Shea Butter Q & A

Here are answers to a few questions for our readers about shea butter.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Why is shea butter called ‘women’s gold’?

In Africa, many women earn their livelihood by working in the shea butter industry, giving it the name ‘women’s gold’.

Is shea butter edible?

Yes, it is safe to eat.

What is shea butter’s shelf life?

The average shelf life of shea butter is two years, but it can fluctuate depending on the brand.

Is shea butter natural?

Yes, shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree, which grows naturally in West Africa.

What kind of shea butter is best?

Always look for raw/unrefined and organic, the unrefined, raw version is considered the best for usage. This is because its nutritional qualities are still intact. Opt for a grade A version if possible.

What does shea butter smell like?

Unrefined shea butter has an earthy or nutty smell. It can have a little smokey smell as well.

Are all shea butters the same?

No, they are not! Shea butter is available in different varieties, depending on the processing undergone. The unrefined and refined versions are the most popular.

Is shea butter vegan-friendly?

If you are purchasing 100% shea butter, it is vegan-friendly as it is a pure plant-based product. Products that contain shea butter may not be vegan-friendly due to the additional ingredients present.

Is shea butter safe for people with nut allergies?

Even though shea butter comes from a tree nut, no nut allergies have been reported to it so far.


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