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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 product left my skin feeling moisturized. Although, It did have grainy texture when I used it on my hands.3
This product is a thick moisturizer. It is like a mixture between Vaseline and body butter. It goes on thick and takes a while to absorb which I don't care for.4
I have no complaints about this product. Now that it is winter and my skin is very dry, I apply this and my skin is instantly moisturized!5
This has no scent or pretty color to it, but it works great at doing what it's meant to do: MOISTURIZE! It reminded me of a mixture between a body butter and Vaseline-like product. The packaging was nice e in my opinion also.5
I keep this on my bedside table to use as a deep conditioner for my skin before I go to sleep. It works wonders overnight and keeps my elbows, hands and feet smooth and soft. The scent is natural and slightly sweet but milder than cocoa butter and can be used on all genders.5
I use this for my body lotion and for my hair . this really helps to soften my hair and makes my skin smooth. i don't like the smell, it fades really fast but, i don't like the nutty smell it has.4
Took this with me on vacation and used it help keep my feet in shape after being in the sand and water. It was conditioning and did the job! Didn't love the smell though.3
I suffer from really dry cuticles, and as such have a tendency to pick at them, which is no bueno for my manicures. This shea butter is great -- I keep it by my bedside and rub it into my cuticles and nails each night before bed. It's made a huge difference in my hands, and is especially great for the winter months. This has a bit of a residue, so I would recommend for nighttime use.4
This leaves my skin incredibly soft and smooth. It doesn't cause me to break out like most lotions. I love that it's all natural and safe to use on my kids.5