Shea Butter - Our Shea Butter is obtained by cold pressing the seeds of the karite tree (and is then refined). Our Shea butter is a creamy white solid that is ultra-refined and has a neutral smell. The Shea Butter, Ultra Refined is physically decolorized using organic clays (diatomaceous earth, aka "bleaching clays") to remove color and impurities. The odor is removed via injection of steam to "blow-off" the volatile oils which contribute to Shea butter's sharp, objectionable odor. There are no chemicals used to process our Shea butter.
Test results for stand alone cold process recipe with 100% Shea Butter:
Lather: Very little to no lather. Hardly any bubbles but the lather is not slimy. It is very creamy and lotion-like.
Lather Stability: Poor
Hand Feel: Soft/Normal
Our Shea butter will start to melt on contact with the skin, making it an excellent choice for lip products and lotion bars. Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 3-5% Lip Products: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 3-6%.
Botanical Name: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit
Common Name: Shea Butter