Fair Trade Shea Butter and African Black Soap

There are several forms of black soap crafted in Africa—all are 100% natural—made entirely from raw materials from Nature. We carry two types—shea butter and palm/palm kernel oil. Shea butter black soap is a by-product of the shea butter crafting process. Less than top quality shea butter, plus the shea nut shaft, residue of the processed nuts, some cut branches and leaves of the shea nut tree are mixed together and burnt to ashes. These ashes are then gathered in large clay pots and boiled for 4-5 days. Thick layers of foam bubble to the top. This foam is carefully collected and left on a surface to solidify. The resulting product is 100% natural shea butter black soap. This soap is firm in texture yet softer than more traditional soaps.
Palm/palm kernel oil black soap consists of these two plant oils plus water. The crafting process is more complex and yields a soap that is semi-soft and extremely rich. This version is great for adding
your own scents to - using essential oils and/or other botanicals.

Advantages of  Black Soap:
has a deep cleaning effect
is a very sharp soap and does not leave a film on the skin
suds like bubble bath
cleans deeply into the pores of the skin to activate regeneration and rejuvenation. Antiseptic qualities prevent rashes, itchy, scaly and dry skin from developing.

Crafters of this soap say that within 5-10 days of its use, you will notice a remarkable difference because the skin grows continually if the right remedy is applied to it – Black Soap is one of those remedies!
Since both soaps are made of all natural ingredients and are not cured with lye, they will melt away if allowed to stay wet. Keeping them dry and only using a small piece at a time will preserve the life of these soaps.

Hand Crafted, Unrefined Shea Butter
Shea Butter is the oil from the nuts of wild Shea trees (Vitellaria paradoxa) scattered throughout the wooded savanna of West and Central Africa. Shea Butter has been used for centuries in Africa and is completely
enmeshed within the history and culture of this region. Shea Butter is mentioned in almost all African historical documents, including a reference as early as Cleopatra's Egypt, which mentions caravans bearing clay jars
of Shea Butter for cosmetic use. Funeral beds of kings were carved in the wood of old Shea Trees, and Shea Butter has always been a staple of African pharmacology.
Shea Butter has been used for centuries in Africa as a decongestant, an anti-inflammatory for sprains and arthritis, healing salve, lotion for hair and skin care, and cooking oil. However, the protective and emollient
properties of Shea Butter are most valued for skin care. In recent clinical trials, Shea Butter was found to help to protect skin against climate and UV aggressions, prevent wrinkle formation, soothe irritated and
chapped skin, and moisturize the epidermis. Shea Butter also enhances cell regeneration and capillary circulation, which helps prevent and minimize stretch marks, inflammations, and scarring. Handcrafted &
unrefined Shea Butter contains the maximum amount of healing and moisturizing properties. Chemically extracted and refined Shea Butter is white and odorless and has reduced beneficial properties.

 

One Human Family
As part of the human family, regardless of where we are located on earth, we believe it is our moral duty to behave and act in ways that help rather than harm other fellow humans. One way to act responsibly is to purchase fairly traded  products as much as possible and to talk about the importance of this issue with your friends and family. Secondly, it is important to acknowledge that everything we have comes from Mother Earth—every drink of water, every meal of food, clothing, housing, medicine and all manner of material things.  Earth does not belong to us—we belong to Earth. When we live with this as a core principle, purchasing fairly traded products has a far-reaching and tremendously powerful impact.

Solar Lantern Project
The solar lantern project is an opportunity to empower native peoples in west Africa and yourself. When you purchase pure virgin shea butter, proceeds contribute to purchase solar powered lanterns for un-electrified villages in Africa. This may seem insignificant to us here in America. It is however, very significant as it eliminates dependence on dangerous, expensive and polluting forms of fossil fuel. Energy from Father Sun is free! When we gratefully receive the abundance from Nature, acknowledging full value to all involved, healing occurs on many levels, including ourselves !


This Fair Trade Shea Butter is supporting a network of 30,000 women in Burkina Faso west Africa.Your skin is your largest organ. What you put on it has possibly even more impact on your health than what you put in your body. Shea butter users have reported relief from:

Wrinkles
Dry Skin
Psoriasis
Stretch marks
Burns
Arthritis
Chapped lips
Sun damage
Cracked and dry heels or elbows
Small wounds and scrapes
Diaper rash (prevention and relief)
Insect bites & stings
Muscle fatigue, aches & tension

Recent Shea Butter Research
New research has found that when pure, unrefined shea butter is applied to skin, our bodies are able to metabolize vitamin D3 from sunshine more effectively! Related research suggests that there has been a 2500% increase in skin cancer (melanoma) occurrences in industrialized countries. What is most interesting is that the people affected are not ones that are outside in natural sunshine all day as conventional medical wisdom would have us believe. Rather, the increase in skin cancer was found to be restricted to people that work inside all day and have limited exposure to natural sunlight ! So, maybe it would be a good idea to through away the sunscreen, apply pure unrefined shea butter to exposed skin, and get out into Nature !
Empowerment through Fair Trade
The first step of self empowerment is the full recognition of the value of African products, knowledge and resources through fair prices. The proceeds should be returned to fund education, social and economic  infrastructure, and health care. Fair prices will in the long run provide credibility and accountability to African economies because it is a change that comes from within, unlike the current practice of borrowing from global financial institutions. Africans will participate in sustainable economic development if trade practices are fair and benefit all parties. Furthermore, Fair Trade provides  stable incomes, which in turn allow participation in education and strengthens social structures.
 
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