Q.Can Shea Butter Become Moldy?

Shea butter is one of the most commonly used cosmetic products in most countries. Part of its appeal stems from the fact that it is versatile; it can be used to make other cosmetics for skin, hair care and much more. If you have pure Shea butter at home, one question you might have is if there is a chance that it will go bad at some point.

Can Shea Butter Become Moldy?

Yes, Shea butter becomes moldy and molds in this type of butter is generally white. This is very hard to spot especially when the Shea butter is rather white than creamy in color. Buying a new jar of Shea butter will be required once mold has been spotted instead of just scraping the mold off from the mixture.

The simple answer to the question is that yes, Shea butter can become moldy. However, there are factors that will predispose it to being so, and it’s important for you to consider them if you want your Shea butter to last longer.

For mold to grow in any organic product, it needs moisture and warmth. Removing either of these from the equation means that your Shea butter is likely to stay fresh much longer, and it will also retain its effectiveness. Typically, people use Shea butter after either showering or washing their face. This means that when you take the Shea butter, you may end up depositing water droplets in the container. When the water stays there for long, it ends up encouraging mold growth.

Reducing this effect is as simple as using the Shea butter with dry hands, and also making sure that the container with the butter is stored in a cool and dry environment. This way, the spoilage will be delayed, and you can continue to enjoy the Shea butter for much longer. You can also read instructions on proper use and storage of the butter from the manufacturer for further advice on how to do this.