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Yellow versus White Shea butter

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This post is dedicated solely to shea butter; we love it so much it is the main ingredient in all of our hair and body butters. We're pretty sure by the end of this post you're going to want to try some, on our products page, if you don’t use it already.

Shea butter is also an African original like Ose Dudu, African black soap. It is a natural fat extracted from the nut of the Shea nut tree which grows in the equatorial region of Central and Western Africa. Nigeria is the leading producer of Shea butter in the world,  followed by Ghana. Pure unrefined butter is slightly yellow or white ivory in colour, and has a characteristic nutty-smoky scent. White Ivory shea butter is made from the nut without any additives. Yellow Shea butter is made and processed similarly from the same nut with the addition of the Borututu tree root during the milling process. Borututu is a medicinal plant. 

 

The English word "shea" originates from the word s’í, which is the tree's name in the Bambara language of Mali. The tree is also referred to in French as the karite (ghariti) tree, which means “The tree of life”. This is because of its unique healing abilities which sets it apart from other natural oils. Most natural oils have two fractions; the moisturising fraction and the fraction which contains most of the healing properties. In other natural oils, the healing fraction is in the range of 1%, which is very small compared to a range of at least 5% in Shea, with healing fractions up to 17% been reported for good quality unrefined Shea butter. The healing fraction contains all the nutrients, vitamins, and other phytonutrients. Shea butter is an extremely rich natural source of two important vitamins, A and E, which are good for skin and hair. Vitamin A is important for improving a number of skins conditions, including wrinkles, stretchmarks, dry skin, cracked heels, eczema, blemishes, and dermatitis.

Handcrafted unrefined Shea butter (which we use) has an oily, soft texture. It is solid at room temperature, and is hard enough to make a lotion bar. Yellow shea butter is a bit more firm and takes longer to absorb into skin. Shea butter by itself is ready for direct application to the skin. We, at Oamobu, process our Shea butter further by mixing it with other natural ingredients such as carrier oils, essential oils, and aloe gel for your convenience and to target it at a particular application. The additives have exceptional healing properties as well. The result is a smooth textured butter which melts to the touch, is easy to apply and is guaranteed to give you best results. We have blends for eczema, stretchmarks, scars & dark spots, acne, and dry skin and hair.

Shea butter is available in the following grades: A – raw or unrefined, extracted using water. This is the best as it retains most of its nutrients, especially Vitamin A & E. The significantly best is made by hand by women in Ghana, Nigeria, and neighbouring countries using traditional old methods of extraction; B – refined (bleached, and deodorized) ; C – highly refined and extracted chemically with solvents such as hexane; D – lowest uncontaminated grade; E – with contaminants. The preventative healing properties deteriorate with each grade.

We trust this post has enlightened you to the wonderful African product it is The English word "shea" originates from the word s’í, which is the tree's name in the Bambara language of Mali. The tree is also referred to in French as the karite (ghariti) tree, which means “The tree of life”. This is because of its unique healing abilities which sets it apart from other natural oils. Most natural oils have two fractions; the moisturising fraction and the fraction which contains most of the healing properties. In other natural oils, the healing fraction is in the range of 1%, which is very small compared to a range of at least 5% in Shea, with healing fractions up to 17% been reported for good quality unrefined Shea butter. The healing fraction contains all the nutrients, vitamins, and other phytonutrients. Shea butter is an extremely rich natural source of two important vitamins, A and E, which are good for skin and hair. Vitamin A is important for improving a number of skins conditions, including wrinkles, stretchmarks, dry skin, cracked heels, eczema, blemishes, and dermatitis.

Handcrafted unrefined Shea butter (which we use) has an oily, soft texture. It is solid at room temperature, and is hard enough to make a lotion bar. Yellow shea butter is a bit more firm and takes longer to absorb into skin. Shea butter by itself is ready for direct application to the skin. We, at Oamobu, process our Shea butter further by mixing it with other natural ingredients such as carrier oils, essential oils, and aloe gel for your convenience and to target it at a particular application. The additives have exceptional healing properties as well. The result is a smooth textured butter which melts to the touch, is easy to apply and is guaranteed to give you best results. We have blends for eczema, stretchmarks, scars & dark spots, acne, and dry skin and hair.

Shea butter is available in the following grades: A – raw or unrefined, extracted using water. This is the best as it retains most of its nutrients, especially Vitamin A & E. The significantly best is made by hand by women in Ghana, Nigeria, and neighbouring countries using traditional old methods of extraction; B – refined (bleached, and deodorized) ; C – highly refined and extracted chemically with solvents such as hexane; D – lowest uncontaminated grade; E – with contaminants. The preventative healing properties deteriorate with each grade.

We trust this post has enlightened you to the wonderful African product Shea butter is and that you now understand why we love and only use the best quality fairtrade unrefined shea butter. :) 


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