Shea Butter, Handcrafted
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INCI = Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
Saponification Value: 180 mg KOH / g of Fat
If you love Shea Butter just like we do, you will love our Handcrafted Shea Butter. Why? We are supporting handmade and sustainable production of Shea Butter by the local women in Ghana. With every purchase of the Handcrafted Shea Butter, you help support thousands of women as they support their own families by putting food on the table with stable income from stable work.
How is Handcrafted Shea Butter produced? The Ghanian women gather the shea fruit and then remove the skins. After the skins of the shea fruit are removed, the shea nuts are laid out to be sun-dried. Once the shea nuts are completely dry, the nuts are then crushed, dry-roasted over a fire, and then ground into a paste. The children help their mothers add water to the nut paste as the women mix to create a shea slurry. As cool water is added, the oils start to rise to the top as it then starts to solidify. The raw shea butter is skimmed off the slurry surface and then boiled to remove any remaining water. After boiling, the shea butter is strained into large basins and set aside to cool in a dark place until it is fully cool and has solidified. Now the shea butter can be sent to the markets to be sold. After the shea butter leaves the Ghanian women, it is filtered one more time to remove any impurities and physical contaminants. This shea butter is then run through a mill to mix and smooth the shea butter into the creamy texture you receive.
As a young child, I remember helping my mom with laundry, making bread and even helping prepare meals. I learned how to be proud of the things I could do to help my family and how to communicate with my family. This time spent with my mom was essential to develop a strong bond that would support me when I went to school. This bonding time is the same thing we are supporting with the Handcrafted Shea Butter, and we think it is well worth it!
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