Dry, itchy, winter skin, you might as well call me sandpaper. Correction: I’m not the only one suffering at the moment. The entire family has dry skin and we all have our chosen preferred skin creams to save the day. That being said, we still like to test out different brands of skin creams, lotions, and butters to see if there might be a new one to add to our existing skin care repertoire.
Enter Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter. I found it at my local health food store, on sale for about $15 for an 8 oz/255 mL jar. The ingredients looked promising so I took it home with me for a winter test drive.
Product Review: What ingredients are in the Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter?
Here are the ingredients that went into making the Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter: butyrospermum parkii (pure organic shea butter), theobroma cacao (100% natural cocoa) butter, euopaea (olive) fruit oil, safflower oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, citrus pardisi macfad (grapefruit seed oil) essential oil blend.
Compared to the Mother Africa Imports Cocoa Shea Butter that we reviewed back in July 2014, this Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter definitely has more ingredients in it but they’re all significantly better than the stuff you’d find in those big brand skin creams and lotions. With organic shea butter, cocoa butter, safflower oil, and sweet almond oil, Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter is setting itself up to be incredibly moisturizing and protective.
Product Review: Is Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter any good?
At the time of this post, the hubby has been using Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter for a good 3 weeks. His skin has been incredibly dry thanks to the winter weather so seemed to be the best candidate to test it out. I’ve been using the Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter intermittently. Given that the big kid is rocking along just fine with her current skin care regimen, we left well enough alone so she didn’t test it out directly but did get to ‘analyze’ it.
First things first, Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter may not appeal to everyone because it has a noticeable scent that some might find overpowering. The hubby doesn’t mind it but I do find it a bit overwhelming. Granted, the scent comes from the ingredients used (i.e. no extra fake fragrance added) but I do find it a bit much.
One of the first things my big kid said after the hubby started using the Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter was, “Why does dad always smell like coconut?” Now, coconut doesn’t appear on the Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter ingredient list but it was our kid’s way of commenting on the noted change in how dad smelled since trying the new body butter. It’s slightly sweet, slightly floral, and when I asked the hubby, he said it reminded him of coconut too. My big kid doesn’t mind the smell and actually quite likes it but there’s no denying that you’ll have a noticeable scent if you use Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter.
There’s also no denying that Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter is incredibly nourishing. On the packaging, you can see Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter can be used for a number of different skin situations from reducing the appearance of stretch marks to alleviating symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. While we may not be using Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter for all those reasons, the hubby does feel like his skin is a lot better since using it. His skin feels more protected and moisturized although it does still feel ‘itchy’ as he puts it. My hands certainly feel a lot smoother and softer when I use it.
A little bit of Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter also goes a long way. As you can see by the earlier image, three weeks in and we’ve barely made a dent into the jar. A small amount on my finger tip easily covers both my hands and my arms.
The Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter is a solid in the jar but quickly melts upon contact. You can see from the image below that my skin initially seems oily but my skin drinks it up and I’m left with skin that feels moisturized and protected.
Would the hubby use Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter again? Yes, he would.
Would I? I might. I’m undecided. With the strong scent, it’s not something I could use at work since we have a scent free environment. I do like how moisturized my skin feels but would likely respond with a much heartier ‘yes!’ if the scent wasn’t quite so overpowering so I’d have more freedom to use it when I please instead of just at home on the weekends.
All said and done, I’m really glad products like Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter are available in the market. Since our family has made a conscious effort to be more mindful of the ingredients we allow in to our lifestyle, products like Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter give us viable choices and alternatives that didn’t really exist when I was a child. So, if you happen to stumble across a jar of Shea All Naturals Cocoa Shea Butter and you’re feeling particularly adventurous, feel free to give it a try!
Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!
For more information, visit their website by clicking here
If you’re interested in reading my earlier review of the Mother Africa Imports Cocoa Shea Butter, click here
Like this post by thingsthatwedo.com? Let others know: Tweet it!