Plant lipid, extracted from the karite tree, that is used as an emollient in cosmetics. Shea butter is a rich source of antioxidants, including epicatechin gallate, gallocatechin, epigallocatechin, gallocatechin gallate, and epigallocatechin gallate, as well as quercetin.
Reference for this information:
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, October 2003, pages 6,268-6,273
natural moisturizing factor (NMF)