What is shea butter?

At Marie-Stella-Maris, we formulate our natural body care essentials with at least 96% natural ingredients. One of the ingredients that enriches our body creams and body lotions is shea butter: a natural ingredient that nourishes and hydrates the skin intensively. Read on to discover the benefits of shea butter in our body care essentials.

Shea butter, also known as karité butter, is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), which grows in the vast savannas of West Africa. The production of shea butter is a careful and traditional process, usually carried out by women in local communities. It begins with collecting the nuts, which are then dried, roasted, and ground to create a rich, thick paste. This paste is then boiled to extract the buttery substance we know: a creamy, fatty substance with a subtle, nutty scent.

Shea butter melts at body temperature, making it ideal for skincare. Thanks to its rich composition of vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants, shea butter provides essential benefits for healthy skin.

Vitamines A and E

Vitamin A aids in cell renewal and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E is known for its antioxidant properties, protecting the skin from damage caused by free radicals and strengthening the skin barrier.

Essential Fatty Acids

Shea butter contains a high concentration of essential fatty acids. These fatty acids contribute to the moisturizing and soothing properties of shea butter, keeping the skin supple and hydrated.


In addition to vitamin E, shea butter contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from harmful external influences.