Shea Natural 100% Whipped Shea Butter Original 7 oz. (198 g)
Shea Natural 100% Whipped Shea Butter Original is hydrating, moisturizing and nourishing. 100% Whipped Shea Butter is pure, unrefined shea butter extracted from the seed of the West African Karite Tree, known as the Tree of Life. This rare, natural butter has been treasured for centuries as it contains essential nutrients to heal, moisturize and protect all types of skin while restoring elasticity and tone. Rich and creamy, each jar of Shea Natural Whipped Shea Butter is crafted with care.
Shea Butter is not a recent discovery or accomplishment. This natural product has been around for centuries. The history of Shea Butter can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times. In fact, it is believed that some of the early users of Shea Butter were great women such as Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba. Common Africans then started using Shea butter to protect their skin and hair from the massive sun and coarse winds of the African deserts. Shea butter was also used as a healing remedy for circumcision, an insect repellant and as an antiperspirant. During pregnancy, African women rub their stomachs with Shea butter to prevent stretch marks; during birth women would squat over a tub of warm water and Shea oil to reduce the pain of child birth; after birth, babies are massaged head to toe with Shea butter for healthy, glowing skin. About 200 years ago, Europeans rediscovered Shea butter. Now, Shea butter is made in 19 African countries. The use of Shea butter is rapidly growing in the United States, as Americans notice the power of this unusual product.
Shea Natural Shea butter has not been refined in any way. Refined Shea Butter has usually been extracted from the Shea kernels with hexane or other petroleum solvents. The extracted oil is boiled to drive off the toxic solvents, and then refined, bleached and deodorized, which involves heating it to high temperatures and the use of harsh chemicals, such as sodium hydroxide. Shea butter extracted in this matter still contains some undesirable solvent waste. Antioxidants or preservatives are added as well. The end result is an odorless, white butter that may be physically appealing, but lacks the true moisturizing, healing, and nutritive properties of true traditional Shea butter. Although refined Shea butter has a longer shelf life, it is often hard and grainy, not smooth and creamy like pure, unrefined Shea butter.
Only pure unrefined Shea butter has the true healing and moisturizing properties of Shea butter. Most Shea butter available to the general public outside West Africa is white and odorless - in other words it has been "refined" to remove the natural scent and color of natural Shea butter. In the process, the majority of the effective agents are also removed. Shea Natural's unrefined Shea butter gives you the best results.
About 1 in 3 trees will produce the fruit during the season. The fruit will grow to about the size of a plum. When ripened, the fruit is a green or yellow color with a sweet custard inside. The nut is found in the center of the fruit. The benefits of Shea butter mentioned, can only be obtained from high quality Shea butter. They offer the highest quality of Grade A Shea butter for the best results around.
Shea butter is not a recent discovery or accomplishment. This natural product has been around for centuries. The history of Shea butter can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times. In fact, it is believed that some of the early users of Shea butter were great women such as Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba. Common Africans then started using Shea butter to protect their skin and hair from the massive sun and coarse winds African deserts. Shea butter was also used as a healing remedy for circumcision, an insect repellent, and as an antiperspirant.
During Pregnancy, African women rub their stomachs with Shea butter to prevent stretch marks; during birth women would squat over a tub of warm water and Shea oil to reduce to pain of child birth; after birth, babies are massaged head to toe with Shea butter, for healthy, glowing skin. About 200 years ago, Europeans rediscovered Shea butter. Now, Shea butter is made in 19 African countries. The use of Shea butter is rapidly growing in the United States, as Americans notice the power of this unusual product.
What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is an ivory colored natural fat extracted from seed of the Karite Nut tree, also called the Mangifolia tree, found in the semi-arid savannahs of West and Central Africa. This tree begins to bear fruit after about 15 years, and can take up to 30 years to bear a quality crop of nuts with a high content of irremovable fatty acid. It is this irremovable fatty acid that gives Shea Butter its unique healing properties and makes it far superior to cocoa butter and other vegetable butters.
