If you've ever dealt with dry or cracked skin, you might know what a great moisturizer Shea (pronounced Shay) Butter can be. Sourced from the nuts of the Shea tree, grown in Africa, the butter comes in several different grades, from "crude" unprocessed butter (which has a great, earthy scent), to the deodorized and refined versions that are more common in popular skincare.
The butters are very rich in vitamins A and B, and are generally used for their Emollient characteristics. An Emollient is a product that works to soften or smooth the skin, and generally comes across as a smooth, soft and sometimes velvety feeling on the skin.
Some people, like those with acne-prone skin might worry about heaviness and pore-clogging side effects, but Shea Butter is non-comedogenic, meaning that it will not clog pores. When applied solo, Shea Butter can feel heavy on skin, but when used to complement other ingredients, it can feel very light.
Why use Shea Butter for Shaving Products?
We use Shea Butter in our new Shaving Creams, to achieve the following:
- Soften and moisturize skin to prevent dryness or itch post-shave.
- Soothe irritation and redness, both during and after your shave.
- Stimulate healing in the skin to deal with any minor nicks or irritation
"When the butter is added to the formulation in the correct quantities, we definitely see a change in how the product feels on the skin, but during and post-shave. The skin feels soft and moisturized, and there's no sign of itchiness, redness or irritation" says Tyler, our Lead Formulator.