What can I use my shea butter for? Uses and benefits.

One of the greatest things about shea butter is that it has amazing properties due to the fatty acids, vitamins and plenty of biochemical compounds found in it naturally.

It's smooth texture makes it super easy to use, allowing you to either use it on its own or to mix it with your favorite oil or lotion.

Because our Shea butter is non-toxic, non-allergenic* and 100% free of chemicals, it can be used safely in so many different ways. It's super versatile and can be used on mostly any skin type. It has many benefits that have been shown to help with conditions like eczema, dry skin, sun burns and even diaper rashes! Yes, it's totally safe for babies.

So, what can you use your Shea butter for? We thought you'd never ask!

1. As an amazing moisturizer [1]

Due to it's high contents of fatty acids, Shea butter serves as a great moisturizer.

The fatty acids give the butter a waxy consistency which forms a skin barrier once applied topically. This helps Shea butter lock in your skin's natural moisture while combating dryness.

In addition, these fatty acids rapidly become absorbed into the skin upon topical use thus deeply nourishing your skin from within.

2. Reduction of the symptoms of Eczema and other forms of dermatitis [1,2,3,4]

Eczema and other forms of dermatitis may cause itchiness, redness and pain - just overall discomfort. If you or anyone you know is dealing with this condition, you'll know how uncomfortable it is. Thankfully, Shea butter can help alleviate the symptoms.

Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties due the presence of the Triterpene cinnamate and Acetate compounds. The presence of these compounds (and the high concentration of antioxidant vitamins like A and E) Shea butter has been shown to greatly help with Eczema and dryness.

Our Shea butter is 100% raw and unrefined, and therefore does not contain any chemicals or irritants that can dry out your skin. In addition to the moisturizing properties of Shea butter (which are much needed in skin prone to eczema) and the anti-inflammatory and collagen boosting compounds in Shea butter, Shea butter works perfectly well in relieving the itching, redness and dryness attributed to Eczema.

Clinical studies have actually noted that Shea butter can work just as well as medicated creams for treating eczema and for the reduction of discomfort associated with it and other forms of dermatitis.

In a clinical study about the effects of topical and dietary use of Shea butter, a clinical trial showed that Shea butter was superior to mineral oil at preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL).

"In a test where participants’ arms were washed in ethanol, it was found that Shea butter was able to help the skin totally recover from TEWL within two hours. One study showed that it worked as an emollient for eczema. Using a scale from zero to five — zero denoting clear and five denoting very severe disease — Shea butter took a three down to a one, while Vaseline only took a three down to a two."

3. Acne [5]

Luckily for us all, Shea butter is non-comodogenic meaning that it won't clog your pores.

Therefore, it can be used on all types of skin including oily skin and skin prone to acne.

Its anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties may help acne prone skin.

Because acne-causing bacteria play a great role in breakouts, the antibacterial properties of Shea butter may also contribute to calming down the skin.

That being said, acne is a medical condition, and if you are suffering from acne you should contact your physician for advice on what is appropriate for your skin.

4. Scabs, scars, sunburns and other wounds [1, 6, 7]

In these cases, wound healing and tissue repair processes become crucial for the skin to heal.

Shea butter contains an incredibly high amount of a biochemical compound called Triterpene. Triterpenes have been shown clinically to enhance the tissue repair by greatly accelerating wound healing. The high amount of Triterpenes also indicates that Shea nuts and Shea butter constitute a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds.

Due to its smooth texture, Shea butter also has a soothing effect on skin affected by sunburn.

5. Sun protection [8]

Everybody loves a good day out in the sun.

Whether you're spending it at the beach, in a park or just having a day out, it's important to protect your skin. Sun-screens absorb or reflect some of the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation, thus they help protect against sunburn, redness and serve to reduce the risk of sun-induced skin-cancer.

The compounds known as Cinnamate esters of triterpene alcohol that are abundant in Shea butter

are known to have strong absorbance of UV radiation in the wavelength range at 250-300 nm.

Although Shea butter alone only provides protection of 4-5SPF, studies have shown that adding it to your existing sunscreen can have a synergistic effect on UVB absorption.

6. Stretch marks [7]

Shea butter has been noted to reduce the activity of keloid fibroblasts (cells responsible for scar production) thus potentially resulting in the reduction of the appearance of stretch marks.

Although the susceptibility to getting stretch marks in highly genetic, the moisturizing and skin healing properties of Shea butter may help slow down or reduce the formation of stretch marks.

7. Anti-aging [8, 9]

Aging gracefully - isn't that the ultimate dream?

Nourished skin is healthy skin - that's the rule. Vitamins A and E found in Shea butter help keep the skin supple, nourished, and radiant. In addition to the presence of vitamins, the presence of various collagen-boosting chemical compounds may help minimize the appearance of fine lines and increase skin plumpness, thus potentially serving as an anti-aging agent.

The presence of naturally occurring chemical compounds that deactivate collagen fiber destruction may also play a role in Shea butters ability to promote skin cell regeneration and a boost in collagen production.

8. Diaper rash

Because our Shea butter is 100% unmodified and free of any chemicals - it can be used on babies! Shea butter forms a protective barrier over the skin, thus it can serve well to prevent diaper rashes. Shea butter is recommended to be used only externally.

9. Hair and lip care

Reference list (from medical literature):








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Malachi Oluwaseyi Israel. Effects of Topical and Dietary Use of Shea Butter on Animals. American Journal of Life Sciences.

Vol. 2, No. 5, 2014, pp. 303-307. doi: 10.11648/j.ajls.20140205.18


Loden M, Andersson A C (2008) Effect of topically applied

lipids on surfactant-irritated skin. British Journal of

Dermatology. Volume 134, Issue 2, pp 215–220

Disclaimer: This post is for informational use only and is not intended to serve as medical advice. For professional medical advice please speak to your practitioner.

*There is currently no medical literature shown to prove that Shea butter may cause any allergic reactions, even in those with nut allergies. However, to be on the safe side please consult a medical practitioner before using this product if you have a known tree nut allergy or if you are unsure.