What is Shea Butter?
Shea Butter is produced from the Shea Nut Tree. The Shea Tree grows in the wooded savannahs of several countries in West Africa including Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana. The tree itself is very stout and can grow in height up to about 20 meters, having a trunk of about one meter in diameter. It's fruit are berries the size of large plums and produces the first of these fruits after approximately twenty years. Full maturation and production (fruit yield) can be realized after about forty to fifty years. The (pericarp) or inner walls of the Shea nut are quite edible. One tree can produce up to twenty kilograms of fruit.
Shea Butter is exceptionally rich in vegetable fatty acid triglycerides (such as oleic and stearic). it also has a high concentration of fatty acids (phytosterol and unsaponifiables) which when used on a regular basis has the tendency to stimulate the skin's natural renewal process.