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Copyright:  Feb 18, 2012

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In NUTS ABOUT SHEA BUTTER the reader will discover shea butter's benefits, its numerous applications, and how to get optimal use from this healthy and natural nut fat.

 In NUTS ABOUT SHEA BUTTER the reader will discover shea butter's benefits, its numerous applications, and how to get optimal use from this healthy and natural nut fat. Learn about the differences between East African and West African shea butter. What is the right kind of shea butter for your needs? Various types of shea butter and shea oil are described in this cutting edge e-book.

Used in African countries for centuries, shea butter has been an ingredient in medicines for the preparation of skin ointments, and to treat inflammation, sunburn, chapping, rashes and more. Written for the consumer and the bath & body products crafter, NUTS ABOUT SHEA BUTTER contains fascinating facts and effective explanations. Shea butter is an ancient African beauty secret that is becoming more popular everywhere.

This new edition includes several color photos, more varieties of shea butter, interviews with shea butter suppliers and additional shea butter resources.

The author has worked with shea butter for more than a decade and named her company after this star ingredient.

The shelf life of shea butter is 1-2 years. You'll know when shea butter goes bad as it smells rancid. I've never kept any for so long that it looked different, just smelled unpleasant. When I was selling shea butter, I marked each container and always kept it as close to the one year range as possible.

Shea butter isn't a dairy product that needs to be kept in the refrigerator. The best ambient temperature to store shea butter is 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. [20 to 23.9 Celsius.] Lower temperatures may cause the shea butter to get grainy. This doesn't harm the product, but not everyone enjoys rubbing on a gritty textured product even though it melts rapidly when applied. To prevent shea butter from getting grainy, always keep it away from sunlight or heat sources; it's best to store it in a dark, cool place. You don't want to warm up the shea butter so it'll melt and then resolidify into grainy shea. Keep your shea butter in a heavy duty plastic or glass storage container. Store in a pantry or a closet but avoid keeping in your bathroom where it can become very humid. However, you can store shea butter in a bathroom where a tub or shower isn’t used or there are no bathing facilities.

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Good information, needed slightly better organization & pics
The information in this book is researched well and presented in understandable everyday terms. Each type of unique Shea butter is covered with detailed information that was presented in an interesting way, not just a bulleted list of facts. The tips about shelf life, storage and shipping would be helpful for anyone wanting to stock large quantities of Shea butter. There is a recipe for a melt & pour soap using Shea butter, no cold process recipe though. The supplier's links at the back of the book will be of use to anyone wanting to find quality Shea butters and oils.

I am taking away half a star, because I believe some of the chapters should be rearranged, and combined under broader chapter headings. Many of the chapters are less than a page each and I think belonged together. The other half star was lost because this book is a case for photos. I know color will not come through on a Kindle, but texture will. I love looking at pictures of butters, and seeing the different consistencies and uses would have been a bonus to this book.

There are no major inconsistencies or errors in the book, and I found it a nice reminder about all things Shea.

NOTE: This review is for the 1st edition. The 2nd edition contains several color photos!

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