Although not as popular as cocoa butter, shea butter is brilliant for those of us with dry skin!
As well as being a popular cosmetic ingredient, it is also edible and is a great source of Omega 3.
I am a HUGE advocate for shea butter as i have seen its effects on me during prolonged usage, however, most of the Shea butter produced in the UK/USA is not always 100% shea,as companies add various chemical ingredients to "bulk" up the product, and so I get my Shea butter imported from Ghana- that way, I know it's 100% pure!
So! A few facts you should know about shea butter:
Shea butter is classified within 4 grades: A, B, C and D. A (unrefined, raw) contains the most natural vitamins, B (refined), C (Highly refined ans extracted using chemicals) and D (lowest uncontaminated grade. When buying Shea Butter, always make sure (when possible) that you check the ingredients for Grade B-C shea butter (grade A is rarely sold in the UK but if you can get it, please do!)
Shea butter comes from West Africa (predominantly Ghana and Senegal)
Shea butter is known to treat the effects of rashes, eczema, fading scars, stretchmarks, dry skin and hyper-pigmentation. (I can vouch for this one!)
Effectly penetrates the skin without leaving it greasy.
For the past week or so, i've been using my own DIY version of a body moisturizer, using some grade A Shea butter that my Dad brought back from his recent trip to Ghana! Here's what I did:
Pure Shea butter:
I then cut the shea butter into smaller pieces.
I then used a measuring jug, some coconut oil and found an empty pot
I then mashed the Shea butter and coconut oil (I later added some olive and avacado oil too) together to make an extremely rich, creamy mixture.
I then put it all in the empty pot and voila! Homemade shea moisturiser!
Sexy, snuggly and versitile, the Alpine knit dress is back in full force again this January after raiding the designers' A/W 2010 catwalks last year.
Wear alone or pair with some thick black tights for a day/night feel. Below are some of my faves!