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    so... i had a booth at an african art festival this past weekend and i meet this guy from senegal who can sell me 50 lbs of shea butter for $120.00 -- i was thinking about getting some and putting it in containers to sell--but i was wondering , can i use synthetic or essential oils to scent it?

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    No sythentic. Definitely Essential Oils...and by doing that I would also recommend getting a book on essential oils to see which ones work well with the others. There are some scents that over power, while there are others that just mesh well. And by doing that you can also create themes.

    Like this one....2 drops sandalwood, 2 drops patchouli, 1 drop vanilla, and 1 drop lavender and call it something like, Nubian Nights or get kind of creative with writing and call it Nubian Knights.....

    Something like that. But essential oils and be sure to do studies on what essential oils your picking. There are several cousins to one family, like Sandalwood has 2 or 3, and there is one that is the proper essential oil, yet there is one on the market that is sold cheaper and found to be extremely crude.

    Lastly if I were to create some shea butter creams I would recommend heating it up before adding the essential oil drops, and it would be cool to maybe add some other oils to it, to make extra conditioning and nourishing, or maybe have the product double as a hot oil treatment...or whatever...

    You have my creative juices flowing. Me and a mate are starting a business and all these things are involved, so we've been working on proposals.

    Anyway I hope this helps you. If you have any more questions I'd be glad to help you.

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    so... i had a booth at an african art...

    Please watch out for these folks who are trying to make a quick dollar off of shea butter b/c of it's popularity. Shea butter is not expensive at all. I buy it in Nigeria all the time. I bring my old jar of BnS creamy set jars and each one of them cost the US equivalent of 25 cents a jar. I don't know why people are charging sooo much.

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    Actually I think I know why it is so expensive.

    My friend is from Nigeria and she also paid cheap, but to bring something like that over through customs is not something is easy. Especially coming through in the amount that it is. Usually by huge amounts. And from what I gather it's not that easy to produce in the mass amount it is, unlike cocoa butter.

    Anyway you know what, I've heard of it costing that much, and the companies have been legit. Yet I do agree you should shop around, because you probably could get a much better deal.

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    No sythentic. Definitely Essential Oils...and by doing that I...

    umpheart: When you say synthetic, do you mean Fragrance oils? If so, why can't f.o.'s be used?

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    i feel u should add carrot oil to it and wooo it will smell so damn good.

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    Lastly if I were to create some shea butter...

    Get outta my head

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    umpheart: When you say synthetic, do you mean Fragrance oils?*...

    Fragrance oils (synthetic fragrances) can be used, but you really don't want to mess up Mother Nature's wonderful shea butter by using synthetic fragrances. Using essential oils will give you the benefits of those oils (that's why RileysMama55 suggested you research the essential oils to come up with a good blend) along with the benefits of the shea butter. Plus it keeps your cream all natural.

    -- Diamonique

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    Diamonique, actually answered it for me. The reason for not adding synthetic fragrances, mainly because of the reactive properties, especially man made unstable ones that combine with the shea butter.

    But this is something I'm not sure about. But I wouldn't do it. I don't know effects of the synthetic fragrances and also possible allergic reactions to the skin by the human body. People have found themselves to be allergic to Essential oils, but at the same time, you can read which ones usually cause reactions. And I also know that essential oils are used for therapeutic purposes and also used in massage where it is taken in directly by the body through the skin.

    Which is something I find more welcoming than the sythetic ones. And if your planning on selling it to people, I'd take these into consideration. Or just do some preliminary study on the effects of essential oils vs. fragrance.

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    Which is something I find more welcoming than the...

    The thing is that with fragrance oils, there's no way to know what chemicals were used to make them. They are created solely for the scent, and they are various combinations of chemicals and oils. Each manufacturer has its own formulas, and there's just no way to know. With essential oils you know what you have (assuming you're buying from a reputable company), and you can select your oils according to how they blend for scent or how they blend for the skin care or hair care benefits.

    -- Diamonique

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    thanks so much for the help ya'll....i can't wait to start playing!! :P

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    thanks so much for the help ya'll....i can't wait...

    And another one bites the dust!

    That's how I got started... just playin' around makin' stuff for myself. I got hooked real fast.

    Now I've got a web store selling soaps, whipped shea butter, and lip balms. Soon I'll be adding hair moisturizers.

    -- Diamonique

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    umpheart: When you say synthetic, do you mean Fragrance oils?à‚*...

    Fragrance oils (synthetic fragrances) can be used, but you really don't want to mess up Mother Nature's wonderful shea butter by using synthetic fragrances. Using essential oils will give you the benefits of those oils (that's why gloriagr suggested you research the essential oils to come up with a good blend) along with the benefits of the shea butter. Plus it keeps your cream all natural.

    -- Diamonique
    In what ways will shea butter be messed up by using f.o.'s?

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    Diamonique, actually answered it for me. The reason for...

    Unless you are very familiar with the various uses of e.o.'s, these oils can be quite dangerous to use within homemade products. That in itself is something one needs to seriously consider before creating a product and selling it to consumers. umpheart:

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    Hence I say do the preliminary study or reading up of the subject.

    But with EO's most herbal books, or those focusing on Essential oils will tell you the negative effects of each EO, and also tell you most likely application, not to mention if they cause any allergens.

    All in all, EOs don't usually cause these problems unless of course they have a nutty background, or diluted with a nutty oil, such as almond and peanut. Usually I've read that it's the diluting oil that causes an allergic reaction when combined with the EO. But the EOs themselves are used in Therapeutic medicine.

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    Hence I say do the preliminary study or reading up...

    Exactly! That's why I always recommend that people grab a couple of books on aromatherapy and herbalism before they start experimenting with these things.

    Here's a link to my Book Nook where you can find several books that are great for beginners. They'll give you a good foundation to work with.

    http://mywebpages.comcast.net/diamonique/l...itup/books.html

    -- Diamonique

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    Lastly if I were to create some shea butter...

    Get outta my head
    okay...so i went ahead and got the 50 lbs of shea butter ( whoo!! if this don't work, i'm gonna be greased up for the rest of my life!! :P ) i took a little bit and heated it up in the microwave--and when it cooled off and got back solid again, it wasn't as creamy......what happened? did i nuke it too long? all of it did't liquidfy , i just stirred it until it all melted.

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    Quote: Aug 18 2003, 08:15 PM Lastly if I were...

    okay...so i went ahead and got the 50 lbs of shea butter ( whoo!! if this don't work, i'm gonna be greased up for the rest of my life!! :P ) i took a little bit and heated it up in the microwave--and when it cooled off and got back solid again, it wasn't as creamy......what happened? did i nuke it too long? all of it did't liquidfy , i just stirred it until it all melted.
    A recommendation for you, don't microwave the shea butter. I tried that one time and the results were not favorable. This is what I do to melt my shea. I place it in a plastic container (more than likely the one that it's going to stay in for storage). I boil some water and when it comes to a boil I let the container sit inside of it. It melts pretty quickly, you can then add whatever essential oil you'd like to the mix (I use it straight). Once it solidifies it will be nice and creamy. HTH.

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    Quote:Originally posted by SaraC Aug 20 2003, 05:01 PM Quote:Quote: Aug 18...


    Get outta my head

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    What she said .

    Usually I nuke the shea but now I will try boiling it thank you
    very much for the valuable tip.

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    Fragrance Oils mess of the properties of shea butter by interferring with the chemicals that make shea butter work. It all depends on how the FO was made and what it is made with etc. you are better off just using an EO but you have to be careful with EO cause they are not supposed to be used in high quantities and some can be dangerous for people. it would be a good idea to get a book on EO's

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