Q.Can Shea Butter Go Bad?
Shea butter has a shelf life of 12 to 24 months. After that, it can become rancid. It is however important to note that raw, unrefined shea butter hardly goes bad. This does not mean though that you should ignore the expiration date on your shea butter product package. So what exactly does the expiration date mean?
When experts say that shea butter cannot go bad, they refer to raw and unrefined shea butter. That is because when shea butter is raw and unrefined, it contains stable essential fatty acids. The fatty acids can remain intact for long under the right conditions. This increases shea butters shelf life and ensures it remains usable for years.
There is also the fact that shea butter is rich in naturally occurring antioxidants. These antioxidants act as natural preservatives. They include vitamins C, E and A. So apart from supplementing your overall health, the nutrients and other properties in sheer butter also play a vital role in sustaining sheer butter itself.
The bottom line here is, as long as your desired shea butter product is minimally processed, unrefined and well preserved it will not go bad. Its vitamins will also stay intact and prevent the shea butter from oxidation. Your best bet is to therefore read the directions for use on your sheer butter product and store it appropriately. Be sure to keep your shea butter product away from stagnant water. Water may not attract mold or even mildew on shea butter but it can make it impure and unfit for use. Be sure to also keep your shea butter product away from direct sunlight.