My Shea Butter Stinks

I bought some natural shea butter a few weeks ago at an international festival. It says 100% natural shea butter which is what I was looking for. What I wasn't prepared for was the smell. I just can't bring myself to put it in my hair. Does anyone else have this issue? Are there some other things I can mix in it to help with the smell? If not, is there a specific brand of shea butter I can buy that isn't as pungent?
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does it smell slightly smokey or rancid? unrefined shea butter has a very slight smokey, nutty scent. if you have any essential oils, you can mix a few drops in it and whip it.
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Unrefined shea has a smoky/natural scent. That's normal. I actually like it. lol

If you want to scent it, you can melt some in a double boiler and add drops of essential or fragrance oils to it after melted. How much [FO or EO] used depends on the amount of shea you're melting. Let it cool and if you want a more whipped shea, before it completely solidifies, whip it with a hand blender.

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Shea Butter smells like stanky ass playdough but my hair loves it. Most of the time you can't smell it when it's actually on your hair but whipping it with essential oils will definitely help.
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I like the way shea butter smells. If you don't though, you can mix it with essential oils or fragrances. Buttersnbars sells shea with fragrances if you don't want to mix it yourself. ITs really not hard to do it yourself though. Just melt it down and put in DROPS of the fragrances or essential oils. That will make it less grainy as well
Thanks ladies. I'm going to try whipping it and adding some essential oils.
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i agree with all of the above!

when i received my shea butter, the first thing that came to mind when i took a whiff was "rubber gloves". my mom has been nursing since before i was born and i used to like to put on gloves for my pretend surgeries.

smells just like it to me. so i was like "ah hail nah."

i planned on whipping it anyway, but i whipped it with glycerin, honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil, vitamin E oil, and citrusy oil.. forgot what it was called... for scent.

smells yummy, has the consistency of whipped frosting, and makes my hair/skin super soft!

.. kinda want to eat it.
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i agree with all of the above!

when i received my shea butter, the first thing that came to mind when i took a whiff was "rubber gloves". my mom has been nursing since before i was born and i used to like to put on gloves for my pretend surgeries.

smells just like it to me. so i was like "ah hail nah."

i planned on whipping it anyway, but i whipped it with glycerin, honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil, vitamin E oil, and citrusy oil.. forgot what it was called... for scent.

smells yummy, has the consistency of whipped frosting, and makes my hair/skin super soft!

.. kinda want to eat it.
Originally Posted by Jamtastic Voyage!

How much of these ingredients did you use or did you just play it by sight.
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Unrefined shea has a smoky/natural scent. That's normal. I actually like it. lol

If you want to scent it, you can melt some in a double boiler and add drops of essential or fragrance oils to it after melted. How much [FO or EO] used depends on the amount of shea you're melting. Let it cool and if you want a more whipped shea, before it completely solidifies, whip it with a hand blender.

HTH.
Originally Posted by eccentric_kurlz
Excuse my ignorance but could you tell me more about the double boiler? Would this be bringing water to boil in a pan then placing the shea butter (which would be in a separate pan/bowl) inside the boiling water? Is this the only way to melt the shea butter? Can it be melted in the microwave?

I am like the original poster, I have MAJOR issues with the scents. If it stinks, I don't want it no where near my hair which holds onto all smells (pleasant and bad ones alike) like nobody's business. Ain't no doubt about it in my mind, shea butter STINKS!

But I finally did break down and buy some 100% shea butter (which I will be mixing with essential oils, mind you) because I keep hearing how wonderful it can be for hair and I need something that will give my twistouts hold other than gel because gel makes my hair too hard. I want soft hair; can't stand "crunchy" hair.

I had been using KCCC in my hair once a week when I cowash, detangle and twist and no matter what I do, it takes me all week to SOTC and sometimes I'm not successful. This last time, I only put the KCCC on the ends of my hair and now my soft hair is back! However, when I tried taking the twists down for a twist out, it was frizz city! I need something for hold. You know?

I'm hoping the shea butter can give me the hold I'm looking for without the crunch. We shall see...

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Unrefined shea has a smoky/natural scent. That's normal. I actually like it. lol

If you want to scent it, you can melt some in a double boiler and add drops of essential or fragrance oils to it after melted. How much [FO or EO] used depends on the amount of shea you're melting. Let it cool and if you want a more whipped shea, before it completely solidifies, whip it with a hand blender.

HTH.
Originally Posted by eccentric_kurlz
Excuse my ignorance but could you tell me more about the double boiler? Would this be bringing water to boil in a pan then placing the shea butter (which would be in a separate pan/bowl) inside the boiling water? Is this the only way to melt the shea butter? Can it be melted in the microwave?

I am like the original poster, I have MAJOR issues with the scents. If it stinks, I don't want it no where near my hair which holds onto all smells (pleasant and bad ones alike) like nobody's business. Ain't no doubt about it in my mind, shea butter STINKS!

But I finally did break down and buy some 100% shea butter (which I will be mixing with essential oils, mind you) because I keep hearing how wonderful it can be for hair and I need something that will give my twistouts hold other than gel because gel makes my hair too hard. I want soft hair; can't stand "crunchy" hair.

I had been using KCCC in my hair once a week when I cowash, detangle and twist and no matter what I do, it takes me all week to SOTC and sometimes I'm not successful. This last time, I only put the KCCC on the ends of my hair and now my soft hair is back! However, when I tried taking the twists down for a twist out, it was frizz city! I need something for hold. You know?

I'm hoping the shea butter can give me the hold I'm looking for without the crunch. We shall see...

Bel
Originally Posted by belwill
Yes, that's essentially what a double boiler involves, but it's also a separate cooking item that can be used over another pot(w/boiling water) underneath. It looks like this:



No, you don't HAVE to use this and you CAN microwave your oils and butters, but I like to keep contaminants to a minimum and prefer using sterilized items, such as the stainless steel dbl boiler and other stainless steel utensils.

Microwaves dehydrate(and sometimes burn) whatever is put inside of it, so I like using the boiler because it gives me reliable and consistent results, w/o burning or scorching anything. I also use it because I mix my own products as a hobby, and that [sometimes] requires me to use a thermometer to monitor temp.

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Last edited by eccentric_kurlz; 05-18-2010 at 01:30 PM.
I tried whipping the shea butter, and I posted the results on my blog http://www.soulfulsista.net. I put in some peppermint and rosemary, but it didn't completely get rid of the smell. I didn't melt my shea butter which could have been part of the problem. I ended up using it on my feet at night.
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I tried whipping the shea butter, and I posted the results on my blog http://www.soulfulsista.net. I put in some peppermint and rosemary, but it didn't completely get rid of the smell. I didn't melt my shea butter which could have been part of the problem. I ended up using it on my feet at night.
Originally Posted by SoulfulSista
May I recommend mixing it with cocoa butter? I just whipped up a batch with prime pressed cocoa butter, tucuma butter, sweet almond oil, and unrefined shea and it smells like a lighter version of a mocha latte(w/more of a cocoa smell). Takes away ALL of the nutty shea scent. It also melts right into the skin.
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