Shea Butter???

Got mine from Anita Grant online store.She sells oils too. Her oils are really good.
I bought raw organic shea butter few months ago and it was a failure. My hair hated it. Why? Well, firstly I hated the scent of raw shea butter it smelled like donkey butt. Yep!!! I said it!! Its smells disgusting. I now realized that I should have bought whipped shea butter with added scent to offset the donkey butt aroma. Secondly, the raw shea butter was so thick to get out the jar that it just sit on top of my hair. Maybe I should have whipped it with some oils or something. I still have the jar of shea butter just sitting in the fridge. I hate the smell of it. It starts off nutty then turns into some foul scent.
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Last edited by dras; 08-27-2009 at 05:30 AM.
You can actually take the raw shea butter and throw it in your stand mixer- like the kitchen aid, with a couple of drops of essential oil ( i also add jojoba oil) and on low, the friction from the mixer will heat up the butter and the motion will aerate it a bit, making your own whipped shea.
You can actually take the raw shea butter and throw it in your stand mixer- like the kitchen aid, with a couple of drops of essential oil ( i also add jojoba oil) and on low, the friction from the mixer will heat up the butter and the motion will aerate it a bit, making your own whipped shea.
Originally Posted by Smedm1
I think I am going to try mixing it in the blender. Thanks for the tip. I think that will make it much better to apply to my hair. I have some jojoba oil as well so that would work great.
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I buy shea butter in 1 pound chunks. Much cheaper than buying the fancy ones in containers. I get mine from www.nasabb.com. They have the best shea butter I've tried. Very creamy, not gritty.
Originally Posted by Cleo12
Cleo, pardon my ignorance with shea butter but is this something that is applied to once hair is styled dry or can it be applied on wet hair as a styling lotion/ cream? I am curious on the user process. Any feedback would be helpful. THANKS!
Originally Posted by followmesky
I always use it on damp hair after applying a leave in conditioner. It leaves my hair very soft.
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Anywho, I have been using shea butter on my skin for years but never really appreciated it fully (or bought the 'right' kind) until I started wearing my TWA. When I lived in the Bay Area in Cali and in Harlem, NY you could get it anywhere - the flea market, the African brutha on the corner, the local natural shop. But it's harder to find on a whim in Houston.

I really like Darcy's Nolitica Shea butter. It is uber creamy and wonderful. I use it on wet hair or dry hair. It makes my hair so soft.... It's pricey so I'm looking for an online store to buy in bulk. I also just discovered and LOVE Kpangnan butter. It makes my skin glow and I use it to touch up twists.

Thanks for the tips ladies!

QUESTION: How do you do the little info blurb at the end of your post under that line - hair, type, big chop, etc?? Thanks

Last edited by Asea; 08-27-2009 at 01:02 PM. Reason: Question
My first post!

Anywho, I have been using shea butter on my skin for years but never really appreciated it fully (or bought the 'right' kind) until I started wearing my TWA. When I lived in the Bay Area in Cali and in Harlem, NY you could get it anywhere - the flea market, the African brutha on the corner, the local natural shop. But it's harder to find on a whim in Houston.

I really like Darcy's Nolitica Shea butter. It is uber creamy and wonderful. I use it on wet hair or dry hair. It makes my hair so soft.... It's pricey so I'm looking for an online store to buy in bulk. I also just discovered and LOVE Kpangnan butter. It makes my skin glow and I use it to touch up twists.

Thanks for the tips ladies!

QUESTION: How do you do the little info blurb at the end of your post under that line - hair, type, big chop, etc?? Thanks
Originally Posted by Asea
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Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
hair seems to be moody.
Does not seem to like oils
Does not like protein or too much?
Does not like rich products

So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
I buy 100% shea butter at my local drug store in the "black" hair care section, and 100% coconut oil is available at any health food store.
Originally Posted by Copasetic
Be aware sometimes they can tricky. I know I bought something believing it was 100% juice but when I learned there were other ingredients in it, I realized they were being tricky with the language. It may contain 100% juice (or shea butter) but what they don't tell you is the actual product is not 100% shea butter, that there are other things added.


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Got mine from Anita Grant online store.She sells oils too. Her oils are really good.
I bought raw organic shea butter few months ago and it was a failure. My hair hated it. Why? Well, firstly I hated the scent of raw shea butter it smelled like donkey butt. Yep!!! I said it!! Its smells disgusting. I now realized that I should have bought whipped shea butter with added scent to offset the donkey butt aroma. Secondly, the raw shea butter was so thick to get out the jar that it just sit on top of my hair. Maybe I should have whipped it with some oils or something. I still have the jar of shea butter just sitting in the fridge. I hate the smell of it. It starts off nutty then turns into some foul scent.
Originally Posted by dras
dras, i really like this site. do you typically order from there.. are the oils really great? which ones have you purchased? I take it not to buy the shea butter from there.. also, i see this is a UK site ..
3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
hair seems to be moody.
Does not seem to like oils
Does not like protein or too much?
Does not like rich products

So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
I go to my local flea market. There are some friendly African people who sell shea butter there (along with African black soap and different oils). You might want to check out your local flea market. If that doesn't work I have heard butters-n-bars is good for shea butter. And they are fair trade. They also have scented shea in case you don't like the smell of unrefined shea butter.

