Raw African Shea Butter: An ancient ingredient with amazing powers. It's one of my absolute favorites, and there's good reason why we're sure to include it in all of Bee Farmee's solid products. We've been talking a lot about the importance of natural ingredients...well, because natural ingredients are important. Last week we barely skimmed the surface of beeswax. Trust me, we could write page after page about bees and their byproducts, but for now we'll keep it pretty simple and delve a little deeper another time. Hopefully you're seeing a trend here. If you need a quick recap, check it out here: beeswax-natures-super-ingredient.html.
One of my favorite compliments we receive from our customers is how well Bee Farmee's solid lotion bars effortlessly glide over the skin. We've had several people tell us that some bars from other makers they've tried in the past just feel like a solid block of wax. No one wants that. And truthfully, before releasing our first lotion bars into the world, it took a lot of playing around with the recipe to find that perfect balance of beeswax versus emollient. Before we talk about what a pivotal part shea butter plays in our products, I first need to touch on how the blend of the three ingredients works: the trifecta of awesomeness.
Remember the amazing benefits of beeswax and all it can do for your skin? Now imagine that only being the glue that holds the rest of the ingredients together, because that's exactly what it does. Not only is it nourishing and healing, but it's only physical job is to be the support system for the solid oils. Not a bad gig, right? Coincidentally both the support and leading star of the show, BUT, like I mentioned before. it's the trio that makes the magic happen, and that can't be done without my favorite solid oil, Raw African Shea butter.
A lot of research, and a lot of trial and error went into the final product. The outcome was what we use today. So why Raw African Shea butter? The simple answer is that it's just all-around superior to its counterparts. No offense to jojoba, cocoa, or any of the others. Really, they're all great and a better alternative to commercial options, it's just (in my humble opinion)…the best!
First of all, it's known for its fatty acids. Like, REALLY fatty acids, which are unremovable because its so densely rich with them. It's also PACKED with vitamins that directly feed your skin. What that translates to is that it stimulates our cellular activity, which if you're treating eczema, psoriasis, or other skin illnesses, it's there to jump into action where your body is not. Shea butter just wants to repair damaged skin. And that goes for all skin types and almost any problem you can think of. Here's just a few examples:
See what I mean? I wasn't fooling around and neither is shea. I hope it's not TMI, but before I created Bee Farmee, I suffered from severe cystic acne. I could always count on a flareup once a month, if you know what I mean. If you're familiar with cystic acne, it's painful, sightly, and to me it was embarrassing. They left behind terrible marks, redness, and some scars. A lot of our new customer's frequent concerns is that because our products feel "heavy," due to the richness of the shea butter, they question if it can be used on the face. My answer is always YES, YES, YES! Please use it on your face. Your face has been craving it more than you know. As if shea butter can't get any better, it is naturally non-comedogenic: It absorbs so easily into your skin and it won't block your pores. In fact, it helps cleanse them. The best part? It restores your skin's natural elasticity, so worrying about wrinkles and finding the perfect wrinkle cream will be something of the past. And personal update? I get an occasional pimple once a month, but cystic acne is something of MY past and all of my scars are faded and gone.
Before we wrap up, just a quick clarification between refined and unrefined butters. Bee Farmee only uses Raw African Shea butter, meaning 100% unrefined and raw. The difference is that refined/processed shea butter is bleached and/or has color added and has fragrance added to remove/cover the natural scent of the butter. If you ever notice a color change in our solid lotion bars, it's one of two things: the beeswax harvest date (fall is darker, spring is lighter), and some shea trees produce darker nuts than others, dependent on environmental factors as well.
I hope you all are having fun learning something new about what we're doing here at Bee Farmee. I'm certainly having fun sharing all of this with you! We'll be back soon for the final of our solid ingredients.
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