Not all Shea Butters are Created Equal

June 14, 2019

Let's talk Shea Butter for a moment. It's one of our favourite ingredients for a whole host of skin and hair loving reasons,

 

You'll find many companies use Shea Butter in their products, and quite rightly so, just a handful of the benefits of this wondrous ingredient are:

 

-Boosts Collagen Production

-Anti Fungal and Anti Inflamitory Properties

-Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

-Exceptional Hair and Skin Moisturiser

-Provided Sun Protection

-Protects Against Free Radical Damage

-Softens Dry Chapped Skin

 

 

But did you know not all Shea Butters are created equal? There are two types of Shea Butter. The most popular is West African Shea Butter. This Shea Butter is the most common Shea Butter used in products today. West African Shea Butter comes from the western side of the African continent, much of it from Ghana. and comes from the fruit of the Karite tree, This butter his high in Vitamin A and fatty acids and has a rich firm feel. 

 

Shea Butter from East Africa or Shea Nilotica, is significantly higher olein content it is also high in unsaponifiables, antioxidants and cinneamic acid and is also known to be a natural sunscreen, It is highly prized and not as common as the West African variety and has a very smooth and silky feel.