Raw shea butter sold at BGLH Marketplace (http://bglh-marketplace.com)
Raw shea butter sold at BGLH Marketplace (http://bglh-marketplace.com)

Via The Beauty Brains

The number 6 best selling beauty product on Amazon.com this week is 100% Pure Unrefined Organic Raw SHEA BUTTER. (The one pound size for $7.00!) How pure is this stuff? Let’s look at the label.
Shea butter ingredients
Here’s the ingredient list for Pure Unrefined Shea Butter:

Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) butter

That’s it. (Apparently the Shea tree is now officially called Vitellaria paradoxa but the cosmetic ingredient name is still Butyrospermum parkii as far as we know.)

Not much of a label to look at, is there? That’s because this is a pure natural material (or as close as you’re going to get) and therefore it doesn’t have any of the standard extra ingredients you might find like solvents, preservatives, etc. Since there aren’t any other ingredients to review, let’s take a quick look at the components of shea butter.

It’s primarily made up of fatty acids including palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and arachidic. The stearic and oleic acids make up about 85–90% of the total fatty acids and their relative proportion controls the butter’s consistency. Higher stearic acid means it will be more solid than liquid and the higher the oleic acid, the harder that solid is. Both of these vary depending on the growing season and location.
Uses for shea butter
You can use shea butter on your skin and hair as it is and it will make a fine moisturizer. However, it won’t necessarily replace all your lotions and conditioners because it’s not as spreadable and it doesn’t contain other ingredients you would want in a skin lotion (like humectants) or in a conditioner (like anti-stat agents.) Still, if you want a natural product that will soften hair and skin, shea is a good way to go. And you can’t beat the price. Plus, it has a whole stadium named after it!

Ladies do you use raw shea butter? Why do you love it? If you don’t use it, why aren’t you feeling it?

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74 Comments on "The Science Behind Raw Shea Butter"

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Sunni

I would love to purchase a pound for $7. What seller has it listed at this price? Thanks in advance.

Daniel

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ItaRay

Isn’t the one in the picture African butter? Thats the one I use & I love it. Mine is scooped from the seed just like It is shown in the picture… So it can’t be fake… Right?!? Lol

Kristin
Hi. I was glad to see this article. I use Shea butter for my hair and body. I just recently started using it about 5-6 wks ago but love it! I also use it on my two daughters as well. They both have eczema and that’s great on their skin. I mixed the Shea butter with cocoa butter, jojoba oil and almond oil. I melt it down a little so it’s easier to work with then blend it with a hand mixer. As far as our hair I use Shea butter, sesame, grape seed, tea tree, coconut and olive oils.… Read more »
Pinkie

You blend it with the oils for the eczema? My baby has it too and I may mix it with coconut oil and apply it to her skin to see if it works better than Aquaphor.

Maggie
I use shea mixed with jamaican black castor oil (with some scented natural oil for fragrance) for my hair and body. I use this mix on my hair after I rinse out my conditioner but while my hair is still pretty damp. Even try to twist it up right away. The conditioner + water is my moisture – the shea/castor oil mix is added moisture & sealant. My hair is superbly healthy. In between, I have a mister filled with distilled water and some of the same shea/castor mix. I spray a little on my hair night and morning (after… Read more »
Precious

Where did you buy your Shea butter please?

Nicole

Sheabynico.net Top Grade Nilotica Shea Butter, no additives, no fillers, 100% Shea Butter

Lori

My mom and I use shea butter on our joints when they ache from arthritis. I helps instantly.

I also mix it with coconut oil, aloe vera gel and olive (or some other) oil and saturate my scalp with it when I wear braid extensions. Love it.

NewlyNat

I thought Shea butter was in an ivory color ? I heard the yellow one was fake ?

Vanessa

No, it isn’t always ivory. I’m nigerian and I make shea butter with my grandma all the time. It can range from ivory to a pale yellow.

Christina

That why you so your own research. I had to learn

eve-audrey

i started using african shea butter mixed with aloe vera on my hair and it really softens my strands i wait to see the long term effects of it

Mahalia

I absolutely love shea butter for my hair and skin. Does wonders!!

Tamara

Hi, I like to use Raw Shea Butter in my lip balms but I also add cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil and a variety of other oils. Unfortunately, as the article stated, shea butter alone does not fully moisturize my lips alone. Tamara

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