Sheabutter Cottage are the ethical and fair trade business baser in the South of England. The company has been so taken with natural goodness of Shea butter they named their business after the rich, and natural, nut butter. Shea butter is the ultimate of nut butters, which has multiple uses, from a hair treatment, skin moisturiser, to a key ingredient for soap making.
Shea butter is an off- white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). It has anti-Inflammatory Properties. Shea butter contains several derivatives of cinnamic acid, a compound common to cinnamon and balsam trees. It is a natural of form of vitamin A.
It is a naturally rich butter, so I use it on my dry areas. It moisturises feet fantastically. Although it is great for an all over body cream.
My skin definitely changes during winter, so I only really use Shea butter at the end of summer until spring. The weather is unpredictable in the UK, and cold weather can strike at any time, so it's good to have Shea butter on stand when the weather takes a turn for the worst.
The natural properties of Shea butter are endless. I bought my nan a pot of the stuff, and after using it for one month she said the dark marks which have scarred her hands for years, have disappeared.
It states on the back of the tub to keep out of direct heat because it effects the make up of the butter.
However, if you do happen to leave it on the radiator (like I did), it turns into an oil, but will harden again within 30 minutes of cooling.
In an attempt to improve the fragrance and texture of Shea butter, some brands will use lower grade butter; add synthetics and chemical preservatives along with synthetic fragrances. Making such alterations affects the natural properties of Shea butter. To guarantee high grade and organic, Unrefined Shea butter, I only ever buy tubs from Sheabutter Cottage who guarantee your order of butter reaches you in its natural (broken up), state.
Use as little or as much Shea butter as you'd like, but it's better value for money buying a kilo ($17.00) becat of the sheer amount of savings you'd make.