Ingredient Focus: Shea Butter

Updated: May 13, 2020

A prized component of a wide range of cosmetic products, shea butter is not only fantastic for the skin, it also has the potential to aid sustainable development of rural areas in Africa.

What is it?

Shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii) is a multi-purpose fat extracted from the kernels of shea tree, also known as karite or “the tree of life”. These trees thrive in dry savanna ecosystems across 19 African countries and have been used by their communities as a food plant, for skin- and haircare, as well as an ingredient of medicinal ointments.

Is shea butter sustainable?

This wondrous butter is one of the most sustainable skincare ingredients on the planet. As it comes from a tree which grows abundantly in the grasslands of West and Central Africa, it doesn’t require irrigation, fertilisers or pest control.