Vitellaria paradoxa (formerly Butyrospermum parkii) is commonly known as shea tree, or vitellaria. The tree starts bearing its first fruit when it is 10 to 15 years old.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) is precious vegetable oil, also called as Shea Butter Vitellaria tree grows in West Africa and throughout the sub-Saharan region. The oil is derived from the kernel.
Shea butter is composed of fatty acids: palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and arachidic. Shea butter is rich with phenolics, which are known to have antioxidant properties and carotene. Shea butterpossesses protective properties against environmental influences, as UV rays. She butter is popular in cosmetics as a soothing moisturizer and emollient for the skin.

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