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Pure Shea Store FAQ's
These Frequently Asked Questions should answer some of your general questions about our products. If you have more specific questions, please contact us.

How do you extract your shea butter?
Our shea butter is made from boiled seeds that are pressed mechanically. We do not use any type of chemical extraction methods to extract our shea butter.
What is "saponification"?
This is the process of adding lye and water to oils to make soap. Soap in this form is technically a salt. The caustic properties of the lye are eliminated and evaporate during the process and over the curing period.

What is glycerin?
Glycerin is a natural humectant. It attracts moisture. The glycerin in the soap attracts moisture from the air to your skin.

Do you use tallow (animal fat) in your handmade soap loaves?
No. We do not use tallow (animal fat) or other animal products in our soaps. The common animal products used in soap making are tallow, lanolin, milk and beeswax. Tallow can be found in most of the commercial soaps produced today and is usually listed as sodium tallowate.

Do you use dyes to color your soap?
No, we do not use dyes in the making of our soaps. We use flowers, herbs, and spices for their individual qualities and to provide texture and color.

How long does your soap last?
In general, soap has a very long shelf life (years). Depending on your bathing habits, you can expect your bar to last two to three weeks. Please remember to place your soap in a dish that drains to extend the longevity.

Is your soap friendly to the environment?
Yes. We add no phosphates. Our own output of waste is minimal and typically makes its way to our sample bins in stores or at local farmers markets.

Do you mass-produce your soap?
No. Our handmade soap is made in small batches of 80 lbs. We prefer to make small batches as this assures our customers they are getting the freshest soap possible.

What is the difference between handmade soaps and mass-produced soaps?
Handmade soaps are traditionally called cold process. Cold pressed soaps are made at low temperatures by saponification and retain the natural glycerin that is produced. . This old-fashioned method of soap making creates and retains glycerin, which helps to moisturize your skin. You will not have that dry, itchy feeling you get from using commercial soaps. Commercial soap making uses a continuous process and generally uses petroleum based synthetic ingredients and fragrances. We do not use any animal or petroleum byproducts. Glycerin is a valuable byproduct of the soap making process. It is usually extracted from commercial soap and sold or used for other purposes.

Do you test your product on animals?
No. We are cruelty free, as our friends and family very willingly test our soaps.

What are your soap's ingredients?
Shea Butter Oil
Shea Butter Oil benefits dry and cracked skin, burns, blisters, frostbite, insect bites and allergic reactions. Shea Oil allows for the highest concentrations of the natural healing agent delivered directly to your skin and scalp. It is a derivative of Shea Butter.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil (originated from Africa and South America) dramatically enhances a soap's ability to provide lathering qualities.

Shea Butter
Shea Butter (Sourced from West Africa) is the best and most effective moisturizer that we have available to us. Shea Butter has a wide range of healing properties stemming from its physical make up of vitamins A, E, and cinnamic acid. Shea Butter has anti-inflammatory capabilities and has been utilized for these benefits for centuries. Please see our detailed page on Shea Butter. We use it as a super fatting agent and as a core ingredient in all of our soaps. You can expect to find from 20 - –50% Shea Butter in all of our soap and shower.

Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is dark green with a very nutty aroma and significant natural vitamins and antioxidants. It is of high nutritional value because its 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which matches the balance required by the human body. The quality protein in hemp oil improves the feel and appearance of your hair. Your hair is over 75% protein. Hemp oil is 25 percent protein. Protein improves the condition of your hair, especially when it has been damaged. In addition to strengthening the hair, protein has emollient and water-binding properties that boost hair health, and promote moisture retention.

Soybean Oil
Soybean oil contains 61% polyunsaturated fat and 24% monounsaturated fat. Saturated fats in the diet can raise blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease. Soybean oil is one of the few non-fish oils containing linoleic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. It also contributes nicely to the firmness of our soaps.

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