FAQ

Medical Disclaimer

At Reese and Luke, we believe we provide gentle and non-irritating products for the skin. However, please read the following disclaimer:

Content on our website should not be considered medical advice and is provided for general informational purposes.  You are the best judge of what is safe for you and your baby, so please read the ingredient lists on our labels and see if any of your or your baby’s known allergens or sensitivities are on our products. Do not use ingredients that may trigger a reaction. An allergy patch test is recommended if you have any concerns or history of skin reactions. Any questions or concerns about product safety, ingredients or allergies are best directed to a healthcare professional.

What is Shea butter ?

Shea butter is a solid fatty oil made from the nuts of Karite Nut trees, also known as Mangifolia, that grow in the Savannah regions of West and Central Africa. Shea butter is sometimes called “women’s gold,” because extracting the butter from the nuts gives employment and income to hundreds of thousands of rural African village women. Shea butter is so non-toxic and beneficial that it is used in foods and cooking as well as soaps and beauty products. The benefits of Shea butter for organic skin care use is undeniable.

African healers have known about Shea butter for centuries. The substance was thought to be almost magical in its healing effects on burns, skin conditions, skin ulcers, stretch marks, and general dryness.

It contains beneficial vegetable fats that promote cell regeneration and circulation, making it a wonderful healer and rejuvenator for troubled or aging skin. It also contains natural sun-protectants.

What are some of the benefits of shea butter ?

Our naturally sourced Shea nut butter is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, is non-allergenic, has antiseptic attributes, and is helpful for addressing trouble skin conditions such as dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, insect bites, rashes, sunburn, topical burns, stretch marks and scar tissue. Shea nut butter has anti-inflammatory properties, and penetrates skin and tissue, and may be beneficial for arthritis symptoms, muscle aches & pains, as well as for massage. It is also an amazing ingredient for any organic baby rash cream or very beneficial for eczema baby treatment. Our Shea butter baby balm does not damage or stain cloth diapers allowing your cloth diapers to be fully absorbent.

Where is your shea butter sourced ?

We use only certified Shea butter originating from a tribal women co-op in NW Ghana in Africa (and the women are paid a premium for their efforts). Fresh Shea butter made by traditional village methods is full of all kinds of botanical benefits like allantoin (found in aloe and comfrey), and circuminoids (anti-cancer compounds found in cumin) and catechins.

What is the difference between “unrefined” and “refined” Shea butter ?

Understanding the difference between unrefined and refined or processed Shea butter is very important for individuals interested in natural Shea butter. Reese and Luke’s Shea butter organic baby balms are made with pure unrefined African Shea nut butter, which retains all of the properties that makes Shea butter renowned as a skin remedy and has superior healing results compared with competing cosmetic oils or refined Shea butter.

Reese and Luke’s pure, unrefined Shea butter is made by using the cold press method.  A press is used to crush and grind the Shea nut into a paste. Then an oil stone is used to press the paste which forces the oil to separate out. There is no need for chemicals or synthetic agents to extract the butter from the nut. This is called unrefined or raw Shea butter.

Most skincare companies in the United States and Europe use Shea butter that has been “refined” through bleaching, deodorization and degumming, all of which involve over-heating at a very high temperature which reduces its natural healing properties. Many companies also use hexane, a dangerous and toxic chemical, used in a petroleum refinery, to extract additional butter from the Shea nut. This process strips the Shea butter of its natural vitamins and all of its healing properties. Sometimes left over Shea butter from cold-pressing is mixed with the Shea butter derived using refined butter, so it is important to ask questions if you are concerned about your Shea butter source.

The manufacturing process has a great influence on the properties and efficiency of Shea butter. If Shea butter is refined or processed, it loses its vitamins and most, if not all of its efficiency. Only when properly extracted and processed is raw Shea butter suitable for use as a moisturizing skin treatment.

Is our  shea butter fairly traded ?

Our Shea butter is fairly traded which means that the makers of our 100 % pure certified organic Shea butter receive fair wages and good employment opportunities.

Do our balms contain any harmful contaminants ?

Our balms do not contain any of the following harmful contaminants. Only high quality, natural plant-based ingredients is used in our balms.

NO Petroleum By-Products (i.e. mineral oil, propylene glycol, etc.)
NO Artificial Fragrances
NO Artificial Colors
NO Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulfates
NO Parabens

NO Formaldehydes or Urea
NO Animal Testing
NO Synthetic Chemicals

What is the shelf life for out shea butter baby balm ?

Pure African Shea Nut Butter is processed in a manner that gives it an extra long shelf life and stays fresher much longer than most other Shea products on the market.

What makes Reese and Luke different from other shea butter products?

Most skincare companies use Shea butter that has been “refined” by bleaching and deodorizing it; neutralizing it with lye; and over-heating it to very high temperatures thereby decreasing Shea butter’s healing factors. Also, numerous skincare companies use Shea butter that has been extracted using the toxic and dangerous petrochemical hexane.

Reese and Luke provides our customers with the finest and purest Shea butter available in this treatment-based skincare system: therapeutic-grade 100% Pure Unrefined Certified Organic Shea Butter. Our Shea butter has been extracted using traditional methods and remains in its nutrient rich, natural unrefined state.

This therapeutic-grade of Shea butter is significantly richer in vitamins, phytonutrients, UV absorbing factors and has a higher healing fraction than any other cosmetic oil, including refined Shea butter.

Why is Organic Certification so important at Reese and Luke?

Here at Reese and Luke we are committed to organic certification because we understand that it is the best way to let you know how serious we are about natural products as well as the purity and integrity of the products.

Because Reese and Luke unrefined Shea butter is Certified Organic, all regulations applicable to certified organic products were adhered to throughout the entire process of making Reese and Luke products: production, processing, packaging, transport, and distribution.

The benefits of certified organic products and processes include the following:

  • Independent third-party guarantee of quality and purity of ingredients
  • Potent plant extracts that are free from pesticides and are safe
  • Sustainable agriculture that respects, supports, and nurtures the complete ecosystem of Earth
  • Authenticity of  natural and organic product claims
  • Prevention of damage to the environment by synthetic chemicals