This product is 100% pure shea from the Mali shea trees which grow in sub-Saharan Africa. The Mali shea tree grows in a different climate of the known shea butter region of Ghana. The origins of the shea nut produces a creamier shea butter with a reduced aroma. Our shea butter is prepared with a small amount of lime juice. The lime juice acts as a natural preservative to provide a longer shelf life. With proper storage, this creamy unrefined shea butter should last you 2 years.