MAIGA Shea Butter’s Mission:
To hand make a high quality Shea Butter product line and inspire people around the world to use it for natural skin care and overall wellness. MAIGA Shea Butter is committed to improving, uplifting and enhancing the socio-economic conditions of the men, women and children in Africa. They meet this commitment by donating 10% of their profits to community empowerment projects and charitable organizations across Africa.
Serve every customer with passion. Treat everyone with dignity and respect. Help to protect the environment by using the most environmentally friendly products and systems. MAIGA Shea Butter is based in Toronto, Canada, and has collation and processing operations in Burkina Faso.( West Africa)
How Is Shea Butter Made?
Shea Butter is a fatty extract from the shea nuts which is found in the shea fruit produced by the shea tree. It’s naturally rich in Vitamin A, E, D, F and Cinnamic acid. It’s known as the women’s gold in West Africa, because processing shea butter provides economic opportunities for women and girls, while helping to protect the environment.
Shea trees grow naturally in the dry Savannah region of West Africa, and the area of Northern Uganda, and Southern Sudan. Shea Tree Shea tree produces its first fruit when it’s about 20 years, and reaches its full production at about 45 years old. The tree can produce fruit for up to 200 years before reaching maturity. Shea fruit has a very sweet taste, hence eatable. After eating the fruit, a shea nut in a shell is obtained.
The Eight Steps of Production To Make Shea Butter
The first step in making shea butter is to crack the shell by hand in order to release the shea nut.
The second step is to wash the nuts, and leave them to dry in order to remove the moisture.
The third step is to pound the nuts, and crash them into small pieces.
The forth step is to roast the small pieces, and transform it into a paste with a dark chocolate color
The fifth step is to add water to the paste, and whip it, so it will mix very well.
The sixth step is purifying the paste by washing it over and over with distilled water.
The seventh step is to heat the purify paste over fire, so the fats rise to the top, and the oil settles at the bottom.
The final step is to skim off the fat and let the oil settle at the bottom. The oil becomes hard and is then used as Shea butter.