Name: Shea Body Butter
Brand: The Body Shop
From The Body Shop’s website:
This super-rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Fair Trade shea butter and has a delicious nutty scent. 24-hour hydration. Great for very dry.
What I liked:
– very moisturizing, leaves even very dry skin soft and smooth for hours
– texture isn’t greasy and absorbs quickly
– pleasant scent (once you get used to it)
What I didn’t like:
– to make the texture spread evenly, you need to warm it up between your fingers
– may be too rich for summer
– some people may find the scent too strong
I adore shea butter. It’s a godsend for my skin. Doesn’t matter how dry it gets, a dollop of shea butter always banishes flaky and scaly skin quickly. It’s that moisturizing! And its effects last for hours, so no need to reapply it throughout the day. I just slather it on after my morning shower, and it takes good care of my skin till night-time. Oh, and it may have antioxidant properties too!
That’s why, these days, I hardly pick up a new body cream or lotion if it doesn’t contain an abundance of shea butter. I just know it won’t work as well for me. So, it’s a bit odd that I always neglected The Body Shop Shea Body Butter, especially because I’m a huge fan of the brand’s body butters. Even though I knew how good this body butter is, there was always something that held me back.
The scent. It’s both flowery and nutty, and strong. It’s one of those scents that a lot of people will either love or hate at first sniff. I wasn’t too keen on it, but after receiving a sample of this body butter with a recent purchase, and using it regularly, it is growing on me. It’s not my favourite scent (I prefer citrusy, woody, and spicy fragrances), but I now find it quite pleasant. I certainly don’t screw up my nose anymore when I apply the butter to my skin!
The texture takes some getting used to too. It’s not greasy, and it absorbs quite quickly, as long as you don’t go overboard and apply too much. That’s totally unnecessary anyway, cos a little goes a long, long way. But it is quite hard and, to spread easily on the skin, needs to be warmed up between your fingers for a couple of minutes.
It’s a bit of a hassle, but the results are so worth it. In addition to shea butter, the body butter also contains glycerin, a humectant that draws water from the environment into the skin, and cacao butter, an emollient. Like shea butter, it works by creative a protective film on the skin that slows down water loss.
This combination of ingredients makes The Body Shop Shea Body Butter super moisturizing and extremely effective even for the driest of skin, like mine. A small application leaves my skin soft, smooth, moisturized, and smelling great too. It’ll probably be a bit too rich for the summer, but I sure look forward to using it again next winter.
Water (Solvent/Diluent), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) (Emollient), Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Butter (Emollient), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Babassu (Orbignya Oleifera) Oil (Emollient), Beeswax (Emulsifier/Emollient), Lanolin Alcohol (Stabiliser/Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Fragrance (Fragrance), Methylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Caramel (Colour), F D & C Yellow No 5 (Colour).
The Body Shop Shea Body Butter leaves even the driest of skin soft, smooth, and moisturized for the entire day. But you need to warm up the texture between your fingers before you apply it, or it won’t spread that easily on the skin. Its floral nutty scent may be too strong for some people too.