How Shea Butter is processed is at the top of every consumer’s mind these days. This makes sense. The many ways in which Shea Butter can be manufactured has a significant impact on the final Shea product. While you as the consumer may be aware of quality differences in the end product, it’s valuable to understand mechanics of how Shea Butter gets processed as well.
There are three major methods of processing Shea: Refined, Raw and Cold Pressed.
REFINED – Refined Shea Butter is white in color, odorless and hard and sometimes grainy and texture. It is one of the most popular and common kinds of Shea Butter available.
The process that creates Refined Shea Butter starts with the raw product. During the refinement process, Raw Shea Butter is subjected to extremely high heat. The heating process induces a state change that allows the refined product to have a long shelf life.
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