Shea Butter

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Scientific Name: {Butyrospermum parkii}
Common Name: {Shea butter, karite butter}

Shea nut butter or shea butter has been used for centuries to improve the softness and resiliency of skin. There are records as far back as the Egyptians of individuals using shea butter to soften and improve the look of skin. Some writings exist that suggest that Queen Nefertiti herself used shea butter to keep her skin looking young and beautiful.

Today, it is still used for the same purposes. Shea nut butter comes from she tree, which is most common in Africa. This tree is regarded as sacred by the people who cultivate them, as they are highly prized for their nuts and the restorative power of those nuts. These giant trees live for hundreds of years, producing a crop of nuts every year, which are mainly harvested by the women of the families that grow these trees. In Africa, shea butter is used both as a moisturizer and as a sunblock, protecting skin from the extreme heat of the desert and the harsh effects of the wind. It is also used in medicine, to help cuts, soothe burns, and ease the pain of bites and stings.

Shea butter has long been used around the world for these same reasons. As an ingredient in one of our skin care products, shea butter plays some roles. Not only does it moisturize skin, but it also helps to improve the overall look and health of the skin. It contains some vital vitamins—including Vitamin E and A, which work as antioxidants to protect skin from sun damage. Not only this, it can heal the appearance of fine lines and scars, soften and plump the skin in these areas, while delivering nutrients to allow skin to rebuild itself.

Because shea butter is so skin-friendly, it penetrates deep into the layers of skin, carrying moisture to the lowest layer, where it is often desperately needed. This is also the layer of skin that is most affected by damaging UV rays. By bringing antioxidants and vitamins to this layer, it helps to improve the entire look of skin, for a brighter overall appearance.

Shea butter also can stimulate collagen production, which means that using it on wrinkled, thin skin will result in more resilient, younger-looking skin, as it works in your cells to encourage the production of collagen, which makes and keeps skin looking young and fresh.

When buying a product with shea, look for "fair-trade" on the label. Fair trade means that the community that produces the product will receive a "fair" wage to live.
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Gently Scrub and exfoliate dead skin cells to reveal smooth, hydrated skin. Apply our Body Butter after the Scrub for a relaxing treatment!
$18.50
Cover that imperfection. Hide the redness. Neutralize life's little imperfections for a flawless complexion with our Mineral Concealer.
$8.95
Reveal a fresher younger-looking complexion with organic jojoba beads and nurturing extracts of Honey, Calendula and Aloe.
$33.00 $19.95
Reach for our beauty balm and moisturize dry areas in a snap.

$12.00 $9.00
Protect your skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Sun Damage can cause photoaging which leads to premature fine lines and wrinkles.
$21.50
Our Nourish Wrinkle Smoothing Serum smooths fine lines and wrinkles to optimize your skin's appearance. Restore your skin's natural firmness with Nourish!
$34.95 $29.95
For those who love the uplifting scent of lavender! Drench your skin with hydrating shea and mango butter for smooth, silky skin! Use after our Lavender Cookie Sugar Scrub for best results.
$12.50
Pomegranate and Cassis Sugar Scrub for the body. Shea Butter and skin nourishing Pumpkin, Noni, Safflower, Sweet Almond, and Apricot Kernol oil exfoliate dry, flaky skin!
$18.50 $9.95
Our Retinol Creams are an easy solution for a great complexion as they work at night to reveal fresh, youthful-looking skin.
$32.50
Our Smart Moisturizer helps your skin be more resilient to aging! Achieve a youthful, radiant glow, younger looking skin, decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin's firmness & elasticity, and brighten your skin tone.
$32.95