Six things you want to know about Shea Butter!

 Villeteria Paradoxa tree where shea nuts are grown where Shea butter comes from

Villeteria Paradoxa tree where shea nuts are grown where Shea butter comes from

The explosion of natural butters and oils that seem to have taken over stores whether they are health stores or supermarkets is undeniable.

Coconut oil, Argan oil and Shea butter are among some of the most popular natural oils.

You may have heard of Shea butter, but

1. What is it?

2.Where does it come from?

3.Composition of Shea butter.

4. Raw or Unrefined Shea butter vs Refined Shea butter

5. What are the benefits in regard to using it with your skin and hair

6..How can you source a good supply of premium graded  Shea butter?

  1. What is Shea butter?

Shea butter is literally the fat that is inside the kernel of a Shea nut. It is extracted manually by a process that involves crushing, roasting, grinding , you add water to it and stir or cook it and then leave it to solidify.

2. Where does it come from?

. Shea nut grows on the villeteria paradoxa tree which is found in some countries in the African Savannah. It takes 20 years for the villeteria paradoxa tree to bear fruit and can ‘live’ for about 200 years.

The community land that the tree grows on means that anyone is free to pick shea nuts and process it, this has been a valuable source of income for Shea nut processors.

These Shea nut pickers like many rural or farm workers are not necessarily well paid. However, their income stream improves and is more consistent when they join or form a cooperative. This means that they can have storage for Shea nuts and saving schemes so out of season they can have funds to pay living expenses and school fees.

In its native countries Shea butter had many uses. It was used as an oil for cooking. Shea butter was also used as an aid for arthritis or backaches. It was used a lot for skin care. Some tribes in Nigeria also melt Shea butter on a spoon, let it cool down and swallow it to treat coughs!.

a woman boiling kernels.jpg

3. Composition of Shea butter.

We have already established that Shea butter is extracted from a Shea nut. The properties of Shea butter makes it quite interesting and unique. It is a triglyceride (fat)

the 4 main fatty acids in Shea butter is

a) Stearic acid,

b) oleic acid,

c) linoleic acid

d), palmitic acid.

The stearic acid is what gives it its solid and waxy composition. The oleic acid contributes to the high moisturising, hydrating and absorbent qualities that Shea butter has. This Oleic oil in Shea butter is 5 times the amount in Coconut oil as an example which helps you to see why you may find coconut oil less moisturising.

If we broke it down in relation to vitamins it contains vitamin A, which is retinol, so it has anti-aging benefits naturally. Vitamin F means it has anti inflammatory properties. VitaminE helps to even out skin tone.

4. Difference between Unrefined or Refined Shea butter

Unrefined Shea butter can be ivory beige, pale yellow and slightly green! It has a slight nutty odour. In Nigeria there is a saying that Shea butter cannot expire! However, if the Shea butter you are buying has a strong scent, that means it has gone rancid and has expired! The challenge with Shea butter in the West is that during winter Shea butter gets so cold that it goes solid and has white chalky spots in it.

Some people stop using it because of that, others tell me that they put the Shea butter in the microwave to get in a soft consistency in order to apply it. This is bound to have negative impact on the minerals in Shea butter The Best way is to keep your Shea butter warm so keep it in a warm room near a radiator in those colder months.

During Summer months if your Shea butter melts and solidifies it may alter the consistency and become grainy, the grains do melt quickly on contact.

 

Refined Shea butter

Refined, Shea butter is white in colour and odour less. The process of removing the compounds means it does not have as many of the additional benefits that the Unrefined Shea butter has to offer but it is still a very good moisturiser.

In its refined state there are less challenges for cosmetic makers when using Shea butter as an ingredient.

5. Shea butter benefits for your skin and hair

shea oil shea oil and butter.jpg

What we put on our skin can get into our blood system. So for this fact alone it is good to seek out a natural product.

 

Due to the anti-ageing properties, the ability to fade skin cars gradually the anti-inflammatory properties in Shea butter and the high oleic oil that gives it supreme moisturising abilities Shea butter is good for all skin types but especially beneficial for dry skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis and psosarsis. You will note how Shea butter immediately softens your skin and provides a protective barrier.

