Think all shea butter is created equal? Not quite. When you pick up that lotion or deep conditioner at Target with “100% Raw Shea Butter” on the label, you’re most likely holding a product containing paradoxa shea.
Paradoxa shea butter is sourced from shea trees in West Africa and is usually firm or hard in texture. In raw form, this type of shea butter typically takes some friction to melt in order for absorption into the skin or hair… and even with friction, absorption can be a challenge. When paradoxa shea is found in over-the-counter products, there are usually also chemicals or other additives included to soften the texture, making it easier to use.
However, there is a more luxurious, nutrient-rich option— Nilotica Shea Butter. What’s the difference?
Nilotica shea trees are only found in East Africa (North Uganda and South Sudan). The name Nilotica is derived from “Nile” as these trees are exclusively grown along the Nile River Belt. Because Nilotica is rare and of higher caliber than Paradoxa shea, it has been mostly reserved for more high-end, vegan skincare products that you likely won’t find as you browse the aisles of your local major retail store.
Here’s a few examples of what you MAY have been missing out on...
#1: More Oleic Acid
Nilotica contains 25% more oleic acid than West African shea butter (hard shea butter). Oleic acid is an odorless, colorless oil that also naturally occurs in animal and vegetable fats. While it is most commonly used for preventing heart disease and reducing cholesterol, its presence in Nilotica contributes to the soft, creamy texture. As a result, Nilotica is much easier to spread and absorb into your skin and hair, delivering even, superior levels of moisture to your body.
The high oleic acid content increases Nilotica shea butter’s anti-ageing properties, making it an optimal ingredient in many high-end, vegan skincare products. The fatty acid boosts natural skin hydration, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and protecting the skin’s natural oil barrier. Packed with vitamins A, E, and K, Nilotica improves microcirculation to the skin and aids in natural collagen production. As a result, you lose the dullness and the appearance of fine lines, keeping your skin firm and youthful.
#3: 100% Organic
Organic Nilotica is one of the purest nut-based oils you can find. Ethically and exclusively sourced from Nilotica nuts of the shea trees that line the Nile River, in an industrially untouched area of Uganda, Nilotica shea butter has zero chemicals, perfumes, additives, or artificial preservatives. Nilotica has no smell at all, making it an ideal and popular ingredient in luxury vegan skincare products. Also, unlike the vast majority of over-the-counter products containing West African shea, Nilotica is pure and safe enough to use on even the most delicate skin of a newborn.
And last, but certainly not least, Nilotica shea butter has advanced anti-inflammatory properties. Nilotica contains natural ingredients allantoin and vitamin K, which have widely known benefits of soothing itchiness, healing injured skin, and reducing swelling and bruising. Nilotica shea butter has been successfully used to soothe irritation from skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, rashes, as well as diaper rash and cradle cap for babies.
For these reasons and more, we only use premium, fair trade Nilotica in the creation of our vegan, cruelty-free skincare products at Sherabo Organics. Our intense body butter,Shea Aloeganic, is a customer favorite. Each jar is chemical free and hand-crafted with the ultimate goal of preserving the beauty and wellness of every person it touches.
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