At BGLH Marketplace we sell both raw and whipped shea butter. Both are premium products with tremendous benefits for hair and skin, but what is the difference?
Raw shea butter has been extracted from the shea nut and not manipulated in any way. The shea tree is indigenous to West Africa, and the extraction process has remained the same for centuries;
“…the nuts of the wild growing Karite Tree are hand harvested and brought back to the village. At the village, women hand shell the Karite Nuts (aka the Shea nuts) and uncover the raw nut that makes up the butter. The nut is then grilled to open up its properties, pounded into a powder and boiled. During boiling, the potent oils in Shea Butter rise to the surface, after which they are scooped into gourds and left to cool and set. The result is a miraculous beauty, anti-aging and therapeutic lotion that is naturally high in Vitamins A and E, has more antioxidants that Green Tea and boasts of six different Essential Fatty Acids. Its high nutrient content makes Raw Shea Butter useful for everything from hair care to reducing wrinkles.”
Raw shea butter is rich, but not easily spreadable over the whole body. That’s where whipped shea comes in.
Whipped shea butter is combined with oils and whipped until fluffy and smooth. It makes the butter incredibly spreadable for use on face, body and hair, and the oil adds to the richness of the shea!
Do you prefer your shea whipped or raw? Why or why not?