We use unrefined raw Shea butter in our body butters, beard butters, beard balms & lip balms.
Shea butter is a product of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). Shea butter is the fat extracted from the shea kernel. Shea nuts are a wild-growing, natural ingredient that have been harvested and processed in West and East African countries for centuries.
With a myriad of therapeutic benefits for the skin, shea butter has been used for thousands of years. In addition to being an exceptional moisturizer, this all-natural ingredient has antioxidant, pro-aging and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe and heal the skin.
Shea butter is made of things like...
- Tocopherol, otherwise known as vitamin E, and catechins, which act as antioxidants
- Vitamins A and F, which have anti-aging and moisturizing properties
- Oleic, stearic, linoleic, and palmitic acids are just some of shea butter's fatty acids. These are excellent for the skin and balance the butter's physical properties with the oils on your skin.
It prevents signs of aging. Shea butter also contains lupeol, which inhibits the enzymes that degrade skin proteins. Raw shea butter helps tissue cell regeneration and softening of the skin, which reduces wrinkles. It is also shown to boost collagen production, which is essential for skin strength it reduces inflammation. The triterpene alcohols present in shea butter have anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great product to use as part of a beard balm and as a beard butter. Shea butter has been shown to help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, as well as with arthritis.
It has antimicrobial properties. People in west Africa have used it as a natural remedy to treat wounds and other ailments for centuries. It has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties
It has UV protection. Seriously! The cinnamic acid esters in shea butter have been shown to absorb a limited amount of UV rays. Unrefined shea butter has the equivalent of 3 or 4 SPF. It's incredibly hydrating and moisturizing, without the greasiness that comes from other moisturizers.