What's your source for shea butter

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

I have in the past always gotten mine from fast buys from a soap making yahoo group.

But i'm looking for a source of organic unrefined ( still yellow) shea butter. Does anybody know where I can get some?

it's easy enough to find refined organic shea butter, but doesn't that mean that it's going to be white? not yellow.


Plant City, FL

I use Camden Grey out of Miami, not sure if they have the yellow. In the pic's it all looks white.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

your right, theirs is all white.

Niagara Falls, NY(Zone 6a)

Would this be what you are looking for?

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 message was edited Apr 2, 2008 3:21 PM

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

yep, that's the stuff, I just think it feels better on your skin is all. the refined is a bit gritty, but not sandy gritty,

Norwich, United Kingdom

Unrefined is a lot more expensive I've found :| Also, refined doesn't have the nutty scent like unrefined , or does it?

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

No it doesn't.

Gulf Breeze, FL

I get mine from "the chemistry store dot com". The prices and quality are good.

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Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

I bought mine from www.columbusfoods.com in the soap making section, they have wonderful bulk prices and is where I buy all my oils at, so I just thought i'd get my shea butter there too

Atlanta, GA

You can get unrefined, natural shea butter from SoapGoods.com. It is also basically organic but isn't certified. You might want to take a look. I think the price is pretty good.

This message was edited Jan 20, 2009 4:00 PM

Schenectady, NY

I get mine from Agbanga Karite (generally through group buys), but the unrefined there (and most other places) isn't yellow - it's more of a taupe-to-greenish color.

New York, NY

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.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

I buy mine In bulk l0 pounds a t a time at http://www.soaperschoice.com/cgi-soaperschoice/Web_store/web_store.cgi?query_price_low_range=0&cart_id=$cart_id

Sorry, but even the organic shea butter is only 5.70 a pound if you buy l0 pounds of it.

12.95 a pound is HIGH dollar.

This message was edited Nov 1, 2009 1:19 PM

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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!!

New York, NY

how do you order from him, i've checked out site but can't find a add to cart button, lol

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

That link should have brought you to the cart page, but if it didn't click on the link that says "Click here to order any product from the list"
that should bring you to the soap cart page.

Maybe this link will bring you to the cart page, where you can add the items to your 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

New York, NY

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

This message was edited Nov 1, 2009 3:29 PM

Plano, TX

i have some shea butter and use it as a foot cream or hand cream sometimes--what other uses are there

New York, NY

copied and paste:

Here is a more extensive list of the many uses of unrefined shea butter and the conditions that it is able to treat:

Dry Skin
Itchy skin
Strech marks
Poison Ivy and hives
Hair care
Stretch marks
Cracked and dry heels and elbows
Skin discoloration
Muscle fatigue, aches and tension
Minor burns
Dry, cracked and chapped lips
Sun damage
Insect bites & stings
Inclement weather skin damage

you can visit hosiaonline http://www.hosiaonline.com/pure-shea-butter.php for more info. They have a good list.
also http://www.agbangakarite.com/ at the bottom they tell you the difference between refined and unrefined. I actually use shea butter as a daily moisturizer and it's really great. I haven't gone back to Jergens to be honest.

Plano, TX

thanks --

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

New York, NY

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.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

They must cause they charge me alot more for 7.00 to ship. but i usually don't buy just one thing from them either.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

Actually I think they have a set charge for shipping on their shipping page.

Plano, TX

i looked at my container of shea and it is refined--what is the difference?

New York, NY

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.

Plano, TX

oh--ok -thanks for the information

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

Altima, I went to that web site http://www.hosiaonline.com/pure-shea-butter.php

to order the 30.00 in shea butter but it seems to be no longer offered, bummer, I'm needing to restock on the shea butter.

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

www.oilsbynature.com they are located in northeast Ohio.



This message was edited Nov 21, 2010 6:58 PM

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

well, thats cheap enough , I looked at the unrefined, and it's cheaper than my source for sure. Thanks for the link. I appreciate that.

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