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

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Mistake 6: Overlooking carrier oils Essential oils are often pre-blended with what’s known as a carrier oil (such as shea butter, coconut oil, etc.). Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "7 Mistakes You're Making With Essential Oils," 19 July 2016 Many oils, such as coconut oil or shea butter, can also be comedogenic (clogging pores), Nussbaum says. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose, Chin and Forehead," 28 Dec. 2018 Credit goes to a plethora of fast-absorbing moisturizing ingredients, including glycerin, grape seed oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018 The remaining contents include specialty cotton pads from Japan, sunblock from Korea, and at least two masks (a shea butter infusion for her face and a cooling, herbal iteration for her feet). Kate Branch, Vogue, "This Fantastic Beasts 2 Star Has a Serious Knack for K-Beauty," 17 Nov. 2018 Some of the top hydrating and healing ingredients for dry lips are beeswax, shea butter, moringa oil, dimethicone, and petroleum jelly, Shasa Hu, M.D., dermatologist at the University of Miami Health System, tells SELF. Talia Abbas, SELF, "We Asked Derms How to Keep Dry Lips Moisturized During Winter and Here’s What They Told Us," 11 Dec. 2018 Another great sunscreen brand, this SPF 30 face sunscreen is formulated with organic ingredients like shea butter and vitamin A to hydrate and soothe skin while also delivering SPF protection. Kathleen Mulpeter,, "All Your Favorite Sunscreen Brands Are on Sale Right Now," 28 Mar. 2018 The shea butter in this line kept my hair super hydrated. Noel Cymone Walker, SELF, "7 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way Wearing My Hair Natural at the Beach," 25 Sep. 2018 Fit for your body and your face, this organic, naturally derived staple revitalizes skin with a blend of coconut oil, shea butter, and extra-virgin olive oil for a heavenly evening ritual that guarantees softer skin by morning. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "6 Supercharged Body Lotions for a Complete Skin Overhaul," 15 Aug. 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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