...enter Djibi. This guy is a mad man, he can do anything, case in point he taught me how to process my karite for my hair.
First you take the hunk of karite, or shea butter, that you got from the market for 500 cfa ($1USD) and melt it. This is really important because it STINKS. It's better if you do this in your outdoor kitchen (because Oregon is full of these, right?).
You want to heat it until all the bubbles disapear, like the little brown spot in the middle of the pan.
Once it's all clear, you pour it into a heat safe container. Note: old pickle jars and the such don't work for this. However and old instant coffee can, such as Nescafe, works great (Fiona, that's for you). Then you let it sit, or put it in the fridge if you are in a hurry and you have soft and creamy shea butter.