Shea Butter 101


Here are some facts about our Shea Butters:

Definition: Shea [shee, shey] n. – a tropical Afrikan sapotaceous tree with oily seeds; shea butter is the butter-like fat derived from the seeds of the Karité tree (also called the Mangifolia tree)

Botanical Name: Butyrospermum Parkii

Country of Origin: Ghana*

*The Shea in Kyra's Shea Medleys is produced in Ghana. However, the Shea tree grows and Shea butter is made in many countries throughout West, Central, and now East Africa.

Process Type: Unrefined

History: Shea Butter comes from the Karité Nut tree found in the wooded savannas of West and Central Afrika. West Afrikan women often call it the "tree of life" as all parts of the tree have some practical use from the bark and shell to the fruity/butter-like part of the nut. Afrikan women have been using Shea butter for centuries in traditional medicine and for its cosmetic properties. These Afrikan women make this precious butter by hand as they gather, crack, grill, and crush the nuts until it yields the vegetable oil. There are no toxic chemicals or synthetics used during the extraction process and it typically has a mild nutty aroma. Shea Butter has traditionally been used in soap-making, cooking, skin and hair care in the Afrikan culture.

Benefits for Hair & Skin: The amazing benefits of 100% pure, unrefined Shea Butter are UNDENIABLE!!! Shea Butter is rich in Vitamin A, E and F, and is an organic moisturizer and sealant, absorbs readily into the scalp, an antioxidant agent, reduces inflammation, a protector from heat and UV rays, and promotes healthy skin and scalp (to name a few). For more details, see "Our Ingredients" page.