Out Of Africa - Pure Shea Butter Bar Soap Green Clay - 4 oz. (120g)
Out Of Africa Pure Shea Butter Bar Soap Green Clay is unlike any other soap you have ever used. It is gentle, creamy, and mild, cleansing the skin without stripping it of moisture. Out Of Africa does not use harsh ingredients or dyes. All shea butters are not created equal. Out Of Africa Pure Shea Butter Bar Soap Green Clay is made with 20% pure unrefined shea butter (most other soaps contain only 1 or 2%). It is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, E, and F. Pure Shea Butter Bar Soap is great for dry, senstitive, and irritated skin and it helps restore and maintain elasticity and tone. Out Of Africa soaps last 50% longer.
- For All Skin Types Including Dry, Sensitive, & Irritated
- Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
- No Artificial Colors
- No Harsh Ingredients
- No Animal Testing
About Shea Butter
Common names: Shea, karate. 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.
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 A, E and F, 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 absorbs quickly without leaving greasy residue like petroleum, beeswax or mineral oil based products. The Vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions, including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis. 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 the body's own sebaceous glands.
The benefits of Vitamin E include anti-aging and anti-free radical properties which aid in preventing the deleterious effects of sun and environmental exposure. Vitamin E has the additional positive effect of increasing micro-circulation, thereby increasing blood supply to and from the skin.
Vitamin F consists of linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic acid, the 3 essential fatty acids. These act as skin protectors and revitalizers and help to soothe rough, dry, chapped skin.
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.
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.
Out of Africa works 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 unrefined organic shea butter, providing the ultimate in skin hydration and healing.
They use 100% natural ingredients; no parabens or sulfates; the 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.
About Out of Africa
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 our shea butter products are also available in the Out of Africa line of aroma fragrance reed diffusers.
Discover The Benefits of Shea Butter
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
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 the natural shea butter products go directly to School Children Unite in an effort to provide children an education.
Out of Africa works 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.
Unrefined Shea Butter for Exceptional Moisturizing and 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.
The job opportunities provided to the local women's cooperatives through Out Of Africa's 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.