 

Shea butter is non comedogenic so it will not block your pores. But if you have oily skin or acne prone skin I would advise you to use a natural oil that has a high linoleic content like Argan oil. You can use s

Shea butter afterwards to help fade any acne scars. The sooner you use it the quicker you will see the results.

To benefit the most Shea butter should be applied to skin when it is still a bit damp. Not when it is completely dry.

If you find Shea butter too rich, it may cause break out in a small amount of cases. You may want to try Pure Shea oil is a by-product of Shea butter that has had some of the stearic fatty acid that makes Shea butter solid removed. It is very moisturising similar consistency to coconut oil but more hydrating.

Shea butter does have SPF protection of 6. Some people have also said that Shea butter makes their skin darker. If this is not your desire, a product like Monshea™ Shea oil with ylang-ylang will prevent this or you can opt for another oil like Coconut oil

The chart below gives you an idea on how Shea butter compares in regard to its hydration and absorption abilities compared to other natural oils or butters. This is useful information to bear in mind if your skin is particularly dry.

Pure Shea butter can be used on babies. It provides a natural alternative for baby skin care

Popular oils measured in regard to the quantity of oleic oil(moisturing fatty acid)

Shea butter for hair.

Our hair styles, styling habits ie use of colour, weaves, extensions  the environment  and even hard water has taken a negative  impact on our hair.

It may have lost its sheen, frizzy, dry or even shedding due to lack of elasticity. Due to Shea butter moisturising, and softening abilities the prevalence of Shea butter in products  and the hair care  advice given on it ,  adding Shea butter to your hair care regime seems essential.

A word of caution however is that Shea butter is an oil and not a conditioner. A conditioner need to have some water content in it. When you use Shea butter as a leave in conditioner for example, it can leave your hair feeling quite dry maybe a day or so afterwards.

To overcome this dilemma, use Shea butter as part of your conditioning process and add Shea butter with your conditioner as part of a deep conditioning process. Using this method, the Shea butter now acts as a sealant locking the moisture. It also acts as a detangler for those blessed with thick hair.

In between washes you can make your own leave in conditioner with Shea butter and water as an ingredient. Or you can use Shea oil that absorbs better in the hair or any other of your favourite oils including a hair oil product.

Shea butter has personally helped to thicken my hair. I make my own hair oil product with Shea oil, Argan oil and glycerine which helps to keep my hair hydrated.

Another favourite recipe is Shea butter/Shea oil coconut oil and castor oil to help promote hair growth.

Liquid Shea butter / Shea oil is  also a good product to use to keep a dry  scalp hydrated without matting hair that may be the case if you are sporting plaits, extensions or locs.

6.How can you source a good supply of premium grade Shea butter.

As mentioned earlier Shea butter is prevalent. To identify a good source of Shea butter it should be graded as premium grade A. If it is organic and unrefined Shea butter is (no certification is required under the law) then that is good. If your supplier supports a woman cooperative or community enterprise that actively has schemes to improve the lot of Shea pickers and processors you are on the right track.

I belong to Global Shea alliance that aims to harvest Shea nuts in a sustainable way and supports Shea pickers with advice and practical support.

If you would like to try our premium grade un refined Shea butter  please then fill out

you contact form so I can send you a discount code.

How to save money when purchasing products for Curly hair or Dry skin!

Have you been on an endless and expensive quest to discover products that will moisturize your dry skin and curly or dry hair?

 On occasion you may have even exceeded your budget on products based on many promises, but sadly they did not fulfill the objective that you require them to. Why does this keep happening?

hair care image.jpg

Why does this keep happening?

This keeps occuring as we go about buying products the wrong way. We need to change the way we go about buying product for dry skin and curly hair. Our selection should not only be based on the model, or blogger promoting the product, or even word of mouth. If this was an efficient method of, purchasing moisturizing products, then why do we have bathroom cabinets and dressing tables overflowing with almost full and hardly used ones!

Knowledge is power.(and it will save you some cash along the way)

If we have a health condition once it is diagnosed, we can take specific action to help to improve that condition. If it is undiagnosed you are likely to spend a lot of time trying remedies or following advice that is unlikely to be successful.

