Unrefined Shea Butter

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68 reviews

89% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I believe this could be a life changing product for some people. If your skin or hair responds well to natural oils, it likely responds well to chlorestorol and fats. Shea butter is a fat derived from shea tree nuts in africa.

Unfortunately my skin seems to break out from all plant based oils (mineral and jojoba are not plant based oils just an FYI), and my hair seems to love silicones more than anything. It's a shame because shea butter IS very moisturizing and has nourishing properties. I broke out like a volcano using this. :( And if it works for you...it is dirt cheap. I am NOT one of those people that say "a little goes a long way" often. Because quite frankly, I am a pig when it comes to finishing products. I slather them on. My hair is waist length and there's been MANY times I've finished a deep conditioning masque within 1 shower usage. But with shea butter...the tiniest amount was able to cover my hair. My face required even less. I could see a dirt cheap tub lasting me 6 months with regular use. IF YOU ARE A FAN OF SHEA MOISTURE PRODUCTS this could dramatically increase your savings by using a pure form of shea butter rather than their masques.

Since using this as a masque did me no good, I decided to try it as a pre-shampoo treatment. This is one of the few times my hair likes oils, as it prevents the shampoo from over stripping my hair. I figured shea butter would work similarly. Right off the bat I noticed it reminded me soooo much of coconut oil. The only time I like coconut oil is for bleaching hair (prior to olaplex hitting the market). The shea butter started to harden once it resumed to room temperature. My hair became stiff as a rock while waiting to wash it out. And when I went to wash it out, I realized warm water was not cutting it. I had to turn the water on full heat to soften it (it melted off). I shampooed it generously and then followed up with a silicone based conditioner. My hair *does* feel softer after doing this than if I had shampooed bare hair. But the extra work makes me question if it's worth it. I don't think the pros outweigh the cons.

Shea butter DOES penetrate the hair shaft. That is really good news for those of you that do love it. I think I am going to conduct an experiment this month on using shea butter while bleaching rather than coconut oil or olaplex (just to be clear - neither shea butter nor coconut oil can relink broken bonds...but coconut oil IS proven to bond with the hairs natural keratin and protect it while in contact). There doesn't seem to be much information on it yet. Sorry my review is so long. If any of you have questions - feel free to PM me.

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on 4/10/2016 9:26:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

Oh, how I love shea butter! I use it as a moisturiser on dry patches, on my feet and as a hand cream at night. I also use it to moisturise my under eye area and my eye lashes. I do use an eye cream too, but right before bed, I apply shea butter on top of it. It's really moisturising and if I apply only a small amount, it sinks in fairly quickly. I like to apply quite a lot though and then it takes some time to sink in. However, it provides my skin and lashes with more moisture, so I prefer that. I have tried it on my hair as well, but I like oils more, so I don't use shea butter on it. It's not bad as a hair product though, oils just work better on my hair.

Shea butter is such a lovely and affordable product. I highly recommend it!

on 8/18/2015 3:14:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Grey

This works well to moisturize my hands, nails/cuticles, elbows etc. The scent is not my fav, it's nutty/earthy but not terrible and not long lasting. It doesn't irritate my eczema or psoriasis which many moisturizers do, I feel safe that I can use this on cracked and sore skin with no issues.
I can't use this on my face or in my hair. I found it made my hair tacky and coated and on my face it caused some mild breakouts and milia. Would repurchase.

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on 3/13/2015 10:00:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Must-have product for me. I find it's best used as a kind of "sealant", since it seals in moisture. I use it as the finishing step on my face at night. I apply jojoba oil as a serum, my regular night cream, and after that's set for a minute, I apply a thin layer of melted shea butter. The result is really incredible, and despite my concerns it doesn't break me out at all - actually does the opposite, heals my skin. I have very sensitive skin as well, and this doesn't bother it. I also have rosacea and while this hasn't cured it yet, it definitely soothes and in the morning my redness is less intense and my skin has a truly healthy glow.

I've also used this on my hair. I don't like how heavy it is for that purpose and if you plan to use it on your hair you will definitely need a good clarifying shampoo otherwise you'll never get it off.

I only use raw, unprocessed shea butter directly from Africa. It's great for your first aid kit to use on scars, burns, and healing cuts. Really fantastic and healthy!

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This is the best moisturiser I've ever found for my very dry face. So cheap and works so amazing.

