  Sapotaceae

Origin:  Ghana

Form:  expeller cold pressed unrefined

Parts:  nuts / seeds


Ingredient Features

  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • nutritive
  • antiseptic
  • antibacterial
  • emollient
  • cell-regenerative
  • protectant
  • sun protectant
  • absorbs quickly
  • penetrates deeply

User Benefits

  • protecting
  • anti-aging
  • nourishing
  • cleansing
  • moisturizing
  • healing
  • balancing
  • improves hyper + hypopigmentation
  • improves microcirculation
  • improves suppleness
  • redness reducing
  • rejuvenating
  • smoothing
  • softening
  • soothing
  • fades scars

Great For

  • before + after suncare
  • blemished skin
  • capillaries
  • chapped + cracked skin
  • damaged skin
  • delicate skin
  • dermatitis
  • dry + brittle hair
  • dull + lifeless skin
  • eczema
  • mature skin
  • hyper + hypopigmentation spots
  • irritation + itching
  • psoriasis
  • rough skin
  • stretch marks
  • sunburns
  • wrinkles

Function in Products

  • emollient
  • menstrum
  • preservative
  • base oil


  • beta-carotene
  • cinnamic esters
  • essential fatty acids
  • linoleic acid
  • minerals
  • oleic acid
  • phytosterols
  • stimgasterol
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin E

Also called karite butter, shea butter is the natural fat obtained from the fruit of the karite tree in West Africa. Shea butter is a plant lipid similar to cocoa butter and is used as an emollient and moisturizer in cosmetics. It is deeply penetrating, melts at body temperature, and acts as a menstrum (a carrier for other medicinals) that releases quickly, which make it a superior moisturizer to others in its class. Its skin conditioning abilities outweigh even avocado oil (known for skin conditioning) because of the high amount of unsaponifiable fat it contains (up to 65%). It has mild antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and demulcent properties, and contains some of the same moisturizing ingredients as sebum. High in vitamin E, an anti-aging antioxidant that increases micro-circulation, it also contains the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin A. The EFAs contained in shea butter act as skin protectors and rejuvenators. Additionally, shea butter contains 5-10% of phytosterols that stimulate new formation and growth of cells. In Africa, its continent of origin, shea butter is widely used as a moisturizer and softener for hair. Its exceptional healing properties are exhibited by promoting and accelerating wound healing, and it is proctective against severe weather conditions. Shea butter is also naturally equipped with a sunscreen (cinnamic acid) giving it an SPF ranging from 2-6 and blocking up to 30% of UV radiation. Its cinnamic acid ester content also accounts for some of its healing properties. A high linoleic acid content makes it excellent for soothing chapped, burned, or irritated skin. Furthermore, shea butter is safe for babies. See natural moisturizing factors.

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