A fat derived from the nuts of the shea tree. It is native to Africa, and Africans traditionally use shea butter as a skin treatment. It’s prized for its moisturizing properties.

In its raw state, shea butter has a distinct aroma, but refined versions of the substance may not have a noticeable odor. It is found in a number of popular lubricants and massage creams.

Shea butter has a low incidence of negative side effects and will not degrade latex condoms when used in small amounts in most personal lubricant formulas. However, buyers should look for products specifically advertised as latex friendly when using condoms.