Shea butter is a staple of natural skin care. It’s essentially a super-food for your
skin and hair! The rich butter comes from the nuts of the shea tree, which
are native to Africa, have been traditionally cultivated for centuries.
and contains skin-soothing and medicinal properties.
Shea butter has a smooth, silky texture that stays firm at room temperature but
softens with body heat. There are so many ways to incorporate shea butter
into your healthy self-care routine to nourish your skin and hair.
There has been a lot of controversy over the years around tradition farming of shea butter in the East African nation of Uganda. Since the late eighties, Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) , terrorized Northern Uganda.
Lives were lost, the land was burned, and shea trees were cut down for firewood. The ancestral practice of shea farming was almost lost forever.
Fast forward to today: now more than 2,000 independent farmers have come to re-learn the practice of shea trading.
Additionally, after years of lobbying, the felling of these valuable trees for firewood has finally become illegal . This ensures the sustainability of environment and the economy, well as the restoration of a centuries-old
practice of shea cultivation.
The best shea butter on the planet comes from East African organic shea
farms. Shea trees are grown in both West Africa and East Africa.
Eastern African Shea nuts and butter contain higher levels of olein acid, which means that the butter has more great-for-your-skin nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin E. Where West African shea butter can be hard and waxy, shea butter from East Africa is soft, light, and creamy. It is more spreadable and soaks easily into skin. East African shea butter is considered the luxury shea butter. It is harvested with care and is the richest, nutrient-dense butter that
works perfectly for the skin. The butter effortlessly soaks into the skin to protect, moisturize, and heal .
Only the best shea butter is cold pressed and left in
its natural state without any additives or filllers.
Some shea butter sellers sell their product with
little transparency of where it’s from or how it’s
products, and might also add substances to
improve the texture and smell of a low-quality
product. When choosing the best shea butter,
look for one where the source is clearly labeled
and the only ingredient is pure shea butter.
Shea butter real ly can do almost anything! This
one natural ingredient can replace a whole
host of body and skincare products. It can be
used on your body, face, hair, and is also safe
to use on your baby.
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