SHEA BUTTER, unrefined
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Ingredients: 100% unrefined, natural shea butter
Non-GMO, cultivated without the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers, fungicides, or pesticides.
Country of Origin: Burkina Faso / Nigeria
Production: Unrefined shea butter is solely handcrafted - extracted and prepared without the use of any chemicals or preservatives - the same way African people have done it for centuries. The differences between unrefined and refined shea butter are the scent, color and benefits. Unrefined shea butter maintains its nutty scent, beige color and its many healing properties. Refined shea butter has been chemically altered to remove the natural scent, is bleached to a white color and retains only a very small portion of its natural healing properties.
Qualities: Unrefined shea butter is an ivory colored, natural fat from the seed of the African shea tree. It has a distinct, nutty, smoky odor which differentiates it from the refined shea butter products often found on the market, which have little or no scent. It is also referred to by its French name as Karite tree, which originally (ghariti) means the tree of life due to its exceptional healing properties.
- Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins A, E and F along with healthy fatty acids and valuable phytonutrients
- Helps protect from premature aging; softens fine lines and wrinkles by increasing microcirculation
- Non-comedogenic and great for all skin types
- Penetrates deeply to protect, moisturize and nourish skin without greasy residue
- Lotions & Creams: 5 - 20 %
- Balms: 5 – 100 %
- Bar Soaps: 5 - 20 %
- Hair Conditioners: 2 – 5 %
When adding shea butter to creams and lotions it might be necessary to gently warm it until melted or very soft in texture before incorporating it into the final product. Using a hand blender, create a vortex with your cream or lotion and drizzle in your melted butter until fully incorporated and consistently smooth. For addition in soaps, the general rule of thumb is one tablespoon per pound (15 ml/500 g).
Storage: Store in cool temperatures (below 25 °C) away from light and moisture in an air-tight container. The product will become liquid above ambient temperatures (e.g. 36 °C) but will re-solidify upon cooling without affecting functionality. This butter has a shelf-life of at least one year when stored properly.
Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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Being in the rush I was, worried that the website was going to shut down abruptly, I failed to notice that the shea butter was not organic. I definitely didn't want it and now I'm saddled with a bucket of it. I wish the website was absolutely crystal clear on the items that are non organic. As in big bold letters, so it can't be missed ever. It's easy to forget that some things are not organic when the very name of the business is Organic Matters
Hi Wade, We appreciate your feedback! Any item on our website that doesn't say 'Organic' infront of the product name, is not certified organic. Our shea butter is 100% unrefined, natural shea butter. It is non-GMO, cultivated without the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers, fungicides, or pesticides. Hope this helps,Om