Tuesday, January 3, 2012

100% Pure Unrefined African Shea Butter

The ancient Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, credited her beauty to shea butter.  Today, walking along the aisles of drug stores and grocery departments one cannot help but notice the amount of cosmetics & general skin care products that contain shea butter as an “active” ingredient. While it may seem as though these products have a large quantity of shea butter, they don’t. Although this is what we are intended to think. Ingredients are listed in descending order of percentage, and quite often it is only a small fraction that’s present.

Natural shea butter is manually churned and traditionally extracted with no chemicals. It is whitish or yellowish in colour, silky in texture, and has a distinctive smell. 
Unrefined shea butter is rich in unsaponifiable matter, essential fatty acids, natural latex, and vitamins A, D, E, F, & K. All the things that one's skin loves!
In contrast, refined shea butter is very white with little or no scent, meaning that most of its distinct properties have been lost.

Years ago I put a stop to lotions and bio-oil simply because they contain inarticulate ingredients [which include petroleum bi-products]. I use pure unrefined shea butter daily as a body cream and lip balm, and can honestly tell you it works! [Recommended Nharo’s 100% Shea butter]

10 REASONS to choose 100% pure unrefined shea butter

  •   It treats dark spots, skin discolorations, stretch marks and blemishes
  •  Shea butter encourages regeneration of skin tissue and skin hydration
  •  Shea butter has a natural sunscreen protection  (SPF 15)
  •  Heals dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and minor burns
  •  Repairs cracked heels and elbows
  • Moisturizes and reduces irritation after shaving
  • Improves scars due to its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Excellent for massages, diaper rash, and as a hair conditioner (Tip: Do a shea butter mask once a week to nourish & protect hair from dryness & breakage)
  •  It's a healthy massage oil for kids & babies 
  • Excellent for pets! shea butter is rich in vitamin K; Vetenerians use it as a natural remedy when pets ingest poison.

Rule of thumb: If you can’t eat it, don’t put in on your skin.

100% pure unrefined shea butter is naturally extracted from the nut of an edible fruit. For centuries West Africans have used it for cooking and as a lotion. Today, in North America and Europe, it is being used in margarines and as a substitute for cocoa in chocolates.

When buying shea butter make sure it's 100% pure unrefined Grade A (Organic & Fair trade-certified). Fair trade breaks the cycle of poverty. It guarantees that women producers are not exploited by offering them a stable purchase price, higher than that of the traditional market!

Shelf life: 18 months