shea butter

\ ˈshē- How to pronounce shea butter (audio) , ˈshā- \

Definition of shea butter

: a pale solid fat from the seeds of the shea tree used in food, soap, and candles

Examples of shea butter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This formula contains plant oils, shea butter, and mineral SPF. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, "2020 Beauty Awards: Our Favorite Makeup Products of the Year," 11 Sep. 2020 Founded by a mother-daughter team, Eu’Genia Shea donates 15% of the profits from sales of its pure shea butter balms for skin and hair to the female workers in Ghana who produce the ingredient. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, "50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Shop Now and Forever," 13 Aug. 2020 So, why are those ingredients copper and shea butter? Marci Robin, Allure, "I Tried Soliscia, a Face Covering Made With Shea Butter-Infused Fabric to Moisturize and Protect Skin," 20 Aug. 2020 This bestselling Target fave soothes dry hands using shea butter and macadamia oil. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best hand creams, according to dermatologists," 20 Aug. 2020 One of the top calming ingredients in cleansing milks is shea butter. Sian Babish,, "The best cleansing milk," 15 Aug. 2020 The company's products contain high-quality ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil, and its Authentic African Black Soap even won a Good Housekeeping Sustainable Packaging Award in 2019. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, "50+ Black-Owned Businesses to Shop Now and Forever," 13 Aug. 2020 Natural Shea Care currently sells African black soap, as well as shea butter, in four different scents: original, lavender, kiwi and vanilla. Keely Brown, The Enquirer, "Entrepreneur Manny Addo: Meet the man changing lives around the world through all-natural skincare," 6 Aug. 2020 And ori in Yoruba language, which is my native tongue, means shea butter. Justin Phillips,, "Chef Simileoluwa Adebajo on fire that burned down San Francisco's first Nigerian restaurant," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shea butter

1847, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shea butter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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