Shorea Stenoptera (Illipe) Seed Butter
Pronounced "ill-lip-ee", this exotic butter is extracted from the fallen nuts of the illipe trees grown in the South Pacific region. The nuts are collected after they fall to the ground, and after drying sufficiently in the sun——until they are brittle enough to be separated from the shells——they are pressed to extract the raw fat inside. The first inhabitants of Borneo (the Dayaks) have been making this butter many centuries for therapeutic purposes. Illipe butter has a similar chemical composition to cocoa butter, however this harder and nearly odorless butter additionally provides a greater barrier protection in the form of palmitic and stearic acids. The effects are long-lasting for even the most chronically dry, rough and damaged skin.