Is There Really Any Difference Between Shea Butters?

So you’ve been sold on the miraculous benefits of incorporating Shea butter into your personal care regime. Using Shea butter for even a short length of time, you will have relief from dry, itching skin. It’s anti-inflammatory agents have proved powerful in treating eczema (a skin condition characterized by rough, inflamed skin and intense itching), or dermatitis (a red and swollen irritation of the skin). Cosmetically, Shea butter has been used to soften the facial hair of men – which can be a game changer in the romance department, or as a shaving cream by mixing with equal parts coconut oil and some olive oil; or create your own super charged hair conditioner by mixing Shea butter with coconut milk and essential lavender oil. A list of do-it-yourself recipes incorporating raw Shea butter can be found here.

According to the American Shea Butter Institute (ASBI), there is a difference in the quality of Shea butters being sold. This 100% pure natural gift from Mother Nature can be bought raw or refined; additionally, using quality or premium brands is important due to the fact that old Shea butter that has passed its shelf life will have lost much of its natural integrity and its wonderful healing benefits are greatly diminished. Shea butter is taken from the nut of a tree grown in many regions of Africa. Eu’Genia Shea is a Ghanaian trusted brand that is a family-run social enterprise, committed to providing the best quality of Shea butter with the highest concentration of the Shea fruit to ensure that users will reap all of the healthy benefits.

As a buyer of Shea butter, you have two options provided – either raw Shea butter, or refined Shea butter. The Eu’Genia recipe and process for harvesting the unrefined, raw Shea butter is a generations old technique with its roots in midwifery. They still use traditional methods of hand-sorting, selecting only the best of the crop and creating their product with love. While the raw Shea butter has the highest concentration of the Shea fruit, refined Shea butter has its benefits also with the addition of other natural oils to increase the butter’s smoothness and add a pleasant scent. Avoid poor quality Shea butters which may provide moisturizing benefits, but will not be powerful enough to battle stretch marks, fight poison ivy and poison oak allergies, or provide lifesaving protection from the sun.