There are many companies that have jumped on the Shea Butter bandwagon. However, much of what you are getting on the internet is inferior Shea Butter. I have customers requesting to have the shell of the shea butter sent with their order so that their Shea Butter can be authenticated. The truth of the matter is that Shea Butter, doesn’t come in a large shell or gourd. Shea Butter comes in a nut and that nut is about the size of a walnut. Much of what you see in flea markets, beauty supply stores, is inferior Shea Butter. When lab tested, much of those retailers of Shea Butter, have only about 40% Shea Butter. The rest is other oils that have been cut to stretch the shea butter. Currently, there is only lab that can certify Shea Butter. It is the American Shea Butter Institute, which is led by doctor and scientist, Samuel Hunter, MD.
If you want Shea Butter that works, and is free of harmful contaminants, only purchase pure, unrefined, certified, Grade A Shea Butter. Leah Shea, proudly uses only ASBI certified Shea Butter.