Unrefined shea butter is raw or virgin shea butter, It is great for dandruff, dry chapped lips or skin, dry or itchy flaky skin, assist with clearing up blemishes after suffering rashes, eczema flare ups and helps with scar fading over long term use. It can help with various skin inflammations including conditions such as psoriasis and soothe shingles. It is also very convenient to have around the house when you have a baby or children for those moments when your little ones have grazes and scraps and also very good for cracked heels.
Raw unrefined shea butter contains vitamin A, E and F. It is pressed from the seed of the karite tree which grows wild in most parts of Africa. It has highly emollient and skin nourishing properties which is why for many years it is used as an ingredient in many skincare and cosmetic products. Most often, you will find shea butter in cream or lotion form, these contain water and other additives so it’s not 100% shea butter. If sold as raw shea butter (virgin or unrefined), then it contains no water or added extra’s.
Over the years I place a bowl of sheabutter on a radiator in the house and use for moisturizing my hands or my scalp. In winter because of its high stearin content, it hardens up but would melt on contact with body heat.Unrefined Shea butter is great for all skin types, for both aging skin and baby skin. It naturally contains SPF 6 and as such provides some UV protection to the skin but not total sun protection and you can not relies on shea butter alone for UV protection.
I get asked so often about how shea butter can be used, so here are a few ideas on how to use your shea. Apart from using it neat on dry or chapped skin you can add oils like olive oil, almond oil and sunflower to your Shea butter to soften it if you are colder climates as Shea butter can harden beyond belief. Back in Africa where the temperature is always hotter, Shea is always mildly soft. By adding liquid oils, you can also benefit from the added properties the oil you use has.
Shea is good for matured skin and great for those who suffer from Eczema, psoriasis and dry skin conditions as it is healing and soothing. It also improves stretch marks (which i know all about), if you like body art i.e. tattoos like myself then you can dab a wee bit on instead of petroleum jelly, you can also apply directly to your lips instead of lip balm, on cracked heels, elbows, use instead of cream for sensitive skin and baby’s bottom and even when babies have nappy rash
Apply directly on your scalp if you have dandruff, itchy scalp, dry hair and to improve healthy hair growth. This applies to all hair types, But go easy on it as Shea is heavy.
It is also used for cooking and and making yummy things like chocolates, but i wouldn’t recommend it simply because i haven’t used it in cooking before.
add 20gr of oil (of choice) to
80gr of Shea butter
5-10 drops of Essential oils(if you have & want it to smell nice)
20gr oil (of choice) Olive/sunflower/almond
60 gr Shea butter
10gr cocoa butter
Melt everything together in a bowl sitting in hot water,stir and allow to cool.
Recipe 3: Bath time Skin Treat
Drop half a tea spoon of Shea butter in a filled bath(water warm to mildly hot) and lie in for up to 30 minutes, when you come out your body will be covered with a mild film of the Shea. This pleasure is not limited to those with baths only, you can apply directly to your body in the shower too, after rinsing soap off, or in a bucket full of water to wash with or as a feet soak treat.
Recipe 4: Kids Bath bomb treat
This is what i use to keep my little man excited.
30gr bicarb soda/baking soda/soduim bicarb
20gr citric acid
2 drops of food colour
2 drops of Lavender Essential oil(No more, please as some Essential oils would burn)
5gr Shea butter
Melt the shea butter in a cup by sitting the cup in hot water and allow it to cool but still liquid
mix all other ingredients together and pour the shea in and mould quickly into a ball or use any house hold items as a mould ) For moulds, let your imagination run wild( yoghurt cups, cup cake tins etc).