Mansuki Ghana Limited (MGL), a natural cosmetics manufacturing, packaging, trading and service company, has developed more than 20 ranges of value-added cosmetics using Shea butter.

The products, classified into three categories — soap, lotion and hair products — include coconut oil and Shea butter natural hair food, pure body Shea butter lotion, Shea butter black soap locally known as Alata samina, Shea butter herbal hair treatment, Shea butter and coconut nourishing shampoo and Shea butter and coconut extra nourishing conditioner.

Shea butter, an ivory-coloured fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, is a triglyceride derived mainly from stearic acid and oleic acid and is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion.

Israella Kafui Mansu, the Chief Executive Officer of MGL, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that Shea butter had cosmetic benefits for nourishing the body and hair. The company’s Shea butter products offered super food for the skin as we maintain its natural rich precious constituents such as unsaturated fats with a large proportion of non-saponifiable components, essential fatty acids, vitamins E and D, phytosterols, provitamin A and allantoin.

Shea butter has been shown to be a superb moisturizer with exceptional healing properties for the skin and its side effects are negligible as compared with other chemically saturated cosmetic products, she said.

Currently, the company’s products have received good demand on the European market and recently, MGL gained some customers from Australia who buy in large quantities, she added.