sheabutter This is a fat which is extracted from the Shea Fruit and is used as a moisturizer. It is also used as a substitute for cocoa butter.

I came across a small canister from the travel kit that is handed out in the Kuwait Airways flights. The box contained goodies from L’Occitaine en Provence (who have an outlet in the Avenues). The little I used smelt like shoe polish but it didn’t have that oily after feel.

This fruit is found on the Vitellaria paradoxa tree which produces fruit only after 20 years and then produces it for 200 years. Interestingly, the trees are mostly found in Africa. There are supply problems which have led to pricing for the butter going all over the place.

The fat is used as a cure for a lot of skin ailments and was even used by some tribal groups as body armor!!