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Great Shea Butters for Women of Color

Great Shea Butters for Women of Color

Shea butter is a solid fatty oil made from the nuts of Karite Nut trees, also known as Mangifolia, that grow in the semi-arid savannah regions of West and Central Africa. Shea butter is sometimes called “women’s gold,” because extracting the butter from the nuts gives employment and income to hundreds of thousands of rural African village women. Shea butter is so non-toxic and beneficial that it is used in foods and cooking as well as soaps and beauty products.

African healers and beauties have known about shea butter for thousands of years: the substance is almost magical in its healing effects on burns, skin conditions, ulcerated skin, stretch marks, and dryness. Here are some great shea butter brands that we like and that you should try:

Carol’s Daughter Love Butter

L’Occitane Shea Butter

DORNEE Butter Cups

Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm

The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

Whoop Ash

Farmhouse Fresh whoopie cream



by Christina Crawford Steed


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