Shea butter: Tips to prevent hardening

Learn to keep Shea butter fresh and soft

Shea Butter is a great natural moisturiser that can prevent dry skin. It is very versatile and can be used in various ways, from hair care, nail care to skincare. Shea butter helps to maintain the natural oils in your body. It is high in Vitamin A and E, which help regenerate skin cells. Shea butter can be beneficial to those with dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or other skin conditions. It also smoothes wrinkles and fine lines. There are various reasons why your Shea butter is getting hard. Shea butter is sensitive to changes in temperature. It hardens in colder temperatures and softens in warms temperatures.  It can also become hard when it comes into contact with air or if it is old / left unused for a long time. 

This blog post will provide you with tips to store Shea butter properly to keep it fresher and softer for longer and stop it hardening.

Raw Shea Butter

Keep your shea butter sealed tight

To keep Shea butter fresh and prevent it from hardening, store it in an airtight container or bag, so it doesn't come in contact with oxygen.

Keep your shea butter out of sunlight

The sun will harden the butter and make it less pliable. If you want to keep the same consistency, store in a cool place without direct light exposure.

Mix with other natural oils

Adding a few drops of other natural oils such as coconut oil, almond oil, and olive oil can help stop your Shea butter from hardening. Mix in a few drops of liquid coconut oil, avocado oil, or the natural oil of your choice with your Shea butter. In addition to keeping your Shea butter fresh and soft, the oil makes it more pliable and easier to work with. We advise not to add too much oil because the butter may become gloopy.

Shea Bliss Natural Unrefined Shea butter
Lubricate with a bit of olive oil

You can add olive oil to your Shea butter by either using your finger or a brush. Rub the olive oil over the top of your shea butter. The olive oil will help prevent hardening.

Handle with care

Be gentle when handling. This is probably self-explanatory; handle your Shea butter with care will prevent it from hardening.


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