Our little 100ml (returnable!) jars have been very popular so I thought I’d write about what it is and why I dig it (while the trend isn’t as crazy as plastic free, google searches have doubled in the last 10 years)
I used to have terrible eczema (which I want to post more on later. In short, for me, changing diet and lifestyle were key) and while my skin was inflamed, it would react to most, in fact pretty much any moisturisers. People would recommend this cream or that cream but when you looked at the ingredients, they were far from natural 🌱, and tended to irritate my skin further. Shea butter was the only thing that worked! 🧞♂️ it is extremely thick and fatty, so it kind of sits on your skin, creating a thick barrier. It feels a bit strange when you first try it, as your skin doesn’t easily absorb it 💦 but it really helped moisturise my extremely sensitive skin without causing even more itching 😭
So what is it? The name Shea comes from s’i, the Bambara (Mali’s 🇲🇱 National language) word for the Shea tree. It can be pronounced Shea like tree 🌳 or like day 🌞 (apparently not like ear though like I used to, Woops 👂)
Shea trees grow naturally in 21 African countries, generally closer to the equator, and the butter is extracted from the Shea nuts. I’m really keen on selling not just South African products but, as far as possible, South African ingredients, however unfortunately in this case it’s a product that isn’t grown locally 🇿🇦
It is frequently used in moisturisers and soaps, however less so in very commercial products because it is a lot more expensive than palm 🌴 or olive 🕊 oil. (We do sell Shea soap though, incl @africanblissnaturalsoap and @still_pure 😍)
In parts of Africa, like Benin, it is even used for cooking 🍳, waterproofing wax, hairdressing, candle making and medical ointments 👩⚕️
The pure Shea butter we sell is from @olivehandmadesoaps, handcrafted in Ghana and raw, unrefined and unbleached. It smells quite strong because it is unrefined - takes some getting used to but I actually like it 😊 we have a tester in the store if you are keen to try it and see if it works for you!