Do you have an opinion on refined vs. unrefined shea butter? I notice you use refined; what led you to that decision?
Thank you, Katie
I have experimented with unrefined shea butter several times, and I keep coming back to the same conclusion:
1. The odor of raw, unrefined shea butter is very heavy; some describe it as "smokey" - I would say it smells more like burnt rubber and the smell does not go away when added to the other ingredients. The natural scent of unrefined shea butter is quite strong, and customers do not like it.
2. Unrefined shea butter requires extra stability to keep the texture smooth. The potential for graininess in the finished product is much higher with unrefined shea butter.
The process my supplier uses to refine the butter involves naturally extracting it from the shea nut and filtering out any impurities. This results in a creamy, off-white color and extremely pure product.
Should you choose to use a raw, unrefined shea butter when making your skin care products, you can purchase it at Bulk Apothecary and then follow the instructions in this link to take the extra steps to keep out the graininess.