Shea butter - a common ingredient in bath and body products. It has become somewhat of a trigger word in the body product community. But why? What is so incredibly special about this yellow nutty butter? Well, let's start from its beginnings: the shea nut.
The Shea Nut:
Produced in Africa, shea butter is derived from the nut of the Karite tree's fruit. This tree grows wild with little assistance needed by man to flourish. Once cultivating the nuts, they are first typically crushed by hand and then heated to soften. It is then that the shea nuts are ground into a thick paste. Shea butter is a major leader in sustainable resources and each tree can produce around 45 pounds of butter per season.
Now that we understand how it's made and where it comes from, it's important to know the effect that the production of shea butter has on its producers. Luckily, it's a good one! With shea butter being produced mainly by women, it's no wonder it's also called Women's Gold.
Providing an average of 3 million women in Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Mali with steady employment and income - shea butter has become a source of empowerment for African women. It has become a trade passed down from mothers to their daughters to assure them with economic control of their future. In some of Africa's poorest countries, shea butter production also serves as a way for women and their families to overcome hunger caused by poverty. In Burkina Faso, shea butter is the country's third most important export.
If that alone is not a reason to support shea butter production, then I don't know what is. So now that we know truly the most important part about shea butter, let's talk a minute about how it's good for us! Why does this stuff seem to be in every lotion, salve, and balm that you see on the market? Well...
It's no secret that your skin is your bodies largest organ. Our skin is the body's shield to the world. However, our shield isn't made out of steel. Our skin is a porous tissue that soaks in everything that you put on to it. This is why it can be so important to use natural moisturizers such as shea butter. We've all heard that shea butter is excellent for skin's elasticity - the skin's ability to stretch over time. What else is so great about this yellow nutty butter? Well actually, due it it's anti-inflammatory properties, shea butter has been known to help with pesky skin ailments such as eczema. Shea butter is also packed full of five essential fatty acids and vitamins A, E, and D. These nutrients are said to reduce wrinkles and produce a healthy glow.
Lucky you! All of our soap here at Wild Rituals Soap Company is enriched with women's gold! Now that you know more about shea, take a look at our other products that feature this beneficial butter: