Our shea butter soap isn’t the only product in our lineup that uses this rich, nourishing ingredient. Let’s learn a bit about shea butter, why it’s sought after in skincare products and which A.J. Murray’s products use this exotic ingredient.
Ingredient Spotlight: Shea Butter
Botanical Name: Butyrospermum parkii
Country of Origin: West and Central Africa, including Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso and Uganda
Color: ivory to slightly yellow
Scent: unrefined has a nutty scent, refined has no scent
Texture: solid at room temperature, but melts upon contact with skin
Extraction Method: expeller pressed
Description and Properties:
Shea butter, a slightly yellow fat with a nutty scent, is expeller pressed and extracted from the nut of the Shea tree. The tree starts bearing its first fruit when it is 10 to 15 years old, and full production is attained when the tree is about 20 to 30 years old. The tree then produces nuts for up to 200 years.
The production of shea butter begins with separating the nuts from their outer shells and then crushing the nuts to prepare for roasting. After roasting, the nuts are then ground into a paste-like substance and combined with water to separate the oils that float to the top. Finally, the butter oil curds are melted and boiled to remove the excess water and then collected and shaped into formed balls, which are then left to harden. It is at this point the butter is ready to be packed and sold to consumers – many of which are manufacturers of body care products.
Shea butter is solid at room temperature and melts upon contact with the skin. Products that incorporate shea butter are often used to moisturize and nourish both hair and skin. Shea butter is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, including Vitamins A and E, which have been shown to regenerate skin cells and protect against sun damage. Vitamin F also helps to protect and nourish dry, chapped skin. The high concentration of fatty acids make shea butter a desired ingredient in lotions and other products that help skin to retain moisture and elasticity.
Our shea butter soap has received praise for its gentle, nourishing cleansing that doesn’t strip the skin of precious moisture. You can also find shea butter as a main ingredient in our lip balms. Experience the benefits of shea butter from head to toe with A.J. Murray’s products.
The FDA has not evaluated the above statements. No claims are made regarding any medicinal value of shea butter. The information presented here is for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.
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