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Umuthi Botanicals

Umuthi Refined Shea Butter

Umuthi Refined Shea Butter

Regular price R 65.00
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Umuthi Botanicals Shea Butter, also known as African butter, is a natural plant extract that is high in fatty acids and other nutrients. This moisture-rich butter is used as an emollient that helps to smooth and soften your skin. It melts at body temperature and is therefore easily absorbed. You can use Shea butter in DIY many natural products including body butters, lip gloss, hair conditioners, skin moisturisers, soaps and massage candles.

Sizes 100g, 500g or 1kg.

INCI: Vitellaria paradoxa
  • Shea butter has a limited capacity to absorb ultraviolet radiation and can therefore can be used as a mild sunblock lotion (Factor 6)
  • It can also be used to treat other skin problems such as; blemishes, eczema, skin allergies, wrinkles, itching, insect bites, and even frostbite
  • You can use shea butter to reduce frizziness and get your hair to curl the way you want
  • Although unrefined Shea, which is a darker colour, is considered the premium of the two, the refined is easier to use and therefore more popular in DIY cosmetic products.

Shea butter contains various fatty acids which each have a specific temperature range where they melt and solidify. When the butter is melted and heat is unevenly distributed some fatty acids may solidify quicker than others, resulting in a grainy texture. Sometimes these grains take days, weeks or even months to appear. There is nothing wrong with the butter if it is grainy, but most prefer a smooth, buttery texture.

To prevent graininess and grain formation you will need to make sure that heat is evenly distributed during the cool down process. This is best achieved by constantly stirring the melted butter during cool down. Unfortunately simply pouring melted shea butter into jars and leaving to cool at room temperature without evenly distributing the heat will likely result in grains. So rather gently stir your melted butter while it cools for best results.

Hair tip: You can use shea butter to reduce frizziness and get your hair to curl the way you want. Just apply a small amount of shea butter to fingertips—press your fingertips to the butter with moderate pressure to get just enough to feel tacky. Then rub fingertips on unruly hair. You can then restyle with a blow dryer and brush. The heat from the dryer melts the shea butter, the brush spreads it evenly through your hair, and the hair curls the way you style it.

For Your Safety

This natural product is for external use only. Please exercise caution and do not ingest or take internally. Store away from children, animals, sunlight and heat. If pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult with your medical care-giver before use.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
Shea Butter

I absolutely love using shea butter in my lip balms! It creates an incredibly moisturizing finish and a lovely sealing effect when combined with beeswax pellets. When paired with spearmint essential oil, it's an unbeatable combination. This is hands down my favourite way to keep my lips hydrated and refreshed.

Charlene W.
Shea Butter

Using it in a cream and balm leaves the skin silky soft,
Without feeling greasy. So the Beeswax Lip Balm doesn't have that artificial
Gloss, but gives that replenished moisturizing lips

So smooth!

I genuinely love how well this Shea butter worked for my brand, it made my product look so much better than before. It's a great product!

Ivy M.
In love with the butter.

I knew there was something missing in my body oils. With the softeness of this butter my skin has become so relaxed and so soft. I'm really in love with this butter.

Helen B.
Smooth Shea butter

Not used it yet but look forward as usual to experimenting again. As always excellent service and products thank you.