Ingredient Name: Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)
What is it? Shea butter comes from the seeds and fruit of the shea tree, which is native to Africa. It is naturally thick and creamy at room temperature and is roughly 60% fat, making it a highly effective moisturizer. The fatty acids in shea butter include oleic acid, linoleic acid, stearic acid, and it also contains vitamin E. Shea butter has been proven to soothe irritated and dry skin and ease painful skin conditions.
Why do we use it? We use it in the Mother of All Creams for its ability to soothe skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema while providing deep hydration.
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