Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Baby Bear Porridge of Lotions: Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Lotion


Once upon a time there was a little lady in Florida who was searching for a lotion to keep her skin soft in the winter. So, she went on a quest to the hippie food store and to Target (naturally) to find her one true moisturizer.

This one was too greasy. That one was too light. T'other one didn't last through the day. But the Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Lotion that smells of frankincense and myrrh? Why, that one was just right! This is the story of a product that dry-skinned ladies and gentlemen everywhere will rejoice to find at their local stores.

Finding a product that will moisturize dry skin in the winter without remaining on the surface of the skin is tricky. Those of you who don't live in Florida will be surprised to learn that we do actually get cold, dry weather down here. When it does happen, we need thick lotions just like the rest of you. I've been through a lot of lotions and butters over the years. Cocoa and shea butter are fantastic for moisturizing but, honestly, it's a pain in the ass to dig them out of the tub. And a regular, run of the mill lotion just will not cut it, especially if you are in and out of doors all day long. Shea Moisture, however, has hit upon a happy medium.

Their Organic Raw Shea Butter Lotion is thin enough that you don't have to dive into a tub nails first but thick enough to keep your skin moisturized from the time you put it on until the time you bathe the next day. Most importantly, it actually absorbs into your skin rather than sitting in a grimy layer on top. And the icing on top of the well-moisturized cake? It's scented with frankincense and myrrh, so you smell of warm, wintery goodness.

My one issue with the product is a nit-picky one; the lotion is so thick that it is difficult to squeeze out of the cylindrical bottle. I have to store it upside down and vigorously shake it down to the neck in order to avoid having to squeeze the bottle so hard that my hand gets tired. (That whole sentence sounds dirty, but that's the best I can do, so get your minds out of the gutter, mkay?) Perhaps a better method of delivery would be a tube soft enough to manipulate the lotion down towards the opening. Also, it's hard for a cheapskate like me to cut open a hard plastic bottle and scrape out remnants that stick to the sides...and there is a good amount that sticks since the lotion is so thick. A tube is much easier to chop up. Waste not, want not, readers, especially with a wonderful lotion like this.

I give this product a 7/8 tentacles, docking one tentacle for the difficulty of the packaging. This lotion and the rest of the Shea Moisture line of lotions, soaps, and hair care is available in-store at Target, Walgreens, and Duane Reade and online at The Organic Raw Shea Butter Lotion is available for around $10 at any of the listed stores.

Rating: 7/8 tentacles

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