Butyrospermum Parkii



Butyrospermum Parkii at a glance

  • AKA the shea tree or Vitellaria paradoxa
  • Produces a variety of cosmetic ingredients including extracts, oils and butters
  • Most of its byproducts are antioxidant-rich
  • Its most famous ingredient is shea butter

Butyrospermum Parkii description

_Butyrospermum parkii_ is the Latin name for the shea tree. This tree produces a variety of plant-derived skin care ingredients including extracts, oils and butters that are often rich in antioxidants. Its most famous product is shea butter ( _Butyrospermum parkii_ butter), a plant lipid extracted from the tree. It’s used as an emollient in cosmetics and has smoothing properties for dry skin. Outside of this, shea butter also contains a plethora of heavy-hitting antioxidant compounds like vitamin E, quercetin and epigallocatechin gallate. Concetration levels used in skin care vary depending on the ingredient produced from _Butyrospermum parkii_ AKA_Vitellaria paradoxa_.

Butyrospermum Parkii references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, January 2024, pages 82S-95S

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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