I have been using Shea Butter for many years now and it has been the only product that really helps with my dry flaky skin. I love that it’s natural and doesn’t contain any chemicals whatsoever. Although you can use this butter on it’s own I love using it to make my homemade body butters, deep conditioning hair masks, all natural vapor rubs, lip balms and my migraine eraser balms.
What Is Shea Butter
Shea Butter comes from the Karite Nut Tree which is mostly found in Africa. It is filled with Vitamin A, E and F. The Karite Nut Tree can live up to 300 years.
What Is The Difference Between Unrefined and Refined Shea Butter
Refined Shea butter is chemically processed, and uses the hexane toxin to further process the Shea butter. Refined Shea Butter is a white color and is odorless or has been scented artificially. Most moisturizers at the drugstore that claim their products have Shea Butter in them is not true Shea Butter.
If you do plan to use refined Shea butter don’t expect the same benefits of using Unrefined Shea butter. Refined Shea butter loses almost all it’s moisturizing properties and healing properties. Unrefined Shea Butter is made without the use of toxins, synthetics and chemicals, it is literally a raw butter.
Another thing to keep in mind is there are many companies who claim that their Shea Butter is Unrefined but it is not. The color of unrefined Shea butter ranges from and Ivory to a grayish yellow color. It also doesn’t have the typical Shea butter scent that is promoted through commercial stores. The best way I can explain the scent is it has a nutty scent that even though it does not bother me it can bother some people.
Different Uses And Benefits Of Shea Butter
- Great for the hair
- Perfect for making body butters
- Does not clog pores
- It is used by many people for cooking
- Used for stretch marks
- Itchy skin from Eczema and Dermatitis
- Rough skin on the feet
- Insect bites
- Muscle aches
- Diaper rash
- Chapped skin
- Can be added into your regular creams and lotions for added moisture
- Soap making
What Is Fair Trade
It takes about 20-30 hours to produce 1 kilogram of Shea butter and buying Shea butter from a company that supports fair trade means the women making this amazing butter are given a fair wage or a fair price.
When purchasing Unrefined Shea Butter it’s always a good idea to research the company that is selling it, because there are many companies that claim the Shea butter they are selling is unrefined when it is not.
If you are interested in trying Unrefined Shea Butter I would highly recommend New Directions Aromatics which is where I purchase my Shea butter in bulk. They have a warehouse in Toronto, Australia and the US.