Why use it?
Shea butter is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids, making it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for the skin as it aids in collagen production. A 2010 study found shea butter contains compounds that have shown anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. Adding it to a body product recipe also it gives substance and a lovely buttery-ness.
What is it?
Shea butter comes from the seeds of the fruit of the shea (karite) tree, a small tropical African tree.