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Butyrospermum parkii syn Vitellaria paradoxa


CAS Number: 91080-23-8 ; 194043-92-0

EINECS Number: 293-515-7

Product Code: PBO6001

INCI Name: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter


COMMON NAMES Karite Butter

EXTRACTION METHOD Cold pressed and Refined

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE Ivory white semi-solid fat



Our organic, wildcrafted West African ivory Shea Butter, also known as Butyrospermum parkii Butter, is cold pressed from the nut of the Shea Tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) mainly located in sub-Saharan Africa. Africans have traditionally referred to the trees as God's Gift to Africa because of their long, 300-year lifespan and the rich, highly nourishing butter that they yield.

Shea butter is highly emollient and naturally rich in antioxidants, including Vitamins A and E, making it an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is usually found in products like skin moisturizer creams and hair conditioners. Apart from being an important component of several cosmetic products, Shea Butter is also used to make skin-friendly pharmaceuticals used to treat diseases like acne, eczema, and arthritis. Shea butter can be useful in treating burns and sun damage and is also a favourite for helping reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. It contains Oleic Acid, a saturated fatty acid which is highly compatible with the sebum naturally produced by our skin, which means it's readily absorbed and is said to help the absorption of other active ingredients.

Our Shea Butter has been extracted and refined in a traditional style without the use of harsh chemical processing (hexane or other petroleum solvents), heating or preservatives, to yield a off-white butter with a very subtle mild odour and a smooth, creamy texture. It is highly versatile and is well suited for a wide range of skin, cosmetic and hair care applications.


Our range of organic body butters are all 100% natural and have NOT been blended with cheap fillers like Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat or Mineral Oil and additives like water, alcohol, silicon, colouring agents, synthetic fragrance, parabens and preservatives. We both manufacture and source only the finest quality butters from highly revered suppliers from all around the world, with whom we have worked with for decades. Our avant-garde in-house Quality Control Laboratory has experienced technicians and staff to provide a comprehensive product analysis for all of our topical body butters.

Suggested Use Levels: Creams, Lotions, Balms, Make-up Foundations, Bar Soaps and Hair Conditioners. Use from 3% to 100% pure (as a butter-like balm).

Packaging: Our butters are packaged in airtight plastic containers (jars or pails) and not the retail packaging. We are a wholesale supplier, and most of our customers use our butters in their product formulations. Butters can sometimes melt during transit, and these containers help ensure that the butters don't leak. Also to avoid excessive, and repeated exposure to artificial heat, we avoid heating our organic butters to pour them into jars or pails for shipping as it can be damaging to the quality of the butters. All of our butters are scraped, shaved or scooped, as needed to package them into jars or pails, without applying heat. Because of this practice, butters will always be packed into a container that might be a little bigger than the size of the melted butter. We believe that spending a little more for the package is better than jeopardizing the integrity and quality of the butter. If the butter is received in a warmed condition, due to transit, the container may appear to be less than full. This is normal, and expected, as they are packaged by weight, not by volume.

Recommended Storage: This butter should be stored in cool temperatures away from sunlight and moisture in an air-tight container. The butter will become liquid above ambient temperatures, but will re-solidify upon cooling without affecting functionality. This butter has a shelf-life of 24 months when stored properly.

This is a cosmetic product and is meant for external use only. As with all of our materials, it should not be taken internally.




Palmitic Acid C16:0

2.00 – 9.00

Stearic Acid C18:0

36.00 – 47.00

Oleic Acid C18:1 (n-9)

40.00 – 50.00

Linoleic Acid C18:2 (n-6)         

3.00 – 10.00

Arachidic Acid C20:0

Maximum 3.00



Technical Data Sheet (TDS)

Certificate of Analysis (COA)