What`s the difference between shea butter based products and others?

Shea butter is a natural emollient and humectant widely used as hair conditioners and skin moisturizers, especially in the coldest and driest season due to high fatty acids and their triglyceride content. It locks the moisture in the skin and hair, making it soft and hydrated. Particularly outstanding is the high fraction of unsaponifiables consisting of bioactives (triterpenes, tocopherols, phytosterols and cathechins) that are anti-inflammatory, sun protection properties, wound-healing properties and anti-oxidants. The unsaponifiable content is absorbed by the skin and makes it pleasantly soft and supple. Therefore, it is understandable that the shea butter in the skin care product is an important part of many creams and ointments as compared to products without shea butter.

Are the Tama products also suitable for vegans and vegetarians?

Yes! Our products consist of 100% natural, herbal ingredients free from any synthetic, artificial or animal additives or petroleum – and also free from animal testing.

What is the difference between refined and unrefined shea butter?

Unrefined shea butter has a creamy, pale-yellowish or ivory colour and has a distinct nutty scent.  The shea nut is processed under controlled conditions and no added ingredient is involved during its extraction, which preserves the natural efficacy of the butter. The refined shea butter is almost white and has almost no distinct nutty scent due to the process involved in refining. Refining removes most of the bioactive content which reduces the therapeutic property of the butter.

What is the difference between black and normal soap?

The shea butter soap is very moisturizing and is ideal for dry skin. The black soap has an antibacterial effect, since it contains not only the antibacterial properties of neem oil and coconut oil but also natural plant extracts which help to soothe irritation and inflammation and remove pimples and bacteria from the skin surface.

Are there certificates for Tama Products?

The Shea Butter contained in our products is certified by the US National Organic Program (7 CFR Part 205) as 100% organic – ECOCERT – Certificate of Organic Operation. The same applies to the conditions of production of our African partner Sekaf Ghana Limited, which have also been controlled and tested by ECOCERT and meet the requirements of the Directive (EC) No. 834/2007.

In addition, all our products are notified via the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) of the European Commission in accordance with the directive Article 13 VO 1223/2009. The EU Cosmetics Regulation requires that all cosmetics must be notified with their formulation before they are placed on the market. The Internet portal is operated by the European Commission and allows uniform and central notification in all Member States of the European Union. The CPNP system is the result of Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 of 30 November 2009 (EU Cosmetics Association). The notification is described in Article 13 and Article 16 of the EU Cosmetics Act.

Why hair oil or body oil become firm sometimes?

Both oils in their natural form are composed of fat molecules known as fatty acids. The fatty acids determine the melting and freezing point of the oils. The hair oil and body oil solidifies in cooler temperatures (from approx. 19 ° C) which influences the physical state depending on the prevailing temperature. This proves the high quality and natural composition of our products – simply put the bottle in a tepid or warm (not hot!) water bath and the oil liquefies itself within a very short time without losing quality.

Could Tama products be used for neurodermatitis?

Yes! In the case of neurodermatitis, shea butter may significantly alleviate the consequences. Affected persons report that after the application of shea butter, a velvety film has formed on the skin after some time, which remains there for a long time.

Could Tama products be used as sun protection?

Yes and no! Pure, unrefined shea butter has a light natural sun protection factor. However, this sun protection factor is only about SPF 4. Therefore it provides adequate protection only in the case of pre-bred skin or weak sun. If an excessive sunbath has taken place, for example, our Tama Body Oil has an exceptionally soothing effect.

Can I order larger quantities of pure shea butter?

Yes! If you want to purchase larger quantities of pure shea butter, you can always contact our sales department via email or telephone. We are able to deliver Shea butter in quantities of 1kg or more. Prices and delivery times depend on the individual conditions. We would be pleased to make you a personal offer.

Why is black soap black?

The black soap is black because one of the raw materials which is the cocoa pod ash mainly made up of plantain skins, palm leaves, cocoa pods, tree barks that were first sun-dried and then roasted before they are being burned to ash. The ash is subsequently leached and the leached water (black colour) is used to saponify the shea butter and other oils. This gives the black soap its dark colour.

When should you use normal soap and when you should use black soap?

In principle, both soaps can be used at any time – as desired and intended. For those who bathe or shower several times a day, it is recommended to use our Shea Butter Soap in the morning so that the skin is moisturized for the entire day, giving the skin a special feeling of freshness. In the evening, on the other hand, our Black Soap is particularly suitable due to its antibacterial properties, so that contamination of the skin, which inevitably results during the day due to environmental influences, is intensively cleaned and thus the skin becomes fresh and clean again before you go to sleep. For skin problems such as acne, dandruff or neurodermatitis, our “black” is also highly recommended.

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Are our products Fair Trade?

We are currently completing the last audits to be fair trade