Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

What It Does

A must-have in any creator's cabinet, shea butter is known for its hydrating and protective properties due to compounds called unsaponifiables. Our shea butter is mildly refined to remove heavy metals and other impurities that cause crystals in your formulations, leaving pure shea butter with its unsaponifiables still intact - all the good stuff and none of the worries.

How It's Made

Shea kernels are harvested from trees in the shea belt of Africa, where they grow in the wild without the use of fertilizer or pesticides. After the kernels are collected, the pulp is removed and the remaining kernel is washed before being sun-dried. The shea kernels are then mechanically crushed, washed with bleaching clays to decolorize and distilled to deodorize, leaving creamy shea butter.

Gluten Free
Gluten Free
People and Planet
People and Planet
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

People and Planet

Completely Biodegradable
Certified Organic (Ecocert Greenlife, USDA Organic)
Certified Fair Trade (Fair For Life)

Geographical Origin

Burkina Faso

Ingredient Origin



Emollient, Source of Triterpenes

Types of Formulas

Creams, Lotions, Butters, Soaps

Use Level

1 - 100%

Color / Odor / Appearance

Off White / Vegetal / Butter


Oils, Butters, Waxes

Melting Point

93ºF - 110ºF

Percent Active


Natural Index ISO 16128



Store in closed container in a dark, cool place.

Shelf Life

See retest date on Certificate of Analysis.


For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.

Regulatory Documents

Safety Data Sheet
Certificate of Analysis Lot 20C061

Sold in ounces by weight. See our Terms for full warranties on safety & regulatory.

Packaging Type
8 oz
16 oz
5 lb
25 lb
Paper Tube
Paper Tube
Poly Bag
White Plastic Bucket With Side Handles

Why It's Special

Our shea butter improves the lives of and empowers women in rural African communities. The kernels are sustainably sourced from members of the Global Shea Alliance and are Fair for Life certified. Women are paid a fair price for their harvest and no forced or child labor is used.

Quality. Transparency. Trust.

Women collect shea fruits that have fallen to the ground.


The pulp is removed by boiling water to obtain the shea kernel.


The kernels are dried by the sun before the butter can be extracted.

Expeller Pressed
Expeller Pressed

The kernels undergo mechanical pressing to extract the butter.


The raw butter is rinsed by decolorizing clays and deodorized by distillation to remove impurities.

Make It Yours
Nourishing Balm formula with beeswax, shea butter and jojoba oil
nourishing body balm

This deeply softening blend of butters and oils helps soothe and calm dry skin. Organic Shea Butter allows the balm to melt easily, while Organic Jojoba Oil and Fair Trade Cocoa Butter give the balm structure without making it solid.

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Double boiler
4 oz. jar with lid

Skill Level: Easy

Makes 100 grams or 3.5 ounces.

1 Organic Shea Butter 43.0%  43.0 g
2 Squalane 20.0%  20.0 g
3 Organic Jojoba Oil 18.0%  18.0 g
4 Fair Trade Cocoa Butter 10.0%  10.0 g
5 Sustainable African Beeswax 8.0%  8.0 g
6 Chamomile Essential Oil 0.1%  0.1 g
TOTAL 100%  100.0 g

Prepare a double boiler with water in the bottom pan and add ingredients 1-5 to the top pan. Begin heating the mixture to 175ºF with light stirring. Keep the temperature at 175ºF for 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.

After 20 minutes, turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool while stirring gently. At 115ºF, add Ingredient 6, the essential oils. Continue stirring until product clouds and then pour into jars immediately. Finish cooling at room temperature before adding caps.

INGREDIENTS: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil

This recipe is only a representative formulation to serve as an example of how these ingredients can be used. It is not a commercial product. Please conduct own testing as this formulation has not been subjected to testing for either performance, efficacy or safety.

Before handling ingredients, read all product information and safety data sheets for the ingredients to understand any handling instructions, safety precautions, and disposal instructions.

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