Saturday, January 8, 2011

Shea Butter

Is There A Difference Between Yellow Shea & White Shea???

So, I have been using unrefined yellow shea butter since transitioning and I recently made the decision to stop and start using white shea butter for my natural hair instead...
I purchased my unrefined white shea butter from  Camden Grey Essentials and I love it!

I followed a recipe that Naptural85 on YouTube makes for her natural hair (using white shea) and I tried it with both butters.  The yellow shea is harder to mix and blend no matter what I mix with it and eventually the mix either hardens or separates to where I have to mix it again.  I then tried the recipe with white shea and it turned out perfect and stayed creamy.  It was also easier to mix and blend with my oils. I also noticed a difference in my hair, it's a lot softer and holds moisture better with the white shea than the yellow.   Camden says their white shea butter is unrefined and they even sell refined shea butter,  but I don't understand how both butters are completely different.  

Regardless, I'm going to continue using white shea and I am done with the African Shea Butter.
I found this information online:

White vs Yellow Shea Butter
Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from nut of Shea tree. Shea butter is useful in many ways. It is often used in cosmetics, lotions and other products. It is also used in the chocolate industry as an alternative to coco butter.
Shea butter has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties and as such it is considered best for ageing. The extract also helps against sunburn.
White and yellow shea butter has almost the same properties. The main difference between the two is in their colour. The white shea butter comes in white colour whereas yellow shea butter comes in bright yellow colour.
White shea butter can be said to be refined shea butter and the yellow one are the natural or unrefined shea butters. As the yellow shea butter is natural, it has an earthy smell, which most of the people do not like. On the other hand, white shea butter comes without any smell.
When comparing the nutrient, the yellow shea butter has more nutrients packed in them. This is because some of the nutrients in white shea butter are lost at some stage in the refining process. In vitamins also, the yellow shea butter is better than the white shea butter. Yellow shea butter has more healing properties than the white shea butter. Most of the healing properties of white shea butter get lost during the process. White shea butter is, however, more used in the cosmetic industry.


  1. See, that info is different than what I've heard from just about every other place. I've read that real shea butter is an off-white color and the yellow shea butter is actually kpangnan butter, which doesn't have anything to do with shea. I use it on my hair to seal and it works in varying degrees depending on what I use it with. I have a lot left, but I just bought some off-white shea to mix with. I don't trust the yellow lol.

  2. I have always heard that the yellow one is not really shea butter, but that they call it that for marketing purposes. I believe it because they melt differently. I use the yellow one as my lotion and the white one for my hair.

  3. Interesting. I've never heard that about the yellow butter the commenters before me talk about. I think I'd go with one that's easier to blend. If the scalp isn't getting the vitamins, it's not going to be as beneficial anyway.

  4. I have a lot of friends from Africa that bring shea butter back with them when they visit and the "off-white" butter is the real deal (it has a nutty smell). The Yellow butter is actually called "African Butter" from a totally different tree in a totally different climate. Refined shea butter is white like chalk or paste and has no smell. This girl explains the difference -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9XzMd2AJu8

  5. Shea butter is never white, yellow or grey, however it is ivory which can throw people off. I suggest you compare it to paper if it is paper white then you have a problem. I don't know what is up with manufacturers needing to dye something that is naturally pretty, which draws suspicion to them because its not needed.

  6. Thanks for sharing such a nice information Refined shea butter has undergone some form of processing in order to remove its odor and/or change its properties. It is also common for refined shea butter to have additives, such as perfumes or preservatives. Refined shea butter is generally very smooth and has a white color instead of yellow color. It is not considered as "healthy" as raw or unrefined shea butter because the refinement process destroys some of the nutrients in the shea butter.
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