Organic Unrefined Shea Butter

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Botanical name: Butyrospermum Parkii

Colour: Cream, Light Yellow

Shea Butter is one of the most popular natural ingredients used in the cosmetic and beauty industry. Why all the fuss? Well, Shea butter is very rich in fats and blends well with other ingredients, making it a great base for homemade moisturiser, body butter, and even deodorant. 

N-Essentials is proud to stock an ever-increasing collection of essential oils, carrier oils, and raw ingredients, including Shea Butter. You can find all your essential ingredients, like Shea Butter, in sizes ranging from 250g packs to bulk packs of 20kg.

Continue reading to learn more about the profile and applications of Shea Butter. 


Shea Butter, also known as Karite, is a fat extracted from the nut of the Shea Tree, which is commonly found in the tropics of Africa. It has a thick, nutty scent and a colour that varies from ivory to cream, light yellow, or green. 

Shea Butter comes in two forms — refined or unrefined. Natural, unrefined Shea Butter is the purest form of the product. It is typically extracted using traditional West African methods, which means no other ingredients, chemicals, preservatives or heat are used, and all its natural benefits are retained. The unrefined Shea Butter you’ll find at N-Essentials is also organic, which means it is closer to a natural product. It also does not contain any toxic chemicals, synthetic additives or preservatives, and is grown with organic farming methods.

Refined Shea Butter, on the other hand, has been processed to remove impurities, resulting in a product that is high in purity but low in nutrient levels. 


Shea Butter, especially in its raw, unrefined state, is an excellent addition to your skincare regimen.

Natural unrefined Shea Butter is a semi-soft butter that melts and rapidly absorbs upon skin contact. It is a wonderful ingredient that can be used on its own or blended well with other ingredients to make DIY cosmetic goods such as lotions, creams, soaps, or shampoos. Other uses include: 

  • Moisturiser
  • Body butter
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen or sunscreen bars
  • Liquid creme foundation
  • Cuticle cream

Shea Butter's fatty acids also help improve the appearance of your scalp, hair and skin. It is very effective in helping your hair appear moisturised without leaving a greasy or heavy residue.


Organic unrefined Shea Butter offers a lot of benefits for those looking to enrich their haircare and skincare routines. 

Natural Skincare and Hair care: 

Shea Butter is an excellent addition to your moisturiser. It's particularly beneficial for those looking for natural, uncontaminated ingredients. 

When applied to hair, Shea Butter can improve the appearance of your hair, especially for those with frizzy hair.

DIY Cosmetic Base: 

For those who enjoy making their own cosmetics, Shea Butter serves as a versatile base for homemade products like lotions, moisturisers, shampoos, and body butters.

Environmentally Friendly: 

Choosing organic, unrefined Shea Butter supports sustainable and chemical-free farming practices. It's a greener choice compared to many synthetic or heavily processed alternatives.

By choosing organic unrefined Shea Butter, you can enjoy these varied benefits while also embracing a more natural and environmentally conscious approach to personal care and beauty.


When stored properly, unrefined Shea Butter has a lifespan of a few years from manufacture.


Shea Butter can be stored at room temperature. It should ideally be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark, and dry place, especially in hotter climates.


When planning to introduce a new natural ingredient to your skin or hair care routine, one of the first questions many people have is, how often can I use it?

The answer, of course, depends on a variety of factors, from what other ingredients you are mixing it with to the intended use. In the case of Shea Butter, applying it every day to your hair or skin is unlikely to do harm.

However, as is the case with all raw ingredients, be sure to do a spot test before using Shea Butter liberally. Apply the ingredient to your skin and wait 24 hours to confirm no adverse reaction occurs. If you do experience irritation, speak to your doctor. Do not ingest Shea Butter at all. 


Storing Shea Butter in the correct environment will increase its lifespan, keeping it in an ideal condition for as long as possible. Exposure to light, air, and moisture can lead to decomposition. This decomposition can cause it to break down and develop an unpleasant odour.

Like most natural products, Shea Butter should be kept in a sealed container in a location that is cool, dark, and moisture-free. For those living in warmer climates, refrigerating Shea Butter is advisable to prevent it from spoiling or rotting, which can also give out an unpleasant smell. 

Generally speaking, when stored correctly, Shea Butter has a lifespan of a few years from manufacture. 


Shea Butter has a distinct smell that is often described as nutty and earthy. The scent can vary slightly depending on its purity and processing method. 

