Just a quick question. Do you guys have stretch marks? Or even cracked heels?
I have had problems with stretch marks on my behind and thighs since I could remember, which sucks, cause it makes me really un-confident about wearing anything short. Is un-confident a word? Oh whatever. But yeah, I like short skirts, short pants, and I’d like to feel awesome, walking around in a bikini. But let’s face it, my fats and stretch marks probably aren’t very attractive.
Recently I met this girl Kady at a commercial shoot I was at, who is from Africa, Guinea specifically, and she told me all about shea butter, and how her mother used to use shea butter on her since she was a child. Now I’m no stranger to shea butter, and almost every moisturizing lotion or creams we know contain some form of shea butter. So I was naturally eager to know how people from other parts of the world use shea butter. SO what is Shea Butter? Shea Butter is obtained from the nut of the Mangifolia tree in Central Africa. It’s also called Karite Butter or African Shea Nut Butter.
The Mangifolia tree can live up to 300 years and has been called the “God Send” to the people of Africa. Found in the African Savannah, the Mangifolia tree gives up its fruit once a year. This is called the Karite Nut. This nut is then boiled and the oils is extracted from it and refined into Shea Butter.
One tree produces 15 to 20 kilos of fresh fruit, which corresponds to 3 to 4 kilos of kernels. It takes 4 kilos of kernels to make 1 kilo of shea butter.
Apparently, in Africa, they use shea butter on babies, children, and they apply em generously on their hair, face, and body. Surprising, no? And they use the raw mixture of shea butter that they hand make, from scratch. Not like the ones we get here, which are filled with all sorts of chemicals and contain VERY little shea butter.
So Kady was telling me that she had brought back some raw mixture from Africa, and of course, I wanted to try it!!
But the nerd in me went home and did some research first anyways.
Here is some interesting info about Shea:
- Organic Shea butter has been used to help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, eczema and stretch marks. It may also help diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin, promoting cell renewal, and increasing circulation. Shea butter also contains cinnamic acid, a natural protectant against harmful UV rays.
- Organic Shea butter is a particularly effective moisturizer because contains so many fatty acids, which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity. It also contains high levels of vitamins A, E, and F
- Shea Butter contains an all-natural substance called Stigma sterol (Anti-Stiffness Factor). Stigma sterol is an unsaturated plant sterol found in Shea World’s organic Shea butter. It is also known as the anti-stiffness factor because it has the ability to relax tired muscles and relieve swelling and muscle tension. Rubbing Shea butter on your skin before you begin a workout can really help prevent muscle aches. Not to mention the good skin benefits that will come with it.
Apparently the smell is amazing, and it works magic! I’m going to try some for myself as well!!
Here are some pictures I got from Kady on how she makes the Shea butter mix, right here in Malaysia!
The total amount of time involved is about fifteen hours, from start to finish! This is a time and labor intensive process and she makes her own hand mind mixers with oil, sweet almond , coconut, and some essential oil.
After that, they go into jars!!
And men can also use organic Shea butter after shaving for a healthy and younger feeling skin. Something for the boys too!
So if you are interested in getting some original African Shea Butter for yourself, I highly suggest you guys to contact me here, drop me a message, and i’ll get back to you on how to purchase the Shea Butter! Or alternatively, drop a comment on the post, and ill get in touch with you =)
AND, honestly, you cant get homemade African shea butter in Malaysia stores, so this is actually very exclusive stuff she’s got here!
Oh yeah, and here is Kady herself! =D See I no lie, her skin so smooth !!
Thats all for now!
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