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Plant Part: Seed
Extraction: Cold Pressed
Growing Practice: Organic
Country of Origin: Africa
Shea Oil is an Ideal treatment for dry or aging skin. Helps moisturize and retain elasticity of the skin. Helps protect skin from sun and wind. Used by itself or as an additive to skin products.
Appearance: a semi-solid, waxy material
BioChemicals: Glycerides (90%) including Palmitic (4-5%), stearic (27-42%), oleic (45-57%), and linoleic (6-9%) acids.
Unsaponifiables (8-10%) Mostly Triterpene cinnamates (4-9%)
CAS No: 91080-23-8
The shea tree is also known as Karité, Nku, or Bambuk Butter tree.
The tree must be at least 8-15 years old at first harvest, and can yield 15-20 kg of fresh fruit that produces 3-4 kg of dry kernels, which are 42-48% oil. Women and children collect the fruit at the beginning of the rainy season.
The oil is extracted by hand pressing, motorized oil expellers, or batch toasters.
It has a skin softening effect, and also can be used in hair conditioners to add and maintain moisture.
It is also used in soapmaking, in small amounts (5-7% of the oils in a recipe). Since it contains unsaponifiable components, it leaves a small amount of oil in the soap which seals moisture into the skin.
Store in a cool place. If it melts, it should be stirred as it rehardens to maintain a uniform texture.
The information provided on these pages is not a substitute for necessary medical care, nor intended as medical advice. Always keep carriers and bases tightly closed and in a cool, dark place, out of reach of children. If redness or irritation occurs when applied to the skin, stop using immediately and contact your health provider if necessary.
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