what is the difference between white, ivory & yellow Shea butters?
Both Ivory and Yellow shea butter come from the Karite Tree in Africa, and are absolutely similar. The difference is that the Yellow shea butter has the root of the Borututu tree added during the milling process. This root is the reason it has a bright yellow color. Borututu is a medicinal plant from Africa, useful in detoxifying the liver and gallbladder. Yellow shea butter is slightly more firm and absorbs into the skin slower.
Shea-Mergency enjoys the Ivory Shea Butter for the majority of their products due to the neutral color, soft texture and the fact that their are no additives. We desire ingredients that are all-natural and most effective for the intended use.
White or "Refined" Shea Butter is a good butter but inferior to the raw, unrefined shea butter. The process of refinement uses harsh chemicals to bleach (white) and deodorize the shea butter. This removes much of the beneficial properties, along with removing the aroma of raw shea.
Does Shea-Mergency use African Butter in their products?
No. African Butter (Kpangnan Butter) is made from the African Butter Tree (Pentadesma butyracea). African Butter is easier to produce than shea butter and has a natural yellow color. Because of it's yellow color it is sometimes "sold as" yellow shea butter. This butter lacks the high concentration of unsaponifiables that shea butter has, therefore it is a less healing butter.
While it has great benefits for the hair and skin it should not be considered Shea Butter.