Shea butter is the common name for the widely used, highly beneficial cosmetic ingredient that is made from the nut of the Shea tree, which grows natively in Africa. It has been used for thousands of years for its amazing ability to protect, heal, and moisturize dry skin. There are even historical accounts of Cleopatra traveling with large jars of shea butter to keep her legendary beauty regimen while abroad in the hot deserts of Egypt.
Simply Shea Butter is handmade in Ghana using time-honored practices that result in organic high-grade shea butter that retains all its’ healing properties while being completely free of contaminants. We believe strongly in the ethics of Fair Trade practices, and our supplier does as well. The Simply Shea Butter is proud to be a part of the process that helps Ghanian women earn a fair living for themselves and their families by producing high-quality organic shea butter that can be used as an ingredient in a wide variety of healing products. See our Benefits page for a list of all the amazing things Simply Shea Butter can do!
History of Shea Butter
Shea butter use has been recorded by European explorers in the 1300’s, but it was being used by many African cultures long before that. The Shea tree is considered sacred by many tribes in Africa, and respected leaders were buried in caskets made from Shea tree wood. Why was the Shea tree considered so sacred? It is because people knew and understood the healing abilities of the Shea tree nut. By crushing, mashing, and boiling the Shea nut, a butter could be created that was used as an ingredient in balms to heal everything from chapped lips to insect bites—a useful medicine on the plains of Africa!
Of course, anything that can heal skin that well is also going to be in high demand for other reasons. Historical accounts exist of the legendary Queen Cleopatra demanding that large jars of shea butter travel with her wherever she went, so that she could apply it to her skin every day. The tales of Cleopatra’s beauty still exist to this day, and it is no surprise that even now, many cosmetics and skin-care products use shea butter as a main ingredient.