East African Shea Butter Vs. West African Shea Butter

How East African Shea Butter differs from its West African counterpart? As you would expect, there are a number of different types of raw African Shea Butter found in the market and the East African Shea Butter is supposedly quite different from that found in the Western parts of Africa.

Thus, when you hear the term vitellaria paradoxa you should immediately associate this name with West African Shea Butter and more precisely with countries such as Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and such type of African Shea Butter is first processed in Europe before being sent onward to the US.

Uganda And Sudan

On the other hand, the term vitellaria nilotica refers to East African Shea Butter and you should then be sure that it comes from countries such as Uganda and Sudan and check to see whether that Shea Butter is pale in color and its consistency should be creamy.

In addition, quite unlike the West African sheabutter, the East African sheabutter -– sometimes called Uganda Shea Butter or Nilotica Shea Butter — has an aroma of nuts and this aroma is certainly very pleasant and the Shea Butter is also soft as well as has a texture that can best be described as creamy and thus lends it to being spread much more easily and it also melts quite readily.

However, a problem with obtaining East African sheabutter is that there is turmoil in countries such as Sudan and Uganda which makes for non-availability of the East African sheabutter.

Wholesale Shea Butter

When you compare the East African sheabutter with that from the Western parts of Africa you will find that though they may look similar in their color, the East African sheabutter is not like the West African sheabutter which is firm and which also has gritty texture and which can even melt with hand friction (which is not all that much different to East African sheabutter).

Also, the West African Sheabutter is most commonly called butyrospermum parkii and another feature of the West African Shea Butter is its ready availability and lower cost.

Once the present problems that are affecting the East African countries of Sudan and to a lesser extent Uganda settle down, it should be much easier for the Shea Butter companies to source your Organic Unrefined Nilotica East African Shea Butter from there and thus you will not have to pay extra for them though some suppliers do have direct contacts in these countries and thus can get a supply though it still is not enough to meet the demand for it.

Till then, you may even have to put up with using the West African Shea Butter variety.

African Shea Butter