The ivory and the yellow shea butter are from the same Karite or Vitellaria Tree but are processed differently.
You will find some vendors selling this butter under the name Yellow Shea Butter, but most buyers don’t know the difference, just a few do. Both are the same just that with the yellow Shea butter, a root from the borututu tree is added in the milling process. That gives it that turmeric yellow color. Some think palm oil is added to give it that yellow color but no palm oil is required to make yellow Shea butter, it goes through the same process as the white Shea butter
Shea Butter Grade
Shea Butter also has different grades, that is GRADE A, B, C and D. Producers and distributors market their shea butter with terms like ‘pure’, ‘refined’, ‘unrefined’. The ‘grade A’ is usually the Ivory unrefined 100% Raw Shea Butter. It can be consumed and also used cosmetic or food processing Companies. Commercial Shea butter is classified into five grades:
A – raw or unrefined, extracted using water. Unrefined Shea butter simply means it is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals or preservatives. This means it is produced using the traditional African method. This really counts because only unrefined Shea butter keeps all of its natural healing properties.
B – refined; C – highly refined and extracted with solvents such as hexane.
D – E. is the lowest grade. Probably adulterated.
Grade A Shea butter retains the most natural vitamins, especially vitamins A and E, which are partially lost in the other grades.
Which Is Better Yellow or Ivory Shea Butter?
I have also been asked the difference between Yellow or Ivory Shea Butter with regard to which is better.
First of all, shea butter comes in those small nuts and the color is an off white or ivory kind of color. The Shea nut is per boiled and then goes through a milling process. This is where a root from the borututu tree is added in the milling process to give it that turmeric yellow color
When shea nuts are dry, the shells are removed. We use traditional methods so almost the whole production process is made merely with by hands, just like centuries ago. This makes the work easier, more interesting and relaxed. It is produced under conducive environments in production compounds and there, we are sheltered from the sun and work from early morning to late afternoon.
Shea Butter Milling Process
Shea nuts are then washed and dried under the sun.
Afterwards, the nuts are broken into smaller pieces for the grinding machine which really facilitates and speed up the process.
They are roasted on fire Once nuts or flesh are crushed, they are roasted on fire. That is why final product has a pleasant roasting scent. Roasted fragments are then taken to the grinding machine again, then with a special process, a thick paste is obtained whiles water is being added gradually. We put paste in big basins, and churn the paste with one hand. Water is again added gradually, most often to wash it thoroughly and nicely
Chunk the heavy paste for at least an hour, until butter oil separates from water. Afterwards, butter oil is carefully removed and put into a bowl of boiling water under low fire. When butter oil melts under the high temperature, then we scoop off oil that floats to the top of the bowl.
Strain purified oil to separate from Shea residue
Let oil cool and solidify and then Package.
The Darling Butter
Shea butter is excellent to use in any skincare regime. It can be used by itself by warming a small amount in your hands and applying it directly to the skin & hair, or it can be used in cosmetic formulations for added nutrients.
No wonder why it is the darling of cosmetic industry and food processing companies and is used worldwide! It is a natural ingredient that can really help the skin radiate and heal!