SHU was carefully developed for daily moisturizing and extremely fast healing.
Many other products add glycerin and/or types of liquid plastics like silicone for a feeling of temporary moisture and relief. Neither of these actually feed the cells, but instead, put a band-aid layer over the skin like seran wrap that can wow for a couple of hours. These are nowhere near as breathable as a healthy dose of triglycerides and vitamins.
Ghana Shea and Burkina Fasso Shea: I have combined both shea butters here for maximum benefit of both. Shea butter is full of stearic acid, which is deeply cleansing and helpful for acne and skin issues that need a "bring it up and out" approach. Tired of paying for an expensive "Vitamin A cream"? Shea butter is a vitamin A AND vitamin E cream in one. So the base of your moisturizer is on solid ground.
Hazelnut Oil- hazelnut oil is a highly penetrative due to a good percentage of polyphenols. It has also been shown to be effective for acne because it is anti-inflammatory and astringent.
Ucuuba Butter- This has always been the secret powerhouse of SHU. Ucuuba is in the nutmeg family and has helped immensely with eczema and psoriasis. It is extremely rich in fatty acids, is anti-bacterial, and is said to be especially helpful for mature skin in toning and brightening the complexion.
Karanja Seed Oil- **NEW to SHU**** with very good reason. It cleared up my oldest daughter's acne in 2 days- and she has very bad acne when she fails to use her facewash and lotion. Karanja is in the same family with neem but has a much less offensive odor. It is very high in triglycerides, which are extremely important in creating a magical protective barrier over your skin without clogging pores. This oil is also high in flavonoids, which are anti-oxidants and very astringent. Tannic acid is present in karanja seed oil. Tannic acid treats rashes, fever blisters, and other irritations or bacterial infections.
Karanja is an extremely well-rounded oil with so many benefits that it is easy to see how it further improves the efficacy of SHU. For those who have used the original version of SHU, this is the ingredient that makes a much more silky feel.
Frankincense Oil- Frankincense made its way into Brazen Bee products the moment I heard that research shows it kills skin cancer cells. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers and anything that we can do as a preventative measure should be taken. I am not purporting that your facewash will prevent skin cancer in any way, but the research should be looked at and judged accordingly. Aromatherapy: spiritually grounding
Lavender Oil- Lavender is one of the most well-known skin soothers around. With a high amount of linalool, this wonderful oil is used across most skin care formulas because it simply works. It also helps to heal scars and diminish redness. Aromatherapy: soothing
Elemi Oil- Here is the third new ingredient to SHU. Elem
SHU used to have Abyssinian Oil, which is now unavailable. We have moved over into using Camellia Seed (Green Tea Seed) and Organic Unrefined Almond Oil in place of the Abyssinian Oil. I think everyone will be happy with this!
Total Ingredients: Shea Butter (refined and unrefined blend), Hazelnut Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Organic Unrefined Almond Oil, Ucuuba Butter, Karanja Oil. Essential Oils: Frankincense, Lavender, Elemi
Here is a 2 part video on using Oil in your skincare regimen!