Laeh Shea is proud to offer 100% pure, unrefined, Grade A Shea Butter that has been lab tested and Certified by The American Shea Butter Institute since 2009. As of 5/1/2017 our current supply is Grade A, uncertified by ASBI.
Laeh Shea 25 lb unrefined, grade A, Shea Butter is the best butter on the market. We provide premium Grade A Shea Butter from villages that practice ethical trade and responsible harvesting techniques. All shea butter is not equal. Finding consistent quality of shea butter is a problem that plagues the shea butter industry. When you understand the dynamics of getting an organic product that is produced by hands and add human error or mother nature, shea butter texture, smell, color and odor can change from one season to the next. We have done our best since 2009 to get a consistent quality. While we strive to use the same shea producers from the regions of Ghana and Burkina Faso, the products is still not produced consistently the same. We believe in telling the truth. For those that are saying that they have Grade A shea butter, ask for the current lab analysis certifying the Grade A. This is typically what sets us apart. In fact for 4 months in 2016, we didn’t sell any shea butter because there was none in the entire country that was certified as Grade A. For the year 2017, getting certified Grade A will be a challenge due to recent harvesting season. Grade A is not a color or a smell. Grade A is certified to be free of contaminants. Contamination is a problem in African countries that produce shea butter as well as export to the US. Since it’s not regulated, much of what reaches us can not be regarded as Grade A or premium.
Laeh Shea prides itself with using only Premium, Unrefined, Certified, Grade A Shea Butter. When there is a shortage of Grade A, we will sell Premium, Unrefined Shea Butter, but at a discounted rate. Please note that this Shea Butter will be Grade A in the manufacturing process, but has not been lab tested. We will highlight this if there is a time that this ever occurs. Dr. Harris partners with 20,000 female workers for the export of quality Shea Butter in Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. Most of these women have benefited from the teaching of Dr. Harris through the American Shea Butter Institute and her formulation book, Shea Butter Formulation 101. Laeh Shea is proud to have boots on the ground in Africa to cultivate the best trade practices.
Current Shea Butter Batched 03/2017. This is premium Grade A, not certified through ASBI. Due to economic hardship the Shea Producers have not certified their Shea Butter for lab testing through ASBI. The Shea Butter has been lab tested by labs in Africa that is not accredited here in the US. While this hasn’t gone through the standards set by ASBI, I have personally visited the villages that produce my Shea Butter and am fully confident in their process of producing certifiable Grade A as they have done so since 2009.