You might not realise it when you see "Shea Butter" as an ingredient in a product, there are different types of Shea Butter, some good and some not so good.
We all see Shea Butter on the packaging of a product and have the same reaction, "ooh it's got Shea in, that'll be good for my hair (or skin)".
The benefits of Shea Butter are well known, skin moisturising, anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, repairs damaged hair, treats split ends, soothes skin beneath hair.. the list goes on.
However, do you know what kind of Shea Butter is being used in the products you buy?
We're talking about Refined and Unrefined Shea Butter.
So, what's the difference?
Unrefined Shea Butter
Unrefined Shea Butter is extracted manually, it undergoes basic filtration using clay or cheesecloth. The filtration methods used can slightly alter the colour, texture and scent. This can leave the butter darker in colour and with a distinctive buttery scent. This method is the best way to extract Shea Butter as it allows it to retain all of its minerals, vitamins and other natural properties.
Refined Shea Butter
Refined Shea Butter goes through a number of processes using chemicals to alter the colour, texture, scent and shelf life of the butter. Chemicals are added during a deodorising process, preservatives are added to increase the shelf life and bleaching agents are added to alter the colour to a bright white. All of these processes affect the minerals and vitamins within the butter, leaving it much less nourishing.
Spot the difference, can you tell which is which?
Both types of Shea Butter will have benefits to your hair and skin, we thought it was important to let you know that some are a better choice than others.
We're not saying Refined Shea Butter is bad for you, because it's not. It's just simply not as good for you as Unrefined Shea Butter.