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Shea Butter

A recent trip to Bath & Body Works with a gift card made me realize three things:

1. 15 dollars might as well be 15 cents a store like that.

2. There are way too many scents happening at once in a very tiny area, and

3. Bath & Body Works (or at least the one in Lake Charles) carries one, and only one, natural product.

That product, which is the one pictured above, ended up being the one I took home.

Ingredients (provided on product packaging)- “Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter.”

The Cosmetics Database gives shea butter a low, low hazard score of 0. Honestly, though, I still don’t feel 100% safe using this product. Since it’s white and odorless, this shea butter is almost certainly refined. Not only does refining shea butter significantly lessen the healing properties, but it can also introduce dangerous chemicals like hexane that are occasionally used in the refining process. BUMMER.

Some great things about this product:

1. It’s free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, and fragrance.

2. It’s cruelty-free.

Product Description(provided at “All-natural Shea Butter is renowned for its over-the-top moisturizing and conditioning prowess. Skin positively drinks it up. Cheers to beautiful skin!”

Price–  Get it for $17.50 in store or on the Bath & Body Works website.

Performance– Perhaps I’m just accustomed to coconut oil and its tendency to remain a liquid during the summer months, but I was a little put off by the solid form of this shea butter. It gets underneath my fingernails and leaves my skin feeling greasy several hours after it’s applied (even when I apply it to damp skin right after showering). That being said, it’s still remarkably moisturizing and softens my skin like nobody’s business. I guess you win some, you lose  some. Right?

Scent– Faint, almost odorless.

Rating– I’m subtracting a half a point for the price and two whole points for the fact that it’s refined and doesn’t absorb quickly. 7.5/10.

Would I purchase this item again? Unless I get another B&BW gift card, I can’t really see myself ever again wanting to deal with the headache that accompanies visiting Bath & Body Works (much less paying the high price).


by Dawn Grimes

Filed under: health and beauty, natural products, product review, skin care