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.
100% Pure Shea Butter is a life saver for girls with super dry skin like me! I always find one cheaper at local organic/health food store.
I LOVE this stuff!! When I feel like I am about to get a pimple, I dab a little on before bed and in the morning its gone! Even with a little breakout or bad reaction to a MU product, this stuff works wonders. Without a doubt one of my HG products, and will never be without it.
Unhygenic packaging. You have to stick your hands in a tin. Have you ever seen the results from a swab of jar/tin cosmetics? Saw a report where they put it in an incubator for a week in a petri dish. Bateria heaven. So that's my first complaint. Second, does not do anything special for the price paid. There are a ton of shea butter products out there that are no where near as expensive and shabby as the ones from L'Occitane. For $39, I wasted money.
This stuff is Amazing. My initial response to it was not good, but after some trial and error with clumsy application, i think I have finally found the best moisterizer for my dry skin. Its consistency is going to take some getting used to. At first it felt waxy on my skin, but as the day progressed, the waxy feeling went away in less than 30 minutes. My skin has never felt this soft, and I don't have to reapply like other lotions and moisterizers which is great because this stuff is considerabley expensive at $39 for a 4.9 oz can. I'm not crazy about the packaging, but considering it's consistency, I don't think there were alot of options. Overall I would highly recommend for dry skin. The label states that u can use it for face, hair, and body, but I just use it for on my lips and body. Lol, I'm too scared to put it on my face. Update: It's hot and humid here during the summer, so i can't really use this during days and be comfortable, but I do use it as a night body treatment. Btw when i first got this, it was hard and solidified in the can, but after a couple of days, it softened considerably.
It took me 6 months to finally buy this jar. It was so expensive and I am not a "butter" girl. I like creams. After my 5th time of "sampling" it, I finally decided on the smaller version. Once you start to use it, you get addicted to it. It quickly absorbs into your skin, and seals in any other moisture. The softness you achieve is unbelievable over a week. I have always had dry skin, and havent really care. LOCcitane prducts have changed that. I use the shower oil, then one of their lotions (all are great), then use the shea butter. This keeps my legs so well moisturized, I can skip a day, meaning if I take a shower the next day and dont have time to lotion, my skin is still soft! After a few weeks of use that is. Anyway, also like that If I use it on my chest or shoulders, it wont break me out. This will stay a staple product. Key is to use a little bit, let it liquify in your hands, then rub. Great on cuticles, hands, feet before bedtime, legs, knees, and all those other rough spots. My husband has called my skin baby soft from this.
UPDATE 11/24/2010 - I still am on the original jar that I purchased when I originally wrote this review. It is just now going empty. I have found a new use fo rit - I use it in my hair before putting it in a hair bun and it smooths my hair down, gives it shine, and it moisturizes it with a deep treatment through the day. Then I wash out at home. Sometimes I repeat. When I go to blow dry, my hair is extra hydrated because I have been conditioning. I still like that this is refined, I have tried other natural shea butters which are also nice, but I like the thick consistency of this. I will continue to repurchase - although probably off of eBay to save a few bucks. :)
I like lotions/creams containing shea butter in general, but this product is not very appealing to me. Its consistency is very hard, which I find annoying. I have to pick some with my fingernail, which isn't very hygienic. As a lip balm it's very moisturising though. I've also tried using it on my cuticles, but I get much better results with natural oils. On a positive note, it doesn't irritate my skin at all. I'm still a believer in natural alternitives, and would definitely want to try another shea butter product in the future.
I have the smaller tin and keep it in my medicine cabinet. I use it on my lips, cuticles, and hands (I have a terrible time with dry hands). I love this stuff! It is very thick, but super moisturizing and luxurious. It feels a bit greasy at first, but skin feels amazing after. It really works! Great on lips, too. I also like the cute little tin, small enough to toss in my purse or a makeup bag.
I keep a small tin in my makeup case & another on my desk at home at all times. I use it on my lips & cuticles. It's my favorite product from L'Occitane. It moisturizes really well. It's too pricey for me to use all over my body so I make it last longer by using it just on my lips & cuticles. A wonderful product.
This product is so wonderful!!! After being sick for a week my skin became super dry and flaky and nothing helped it. I finally decided to try pure shea as a night treatment. I took a little bit and warmed it down in my hands then applied it all over my face. It was greasy at first but felt soothing and in the morning my skin was like butter. I have been using it ever since and my skin looks amazing. I had a huge zit and put a little shea on it and in the morning it was almost gone. I love this stuff!!!!!