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    I purchased some shea butter today because everyone on this board was raving about it, so I wanted to start using it. I bought it off the streets for 5 bucks. I used a little on my skin and my skin is glowing so I'm pretty sure its real, but it smells so bad though, its not a horrible smell, but its pretty bad. Does shea butter smell? I mean the smell is making me gag. What should I do? I don't want to my hair smelling like this odor. So does anyone know what can I add to this to make it smell at least decent. Thanks.

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    it's probably real....i get mine off the street too.
    it has an smell...i don't think it's too bad, but from my experience...whipping shea butter w/a fragrance oil or essential oil masks the smell.

    just finished whipping some w/coconut oil...smells just like coconuts.

    for my second batch of the day....i am blending some shea butter w/some jojoba oil & carol's daughter tui oil...cuz i love the smell! i am sure that i will end up w/whipped shea butter that smells like the tui oil!

    you can use the search funtion to find out what other np ladies whip into their shea butter!

    happy mixing!

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    I agree it soudns liek the real deal. Shea butter tends to have a nutty smell. You can try mask it with essential oils like noted above. My favs are sandal wood, sweet orange, lavander.

    Also if you are worried about the quality or type of shea butter you can look at the colour.

    Raw or unrefined- extracted using water. The color ranges from like cream (similar to whipped butter) to grayish yellow, dark yellow. This is the original form of Shea Butter. The color of unrefined Shea Butter depends on the Shea nuts used.

    Refined- is more highly processed and has many of hair-good-for-you\" class=\"hrln\">its natural components still intact. Highly refined or processed- solvents are used to increase the yield (hexane is an example). The color is usually pure white.

    HTH

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    I'm having the same issue. it's not a horrible smell, but it's not the greatest. I mixed a little coconut oil & castor oil with it, but it still has that smell. I am going to put a little more oil in there. I'll let you know how it turned out.

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    i whipped up a batch containing 1/2 shea butter & 1/2 coconut oil.....i'm smelling nothing but coconuts.

    and btw....my mixture w/cd tui oil smells just heavenly!

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    and btw....my mixture w/cd tui oil smells just heavenly!...

    I don't think I put in enough. I thought putting that much oil in there might be too much. Plus, i don't use oil in my hair that often. I will try your recipe though. Thanks.

    What is cd tui oil?

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    What is cd tui oil?...

    the coco/shea mix turned out like a very very thick lotion....24 hrs later....it firmed up a bit....looks & feels just like country crock or "i can't believe it's not butter" .....it feels a bit greasy...but i mixed in some cornstarch to cut the oil a bit....exact measurements in my homemade album.

    carol's daughter tui oil.....it has a base of corn oil....i just really like the smell.

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    I found that when Shea is whipped the scent dissipates - something about incorporating air into the butter makes the scent fade. Just IMHO

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    I may have not done that enough also. Thanks for the info.

    I'll whip it...whip it good! (I know that's corny but I already typed it!)

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    My shea has a nutty smell but I always mix it with something to hide the smell.

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    Have any of you ever heard of green shea butter? This lady at my school sells it and I think it's phony.

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    I can say when i use shea butter that has a light colour to it, when mixed with coconut oil, no nutty smell but when using that golden yellow shea butter the smell is super strong and nothing takes it away, your have to mix EO to it.

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    Shea butter smell doesn't bother me much, but I have mixed mine with some honey and olive oil. This takes the smell away. Also I'm not sure which shea butter you're using, but the bright yellow shea butter has a much stronger scent. I believe this is the West Africa shea. The white shea doesn't have a strong scent.

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    I just did that this morning! I bit o'honey, olive oil, and shea butter. I've never done that before. I've been using shea butter for weeks but never thought of whipping it. It came out really well. I never had a bad smell problem though. I love the way it smells. Every batch I've ever had has smelled great. I don't buy it on the street. I get it from an African Market in the Bronx.
    I love putting honey on my skin. It gives me that really fly glow. Honey and aloe vera gel is the greatest.

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    If its making you gag, it may be too old. Shea butter does expire. My first batch was dark yellow but after about a year and a half it turned white and had a horrible smell. Kind of like burnt crisco. It was gross. It had to go. If yours kinda smells like crisco it may be too old.

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    my honey whips his shea butter, and you dont get that smell that a few people told me makes them sick. ask maibaby, i just sent her some of his shea butter

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    The smell of Shea Butter does'nt bother me. I use it on my skin sometimes. I hope people don't think I smell bad..lol

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    when you guys say she has a nutty smell..i cant imagine "nutty smell" meaning it stinks.. almond oil is nutty too and so is cocoa butter its a lil nutty under the chocolat smell..so what exactly dose shea smell like for thos eof us who hever never smelled it..also.. i read that if you come across green shea it is fake and mixed with bad stuff..and if it smells bad you shouldnt use it..i will go to the web site to find it so i can post it here.

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