Carrier Oil Profile
Kpangnan Butter (pronounced “pa-nya”)
Countries of Origin
Africa- this plant is known as the “African butter tree”
Cold pressed- best to use the unrefined as the refining process alters the therapeutic properties.
About the Oil
Texture/Consistency- firm and silky, very similar to shea
Aroma- very rich, said to be a mix of shea and cocoa
Components- Stigmasterol (50% +)- an unsaturated plant sterol that contains anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agents
About the Plant
Often this plant is considered to be yellow or golden shea butter but this is a misnomer as they are two completely different species. “An interesting aspect of the African butter tree is that is it pollinated by bats, specifically the African long-tongued fruit bat (Megaloglossus woermanni). The shea flowers are not as large as those of the African butter tree and are insect pollinated. While the kernels of the two species are somewhat similar in appearance, the fruits are quite distinct from each other.”(1)
Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, moisturizing
Expected Shelf Life
?- I have not seen references to a shelf life, so I would go with 1 year and keep it cool and dark- if there are any changes to odor or appearance, don’t use it.
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