What You Should Know About Shea Butter

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"superfood for skin"

Shea Butter is a natural “skin superfood” that softens and protects the skin from harsh environmental elements, extreme temperatures and premature aging. We know that Shea, like cocoa butter, helps to improve prevent stretch marks and premature wrinkles; however, one of the less commonly known benefits is that it actually speeds healing and recovery from skin damage that accompanies acne, eczema and minor abrasions.
Shea is a key component in many of our product applications because of its multi-functional therapeutic properties. It helps heal acne; erase blemishes, dark spots and discoloration, thus brightening skin's complexion. 

Used in skin care, Shea helps to hydrate dry skin and improve elasticity. A few of the benefits of pure Shea butter are:

  • COSMETIC: Anti-Inflammatory, Regenerative, Anti-Aging, Hydrating, Skin-Conditioning, Softening, Smoothing, Restorative, Collagen-Boosting.

  • MEDICINAL: Anti-Inflammatory, Regenerative, Anti-Microbial, Anti-Fungal, Stimulating, Restorative, Circulation-Boosting.
When it comes to #anti-aging, Shea butter truly is a gold mine! Using shea butter daily means you get to hold onto your youthful appearance for just a little bit longer and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.


As previously stated, Shea lessens acne, brightens your complexion, protects your skin from hyperpigmentation (blemishes), and helps the skin recover from skin damage. Shea is also surprisingly a great facial cleanser. Our favorite application is the oil cleansing method. Dip a steaming washcloth into the butter and scoop a small amount with the cloth, rub all over the face gently to cleanse away dirt, sweat and cosmetics, while depositing a protective, moisturizing emollient. This treatment can be applied nightly.


Shea can be used daily to safely remove makeup, including mascara from the #lashes, eyeliner, the whole bit. It is not necessary to follow up with any other product but you certainly can if desired. If skin is exceedingly dry, use this same method upon awakening in the morning. You can follow with PURIFI Mineral Tonic and a light moisturizer to prep for the day.


Shea Butter moisturizes and nourishes coily hair from the root to the tip. It protects against dryness and brittleness, repairs damage, and conditions without leaving hair sticky or greasy. It's absolutely perfect for #naturalhair styles, loc maintenance and #twist-outs. It's a no-frills, natural, organic, single ingredient solution for dry hair. Shea performs well when working with freshly shampooed and deeply conditioned hair that is still slightly damp. Shea will seal the hair cuticle, locking in the moisture already present. Thus, when the hair dries, it's soft, light and maintains some bounce.


Although this is more about chemistry, it's good to know why and how Shea delivers. The main chemical constituents of Shea Butter are: Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Cinnamic Acid Esters, Allantoin, and Polyphenols (Tocopherol/Vitamin E). These constituents deliver the following benefits:
  • Reduction in the appearance of aging via wrinkles and fine lines
  • Amazingly soft skin from daily use 
  • Clear skin because of its exceptional cleansing properties
  • Soft manageable hair without heaviness or a or sticky residue
  • Quick healing of burns and scars, as well as nicks and cuts from #shaving
  • Quick healing of skin damage associated with eczema and dermatitis
  • Naturally inherent SPF properties that make it act as natural sunscreen
  • Soothes inflammation, irritation, and redness
  • Stimulates cell regeneration, promoting the growth of healthy skin and tissue
  • Improve skin's texture by softening up those rough dry patches
  • Protection against damage caused by UV radiation
  • Stimulation of collagen production 
  • Correction of unwanted blemishes and dark spots, thus balancing skin tone to create an even glow

G.H. Soaps & BODYTRUTH brand shea nut illustration


In some of Africa’s poorest regions, the Shea tree is important to the economy and to the livelihood. In these places, Shea Butter is most commonly known as ‘Women’s Gold,’ due to the fact that Shea Butter production is the source of income for many women in Africa. The women use Shea Butter to purchase food, clothing, personal items, and to afford an education, among other purposes. For its healing abilities, the Shea tree was recognized as sacred.

For use in the harsh desert climates, Shea nuts were crushed, mashed, and boiled into a butter that was used to protect skin and hair from the drying, damaging elements while also being used to relieve insect bites. According to historical sources, the use of Shea Butter has even been traced back to Egypt as far back as the first century at the time of Queen Cleopatra, when it was used largely in skin care products. 

Traditionally, Shea Butter was a staple ingredient used for its medicinal benefits in African pharmacology. Local healers used this nourishing butter – often making it the key ingredient – to address health issues. Studies conducted in the 1940s discovered that the African people who used Shea Butter experienced fewer incidents of skin diseases compared to those that did not use it. 



  • Can I use if I have eczema? 
    Yes! Shea butter is excellent for eczema sufferers. 

  • How often can/should I use Shea?
    Shea butter, including BODYTRUTH© brand Shea, should be daily to soften the skin and protect it.

  • Will Shea clog my pores?
    No. Shea butter does not clog pores or cause acne.

  • Why should I use Shea daily?
    Shea protects the skin from bacteria which causes skin damage and discoloration. It softens the skin and improves skin's texture and tone. Shea also significantly reduces the chances of ingrown hairs and provides natural sunscreen protection.

  • Can men use Shea butter
    Absolutely. Shea can and should be used daily. Men with coarse beards will benefit greatly from using Shea as a finishing balm, a face & body moisturizer and aftershave treatment.

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  • Zelda on

    Where can i order these stuffs!?

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