Why don’t we adopt the same method when it comes to our and hair? The more we understand about our skin and hair the more likely we will get an effective product match.

So what should you know:

 

a.  your skin type(porosity).

b.   your hair type

c.   product ingredients PRIOR to purchase.

d.    composition of natural oils (which is present in many products in varying amounts) is also important

skin care image.jpg

The five skin types:

1.   Normal skin- is balanced (neither dry or oily).

2.   Dry skin- does not produce or retain enough sebum (natural oil that the body produces). So, if your complexion is dull, or ashy or feels tight then you are likely to have this skin type.

3.   Oily skin- produces too much sebum. This results in greasy skin, enlarged pores, tendency for acne and less wrinkles. In severe cases it can cause Seborrhea dermatitis

4.   Combination Skin- is a mixture of dry and oily patches. Generally, the oiliest part would be your forehead and nose (T zone) but as with most things there are always exceptions to the rule!

5.   Sensitive skin- If your skin reacts to environmental factors, emotional situations etc. that trigger proves that your skins’ natural barrier function is weak. The nerve endings will be irritated, and this will result in burning, skin blotches or itchiness.

 

 CLOSE UP OF HAIR STRAND   Hair type   Porosity refers to the way your hair (in this instance)  absorbs  and retains moisture. The porosity of our hair will  There are 3 levels of hair porosity high, normal or low.   3 levels of Hair Porosity.     1.High porosity hair.     Absorbs moisture quickly , but also loses it quickly!  This is a sign of a damaged cuticle (they look like scales on the external part pf our hair) and low protein levels. This can be caused by chemical processes or use of hot appliances i.e hair straigthers or hair driers  If you leave your home with straightened hair, go to an indoor event that is packed with people, the air is hot and humid, and you end up returning home with an afro! You are likely to have high porosity hair.    2.Low Porosity hair    Low porous hair  will not absorb moisture  quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Low porous hair is a sign that the cuticles are difficult to open. This may be due to our choices of product which contain silicones, overuse of conditioners and can even be because of minerals from hard water. S if your hair takes a long time to dry or you use product and it is difficult to absorb into your hair then it is likely to be low porosity.    3. Normal Porosity    Normal porosity hair is impermeable. It  will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well . Hair should absorb water t a slow pace and what it does absorb it should retain it for a long period.     LET’S TAKE THE POROUS TEST.     1. Put a clean strand of hair in a clear glass of water and leave it for 4 minutes  2. If it  floats on top  (after 4 mins) you have  low porosity  hair  3. If it  sinks  to the bottom of the glass you have  high porosity hair   4. If it floats to the  middle  of the glass you have  normal  porosity hair    Now you know your skin and hair type. In, our next article we will work out what ingredients in products will be helpful to you.

CLOSE UP OF HAIR STRAND

Hair type

Porosity refers to the way your hair (in this instance) absorbs and retains moisture. The porosity of our hair will

There are 3 levels of hair porosity high, normal or low.

3 levels of Hair Porosity.

1.High porosity hair.

Absorbs moisture quickly, but also loses it quickly!

This is a sign of a damaged cuticle (they look like scales on the external part pf our hair) and low protein levels. This can be caused by chemical processes or use of hot appliances i.e hair straigthers or hair driers

If you leave your home with straightened hair, go to an indoor event that is packed with people, the air is hot and humid, and you end up returning home with an afro! You are likely to have high porosity hair.

2.Low Porosity hair

Low porous hair will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Low porous hair is a sign that the cuticles are difficult to open. This may be due to our choices of product which contain silicones, overuse of conditioners and can even be because of minerals from hard water. S if your hair takes a long time to dry or you use product and it is difficult to absorb into your hair then it is likely to be low porosity.

3. Normal Porosity

Normal porosity hair is impermeable. It will not absorb moisture quickly and will hold what it does absorb quite well. Hair should absorb water t a slow pace and what it does absorb it should retain it for a long period.

LET’S TAKE THE POROUS TEST.

