~ About Body Butter ~
Body butter is a moisturizing product designed to keep moisture in your skin by providing a protective barrier. It is made of oils extracted from seeds and nuts, such as coconut, cocoa beans, shea nuts, kukui nuts and mango seeds. It also includes other natural ingredients containing vitamins and minerals thought to help keep your skin healthy. [From eHow.com] It is heavier than creams and lotions, as it has little or no water in it.
~ A Little History ~
Accounts from as early as Cleopatra's Egypt speak of caravans bearing clay jars of valuable shea butter for cosmetic use. The funeral beds of early kings were carved in the wood of shea trees. Shea butter's skin care and healing properties were first harnessed thousands of years ago. The history of shea as a precious commodity can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, where shea butter was and continues to be used to protect the hair and skin against the fierce sun and the hot dry winds of African deserts and savannah. [From Wikipedia]