: Vitellaria paradoxExtraction method
: Fractionation - RefinedShelf life
: 1 year (keep out of direct sunlight and refrigerate if possible)
Pale Yellow - can solidify if too cold - warm container in warm water to liquify
Description: Shea Nut Carrier Oil is a natural by-product of the Shea Butter extraction process. Once dried, Shea nuts undergo expeller pressing, releasing not only the rich, thick nut butter, but also a less viscous but highly nourishing nut oil. This oil can be separated (fractionated) through gentle heating. Unlike Shea Butter, which has a high proportion of the saturated Stearic Acid that renders it a waxy solid at room temperature, Shea Nut Carrier Oil contains higher amounts of unsaturated Oleic and Linoleic acids. This makes the oil relatively more fluid-like in its consistency, offering a greater ease of use for formulators alongside a more appealing sensory profile. Upon contact with the skin, Shea Nut Carrier Oil is also easily absorbed, leaving it looking radiant without being greasy. It retains most of the skin-enriching benefits of raw, unrefined Shea Butter.