1. Put a clean strand of hair in a clear glass of water and leave it for 4 minutes

2. If it floats on top (after 4 mins) you have low porosity hair

3. If it sinks to the bottom of the glass you have high porosity hair

4. If it floats to the middle of the glass you have normal porosity hair

Now you know your skin and hair type. In, our next article we will work out what ingredients in products will be helpful to you.

Six things you want to know about Shea Butter!

 Villeteria Paradoxa tree where shea nuts are grown where Shea butter comes from

Villeteria Paradoxa tree where shea nuts are grown where Shea butter comes from

The explosion of natural butters and oils that seem to have taken over stores whether they are health stores or supermarkets is undeniable.

Coconut oil, Argan oil and Shea butter are among some of the most popular natural oils.

You may have heard of Shea butter, but

1. What is it?

2.Where does it come from?

3.Composition of Shea butter.

4. Raw or Unrefined Shea butter vs Refined Shea butter

5. What are the benefits in regard to using it with your skin and hair

6..How can you source a good supply of premium graded  Shea butter?

  1. What is Shea butter?

Shea butter is literally the fat that is inside the kernel of a Shea nut. It is extracted manually by a process that involves crushing, roasting, grinding , you add water to it and stir or cook it and then leave it to solidify.

2. Where does it come from?

. Shea nut grows on the villeteria paradoxa tree which is found in some countries in the African Savannah. It takes 20 years for the villeteria paradoxa tree to bear fruit and can ‘live’ for about 200 years.

The community land that the tree grows on means that anyone is free to pick shea nuts and process it, this has been a valuable source of income for Shea nut processors.

These Shea nut pickers like many rural or farm workers are not necessarily well paid. However, their income stream improves and is more consistent when they join or form a cooperative. This means that they can have storage for Shea nuts and saving schemes so out of season they can have funds to pay living expenses and school fees.

In its native countries Shea butter had many uses. It was used as an oil for cooking. Shea butter was also used as an aid for arthritis or backaches. It was used a lot for skin care. Some tribes in Nigeria also melt Shea butter on a spoon, let it cool down and swallow it to treat coughs!.

a woman boiling kernels.jpg

3. Composition of Shea butter.

We have already established that Shea butter is extracted from a Shea nut. The properties of Shea butter makes it quite interesting and unique. It is a triglyceride (fat)

the 4 main fatty acids in Shea butter is

a) Stearic acid,

b) oleic acid,

c) linoleic acid

d), palmitic acid.

The stearic acid is what gives it its solid and waxy composition. The oleic acid contributes to the high moisturising, hydrating and absorbent qualities that Shea butter has. This Oleic oil in Shea butter is 5 times the amount in Coconut oil as an example which helps you to see why you may find coconut oil less moisturising.

If we broke it down in relation to vitamins it contains vitamin A, which is retinol, so it has anti-aging benefits naturally. Vitamin F means it has anti inflammatory properties. VitaminE helps to even out skin tone.

4. Difference between Unrefined or Refined Shea butter

Unrefined Shea butter can be ivory beige, pale yellow and slightly green! It has a slight nutty odour. In Nigeria there is a saying that Shea butter cannot expire! However, if the Shea butter you are buying has a strong scent, that means it has gone rancid and has expired! The challenge with Shea butter in the West is that during winter Shea butter gets so cold that it goes solid and has white chalky spots in it.

Some people stop using it because of that, others tell me that they put the Shea butter in the microwave to get in a soft consistency in order to apply it. This is bound to have negative impact on the minerals in Shea butter The Best way is to keep your Shea butter warm so keep it in a warm room near a radiator in those colder months.

During Summer months if your Shea butter melts and solidifies it may alter the consistency and become grainy, the grains do melt quickly on contact.

 

Refined Shea butter

Refined, Shea butter is white in colour and odour less. The process of removing the compounds means it does not have as many of the additional benefits that the Unrefined Shea butter has to offer but it is still a very good moisturiser.

In its refined state there are less challenges for cosmetic makers when using Shea butter as an ingredient.

5. Shea butter benefits for your skin and hair

shea oil shea oil and butter.jpg

What we put on our skin can get into our blood system. So for this fact alone it is good to seek out a natural product.

