Organic Shea Butter
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!