While shea butter is believed to be natural and pure, not all kinds of these butters are made equal. When efficiency and quality is concerned, you can get best results only from pure organic shea butter. They are nowadays available in different varieties and types, and it depends on how they were extracted from their source – in refined form or unrefined form. You would certainly want to make sure that the shea butter variety you choose is unrefined and organic. African Fair Trade Society offers the purest form of shea butter.
Refined Shea Butter
Refined shea butter is extracted with the use of chemicals and chemical processes using hexane, which involve deodorizing, bleaching and overheating the substance in order to bring it to the desired consistency and form. When all these deeply altering methods and chemical processes are applied, it produces a white odorless form of shea butter, which has already lost its nourishing, moisturizing, protecting, healing and anti-aging properties. As a result, this type of shea butter generally goes into other uses, such as chocolate making.
Unrefined Shea Butter
Unrefined and pure organic shea butter is considered the best because it retains all the vital properties of this skin care ingredients. The raw form of shea butter, in its 100% natural state, is extracted either mechanically or manually. It will have a mild nutty and smoky aroma with a golden to mild ivory tinge. With a gentle steam treatment, the odor of this purest shea butter can be removed without degrading any of the vital constituents of this product. As such, its purity and natural richness is retained.