Shea Butter for This and That

I have been using shea butter for at least 10 years. I would get it at the traveling African Market places that come around the city at different times of the year. I use it for my hair and skin. I’ll start with a little background information. Shea butter is a NATURAL product that is only made in the tropics of West Africa. Of course it is shipped all over the world now but naturally it is from Africa. Shea butter is made from a nut that comes from the African Shea Tree or what is also known as the Shea-Karite tree. Shea butter is made up of a rich amount of fatty acids that are irremovable. Shea butter is better than most of the natural vegetable butters and fruit butters because of the fatty acids that are essential to moisturizing the hair and skin. In comparison to coco butter it is better because it doesn’t get hard the way that coco butter does when it is stored. Shea butter is hard but coco butter gets rock solid and becomes very difficult to melt if you have ever stored coco butter you know this to be true. Shea butter has a lot of vitamins that are needed to make the skin and hair look and feel soft and healthy. Shea butter is in almost all of the OTC beauty products but it’s usually mixed with a lot of other junk and very watered down so it’s best to use it in its raw form.

For skin: Shea butter protects the skin from wind, cold, sun, and it helps the skin heal from burns much faster than any other product. It stimulates cellular activity and it can fix dry, itchy, flaky skin.

For hair: It can soften and repair damaged, dry hair and repair split ends. This is like magic to the hair if used on a regular basis. This also a “NAPtural” girl’s secret hair weapon!

All of these this I know from working closely with a woman who is from West Africa and runs her own skin care line that is Shea butter based.

Shea Butter is also used for eczema and it can relieve pain from swelling and arthritis. It can Improve muscle relaxation and stiffness. It also has a natural sunscreen in it due to its rich content of vitamins E & F. It treats dark spots, skin discolorations, stretch marks, wrinkles and blemishes. You can also use it for massages and diaper rash.

This is very important to know. It does not perform miracles like most things it requires patience in order to work effectively. The amount of time required for the best results with a variety of conditions may vary with each condition.

I found this website that tells you what I told you and a lot more about how Shea butter is made

The Company I know best is the Shea Butter from this company has scented 100% and raw unscented shea. This shea butter is soft and does not harden and is not whipped. I hope all of this helps you! 🙂


Pros: It does everything I said

Cons: You might not like the smell and it is oily upon application but ANOTHER Pro It absorbs fast!

If your shea butter looks yellow. It is NOT 100 % shea butter it has palm oil in it and that is why it is yellow.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Naturally Stellar
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 02:04:16

    Thanks for saying that about the yellow sheabutter. Ive been telling people that for years. I only by puré unrefined shea butter, which is chunky & light beige.


    • vinegarandwater
      Oct 25, 2012 @ 02:35:34

      Your welcome and you are right the white is the best. I never cared to know the difference until people started asking when I was working for bodybutterlady, I thought it was all the same. I know better so I share better information. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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