Sorry for the lack of updates lately, things have been a bit busy. I’ll have the review of my June Birchbox up soon. Until then, I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite multitasking beauty products. If you asked me one of those hypothetical questions like “what one beauty product would you take to a desert island?” this is it: L’Occitane Shea Butter
Shea butter has been a popular ingredient in beauty products for a while now, and there are all kinds of lotions, shampoos, etc. that contain small amounts of it. You may think that all shea butter is created equally, and that lotion containing shea butter is the same as the pure form. Actually, shea butter is more complicated than that. It comes in different grades, which tell you the quality. Pure shea has alot of healing properties for your skin, and has a ton of uses. The shea butter found in lotion has been processed, and it loses those properties, therefore doesn’t have the same result.
Shea butter comes from a nut found in the fruit from shea/karite trees. (If you’re allergic to nuts, use caution and ask your doctor). These nuts are turned into shea butter by the local women in Africa, and L’Occitane’s shea butter is certified fair trade as well as certified organic. There are alot of other brands out there, but if you want it to have all of the good properties, you want the unrefined, and purest kind you can get.
The consistency takes some getting used to, it’s a little like Crisco. You warm a small amount in your hands and rub it in. I like to use it after a shower, right before bed as an all over moisturizer, and I wake up with super soft skin. It has a distinctive smell, but it doesn’t really linger too long and you do get used to it. It can feel a bit heavy or greasy on your skin when you first put it on. That’s why I like to use it at night, so that it has a chance to absorb really well while I sleep. If you use it on your hair and scalp, use it very sparingly and it’s best to do it at night and wash your hair when you wake up, although you can use a TINY amount for flyaways.
The best thing about shea butter, besides being natural, is that is makes a great multitasking product to keep on hand. You can use it on your skin, your hair, scalp, bug bites, dry heels, cuticles, scars, elbows, stretch marks, as wrinkle prevention, and many, many other things. This site lists a few of it’s uses, but there are even more you can find online. I’ve been buying these tins of shea butter for several years now and consider it a staple in my beauty routine. A full sized tin of L’Occitane shea butter costs around $40, but will most likely last you anywhere from several months up to a year or so, depending on how often you roll around in it once you’re addicted to having silky skin. If you’re not ready to plunk down that much cash, amazon sells small tins of it for about $10. These tins are more like lip balm sized, and are handy to throw in your purse – although keep in mind, this stuff will melt. I haven’t tried many other brands of shea butter, just do your research and make sure you know the quality of what you’re buying. I just happen to be a fan of L’Occitane anyway, – and besides, it’s awfully fun to say. 😉 That’s all for now, mainly because one of my lovely dachshunds apparently has a list of demands and is standing nearby grumbling at me. Have a wonderful weekend!