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SHEA BUTTER

Gently hand extracted from the nut of the Shea Tree and rich in vitamins and nutrients, Shea Butter has been used by West Africans for hundreds of years to not only nourish, heal and protect, dry rough skin naturally but also to moisturize hair keeping it soft and supple replenishing it natural nutrients. The secret is simple, numerous vitamins and minerals are packed in every drop of Shea butter, a few being vitamin A,vitamin E vitamin F as well as essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

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    Dudu Osum Healing Raw Shea Butter Lotion

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    Dudu Osum Natural Raw Shea Butter Conditioner

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  • Extra Raw Shea Butter (White)

    $7.98$12.81
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    $7.98$12.81
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    $7.95
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  • Pure Organic Shea Butter (Organic Essence)

    $26.89
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    $11.65
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    White (Ivory) Raw Shea Butter One Pound – 1 Lb

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  • Yellow (Gold) Raw Shea Butter Chunks 14 oz

    $8.81
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    Yellow (Gold) Raw Shea Butter One Pound – 1 Lb

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SHEA BUTTER 101

Frequently Asked Question


What is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is an all-natural product. It is a creamy-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of karite nut trees (Butyrospermum parkii) that grow wild in the savannah regions of West and East Africa. While shea butter has a wide variety of applications, it is most well known for its exceptional dermatological and cosmetic healing properties.

Scientific name: Vitellaria paradoxa (syn/INCI Butryospermum parkii)

 

What vitamins are found in Shea butter?

Shea butter is a natural source of multiple vitamins and nutrients. Packed in every drop of Shea butter, a few being vitamin A,vitamin E vitamin F as well as essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

 

How is Shea butter made?
Shea nuts are extracted from the fruit by crushing and boiling. Shea nuts are picked, cracked, grilled and pounded to extract the butter which is then boiled in water until the fresh shea butter rises to the surface. It is then scooped into gourds and left to cool and set. Although these artisanal methods result in smaller output, no chemicals or synthetic agents are needed at any stage. Shea butter may also be extracted by pressing in an expeller type press which cuts 3-5 hours off the extraction time. Again, no chemicals or synthetics are needed. The end product of either method is raw, or unrefined shea butter
Difference between raw (unrefined) and refined Shea butter?

Unrefined shea butter simply means it is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals or preservative. In other terms, that means it is produced the same way African people do it for centuries.

Unrefined shea butter retains much more of its natural healing properties. On the other hand, refined shea butter has usually been extracted with hexane or other petroleum solvents and some antioxidants or preservatives may also be added. Unfortunately, amazing shea butter moisturizing and healing properties are significantly reduced or completely removed in this process.

To cut it short, differences between unrefined and refined shea butter are the scent, color and benefits. Unrefined shea butter maintains its nutty scent, beige color and its healing properties. Refined shea butter has been chemically altered to remove shea butters natural scent, is bleach white in color and retains only a small portion of its natural healing properties. The end result of refinement is an odorless, white butter that may be aesthetically appealing, but lacks the true moisturizing, healing, and nutritive properties of true traditional shea butter.