03-17-2009, 06:15 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
The only shea butter I've had experience with is the unrefined type. It smells "nutty", but is not foul by any means, and nor should it ever be.
If it's rancid, then the shea butter is bad. If it has no odor that means it's pretty old stuff.
East African shea tends to be a bit oilier and will spread more easily when used in just the raw form. West African shea is a harder butter and won't spread as easily. Personally, since I never use straight shea, I don't mind if it's hard.
I like making whipped shea butter using oils to help make it smoother. I'm sure aloe vera gel/juice would work well too. Adding some corn starch or rice powder will help with the slip of whipped shea butter if you're using it for your body.
I use organic-creations.com for my shea butter and cocoa butter needs. They have great customer service, but recently the couple who runs it were in a car accident and they've slowed a bit. Instead of 1-2 days to ship, it's now about a week. Which still isn't bad considering their prices are great.
mostly 3a/some 3b/2c at the nape
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