Sooo.. this happened. Quite by accident too.
In all my years of working with shea butter, unrefined shea has never made it to my workbench.
The tub of unrefined shea you see above arrived all by itself in my latest ingredients order.
The label on it is in French.
Well, that's kind of expected since it came from a French company.
They have a website from which things can be ordered.
It's in French.
Did I mention I don't quite read French?
In my defense, the labels on the unrefined and refined shea butters are almost 100% identical. So, maybe it wasn't as much my lack of French-understanding-ability as a question of destiny.
(insert short angelic choir jingle here)
So, now we begin trying out a few things with unrefined shea.
Before we start, here's my initial thoughts on this exciting 'new' ingredient.
Unrefined Shea - First impressionsTexture
richer and more buttery than refined shea
heavier than refined shea. The scent borders on the 'denseness' of cocoa butter and is going to require masking or essential oils that 'work with' this heavy scent.
Melt-in smooth and nourishing (yes, it feels nourishing)
Coming UpWe're going to be doing some A/B batches with refined and unrefined shea around here. We're also going to be trying to create a non-greasy-feeling whipped shea butter.