CurlTalk

Shea Butter???

imapisces0308imapisces0308 Posts: 6Registered Users
I know shea butter is awesome for our hair but what others oils do you guys suggest? And were can I buy coconut oil and shea butter with no mineral oil in it?
«1

Comments

  • ibraidhairibraidhair Posts: 343Registered Users
    I buy stuff from snowdriftfarm.com
  • dailywavydailywavy Posts: 249Registered Users
    i get most of my butters and oils from mountainroseherbs.com. they have great service and there are very good descriptions and information on each item and how to use it.

    :confused3: i was so confused when i started getting into this stuff too. here are a few tidbits that i have picked up from researching oils and butters and trying them out, these are just a few but if you go to the website it will tell ya a lot more

    *if you are getting shea butter, get the unrefined shea, it still has all the nutrients and vitamins and everything you want in it. unrefined and refined is a lot like your granny's whole wheat homemade bread compared to wonder white bread.

    *for oils, jojoba is the most like our skins natural sebum and is really good for the scalp and skin. but it is actually a liquid wax. many people have found it leaves a white waxy reside when left on their hair.

    *for hair, sweet almond oil and apricot kernal oil are very gentle and easily absorbed and won't weigh the hair down.
    coconut oil is used quite a bit. i like the refined because it isn't so gummy and more easily absorbed and it is better for cosmetic use. it is solid @ 76 degrees so you will have to melt it in your palms first. good for pre 'poo treatment or deep treatments.
    avocado oil is heavier and great for deep treatments, or hair butters in the winter.
    Extra virgin olive oil is great for deep treatments. and is a heavier oil.


    hope that helps!
    2b, 2c / f / ii / medium-high porosity
    Vo5-never again, i now can plop!
    CG since may 09, and hubby LOVES the new wavy 'tude!
    :thumbleft:
    products: CV SB, burt's bees more moisture conditioner, co-wash suave naturals coconut condish. FSG, shea hair butter, hair refresher
  • imapisces0308imapisces0308 Posts: 6Registered Users
    dailywavy wrote: »
    i get most of my butters and oils from mountainroseherbs.com. they have great service and there are very good descriptions and information on each item and how to use it.

    :confused3: i was so confused when i started getting into this stuff too. here are a few tidbits that i have picked up from researching oils and butters and trying them out, these are just a few but if you go to the website it will tell ya a lot more

    *if you are getting shea butter, get the unrefined shea, it still has all the nutrients and vitamins and everything you want in it. unrefined and refined is a lot like your granny's whole wheat homemade bread compared to wonder white bread.

    *for oils, jojoba is the most like our skins natural sebum and is really good for the scalp and skin. but it is actually a liquid wax. many people have found it leaves a white waxy reside when left on their hair.

    *for hair, sweet almond oil and apricot kernal oil are very gentle and easily absorbed and won't weigh the hair down.
    coconut oil is used quite a bit. i like the refined because it isn't so gummy and more easily absorbed and it is better for cosmetic use. it is solid @ 76 degrees so you will have to melt it in your palms first. good for pre 'poo treatment or deep treatments.
    avocado oil is heavier and great for deep treatments, or hair butters in the winter.
    Extra virgin olive oil is great for deep treatments. and is a heavier oil.


    hope that helps!
    OMG thanks so much ill check this site and the other one tomorrow. Thanks guys!
  • orangeorange Posts: 176Registered Users
    www.terressentials.com also has shea butter

  • morrighumorrighu Posts: 707Registered Users
    The best place to buy coconut oil without any additives in the asian grocery. It's cheap and its often unrefined.

    Shea butter is best purchased on line, IMHO, and best unrefined as well.

    You might also look at mango butter and cocoa butter.
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Posts: 287Registered Users
    morrighu wrote: »
    The best place to buy coconut oil without any additives in the asian grocery. It's cheap and its often unrefined.

    Shea butter is best purchased on line, IMHO, and best unrefined as well.

    You might also look at mango butter and cocoa butter.
    IMHO?
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    I know shea butter is awesome for our hair but what others oils do you guys suggest? And were can I buy coconut oil and shea butter with no mineral oil in it?

