It is a butter made from the pressed stones of the Shea Butter Tree. After pressing, the butter is a grubby, dark yellow colour which is then filtered to improve its shelf life. The colour also improves becoming a rich cream colour.
Sap Value NaOH 0.1-8. KOH 1.79.
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter
It is a superb emollient and is excellent for conditioning the skin.
Moisturises the skin and restores its elasticity.
Shea Butter contains natural SPF but this is not high to be used as a sun protection product. The low level does, however, give some daily defence against the damaging effects of UV light whilst repairing cellular degeneration. Re hydrates sun damaged skin.
It is protective and healing, especially for dry and damaged skin. It contains phytosterols which stimulate the basal layer of the skin to regenerate faster giving younger and fresher looking skin.
Superb to use in hair products especially dry and processed hair.
Typical Fatty Acid profile;
3%-9% Palmitic Acid
34% -50% Stearic Acid
38% -50% Oleic Acid (Omega 9)
2% -9% Linoleic Acid (Omega 6)
Use 1% - 100%.
In facial products, we would not recommend using more than 3% as this is already an effective level but may cause open pores on some skin types. Much higher levels are excellent at diminishing stretch marks.
When adding shea butter to your formulations, don't overheat it as this can cause the butter to crystallize when it cools down. This then feels gritty in the finished cream. It is better to keep it melted at a low heat for a few minutes longer as this allows to fatty esters to melt better.
Use in creams, lotions, serums, night creams, hair packs, massage blends, baby products, hair treatments, lip balms, soaps, eczema and psoriasis prone skin, chapped and dry sore skin. Excellent when blended with Vitamin E for diminishing or even preventing stretch marks.
Baby Massage Oil / Stretch Mark oil - makes 100 ml/g
Stage 1: (heat until just melted)
40% Sweet Almond Oil
30% Apricot Kernel Oil
15% Shea Butter
Stage 2: (room temperature)
12% Rosehip Seed Oil
2.5% Vitamin E
0.5% Lavender Essential Oil (10 drops)
Heat the stage 1 ingredients until just melted and then remove from the heat. Cool down in a pan of cold water and when it starts to go opaque around the edges, add the stage 2 ingredients and beat until smooth and fully incorporated. Bottle and label.
Hydrating Hair Conditioner - Makes 100 ml/g
This appears very liquid when bottled but it does thicken up overnight. This means it is easier to get into squeezy bottles.
Stage 1 - (above 75°C)
8% Argan Oil
2% Shea Butter
5% Emulsifying Wax
Stage 2: - (above 75°C)
78% Boiling Spring Water
Stage 3: - (below 40°C)
1% Preservative 12
5% Honey Moisturiser
1% Essential Oils of your choice (20 drops)
Heat the stage 1 ingredients to above 75°C in a double boiler.
Pour the boiling water into a larger stainless steel bowl and then pour the fat stage into the water stage. Keep above 75°C whilst stirring constantly for 5 minutes.
Remove bowl and cool down in a pan of cold water whilst still stirring. When it is below 40°C, add the stage 3 materials and mix thoroughly. Bottle and label.
For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section
These recipes are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.