How is Shea butter extracted?
After Shea tree nuts are collected, they are then sun-dried and shelled by hand with a stone like device. The kernels are cold-pressed and pounded; otherwise they are brought to an electric grinding mill. This leaves the nuts as a fine paste. Water is added to dissolve the fat, while the mixture is being whipped. By now, cool water is sprinkled over the whipped paste, causing the separated fat to harden. This procedure repeats until a white extract is formed to be drained, boiled, filtered and left to sit in the sun to cure.
Who should use Shea butter?
Everyone should use Shea butter. Why? Shea butter is one of the richest sources in satiric acid and the beneficial dietary fat. Tests have proven that Shea butter is an effective natural moisturizer with remarkable healing, restoring, anti aging properties and more. Shea butter comes in many forms and keeps your skin firm and yet soft, leaving you looking youthful. Shea butter is one of them most versatile, and safe moisturizers on the market today.
About Shea Natural
The phenomenal success of Shea Natural started with a spur-of-the-moment adventure. Upset about his mother's disapproval of his fiancée, Jaime Debbah impulsively decided that he needed a change from his everyday Brooklyn, New York surroundings. He didn't just get out of the city, though - he got out of the country, ultimately ending up in Africa. Jaime encountered many amazing products while he was there; positive that he'd find a market for them back home, he began selling those products at J & S Imports, his retail shop in midtown Manhattan. Thanks to Jaime's discerning taste, the shop became an immediate success.
A Life-Changing Discovery
Jaime's first trip to Africa wasn't his last one. In fact, he made many trips to the intriguing continent through the subsequent years. During one momentous visit, he became nearly incapacitated due to a very bad backache. Unsure of what to do, he decided to visit a local massage parlor. The elderly woman who supplied the massage used a thick, creamy lotion; he learned that it was Shea butter. Almost immediately, Jaime experienced incredible relief from his back pain. Convinced that he'd stumbled upon a product that could change people's lives, Jaime brought a large supply of it back with him to his retail shop.
Shea Natural is Born
Thanks to its amazing healing properties, the Shea butter that Jaime brought back to his store with him flew off the shelves. In short order, he created his own unique formula that incorporated unrefined, pure ingredients; from there, Shea Natural was born. Soon thereafter, Jaime was approached by hundreds of retailers who simply had to have this amazing product. That same enthusiasm continues today, as Jaime's brand has swept the globe and is now on its way to becoming one of the most well-respected skin care product lines in the world.
The Shea Difference
Today, Jaime's line of skin care products still boasts the all-natural, unrefined ingredients that it always has. It stands out even more from competing products by never including ingredients like glycols, sulfates, petroleums, parabens, preservatives or animal byproducts. Furthermore, these exceptional products are never tested on animals. Its ingredients are fairly traded and sustainably produced, so people can feel good about buying them. Many of them come from indigenous African farmers and women-run co-ops who are paid above-market prices. From its humble beginnings during an impulsive trip to Africa, Shea Natural has become a truly world-class company
Giving "Back to Africa"
As we all are aware, the current situation in Africa is becoming progressively worse. Many Africans are suffering from horrific diseases, corrupt governments, and a weak economy. It is left to us in the West to help the innocent African people and to give "Back to Africa" by buying African products. They, at Back to Africa, continue to believe in fair wages and in achieving a decent standard of living with the hope of creating a sustainable future for the African citizens. Join them in their attempt to help the next generation of Africans, for that is the main purpose behind "Back to Africa."
Shea Natural's Shea Butter and Black Soap come from a group of co-operative producers in Ghana, West Africa. All members of the group come from poor communities where there is excessive unemployment, low standards of living and a high poverty rate. The majority of the people in this area live on less than a dollar per day. These people, predominantly single mothers, rely on the shea butter processing to take care of their basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education for their children, and other social needs. So when you buy their Shea Butter you know that you are directly assisting needy families in Africa.