What is it?
Its strange to think that butter could come from a tree isn't it but it's TRUE!
Vitellaria paradoxa otherwise known as the Shea Tree grows nuts which are then boiled to make the shell easier to break.
Once the nuts are cooled, they are removed from their shells and then cracked and roasted. The roasted nut seeds are then beaten with water which releases their rich fats. The fats are boiled and the fat rises to the top of the water and cools and solidifies, it is then skimmed off which results in beautiful Shea Butter.
We cant grow the trees here in NZ, they are native to West Africa so most of the world's supply comes from there. The best part about this is that women have been making it with their traditional methods for centuries. If your interested in seeing how they do it this is an awesome video showing Native Ghanian women producing Shea Butter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYe1lqKSuVM&feature=share
Why do I use it in my hair and skincare?
It's safe for all skin types
There are no medical records showing anyone having any allergy to shea butter, probably because it is low in the proteins that can trigger an allergic reaction
It is high in fatty acid content which absorb quickly into your skin creating moisture and restoring the barrier to your skin to prevent it drying out further.
Shea Butter has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties which may help minimize irritation caused by weather and skin conditions such as eczema. ResearchTrusted Source even suggests that shea butter could work just as well as medicated creams in treating eczema. A 2016 animal studyTrusted Source on shea oil concentrate suggests that it can help reduce inflammation while also protecting joints from further damage. The anti-inflammatory effects are also useful for treating sunburn.
It’s an antioxidant Shea butter has significant levels of anti-oxidants which are important for anti-aging by protecting your skin from free radicals which lead to premature aging.
It contains naturally occurring chemical compounds which are essential for deactivating collagen fibre destruction, which in return reduce fine lines and give a firmer skin.
It helps prevent hair breakage In 2017 studyTrusted Source found that a Shea Butter makes hair significantly more resistant to breakage.
It helps treat dandruff In 2018 reviewTrusted Source found that shea butter, could help decrease dandruff flakes and reduce risk of flare-ups.