If you are someone with dry skin or hair then Shea Butter is an ingredient you need to know about. Shea Butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree and has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for hundreds of years. Shea Butter is very versatile as it can be used on skin and hair, it's deeply nourishing but also helps repair skin so it's perfect for very dry skin that needs help healing.
I have been testing two very simple Shea butter products from MonShea. This UK company sources unrefined Shea butter from a cooperative in Ghana and is part of the Global Shea alliance. Something I love about these products is that there is no added fragrance making it perfect for sensitive skin or times when you might not want added essential oils such as the first trimester of pregnancy.
MonShea offer two forms of Shea butter, the more traditional solid at room temperature Shea Butter* (From £6.50 for 150 grams) which melts in contact with the skin and has a beautiful nutty scent and Shea Oil* (£7.95 for 150 grams). The Shea oil is very versatile and feels lighter than the solid version, both are a lovely texture, non grainy and smooth. I have been using both of these in several ways, as an all over body moisturiser after a bath or shower focusing on areas that need extra care such stretch-marks which I have left over from pregnancy, I also use the oil on my hair and scalp as a pre-wash treatment. Using a simple high quality product like this is a great way to pair down your routine and avoid preservatives and emulsifiers, as well as being budget friendly and highly effective. I have found it has faded some marks on my body quickly and leaves the skin feeling really soft and smooth. Lovely product, wonderfully simple but worth trying.
*Indicates a sample was generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own.