 

Due to the anti-ageing properties, the ability to fade skin cars gradually the anti-inflammatory properties in Shea butter and the high oleic oil that gives it supreme moisturising abilities Shea butter is good for all skin types but especially beneficial for dry skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis and psosarsis. You will note how Shea butter immediately softens your skin and provides a protective barrier.

 

Shea butter is non comedogenic so it will not block your pores. But if you have oily skin or acne prone skin I would advise you to use a natural oil that has a high linoleic content like Argan oil. You can use s

Shea butter afterwards to help fade any acne scars. The sooner you use it the quicker you will see the results.

To benefit the most Shea butter should be applied to skin when it is still a bit damp. Not when it is completely dry.

If you find Shea butter too rich, it may cause break out in a small amount of cases. You may want to try Pure Shea oil is a by-product of Shea butter that has had some of the stearic fatty acid that makes Shea butter solid removed. It is very moisturising similar consistency to coconut oil but more hydrating.

Shea butter does have SPF protection of 6. Some people have also said that Shea butter makes their skin darker. If this is not your desire, a product like Monshea™ Shea oil with ylang-ylang will prevent this or you can opt for another oil like Coconut oil

The chart below gives you an idea on how Shea butter compares in regard to its hydration and absorption abilities compared to other natural oils or butters. This is useful information to bear in mind if your skin is particularly dry.

Pure Shea butter can be used on babies. It provides a natural alternative for baby skin care

Popular oils measured in regard to the quantity of oleic oil(moisturing fatty acid)

Shea butter for hair.

Our hair styles, styling habits ie use of colour, weaves, extensions  the environment  and even hard water has taken a negative  impact on our hair.

It may have lost its sheen, frizzy, dry or even shedding due to lack of elasticity. Due to Shea butter moisturising, and softening abilities the prevalence of Shea butter in products  and the hair care  advice given on it ,  adding Shea butter to your hair care regime seems essential.

A word of caution however is that Shea butter is an oil and not a conditioner. A conditioner need to have some water content in it. When you use Shea butter as a leave in conditioner for example, it can leave your hair feeling quite dry maybe a day or so afterwards.

To overcome this dilemma, use Shea butter as part of your conditioning process and add Shea butter with your conditioner as part of a deep conditioning process. Using this method, the Shea butter now acts as a sealant locking the moisture. It also acts as a detangler for those blessed with thick hair.

In between washes you can make your own leave in conditioner with Shea butter and water as an ingredient. Or you can use Shea oil that absorbs better in the hair or any other of your favourite oils including a hair oil product.

Shea butter has personally helped to thicken my hair. I make my own hair oil product with Shea oil, Argan oil and glycerine which helps to keep my hair hydrated.

Another favourite recipe is Shea butter/Shea oil coconut oil and castor oil to help promote hair growth.

Liquid Shea butter / Shea oil is  also a good product to use to keep a dry  scalp hydrated without matting hair that may be the case if you are sporting plaits, extensions or locs.

6.How can you source a good suly of premium grade Shea butter.

As mentioned earlier Shea butter is prevalent. To identify a good source of Shea butter it should be graded as premium grade A. If it is organic and unrefined Shea butter is (no certification is required under the law) then that is good. If your supplier supports a woman cooperative or community enterprise that actively has schemes to improve the lot of Shea pickers and processors you are on the right track.

I belong to Global Shea alliance that aims to harvest Shea nuts in a sustainable way and supports Shea pickers with advice and practical support.

If you would like to try our premium grade un refined Shea butter  please then fill out

you contact form so I can send you a discount code.

Name *
Name

Why is my hair still dry?

0k, so you have invested a lot of time and money in breaking your budget to buy this amazing moisturizing oil that will not only make your hair feel really soft and shiny, 

You are anticipating all the compliments you are going to get and even practice the modest responses you will give to people in the mirror, while shaking your moisturised tresses that kooks so good that people will think you are sporting a weave or a wig.

The reality is after shampooing it, conditioning it, sealing it ....it made no lasting difference at all your hair is as dry as ever

WHY?!!!!

Simply put the oil is NOT moisturising enough.

How can you know what is? A little bit of research. Yes what is more important your time or your money?

Oleic fatty acid is the moisturising and absorbent ingredient in natural oils.

