The concentrations of stearic and oleic acids in the shea kernels differ across the 19 countries depending on environmental conditions. The fatty acid proportion of East African Shea butter is much more variable than West African Shea butter; the oleic content ranges from 46 to 60%, thus producing a softer butter. Nuts are harvested from a wide area, so Shea butter consistency is determined by the average fatty acid profile of the production area.
Shea butter has high levels of Phenolic compounds that are known to have antioxidant properties. A study was conducted on different phenolic compounds in shea butter, which are catechins, a family of compounds studied for their antioxidant properties. The phenolic profile is similar to that of organic green tea, and the total phenolic content of shea butter is two times higher than virgin olive oil. This study also found that the overall concentration and relative percentages of different phenolic content in shea kernels varied from region to region. Our literature research suggested that the overall concentration of phenols in shea kernels is linked to the level of environmental stress that the trees endure.
100% Pure & Natural Shea Butter is an all-natural vitamin A&E cream. Unrefined Shea Butter has been shown to be a super moisturizer with exceptional healing properties for the skin. Shea Butter is a fatty acid extract from the seed of the Shea fruit. The extract is known to contain a number of ingredients with biological activity. This biological activity includes moisturizing and healing skin ailments. 100 % PURE SHEA BUTTER. Unrefined, has the largest healing fraction and contains very special natural ingredients that are ideal for healthier skin. Shea Butter contains the one vitamin that is absolutely mandatory for healthy skin.
At AAA Shea Butter, we sell only Certified Grade A Shea Butter for its healing properties. All Shea Butter will moisturize but only Certified Grade A Shea Butter will consistently heal the skin.
Graded Shea Butter may range in quality from excellent to poor (A to F) with Certified Grade A Shea Butter being rated the highest quality. Certified Grade A Shea Butter may be used to treat a number of skin conditions and serves as an excellent product for regenerating health skin. The difference between 100% Certified unrefined Grade A Shea Butter and Non-Certified unrefined Shea Butter, is it has not been laboratory tested and certified by our Quality Control Laboratory. Our Quality Control Laboratory tests for lead, copper, mercury, mold, yeast and bacteria content in addition to other important proprietary tests. If you are not using laboratory tested Shea Butter, how do you know if the Shea Butter you are putting on your skin is safe.
Only high quality 100% unrefined laboratory tested Shea Butter can offer the health benefits you expect. Buying Certified Grade A Shea Butter is your only means of knowing the quality of Shea Butter you are purchasing.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Grade A Shea Butter, review the 21 uses of Grade A Shea Butter.
If you're interested in knowing more about how we make our Shea Butter, review our Shea Butter process.