The shea tree is endemic to the savannahs of Central Africa.
The tree is also known as the "butter tree" or "women's gold". Shea butter is extracted from its fruit: a fleshy, edible berry containing one or two hard kernels. Each kernel contains about half its weight in fatty matter, from which shea "butter" is extracted.
The tree produces its fruit for up to 100 years.
In response to growing demand from European and North American countries, several women's cooperatives have been set up, reducing the drudgery of production operations carried out exclusively by women and ensuring fair pricing.
Butter with a thousand virtues
Shea butter's many virtues have made it a skincare product used for thousands of years.
Shea butter is rich in fatty acids (composed mainly of 5 fatty acids), vitamins A, D and E, latex and other beneficial active ingredients. It is best known for its incredible moisturizing power, which repairs and nourishes the skin deep down.
Used alone or with essential oils, it's a must for daily skin and hair care!
A powerful moisturizer, shea butter is known and sought-after for its properties.
It undeniably works wonders to soften, smooth, regenerate and soothe the skin. Shea butter is also used to soothe redness, dryness and irritation. In fact, it can be used to soothe eczema or psoriasis on its own or in synergy with other well-chosen ingredients. It is also recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant action.
Shea butter can restore vitality to dull, damaged, brittle and weakened hair. It's also a great ally for taming curly or frizzy hair.
Here's a little trick to deeply nourish dry hair:
- Use pure shea butter or the whipped butter recipe, which you melt in your hands.
- Spread it from scalp to ends and wrap hair in a warm towel.
- Just keep it on your head for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Wash your hair
Shea butter is also an incomparable asset in the fight against cracked hands and feet.
Here's a little magic trick for extra-dry hands and feet: apply shea butter to your feet before going to bed, then slip on a pair of cotton socks or gloves. Repeat as often as necessary!
Shea butter is a real gift from nature for the health and vitality of our skin and hair. It's a sought-after raw material, and like all raw materials, it's precious.
The shea butter we choose is organic and fair trade. It guarantees the non-use of chemicals for tree growth and processing, as well as good working conditions for the women who work hard to harvest and process it.