Here at Heathcote & Ivory we pride ourselves on the choices we make when deciding what goes into our products. So whenever possible, we like to take the opportunity to explain the reasons behind our choice of ingredients and the consideration that goes into it.

Shea butter is a prominent ingredient used in our lip balm, hand cream, body lotion and body butter, and below are the reasons why:

As Nature Intended

Also known as ‘karite butter’, shea butter is a cream-coloured fatty substance made from the nuts of the karate trees that grow in the savannah regions of West and Central Africa. Karite trees, or shea trees, are not cultivated; they grow only in the wild, and can take up to 50 years to mature and live up to 300 years.

The nuts are harvested and ground into a rich butter, which is then used in our products. Totally natural, shea butter is also used in cooking and is sometimes used as a substitute for cocoa butter.


Perfect for Skin

We use shea butter in our moisturising products, as its butter-like texture melts readily into the skin for maximum moisturising benefit. This nourishing action has been used by many to help skin in a number of different ways:

Anti-ageing: The moisturising effects can help to diminish wrinkles, promoting cell renewal and increasing circulation.

Scalp care: Shea butter has been used to help nourish the scalp and to decrease dandruff.

After pregnancy: Its moisturising benefits have been used to help reduce stretch marks after giving birth.

Skin conditions: Shea butter has been used to help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis and psoriasis.

It's this ability to protect, nourish and moisturise, that makes shea butter such an important natural substance, and that makes it the perfect ingredient for our products.