Shea Butter Frequently Asked Questions

Shea Butter Frequently Asked Questions

What is shea?
Shea butter is actually oil that has been extracted from the nut of the Shea tree (also called Karite). It is commonly called butter because some people with nut or latex allergies can be sensitive to it. So, the reference to oil as butter was to help notify consumers that it would have nut-like properties such as Almond butter or Peanut butter. The scientific name is Butyrospermum-Parkii.

What is shea butter used for?
Everything! Shea butter is known world-wide as a miracle healing plant for most skin conditions. Shea butter will fight wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, eczema, chapped lips, rough skin, sore muscles, open wounds, sun burns, and much more.

Is all shea the same?
No, all shea butter is not created equal – unrefined raw shea is manufactured by hand, refined shea is manufactured by machines and altered by potentially hazardous chemicals; losing some of its natural anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties.

Why buy unrefined shea?
Unrefined shea is made naturally; the only ingredient in unrefined shea butter is shea. Refined shea has been through a rigorous manufacturing process that removes some healing properties from the oil. Several damagingchemicals are added to the finished product, and the refining process is very harmful to the environment.

How can I tell if my shea butter is unrefined?
Unrefined shea is grey, beige or light yellow, very hard when cooled, and nutty in smell. It will leave a satiny finish on your skin when applied. Refined shea is bright white, grainy, fairly soft at room temperature, and has no smell.

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