I do not recommend this product as you can easily purchase 100 % Shea butter from health / specialized / African food stored for a FRACTION of the price.
Shea butter in itself is a phenomenal product.
this is the best thing for my lips. i have a slight sunburn now and this really soothes my chapped lips. fantastic. have been using this for years every night and in the morning lips are soft. i have the tiny tin and it lasts forever, so price is alright.
Takes abit of getting used to as the smell of shea butter may not be too appealing to some (my hubby is one of them who hates it).
Was in LA last month and my hands were so terribly dry and wrinkled. This works wonders after the butter melts on my hands and cuticles. I 'melt' the butter by taking a small amt and rubbing in my palms before applying. Definitely a keeper.
I was disappointed by this. There is nothing special about it other than it's produced by L'Occitane. You can get much better quality shea butter that is less refined for a fraction of the price. I will not be purchasing this again.
I lve this product on my nails, hands,also my lips- feels very comforting, also has not got a strong smell, which is plus. i will be byuing again..
Count me on the Shea Butter bandwagon! This is a wonderful, scent-free product that comes hard packed in a generously sized tin. You need to warm you fingers and scoop it out then it melts onto wherever you apply it.
And you can apply it pretty much everywhere! I put it under my eyes and it is the best eye cream I have ever used. Lips? Leaves 'em smooth and a letting it sit whe you do the rest of your face then wiping off all but a trace guarantees that your lipstick goes on smoothly.
Got dry feet? Wash and pumice them, then generously apply the Shea Butter and cover overnight with cotton socks. Yowza! It makes a world of difference.
The most amazing place I tried it and was thrilled with the outcome was my hair. My hair is halfway down my back and the ends are pretty dry. I rubbed some Shea Butter into the ends of my wet hair, blew dry and they were so soft! Not sticky or hard at all.
I love this product and personally think everyone should have a tub! Sephora and Nordstrom both carry this and they have tremendous return policies, so what do you have to loose?
My number one use for this would be as a lip salve, and honestly it might now be my HG lip treatment. I put it on last night and was thrilled with it's staying power/thickness. It's not waxy feeling at all or sticky. I've been using Smith's Rosebud salve for a few months and I really like that, but with 100% shea I don't feel like I have to reapply as often. I don't really use it as a body moisturizer since it would take forever to put on- not the most spreadable thing out there. You have to rub it a little to soften it up, but it's no biggie. I also don't have problem dry skin and I'm fine w. regular moisturizers, though I hear it's amazing for that skin type. It's great for callouses or dry patches. Overall a nice product, got mine on QVC with other L'occitane products so the price was right :)
I bought the smallest container of this to try it out and was shocked at the price. I would prefer more sanitary packaging (you have to stick your fingers in) as I mainly wanted to use it as a lip moisturizer. It works really well, even for the dry backs of my hands. I only need to apply some to my hands every few days so that makes up a little for the price tag. I find it works much better for me than other moisturizers that L'occitane en provence offers that contain a smaller percentage of shea butter. I will keep using it until I find a cheaper alternative.
I got the tiny version of this for free. I used it as a lipbalm and brow wax, and to be honest I like Vaseline as a lipbalm better than this...it just sits on my lips for the whole night without sinking in and my lips still look dry in the morning. I can't think of many uses for this except using it as a cuticle balm.
This is really a review of pure shea butter. Many will say you should get unrefined shea butter but I'm a tremendously sensitive skinned person (prone to dermatitis/Rosacea) and I can't use EVOO but I can use the purified Olive Oil you get in the pharmacy. I need to have those proteins which are responsible for colour and smell in unrefined products out of my skincare products or I'll get an allergic reaction. I think I could find a tub of this cheaper elsewhere, but I got free shipping and little gifts from L'Occitane for ordering this online. I think Shea Butter is too hard to melt and spread and it's too thick for application to my face without serious amounts of rubbing. Anything that is 50% Stearic acid is going to be comedogenic, but if you can balance the fatty acids of Shea with another oil that complements it, it will spread easier with little rubbing. I discovered that mixing Almond Oil and Grapeseed Oil 1:1 makes an oil that sinks into skin as if by magic, where AO and GO don't sink in well by themselves. Looking at their constituent fatty acids: GO is 70%linoleic20%oleic & AO is 20%linoleic70%oleic, I concluded that if linoleic and oleic are equal in the final mix, the oil doesn't sit on top of skin surface or it doesn't appear to. So I tried mixing Sunflower (70%linoleic16%oleic4%stearic) with Shea (6%linoleic50%oleic40%stearic) and it makes a slightly runny vaseline that I can put on my hands, arms, legs, face, on eyebrows, under eyes, on lips for lovely moisture and very delicate shine (turned my Clinique Pink Toffee lipstick into a sexy gloss! This is especially cool for me because I can't use lipgloss as it always has petrolatum in it).
To make what I'm calling SunShea ;), I spoon out the shea into an empty metal tin or bowl and just turn a hair dryer on it while stirring in Sunflower oil. I've done this once and it worked great. I will probably vary the amounts of each I add but I only had one empty tin.
As a special note about fatty acids, oleic, linoleic & stearic are all 18 carbon-length chains. Stearic has no double bond making it a saturated fat. Oleic has one double bond making it a monounsaturated. Linoleic has 2 double bonds making it polyunsaturated. In Coconut oil, the percentage of stearic is only 3%, oleic is 8% & linoleic is 1%, while the other 88% is short chain saturated (6 carbons to 16 carbons) fatty acids. I'm beginning to think that C-18 is the magic number for human pore size of 30microns since so many people are fine with putting Shea on their faces, but Coconut is pure evil, even though, to look at SB and CO in a tin, they seem interchangeable. Coconut oil is almost 50% Lauric acid (C-12, saturated) which is a hard wax (I have a bag of Lauric acid that won't melt if you stick the bag on a radiator vent through winter). I think that is why CO clogs pores like crazy which is why so many people get cystic acne from it as well as horrible bumpy red rash. They are NOT INTERCHANGEABLE.
Anyway, I think Shea butter is amazing and L'Occitane is the company that introduced it to the world outside Africa. Bravo to them.