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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So how exact­ly is some­one sup­posed to use shea but­ter? So far I know I ought to whip up raw shea and mix with the oils that I want. But do i apply this to my damp hair after mois­tur­is­ing or can I use it on my scalp too?? I’m con­fused. Please help!! You can respond or add more info via my email, cikukibe@gmail.com. I’m total­ly con­fused, with unhealthy nat­u­ral African hair. :’(

Sonshine Wiley
I have been nat­u­ral for fours years almost five! I’ve devel­oped a mois­tur­iz­er which includes Shea But­ter and a host of oth­er essen­tial oils. The pro­duct is sim­ply called “restore”! Because that’s what it does! It restores the mois­ture to your hair! This brings back the bal­ance between beau­ty and nature! There are lots of nat­u­ral­ists that start­ed using my pro­duct because it works! It’s a very sim­ple pro­duct with so many ben­e­fits! Not to men­tion many of my friends have the desire to cus­tomize their own mois­tur­iz­ers, but real­ly had no time or mon­ey for the tri­al and error!… Read more »
lindsey dugas

ive been using the PURE SHEA BUTTER for about 6 months, and I can real­ly see a HUGE dif­fer­ence in my hair. I buy it at thr fes­ti­val inter­na­tion­al that we have in Louisiana year­ly from the African ladies. I scoop a lit­tle ouf then melt it in the microwave, then I grease my scalp. yes my hair will b greasy but TRUST IT DOES MIRACLES..my length is tak­ing off!!
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Aishah Organics

I have been sell­ing raw Shea but­ter import­ed from Ghana for over 10yrs. now. I car­ry amaz­ing raw shea but­ter skin and hair prod­ucts. If you would like to know more about my prod­ucts sim­ply look me up on Face­book @ Aishah Organ­ics or email me @ AishahOrganics@hotmail.com
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Naa-Sakle Akuete

Shea but­ter always uses for skin and hair and mois­tur­iz­er skins.
Eugeniashea.org is the best place to buy orig­i­nal sheat but­ter cream and


The 100% pure shea but­ter I use is like a pasty form ini­tial­ly and is kind of hard to extract from the jar if you have nails, oth­er­wise, no prob­lem. I just rub it togeth­er in my hands and it becomes like an oil. From there I just apply from roots to my ends. I per­son­al­ly don’t have any issues with it being extra greasy because I have dry hair. Makes my hair extra soft and super man­age­able. I’m also preg­nant and it has been doing won­ders for my stom­ach. Not a stretch mark in sight. :)


I have to use raw, organ­ic Shea but­ter which is more pricey since I only cer­ti­fied organ­ic prod­ucts since, I nev­er had any reac­tions to cer­ti­fied organ­ic prod­ucts, but oth­er prod­ucts that claim to be organ­ic Shea but­ter with no cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, can have con­t­a­m­i­nants and hurt my sen­si­tive skin and hair.


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