How does it behave? (Properties)
Our pure shea butter has a creamy colour, a natural nutty smell and is easily absorbed by the skin. The product is solid at room temperature, and will melt at a temperature of 37°. It melts readily in your hand while applying. Just be aware to keep it away from a direct heat source.
Shea butter contains unique properties that set it apart from the whole nut-oil family:
Shea butter has an exceptionally large healing fraction (also called non-saponifiable fraction) in comparison with other seed oils (between 5-17% for shea butter compared to 1% for other seed oils).
This healing fraction contains important nutrients and vitamins which are required for healing, and explains the beneficial use in skin treatment like eczema, skin allergies, scars, sunburns, wrinkles and other skin conditions.
Besides from the healing fraction, seed oils contain a moisturising fraction (or saponifiable fraction), which contains most of the moisturising properties.
The natural moisturisers in shea butter are comparable to the moisturisers produced by the sebaceous glands of the skin that protect and nourish the skin from drying.
Shea butter naturally contains anti-inflammatory properties, due to the cinnamic acid derivatives present in the product. Cinnamic acid is known for its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties while reducing inflammation.
This is why shea butter will have a soothing effect when applied on skin rashes, minor burns and insect bites, and reduces the redness. In addition, cinnamic acid absorbs some of the skin damaging ultraviolet light generated from the sun.
In some stores, you may find shea butter without the natural scent. This means it has been treated with benzene or other solvents.