2 of 3 people found this helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

For the past year or so I've been using shea butter for just about everything. I get mine unrefined, raw, organic, and fair trade through amazon.ca (who knew!) from a brand called Karitex. I've used shea butter for eczema treatment, lip balm, split end treatment, body butters, lotion bars, face cream, natural mascara substitute, and a couple other things. I completely treated/cured my brother's eczema that he's had for about 6 years. It was persistent and gave him sore, cracked, bleeding hands that no amount of prescription cream would treat. I slathered on a generous amount (1 tbs or so per hand) of shea butter (that I whipped for easier spreading and consistency) and massaged that in every night for about a month, and covering his hands with cotton socks to keep the shea butter from rubbing off in the night. After a month, I used about 1 tsp per hand and kept with the socks. After 3 months, his hands were so much better and not cracked at all. The whole process took about 4 months and now, even in cold eczema season, his hands are staying absolutely soft and healthy with a smidge of shea butter every week or so. As a lip balm I mixed it with a bit of honey and kept it in little pots. Super moisturizing and really tasty! I make a face cream with coconut oil and shea butter that keeps acne at bay and my face's oil production to a minimum, and it keeps my skin soft all year while mixed into all kinds of body butters. It's a bit heavy on it's own, so I would suggest mixing it with oil before using it as a body lotion. Whoops this is getting long...

In short, it has an incredible amount of uses and be sure to get pure and unrefined for best results! Take care :-)

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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is the thing one has to realize about 100% natural shea butter. In order to get the best effects from it, it needs to be either smoothed out (creamed) or melted to soften. (place in a microwave oven on medium to low temperature in a glass bowl, constantly stirring it until it is creamy. If you don't get the desired consistency you would like for your hair or skin type, mix in a small amount of coconut oil -- also use 100% coconut oil-- in with it so that you can get that whipped creamy feeling) This will help with your hair. Also, place the shea butter on your hair before you take a shower and let the steam penetrate the butter through your scalp and you will notice the difference.

5 of 8 people found this helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have struggled with extreme eczema ever since I can remember. And not just to the extent of really dry or parched skin, but to the point of having my body covered in dark psoriasis-like scales, my face, neck and feet the only things excluded. So, as you can imagine, at 23, I had exhausted any and every lotion, cream, prescription, etc, to no avail. I was actually in a beauty supply store for hair, and my mom spotted this display table with tubs of shea butter. Upon reading what it's claims were for eczema, she picked it up. I wasn't reluctant to try it, but I wasn't expecting anything from it-except another failure. I used it one night, on my arms and legs, the most prominently covered areas, and thought nothing else about it. A couple days later, I happened to notice that a few areas on my legs and arms had lightened-after ONE shoddy application! Fast forward to a little over a month later, and my skin is about 90 percent clear! I haven't been able to wear short shorts since I was 14, and wearing my first pair in years a few days ago, and feeling confident in them, would have made me a little emotional were I not such a hard ass This stuff is seriously miraculous. I just started using it on my face last night, as it's said to have good moisturizing properties and skin healing for blemishes so we'll see. This stuff is gold. :)

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on 5/9/2014 9:18:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I absolutely love this stuff! I always have a small pot available and use it as a face treatment. The way I apply it is I warm a small amount between my fingers so it melts slightly, then I pat it all over my face. I then massage it into my skin, it can be quite greasy but I use it as a overnight treatment about once a week so this doesn't bother me. It feels so soothing and luxurious. Almost all of my favourite face and body creams contain this or cocoa butter, I don't think you will find any better moisturisers. It is also quite cheap to buy, I get a small whipped 50ml pot for 3 online which lasts a long time if used only as a face cream (mysheaworld).

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on 4/22/2014 6:45:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I was surprised by all of the positive reviews, but then I realized people are rating this as a body moisturizer, but the listing here is for the hair. In body care it's okay, but for my hair, what a nightmare. My hair is thin and fine, and I ended up getting a small tub of a shea butter based leave in for my hair, which gets rave reviews on a long hair message board. I used the tiniest bit on my ends as instructed (I only touched it until my finger tips were shiny & only worked it through the last few inches of my hair, where it's drier), and this stuff bonded to my hair like super glue. It made it more tangled and sort of matte looking.

After clarifying with everything from prell, to Paul Mitchell shampoo 3, to trying a CO wash, this still leaves a waxy build up on my hair. I'm going to try an extra virgin olive oil treatment tomorrow to try to get it out. Lots of people love this stuff, but if you have fine, thin hair, I would advise to proceed with caution. I absolutely hate it for my hair :(

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