The Difference Between Ivory Shea Nut and Yellow Butter

Sweet Life Spa uses Fair Trade Organic Raw and Unrefined Ivory Shea Nut Butter in their skin care because it is of superior quality from the Shea Nut Tree, in Ghana, Africa. Its more scientific name is Vitellaria Paradoxa, which produces large nuts full of rich butter that the women of Ghana pick and mill into a smooth butter by hand. There are two types of Butter Trees in West Africa. The ivory version is grown in the more humid and tropical regions of Africa with the yellow butter being indigenous to arid climates. The yellow variety is from the African Butter Tree, often referred to as Kpangana Butter.

There have been claims that Yellow Nut Butter is chemically dyed, but that is not the case. Kpangana Butter is colored yellow with natural Borututu Root, which is added for medicinal purposes and claims that it treats problematic skin. The yellow butter is actually from a fruit, not a Shea Nut. Unfortunately, the yellow butter is often sold as Shea Butter. Kpangana Butter does not have the same consistency or creaminess of the Organic Ivory Shea Nut Butter that we use in our products. However, both butters are organically grown and contain high levels of protein and are very beneficial for hair and skin. With Sweet Life Spa's Organic Skincare you receive concentrated products without synthetics for a long lasting lipid barrier for a tropical spa experience.

Fair Trade Organic Ivory Shea Nut Butter has a sun factor protection of 8 and has been used for centuries in Africa. Shea Butter is rich in Vitamins A, E and F and essential fatty acids. It smooths and hydrates dry skin and hair, protects our skin's natural oils, will not clog pores and has a comedogenic rating of zero making it beneficial for acne prone skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. A Japanese study in 2010 confirmed that Cinnamic, Stearic, Oleic and Palmitic Acids and the vast amount of vitamins in Ivory Shea Butter greatly reduced skin inflammation and helped to restore collagen levels.

Vanilla Latte "Sweet Sun" Screen 

Our "Sweet Feet" Butter's #1 ingredient is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory Organic Fair Trade Ivory Shea Nut Butter providing deep conditioning, in our exhilarating Mojito scent. We add German Arnica Montana and Peppermint Leaf Solar Oils, Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil and USA grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Additionally, 100% Certified Organic Tamanu Oil and Essential Oils provide antibacterial and anti-fungal benefits fighting nail fungus and Athlete's Foot.

Mojito "Sweet Feet" Butter

We also incorporate Fair Trade Raw and Cold Pressed Mango and Cocoa Butters in our "Sweet Lips" Balms in tropical slushy drink flavors like Vanilla Latte, Strawberry Slush, Pina Colada and Banana Frappe. All are flavored with 100% USDA Certified Organic Flavors, not essential oils, that match the fragrances of our sunscreens.These balms offer intensive properties for extremely chapped lips and are buttery soft providing ultra-conditioning barrier. 

Organic "Sweet Lips" Gift Set

For Organic Hand Care we sell out of our "Sweet Cream" Butter Bars regularly! These solid body butter bars are concentrated anti-aging formulas with face care ingredients and Ivory Shea Butter that offer all over skin conditioning. They are absolutely perfect for travel and gifts for the holidays. Our customers are actually purchasing handfuls as gifts because they are so in love with them. We only use raw, unrefined, cold pressed tropical butters in our products. Nothing is refined or diluted with cheap fillers in our line, so you receive the highest degree of nutrients from each exotic butter or oil. They are available as a set of three and sold individually. The organic fragrances are Vanilla Latte, Green Tea Ylang-ylang and Rose Hibiscus. Each is unique and amazing for your skin.

Organic "Sweet Cream" Butter Bar Gift Set

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