Shea Butter Fractionation

Butter is made up of fatty acid and their glycerides, plus a characteristically high proportion of unsaponifiable matter. Unlike cocoa butter, shea butter contains a high proportion of di-and tri-unsaturated glycerides, which give it the softer consistency. The heavier carbon molecules (stearic and oleic acid) dominate which result in a high melting point of 37.8 degree C.

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