Raw Shea Butter comes from a nut.
Ideally it is extracted by sun drying and using a cold pressing process.
However it is also sometimes extracted using a chemical process - which makes it even harder to determine if it is completely natural, as the natural product has been chemically contaminated.
The color can range from an ivory white to a light yellow or tan.
When purchasing it raw and plain, it should never be a bright golden color, because this generally indicates oils have been added for preservatives.
It should have smoked wood or nutty scent.
If it has been chemically processed it may have first been extracted using solvents, then chemically bleached and deodorized, and lastly, had synthetic preservatives added such as butylated hydroxyanisole or butylated hydroxytoluene!!!
WHAT ABOUT ORGANIC?
Using an organic product should protect you against chemically extracted products. And the best protection is to find a brand that is Certified Organic.
This is because sometimes it is processed in a plant or factory that is also used for chemical processing. With a Certified Organic product it is much more likely that the plant and product have been inspected and tested.
This goes for almost all products you purchase - just because it is natural does not mean it has not been handled badly!
Many people enjoy it because it is non-greasy and provides a layer over the skin protecting it from harsh elements like UV rays, radiation and herbicides.
Here are some links to Natural Skincare Recipes.
You can use these Recipes to make your own moisturizing skincare products, from cleansing bars to lotions, and the treatment of Stretch Marks.
This is a really versatile natural ingredient.
Special Note: I use Amazon online to purchase ready to go products so I can maintain my natural skin care regime at all times, e.g travelling, working long hours, unable to get to the store... It is a good alternative without compromising my ideals.