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How can Shea Butter benefit me?
Since you don't do anything with the Shea butter, should I "process" it or is it okay without me doing anything?
There are certain areas that are dark that I'm going to do as you say with the microwave and handiwipe but should I do that to all of it? I thought I read in your description that it's best to have it raw to keep all the nutrients in it. I did notice the texture is a little bit grittier than the last shea butter I ordered from a different vendor...is that okay?
What is the difference between off-white and yellow? What makes the yellow, yellow and the off-white, off-white?
My shea butter melted! What do I do?
Is your shea butter certified organic?


How can Shea Butter benefit me?
Shea Butter can provide relief from everything from just dry skin to many minor dermatological diseases (if you have a serious skin condition, you should see a doctor). Common Uses of Unrefined Organic Shea Butter # Hair care products # Hand creams # Sun care formulas # Soaps # Body lotion # Baby care products # Ointment bases

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Since you don't do anything with the Shea butter, should I "process" it or is it okay without me doing anything?
Shea butter is just fine in it's natural state. If you don't like the smell, I would suggest "processing" it. If you don't mind, I wouldn't do anything at all to it as shea butter starts to lose it's properties when you do anything to it.

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There are certain areas that are dark that I'm going to do as you say with the microwave and handiwipe but should I do that to all of it? I thought I read in your description that it's best to have it raw to keep all the nutrients in it. I did notice the texture is a little bit grittier than the last shea butter I ordered from a different vendor...is that okay?
The areas that are dark come from being stored in the gourd. The women handpack the shea into the gourds and sometimes even the paper that is wrapped around it stains the butter. I try to clean most of it off before shipping, but I may miss a few spots. This is perfectly ok to use. Raw shea is best when it's not processed, but melting and straining it won't affect it much. As far as the texture, it depends on the shea that you get. Since the colors vary, so do the textures. I have found that the really yellow can be gritty or really creamy, and it's usually a bit greasier. The off-white can vary as well, this is a handmade product!

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What is the difference between off-white and yellow? What makes the yellow, yellow and the off-white, off-white?
The difference in colors depend on the nut. The shea nut can be olive, off-white, really white, pale yellow or really yellow. There is yellow that is that color because it is machine pressed, and there is yellow that is handmade and is just that color. This is a natural product so the colors do vary, it's nature!

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My shea butter melted! What do I do?
Remember that shea butter has a high melting point. When kept at room temperature, the butter will melt on skin contact. So, if it is kept in a room that is too warm, it will melt. During the summer months, try to keep your shea as cool as possible. If your shea melts, it's not a bad thing, just let it refirm and it's good to go!

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Is your shea butter certified organic?
We import tens of thousands of gourds directly from West Africa. It is brought here on a container and takes its time through US Customs. Sampling each one of these gourds of shea would have an astronomical cost and each one is made differently. Certifying shea butter is only keeping this product to American standards of certification. This shea butter is 100% pure and organic and we stand behind it. If you deal with shea, you will know that the colors will vary even if you only request off-white. No two gourds are alike, other companies boast about their shea, but they usually have melted or done something to it to provide consistent shea. Yellow shea butter is the only consistent shea because it is sometimes machine pressed, which will produce a yellow color. We can only promise you that you are receiving 100% pure raw shea, and our customers will agree!

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