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F.A.Q.- White vs. Yellow Shea Butter

By January 27th, 20212 Comments

“Nikki, what’s the difference between yellow and white/gray Shea Butter? How can I tell if it is refined?”

The color of unrefined Shea Butter depends on the Shea Nut itself. The color can vary from off-white/beige to medium yellow. I’ve now tried Shea of both the beige and yellow varieties and can detect no discernible difference. As far as benefits are concerned, there is no difference between the various colors yielded by the different Shea nuts. Which means that yellow Shea is no better than beige. In spite of this fact, one can still quickly distinguish unrefined Shea Butter from bleached or processed Shea Butter, because refined Shea Butter is usually odorless, white, and creamy in texture. It looks completely different that unrefined Shea, and is usually more costly.


  • Anonymous says:

    Do You Know What's In Your Shea Butter???

    100% Pure & Natural Shea Butter is an all-natural vitamin A cream. Unrefined Shea Butter has been shown to be a superb moisturizer with exceptional healing properties for the skin.
    At AAA Shea Butter, we sell our Certified Grade A Shea Butter for its healing properties. All Shea Butter will moisturize but only Certified Grade A Shea Butter will consistently heal the skin.

    Graded Shea Butter may range in quality from excellent to poor with Certified Grade A Shea Butter being rated the highest quality. Certified Grade A Shea Butter may be used to treat a number of skin conditions and serves as an excellent moisturizer. Poor quality Shea Butter should be compared with a product such as less expensive mango butter.

    The difference between 100% Certified unrefined Grade A Shea Butter and 100% unrefined Shea Butter is, 100% Certified unrefined Grade A Shea Butter has been laboratory tested by The American Shea Butter Institute. The American Shea Butter Institute tests for lead, copper, mercury, mold, yeast and bacteria content in addition to other important proprietary tests. If you are not using laboratory tested Shea Butter, how do you know if the Shea Butter you are putting on your skin meets the Grade A standards.
    Only high quality 100% unrefined laboratory tested Shea Butter can offer the health benefits you expect. Buying Certified Grade A Shea Butter is your only means of knowing the quality of Shea Butter you are purchasing.

    The American Shea Butter Institute's Seal on our product assures you are buying High Quality Certified Premium Grade A Shea Butter and that our Shea Butter meets the ASBI testing standards.<~~~~~from

    to know that you got really good shea butter the product has to have a seal on it…it has to be ASBI Certified. is certified…

    it has to have the asbi seal on the sheabutter to know you have 100% unrefined Grade A shea butter. Its the best…if it don't have the ASBI Label then you don't know what type of shea butter you have.
    Hope this Helps…

  • Anonymous says:

    i just bought some unrefined shea butter off of amazon and am wondering what to do with it so that i can use it as a lotion for my dry skin. some ppl have also said that its good for the scalp but i would think that it would clog scalp follicles. if u do, how would u use it on you scalp. thanks to any answerer.

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