· What the difference between your Gold and Ivory Shea?
At LIHA we offer two types of vegan Shea butter: ivory and gold. The difference in colour is merely attributed to the region in which the shea butter was extracted and can also be based on the season and production methods. The same amazing skin health properties remain, regardless of the colour, however, depending on your personal usage of the butters you may prefer one over the other. Both are rich in Vitamins A and E and work wonders for multipurpose moisture.
Ivory shea butter is from Ghana and can be crumbly in texture. It has a nutty vanilla scent... it's perfect butter for keeping small areas such as the lips, hands and feet moisturised on the go.
Gold Shea butter is from Nigeria and has a more smoky, earthy smell remnant from the roasting process of the Shea fruit and waxy in texture. It can be seamlessly smoothed into larger areas of the body as well as being the quintessential weapon against dry, flaky and itchy scalps.
· What is Shea butter?
It’s a multi-purpose Vegan moisturiser made from a single ingredient that can be use from head to toe.
· How do I use Shea butter?
Shea has long been used as a base for most cosmetics. If you look on the back of any moisturiser or conditioner you will see the Latin name in the Ingredients list. Rather than cutting it with chemicals or lanolin, like many larger companies, we sell it completely raw and teach you how to make your own creations.
Why not try this very simple recipe for a multipurpose moisturiser?
1 heaped tablespoon Shea butter – mash with back of spoon until smooth
2 heaped tablespoons Kitchen oil of choice ( coconut, hemp or olive) -add in mix with spoon and then whisk until light and fluffy ( around 10 mins)
Add 6-9 drops of your essential oil of choice ( or 3 drops of 3 mixed together) holding at eye level to control flow. Fold in with a spoon, decant into a glass jar and leave to cure in a cool dark place for up to a week.
· What are the benefits of Shea butter?
Shea Butter is known for its high content of fatty acids and its naturally occurring content of Vitamins A and E. It is known to have anti-inflammatory and healing properties - Shea butter soaks into your skin, creating a smooth and soft barrier that seals in moisture, This moisturizing effect can last several hours.
Traditionally used as a “cure-all” balm, with women in Africa using it on everything from stretch marks and scars to babies' bums. An excellent natural alternative to petroleum jelly. rich tree-nut oils in shea butter can soak into your skin, creating a smooth and soft barrier that seals in moisture, this moisturising effect can last several hours.
· Does Shea work well for eczema?
We have had a number of rave reviews from customers who have told us that Shea butter has helped massively with their skin condition.
‘When applied topically, Shea butter can increase moisture retention by acting as a protective layer over your skin and preventing water loss on the first layer, as well as penetrating to enrich the other layers.’
Thus Shea butter is known to relieve the itchy, dryness and inflamed skin associated with eczema.
· Is your Shea 100% natural?
Our Shea butters are unrefined and raw and made from one natural vegan ingredient. So, no additional chemicals or preservatives added during the extraction process thus retaining all of its incredible natural properties.
· Where does Shea butter come from?
Our Gold Shea butter comes from Nigeria and Ivory Shea butter is from Ghana
· How is it made?
Shea butter is produced from Shea nuts (Butyrospermum parkii) which is a fat extracted from the Shea kernel. Shea butter is made from one natural vegan ingredient which grows all over sub-Saharan Africa. Our Shea butters are unrefined and raw, so, no additional chemicals or preservatives added during the extraction process thus retaining all of its incredible natural properties.
· Can I use raw Shea butter on my face?
Shea butter is great for hydrating most of your skin, however, we advice to really only use it on dry patches on your face or as face mask. Shea butter is very rich and can make some people break out.
So, need the hit of hydration on your face, leave the Shea butter on for about 10mins and then use a warm flannel or micellar water to gently wipe it off.
· Can I use Shea on my baby/kids?
Yes, our Shea butter is made from one natural vegan ingredient so it’s great for babies and kids. 100% safe.
· Are your products suitable for during pregnancy and/or nursing?
As most women prefer to use unscented products during this time, so our Shea butter is a customer favourite to keep stretch marks at bay during pregnancy and as a nipple balm during nursing. It even works wonders as a nappy balm!
· Which of your Shea butter is good for really dry skin?
They are both really hydrating and nourishing but we would say the Gold Shea butter is slightly more moisturising.
· Can I use Shea on my lips?
Yes, it great as a lip balm and keeping your lips conditioned and feeling hydrated.
· Is it vegan?
Yes. All our products are vegan.