Is heating or melting shea butter bad?

The more that any natural product is heated, the more of it’s effectiveness it can lose. Melting one of these products can make it much easier to use and store though. It can also sometimes improve the appearance; and give you more convenience to use heat in the packaging process. So what should you do?

This is a decision that you need to make for yourself. There is no answer that is right for everyone. But here’s what to consider when you need to figure it out.

Lightly heating natural products will take away some of their effectiveness…but not very much. As the temperature is increased though, you lose dramatically more potency from your products. Increasing the temperature by an extra 10 degrees can cause you to loose twice as much potency. Leaving the shea butter or other natural product hearted for any longer than necessary also causes it to lose significantly more of it’s strength.

You do not need to heat your shea butter at all. Africa Imports sells raw shea butter that has never been heated. You can order the unheated shea butter in one lb bags or in 25 lb. or 55 lb. boxes. Creamy shea butter and whipped shea butter are also produced with no heating and give your shea butter a much more workable texture.

For shea butter or other products that have been heated, Africa Imports uses the minimum heat necessary to package them, and no more than this. Shea butter is one of the most powerful skin healers in the world. This very modest heating does not change this at all. It is still amazingly potent. You will almost never notice any significant difference at all in the strength of the raw shea butter from Africa Imports no matter how it is packaged.

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Prevent Aging with Shea Butter

Shea butter has been used for generations in Africa as a body butter to moisturize, heal and condition. The conditioning agents can actually help keep wrinkles from even starting! Shea butter is full of nutrients, including vitamin A, which gives many healing properties and can aid in treating blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis. Take a look!InfographSB
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Is Natural Skin Care Actually Better?

Today there are a lot of options for skin care. That means a lot of choices you need to make; and a lot of different types of skin care products to think about when you make choices. A major thing to consider are the ingredients in the skin care products you pick. Are the ingredients all natural? What kind of chemicals are in the product? How will the product affect your overall health?
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Keep things easy. The first thing you will ask yourself is what ingredients to look for? If you know the most important natural ingredients to moisturize and maintain your skin’s health, you can know what you need instantly without a lot of research or study. Here’s what you need to know about these. Read more

How to Make Whipped Shea Butter

Shea butter, is natures #1 moisturizer. Whipped shea butter is a creamy, skin friendly, form of shea butter with the composition of whipped cream. When you make your own whipped shea butter cream, you keep away from the chemical additives and preservatives found in most commercial shea butter creams.
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Making a whipped shea butter cream is not hard; but it takes some practice and testing effort before it may be perfect for you. Don’t get discouraged if your first try isn’t perfect. Your whipped shea butter will probably improve with each batch.

There are some popular techniques for whipping shea butter that you actually might want to avoid. Many of these recommend melting the shea butter. Heating or melting the shea butter can remove some of its effectiveness. The method shown here is easy and does not require you to melt the shea butter.

What you need:
– Mixer – preferably electric.
– Bowl for mixing
– Clean unfilled container/jar to store your finished product

Ingredients:
The measurement shown below are probably your best starting point. Although you will almost certainly be happy with the shea butter that you get this way, you can still change the measurements and other parts of this process as you go. Be a little bit creative and you can end up with the perfect whipped shea butter:

– 5 oz or 70ml. Unrefined shea butter

– 2-3 tablespoon base oil. You can use grape seed oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, or almost any other carrier oil. You can make your whipped shea butter without any extra ingredients; but many natural oils will give your whipped shea butter a friendlier texture, and more healing qualities.

– 11-21 drops essential oil(s). (This is optional. Many people do not want fragrance in their shea butter. The natural smell of shea butter is not as pleasant as another fragrance oil might make it for you though.)

Procedure:
1. Before you begin to make whipped shea butter, ensure that your unrefined shea butter is on a room temperature. Try not to melt or bring warmth it! Put your shea butter in a bowl and mash it with a fork.

2. Add your carrier and fragrance oils and mash it again until the oils are evenly distributed in the shea butter.

3. Put the mixture into the mixing bowl. Blend it with electric blender for 3-6 minutes on a medium to high speed. You can stop blending at any time when the weight and consistency of your shea butter is just what you want it to be.

4. Put your whipped shea butter cream in a clean jar/container and close it. For best results, keep this in a cool, dry place. Your shea butter will be fine in other environments; but cool and dry is best.

Shea Butter is a truly powerful skin lotion/moisturizer. Whether utilized as a solid cream or whipped into a soft uniformity, a little bit can go a long ways. It dissolves easily into the skin and is promptly absorbed. It gives your skin valuable vitamins A and E; and helps to slow visible aging.

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Light & Creamy Shea Butter: Unscented

Nourish your skin with pure, high-quality shea butter! Imported from Ghana, Unscented Virgin White Shea Butter has an airy and creamy feel that absorbs quickly to effectively repair dry skin, ezcema, psorasis, scars, wrinkles and more. Simply apply desired amount of Shea butter into your hands and rub into skin or hair until absorbed.
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Jump Starting A New Business

First things first- think about how much a new customer is worth to you. Giving samples and free products might seem “scary” to a new business owner; but as long as you know that people will love what you are offering, you can give them a product for free and still make money. Even if you lose a little money when a new customer buys something, you make money when they start to come back to you again and again. iStock_000011987106_Full
For example, one of the strangest priced items that we sell is the start up kit for people starting a new business with us. We sell this for less than we spend to send it to someone. But the starter kit really works in helping someone to grow a new business. We figured out that the people who buy the starter kit from us order almost 12 times as much in the first year as people who don’t buy the starter kit. When they succeed, then we succeed too. They sell a lot more; they make more money for their work; and they buy more product from us.
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Many businesses figure out the lifetime value of their customers. If the average new customer brings them $100 of profit in the future, they feel that they can give away $10 of product to get them started, and still make $90 eventually.

