Origin of our shea butter
Our COSMOS-certified shea butter comes from Burkina Faso and Ghana. The nuts are mostly harvested by women who work together in local cooperatives. As a result of the merger, the women not only get fair purchase prices, but also have better tools at their disposal. Their work secures a large part of the livelihood of their families, enables them to receive medical care and pays their children's school fees. This makes shea processing a very important industry locally. Our supplier knows the women personally and guarantees the cooperatives fair purchase prices.
Production of our shea butter
We only use pure Butyrospermum Parkii butter grown in certified organic areas. Extraction is time-consuming with many work steps: The nuts collected in the wild are freed from their soft green shell and boiled in water. The nuts are then dried in the sun. As soon as they are dry, the second layer, the hard nutshell, comes off. The nuts are sorted out and further dried in the sun until they are ready for further processing. Now it's time to get down to business: after all, the nuts should ultimately become butter. The nuts are ground, roasted and pressed. The result is unrefined shea butter as it is offered on the market.
The unrefined shea butter is perfect in its ingredients.In particular, the proportion of unsaponifiables, i.e. the phytosterols (stabilize the skin's barrier function) is higher in unrefined butter than in refined butter. However, unrefined shea butter doesn't look very appealing and, well, let's just say it , smells getting used to. It's really only for die-hards. That's why we decided on the ingenious variant. After all, you should also enjoy a fragrant care ritual with natural cosmetics.
The production of the refined shea butter does not differ in the basic production, but it is additionally cleaned, filtered and brightened. Since our butter is COSMOS-certified, only additives are used in this process that are permitted in the Organic Ordinance , such as citric acid, fuller's earth and activated carbon. The auxiliary substances do not remain in the product, the result is 100% pure shea butter.
Is FIVE Shea Cream suitable for my skin?
You will especially like the balm if you would describe your skin as dry or even suffer from very dry skin. Most of our customers use the balm on the face, but the FIVE Shea Cream is also very suitable for heavily used hands, for example after gardening or for rough parts of the body.
The use of Shea Cream in the cold season should be particularly emphasized as protection against wind and cold, for example when skiing or simply being outdoors. Then you can apply it a little thicker and normal skin will also enjoy rich and protective care in winter. Find out more in my article Versatile cold balm: How Shea Cream protects you in winter.