Shea butter is a commonly used ingredient in natural care products. As the name suggests, it is also the main ingredient of our Shea Cream. But what makes this nut butter so unique? This and how this valuable ingredient for our cream is obtained, you will find out here.
What is shea butter?
On the shelves you can find shea butter cream in many variants. This super-skin skincare, also known as shea butter or, more rarely, galambutter, is extracted from the nut kernels of the shea tree. The tree grows up to 12 meters tall in the African savannah.
If you want to buy a product with a high content of shea butter – the ingredient in the INCI list is Butyrospermum Parkii Butter after the botanical name of the tree – you soon realize that this ingredient has its price. Among other things, this is due to the fact that the trees only deliver their yield after a good 40 years.
Shea butter ingredients
The nuts have about 45% very high fat content, which is composed of several valuable lipids and brings more positive properties:
Oleic acid makes the skin barrier more receptive to fat-soluble substances such as vitamins and ensures that your skin feels nice and soft.
Stearic and palmitic acids provide protection against environmental influences.
Linoleic acid has a smoothing effect, plays an important role in the regeneration of your skin and makes it resistant.
Vitamin E has an antioxidant effect and fights cell-damaging free radicals.
Triterpene alcohols have an anti-inflammatory effect, which contributes to a pure skin appearance.
Thanks to the highest proportion of unsaponifiable ingredients (11%) of all vegetable fats, shea butter offers particularly long-lasting protection.
Shea Butter in Shea Creme – Five Skincare
Where our shea butter comes from
Our shea butter comes from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Kenya. The nuts are mostly harvested by women, who team up in local cooperatives. Their work secures most of the livelihoods of their families, provides them with medical care and pays their children’s tuition. Thus, the Shea processing is a very important industry on the ground.