The Karite tree grows spontaneously in the heart of Africa, between the river Nile and Senegal. A member of the saponaceous family, it reaches a height of 15 metres, has perfumed flowers and fleshy fruit, which holds the precious butter. Indigenous populations have for centuries collected the fruit between March and April and, according to the traditional method, they grind the sun-dried berries in mortars. A rich butter of a yellowish colour, which has a pleasant scent and an almost sweet taste, is thus obtained. The butter is used locally as a food, but also for protecting the skin from sun and wind. According to tradition, it favours circulation, allowing for a greater oxygenation of the skin, improving its metabolism and detoxification. Particularly rich in insaponifiables, it maintains the natural elasticity of the skin. It contains oleic, stearic, linoleic, palmitic, lauric, arachidonic, myristic, palmitoleic, capric and caprylic acids. It has moisturising, nourishing and soothing effects.
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