Master plant: Vitellaria paradoxa Gärtn. f Butyrospermum parkii
Sapotaceae (Sapodilla family)
INCI: Butyrospermum parkii
Shea butter, also called ?Karite-fat?, comes from the West African countries and is extracted from the fruit cores of the ?Karité-tree?.
Characteristics and substances:
The refined shea butter is characterised by a light yellowish appearance, a ?butter-like? consistency and a weak fatty smell.
Sheabutter contains a relatively high percentage of unsaponifiable components (6-8%), as well as a natural sun protection factor ( ~ SPF 3) and is also known for its natural content of allantoin, vitamin A and E.
Shea butter is included in cosmetics for it can give nurturing consistency.
The unsaponifiable components have eudermic, nurturing and protecting features and consequently a great importance in dermatology and cosmetics. Especially meant for dry, not very oily and frequently very scaly skin with little moisture (i.e. damaged skin from ardous working conditions or mature skin).
Numerous outer and inner effects on the skin such as sun, pollution, etc. demand good care by using chosen natural substances like shea butter.
Shea butter is a high-quality, well tolerated, all-round applicable raw ingredient, that is characterised by an excellent lipidic replenishing, hydrophilic and skin-smoothing effect.
Not intended for consumption!