How should Shea Butter smell? & How do I store Shea Butter?
How it should smell?
The smell of Shea Butter is very natural , this aspect makes it pleasant to most people.
West African Shea varies depending mostly n if it is Raw or Lightly refined. This sent will range from nutty to similar to Crisco® or shortening. Over time due to the natural nature of the Shea Butter the smell will diminish. From my experiences Unrefined Shea Butter with almost none to no scent, there is a high possibility it is getting old.
No matter how old Shea Butter is it should not STNK. It is possible for Shea Butter to go rancid. If it does, Do Not Use it. If you do not like the smell of natural, raw Shea Butter, you can purchase more highly refined Shea Butter that has been de-odorized and filtered through clay. However, we do not recommend ever buying Shea Butter that has been refined using hexane or other solvents.
How do I store Shea Butter?
Shea Butter does not need to be refrigerated. However, over a period of two or three years, the Shea Butter will begin to lose some of its effectiveness. As the natural ingredients begin to break down, some of the healing benefits will be reduced, but the Shea Butter will continue to be an effective moisturizer. Store Shea Butter is a cool (not necessarily cold) place. If you’re going to use it within a couple of years, you should have no problems.
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My Shea Butter melted
A Low Melting Point is one of the Great characteristics of Shea Butter .
When you apply it to your skin, it literally liquefies.
However, on the flip side Shea Butters melting point is very low. It’s quite possible it will melt in a hot room. It may even be melted when it’s delivered to you in the summer months. If this happens, don’t worry. The Shea Butter is good. Simply take the lid off the container and set it in the refrigerator until it gets hard again. As it begins to cool, you might want to give it a stir to bring the olein (liquid parts) back into contact with the stearin (solid parts) so that the Shea Butter is uniform throughout.
What color should my Shea Butter be?
The color of unrefined Shea Butter depends on the Shea nuts used. Shea nuts will vary in color from almost white to yellow. Therefore, refined Shea Butter will vary in color. You will not be able to determine the authenticity or quality of Shea Butter based strictly on its color. There is even a naturally golden yellow colored Shea Butter. Shea Butter should never be extremely hard or greasy though. Most Shea Butter is a creamy color. Shea Butter that is pure white is highly refined and may or may not have its healing properties intact depending on how it was refined.
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