Product Review: The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

by Gio


Name: Shea Body Butter
Brand: The Body Shop
Size: 6.75oz
Price: $21.00

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
– longlasting
– 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.

Rating: 4/5

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Gauri April 30, 2015 - 5:57 am

I love the Body Shop Shea Body Butter – I use it almost every day!

Gio April 30, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Gauri, it’s amazing, isn’t it?

Annette May 8, 2015 - 2:32 am

I use TBS Shea Butter on my legs and TBS Shea Butter lotion on the rest of me. The new Fuji Green Tea is nice too!

Gio May 8, 2015 - 6:37 pm

Annette, it’s a wonderful line, isn’t it?

Sapna September 11, 2016 - 8:14 am

Very apprehensive since it contains parabens

Gio September 18, 2016 - 11:16 am

Sapna, I understand your concerns, but the latest science on parabens says they’re safe. Check out this post for more info:

Rose August 25, 2017 - 7:44 pm

Whenever there is potential product I would like to use, I look at the review first and then the result, not the ingredients, lol. I find that a lot of harmful ingredients that study says are not actually harmful if you consume it in a small amount. For example, they say dirt is not good because there is a lot of bacteria in it. But the truth is… it is healthy if you will expose yourself to a little bit of dirt because it will challenge your immune system. Our body have natural healing capability. It reacts based on how much we train ourselves to be exposed to challenges. That is the reason why every human being have different level of immunity to bacteria and chemicals.

The Body Shop Body Butter (Coconut or Shea) is working very well on my skin. I am still experimenting cheaper alternatives while I am using their body butter but so far I don’t see anything that can compare to their body butter yet. I’d been using their body butter for 6 years now.

I used coconut oil as another alternative. It gave me similar softness and texture on skin but it didn’t give me the same glow and vibrancy. That is one of the quality I see in The Body Shop Body Butter that I don’t see with other products.

Gio August 26, 2017 - 8:14 am

Rose, how can you tell if a product works without looking at the ingredients? Antioxidants, for example, are preventative. You’d have to stick with them for years before you can see the results. A lot of creams “hide” wrinkles instead of getting rid of them. How can you tell if you’ve got one that can really do the job if you don’t look at the ingredients?

The problem is not with studies, the problem is with the media. They put their own spin on these studies to make the results sound more dangerous than they actually are, ruining it for everyone. Unfortunately, “something is good in moderation” doesn’t make a good story. “Even the tiniest amount of this will kill you” does. *sighs*

I’m glad to hear this butter is working so well for you 🙂

sheetal August 7, 2018 - 5:47 am

The packaging is so luxurious….I use cocoa butter lotion ….. I think i will try this one too.

Gio August 9, 2018 - 10:08 am

Sheetal, it looks great, doesn’t it? It’s super moisturising too.


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