Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Scrumptious Shea: The Best Shea Butter Shower Products

shea butter
Shea butter. We've all heard if it, and we know it's supposed to do something good for us, but what is it, really? Extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, shea butter is a fat originally used in cosmetics, cooking and even as a topical painkiller because it is loaded with fatty acids, melts at body temperature and binds well to water, making it a great, fast-acting and long-lasting oil.

So it's no surprise that there are tons of beauty products loaded with this special butter. This series will cover three different categories of shea-rich beauty products. First up, hair and body products that find their way into our shower!

Dove, Dove body wash, Dove shower gel, Dove Nutrium Moisture Shea Butter Cream Oil Body Wash Warm Vanilla & Brown Sugar, body wash, shower gel, shea butter
Dove Nutrium Moisture Shea Butter Cream Oil Body Wash in Warm Vanilla & Brown Sugar
There are a lot of body washes with shea in them out there, but this one takes the cake. I find that a lot of body washes are formulated to be either invigorating or relaxing, but somehow, this one manages to be both at the same time. I tend to switch around my showering a lot, and I found this to be great at helping me wind down in the evening, but equally good at perking me up in the morning. And like most Dove products I've tried, it left my skin feeling squeaky clean and incredibly soft with moisture. If you're short on shower storage space like I am, this body wash can do it all.
$9 at drugstore.com

Bliss, Bliss body scrub, Bliss Vanilla + Bergamot Body Buff, body scrub, scrub, shea butter
Bliss Vanilla + Bergamot Body Buff
There is nothing like a good body scrub. On the days (okay, months) when I don't have time or money for a spa visit, I love to cover myself from tip to tail with a good, strong scrub and then step into the shower and feel the dead skin and the stress just melt off of my body. I really think it's the best five minutes you can spend on yourself. And this Bliss Body Buff is tops. With almond paste and vanilla bean pieces doing the exfoliating, shea butter and sweet almond oil doing the moisturizing, and vanilla and bergamot doing the scenting … it's a winning combination. Not rough enough to leave my sensitive skin red and distressed, but sufficiently coarse to get the job done, this scrub can be followed by the similarly scented Vanilla + Bergamot Bubbling Bath + Shower Gel if you want to spend your whole shower soaking up this spicy aroma. Note to scrubbers: although scrubs work fine if applied in the shower, I highly recommend using it on dry skin for maximum effect.
$38 at blissworld.com

Fekkai, Fekkai shampoo, Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea Shampoo, Frederic Fekkai, shampoo, hair products, shea butter
Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea Shampoo
Clarifying shampoos + my dry, brittle, wavy hair = bad news. But with this shampoo, I can reduce product and oil buildup without sacrificing the moisture that my hair so badly needs. The equation is simple: this hard-working shampoo is sulfate-free, thus more gentle on the hair than others that promise to reduce gunk. The addition of shea butter promises that this shampoo will leave things more hydrated than it found them. Throw in the accompanying ultra-rich conditioner and the even more luxurious hair mask, and my hair was left feeling supple and strong and looked gloriously shiny. That math adds up!
$25 at beauty.com

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