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Organic Shea Butter Natural (Burkina Faso)

Average Product Rating: 4.3 / 5 (Based on 18 Customer Reviews)

Certified Organics: This Certified Organic Butter is QAI Certified. The National Organic Program develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products. The QAI also accredits the certifying agents (foreign and domestic) who inspect organic production and handling operations to certify that they meet USDA standards.

Our Shea Butter from Burkina Faso is 100% natural. The shea nuts are hand gathered by groups of women in villages in Burkina Faso and are sold at a fair price to the butter producers. To produce a product to organic and export quality standards, the butter is transported by cart to the processing plant where it is purified, filtered and stored in hygienic metal drums. This premium Organic Shea Butter is of superior quality has a nutty scent with light notes and wonderful yellow color of soft grainy texture.

Common Uses: Used predominantly for skin care, Shea Butter is known for its moisturizing and emollient properties. Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, it penetrates deeply into the epidermis and leaves a smooth, satiny finish. Shea Butter can be used to make massage butters, body butters, lip balms, as a moisturizing agent in soaps and shaving creams, and as a treatment for minor skin wounds and irritations.

Appearance: This butter is yellow in color and has a grainy texture.

Please Note: Shea Butter from Burkina Faso may in some instances be grainy in nature. This is a natural occurrence, to achieve a smooth texture and consistency we recommend that the product be heated until liquefied, mixed thoroughly, cooled off and stored in cold temperatures.

Recommended Usage:
Lotions & Creams: 2 - 20 %
Balms: 5 – 100 %
Bar Soaps: 5 - 20 %
Hair Conditioners: 1 – 10 %

When adding butters to creams and lotions, it might be necessary to gently warm them until the texture can be incorporated into the final product. Using a hand blender, create a vortex with your cream or lotion and drizzle your melted butter to fully incorporate. For addition in soaps, the general rule of thumb is 1 tablespoon per pound. As with most raw materials, results may vary, so we strongly recommend small, lab scale batches prior to any commercial manufacturing.

Shelf Life: This butter should be stored in a cool dark place and has a shelf-life of 1 year when stored properly.

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Customers should purchase products from New Directions Aromatics Inc. with the clear understanding that all products must be used at the customers own discretion and only after referencing Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and all other relevant technical information specific to the product. New Directions Aromatics Inc. shall not be held responsible for any damages to property or for any adverse physical effects (including injury or bodily harm) caused by insufficient knowledge or the improper use of a product.

The user of the product is solely responsible for compliance with all laws and regulations applying to the use of the products, including intellectual property rights of third parties.

As with any manufacturing process, New Directions Aromatics strongly recommends small lab scale testing for evaluation purposes prior to full commercial manufacturing.

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The liability of New Directions Aromatics Inc. is limited to the value of the goods and does not include any consequential loss. New Directions Aromatics Inc. shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

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Submited By: Melanie from Edmonton, Alberta on 03/18/2014
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

I like that NDA carries this natural, unrefined, organic option, however its fragrance is unpleasant and unless it is melted before blended, its texture is grainy. I understand that unrefined butters tend to be more fragrant, however I have purchased natural shea butter before (from another company) and its odour was much less potent. Will not be purchasing product again.
Submited By: Rava from Toronto, Ontario on 01/26/2014
Loyal Customer Since: 2011
Rating: Star

It's not nearly as repulsive in terms of aroma as the unorganic one but it's still not there. Can't imagine walking around with this aroma hanging. Aroma is not everything sometimes so I may be a wrong. It's a bit grainy as well which I don't mind. As a total newbie to SB, I am more inclined toward Ghana version.
Submited By: Man Fong from Toronto, Ontario on 01/07/2014
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

This butter's texture is really nice. I didn't find it that grainy. Out of the container I found the smell woody/earthy and exotic but I used 2.5% in a body lotion and the smell was so unpleasantly strong! It's really hard to mask so you'll have to match it with complimentary earthy, woody scents. The strong scent makes this butter a 3 rather than 5 star product for me.
Submited By: Maxine from Mississauga, Ontario on 09/18/2013
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

This is my very first pure shea butter purchase. Grainy? Yes. But it doesn't become an issue if you melt it first. Richly moisturizing and emollient. However, it has a very strong and pungent smell which I could hardly mask using EOs. It doesn't smell nutty at all. I've used it in M&P soap and recently for homemade deodorant. The scent is so powerful it stays even after I doubled the amount of EOs in the recipe. My daughter joked that she wanted a deodorant and not an 'odorant'. That is the only reason why I gave it only 3 stars. Although I chose this natural shea butter over the refined one because of its properties, I do not think I will purchase this again as I would rather try the refined shea butter which NDA describes as "without any discernible scent".
Submited By: Radhika from Toronto, Ontario on 07/27/2013
Loyal Customer Since: 2006
Rating: Star

Update to my previous review of 11/09/2011: This is simply the best Shea butter ever - it blends so well with EOs and other oils. I followed this recipe featured on "" by Susan Powers for a simple body butter: 1 cup Shea butter 1/2 cup coconut oil (in solid state) 1/2 cup almond oil (or any other carrier oil) EOs of your choice

- Melt the solid ingds. over a double boiler over low heat.
- Cool completely. Add almond oil + EOs.
- Keep this mix in the freezer for 20-30 mins (+/-) until an opaque film forms on the surface of the melted liquids.
- Blend (w/ balloon whisk blender) until it turns into a butter consistency.

