Back in August, I’d read about Vanessa Gualy’s skincare routine on No More Dirty Looks–she’d mentioned that she applies natural oil to wet skin just after showering. Maybe it’s just because I was paying closer attention, but after reading that post it seemed like body oil as a replacement for body lotion kept popping up all over the place. Then I read this post, again on No More Dirty Looks. I figured when I came across a body oil I thought I’d like, I’d give it a try.
A few weeks later, I was cruising through Target, checking out the latest new products that had been added to the natural beauty section (which I am happy to report is slowly growing…), and I stumbled across this Shea Moisture Organic Lavender and Wild Orchid Body Oil. I checked out the ingredients, liked what I saw, thought the price seemed fair (around $10, I believe) and decided to give it a try.
Well. As it turns out, this body oil thing? It’s pretty great. Read on for my review!
What I tried: Shea Moisture Organic Lavender and Wild Orchid Body Oil. It smells faintly of lavender, and it really doesn’t take much to do the job. Here’s how I use it: After I’ve finished my shower, I turn off the water and smooth on the oil, paying special attention to my feet and elbows, which tend to be dry. Then I step out of the shower and pat dry. Here’s the ingredients list:
Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, butryospermum parkii (shea butter), olea europea (olive) fruit oil, carthamus tintorius (safflower) oil, lavandula officinalis (lavender) oil, simmondsia chiensis (jojoba) oil, cymbidium grandiflorum flower extract, tocopherol (Vitamin E).
First impressions: Since the company’s website is currently a work in progress, I’ll share their story with you (this is directly from the bottle):
Sofi Tucker started selling Shea nuts at the village market in Banthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling shea butter, black soap and her homemade skin and hair preparations all over the countryside. Sofi Tucker was our grandmother and SheaMoisture is her legacy. With this purchase you help empower disadvantaged women to realize a brighter, healthier future.
I like the sentiment, although I’m not quite sure how purchasing this product helps empower disadvantaged women beyond Sofi Tucker herself…
What caught me by surprise: How much happier I am using body oil instead of lotion! My skin really stays softer, longer. Over time, I have definitely noticed that my elbows are consistently less dry, and I like that this body oil has zero mineral oil and no synthetic fragrances. Plus, this body oil can also be used as bath oil—just put a splash under the tap as you draw your bath.
Bonus: SheaMoisture does not do animal testing, which I appreciate. In fact, just below their cruelty free certification, they say that they use “ethically traded ingredients sustainably produced,” and that their products have been “tested on our family for four generations.” Genius.
What do you think? Do you use body oil, or will you think about giving it a try now? —Aleigh
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