    You can buy Shea Butter online from www.amazon.com or www.coastalscents.com

    Amazon has sellers that 100% Natural Shea Butter. Just go to the website and type in raw shea butter in the search box.

    REAL Shea Butter is just that.. it shouldn't contain mineral oil at all. You can't get that in a drug store. The stuff in drugstores CONTAINS Shea Butter. It's not actual 100 percent shea butter.

    You usually have to go to a WHOLE FOODS store, look online, or find a company or vender that sells 100% natural raw shea butter.
    tumblr_m9jonzYZmu1re7hjjo1_250.jpg
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    I get my shea butter from sheaterraorganics.com They are having a 30% off sale until 8/26. They have Shea Gold, Nilotica (organic) and organic West African. They also do a shea body butter (mixed shea product) with lavender of the Khoisan that is incredible. The fragrance is like rubbing fresh lavender buds on your skin. They also practice very good business practices in Africa that benefit the local village manufacturers.I also get my baobab oil there. And if you are into coffee, their fair trade Ethiopian Sidamo beans are exceptional. Alas, I am coffee-free[FONT=Arial Narrow,Arial MT Condensed Light,sans-serif]

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sheaterraorganics.com%2Fcategory%2F35.html" class="Popup

    [/FONT][FONT=Arial Narrow,Arial MT Condensed Light,sans-serif][FONT=Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif]Take 30% off your next order of everything at Shea Terra. No minimum necessary. Free shipping over $60 (within 48 US continental states). Use code august30. Hurry, offer ends August 26, 2009.[/FONT][/FONT]
    My blog - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fsuburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com%2F" class="Popup
    My FOTKI - /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwhatsnew.fotki.com%2Fsuburbanbushbabe%2F" class="Popup
    comic-p.jpg

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • ChevelureChevelure Posts: 101Registered Users
    I used to buy pure shea butter from Occitane. I always found it hard to use.
  • CopaseticCopasetic Posts: 222Registered Users
    I buy 100% shea butter at my local drug store in the "black" hair care section, and 100% coconut oil is available at any health food store.
    co-wash: exact vanilla
    rinse out: tresseme naturals
    leave-in: giovanni direct leave-in
    stylers: kccc + he totally twisted mousse + coconut oil to sotc
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Posts: 287Registered Users
    Copasetic wrote: »
    I buy 100% shea butter at my local drug store in the "black" hair care section, and 100% coconut oil is available at any health food store.
    I always wonder if its really 100 percent
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Posts: 287Registered Users
    ibraidhair wrote: »
    I buy stuff from snowdriftfarm.com
    whoa, thanks for the site. This website must have all kinds of oil. I don't know where to begin. What's a good combo to start off?

    Have you been ordering from this site for sometime?
    Thanks.
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • breezybabybreezybaby Posts: 347Registered Users
    I buy my shea butter from agbangakarite.com
    3a/3b/3c hair all on one head :thumright:

    public.fotki.com/breezybaby
    youtube.com/joyfulbree

    Staples (used in many ways):
    Coconut milk
    Castor oil
    Coconut oil
    Honey
    Shea butter
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Posts: 287Registered Users
    I get my shea butter from sheaterraorganics.com They are having a 30% off sale until 8/26. They have Shea Gold, Nilotica (organic) and organic West African. They also do a shea body butter (mixed shea product) with lavender of the Khoisan that is incredible. The fragrance is like rubbing fresh lavender buds on your skin. They also practice very good business practices in Africa that benefit the local village manufacturers.I also get my baobab oil there. And if you are into coffee, their fair trade Ethiopian Sidamo beans are exceptional. Alas, I am coffee-free

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sheaterraorganics.com%2Fcategory%2F35.html" class="Popup

    [FONT=Arial Narrow,Arial MT Condensed Light,sans-serif][FONT=Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif]Take 30% off your next order of everything at Shea Terra. No minimum necessary. Free shipping over $60 (within 48 US continental states). Use code august30. Hurry, offer ends August 26, 2009.[/FONT][/FONT]
    Which one would you recommend to start off?
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    Copasetic wrote: »
    I buy 100% shea butter at my local drug store in the "black" hair care section, and 100% coconut oil is available at any health food store.
    I always wonder if its really 100 percent

    Hard for me to believe.. but..I would love to know what the Shea Butter brand is exactly and what drug store sells it...

