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Shea Butter

In 2004, Vermont Soap Founder and CEO Larry Plesent did a survey of shea butter extraction techniques and marketing methods in Upper Guinea for USAID. He met, and talked with hundreds of people. Every once in a while he would spot a person who looked younger than everyone else. It was hard to place their age. When he singled out these people and asked if they rubbed shea butter into their skin, they would often hesitate and blush – it was their secret! Fresh shea butter made by traditional methods is full of all kinds of botanical goodies like allantoin (found in aloe and comfrey), and circuminoids (anti-cancer compounds found in cumin) and catechins. We recommend applying shea butter at night, so it has time to soak into the skin. Use as lip balm, ointment, salve base, soap additive, and more. Continued…


Useful for burns, all dry and irritated skin conditions (except for Poison Ivy, Oak etc., which contain irritating oils that need to be removed with Tea Tree Castile Liquid Soap). Recommended for wrinkle smoothing and prevention, and for the treatment of sun damaged skin. After much trial and tribulations, not to mention innumerable delays, we have established a reliable supply chain from Northern Ghana. This is completely natural, unrefined “raw” shea butter and carries USDA NOP organic certification. This shea butter was produced under the direct supervision of Dr. Lovett PhD., and was processed in the villages in a manner that gives the shea butter extra long shelf life. We do not know the exact shelf life of the product, but we do expect it to be at least double that of market quality shea. We also use a proprietary process to remove the naturally occurring latex, and are the exclusive source for shea butter of this type. To learn more about Vermont Soap in Africa and shea butter – click here.

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  1. I’m hooked

    So I did a test. 1 side of my face with this Shea butter and the other with Cocoluscious. I like both. Cocoluscious comes out of the jar easier and smells wonderful. They both absorb quickly. What I’ve found is the Shea butter appears to reduce the depth of wrinkles causing my face to look smoother when examined with a bright light. I use the Shea in the morning and my face still feels nourished at the end of the day. In extreme cold I have applied Green Gold as an additional layer. I am in my 60’s and have found I need richer moisturizer than I used to. Cocoluscious may be better in the heat of summer. Will see.

    Louise from Michigan

  2. authentic and from the source!

    Love this shea butter. Love the info you offer on your site and your abundant knowledge of your products is why I purchased from you in the first place and why I continue to look to you for quality products. Thank you! I love your shea butter, it is pure clean and fabulous. I feel like it is authentic and from the source!

    Stephanie from Hot Springs, SD

  3. Ultimate healing balm

    After years of being pulled into the skincare vortex, it’s amazing that something so simple and affordable turns-out to be the ultimate skincare product. I’ve bought the big tub of shea in the past and scooped smaller amounts out into a container for daily use. This comes out like a dense, rolling paste but it’s not greasy and gooey; it’s sort of the texture of concealer, without all the gunk. And it feels like someone is wrapping you in a warm, healing blanket once you smooth it over your skin. I’ve had acne go away, burns healed, my complexion made even and smooth and the shea gives my skin this poreless, even sheen that doesn’t look oily. I’ll never wear make-up again! I can’t rave enough about this product. But if you have a latex allergy, consider that you may a reaction to raw shea. If you don’t, you’ll never need another moisturizing/anti-aging/cover-up than this.

    Ana from Connecticut

  4. Love, love, love this shea butter

    We love, love, love this shea butter–its quality is FAR above any other we’ve ever purchased. (We’ve purchased many different brands over the years.) We make out own lip balms and hand creams and use this exclusively. It is very soothing to my extremely sensitive skin. I love that it comes in this bulk size.

    Maddy from USA

  5. One of my favorite products

    I have been using Organic Shea Butter for quite some time now and it is one of my favorite products from Vermont Soap. Before I shower I heat up water in my microwave then place a container with some of the product in it and put it the hot water. By the time I am finished showering the product is melted. I spread it over my entire body…makes my skin so soft. Absolutely love the feeling. Of course you do not have to go through this procedure to use it, this is just the way I like to use it, especially after I have been at the beach all day. I live on Cape Cod right near all the beaches so spend a lot of time in the sun. This product is a must for me.

    Gale Roberti from South Yarmouth, Ma

  6. Amazing!

    I bought this tiny pot of shea butter at the Big E in W. Spfld, MA because I forgot my lip balm at home. It works great as a lip balm but I especially love it as a cuticle conditioner. It moisturizes, softens and heals the dry skin. It’s amazing stuff!

