Ah the age old question."What is the difference and which one is better?" Truth is, both will work just as well on the skin when it comes to healing and moisturizing. Some just have a preference over the other.

We came across a really interesting article on SheaButterLicious discussing the difference of yellow and white Shea Butter. Short, simple and to the point.

I am often asked what is the difference between Yellow or White Shea Butter, which is better yata yata... First Shea butter comes in those small nuts and the color is an off white or beige or ivory kind of color. They parboil the shea nuts and then it goes to a milling process. You can actually search for videos of women making the Shea butter in a more detailed process (Google or  Youtube). I am not going that far into the details just briefly to explain the yellow coloring.  So the yellow and white come from the same Shea Nuts but are processed differently. For the yellow shea butter, a root from the borututu tree is added in the milling process, and gives it that turmeric yellow color.  Some think palm oil is added to give it that yellow color but no palm oil is required to make yellow Shea butter, it goes through the same process as the white shea butter. Therefore they both have same qualities. FYI some African make a tea from the bark of the borututu tree that is said to help with liver functions.

So again, the yellow and white shea butter are from the same Karite Tree but are processed differently.  The Karite tree is grown in Central and Western Africa. Some people confuse Kpangnan African Butter with Shea Butter because it is also yellow.  You will find some vendors selling this butter under the name Yellow Shea Butter, most don't know the difference but some do, but will tell you it is the same because of the popularity of Shea Butter.  Kpangyan Butter is grown in Central Togo and is used for skin care.

Now Shea Butter also has different grades, Grade A is usually referred as the white unrefined 100% Raw Shea Butter it can be consumed and used in the cosmetic arena. It contains more Shea nuts than grade B Shea butter. Now Grade B Shea butter comes in white and yellow but has *less Shea nuts ( I know kind of hard to explain), it actually seems softer than grade A. Grade B shea butter can not be used for consumption only in cosmetics. * I think the meaning of less nuts is that through the process the Shea Butter Nuts get smaller. So that is what's meant by it has less Shea butter. Remember they parboil the nuts, let them dry, sort them, mill them, boil them, cover and let them sit again, so as the process goes on the butter balls get smaller.( Sorry trying to explain as simple as possible.)

Refined Shea Butter - cleaned, bleached, and deorderized - can not be used in cold process soap but can is usually added to cosmetics such as lotions and creams.
Unrefined Shea Butter - as it is smells nutty and is off whitish, can be used in cosmetics and cold process soap.

There is even Organic Shea Butter, this where some might disagree with me which is fine, I think that's a bunch of Hooplah. If its is 100% Raw Shea Butter then it is just the same quality as Organic, it is the same Karite tree. I feel its just another reason to charge you extra money."

-Original article from SheaButterLicious

So what do you think? Tell us what your experience with the two have been.

King Simon's Annual Customer Appreciation 
5 Dollar Health-O-Rama

Come meet and greet some of our alternative health Practitioner in our community.
If you want to overstand nature remedies from another level..bring yourself and your family to hear and learn from some of our great healers and teachers in the NY area. 

There will be:
Massage Therapy, Acupuncture Therapy, Sound & Crystal Therapy, Magnet Therapy, Herbalist, the Importance of Mid Wive & Doulas and much more at your service. 

Doors @ 3pm - 8pm and $5 Dollar before 5pm * $15 After 
(For additional Expenses)

Call 347.496.1022 or 718-858-4400 for info and directions

Enjoy an exceptional night with our community of talented artists, unique vendors, passionate supporters, and good timers for an evening of music, poetry, comedy, games, giveaways, and the unexpected!!
We make sure to give EVERYONE who wants it a chance to get on the mic.
Sign up starts at 7:00 and ends at 7:30. After that you can still sign up for the RAPID FIRE ROUND!!! You get 60 seconds to perform, and the audience has the power to decide who gets a time extension!!

Master of Ceremonies: Jashua Sa-Ra
Master of Melodies: DJ Hassan Shabazz
Masters of the Universe: the whole crowd

Complimentary refreshments (wine and non-alcholic beverages).
Chair Massage by Licensed Therapists
Gourmet Cuisine available for purchase (vegetarian also)

Admission: $5 - Your Cover helps fund the event
(Additional donations are greatly appreciated!!)

Vending: $25 (Call in advance to reserve your spot)

570 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 858-2234

BTWN Flatbush Ave. & Rockwell Pl.

TRAIN: 2,3,4,5 to NEVINS ST.

BUS: B25,B26, & B38 to FLATBUSH AVE.

Welcome to Caribbean Film Night at Nicholas Brooklyn. Here we have the opportunity to showcase different independent films from the Caribbean. Check out the films below.

The Cutlass
Darisha Beresford (T&T)
Narrative Short (2012)

Synopsis: After enduring a terrifying robbery, Joanna falls into the dangerous grasp of a sociopath, and is taken into the depths of the secluded jungle. She finds herself isolated in a world of natural beauty as she musters the courage to emotionally battle the unsettled mind of her kidnapper. Inspired by a true story, THE CUTLASS slices a path through the vines of intellect and delusion to explore the depths of mental strength, unforeseen sympathy, internal freedom and the human spirit.

What we’ll be showing is an 8 min promotional short the filmmakers created to help spread the word about the feature, in an effort to help raise funds. Watch the trailer for the short here: http://youtu.be/M8RRMOf5jiw.

Shaun Escayg (T&T)

Synopsis: Two homeless cousins desperately try to survive the streets of Port-Of Spain Trinidad. Thieves, by street credit, they routinely hunt the local market in search of unsuspecting shoppers but times are getting harder and the pickings slim. Will fortune favor the brave? Or will their desperate actions lead to their demise.

This is one of our favorite films and we’re screening it one more time this year. Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/kASMgCSKaI4.

A Hand Full of Dirt
by Russel Watson (Barbados)
Narrative Feature (2011)

Synopsis: Archie Redman is a middle-aged man burdened by the weight of an unfulfilled life. He lives on a beautiful island; the kind of place people dream of visiting, but this brings him no comfort. He rises reluctantly each day to face a large, empty house, his wife having left him and his only son away at university. His sole daily destination is the shabby office at his failing hotel, where he is greeted by piles of bills and bank notices. Thousands of miles away, Archie’s son Jay faces worries of his own. He is stuck in immigration limbo, essentially penniless in a cold, unforgiving city but unable to legally work until his father pays off his substantial debt with the school. Still, he looks for a job, hoping against all hope that his father will come up with the cash in time to resolve things before he is forced to leave the country. As the year ends and the holiday season arrives, Archie and Jay will find the walls closing in on them. Both will face increasing challenges. Pressures will rise to boiling point. The key to their salvation seems to lie with one man, family patriarch Ben Redman, and his plot of hard-won plantation land. A HAND FULL OF DIRT tells the story of what happens when each of these men is faced with the choice of securing his own future or repeating the betrayals of the family’s past.

Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/6dqPOgIQXVw.

Come out and join us!!
Nicholas Brooklyn in association with Anu Rock & Metal jewelry presents a Holiday Art and Jewelry Gallery Showcase.
December 12th, Thursday
2pm to 9 pm

DJs. Food. And wine!
Nicholas Brooklyn
570 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 858-4400

Nkrumah Jennings - Anu Rock & Metal jewelry
Jenique Belle - Crush Groove Cosmetics
Kufunya Ife - Crystals4 Everyday Living
Baba Osagefu - Timbuk2 Art Colony