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Quick question about shea butter
  • exodusexodus
    Posts: 43
    Hello folks, 

    Recently I purchased some 100% unrefined shea butter but the webshop I ordered it from messed up and sent me a different product. 
    This are the ingredients of the product I received:
    60% Unrefined Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) 
    10% Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) 
    10% Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis oil) 
    10% Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) 
    10% Vitamin E (Tocopherol).

    So here is my question. Is it save to use this as lube? Or should one strictly only use 100% unrefined shea butter?
    Personally I don't think this can do any harm but I'd like to hear the opinion from the 'experts' on this forum. :P
    Thanks in advance.
  • Exodus, nothing in the product is unsafe for the intended use but it may not keep you lubricated as long as pure shea butter cream. But I'm not a expert.
  • devajonesdevajones
    Posts: 157
    @exodus The reason %100 shea butter is recommended is so that you dont get some cosmetic grade stuff that could possibly have other chemicals.  Shea butter is used in lots of cosmetic and hair products.  However what you have listed above is ok.  All of those are good as a matter of fact since you got cocoa butter in it it probably will last longer inside you not being absorbed as fast (longer molecular chain...blah blah blah wont bore you with the chemistry stuff).  However...you did not say if those are unrefined ingredients or not.  The refining process can be a chemical one which degrades the quality of the product and or leaves trace chemicals.  If the product you have is simply those mixed together and they are all unrefined I would say go for it.  If not make them give you what you asked for.
  • MattpMattp
    Posts: 88
    Thanks @devajones - you're the best
  • rookrook
    Posts: 1,716
    An OK thing for the women in this Forum.. Perhaps not so good for those who own a Prostate gland.

    Here's a negative cut on intentionally consuming Topopherols which act in the body's  cells in a manner similar to Vitamin E from non-enriched food sources.   <  http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/ss03/vitamine.html  >

    Both my Pri-care physician and my Retina specialist emphasize restricting my Vitamin E (oral) intake to that I get from raw foods.  When a processed food that I desire is only available with Topopherol, they advise that I search for the brand with the smallest amount of this additive.

    Background:  The Male genetic linage of my family is heavily populated by men who died from the complications of prostate cancer, typically migrating from the prostate to bone in the lower spine (painful) thence to the Liver (fatal).  Most were dead before age 78.  This statistic caught my eye late in the last millennium just as the "anti-oxidant craze" was rampant. 

    At the suggestion of a friend I enrolled in the National Institute of Health's SELECT trial.  This was a four-way, double-blind study with thousands of enrolled men.  I was assigned to a nearby clinic and started my dosing in 2005.  It was designed to look at Prostate Cancer rates in males taking Selenium or Vitamin-E,  Three non-placebo groups took Selenium and/or Vitamin-E.  A description of this trial is on the NCI/NIH website:  < http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/qa/2008/selectqa >.

    In 2008 I received a phone-call from the local clinic advising me to cease taking the supplements and, if convenient to return my remaining supply of the Select supplements.   Three years ago I learned why.

    Considering that our overall risk of developing Prostate Cancer was increased substantially by Vitamin E as well as by the Selenium I feel that the risks of this supplementation outweigh the benefits.

    About three years ago this Forum had a thread (iirc started by @Ten_s_Nut) which addressed this issue.

    Keep in mind that the Topopherol(s) in the study were taken orally and subjected to the digestive process.  So, anal administration might not result in the hazard identified in the SELECT study.  Also keep in mind that I'm not trained in Medical or Dietary disciplines.
  • exodusexodus
    Posts: 43
    Thank you all for your responses, I greatly appreciate it!

    Thanks for the explanation. Unfortunately I don't know whether the remaining 40% ingredients of this 'shea butter' has been produced in an unrefined way. However the (Dutch) webshop claims that it doesn't contain any mineral oil, sulfates, parabens and/or synthetic dyes. 

    Interesting story. I like your scientific approach. Thank you for sharing. Now I'm not trained in any of those professions either but I'm wondering whether such a complex molecule as Vitamin E can pass through the membrane of the rectum. 


    Anyhow I think I'm going to play it safe and just get the 100% unrefined shea butter...
  • Love_isLove_is
    Posts: 1,778
    @exodus

    If it is refined such that there nasty and toxic chemicals leftover in the this, or there is anything incompatible with your body, you will know it by having a burning sensation when you put it in you. I got this with a supposedly unrefined 100% shea butter from Alaffia. Burned like crazy inside of me! I should have known because the smell had a tinge of strong chemicals and did not smell like the shea butter I normally use which is the Now Foods/Solutions brand.