Raw Wild Crafted 100% Pure Shea Butter by Out Of Africa
Out Of Africa Raw Wild Crafted 100% Pure Shea Butter Lavender - 8 oz. (227g)
Unrefined is finer when it comes to your skin. Packed with pure unrefined shea butter known for its hydrating, anti-aging, healing, and soothing properties, Out Of Africa Raw Wild Crafted Shea Butter Lavender is the ultimate must-have for healthy, beautiful skin. Out Of Africa Raw Wild Crafted Shea Butter Lavender is 100% pure unrefined shea butter, guaranteed fresh and authentic.
All Shea Butter Is Not Created Equal!
Don't be fooled, "refined" is not better! Refining shea butter is usually done by bleaching and deodorizing it; neutralizing it with lye; and over-heating it to very high temperatures.
If you're a soap handcrafter, or use a lot of shea butter, you know that premium quality equals premium results.
Out Of Africa Raw Wild Crafted Shea Butter Lavender Highlights:
- Pure Unrefined Shea Butter formula penetrates deeply to protect, moisturize and nourish skin with no greasy residue
- Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, E and F along with healthy fatty acids and valuable phytonutrients
- Helps protect from premature aging; softens fine lines and wrinkles
- Perfect for face, lips, elbows, heels or anywhere skin needs extra hydration
- Non-comedogenic and great for all skin types
- Helps prevent and reduce stretch marks and scars
- Healing properties that address many conditions including dry and sensitive skin, cracked skin, sunburn, chapped lips, cuticles, psoriasis and eczema
- No parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, phthalates or artificial coloring
- Cruelty-free and eco-friendly
What Is Shea Butter?
Common names: Shea, karité
Scientific name: Vitellaria paradoxa (syn/INCI Butryospermum parkii)
Shea butter is an all-natural product. It is a creamy-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of karite nut trees (Butyrospermum parkii or "butter seed") that grow wild in the savannah regions of West and East Africa. While shea butter has a wide variety of applications, it is most well known for its exceptional dermatological and cosmetic healing properties.
Considered the “Women’s Gold” of Africa
Shea butter is often referred to as “women’s gold” because so many young women are employed in the production of shea butter. In many parts of West Africa, destruction of shea trees is prohibited because the karite nut is such a valuable source of food, medicine and income for the population.
How Is Shea Butter Made?
Shea nuts are extracted from the fruit by crushing and boiling. Shea nuts are picked, cracked, grilled and pounded to extract the butter which is then boiled in water until the fresh shea butter rises to the surface. It is then scooped into gourds and left to cool and set. Although these artisanal methods result in smaller output, no chemicals or synthetic agents are needed at any stage. Shea butter may also be extracted by pressing in an expeller type press which cuts 3-5 hours off the extraction time. Again, no chemicals or synthetics are needed. The end product of either method is raw, or unrefined shea butter
Is All Shea Butter The Same?
All shea butter is not the same. Shea butter loses healing properties the longer it sits on the shelf, causing old shea butter to be much less beneficial. Refining techniques vary greatly. Highly processed Shea Butter will not be as effective. Some companies mix shea butter with other ingredients that reduce its benefits. There are some products that contain very little shea butter although "shea butter" may be prominently displayed on the label. Be wary of very inexpensive products that claim to provide the full benefits of shea butter.
The Benefits of Shea Butter
What sets shea butter apart from other seed oils is its exceptionally large healing fraction. This refers to the percentage of the important nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients that foster healing. Depending on the source, the healing fraction of shea butter ranges from 5 % to 17 %. (The larger the healing fraction, the better). By comparison, the healing fraction of other seeds oils is very small, in the range of 1 %.
Shea butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin and to help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. The Vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions, including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis. Vitamin F acts as a protector and rejuvenator soothing rough dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair.
Additionally, premium shea butter has properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburn and frostbite. Shea butter's unparalleled hydrating property is due to natural moisturizers that are chemically similar to those produced by the body’s own sebaceous glands. Shea butter also contains healthy fatty acids. It is high in unsaponifiables (a type of fat) containing between 7-12%. This is one of the properties that make Shea butter so valuable in treating the conditions above. Shea butter easily penetrates the skin and will not clog pores. There is a high level of cinnamic acid which makes Shea butter a natural sunscreen. Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in treating arthritis.
Shea butter has powerful moisturizing, anti-aging, protecting and healing benefits to the skin. There are many uses of shea butter and it has been clinically shown to provide relief for various skin conditions.
Shea butter applications and benefits include the following:
- Excellent daily skin moisturizer for face and body
- Dramatically helps prevent and reduce stretch marks during pregnancy and weight gain and loss
- Restores elasticity to skin and reduces blemishes and wrinkles
- Anti-aging and anti-free radical agent known to increase circulation to the skin
- Helps reduces acne and scarring
- Excellent moisturizer for both eczema and psoriasis
- Helps soothe skin and diaper rash
- After sun conditioning
- Helps softens tough skin on hands and feet
- Dry, itchy skin and scalp relief
- Use after shaving to reduce razor irritation and bumps
- Provides healing benefits to skin wounds and cracks
- Restores luster to hair
Why Out of Africa Shea
Everyday they are making life a little bit better for thousands of people. Discover what makes Out of Africa a great company.
At Out of Africa, they are focused on educational enrichment for school-aged children in Benin, West Africa by bringing the skin-enriching properties of their native shea butter to America. Proceeds from all of their natural shea butter products go directly to School Children Unite in an effort to provide children an education.
they work with women’s cooperatives in West Africa to harvest and crush only the richest shea nuts. Their shea butter is made by hand in order to maintain maximum healing properties.
