Competing with Natural Oils
What sets it apart?
Most seed oils can be divided into two important fractions:
- The first fraction is called the saponifiable fraction – which contains most of the moisturizing properties
- The second fraction is called the nonsaponifiable fraction, which contains most of the healing propertie
What sets Shea Butter apart from other seed oils is its exceptionally large healing fraction. The healing fraction contains important nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients required for healing. Depending on the source, the size of the healing fraction may range from 5% and upward. Some report the healing fraction as high as 17%. The larger the healing fraction, the better the chances are for a good quality Shea Butter.
In other seed oils, the healing fraction is very small, often in the range of 1% or less. While other seed oils may have a good to excellent moisturizing fraction, these oils contain little or no healing fraction. Because Shea Butter has such a large healing fraction, in addition to moisturizing fraction, regular use of this natural cream can treat many skin problems, including blemishes, wrinkles, itching, sunburns, small skin wounds, eczema, skin allergies, insect bites, frostbite, and other skin conditions.
It is because of these unique healing properties that the Shea tree got its name, the karite tree, which means the TREE OF LIFE.