Organic unrefined Shea Butter, which is processed without chemicals or added fragrances, typically has a stronger, more natural scent. This natural aroma is often described as slightly smoky or nut-like. 


On the other hand, refined Shea Butter, which undergoes more processing, generally has a less pronounced smell, and in some cases, it might be almost odourless or could even include other fragrances if added. The natural scent of Shea Butter is considered pleasant by many, but it can vary based on personal preference.


Our unrefined Shea Butter is available in a range of sizes, varying from 250g to bulk packages of 20kg or 25kg packs.

With vast experience in the cosmetic and body care industry, we strive to supply high-quality products targeted to your haircare, skincare and household product needs. 

If you have any questions about our unrefined Shea Butter or any of our other natural skincare products, you may reach us directly at Our friendly staff will happily assist you, and we can also arrange bulk or larger quantities if you require more than what is currently available on our website. Plus, our blog contains countless recipes and ideas for how to use our products to help your skin appear nourished and well taken care of.

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98 Reviews

  • 5
    Unrefined shea butter

    Published by Julie Comfort on 28th Jul 2021

    Absolutely love this product. I use it to make moisturiser for face and body as well as lip balm. Also great for hair. Wouldn't buy it from anywhere else

  • 5
    Best Hair

    Published by Dawn Elliott on 18th Jan 2021

    I have only used this for a few weeks and I can not believe the difference in my hair. I made a treatment (Shae, castor oil, lavender) and left it in for an hour then washed with shampoo and no conditioner but my hair is soft and smoother than ever. I was never able to brush my hair after it dried because it would frizz. Now it is not frizzing at all. I will be buying more products to test them out. Unrefined Organic Shae Butter will be my staple.

  • 3
    Smooth consistency but very smokey smell

    Published by Tivy on 11th Sep 2020

    I ordered a smaller batch of unrefined Shea butter elsewhere and was absolutely in love with the delicious smell - nutty and almost chocolatey with just a hint of smoke. I ordered a larger amount from N Essentials hoping for something similar and while the texture is lovely (smoother than my other shea butter) I was disappointed with the scent which was unpleasantly (very) smokey while also pungent/sharp. At a closer look the colours are also very slightly different with this N Essentials one being a purer white. Perhaps it has to do with where the Shea butter was from exactly? >>>>N-essentials: It's more to do with the fact that you ordered UNREFINED shea butter from us. Unrefined shea butter has a nutty smell and a ivory colour. You mentioned above that the shea that you used to get elsewhere is a purer white - this is REFINED shea butter. Refined shea doesn't have a smell.

  • 1

    Published by Unknown on 25th Jun 2020

    The Texture is not the same as other organic shea butters I have tried. The outcome is not as soft and smooth as other organic shea butters I have tried. I am so disappointed I have spent so much money thinking this was a cheaper option. However, delivery was fast! >>>>>N-esentials: From our discussion, we understand that you tried to whip the shea butter without melting it first or softening it. Cold whipping does not always provide for a smooth texture as it does not necessarily breakdown the fatty acids in the unrefined shea butter to provide for a smooth texture. The fatty acids re-harden at different rates to the rest of the shea butter which resulted in a sometimes grainy texture. To remedy this, you can add a carrier oil to dissolve the good fats and prevent it from re-hardening at different rates. Alternatively, you can try melting the unrefined shea butter and then whipping it to create a fluffy mixture.

  • 5
    Can smell the goodness

    Published by Dawn Organics on 10th Jun 2020

    Great quality product, Can really smell the pure shea butter when you open it. Great addition to any soap or balm recipe. Love it

  • 5
    The best Shea butter!

    Published by Bella on 15th May 2020

    Amazing quality, makes a great whipped body butter!

  • 5

    Published by Eji on 3rd Mar 2020

    I use shea to make body butter and i feels good on my skin

  • 5

    Published by LAURA DIACONESCU on 21st Feb 2020

    this is the first time I try to make my own beauty products at home and I am amazed at how good this is! I mixed it with a carrier oil (jojoba) and essential oils (lavander and tea tree) and I use it for face and body. I love that it's all natural

  • 5
    I made a first home made whipped shea butter.

    Published by Tomo on 23rd Jan 2020

    It was first purchased from here . It was quick delivery and great quilt! Definitely I would perched second time from here!!

  • 5
    I have been so impressed with the unrefined Shea bitter.

    Published by Jodie Ewing on 13th Dec 2019

    It has a beautiful earthy fragrance. I have used it in skincare products I make for my friends and they LOVE it. I will definitely be purchasing this again.

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