I know that I’m super late to the SheaMoisture party but I always thought that that the brand was geared just toward natural hair. I didn’t know that they also made glorious bath & body products. Yeah I know I’ve been under a rock but since I already had my preconceptions I’d stroll right past the SheaMoisture section without a second glance as I just figured the products weren’t for me. I’m so glad that I crawled from under that rock and saw the light. I saw Danielle over at The Style & Beauty Doctor post on her Instagram that Walgreens was having a BOGO 50% deal on SheaMoisture so I took this as an opportunity to try some products. The store near my job had a small selection and was also a few dollars overpriced so I placed an order online for a few bath & body products and a hair product to try out. This post is all about the bath & body goodies which I’ve been using for the past few weeks.
SheaMoisture is a line of natural bath, body and hair products made with organic shea butter and without parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA and sulfates… all things which can be harmful in some way and/or are not the best to be putting on our bodies and in our hair. The brand is also cruelty free and does not test on animals.
I ordered the Coconut & Hibiscus Foaming Milk & Body Wash, Body Butter and Hand & Body Scrub.
The Coconut & Hibiscus line is infused with Coconut Oil to nourish & moisturize skin, hibiscus flower to treat rough dry skin and improve skin tone and Vitamin E to protect skin from free radical damage. First of all it smells divine, sweet and almost edible and the scent lights up my entire apartment. The Foaming Milk & Body Wash suds up nice and leaves my skin squeaky clean but moisturized, soft and smelling good. I haven’t been able to use it in a bath yet but I’m hoping to do so this weekend. The Body Butter is super rich without being greasy and soaks right into the skin leaving a nice sheen. It has become a staple in my handbag and has brought my dry and peeling hands back to life.
The Hand & Body Scrub exfoliates nicely with sugar leaving my rough, dry Winter hands and skin really soft and moisturized. When I use this I don’t even have to follow up with a moisturizer as the coconut oil is moisturizing enough. Only thing is it can make the shower a little slippery so you should place a protective mat down to avoid falls.
I occassionally use Raw African Black Soap on my body and face when I’m suffering from acne, but not too often as it is very drying and harsh. I was glad to try the SheaMoisture African Black Soap Body Wash which is infused with oats to sooth irritated skin, aloe to calm and moisturize and Vitamin E to protect from free radicals, as well as shea butter for added moisture. Now I can get the benefits of African Black Soap without it stripping my skin.
The body wash is transparent brown in color with little exfoliating jojoba beads. It suds up really well into a rich lather and leaves my skin squeaky clean but not super dried out like raw african black soap. It has a similar scent to the raw stuff but a little sweeter and less harsh. My little man has taken to using this as well so I know I’ll need to stock up.
My little man has also taken to using the Shea Butter infused with Frankincense & Myrrh. He couldn’t keep his paws out while I was trying to take pics. It’s infused with extracts of Frankincense and Myrrh which has anti-inflammatory properties and help to calm and revitalize dull skin while preventing signs of aging. It also contains Vitamin E to help protect skin from free radical damage. The jar is very tiny, like palm of my hand tiny and the shea butter has a very strong woodsy scent, almost masculine. I like to use it at night after washing with the African Black Soap Body Wash as the scent is relaxing but wears off by morning. It is very thick and moisturizing. To use I scrape out a small amount and rub it in my palms until it turns into an oil and then rub it into my slightly still damp skin. I’m thinking of using some of this along with a sweeter scent like Sweet Almond oil to try my hand at making a whipped body butter.
All of the products were in the $9.99-$10.49 range so a BOGO sale was well appreciated. For the quality of the products I’d gladly pay the retail price though. Overall I am thoroughly impressed with SheaMoisture. I am glad to have found an all natural brand that is not too expensive with great quality products that work for both myself and my son. My son has been experiencing skin issues lately and I’m suspecting eczema but have not confirmed with the doctor yet. In any case I have to be more careful with what he puts on his skin. I can’t wait to try more products from the brand including different fragrances of the products I’ve already tried, the bar soaps and more hair products which I’ve noticed work for my relaxed hair as well. Well at least the one product that I’ve tried so far (review coming soon.)
Have you tried SheaMoisture products? What are your thoughts?