Shea Butter is a versatile product that is used as a raw material in many industries including but not restricted to the cosmetic industry, skin care production, hair care products, in healthy organic foods, candle making industry and several others.
It is unsurprising then that this product with a humble origin from Africa could command such high demands.
The health benefits of Shea butter are not in doubt which includes its properties to keep the skin moisturized, cut down the rate of aging and help prevent stretch marks due to pregnancy.
Shea Butter is also great for the hair; when massaged into the hair, it gives it a radiant look plus it keeps the hair from breaking easily and helps soothe itchy scalps.
Shea Butter as a cosmetic is an excellent organic product, no doubt. However, getting a 100% raw Shea butter is often very difficult.
In spite of all the considerable health and beauty benefits of unrefined Shea, it is challenging for B2B buyers to get a stable, reliable supplier who consistently meets their production goals.
So, if you are a bulk Shea buyer, what do you do? How do you identify certified wholesale raw Shea butter producers to work with?
To help make the task of sourcing for wholesale unrefined Shea butter suppliers easy, we have outlined what we believed to be the best characteristics to look out for.
Factors to look out for before selecting a Shea butter supplier
Connection with an African country
Shea Butter originates from Africa, particularly in West African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, it makes sense then to look out for suppliers from these countries.
Now, here are some reasons to consider this; firstly, most African producers use non-bleaching manual methods when processing their produces – this means, all the essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins are retained.
Secondly, by going to the primary producers, you are 100 percent sure of buying unrefined Shea butter while also cutting down on the cost if you had gone to a middleman.
Consider what quantity they can supply conveniently
Since you are buying the Shea butter in large quantities, it is obvious then that you would want to sign-on suppliers that can consistently meet your raw Shea butter needs.
Are they certified to export Shea butter?
Most European and North American countries require exporters of unrefined Shea butter to undergo and pass their quality test; this ensures that only top-grade Shea makes their way into their country.
Hence, you will want to make sure your potential 100% raw Shea butter supplier meets all the quality requirements.
Once, you have selected a supplier that meets your requirements, you may want to ask for samples of their produce shipped to you.
During the physical examination of the Shea, here are some things to keep an eye on:
Raw butter has a smoky or earthy smell; check if the butter supplied to you has this scent. If it smells chemical or plastic-like, then the Shea Butter probably has been processed.
If the butter does not smell at all, you may want to avoid it too. This is because they may have been deodorized to make them more appealing.
This may be beneficial to those who cannot stand the unpleasant smell of Raw Shea Butter. But the deodorizing process takes away most of the useful nutrients from the Shea Butter.
Though the colour of Shea butter is not a definitive test to tell if it is raw or refined. This is because different Shea trees produce different ranges of colour. So as such, one may be whiter than the other.
However, the general rule of thumb is to avoid those that are ivory white.
From experience, Shea butter with Yellowish or a tinge of ivory yellow colour tends to be unrefined and natural.
The Melting-point Test
The melting test is one of the easiest ways of finding out if your Shea Butter is 100% raw.
Shea butter is solid at room temperature but melts when heated or exposed to sun. Also, they should melt easily when rubbed between the palms.
So, if you noticed that the Shea butter is melting without direct exposure to any source of heat. Then it’s pretty certain, the product has been tampered with and not 100% natural.
So, there you have it. You can contact us to today for all your 100% raw Shea butter needs. We export and supply Grade A produce, and we will like to hear from you.
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