Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa).

It is ivory in colour when raw, with more processed versions being white in colour, although it is commonly dyed yellow with borututu root or palm oil.

It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve, or lotion.

Shea butter is edible and is used in food preparation in some African countries. Occasionally, shea butter is mixed with other oils as a substitute for cocoa butter, although the taste is noticeably different.

Shea butter is mainly used in the cosmetics industry for skin- and hair-related products (lip gloss, skin moisturizer creams and emulsions, and hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair).

It is also used by soap makers and massage oil manufacturers.

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