Why do we love it so much?
We use Shea butter in nearly all our balms and a fair few of our soaps as well. Why do we love it so much? Because it’s super, super moisturising! It’s really good at penetrating the skin and has a 60% fat content that makes it a great emollient, especially for conditions like eczema, wrinkles and stretch marks. Another exciting fact about Shea butter is that it is SPF 6. So, although not to be used in replacement of sunscreen, it is a brilliant added bonus!
The butter comes from the Karite tree, which is grown in the dry savanna regions of West Africa. The making of Shea butter is usually carried out by women who have learned the tradition from their mothers and their mothers, mothers. It’s nearly always done be hand and is an incredibly time consuming job. When the nuts are harvested from the tree they are first boiled over a fire to help soften and remove the shells, after which they are put out to cool and dry in the sun. Large groups of women begin to crack the shells by hand and roast the seeds over a fire. The roasted seeds are washed with fresh water multiple times to help remove their excess fats, and the water is boiled and skimmed down to leave the solid creamy butter.
When it finally arrives in our workshop in a giant box it's so thick and creamy that you want to eat it!
One of the chief reasons for buying your soaps and shampoo bars is because I want to reduce plastics. but how can i be sure that i'm helping the environment when i don't know if you buy the raw ingredients in plastic containers? (Don't want to type this in capitals by the way but there's no other option!) i really like your shampoo but this thought dawned on me and i'm hoping for some reassurance. thank you.
Hi Helen Our Shea Butter and Coconut oil comes in cardboard boxes and our liquid oils come in large metal drums or glass bottles which get re used or recycled. Our essential oils also come in metal and glass continers which are recycled. Glad you are enjoying the shampoo
i have a nut allergy and have coeliac disease and would love to use one of your balms as well as your soaps which i love please could you make a nut free and gluten free balm that i could put on my body and lips, thankyou ,jenny.
I'm HAVEIng trouble finding shampoo bars /conditioners on your site Please say you do them ?
Hi Ellen we only do one and you can find it here https://www.wild-sage.co.uk/hair