The information provided comes as a result of a number informal experiments we conducted in order to determine the best way to eliminate grains from shea butter. We used only unrefined shea butter in our samples.
We have found that through the use of the methods described in the link below, we have been able to achieve and maintain a smooth textured shea butter in our line of pure shea butter spa products.
The texture of the shea butter is not much of a concern when making emulsions – lotions and creams that involve the use of water, oils and an emulsifier. The shea butter is melted with other oils in the oil phase and graininess is not an issue.
The texture of the shea butter becomes an issue when creating an oil based balm, salve or butter. Having a smooth textured product is important in creating an attractive finished product that will appeal to the customers’ sense of sight and touch.