Everyday Shea pours a bit thinner than you might expect if you’ve played around with shea butter before, but once you get used to that you might find that you like the way it spreads. As with all shea butter products, it absorbs best when you slather it on freshly-bathed, still-moist skin.
The healing and moisturizing properties of shea butter have been extolled for aeons in Africa where it is used for everything from healing sprains to hair and skin care, a cooking oil, and even as a decongestant.
Everyday Shae uses pure, unrefined shea butter that has not been treated with chemical agents to be refined, bleached, and deodorized. It’s free of parabens and synthetic fragrances and is not tested on animals. Everyday Shea is also a Fair Trade company created to help support cooperatives that empower women in Togo, West Africa.
While Everyday Shea does not appear in the Environmental Working Groups’ “Skin Deep” database that rates cosmetics for safety, the primary ingredient of shea butter warrants a hazard factor of 0 (yes, that’s a zero) for toxicity and adverse effects. It looks like shea butter is in fact one of the safest moisturizers available to hydrate your skin.
Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion comes in three scents: unscented, lavender (made with pure French lavender essential oil), and vanilla (scented with pure, natural vanilla extract from Madagascar’s Malagasy vanilla beans). I’m partial to the vanilla (always!), but like to mix it with some of the lavender, too.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, my reviews are always unbiased and uncompensated.