There are very few 100% pure Shea butters on the market, at any price. Most are quite expensive, as Shea is imported from Africa after being prepared by hand in small villages there. It is very labor intensive – estimated to take 20 to 30 hours to produce one kilogram of handcrafted Shea butter. For the complete story on how real Shea butter is made, read our article "Shea Butter – Healing and Moisturizing Miracle"
Many available Shea butters are lesser grades or are blended with other, less expensive ingredients such as petroleum oils. Pure Shea butter not only moisturizes but heals as well. It is fantastic to drop a teaspoon in a hot bath to moisturize your entire body while you soak, or rub a small amount into your feet at bedtime or morning to soothe your feet, or as a moisturizing after-shave that lasts all day, as well as healing and moisturizing over-worked hands.
We work with a small company that only produces Shea butters on contract, usually for high end Day Spas, nail salons and massage therapists. He rejects almost 90% of the Shea offered to him, accepting only the highest graded quality from select areas in Africa. These Shea producing areas have the highest oil content which gives the best moisturizing and healing properties to the finished product.