Hubby and I started experimenting more with SheaMoisture's body/facial products when they had their pop-up shop during the Christmas holiday. We racked up on the B2GO free deal!
Before I give our opinions, let me first outline what each line claims to do. The below was taken from the Walgreen's website:
Coconut & Hibiscus
"A bounty of nutrient-rich tropical ingredients high in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that stimulate collagen production, improve skin firmness and fill out wrinkles naturally. Antioxidant-rich hibiscus flower extract with coconut oil, helps to maintain skin elasticity, improve hydration and protect against moisture loss. Songyi mushroom extract naturally brightens and evens skin tone."
- Helps to maintain skin elasticity
- Protects against moisture loss
- Naturally brightens and evens skin tone
African Black Soap
"African black soap, made from palm ash, tamarind extract, tar and plantain peel has been used in Africa for centuries to treat eczema, acne, oily skin, psoriasis, and other skin ailments."
- Treats acne & other skin ailments
- Hydrating properties of shea butter
- Never tested on animals
Raw Shea Butter
"Historical references to shea butter, a staple of African pharmacology, date back to the reported shea butter caravans of Cleopatra's Egypt. Frankincense, known for its toning and anti-aging properties, also has aromatherapeutic benefits, promoting mental strength. Myrrh, a superior cosmetic ingredient in ancient remedies, can be dated to an Ebers papyrus (circa 1580 BC) recipe for a facial mask."
- With toning and anti-aging properties
- Hydrating and rejuvenating
- Has aromatherapeutic benefits
I got the Coconut & Hibiscus (C&H) lotion and hubby got the Raw Shea Butter one. They each smell like the hair products of the same line. The C&H smells fab, I love it. The Raw Shea Butter also smells nice in a different way. It has frankincense and myrrh, which each have strong scents, so to be used in moderation in my opinion. It can be a little over-bearing. The Raw Shea is supposed to have more moisturizing properties and therefore catered for those with dry skin as per the sales associates in the pop-up store. The C&H is supposed to maintain elasticity and even skin tone. In terms of keeping us moisturized, they each didn't do much and since that's the case, I'm not sure how it's supposed to help elasticity. Didn't notice it evening my skin tone either. If we showered and applied our lotions in the morning, by the time we got home, we were ashy :|
The bottle is also annoying once you get to the end because it's a harder plastic that you can't squeeze properly. I guess most lotions, even with pumps, you have to put it upside down to get it out in the end, huh? My husband much prefers actual raw shea butter. Not a re-buy for either of us, not for $10 for such a small bottle.
You can get the lotions at Target and Walgreen's.
I use the C&H Body Wash and it has a nice rich lather. My skin is not dry after. I always put body lotion on after, so I've never tried to see if the wash is moisturizing enough not to.
It could be a re-buy, but not necessary.
You can get the body wash at Target and Walgreen's.
We love love love these!! We've tried every fragrance, the Lavender Orchid, Raw Shea & Argan Oil, Red Bush & Sage, Olive & Green Tea and Lemongrass & Green Tea. The most moisturizing is the Raw Shea and Olive & Green Tea. The ones that smell the best to me are Lavender Orchid, Red Bush & Sage and the Olive & Green Tea. The Lemongrass is really an eye-opener! Smells like orange peels! The Raw Shea smells like the products in the hair and body line, aka strong, which I don't necessarily always want but hubby likes. We found that the only time the lotions worked well was if we used the scrubs right before. The scrubs are great for your feet as well, keeps them soft.
These are definite re-buys, the only thing is hubby uses it daily and to spend $10 on a scrub that lasts a week is not economical at all!
Target sells the body scrubs.
Facial Bar/Men's Shave Line
I use the C&H face bar (brightening and toning). It leaves my face nice and clean, a little dry, but nothing my moisturizer can't handle. Plus I much prefer a cleanser that makes me feel like I did just that, cleansed. I don't like feeling like I still have residue on my face. I'm not a huge fan of bar cleansers though and prefer the ones in the tube just because it's easier to handle in the shower. You also have to get a soap dish if you don't have one, an extra step, lol. And if water gets in that for whatever reason and you don't drain it right away, you get a swollen, soggy, bar of soap :/ There is a face & body bar and a bigger bar. I'm sure they are similar.
My husband believes in their African Black Soap facial bar (for acne prone skin). And he's someone who has tried Proactiv, Acne-Free and Avon's Clear Solutions. He says it has made and kept his skin more clear than anything else. Which is great considering it's $5! He uses it before applying the Anti-Aging Moisturizer & Bump Preventer from their men's African Black Soap Shave line. He used to use the Facial Wash & Scrub from the same line, but he's gotten better results from the bar. When he does his mid-week shave at home, he uses the Tea Tree Herbal Bump Preventer After Shave, which he also likes.
The C&H bar I'd re-buy. The African Black Soap is a definite re-buy for hubby. The men's moisturizer and after shave a close second.
SheaMoisture also has a women's shave line, but I've never felt inclined to try it.
All in all, I like SheaMoisture and are always willing to try their products. I love that they are easily accessible. I just wish all their products were sold in one store like their pop-up shop since Target sells certain items that Walgreen's doesn't sell and vice-versa.
On another similar note, Sundial, the company that owns SheaMoisture, has a hair line called Nubian Heritage that is now available at Target. Each item retails for $11.99. Shea Moisture is $9.99, except for the Souffle, which is $11.99. I actually will be doing a review on that next. I plan to try the Nubian Heritage line soon. If you've tried it, give me your views in the comments section.