    Because I've NEVER seen any actual 100% real raw shea butter in a drugstore..but that doesn't mean someone else hasn't..and I wouldn't mind knowing what drugstore sells it and the company that actually has real shea butter in the drug stores..cause if I can just go to a drugstore and get it..that would rock!
    tumblr_m9jonzYZmu1re7hjjo1_250.jpg
  • Cleo12Cleo12 Posts: 13Registered Users
    I buy shea butter in 1 pound chunks. Much cheaper than buying the fancy ones in containers. I get mine from www.nasabb.com. They have the best shea butter I've tried. Very creamy, not gritty.
    Natural for 6 years and counting.

    Last relaxer:
    May 2003
    BC: August 2003

    Products:
    Raw shea butter
    AB Herbal Oil
    J.R. Liggett poo bar
    Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in
    Lustrasilk Olive Oil conditioner
    VO5 Tea Therapy Conditioner (Chamomile)
    Suave Naturals Conditioner (Coconut)
    Coconut Oil
    DB Madagascar Vanilla Styling Cream
    DB Organic Palm Fruit & Cherry Kernel Butter
  • TaraVictoriaTaraVictoria Posts: 374Registered Users
    if you have a Whole Foods around, I tend to find everything there - and then some!
    Tara - have a curly day!!!

    LA Looks Curl Gel, Sauve Naturals conditioners Waterlily, CK, Deva Archangel , LOOB (has its days)...
    Deva One - LOVE it!!!!!!!

    Botticelli's Flax Seed Hair Gel (a DIY!!!) THANKS Botticelli!!!!!!
    Curl Junkie Coffee Coco Creme (LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!)
    Shea Moisture Smoothie - GREAT stuff!

    :angel5::angel5:
    for the love of the lens...

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fanimafoto.smugmug.com%2F" class="Popup

    www.animafoto.wordpress.com
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Posts: 287Registered Users
    Copasetic wrote: »
    I buy 100% shea butter at my local drug store in the "black" hair care section, and 100% coconut oil is available at any health food store.
    I always wonder if its really 100 percent

    Hard for me to believe.. but..I would love to know what the Shea Butter brand is exactly and what drug store sells it...

    Because I've NEVER seen any actual 100% real raw shea butter in a drugstore..but that doesn't mean someone else hasn't..and I wouldn't mind knowing what drugstore sells it and the company that actually has real shea butter in the drug stores..cause if I can just go to a drugstore and get it..that would rock!

    that would rock ... ? are you kidding me, that is ideal! lol .. voice of god...
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Posts: 287Registered Users
    Cleo12 wrote: »
    I buy shea butter in 1 pound chunks. Much cheaper than buying the fancy ones in containers. I get mine from www.nasabb.com. They have the best shea butter I've tried. Very creamy, not gritty.

    Cleo, pardon my ignorance with shea butter but is this something that is applied to once hair is styled dry or can it be applied on wet hair as a styling lotion/ cream? I am curious on the user process. Any feedback would be helpful. THANKS!
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • drasdras Posts: 175Registered Users
    Got mine from Anita Grant online store.She sells oils too. Her oils are really good.
    I bought raw organic shea butter few months ago and it was a failure. My hair hated it. Why? Well, firstly I hated the scent of raw shea butter it smelled like donkey butt. Yep!!! I said it!! Its smells disgusting. I now realized that I should have bought whipped shea butter with added scent to offset the donkey butt aroma. Secondly, the raw shea butter was so thick to get out the jar that it just sit on top of my hair. Maybe I should have whipped it with some oils or something. I still have the jar of shea butter just sitting in the fridge. I hate the smell of it. It starts off nutty then turns into some foul scent.
  • Smedm1Smedm1 Posts: 7Registered Users
    You can actually take the raw shea butter and throw it in your stand mixer- like the kitchen aid, with a couple of drops of essential oil ( i also add jojoba oil) and on low, the friction from the mixer will heat up the butter and the motion will aerate it a bit, making your own whipped shea.
    I think 3b.
    Just chopped it all off, shoulder length now.
    Into homemade remedies, my deva addiction costs too much!
  • drasdras Posts: 175Registered Users
    Smedm1 wrote: »
    You can actually take the raw shea butter and throw it in your stand mixer- like the kitchen aid, with a couple of drops of essential oil ( i also add jojoba oil) and on low, the friction from the mixer will heat up the butter and the motion will aerate it a bit, making your own whipped shea.

