Shea Butter is not a carrier oil, but its natural, beneficial properties make it a lipid suitable for aromatherapy work.
Shea Butter is highly moisturizing, has a smooth, creamy texture and can be included in massage blends, lotions, creams and other natural skin care products.
Shea Butter can become gritty if not melted and then cooled properly. It must be heated to at least 175degrees F and then kept heated to that temperature for at least 20 minutes. If possible, let it cool in the refrigerator. Once it has cooled, it does not need to be kept in the refrigerator.
A natural constituent of shea butter is latex (a natural rubber). If you have an allergy or sensitivity to latex, avoid shea butter or perform a skin patch text prior to use.
Nutty and Fatty
Solid but permeable at room temperature. Leaves an oily/waxy feeling on the skin.
Up to 2 Years
(Store in airtight container in cool, dry location.)
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General Safety Information
Use caution when trying any new ingredient, including carrier oils on the skin or in the hair. Those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with nut oils, butters or other nut products. Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand.
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