Shea Butter FAQ's

What is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is fat that is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree. It is solid at warm temperatures and has an off-white or ivory colour. Shea trees are native to West Africa, and most Shea butter still comes from that region.

Shea butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries. Its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids — combined with its easy-to-spread consistency — make it a great product for smoothing, soothing, and conditioning your skin

You can find two types of Shea butter available on the market for use as a cosmetic: Unrefined (or Raw Shea) and Refined or Ultra Refined.

Unrefined or Raw Shea Butter is a butter that has not been processed with any chemicals. It is mechanically extracted and filtered to remove particles from the Shea nut that remain in the butter from the first extraction process.  By mechanically filtering it the butter then retains all its vitamins and healing properties.

Unrefined Shea butter can vary in shades of ivory or gold, and it has a slightly smoky and nutty scent that is caused by the roasting process it goes through. Unrefined Shea Butter will feed and heal your skin, it will nourish it and will make a big difference in your beauty routine.

How Do I Store My Shea Butter?

To ensure your Unrefined Shea Butter has the longest shelf life, up to 2 years, keep it in a cool place, uncontaminated in its original container.

What Is It Good For?

Shea butter is an incredible skin moisturizer suitable and safe for all skin types. It is a skin problem solver. It is good for skin smoothing and relieving irritations such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and other rashes.  Despite being a fat butter, it is non-comedogenic, so it will not clog pores. If you suffer from acne or have occasional breakouts, read how Shea butter can help acne sufferers. It aids the body’s natural collagen production which in turn will stop your skin from becoming dry. Thanks to the combination of fatty acids and vitamins, Shea butter is very nourishing for the skin. Each of our blends have different benefits which are explained on the product information

Can I use It on My Face & Body?

You can use our unrefined Shea butter blend as a stand-alone face & body moisturizer. You only need a pea size portion of Shea for your face, then rubbing it between your fingers let it melt. Gently massage it into your skin, starting with your cheeks and moving around your face. The reason that you should do it this way is because the natural heat from rubbing it between your fingers breaks down the Shea butter into an oil form. This makes it easier to spread on your face, and the skin will absorb it faster. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way – just use enough that will get absorbed on your skin, and you can pat dry any excess as needed.

Can I use it in my hair?

Our Shea Blends can be used in your hair. If your hair is naturally curly or porous, consider using Shea butter as a conditioner. Make sure your hair has absorbed most of the Shea butter before rinsing and styling as usual. You can also use a small amount of Shea butter as a leave-in conditioner.

If your hair is naturally straight, thin, or fine, consider using Shea butter on the ends of your hair. Applying Shea butter to your roots may cause an oily looking build-up.

What size are your tubs?

We stock 120ml, 250ml and 500ml Amber Jars (Glass or Certified PET) to offer protection for your Shea Butter from damaging UV light

What are my delivery options?

Once your order has been dispatched, you will receive a Tree of Life dispatch email and your order will be delivered by Royal Mail 24hr Tracked 1st Class "Signed For" service completely FREE, so the price you see for our products, is what you pay, no annoying hidden extras