Shea Butter comes from the nut of the African Shea Tree. I actually was blessed to see the shea butter actually made in person when I visited Ghana in 2007.
It was an amazing thing to see. We bought a huge container of shea butter for $8. The funny thing is they were so excited to sell it to us at that price. I think they thought they were overcharging us. Little did they know that the amount of shea butter we bought for $8 could have easily gone for $50 in the United States.
There’s also something amazing about being able to see and meet the people who made this product that we’re going to use. The group of women were so beautiful and so efficient as they worked to create the shea butter. And these women had the absolute BEST skin! And their hands were super soft.
Which brings me to the wonderful benefits of shea butter.
Benefits of Shea Butter
I love shea butter mostly for the way it has transformed my skin over the years. I use to have eczema growing up and nothing has softened, nourished, and helped my skin like shea butter.
Here are all the reasons I love it!
Maybe it’s because you spend so much time massaging it in or maybe it’s all the vitamins in the butter. But shea butter softens the skin like nothing else. And it starts working immediately.
Truly nourishes the skin.
Back in the day, I used lotion. On days when I forgot to put some lotion on or didn’t use it, my skin looked horrible. It was ashy and dry. So he lotion didn’t provide any long-term nourishment to my skin. Shea butter is the exact opposite. The longer I’ve used it, the better my skin has become over time.
Heals the skin.
Shea butter really helped heal my eczema. It has vitamin A, vitamin E, and fatty acids that provide the skin with the nutrients it needs to stay young and healthy. It’s been traditionally used on stretch marks, wrinkles, psoriasis, and any inflammation of the skin.
Smells nice and nutty.
I love the smell. But I know it’s an acquired smell, so it also is versatile and is easy to add fragrance to if you’re not so crazy about the smell.
Is 100% Natural.
In Ghana, many people actually cook with shea butter. So it’s edible. Which is good because the skin actually “eats” everything we put on it. As our skin drinks our skincare products, they are delivered into the body via our bloodsteam. So putting chemicals on the skin is like eating them.
For one of my favorite shea butter recipes, read: How to Make Shea Butter Cream.