http://www.butters-n-bars.com/unrefinedsheabutter.html


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Got mine from Anita Grant online store.She sells oils too. Her oils are really good.
I bought raw organic shea butter few months ago and it was a failure. My hair hated it. Why? Well, firstly I hated the scent of raw shea butter it smelled like donkey butt. Yep!!! I said it!! Its smells disgusting. I now realized that I should have bought whipped shea butter with added scent to offset the donkey butt aroma. Secondly, the raw shea butter was so thick to get out the jar that it just sit on top of my hair. Maybe I should have whipped it with some oils or something. I still have the jar of shea butter just sitting in the fridge. I hate the smell of it. It starts off nutty then turns into some foul scent.
Originally Posted by dras
dras, i really like this site. do you typically order from there.. are the oils really great? which ones have you purchased? I take it not to buy the shea butter from there.. also, i see this is a UK site ..
Originally Posted by followmesky
Hi fellowmesky,
Yes, I have ordered from this site. They have hair and body oils like castor and vanilla among others. These oils are really nice for my skin and hair. But because its a Uk site shipping and handling would cost you alot so it would probably be better to get the same oils cheaper in the US. They have whipped butter which i think is better really I just bought the unrefined shea but looking back now I should have bought the whipped butter. People rave about Anita Grant products alot but I just find them ok, nothing exceptional. I also got her creamy caffe latte which I loved at first then later realised that her products dont have water in them which doent really make them moisturizing but instead more sealing. I think if her products had water in them then it would be better for moisturizing at the moment not. But then again thats just me. And my hair is just really moody and needs products with water to moisturize my hair.
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Hey guys! Lovin this thread. i bought some coconut oil today from a new Indian groccery for $5. It says refined, bleached and deodorized. Would this still qualify as CG? It smells like nothing and tastes like nothing and is milky white colored.

Also, Shea Butter. I found this online and it says it is unrefined shea butter but a review says it is white and odor-less. I heard unrefined is yellow... Is this still CG?

Heres the comment.

one of nature's best I've been using pure shea butter for several years now. This is the first product that is white with no scent. I miss the characteristic nutty scent of shea, but this one is very, very smooth. I use shea under my eyes morning and night, and on my lips. I also use it on my elderly dog who sometimes stumbles and occasionally gets abrasions. He can lick it and there is no toxicity, is mild, and best of all, effective.

Any answers?
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I buy Nutiva brand coconut oil through www.vitacost.com. My local markets don't sell the small jar and/or for a good price. I like the smallest jar because it fits in my fridge easily and with the bit that I use, I prefer to use up the jar and buy a new one so that I keep it as fresh as possible.

Coconut oil works better on my hair than shea butter. I was using whipped unrefined shea butter and maybe it had something added to it to help it get/stay whipped in consistency.
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You can actually take the raw shea butter and throw it in your stand mixer- like the kitchen aid, with a couple of drops of essential oil ( i also add jojoba oil) and on low, the friction from the mixer will heat up the butter and the motion will aerate it a bit, making your own whipped shea.
Originally Posted by Smedm1

I just did the same thing today...and it's sooo creamy!
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Does anyone know where I can get hair appliances and shea butter. I'm trying to do just a one stop shop, buy the shea butter and the hair sock diffuser ( Its a soft hair diffuser.)

Looking forward to your replies!
3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
hair seems to be moody.
Does not seem to like oils
Does not like protein or too much?
Does not like rich products

So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
I'm sure you now know where to find shea butter (following this thread). Just make sure it is pure shea butter, 100%, and that it isn't mixed with anything else.

As to your second question, which oils to use. It depends on the reason you want to use oil on your hair.

If you want to use oil in order to deal with dry hair, you should choose those which penetrate the hair shaft, such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil ( partially). The most efficient for this purpose are coconut oil and olive oil. Coconut oil smells better though.

If all you want is to seal in moisture and coat your hair you can use oils which do not penetrate the hair shaft, such as jojoba oil.

For an itchy scalp you can use sesame oil or olive oil.

And there are so many more oils with so many different benefits. Which ever oils you choose to use, just make sure you get good quality pure oil.

Hope this helps.

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Last edited by taltal; 10-22-2009 at 07:30 AM.
Hey guys! Lovin this thread. i bought some coconut oil today from a new Indian groccery for $5. It says refined, bleached and deodorized. Would this still qualify as CG? It smells like nothing and tastes like nothing and is milky white colored.

Also, Shea Butter. I found this online and it says it is unrefined shea butter but a review says it is white and odor-less. I heard unrefined is yellow... Is this still CG?

Heres the comment.

one of nature's best I've been using pure shea butter for several years now. This is the first product that is white with no scent. I miss the characteristic nutty scent of shea, but this one is very, very smooth. I use shea under my eyes morning and night, and on my lips. I also use it on my elderly dog who sometimes stumbles and occasionally gets abrasions. He can lick it and there is no toxicity, is mild, and best of all, effective.

Any answers?
Originally Posted by sarahb1396
How refined oils are doesn't matter for being CG - as long as they're just the oils, not mixed with 'cones or something, they are CG. The reason a lot of us want the oils/butters as unrefined as possible is because they're said to have more healing benefits that way.
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