Refined Shea Butter or Bleached and Deodorized Shea Butter?

by OnePlus

Do you recommend the use of unrefined shea butter in your recipes? What are the pros and cons of each? Thank you


Unrefined shea butter is an off-white/greyish color and has a strong distinctive nutty odor. Some people like the smell while others do not.

Refined shea butter is a creamy white color and has had the scent removed. I've noticed that you can get refined shea butter that is organic as well.

Some say that the refined shea butter is no longer of good quality due to the processes used to make it white and unscented. I have no idea to be honest. As far as I can tell, they both work great.

Scented products might benefit from using the refined shea butter, especially if the scent will not blend well with the shea butters natural nutty odor. For a more au natural product the unrefined shea butter would be perfect.

As for which one I recommend...use either type of shea butter in any of my recipes calling for shea butter....the choice is up to you.

Have fun experimenting,

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Shea Butter....
by: Anonymous

Kathy, you are so right that personal choice is definitely a huge factor in choosing which to use. My supplier sells a refined shea butter that has been bleached and deodorise using clay as the filtering agent, so no solvents. That is my choice for soap and body products :)

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