The higher the percentage of Oleic oil therefore the more moisturising & absorbing.your selection of oil

Which is most  moisturising out of these 9  popular natural oils

Castor oil       Oleic acid‎: ‎2 – 6%

Coconut oil   Oleic oil 6.5%

Black seed oil  Oleic acid (23.4%)

Jojoba oil   Oleic acid  5 - 15%

Black seed oil  Oleic acid (23.4%)

 Argan Oil Oleic Acid 43-49.

Mango butter (from the seed) is 46% oleic acid

Shea oil Oleic acid 56%

Avocado oil Oleic acid 55.0 - 75.0 %

 

So Mango butter, Shea oil and Avocado oil are the most moisturising in the above list. You can try Monshea shea oil for as little for £4.50 here


https://monshea.co.uk/shop/monshea-shea-oil.

 

Please share with your friends and family so next time they go out for a natural oil they will not be disappointed.

afro vintage_9783094.jpg

Shea oil v Shea butter

Shea oil v Shea butter

Chances are, is by now you would have heard of the supreme moisturising abilities of Shea butter as part of your dry skincare regime, and possibly tried some whether in its pure unrefined state, or as an ingredient in a moisturiser or in a hair product.

 However, have you heard of Shea oil?

How does Shea oil compare to Shea butter?

Is Shea butter more effective than Shea oil as a dry skin care product?  

 

 

 

 

Let’s start by looking at what Shea butter and Shea oil is consists of.

Shea oil is a byproduct of Shea butter

  

The components of Shea butter & Shea oil

 

All butters / oils are made up of fatty acids. Shea butter and Shea oil are made up of Stearic, Linoleic, Palmitic & Oleic .fatty acids.

 1.Stearic acid gives it the waxy, solid consistency.

 2. Linoleic acid (vitamin F) produces ceramides. This plays a vital role in keeping your skin strong and resilient. It contributes to protecting the outer skin & acts as an anti-inflammatory, acne reducer and moisture retainer.

 3. Oleic fatty acid tend to be very moisturizing and regenerating to our skin. They often offer anti-inflammatory properties and mimic our natural sebum.  It is absorbed well by the skin, which offers softening and moisturizing effects.

 4.Palmitic acid can act as an emollient. It can soften the skin and help it retain moisture by forming an oily, water blocking layer that slows the loss of water through the skin. This can improve dry and flaky skin as well as conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

 

Unrefined Shea Butter contains approximately: 

43% stearic acid
46% oleic acid
7% linoleic acid
4% palmitic acid

                                           
Shea Oil contains approximately:
27% stearic acid
59% oleic acid
9% linoleic acid
5% palmitic acid

Conclusion

Shea oil has all the advantages of the Shea butter without the disadvantages for example
 

1.   Shea oil is more moisturizing for our skin, thanks to the higher oleic acid content. It is also easy to apply as it has a much softer texture

2.   Shea oil  will absorb instantly leaving your skin softer and giving you a radiant long lasting glow.

3.   Shea oil has a lighter scent than the butter

 

Monshea™ skin and hair range is made from Shea  oil.

 

 

small shea oil in image (2).jpg

Raw Shea butter, Great for dry skincare but ......

SHEA butter is one of the most moisturizing of natural oils that is why it is a popular ingredient in many of the dry skin care products you will find in your favourite retail outlets

But did you know?……..

The Shea butter you are using is very likely to be Refined shea butter

shoil sh butter.jpg

WHY?

The pure unrefined shea butter has a natural scent, due to the roasting stage in the traditional processing of the shea butter ( however, the fresher the butter the lighter the odour) which many cosmetic manufacturers have decided that this would put off potential customers of purchasing this as a dry skin care product.

Also ,  unrefined shea butter can get so hard during our Winters, it is almost as if it has frozen! (in some cases) that it makes it impractical t use in the season we need it the most!

Raw or Refined shea butter does it make a difference?

Well, refined shea butter is prepared by manufacturers using chemicals such as hexane and a high heat to help extraction of the shea butter from the shea nuts. This produces a whiter, odorless butter, it is still a great testament to shea butter, as it is still great for dry skin and hair care as it is very moisturizing.

