Shea butter is found in many different products. It has long been a reliable source of aid for a variety of skin conditions. Made from the seed of the African Shea tree, its moisturizing properties mimic the natural byproduct of the sebaceous gland in your body. One of shea butter’s many benefits is its anti-aging properties and its positive effect on microcirculation in the body. Here are some of the numerous uses for shea butter:
Improves skin conditions such as:
Help in the treatment of:
• Skin allergies
• Insect bites
Many users have found that shea butter also promotes and speeds the healing of wounds. Others have used it for stretch marks and itchy skin rashes. Because shea butter is prepared without the use of chemicals, it uses only natural ingredients and moisturizers to benefit the body. There are four categories of shea butter used in the United States:
• A (raw and unrefined)
• B (refined)
• C (highly refined)
• D (lowest without contamination)
One company in the United States has combined the sale of shea butter products with the added benefit of helping support women in developing countries. Eugenia Shea Butter Company, which was started by Naa-Sakle Akuete, along with her mother, has determined that her organization would not only sell this healthy product but also support women workers who were struggling in northern Ghana. Akuete is a graduate of Harvard business school and a Wall Street analyst, responded when her mother asked for help with the shea butter business. Akuete saw the potential of importing the product and selling it in the United States. The two women also used this opportunity to hire women employees as part of a cooperative partnership.
The Eugenia Shea Butter company (named after Akuete’s mother), has been a success. The women attribute part of this to the fact that they use 95% of shea butter in all of their products. Most other companies use less than 25%. Akuete believes this sets their products apart. She also counts as a success the more than 700 women they are helping in Ghana. A portion of the profits is sent to these businesswomen, to foster female enterprise and financial savvy for the future.