Out of Africa Shea Butter products contain the highest concentration of pure unrefined shea butter, providing the ultimate in skin hydration and healing.
they use 100% natural ingredients; no parabens or sulfates; their products are vegan and eco-friendly. Be aware - there are many distributors of shea butter in various sizes, containers, prices, and types, but not all shea butter products are created equal. Some products contain a significant amount of potentially irritating additives and very little real shea butter. Shea butter should be a creamy color; shea that is pure white is highly refined and may no longer contain maximum healing properties. Shea butter should never be green, extremely hard or greasy.
Unrefined Shea Butter For Exceptional Moisturizing and Healing
Out Of Africa shea butter products contain 100% pure, unrefined shea butter from West Africa.
Unrefined shea butter is superior because it retains all its natural nutrients, especially vitamins A and E. Compared to other natural butters or oils, shea butter contains far more of the vitamins and other valuable phytonutrients essential for healing.
- Provides exceptional hydration and elasticity, benefits that keep skin looking youthful and healthy.
- Absorbs quickly into skin without the greasy residue of beeswax or mineral oil-based products.
- Excellent for treating dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.
Out of Africa™ is in partnership with a number of women’s cooperatives in Benin, West Africa to harvest the finest shea butter each year by hand selecting shea nuts with the lowest acidity levels to provide the best healing and nourishment your skin deserves.
The job opportunities provided to the local women's cooperatives through their factory in West Africa allows these coops to in turn provide income, health benefits and education to families in the community.
Out of Africa™ further supports the Benin community thru its School Children Unite program. 5¢ to 30¢ from each product sold is contributed to help provide medical care and education to the children in West Africa.
The Story Of Out Of Africa
How they Got Started: Victor Lulla, a native New Yorker living in Los Angeles, has long nurtured interests in healthy lifestyles, the environment and social responsibility. After briefly considering an early retirement after the sale of his electronics firm in 2002, he instead created California Inside & Out, a manufacturing and distribution company that developed and marketed natural skin and body care products, based in Venice, CA.
Gilles Adamon, owner of Natura Sarl, headquartered in Benin, West Africa, attended the 2005 Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA hoping to find a distributor for his shea butter cosmetic products. As luck would have it, Victor was at the Expo looking for an interesting opportunity to help expand his product line.
The two men found that they shared not only an interest in natural products, but in social responsibility as well. A friendship ensued and Out of Africa was founded later that year as an exclusive joint venture.
The founders agreed that Lulla would purchase state of the art production equipment and raw materials, while Adamon’s team, in collaboration with a West African women’s cooperative, would supply locally-source pure unrefined shea butter. The company-owned factory in Benin now produces 200,000 bars of soap a month, along with an expanding array of other shea butter products. The products are shipped to California Inside & Out for distribution under the trademarked brand Out of Africa.
Shea Butter: Nature’s Miracle Moisturizer. Out of Africa’s shea butter products nourish the skin with 100% pure unrefined shea butter direct from Benin, West Africa. A natural moisturizer and emollient, shea butter contains antioxidant vitamins A, E and F and beneficial fatty acids that leave skin feeling restored and refreshed. The Out of Africa line includes organic shea butter bar soaps, hand and body washes, body butters, lip balms, lotions, body oils and pure unrefined shea butter tins. The natural scents used in their shea butter products are also available in the Out of Africa line of aroma fragrance reed diffusers.
Their “other” mission: Producing premium quality skincare products is only half of their story. Lulla and Adamon’s partnership supports several women’s cooperatives and helps to create jobs in democratic Benin, West Africa. Out of Africa shea butter skincare also sponsors a groundbreaking project in Benin called SCHOOL CHILDREN UNITE. A portion of all sales is being donated to this global leadership initiative.
Thank You! Your purchase helps to support education and local enterprise in Benin, West Africa. “A houana ka ka” *, thank you very much.
(* Fon is the most widely spoken among more than 50 distinct languages or dialects spoken in Benin.)
Benin Education Fund
The Benin Education Fund (www.benineducationfund.org) is a U.S.-based 501c3 organization whose mission is to help students in Benin finish high school so they can provide for themselves and contribute to their communities. Founded in 1998 by Alphonse and Karen Kouagou, BEF provides scholarships to students based on performance and need, and commits to funding all 7 years of their secondary education. Funding comes primarily from individual donors in the United States and Canada.
Benin is a small country in West Africa that sits on the Gulf of Guinea near the equator. It borders Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria. Unlike many other countries in Africa, Benin has never suffered a bloody coup and has remained relatively stable since declaring independence from France in 1960. Benin was one of the first countries to qualify for assistance from the U.S.-based Millennium Challenge Corporation, in 2004, because it has “demonstrated a commitment to political and economic freedom, investments in education and health, control of corruption, and respect for civil liberties and the rule of law”.
The economy of Benin remains underdeveloped and dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade. The GDP per capita is estimated at $1100, and many people still make less than $1 a day.
Fast Facts about Benin:
- Population: 8.3 million (2008 est.)
- Median age: 17.9 years
- Life expectancy: 54 years
- Literacy est: 40.9% (male 56.2%; female 26.5%)
- Former Name: Dahomey
- Independence: August 1, 1960 (from France)
- Government: Multi-party democracy
- President: Thomas YAYI Boni
- Capital City: Porto Novo
- Commercial Capital: Cotonou
- Other Cities: Abomey, Parakou, Natitingou
- Official Language: French
- Other Languages: Over 50, the most common is Fon
- Currency: CFA Franc