Problem: It’s itchy.

Solution: Go get the shea butter.

Problem: Something is biting me.

Solution: I’ll get the shea butter.

Simone and Nadia think shea butter is a magic potion. I use it to remedy almost anything. Just the other day, Nadia complained that one of her toes hurt. I took a look at it, didn’t see a thing, put some shea butter on said toe, and Nadia happily skipped out of the room. (I am not recommending you do this with your children, but it worked.)

Shea is a natural moisturizer, which makes it perfect for eczema, dermatitis and other itchies. It’s made by hand in Africa, sometimes making it difficult to find unfooled around with shea in the U.S. Manufacturers get their hands on it, use chemicals to shorten the process and eliminate many of its good properties.

I used to buy refined shea at a natural grocery store. That was before I learned refined shea isn’t as good as the unrefined. Our new shea is unrefined, and I got eight ounces for $6, plus shipping at Butters-n-Bars. I apply it to skin and hair to seal in moisture. (I steer clear of my face because I’m allergic to the natural latex in shea.) Some complain that shea is gritty; others don’t like its nutty smell. Ours is not gritty, and the scent fades after a while. I find myself turning to natural solutions more and more. Sometimes I wonder why we stopped using them.

2 thoughts to “Unrefined Shea


    I put shea, or sometimes Vaseline, on invisible boo-boos too. Works every time.

  • Keya

    My mom just bought me some of her unrefined shea butter. I can’t wait to use it on my hair.

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