11-21-2012, 07:21 PM
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I sometimes use raw, unrefined shea butter on my face skin when I get any razor burn or irritation from an aftershave. I was interested to read on Wikipedia about how it it produced.
"The traditional method of preparing unrefined shea butter consists of the following steps:
1.Separating/cracking: The outer pulp of the fruit is removed. When dry, the nut, which is the source of shea butter, must be separated from the outer shell. This is a social activity, traditionally done by Women Elders and young girls who sit on the ground and break the shells with small rocks.
2.Crushing: To make the shea nuts into butter, they must be crushed. Traditionally, this is done with mortars and pestles. It requires lifting the pestles and grinding the nuts into the mortars to crush the nuts so they can be roasted.
3.Roasting: The crushed nuts are then roasted in huge pots over open, wood fires. The pots must be stirred constantly with wooden paddles so the butter does not burn. The butter is heavy and stirring it is hot, smoky work, done under the sun. This is where the slight, smoky smell of traditional shea butter originates.
4.Grinding: The roasted shea nuts are ground into a smoother paste, water is gradually added and the paste is mixed well by hand.
5.Separating the oils: The paste is kneaded by hand in large basins and water is gradually added to help separate out the butter oils. As they float to the top, the butter oils, which are in a curd state, are removed and excess water squeezed out. The butter oil curds are then melted in large open pots over slow fires. A period of slow boiling will remove any remaining water, by evaporation.
6.Collecting and shaping: The shea butter, which is creamy or golden yellow at this point, is ladled from the top of the pots and put in cool places to harden. Then it is formed into balls."

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 11-21-2012, 07:28 PM
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Very interesting, nice to know how it makes it's way to us. I have a half a pound of USB mashed into one of those giant double walled RazoRock tubs and mostly use it on my rhino skin feet. I tried it after shaving a few times and it just left too much sheen on my face, I guess due to having oily skin, no matter how little I used (even a pea sized dot) I looked like I just got off a 12 hour shift at McDonald's.

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 11-21-2012, 09:45 PM
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John, thanks for the information on an amazing product. i had no idea you used it!

Byron, too bad you are not able to use it on your neck and face as i am sure you know how good it is. i guess your feet are happy. Hee hee.

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 11-22-2012, 04:34 AM
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I use it in my shaving soaps; for me it makes the aftershave mostly unneeded Smile

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 11-24-2012, 06:01 PM
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Oh the sweet goodness of Shea Butter, Thanks to a fellow member thats what I use for a good moisturizer in the dry months, I also use coconut oil as well they are both fantastic products and natural.

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 11-24-2012, 06:47 PM
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Is there any place to try a sample of USB? I've heard too much of the amazing qualities it has and it would be a great asset here in the cold wind underneath all these running helicopters.

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