Posted: June 22nd, 2012
I’m currently having a bit of a love affair with shea butter. While it certainly isn’t some hot new beauty product, I just recently started using it obsessively. That’s because I didn’t know how to use shea butter correctly in the past (more on that later).
Anyway, I’ve been using unrefined shea butter for everything these days: as a moisturizer and as an anti-wrinkle cream. I also use it to moisturize the ends of my hair. I can’t get enough of it; my skin looks and feels amazing and my hair is so soft!
While I am loving the benefits of using shea butter, I’m not loving the smell. At all.
Unrefined shea butter smells funky.
I know all natural, raw, unrefined shea butter is superior because it retains all its natural vitamins. I know I should embrace the natural odor but, um, I can’t.
Ladies, I like to smell good and I want my hair to smell yummy. Vanity wins this round.
That is why I’m so incredibly happy I found out about Unique Natural Premium Shea Butter . I found it in a pharmacy in Ibadan and instantly fell in love with the creamy texture (unrefined shea butter can also be lumpy). Unique Natural’s shea butter is produced here in Nigeria (Oyo state) and is “non chemical cold pressed, GMP certified and free of microbial, PAHs, heavy metal contaminations and RANCID ODOUR”. That’s right; it’s “funky smell” free! The shea butter I bought is orange scented and I’m loving it! Anything citrusy is a win in my book and it blends wonderfully with my perfume.
I’m almost out of my container and I want to buy more but the site is kind of archaic. If anyone knows where I can buy the Unique Natural shea butter in Lagos, help a sista out and let me know in the comments section.
Now on to my little nugget of wisdom courtesy of eHow.com. To get the most out of shea butter it’s best to use it right after you take a bath or shower, when your skin is still wet. Shea butter acts as a sealant; it’s a dense emollient that seals in the moisture still clinging to the skin or hair.
So if you use shea butter after a shower you – the shea butter user – will have soft, supple skin for a longer period of time. When using it on your hair, make sure it’s freshly washed or damp; if you use shea butter on dry hair you’ll just be coating it. Follow these tips and your hair will be super-soft for DAYS. Yay to that, right?