This is refined. L'occitane uses refined shea butter. I've got this info from questioning directly to L'occitane's customer support.
Since refined shea butter has less benefits, L'occitane does not claim anything about their shea butter other than moisturization.
Raw shea butter is easily found in the internet. But, even though raw shea butter is more benefitial, it won't be easy to use because of the funky odor it has.
Since they don't specify it as raw/unrefined, it is probably refined shea butter. It is still good quality, however unrefined shea butter has more vitamins and healing agents that aren't taken away in the refining process. You can buy 100% pure, raw, unrefined shea butter from the brand Out of Africa for about $15. Hope this helps!
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
I have used unrefined shea butter and it has a very strong smell and it normally yellowish/orange (which can stain your clothing). I imagine this one has been refined, but it is just as effective (at least this has been my experience) as the unrefined products. It is, however, much more costly!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
There are various grades of Shea Butter available on the market. During the shea butter 'making' process, crushed shea fruit kernels are made into a paste and boiled. The natural oils rise to the top. These oils are skimmed off the top and cooled. This is shea butter. It will have a very short shelf life and most likely have a slightly rancid smell. It will also have some color, ranging from pale brown to pale yellow. it may be very hard in texture and also be slightly grainy or have small particles. This shea butter, often referred to as 'raw', is not necessarily LESS effective than, say, L'Occitane shea butter. That said, a pale brown, hard, rancid-smelling butter is not going to sell on the western market. So the oil that is skimmed is re-boiled, or purified, as many as 5-6 times. Each time, the oil (butter) becomes cleaner and clearer in fragrance, texture and color. This shea butter is often referred to as 'processed' shea butter and, due to it's purity, has a longer shelf-life (about 2 years).
I hope this helps!
If you want to know more, look at the L'Occitane website or search for sites not affiliated with a particular brand who may be able to provide you with more information!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
On the can it is described as 100% pure Organic Shea Butter.
It is somewhat smoother feeling than some pure Shea Butter I have purchased. This is definately my favorite. It feels nice on and it is not scented. A little goes a long way. Makes my heels feel and look smooth.
Stops the winter itch on my legs.
The can is dated so you can tell if it is fresh. If out of date send it back.
I have never received it out of date.
I hope this is helpful to you.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
(Deer Park, Texas)
The product packaging doen't indicate if the shea butter is refined or not, however it is "100% pure". I would guess it has to be processed in some way. It's got a very waxy feel - you have to scrape it off with a fingernail. And it doesn't have a fragrance added - it has an odd smell (at least, too me). You could probably visit a regular L'Occitane retail store to get an answer - there might be one near where you live (there happens to be one in my hometown of Thousand Oaks CA).
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
(Thousand Oaks, CA)