The write-up reads:
100% Natural & Unrefined Shea Butter – This variety is produced by an ethically sponsored African Co-op. Using traditional methods, this variety of shea has a yellow color and the characteristic smell of the nut used in harvesting. The intensity of fragrance and color of this variety may vary, sometimes within the same batch, and some users may experience some graininess as the product has not been refined.
I've never used Shea Butter and I haven't done much soapmaking. May I ask why you are looking for unrefined butter? I was wondering which kind I should buy. :)
This thread may be a bit old, lol But just wanted to give you guys a tip for affordable shea butter. I buy mine from http://www.hosiaonline.com. It's honestly the cheapest I have found so far for bulk orders. They can ship priority mail so you pay less than 14 bucks shipping.
Yes, this thread is very old, LOL I'm the one who was looking for shea butter when I posted this, and that link I just posted above is by far the BEST and the cheapest on the web for shea butter, cocoa butter, and ALL other soap making oils. It's my one stop shopping place now for all my soap making oils and body product oils such as shea and cocoa butter and beeswax.
It's going to be hard to top those prices. I've shopped for along time to find the cheapest rates but not cheap quality, the guy who runs this place Mike Lawson, is the best!!
Well, on the right side of the screen you put the quantity , how many you want of say l0 pounds of shea butter. then scroll down to the bottom of the screen where it says add items to cart. then it will let you check out, you order all your products at once on this site. then click add to cart.
The web site is www.columbusfoods.com and you click on soapers choice on the left side then click on "click here to order any product from the list" that will bring you to the list of oils and butters etc... Hope this helps
oh I see. Thanks for the link, I will get my coconut oil from him since he sells it at $16 for 7 lbs. But his shea butter is quite expensive, Hosia Online sells it for 30 bucks at 10 lbs http://www.hosiaonline.com/bulk-raw-unrefined-shea-butter-10-lbs.php he sells it for $42 at ten. But his shipping is only $7 which is excellent I must say! But honestly I rather pay 38 dollars for 10 lbs shea butter including shipping then $49. I think I'll stay with my suppliers for that. lol
I didn't see that that link had it that cheap for l0 pounds, all I saw was it listed by the pound. That is cheaper enough for me to get it over there also. I just bought l0 pounds, but next time I'll come back here to get that link LOL
I buy the coconut oil by the 35 # pail now. along wtih the olive, sunflower and safflower oils. I'm always looking for a cheaper source, and yes, that link I gave has high dollar shipping. 7.00 for l0 pounds of shea on shipping is excellent. who did you say charged 7.00 on the shipping?
thanks for the new link that shows the l0 pound price.
You're welcome. I thought when you said cheap you were saying cheaper than $30 now that would've been a deal! lol The $7.00 shipping was from the link you gave http://www.columbusfoods.com , I entered my zip code and it returned to me a shipping estimate of 7 bucks. I'm in NY, do you know if they adjust shipping rates? Some stores charge you more than what the calculator estimates.
Refined is when the butter is chemically processed to remove the color and scent of the pure Shea Butter. It also strips away the vitamins and minerals that give shea butter its skin care benefits. Refined shea butter looks white and is flaky, grainy or just hard. Unrefined is shea butter in its most natural state. It's either tan or yellow and smells like roasted or smoked nuts. It's also soft and easy to spread. it has all the vitamins intact. For soap or lotion making, i prefer to use the unrefined version. It's easier to work with and the vitamins for hair and skin are still there.