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Shea oil v Shea butter

Shea oil V Shea butter


Chances are, is by now you would have heard of the supreme moisturizing abilities of Shea butter. 

Shea butter is extracted from the Shea nut which is found inside the Shea fruit,   by a process that involves, cracking the nut  & grinding boiling/ roasting, and boiling the 'fat' that was found inside it. It can be used as a food ingredient as well as a skin or hair product.

 However, have you heard of Shea oil?

What is Shea oil?

How does Shea oil compare to Shea butter?

Is Shea butter more effective than Shea oil as dry skin or hair care products?  


What is Shea oil?

Shea oil is fractionated from Shea butter. It contains less of the component that makes Shea butter solid. It has its own unique rich but light texture.

The components of Shea butter & Shea Oil.


All Natural butter/oils are made up of fatty acids. Shea butter and Shea oil are mainly made up of Stearic, Linoleic, Palmitic & Oleic .fatty acids.

 1. Stearic acid gives it a waxy, solid consistency.

 2. Linoleic acid (vitamin F) produces ceramides. This plays a vital role in keeping your skin strong and resilient. It contributes to protecting the outer skin & acts as an anti-inflammatory, acne reducer, and moisture retainer.

 3. Oleic fatty acids tend to be very moisturizing and regenerating to our skin. They often offer anti-inflammatory properties and mimic our natural sebum.  It is absorbed well by the skin, which offers softening and moisturizing effects.

 4. Palmitic acid can act as an emollient. It can soften the skin and help it retain moisture by forming an oily, water-blocking layer that slows the loss of water through the skin. This can improve dry and flaky skin as well as conditions like psoriasis and eczema.


How does Shea oil compare to Shea butter

Shea Oil contains approximately:
27% stearic acid
59% oleic acid
9% linoleic acid
5% palmitic acid


Unrefined Shea Butter contains approximately: 

43% stearic acid
46% oleic acid
7% linoleic acid
4% palmitic acid


Is Shea butter more effective than Shea oil as dry skin or hair care products? 

Shea oil has all the advantages of Shea butter without the disadvantages for example:

1.   Shea oil is more moisturizing for our skin, thanks to the higher oleic acid content. It is also easy to apply as it has a much softer texture like a lotion but is as effective as a body butter.

2.   Shea oil will absorb instantly leaving your skin softer and giving you a radiant long-lasting glow. It is also  has a more suitable composition to apply directly onto your hair if it feels or looks a bit dry

3.   The scent of Shea butter can cause the Marmite effect. Some people love the slightly roasted nutty aroma but others hate it. Shea oil has a lighter scent than butter so it will not elicit such a strong reaction!

4. When cold Shea butter gets so hard that it is challenging and time-consuming to get it to the right composition to use. Shea oil does not present these challenges.


Monshea™  award-winning skin and hair range is made from Shea oil we also have organic Shea butter available to purchase here.




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