Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The Making of Shea Butter Part 3-Deodorization of Shea
We are often asked here at Purely Shea about the smell of shea butter. Many people notice that when they use many of the commercially available “pure” shea butters, there is no smell and they wonder why.
The Smell of Unrefined Shea Butter
First of all, natural, unrefined and pure shea butter will have a distinctive aroma. It has a smoky, nutty, and earthy scent that disappears shortly after it is applied. Please note that shea butter should never have a foul order! If it does, dirty utensils and water were probably used during processing and this shea butter should not be used.
During another step involving the “refining” of shea butter, a process called deodorization occurs. The odor is removed using steam at temperatures of 240-270 degrees F.
Why Should You Care?
Well not only is the odor removed during this process, but it also removes many of the Shea Butter’s vitamins, anti-oxidants, and other healing factors. Those who are seeking nourishment and healing from a deodorized Shea Butter will be disappointed in its ability to provide therapeutic results.
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