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Difference Between White and Yellow Shea Butter

White vs Yellow Shea Butter

Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from nut of Shea tree. Shea butter is useful in many ways. It is often used in cosmetics, lotions and other products. It is also used in the chocolate industry as an alternative to coco butter.

Shea butter has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties and as such it is considered best for ageing. The extract also helps against sunburn.

White and yellow shea butter has almost the same properties. The main difference between the two is in their colour. The white shea butter comes in white colour whereas yellow shea butter comes in bright yellow colour.

White shea butter can be said to be refined shea butter and the yellow one are the natural or unrefined shea butters. As the yellow shea butter is natural, it has an earthy smell, which most of the people do not like. On the other hand, white shea butter comes without any smell.

When comparing the nutrient, the yellow shea butter has more nutrients packed in them. This is because some of the nutrients in white shea butter are lost at some stage in the refining process. In vitamins also, the yellow shea butter is better than the white shea butter. Yellow shea butter has more healing properties than the white shea butter. Most of the healing properties of white shea butter get lost during the process. White shea butter is, however, more used in the cosmetic industry.

Summary

  1. Shea butter has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties and as such it is considered best for ageing. The extract also helps against sunburn.
  2. The white shea butter comes in white colour whereas yellow shea butter comes in bright yellow colour.
  3. White shea butter is, however, more used in the cosmetic industry.
  4. White shea butter can be said to be refined shea butter and the yellow one are the natural or unrefined shea butters.
  5. Yellow shea butter has an earthy smell whereas white shea butter comes without any smell.
  6. Yellow shea butter has more nutrients packed in them than the white shea butter. The nutrients in white shea butter are lost at some stage of the refining process.
  7. When comparing the Vitamin content in both the shea butters, yellow shea butter is better than the white shea butter.
  8. Yellow shea butter has more healing properties than the white shea butter.

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  1. Not all white shea butter is refined. The colors differ because the shea comes from different regions in Africa.

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