So, what's the difference between raw and refined Shea Butter? The difference lies in how the butter is extracted from the nut and how it is processed after extraction. Shea Nuts (Butyrospermum parkii) are picked from the tree, cracked, grilled and pounded to extract the butter. They are then boiled in water until the fresh shea butter rises to the surface. The butter is then scooped into gourds and left to cool and set.
The refining process happens after the butter is extracted. It can be further refined, thus removing color and impurities that some people don't like. The difference between raw Shea Butter and refined Shea Butter as being similar to the difference between wheat bread and white bread. Our Shea Butter is mechanically extracted. No chemicals (other than water) are used in the process.