March 2014
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Featuring information each month about the lotion ingredients, the countries they come from, and sometimes... a recipe.

   Refined versus Unrefined Shea Butter

Dear Renee,
     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" or nutty, almost like burnt rubber.  The heavy smell does not go away when added to the other ingredients.  Because I don’t scent the products, it’s a difficult odor to mask. Most people who are not familiar with the scent of raw shea butter find it unpleasant. 
  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 graininess occurs when the finished product goes through vast temperature changes.
The process 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. Shea butter is classified by five grades, from A (raw, unrefined), to E (contains contaminates). We use Grade B shea butter. 

The benefits of shea butter are innumerable, from acting as a skin conditioner, to absorbing ultraviolet radiation (to a limited extent). Customers with eczema and psoriasis have told me that compared to the Au Chocolat hard lotion bar, the Beesilk hard lotion bar appears to work more effectively on their symptoms. The only ingredient difference is that Beesilk has shea butter while Au Chocolat contains cocoa butter.

Here's a photo of the shea nut and butter:
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Hi Renee,

Is beeswax safe for infants?  I didn't know if it could contain botulism, like honey, and be dangerous if ingested.  I love your Beesilk but am scared to use it on my hands around my 8 month old son since he is constantly chewing on his hands. 


The answer is Yes! It's safe. Read why on the blog. 


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