Ancient Egyptian Proverbs

ca. 1361-1352 B.C. --- Wall Painting of Tutankhamun Accompanied by Anubis and Nephthys --- Image by © Gianni Dagli Orti/CORBIS
ca. 1361-1352 B.C. — Wall Painting of Tutankhamun Accompanied by Anubis and Nephthys — Image by © Gianni Dagli Orti/CORBIS

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Skin Ritual - USDA Certified Organic Unrefined Shea Butter - 16 fl oz
Skin Ritual – USDA Certified Organic Unrefined Shea Butter – 16 fl oz

I received this product for free in exchange for providing a review here on Amazon as well on my blog, The Backwater Primer. All opinions are 100% my own.

Shea butter is extracted from the from the nut of the African shea tree.  The English word “shea” comes from s’í, the tree’s name in the Bambara language of Mali.  It is also known as karité in the Wolof language of Senegal. In some parts of West Africa, shea butter is referred to as Ori.

During the time of when Cleopatra ruled Egypt, accounts speak of caravan bearing valuable jars of shea butter for cosmetic use.  The early kings funeral beds were carved from the wood of the shea trees.   Thousands of years ago, shea better was being used for its skin care and healing properties.  Shea butter was a precious commodity back in Ancient Egypt where it was and still is being used to protect hair and skin against the scorching sun and hot, dry winds of the African deserts and savannah.
This shea butter is very exquisite! It’s texture is smooth and non-greasy, organic, and provides 24-hour moisturizing. It is filled with wonderful vitamins and fatty acid, which is all great for your skin. The fatty acid is crucial to rejuvenating and moisturizing the skin. It is great for all skin types too. If you have the most sensitive of skin, I would

The natural off-white or ivory color of unrefined shea butter.
The natural off-white or ivory color of unrefined shea butter.

highly recommend this particular brand of unrefined shea butter. And this tub of shea butter is huge and inexpensive. A little bit goes a long way too. This shea butter has a natural off-white or ivory color and does not have a smell. It should not have a smell. This particular shea butter is non-edible. I feel that organic products are better for you and it is great comfort that this product has the organic seal on it. It is also a great assurance to have the Oregon Tilth certification as well. Shea butter also does not expire either. There are many, many uses for it, even more than what is listed on the tub from skin to hair to even sunscreen.

  • Other Uses For Shea Butter
  • Dry skin
  • Skin rash
  • Skin peeling, after sun burn
  • Blemishes and wrinkles
  • Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave
  • Small skin wounds
  • Skin cracks
  • Tough or rough skin(feet or elbows)
  • Cold weather
  • Frost bite
  • Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
  • Insect bites
  • Healthy skin
  • Muscle fatigue, aches, and tension
  • Skin allergies like poison oak, poison ivy, or poison sumac
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Skin damage from heat, hot grease while cooking, radiation treatment for certain medical problems


I use this Skin Ritual Shea Butter several times a day and I have even been using it on stretch marks and surgical scars that are 2-10 years old and they are slowly but surely starting to fade. Obviously, they are not going to go away overnight. My dry skin, rough elbows and hands are starting to soften up and the abrasions I have on my hands since the end of summer(I am quite slow to heal because of my medical conditions) are starting to heal up much faster.
This can also be used to make lotions. A very simple concoction to make up is with coconut oil and your favorite essential oil or even one that is good for your skin. I plan on make some this week with Frankincense oil, which is also excellent for your skin. I will be posting the instructions here this week on how to make it.

Not all shea butter is created equal. Unrefined shea butter from West Africa is the best to purchase. The differences lie in how it is extracted from the nut and how it is processed. ‘Raw’ or unrefined shea butter has all the healing or moisturizing properties still in it, whereas refined does not.

5 stars were awarded to the Skin Ritual USDA Certified Organic Unrefined Shea Butter on my Amazon review in the huge 16oz. tub for being 100% pure and organic,

The USDA seal.
The USDA seal.

being certified Oregon Tilth, unrefined, providing 24-hour moisturizing, and being filled with vitamins and fatty acid that our skin craves and needs to be rejuvenated, moisturized, supple, and healthy.  The shea butter was shipped promptly to my door and was appropriately packaged to protect it during shipment.

The Oregon Tilth seal.
The Oregon Tilth seal.

All the labels of certification and the guarantee from Skin Ritual are displayed clearly on the tub. Instructions for use are also provided on the tub.



The top of the lid.
The top of the lid.

Shea butter can be made into lotions, creams, and whipped body butters.  These are all easily made(usually) with three ingredients.  These are the shea butter, a carrier oil(like coconut oil or olive oil) and an essential oil of your choice.  This week, I would like to try to make a lotion out of the shea butter, coconut oil, and frankincense oil.

When adding things to the shea oil, never, ever add water or any unnatural additive to the shea butter.  You will destroy the organic properties and the original intended chemical structure.


If you wish to purchase Skin Ritual – USDA Certified Organic Unrefined Shea Butter – 16 fl oz   , you may do so by clicking HERE,  or on any of the pictures here on this post, where it is listed on Amazon.  If you do so, please leave me a comment below and let me know.  You are under no obligation to do so.  If you liked this post, please let me know.  You can also read my review on Amazon.

Stay tuned this week for the recipe for the hand lotion and a review on a book I was asked to read and review.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay warm!