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Not all shea butters are created equal. The eco-conscious folks behind Shea Terra Organics sourced this unrefined version from the Otuwe Shea Butter Cooperative in Uganda, which is famous for abundant rainfall that helps shea trees flourish. Local women harvest the nuts by hand before sending them to a mill, where they’re distilled for the rich moisturizer that’s great for face, body, cuticles, and hair alike. Compared to its more common West African counterpart, this East African shea butter is creamier and has a less noticeable scent, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
To preface, I have crazy dry skin. I have to immediately moisturize after washing my face before it dries and gets all tight and uncomfortable. This shea butter has significantly helped my skin. I use it on my face every night before bed (and hands and elbows too). Yes, it is very heavy and greasy, but that is what I need for my extremely dry skin. If you have oily or combination skin, it might be too heavy for you (to use on your face, that is).
The texture is soft and creamy, thick, but melts when rubbed in (very similar to actual butter -- soft and mostly solid, but melts easily with a little heat). I've gone through multiple jars, and some are super smooth, some are a little grainy or gritty, but either way they melt into skin and stay smooth. I also warm up a little between my hands and run it through the ends of my hair sometimes to help keep dryness and split ends at bay. Because my hair, skin, and nails are super dry, I find this to be a wonder product, great for use all over (face, body, hair, nails, etc.).
The scent is pretty mild, slightly nutty. I put it on my face every night, and I don't find the scent to be too strong or irritating. I use it at night because I think it would be too heavy to use in the morning and try to put makeup over it. I think it works best (at least for me) as a heavy-duty night-time treatment. It's also a plus that it's natural shea butter and very gentle on skin, free of harsh chemicals.
This is the best natural shea butter product I have found. I cannot live without it. Originally I bought it as a vaseline substitute for my husband. I now use it as a lip moisturizer or extreme dry skin buster on feet, elbows or wherever. Great for chafed, sun or windburned skin as well. Being organic is a bonus.5
I have very very dry skin, and have eczema on my legs. Only prescription medication ever made the rashes go away. Then when I'd stop the medication, they would come right back. I wanted to try something natural, so I did sum research and decided to try the organic shea butter. I used it on my legs and arms. It is very heavy, and it is a bit greasy, but I'm not complaining.... I LOVE IT! The eczema is actually healing! The dry skin on my legs and arms look and feels much better! Healthy! It doesn't smell great, but, it's not terrible either.... just natural. I will definitely continue to use.5
Absolutely obsessed with this product. Love the smell, texture, and love the packaging! Perfect for my skin! I use the product after taking a shower and it totally nourishes my skin, leaving me feeling beautiful!5
I found out that I'm allergic to coconut oil so I switched to shea butter, which is good for people with sensitive skin. I find this soothing and moisturizing but I can find organic shea butter for a lot cheaper elsewhere. I probably won't buy this product again but only because of the price.5
I love this cream. I put it on before bed and wake up to a healthy, moisturized face. It smells soothing. My skin is very sensitive and this just feels so good. I travel for work and I don't need to worry about this spilling.5
I purchased this some time ago and I absolutely love it. It is a soothing treat during the dry winter months.5
In this cold dry weather, this Shea butter is the cure. I use it wherever I feel my skin is dry and it is the perfect fix. A little oily so be careful because a little goes a long way.5
i love that this product is organic and doesn't have a really strong scent. i use it before bed and it's nice and thick and moisturizing5
I do like this stuff, and it's moisturizing, but it's sort of hard to spread so I end up using it on only my hands. It warms up quickly so I guess I can see where it can be used all over, but again, hard to rub in if not super warm. Great story behind the brand, too!3