Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2016
This review is for Viva Naturals Organic Shea Butter, 4 oz - Super Soft Grade A, Silky Smooth Texture &, Suitable for All Skin Types and Perfect for DIY Recipes from Viva Naturals Sold by Viva Naturals and Fulfilled by Amazon.
This product arrived at my doorstep in California in solid form in July. I live in the central valley and the temperature was high 80s.
Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.
Shea Butter Benefits
Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. (source) One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
Shea Butter Uses
Shea butter is one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredients and I use it daily in some form. I’ve used it for years in everything from my homemade lotion bars and original magnesium body butter to homemade lip balms and healing salves.
Some of my favorite uses for Shea Butter:
By itself for face and body as a natural moisturizer
In a shea butter lotion bar stick for easy use
Alone or in a pregnancy stretch mark salve to ward off stretch marks
As the best under-eye wrinkle remover and bag-reducer
For massage butter
In velvety soft whipped body butter
or basic homemade lotion
As a base for homemade deodorant
As an SPF 6 skin lotion
In magnesium body butter
As a natural baby-care product (alone) or ingredient in baby care recipes
By itself on the lips or in homemade lip balms
Or homemade shimmer lip balm
To improve skin elasticity (some even say it helps with cellulite)
On the hair or scalp (in mixture with other natural ingredients)
In homemade liquid creme foundation and makeup
After sun or beach exposure to replenish skin
On the eyelids before applying makeup to make it last longer
As a natural cuticle cream
On scars to naturally help collagen production
On sore/raw noses during a cold or flu
About the Product
Certified Organic Grade A Shea - White shea butters are stripped from their natural color and nutty aroma, destroying nutrients and antioxidants. Our shea butter is raw, unrefined and ivory- the way any high quality shea butter should be.
Softer, Creamier Texture - Most shea butters are in block form, making them difficult to spread and apply to skin. Our Ugandan shea has a higher oleic content, lending a silky smooth consistency for everyday hair and skin care.
DIY Soaps and Lotions - Shea butter is so versatile it can be used in any homemade beauty recipe. Fill soap moulds with shea butter, Viva essential oils and coconut oil as natural skin food.
Nourishing Body Butter - Apply shea butter after showering to keep skin plump, supple and youthful. Nutrients like vitamins A, E and essential fatty acids found in shea soothe dry rough patches. Can be used as an everyday moisturizer too!
Stretch Mark Rescue - As a hydrating emollient, shea butter is an inexpensive alternative to lotions and ointments. Apply to affected areas to help fade the look of stretch marks and replace lost fatty acids.
Shea butter is extremely gentle on the skin and suitable for various skin types. Create DIY soaps, face creams, hair masks and more with our beauty must-have! Certified organic and 100% pure.
DIY Hair Mask - Combine our shea butter with Viva Argan Oil and Coconut Oil for triple the shine, protection and lustre. Shea butter not only restores moisture, but it can also be used as a natural remedy for dry, itchy scalp.
Soothing Foot Cream - Heal chapped or tired feet with shea's conditioning and softening benefits. Add 1-2 drops of Viva Naturals Tea Tree Oil to deodorize and refresh!
The Viva Naturals Difference
Viva Naturals Nilotica Shea Butter is extracted from the nuts of the Karite tree, native to East and West Africa. Unlike West African shea which is often hard and difficult to spread, our Ugandan shea has a higher oleic acid content, which lends a softer and creamier texture for a silky smooth finish.
Viva Naturals Nilotica Shea Butter
Superfood for Skin and Hair
Shea butter has been sought-after for centuries for its moisturizing and healing properties—and with good reason. Extracted from the nut of the Karite tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) native to the tropics of East and West Africa, shea is packed with vitamins A and E, and fatty acids like oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids—nutrients necessary for maintaining the elasticity and suppleness of your skin, and nourishing your hair. Use it on everything from sunburn to household burns, craggy cuticles to cracked heels, minor cuts to surgical scars, stretch marks to diaper rash. The possibilities are endless.
The Viva Naturals Difference
Softer. Creamier. More spreadable. You can see the difference in Viva Naturals Nilotica Shea Butter straight out of the jar. Our shea butter is extracted from the nut of Karite trees in Uganda, which produce a shea that is higher in oleic acid, resulting in a soft, smooth texture just like, well, butter! Unlike West African shea, which is often hard and difficult to spread, you don’t need to melt our shea to make the most of it.
If that’s not reason enough to stock up (it is!), our 100% pure Grade A shea butter is raw, unbleached, unrefined, and certified organic. It’s extremely gentle on the skin and suitable for various skin types. That said, since shea is a tree nut and has naturally-occurring latex (it’s what makes it so good at moisturizing), those with sensitivities or allergies to either should test it on a small patch of skin first.
Shea butter is high in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E—all the better to keep your skin elastic and supple. In fact, participants in one clinical study showed clearer, brighter, younger-looking skin (and even less sun damage) after massaging shea butter into their skin for 4-8 months. Apply it on its own, or with a few drops of your favorite Viva Naturals essential oil.
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