01-28-2017, 09:37 AM
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Following the guidance of our own Apostle of Unrefined Shea Butter (Celestino), I picked some up yesterday.  It's a Saturday, and I decided to take it easy, play indoors, and snap some photos of it.

The piece of wood, stones, and sea shells were gathered on my summer holiday in Briar Island, Nova Scotia.  The rosemary is from my back yard (I had to dig through a bit of snow to find it, but it was still there).

And—the important part—based on one usage, it's excellent moisturizer. Much better than the refined shea butter.

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 01-28-2017, 09:39 AM
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Congratulations, David and those are some lovely photos! Thumbsup

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 01-28-2017, 09:52 AM
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Great pics. I could smell the rosemery and thyme. 
I too find USB a great moisturizer, superior to its refined counterpart.

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 01-28-2017, 02:47 PM
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  • Chaddy
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Where would be the best place to buy some?

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 01-28-2017, 03:06 PM
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(01-28-2017, 02:47 PM)Chaddy Wrote: Where would be the best place to buy some?

I'm in Toronto, so I really don't know.  On-line would always work though.

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 01-28-2017, 03:14 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(01-28-2017, 02:47 PM)Chaddy Wrote: Where would be the best place to buy some?

Be aware, also, that there are significant differences between West African shea butter and Nilotica (East African) shea butter, which derives from a different subspecies. You can find examples of both at the site of the giganormous on-line retailer that bears the name of a mythical tribe of warlike women.

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 01-28-2017, 03:17 PM
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  • eengler
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This one from Saponificio Varesino has become my favorite and I just opened my second tin. A little goes a long way so the 100g tin lasts a good while.

https://bullgooseshaving.com/collections...utter-100g

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 01-28-2017, 04:02 PM
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  • Chaddy
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How you tell the difference between east and west?

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 01-28-2017, 04:32 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(01-28-2017, 04:02 PM)Chaddy Wrote: How you tell the difference between east and west?
  • Texture (Nilotica shea butter tends to be creamy, Western African shea butter tends to be crumbly);
  • Aroma (West Africa shea butter tends to have a stronger aroma);
  • Above all, the label.
(If the shea butter is Nilotica type, the seller usually will proudly display on the label that it is Nilotica (sometimes Nilotik’). 
One supposes that a seller of Western Africa shea butter could advertise its provenance on the label, but I’ve not seen a label where the word “Western” is prominently displayed.

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 01-28-2017, 04:45 PM
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  • evnpar
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I use She Terra Organics. I'm not promoting their products, only their site will explain the difference between Ghana and East African butters: Shea Butter Body Cream | Shea Butter Body Lotion | Shea Butter Products - Shea Terra Organics. I believe I originally heard of them from either Celestino or Ravi. (I also like the giraffes and elephants walking across the top of their website.)

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 01-28-2017, 04:48 PM
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  • Chaddy
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So nilotica is the one too look for?

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 01-28-2017, 05:45 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(01-28-2017, 04:48 PM)Chaddy Wrote: So nilotica is the one too look for?
The mantra of this website is “YMMV.”  That’s cool.   Cheers

Like my geographical companion, evnpar, I personally use a Sheaterra product, and the product that I chose for our (my family’s) personal use is the Sheaterra Nilotica unrefined shea butter, not one of the company’s other products.  

That was my personal choice; YMMV.

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 01-29-2017, 02:33 AM
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  • Mouser
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As one who prefers Shea Butter in my veggie soaps,  I'm given to understand that the refind version is quite smelly. Is that true?

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 01-29-2017, 05:30 AM
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(01-29-2017, 02:33 AM)Mouser Wrote: As one who prefers Shea Butter in my veggie soaps,  I'm given to understand that the refind version is quite smelly. Is that true?

I think it's the opposite:  the unrefined version has a scent.  I don't find it unpleasant at all.  Sort-of a nutty smell.  No big deal.

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 01-29-2017, 01:59 PM
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So for the chunky/crumbly kind, does one rub it directly on your face or if you rub it between your hands will it soften up to a spreadable consistency?

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 01-29-2017, 03:29 PM
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(01-29-2017, 01:59 PM)jesseix Wrote: So for the chunky/crumbly kind, does one rub it directly on your face or if you rub it between your hands will it soften up to a spreadable consistency?

I do that latter. Softens up fairly quickly and is spreadable.

And, remember, you don't need very much. "A little dab will do ya."

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 01-30-2017, 05:55 AM
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  • Mouser
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(01-29-2017, 05:30 AM)David Wrote:
(01-29-2017, 02:33 AM)Mouser Wrote: As one who prefers Shea Butter in my veggie soaps,  I'm given to understand that the refind version is quite smelly. Is that true?

I think it's the opposite:  the unrefined version has a scent.  I don't find it unpleasant at all.  Sort-of a nutty smell.  No big deal.

Thanks, I had meant to say unrefined. But now I know,

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 02-02-2017, 05:05 PM
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(01-28-2017, 02:47 PM)Chaddy Wrote: Where would be the best place to buy some?

Bulapothecary has GREAT prices.  I buy the 55 lbs block.  Amazon also has some good deals.

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 02-06-2017, 05:21 PM
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(01-29-2017, 05:30 AM)David Wrote:
(01-29-2017, 02:33 AM)Mouser Wrote: As one who prefers Shea Butter in my veggie soaps,  I'm given to understand that the refind version is quite smelly. Is that true?

I think it's the opposite:  the unrefined version has a scent.  I don't find it unpleasant at all.  Sort-of a nutty smell.  No big deal.

I think it kind of stinks, personally.  My wife doesn't mind it.

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 02-06-2017, 06:28 PM
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(02-02-2017, 05:05 PM)asiliski Wrote:
(01-28-2017, 02:47 PM)Chaddy Wrote: Where would be the best place to buy some?

Bulapothecary has GREAT prices.  I buy the 55 lbs block.  Amazon also has some good deals.

Wow!  What in the world are you going to do with 55 lbs of the stuff!

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