KARITENE is a range of products made with 100% natural, unrefined SHEA butter (KARITÉ) from fair-trade sources, specifically, women’s cooperatives in Mali that make organic products using traditional methods. We also have other natural products at your disposal such as natural serums, essential oils, carrier or vegetable oils, natural hand-made soaps, natural remedies, pet creams …

What is SHEA?

SHEA is a tree, with scientific name Vitellaria Paradoxa, that is native to the wooded savannahs of Western Africa. In the languages native to this part of Africa, the word “SHEA” means “butter tree”.

Why does unrefined SHEA butter have a smell?

SHEA butter has a characteristic natural aroma that may be more or less intense according to the production process and its quality. However, when it is white and odorless, this means that it has undergone a refining process with chemical products, causing it to lose approximately 70-75% of its natural properties.

How SHEA butter is made or produced?

Here we show you some photos and a video of how pure and unrefined shea butter is made or produced… after a process of grinding, washing and boiling the nuts of the SHEA tree

Our Commitment

100% Authentic

100% Natural

100% Fair Trade

100% Cruelty free

100% Cooperative

100% Vegetable

Benefits, properties, uses and applications of SHEA butter

SHEA butter has been used for centuries as a food, either directly or converted to oil, thought heating, in the preparation of foods. It has also been used traditionally to treat illnesses and wounds, to hydrate the skin and as a sunscreen.

For several decades, it has been used in cosmetic products thanks to its incredible moisturizing benefits (moisture lasts rather longer than 24 hours), as massage oil, or as a substitute for cocoa butter.


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