    I think I am going to try mixing it in the blender. Thanks for the tip. I think that will make it much better to apply to my hair. I have some jojoba oil as well so that would work great.
  • Cleo12Cleo12 Posts: 13Registered Users
    Cleo12 wrote: »
    I buy shea butter in 1 pound chunks. Much cheaper than buying the fancy ones in containers. I get mine from www.nasabb.com. They have the best shea butter I've tried. Very creamy, not gritty.

    Cleo, pardon my ignorance with shea butter but is this something that is applied to once hair is styled dry or can it be applied on wet hair as a styling lotion/ cream? I am curious on the user process. Any feedback would be helpful. THANKS!

    I always use it on damp hair after applying a leave in conditioner. It leaves my hair very soft.
    Natural for 6 years and counting.

    Last relaxer:
    May 2003
    BC: August 2003

    Products:
    Raw shea butter
    AB Herbal Oil
    J.R. Liggett poo bar
    Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in
    Lustrasilk Olive Oil conditioner
    VO5 Tea Therapy Conditioner (Chamomile)
    Suave Naturals Conditioner (Coconut)
    Coconut Oil
    DB Madagascar Vanilla Styling Cream
    DB Organic Palm Fruit & Cherry Kernel Butter
  • AseaAsea Posts: 5Registered Users
    My first post!

    Anywho, I have been using shea butter on my skin for years but never really appreciated it fully (or bought the 'right' kind) until I started wearing my TWA. When I lived in the Bay Area in Cali and in Harlem, NY you could get it anywhere - the flea market, the African brutha on the corner, the local natural shop. But it's harder to find on a whim in Houston.

    I really like Darcy's Nolitica Shea butter. It is uber creamy and wonderful. I use it on wet hair or dry hair. It makes my hair so soft.... It's pricey so I'm looking for an online store to buy in bulk. I also just discovered and LOVE Kpangnan butter. It makes my skin glow and I use it to touch up twists.

    Thanks for the tips ladies!

    QUESTION: How do you do the little info blurb at the end of your post under that line - hair, type, big chop, etc?? Thanks :)
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Posts: 287Registered Users
    Asea wrote: »
    My first post!

    Anywho, I have been using shea butter on my skin for years but never really appreciated it fully (or bought the 'right' kind) until I started wearing my TWA. When I lived in the Bay Area in Cali and in Harlem, NY you could get it anywhere - the flea market, the African brutha on the corner, the local natural shop. But it's harder to find on a whim in Houston.

    I really like Darcy's Nolitica Shea butter. It is uber creamy and wonderful. I use it on wet hair or dry hair. It makes my hair so soft.... It's pricey so I'm looking for an online store to buy in bulk. I also just discovered and LOVE Kpangnan butter. It makes my skin glow and I use it to touch up twists.

    Thanks for the tips ladies!

    QUESTION: How do you do the little info blurb at the end of your post under that line - hair, type, big chop, etc?? Thanks :)
    Welcome! and thanks for the post, we love feedback and reviews! :)
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • KinkyKeeperKinkyKeeper Posts: 963Registered Users
    Copasetic wrote: »
    I buy 100% shea butter at my local drug store in the "black" hair care section, and 100% coconut oil is available at any health food store.

