butter locally called Ori, is a natural butter/cream obtained from nuts of Shea
tree. It finds application in industries such as, Cosmetics, Confectioneries,
etc. Olumide Ajibare is the CEO of Naphtali Trading Services Ltd. Kwara state which
produces and package quality Ori (Shea butter) for both industrial and consumers
use. He has envisioned a world where his company produced Ori will be as
popular as Coca-cola or Olive oil.
Ajibade shares an insight into Ori (Shea butter) and its benefits;
“Premium 100% natural Shea butter is derived
from nuts of the Shea tree found all over West-Africa including Nigeria, Ghana
and Burkina-Faso. A different species can be found in Uganda.
butter is made up of cinnamic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids and rich in Vitamins
A & E as well as other vital nutrients. The stearic acid gives it a solid consistency, while the
oleic acid influences how soft or hard the shea butter is.
has been used over the centuries for both clinical and beauty purposes, no
wonder Queen Nerfertiti of ancient Egypt acknowledged Shea butter as the secret
of her beauty”.
Benefits of Ori (Shea Butter)
high concentration – up to 70% of healing (non-saponifiable) fraction in Shea butter
helps to -
dry and itchy scalp
and stop stretch mark
skin burns and variety of skin allergies
glossy hair growth
moisturizes the skin without greasy residue
muscle/joint aches, tension and pains. (Massage cream)
quality of Shea butter depends on the specie of nuts itself, and the methodology
adopted in the production process. Exposure to environmental elements like sun
and humid storage can also reduce efficacy of the butter.
is not a determinant of Shea butter`s quality as it can range from beige to
butter is most potent for healing between 1 – 18months after production after
which it is only effective as a moisturizer. It is best preserved in air-tight plastic
containers in dark dry places.
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