You can do the same thing. Just choose a product that you know works really well for people. Give it away or sell it really cheap; and then wait for them to come back for more. If the give away product really does work for your new customers, then six months from now, you have more money than you would if you had never given the free or discounted product away.

For a lot of people, giving away a free bar of soap makes them more money than the cost of the soap. When people use one of your soaps, most of them will decide that they like it enough to order more. When they do, you make back the cost of the original soap you gave away, and end up with a repeat customer who will come back to you again and again. You can also then give the same customer samples of other products; and get them to start ordering a bigger variety of things from you over time.
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Can black soap take away dark spots?

Black Soap and Hyperpigmentation

As we age we all experience spotting on our skin. Different types of discoloration occur from freckles to moles, to patches of discoloration to the brown spots that are commonly called liver spots. This occurs across all skin types and colors. Evenly toned skin that is free from discoloration is the traditional standard for beauty and something we all want. It is the reason why women invest time and money in using foundation on their faces every day. We want to lighten any discoloration and cover up or eliminate spots. There are a lot of products that claim to be able to erase spots. Many of them use harsh chemicals. There is a natural and safe alternative that will minimize spots and lighten your skin.
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African black soap is a traditional soap that originated in West Africa. It is also known as Anago Soap, Alata, Simena, or Ose Dudu. It is particularly native to Ghana. It is made primarily by women from traditional and often secret recipes. Those recipes lead to a variety of useful and pleasant soaps that can be used for your hair and body. Different recipes and cooking techniques are favored for African black soap by different tribes. They use a variety of blends of oils and cooking techniques that lead to different shades and colors of the soap. They pride themselves on their secret recipes!
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African black soap is made with a healthy mix of all-natural, local ingredients. The soap is traditionally made from the ash of freshly harvested plants and barks. These plants and barks include plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. After being harvested the leaves and bark are sun-dried. Then they are roasted in a kettle or pot at a constant temperature. Keeping a steady temperature while roasting is essential to ensure the proper color, texture and smell. After roasting the water is added. Along with the water various oils are added. Palm oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, shea butter, cocoa pod powder are among the most popular oils. The mixture is then thoroughly stirred over the course of a day. After that day the soap must be set aside for two weeks in order to cure properly.
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The ingredients in Black African soap often have a variety of protective and healing properties. The ash is commonly used to heal cuts and abrasions. The plantain skins in the soap provide valuable vitamins A and E and iron for your skin. The soap has the highest shea butter content of any soap. The shea butter means the soap provides your skin with important UV protection that protects against sunburns that lead to skin cancer. The high UV protection helps to protect you skin from damage and discoloration due to UV exposure. It is also good at lightening skin tone and minimizing spots. The shea butter also makes the soap great for treating dry skin. When used for shaving the soap leaves you with soft, smooth skin. The soap is also very good for people with sensitive skin. It is also a good option for babies and the frail, aging skin of the elderly. One warning for people with caffeine sensitivity: you may need to test soap that contains cocoa pods. The cocoa pods do contain caffeine that may be transmitted through contact with the skin.
Black African soap has many other beneficial uses. It heals problem skin. The soap is good for filling in and thinning out fine lines. It fights pimples and blackheads. It lightly exfoliates your skin and gives you a healthy glow. That exfoliation also helps with spots and discoloration. It cures stubborn body odor and leaves behind a clean, fresh scent. It is good for all types of skin; whether you have oily, dry or normal skin. It will help clear up skin rashes. It cleans hair and leaves it shiny, soft and manageable. It is also good for irritated scalps.

We think that you will agree that black soap from Africa is a natural and beneficial alternative to soaps artificial soaps that are full of harsh chemicals. We offer a variety of black soaps. They contain different oils that give the soap a pleasant fragrance. It is also important to know that varieties of black African soap are purest when they are made in Africa. Black soap made in Europe or the United States tend to incorporate artificial ingredients. To ensure the highest quality for you we import our soap directly from Africa. The soap we import is not only high quality but also made under fair trade conditions. We deal wholesale and in bulk orders as well. Start improving your skin and minimizing discoloration and spots today with African black soap.

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Winter Lip Care

Winter is approaching fast! And if you’re like most of us, keeping your lips soft and moisturized for these long, cold months can be a bit of a struggle. Some of the most common causes of chapped lips are extreme weather changes, harsh winds, lip licking, aging, lipstick use, and dehydration in general. But don’t worry, there are very simple and effective ways of warding off annoying, dry lips.

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Here is a list of natural products that can help keep your lips looking beautiful all winter long. Make sure whatever lip balm you choose this season, at least one of these ingredients are included. These may also be used alone or underneath your favorite lipstick/tint as well.

  • Shea Butter: Natural sun block, healing agent, soothing
  • Aloe Vera: Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial soothing and moisturizing
  • Glycerin: Natural skin softer- binds moisture and skin together
  • Jojoba Oil: Nourishing, softens and lubricates
  • Vitamin E: Antioxidant and moisturizing, protects from the sun
  • Coconut oil: Relieves dryness, softens and moisturizes
  • Beeswax: Non allergic skin softener, moisturizes and nourishes, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial

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