I was able to fill a 450gm jar with this recipe - what a lovely butter! It doesn't melt at room temp. (even in a bathroom). I've used mine for about 2 weeks now and even as a quick hair treatment before shampoo. It melts as soon as you rub it in your hands (or hair) plus a little goes a long way.
Submited By: Chau from Coquitlam, British Columbia on 06/19/2013
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

It is very grainy and can't use it straight from the jar. That is why I gave 4 star instead 5. My daughter and I have no problem with the smell but other said the smell is little strong. It works on wonder on eczema. After one month using it, her eczema is almost gone.
Submited By: Brittany from Toronto, Ontario on 05/25/2013
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

I love that this shea butter is fair trade and organic. It has a strong smell that will affect the scent of your essential oils, but it goes particularly well with vanilla and citrus scents. Keep it coming!
Submited By: Kelly from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba on 04/17/2013
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

I first purchased refined shea butter then decided to buy this one. As soon as I took the lid off the jar I saw a golden healing heaven scented butter. For my self this is the perfect shea butter. After measuring out for soap recipe I cleaned up by generously rubbing it up and down my arms. I also am very pleased with your supplier, keep up the great work NDA!
Submited By: Stephanie from Burlington, Ontario on 02/19/2013
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

I have a love/hate relationship with this particular Shea Butter. It blends well into formulas giving them a smooth, nourishing consistency. I also find it to be the most healing version I have tried to date and I like that it's not as sticky as other Shea butters I've used. However, straight out of the jar- it is the grainiest shea EVER! I find it takes a lot of work to get the grains to melt into skin when used by itself. I'm so disappointed that I hate how it feels right out of the jar, but the benefits will keep it in my formulation rotation.
Submited By: Jennifer from Edmonton, Alberta on 01/29/2013
Loyal Customer Since: 2013
Rating: Star

I used this with Cocoa Butter Organic and Coconut Organic Carrier Oil (all from NDA) to make the most divine whipped body butter. This product smells divine, melts with ease and is a dream to work with.
Submited By: Flora from Miramichi, New Brunswick on 04/20/2012
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

This is great for hair, nice texture. Not as grainy as I thought it would be. I usually don't like the scent of Shea butter but this has a fresh nutty scent to it.
Submited By: Leila from Scarborough, Ontario on 02/27/2012
Loyal Customer Since: 2012
Rating: Star

This product is really amazing for dry skin!
Submited By: Radhika from Toronto, Ontario on 11/09/2011
Loyal Customer Since: 2006
Rating: Star

I agree, it's simply fabulous. I've used it as a lip balm (+EOs) and applied directly on skin - nice smell, not as strong (because it's unrefined) and not that greasy. Great product at a great price (I got 1kg of it....winter's coming and my skin needs it).
Submited By: Manon from Rawdon, Quebec on 10/17/2011
Loyal Customer Since: 2011
Rating: Star

Wonderful butter! So easy to whip up into a body butter, add a little lavender and lemon EO et voilà!!! I really like the fact that it is fair trade.
Submited By: Sultana from North York, Ontario on 10/01/2011
Loyal Customer Since: 2011
Rating: Star

Hi there! I cannot live without Shea Butter. I was introduced to it by a friend and i use it for ALL my kids and my skin and hair needs. Two of my kids suffer with very bad eczema inflammation, my baby on his whole body, such that both he and i would be crying- he from discomfort and itchiness and i from being unable to help him. I tried so many diff. products but non worked except Shea Butter. I am so Thankful to The One and Only True God for such a cure after i prayed so much for one. I also use it in making hair oils and body lotions, yup all homemade! I cant live without this.
Submited By: Jesse from Toronto, Ontario on 03/24/2011
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

This is fabulous butter. I use it every night after a hot epsom salt bath to deal with chronic pain issues.. I usually heat a large cup of water in the microwave (the only things I do with the micro: heat water and hot packs. Never food) and then set a smaller glass bowl with the butter in it while I soak. I then add lavender EO to the melted butter. And use all over my body. At the end I add a little patchouli for the face and then finish up a few things while I let it soak in completely before hitting the sheets. I haven't scratched my legs all winter since using this butter. And before it was so bad, I would scratch 'til I bled. No more of that; I love this stuff. Knowing this is fair traded and helping women in Africa with the expertise to produce this butter, helps me sleep better at night too. Way to go NDA!
Submited By: Jessica from St-lazare, Quebec on 12/16/2010
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

Ce beurre de Karité a une texture beaucoup plus onctueuse et une odeur beaucoup plus prononcé que d'autre beurre de karité non-raffiné que j'ai déjà acheté. Toutefois, il est tout aussi parfait dans mes savons en barre ( procédé à froid). Je trouve que l'odeur particulière ne reste pas vraiment dans mes savons; mais c'est une odeur qui est tout de même agréable quand on s'habitue! Pour un produit bio et équitable, le prix est vraiment très abordable! Je le recommande et c'est certain que à l'avenir, c'est ce beurre de karité que je vais utiliser! Merci beaucoup pour ce bon produit abordable!
Submited By: Ashley from Ottawa, Ontario on 12/06/2010
Loyal Customer Since: 2010
Rating: Star

I just recieved this by UPS today, and I am pleased with the product. At first I was taken aback at the consistency, as I figured it would be like the other shea butter I got. But this shea butter melts into the skin sooo easily, for a wonderful moisturizing effect. It will take a while for me to get used to the strong scent, but that's ok. I love that it is a natural product that it is good for me, and I appreciate that it has a natural scent without any perfumes or extra additives. Thank you NDA! :D