Along with my lips and hair, Winter has been wrecking havoc on my skin. Usually my skin is soft, smooth and holds moisture but lately no matter what moisturizer I use within a few hours my skin is rough, itchy and straight up ashy. I’ve been wanting to try more natural moisturizers, especially body butters, so I figured now would be the perfect time to do so. While browsing the aisles of Ricky’s NYC I came across the Nubian Heritage section and was surprised to see a few selections of body butters with matching soaps, body washes, lotions and hand creams. I thought that the brand just made bar soaps. Anyway, I picked up the Nubian Heritage Shea Butter infused with Coconut & Papaya and liked that the ingredient list was short and sweet, just shea butter, coconut oil, papaya extract, vitamin E and other essential oils. What really pulled me in though was the scent, OMG it smells divine. I hurried to the register and couldn’t wait to get it home to try it.
The butter has a slightly gritty texture but immediately melts to somewhat of an oil when warmed in the palm of the hands.
I put it to the ultimate test. I gave my body a good scrub down with raw african black soap to get thoroughly clean and get rid of any lingering dry skin patches, then I massaged the Shea Butter all over my skin while still damp. It soaked right in and left my skin soft and smooth and the scent lit up my entire bathroom. My skin was still soft and moisturized in the morning. I followed the procedure again and got dressed for work. When I came home and peeled my clothes off there was no sign of ash. I’ve been using it every night when I get out out of the shower and I’m in love. I can’t comment on the anti-aging, brightening or firming properties as I haven’t been using it long enough. It will take a long while to notice those improvements. I only wish the jar was a bit bigger because I know I will be going through this quick. I’m even thinking this may be good for my dry hair so I may try that too.
If you’re in NYC you can find the Nubian Heritage Shea Butter Infused with Coconut & Papaya for $9.99 at Ricky’s. You can also order it on Amazon or Walgreens websites if you can’t find it in store but I noticed it’s a few dollars more on both. I can’t wait to try the other fragrances of this shea butter. I’m also trying out some goodies from SheaMoisture so stay tuned for those reviews.