Ingredient Spotlight: Shea Butter

Shea Butter is an off-white solid butter that comes from the African shea tree.  It's a very soft butter at room temperature.  It is widely used as a moisturizer, and can be used by itself or in combination with other oils and butters.  It can become grainy if used by itself, and tempering it is a great way to prevent this problem.  
Shea butter is rich in vitamins A and E, as well as other essential fatty acids.  My whipped body frostings use a high percentage of shea butter as it is intensely moisturizing, making them perfect for dry winter skin.  Because it can be a bit greasy on its own, I don't usually use it on my face.  But it is wonderful for the body!  

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