However, due to this process, the numerous benefits we have come to love that exists in many natural products including Shea butter are unfortunately lost.

For example, anti- ageing, relieves stiff muscles, evens skin tone, fades scars improves the appearance stretch marks, helps rashes and improve some types of eczema and dermatitis.

You definitely get a lot more for your money if you opt for Unrefined shea butter rather than Refined Shea butter.

 

SHEA OIL

If the thought of moisturizing with unrefined shea butter, is still not appealing to you but you love the benefits of unrefined shea butter, then you are a perfect candidate to try Shea oil. This by product of unrefined shea butter, contains all the benefits of unrefined shea butter without any of the disadvantages. (more information about this in the next blog)

As they say seeing is believing, so you can obtain a trial size product for yourself from to see whether it will be worth including and become part of your range of dry skin care products.

shea oil.jpg

What ingredients should be in Skincare products for dry skin?

These days we are more ingredient conscious and examine labels before we choose   what will end up  in our stomachs. Well what ingredients should you look for in a product if you want to to get rid of dry skin and hair? 

Well lets have a look at an ingredient that features in all of my product range.

YLANG YLANG

Meaning "flower of flowers", is an essential oil has a beautiful soothing aroma that has a long history as a very effective anti depressant and mood lifter. 

How can Ylang Ylang help your skin and hair?

Ylang Ylang benefits for Skin

1., Ylang Ylang oil balances the sebum (oil) production of your skin.. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, Ylang Ylang will help

2.. It is also useful in treating acne and its anti septic properties to help speed up the healing of acne wounds.

3. It can be used to clean and prevent infection because of its anti bacterial and anti septic properties

Ylang Ylang benefits for hair

1..Ylang Ylang can help prevent hair loss, because it has antiseptic properties that kill germs and irritants that cause hair loss..

2.Clears the hair follicles of stale oils due to its oil regulating properties.. 

3. Has antioxidant properties that reduce oxidative stress and cellular ageing in the scalp which cause hair weakening hence hair loss..

4. Has a stimulating effect on the scalp which will encourage hair growth.

5. Ylang Ylang can be used as part of a hot oil treatment, which will penetrate your hair follicles, strengthen hair and reduce hair shedding.

 So now you have an idea of what it does, I am proud to say that  Ylang Ylang is an ingredient in all of the Monshea range.. Are you ready to give it a try?

Free post and packaging during October 2017 code FSO17

beautiful ylang ylang flower.jpg

Dry Skin care products, Why bother?!!

I recently read this article on Fashion IE website and wanted to share it with you. As Monshea range is made from one of the most moisturisng of natural plant oils,  and  suitable for those looking for dry skin care products, read on to see why Ncole Kidman thinks this is important.

Nicole Kidman talks about her dry skin. Australian actress, Nicole Kidman looks for “hydrating” beauty products because she has dry skin. The 50-year-old actress takes care of herself more now she’s getting older and the key factor when she’s looking for new beauty and skincare products is that they are “hydrating“. She told W magazine: “The thing is to be healthy. “Obviously, you need to use certain creams, and you need to use sunscreen, and you need to take care of yourself more. And that’s why even something that’s hydrating, because my skin tends to be dry, and my lips tend to be dry, so anything that says hydrating I’m like yes, please.” And the ‘Big Little Lies’ actress is teaching her young daughters, Sunday, nine, and six-year-old Faith – who she has with husband Keith Urban – to get into the habit of protecting their skin from harmful sun rays. She said: “Because I’m so fair, I recommend even my girls, like my little girls, they wear the sunscreen too, because one of them is dark, and one of them is fair. “I’m just so religious about it. It’s just how I was raised, and it’s why my skin now is, I think, far less damaged than it could have been. Because I still go to the beach, it’s not that I don’t go to the beach, and it’s not that I’m not outside.” Nicole – who also has adult children Isabella and Connor with ex-husband Tom Cruise – recently urged women wanting to have children to make sure they stay healthy for their kids, and explained it is more important to feel your best, rather than focusing on looking youthful. Nicole explained: “You want to have beautiful, healthy-looking skin and that’s what I think most women would desire. And, as much as we talk about anti-aging, it’s more that I want to feel vibrant.”

