How is Shea Butter Processed?

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.

How is Shea Butter Different from Normal Lotion?

Shea Butter is an amazing and deeply nourishing moisturizer.  Shea Butter is so powerful, it’s often touted as something above and beyond your standard store-bought lotion.  But why? How is Shea Butter different than normal lotion? Shea Butter is different than most normal lotions in three major areas.  

First, the way Shea Butter delivers moisture to the skin is very different than a normal lotion.  Normal lotions nourish only the first layer of skin, which is why they are called emollients.  Normal lotions soften the first layer of the skin, giving you a smooth outward appearance but only surface protection.  Shea Butter is an emollient and more.  Shea Butter soothes and moisturizes the top layer of skin, but also takes nutrients down to the bottom layer of the dermis.  That’s why Shea Butter is so effective; it nourishes your skin from the base up!

Fairly Traded Shea Butter

Fairly Traded Shea Butter means the premier Raw Shea Butter we offer at 24Karite Gold is a product with true soul.  In addition to nourishing your health and beauty, our Raw Shea Butter is produced and traded with mindfulness and honesty.  24Karite Gold is a skincare company built on the conviction that the only way to trade right is to trade fairly.

“Fairly Traded” means the developing countries from which many of our raw materials are sourced are treated in honest, straightforward terms.  Workers are paid fair wages, the trade helps the nation create a sustainable economy and the health of their natural resources is protected.   It means that people who live in countries still working toward economic equality can do so without harming themselves or their environment.  24Karite Gold’s Raw Shea Butter promotes the empowerment the West African nation of Burkina Faso.  We also place a special emphasis on supporting woman.  

Refined vs. Unrefined Shea Butter

There’s a lot of talk about how Raw Unrefined Shea Butter is so much more effective than its refined sibling. 24Karite Gold is head-over-heals in love with raw shea butter and proud to bring you the most deluxe version on the market! But, while refining techniques once were once destructive to all of Shea’s incredible healing properties, 24Karite Gold has found a way to offer you premium, refined shea butter that’s just as nourishing the raw stuff. So, let’s get into the real science behind the difference between Unrefined vs. Refined Shea Butter.

How Shea Butter Drives Social Change

At 24Karite Gold, our mission is comprised of three important principles:  to provide the finest, most exceptional shea butter on the planet, to protect the sustainability and ecological health of the planet, and to promote a fair and vibrant global economy. We are sublimely humbled that offering exquisite raw shea butter for sale also has the ability to drive powerful social change.

Our shea butter is handcrafted in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. In West Africa, the Shea nut is considered a food commodity and only women legally hold all foods in this region. Consequently, all profits of 24Karite Gold Shea Butter sales go directly to the women!  Our project gathers and empowers over three hundred such matriarchs.  Through the sale of healing and beautifying, 24Karite Gold honors the power of women.

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