Unrefined Shea Butter

Unrefined Shea butter has been used by African women for centuries. It is the first moisturizer massaged into newborn babies skin after their first bath, It is used as a beauty balm for hair and skin. It is used for the healing of achy joints and arthritis. It is also used for food and a cooking oil.

In moisturizers, a common ingredient that makes it effective are vegetable based oils such as unrefined shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. Nowadays, there are many options for body butters but it’s important to know what’s in them so you can make more informed decisions. If you’re looking into switching to shea butter for your body, here is some helpful information about its roots.


Unrefined Shea butter is originally from West Africa and at Shea Radiance we call it the women’s gold because it has provided income and a future for our women run cooperatives in Ghana and Nigeria. It is a fat that is gotten from the nuts of shea trees in West Africa and yellow or ivory in color. It’s mostly found in countries in the shea belt such as Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, and Cameroon. 


The beauty of unrefined shea butter can be found in the ingredients that it is made of. Here are some below:

Palmitic Acid

This acid has properties that help soften and soothe skin. It is great for the hair as it doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

Stearic Acid

This acid  has great cleansing properties that help get rid of excess oil and dirt on the hair and skin. 

Oleic Acid (Omega 9)

This acid helps maintain softness and suppleness of the skin and hair. It helps reduce signs of fine lines and aging. It has antioxidant properties and helps prevent stiffness and pain. It can also affect how or soft the shea butter is.

Linoleic Acid (Omega 6/Vitamin F)

This acid is also rich in antioxidant properties. It helps with current breakouts and can help prevent future breakouts. It is known to help with other skin problems such as eczema and helps retain moisture in the skin and hair.

Vitamins A, E

Unrefined shea butter are rich in these vitamins and provide anti-inflammatory properties that help with skin issues such as  dryness, discolorations, stretch marks, and eczema. Vitamin A protects the skin against sunburns from UV radiation. More benefits include collagen production and less oil production that helps unclog pores.

The benefits of shea butter are extensive and can be found as a main ingredient in soaps and moisturizers. Our P.U.R.E line is rich with simple ingredients that will solve common skin problems such as eczema and dry patches.  Click here to purchase.

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