by Marj Melchiors
Nilotica (pronounced nu-lot’-ica) shea-butter comes from a sub-species of the shea-butter tree indigenous to the Nile region of Africa. Shea-butter from the Nilotica variety is soft and fragrant, with high levels of olein and therapeutic unsaponifiables. All Nilotica shea products are processed manually and without the use of chemicals or bleaching agents. While most commercially available shea butter is refined, Nilotica Shea butter is not. Nilotica shea butter is a totally unique product because of the chemical-free processing methods used in its production. Refined shea butter is solvent extracted, usually with the chemical Hexane, and often subjected to harsh bleaching agents, yet this solvent extracted shea butter can be confusingly labeled 100% pure. Refined shea butter is easily recognizable because it is very white, greasy, and odor free. If in doubt, ask your supplier. Because of the unique qualities of the Nilotica variety, as well as the use of chemical-free processing methods, Nilotica Shea Butter is naturally high in shea olein and therapeutic unsaponifiables, absorbing more readily into the skin.
Nilotica Shea Butter is a remarkable, all-purpose moisturizer and skin protector, particularly useful on hands and feet, and for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves the skin feeling soft and well-moisturized yet not greasy. Nilotica shea butter makes a great lip balm and all over body moisturizer. The shea butter makes an excellent massage balm that absorbs quickly so you won't get your clothes or sheets oily. Nilotica Shea Butter is also effective in treating general dermatitis, rosecea, eczema, dry-skin redness, dry scalp, chapping and sunburn, and for minimizing scarring. It works wonders to keep the skin supple during pregnancy and to prevent stretch marks.
Much softer and smoother in consistency than conventional shea-butters, Nilotica shea-butter is a unique and precious botanical substance, a blend of natural compounds with unparalleled healing and moisturizing effects on the skin.
Copyright © 2001, Marj Melchiors