 

Nicole-Kidman-talks-about-her-dry-skin-660x400.jpeg

Shea oil V Shea butter for dry skin care, what is the best best natural face moisturizer?

 

Chances are, is by now you would have heard of the supreme moisturising abilities of Shea butter for face, and possibly tried some whether in its pure unrefined state, or as an ingredient in a moisturiser or hair product its one of the best natural skin care products.

However, have you heard of Shea oil?

How does Shea oil compare to Shea butter? Is it worth considering or even trying Shea oil if you are so happy with the benefits of Shea butter? Their both one of the  best natural face moisturizer.Can we say that Shea butter is much more superior and more effective than the oil?  

 Well to answer that question please think about what you love about the butter, but also what you find challenging about Shea butter whether you use it directly for yourself or if it is an ingredient you use when making products.

 Let’s start by looking at what Shea butter and Shea oil consists of.

dreamstime_s_53357311 (1).jpg

 

 

 Components of Shea butter & Shea oil

 All butters / oils are made up of fatty acids. Shea butter and Shea oil are made up of Stearic, Linoleic, Palmitic & Oleic, fatty acids.  

Stearic acid gives it the waxy, solid consistency.

 Linoleic acid (vitamin F) produces ceramides. This plays a vital role in keeping your skin strong and resilient. It contributes to protecting the outer skin & acts as an anti-inflammatory, acne reducer and moisture retainer.

Oleic fatty acid tend to be very moisturizing and regenerating to our skin. They often offer anti-inflammatory properties and mimic our natural sebum.  It is absorbed well by the skin, which offers softening and moisturizing effects.

  As a fatty acid, palmitic acid can act as an emollient. It can soften the skin and help it retain moisture by forming an oily, water blocking layer that slows the loss of water through the skin. This can improve dry and flaky skin as well as conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Unrefined Shea Butter contains approximately: 

43% stearic acid
46% oleic acid
7% linoleic acid
4% palmitic acid   

                                        
Shea Oil contains approximately:
27% stearic acid
59% oleic acid
9% linoleic acid
5% palmitic acid

 

What is the difference between Shea butter and Shea oil?

  Shea oil is the liquid version of Shea butter. It is fractionated from Shea butter by removing some of the stearin.  As a result you get higher levels of fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid, and lower levels of stearic acid.  Shea oil remains liquid at 20˚C. 

 Benefits of shea oil.

1. Shea oil is more moisturizing for our skin, thanks to the oleic acid content which is higher in the oil than it is in Shea butter.

2.   Shea oil is easy to apply as it has a much softer texture

3.   Your skin may feel more oily initially. But will absorb the oil leaving your skin softer and giving you a radiant long lasting glow very quickly.

4.    Shea oil does not get as hard as the butter so it a much easier product to work with. So if you do not mind the consistency of your products changing, you do well to consider replacing Shea butter with Shea oil.

5.   Shea oil will cut down the cost (you do not need to mix other products with the Shea oil to soften it) and cut down the time to make products .

6.  You do not have the to deal with the scent you get with un refined Shea butter.

 

Monshea™ skin and hair range is made from Shea oil.

 

 

 

 

 

20 Benefits of Shea Butter and Shea Oil

Have you heard that Shea butter is good for you? How can Shea butter oil improve your skin and hair?  

Here are 20 reasons why you should incorporate Shea butter and Shea oil into your regular beauty and dry skin care routine:

The benefits of Shea butter and Shea oil:

  • penetrates and moisturises hair and skin
  • can be used on dry itchy, bumpy scalps
  • leaves hair soft
  • can be used as deep conditioner
  • fades scars
  • evens skin tone
  • makes skin soft
  • get rids of shaving bumps
  • contains vtamin a retinol anti ageing
  • improves appearance of wrinkles
  • anti inflammatory & analgesic properties
  • oil is good slip for massage
  • reduces muscular pains & aching joints
  • composition of oil excellent for babies skin
  • completely natural
  • improves appearance of stretch marks
  • apply oil on wet hair and acts as a detangler
  • suitable for eczema and dermatitis
  • fades age spots