Shea butter is a highly nourishing ingredient perfect for use in lotions, creams, balms, hair conditioning/styling products, and even for use on its own as a moisturizer. While shea butter is great for a variety of skin types, it is especially beneficial for dry or winter skin, and can be used to smooth rough or dry patches year round. Shea butter is one of the most common and versatile butters that can help protect the skin from moisture loss while reducing dryness.
While typically used on the skin, shea butter is also wonderful for the hair, and can be added to shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and styling products to help add smoothness and shine to dry or frizzy hair. Most varieties of shea butter can be challenging to work with due to the possibility of shea crystals, which can give your product a gritty texture. This particular type is resistant to crystallization, meaning that you can heat this ingredient and use it in formulations with a reduced likelihood of shea crystals.
Ingredient Function: Emollient
Used in: Lotions, creams, color cosmetics, hair masks, masks, hair styling products, balms, body scrubs and polishes, soaps, lip balms
Solubility: Oil soluble
Appearance: Ivory to pale yellow butter
Odor: Nearly odorless to light vegetable fat odor
Derived From: Karite tree
Part(s) Used: Nuts
Preserved With: No preservative
Country of Origin: Raw material sourced in Africa, manufactured in the European Union
Method of Extraction: Mechanically processed
Processing: Mechanically processed, refined, proprietary fractionation process, bleached, deodorized
- Not for internal consumption.
- Can be included as an ingredient in skincare formulations or used on the skin at 100%.
- Helps impart the benefits of shea butter to your DIY skin and hair care products without the frustration of shea crystals.
- Ideal for areas of the skin prone to dryness, such as the elbows, hands, and feet.
- Learn more in our blog about Shea Butter and how to use it in DIY Cosmetics
- Follow along to create your own DIY Eucalyptus Bath Melt using Shea Butter
This product is vegan.
While some of our stock products can be customized with scents, additives, etc., at-home customization should be done at your own risk. We are not liable for formulas that break as a result of customer alterations. Altering cosmetic products is a complex and variable process, and there is not a one size fits all method for the customization of any formula. We encourage you to experiment in small test batches, do outside research before attempting to customize a product, and have your customized product tested at a third party lab to ensure preservation efficacy. If you want to customize our products and are unsure about doing it on your own, we recommend exploring our in-house customization services.