    Be aware sometimes they can tricky. I know I bought something believing it was 100% juice but when I learned there were other ingredients in it, I realized they were being tricky with the language. It may contain 100% juice (or shea butter) but what they don't tell you is the actual product is not 100% shea butter, that there are other things added.
  • followmeskyfollowmesky Posts: 287Registered Users
    dras wrote: »
    Got mine from Anita Grant online store.She sells oils too. Her oils are really good.
    I bought raw organic shea butter few months ago and it was a failure. My hair hated it. Why? Well, firstly I hated the scent of raw shea butter it smelled like donkey butt. Yep!!! I said it!! Its smells disgusting. I now realized that I should have bought whipped shea butter with added scent to offset the donkey butt aroma. Secondly, the raw shea butter was so thick to get out the jar that it just sit on top of my hair. Maybe I should have whipped it with some oils or something. I still have the jar of shea butter just sitting in the fridge. I hate the smell of it. It starts off nutty then turns into some foul scent.
    dras, i really like this site. do you typically order from there.. are the oils really great? which ones have you purchased? I take it not to buy the shea butter from there.. also, i see this is a UK site ..
    3b/C with nicer curls on the bottom!
    Hair: naturally very dry and VERY porous
    hair seems to be moody.
    Does not seem to like oils
    Does not like protein or too much?
    Does not like rich products

    So, I ask myself. What does it like? That is the question, and I'm on a mission.
  • KinkyKeeperKinkyKeeper Posts: 963Registered Users
    I go to my local flea market. There are some friendly African people who sell shea butter there (along with African black soap and different oils). You might want to check out your local flea market. If that doesn't work I have heard butters-n-bars is good for shea butter. And they are fair trade. They also have scented shea in case you don't like the smell of unrefined shea butter.

    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.butters-n-bars.com%2Funrefinedsheabutter.html" class="Popup
  • drasdras Posts: 175Registered Users
    dras wrote: »
    Got mine from Anita Grant online store.She sells oils too. Her oils are really good.
    I bought raw organic shea butter few months ago and it was a failure. My hair hated it. Why? Well, firstly I hated the scent of raw shea butter it smelled like donkey butt. Yep!!! I said it!! Its smells disgusting. I now realized that I should have bought whipped shea butter with added scent to offset the donkey butt aroma. Secondly, the raw shea butter was so thick to get out the jar that it just sit on top of my hair. Maybe I should have whipped it with some oils or something. I still have the jar of shea butter just sitting in the fridge. I hate the smell of it. It starts off nutty then turns into some foul scent.
    dras, i really like this site. do you typically order from there.. are the oils really great? which ones have you purchased? I take it not to buy the shea butter from there.. also, i see this is a UK site ..

    Hi fellowmesky,
    Yes, I have ordered from this site. They have hair and body oils like castor and vanilla among others. These oils are really nice for my skin and hair. But because its a Uk site shipping and handling would cost you alot so it would probably be better to get the same oils cheaper in the US. They have whipped butter which i think is better really I just bought the unrefined shea but looking back now I should have bought the whipped butter. People rave about Anita Grant products alot but I just find them ok, nothing exceptional. I also got her creamy caffe latte which I loved at first then later realised that her products dont have water in them which doent really make them moisturizing but instead more sealing. I think if her products had water in them then it would be better for moisturizing at the moment not. But then again thats just me. And my hair is just really moody and needs products with water to moisturize my hair.
  • sarahb1396sarahb1396 Posts: 169Registered Users
    Hey guys! Lovin this thread. i bought some coconut oil today from a new Indian groccery for $5. It says refined, bleached and deodorized. Would this still qualify as CG? It smells like nothing and tastes like nothing and is milky white colored.

    Also, Shea Butter. I found this online and it says it is unrefined shea butter but a review says it is white and odor-less. I heard unrefined is yellow... Is this still CG?

    Heres the comment.

    one of nature's best I've been using pure shea butter for several years now. This is the first product that is white with no scent. I miss the characteristic nutty scent of shea, but this one is very, very smooth. I use shea under my eyes morning and night, and on my lips. I also use it on my elderly dog who sometimes stumbles and occasionally gets abrasions. He can lick it and there is no toxicity, is mild, and best of all, effective.

    Any answers?
    ~3a, normal porosity, normal texture, med density:toothy9:~
    ~My hair loves aloe vera gel and honey!:love1:~

    ~Right now my fav products are KKKC and vo5
    ~Hair twins with curlcutie!!:blob3:~

    ~My Fotki! pw curlyswirly:read2:
«1