What is the American Shea Butter Institute?
The American Shea Butter Institute provides Consumer and Industry Education on Shea butter; establishes voluntary standards on quality of Shea butter entering the USA; engages in basic and applied research to identify Shea butter ingredients or derivatives of its ingredients as new solutions for important problems in nutrition, health care and material science; and promotes the benefits of Shea butter.
My Shea Butter melted, what should I do?
One of the great things about Shea butter is its low melting point. When you apply it to your skin, it literally liquefies. However, one of the bad things about Shea butter is its low melting point. It's quite possible it will melt in a hot room. It may even be melted when it's delivered to you in the summer months. If this happens, don't worry. The Shea butter is good. Just take the lid off of the container and set it in the refrigerator until it gets hard again. As it begins to cool, you might want to give it a stir to bring the olein (liquid parts) back into contact with the stearin (solid parts) so that the Shea butter is uniform throughout.
Where is Shea Butter found?
This unique tree that Shea butter comes from is grows uncultivated in 19 countries found only in the continent of Africa. The region where this tree grows is known as the Shea Belt region. The Shea Belt includes some 19 sovereign nations: Benin, Ghana, Chad, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Cote D'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Zaire and Guinea.
What is Grade A Shea Butter?
Unrefined Shea butter may be divided into four grades based on quality. Grade A is the highest quality grade. Grades B and C are lower quality grades and should be reserved for moisturizing only. Grade F is an extremely poor quality Shea Butter and may be unworthy of use in many cases.
Premium Grade A is the best of the 100% pure Shea butters. Premium Grade A is capable of addressing all the conditions mentioned in 21 reasons to use Shea butter.
The grading scale has been established by the American Shea Butter Institute in an effort to provide uniformity in an industry heretofore lacking any means of quality control or standards. The scale is based on scientific evaluation of nonsoponifiables times the Vitamin A content divided by the percentage of free fatty acids times the peroxide count.
What is African Black Soap?
African Black soap is made from roasted cocoa (chocolate) pods and plantain skins ashes mixed with palm oil. It is a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron. Black soap is especially recommended for the very young and the elderly, or anyone with tender skin. The main benefits behind African Black soap are its superior antiseptic properties.