RAW SHEA BUTTER is extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree (Vitellaria Paradoxa). It is an unrefined triglyceride (fat) derived from stearic and oleic acid, which is rich in vitamin A and E, as well as plant antioxidants.
According to American Journal of the Sciences, raw Shea butter boosts collagen production, which gives it its anti-aging properties.
The National Centre for Biotechnology Information and the Journal of Oleo Science respectively report that: Shea nuts and Shea fat (raw Shea butter) contains a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds such as cinnamate esters.
Also, the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology reports that raw Shea butter prevents skin damage from ultraviolet radiation.
Cosmeticsinfo.org reports that the Food and Drug Administration added Shea nut oil amongst items of direct food substances, certified and Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS).
* Treatment and removal of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks.
* Treatment and Prevention of Tumor Development.
* Protection of the skin from ultraviolet radiation.
* Prevention of skin irritations such as psoriasis, sunburn, eczema etc.
* Used in hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair.
* Natural moisturizer and Anti-aging
* Shea butter is a triglyceride (fat) obtained primarily from stearic acid and oleic acid, and it is commonly used in cosmetics as a moisturizer and natural skin care products, as well as hair conditioners.
* Shea butter is edible and is used in food preparation in Africa. The oil from the Shea nuts and Shea fat(Shea butter) contains about 45-50% oleic acid, 30-41% stearic acid, 5-9% palmitic acid and 4-5% linoleic acid.
* Shea butter is often mixed with other oils and used as a common substitute for cocoa butter, but with a remarkable difference in taste.
* Raw, unrefined Shea butter should be kept in a cool dark area away from harsh weather conditions or sun.
* Raw, unrefined shea butter has an average shelf life of 12 to 24 months from the date of extraction without addition of preservatives. It could be refrigerated to extend shelf life. The shelf life of raw, unrefined Shea butter can be prolonged when stored under proper conditions
* Natural preservatives such as vitamin E could be added to extend the shelf life of raw and unrefined Shea butter.
* Shea butter must be stored and transported in cool conditions and in airtight containers to avoid the butter becoming rancid.