    Judy from Palmer, MA

  7. Wonderful Stuff!

    The quality and consistency of Vermont Soap’s shea butter is better than any other I have found. This size is especially convenient to keep in your purse as an alternative to lip balm. I would really appreciate it if you guys would consider putting your shea butter into lip balm tubes so that it would be possible to apply the product without getting it all over my fingers. Now that would be a superb product! Keep up the great work!

    Danielle from Tulsa, OK

  8. Shea Butter Review

    I actually tried the 2 oz tin from amazon just to sample Vermont Soap’s shea butter to see what all the fuss was about. This is the best shea butter I have tried! It really feels soothing, like arnica or something, covering your skin as a moisturizer and barrier of well being. I have used a lot of shea butters, and was experimenting which would be best for my new body care business. Other butters were good, but often greasy, a bit grainy and didn’t feel “clean” like this one. It is still rich and dense like traditional shea butter, that kind of pulls at your skin when you apply, but it absorbs so nicely when used very sparingly. It is super smooth and feels clean and soothing on the skin. Also, I have breakouts sometimes and this is the only shea butter that helps, others make it worse. I use it with a bit of Tamanu oil and it helps soothe & heal breakouts and irritation on my face. This is also the only shea butter that has not irritated my skin. I ran out of my tin, and ordered a huge 44 lb box for my business! It comes Saturday and I am looking forward to getting my shea butter for my new business and my new beauty ritual 🙂 try it and you won’t be disappointed, give it a week or so for your skin to adjust to this rich natural product. Use a pea sized amount at a time melted in your palms and patted over a large area of skin, then massage it in. It absorbs much faster this way, to where I can put my clothes on in the morning right away, rather than wait all night for it to absorb. The key is to use very little over a large area, and you can use it like an everyday lotion!

    Jenny from Shasta, California

  9. Great product, I want more NOW!

    I just returned from Vermont Outdoor Woman’s Doe Camp, where this travel size shea butter was included in our welcome packets. It is such a wonderful product that I had to come right on this site and buy a larger size immediately, and I have only been home 2 hours. I have been using another shea butter brand on my face before bed for several years. It makes my face look younger, managing fine lines and discolorations. The Vermont brand spreads more easily. I want more NOW!

    Emmie from Henniker, NH

  10. Excellent products

    I just receive the package yesterday. It takes more than two weeks to arrive Hong Kong and i have bought over US$180 different kinds of products. I just tried this Shea Butter,I found the products that can help ease my little one ‘s Eczema after one day use. I am going to order more even the shipping rate is extremely high to ship to Hong Kong. Thanks Vermont. All Vermont products smells good and give relaxing feeling.

    Charisse Cheng from Hong Kong

  11. Addicted!

    So I am absolutely in love with this buddah! I was expecting it to be more mushy, but it’s rather solid, slightly more so than your general Chapstick. Luxuriously smooth, and absorbs quickly. Makes my fingernails shine as if they were freshly buffed. Have been using it on my feet for about 5 days now and notice a significant softening of heels. Scent is natural… Hard to describe but pleasant and soft. However, I am a little upset that I paid $18!! Why the decrease in price less than a week later?! 4 stars for that, but product gets a 5!!!

    Ashley K from Chicago, IL

  12. Awesome!!!

    I used my Bubble Bucks to get a sample of the shea butter. It is very nice. It’s firm, not too hard. It is very soothing.

    Shelly from Ohio

  13. Love this

    I love this Shea butter, I have being buying it for years.


  14. Love it

    I’ve been using this for a few weeks on my face. I have really dry skin and regular moisturizers irritate my skin. I lovebirds this and it is really moisturizing!

    Olive from Chelsea Vermont

  15. So happy with this!

    I was a fan of a different brand of shea butter for years before they switched to wholesale orders only, no longer to the public. By that point I’d been using VSW’s bar soaps and cleaners for a while and decided to try their shea butter too–and I like it even better! It’s creamier and easier to use. It’s my favorite moisturizer, especially in wintertime. The only thing I miss about my old brand is the container. Their flat tins were easier to pack the VSW’s little jars, and when I scoop into the jars, I sometimes get shea butter under my nails, which aren’t very long.

    Shea fan from Metro DC