Shea butter is only found in the tropics of Africa. It is extracted from the seed of the shea tree. The tree begins to bear fruit after about 15 years and can take up to 30 years to bear a quality crop of nuts with a high content of fatty acid. 

Makeda shea butter is unrefined and 100% natural. It is ready for direct application to the skin, without any need for further processing. In its pure unrefined state, shea butter is also eatable and has been used for centuries as cooking oil. It contains a rich amount of unremovable fatty acid. 

Its unique healing properties make it far more superior to other vegetable oils such as cocoa butter and other natural vegetable butters. 

It is called the “tree of life” because it provides a life support system for African people in several ways. Different parts of the tree (nuts, roots and bark) are used for food, medicine, soap and other purposes, as well as for commerce. The fatty acid is crucial to rejuvenating and moisturizing the skin. Shea butter provides all the essential vitamins needed to make your skin look and feel smoother, softer and healthier. It protects the skin from cold temperature and wind. It helps heal wounds faster. 

Makeda shea butter also fights the effects of aging and repairs rough and damaged skin. Shea butter is known for its exceptional healing properties and it’s usually referred to by its French name, “Karité”, which means the tree of life. 

Even though we recommend using it as it is, you can also mix it with other natural ingredients such as essential oils or other vegetable oils. It is solid at room temperature but quickly liquefies right around body temperature. We only use good quality nuts to make Makeda shea butter. 


As the winter chill enters the air, you will probably notice subtle changes in your skin. Seasonal changes in temperature and the lower humidity can trigger dryness and ashiness. Those with normal, combination or oily skin will find that their skin can become drier. For those who already have dry or sensitive skin, it can worsen during the winter months.

Cold winter air and harsh winds draws moisture out of the skin, and many of the things we do during the winter to keep warm can also contribute to this dryness.

Here are some tips to keep your skin well hydrated, soft and smooth through the winter season.

  1. Hydrate the Skin. Be sure to keep the skin hydrated to alleviate dryness and itchiness.

  2. Be Gentle. Use Makeda shea butter to moisturize your skin.

  3. Moisturize When Needed. Moisturize whenever your skin feels dry and itchy. Use the nighttime hours to treat yourself to moisturizing facial and body masques. Moisturize dry hands and feet with Makeda shea butter and cover with cotton gloves and socks overnight.

  4. Shorten Bath Time. Take shorter showers and baths. Long showers and soaking in the tub too long can strip the skin of natural oils. Try to keep baths and showers to 15 minutes or less.

  5. Exfoliate. Exfoliate skin 1 – 2 times a week with a gentle exfoliating cleanser or scrub. There are some exfoliating body washes on the market that are gentle enough to use daily. Sometimes the skin, especially black skin, can have an abnormal exfoliation cycle. The cells buildup and form a barrier making the skin look ashy and become resistant to lotions. Don't Rub Skin the Wrong Way. When exfoliating the skin, be sure not to rub the skin too hard, especially if you have sensitive skin. Gently massage the exfoliant into the skin with circular motions and then rinse with warm water.

  6. Reduce Indoor Heat. The dry indoor heat also contributes to dry skin. Make sure that the temperature of your home is not too hot. Keep the temperature between 68 – 70 degrees.

  7. Spend Less Time by the Fire. While sitting near fireplaces feels warm and cozy, it also dries out the skin.

  8. Use a Humidifier. Use a humidifier, especially in the bedroom. If you don’t have a humidifier you can place a bowl of water near the source of heat to keep moisture in the air.

  9. Avoid Wool. Avoid wool sweaters and scarves and other harsh fabrics that rub against the skin and cause dryness. Wear softer, more breathable fabrics like cotton and cashmere.

  10. Use Sunscreen. Always use sunscreen in the winter months, even on cloudy, overcast days.

  11. Avoid Chapped Skin and Remember the Lips. Put moisturizers and sunscreen on the skin 30 minutes before going out into the cold. Going outside before the creams and lotions absorb into the skin can cause dryness by the liquid evaporating or freezing on the skin contributing to dryness and chapped skin. Don't forget the lips. Wear MAKEDA shea butter.


Here are some of the uses for our shea butter:

  • Dry skin

  • Eczema

  • Skin rash

  • Cold weather

  • Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy

  • Sunburn

  • Insect’s bites

  • Shaving cream

  • Skin cracks

  • Muscle fatigues, aches and tension

  • Skin damage from heat

  • Crack feet

  • Wrinkles

  • Tough or rough skin

  • Skin peeling after tanning

  • Small skin wound

  • For before and after exercise

  • Skin allergies

  • Dermatitis

  • Dry hands.

Its unique healing properties make it far more superior to other vegetable oils such as cocoa butter and other natural vegetable butters. The fatty acid is crucial to rejuvenating and moisturizing the skin. Shea butter provides all the essential vitamins needed to make your skin look and feel smoother, softer and healthier. It protects the skin from cold temperature and wind. It helps heal wounds faster. Makeda shea butter also fights the effects of aging and repairs rough and damaged skin. 

Shea butter is known for its exceptional healing properties and it’s usually referred to by its French name, “Karite”, which means the tree of life. Even though we recommend using it as it is, you can also mix it with other natural ingredients such as essential oils or other butters. 

It is solid at room temperature but quickly liquefies right around body temperature. We only use good quality nuts to make our shea butter.