Thursday, January 23, 2014

Kinky Chic Skin: Shea Butter Soap


For the most part, I have good skin.  Even color, small pores and a natural glow, but I find that my skin reacts badly to any new product that I try and tends to be a bit dry.  I've tried so many different brands of soap and moisturizer for my face and body, but I usually get breakouts or my skin feels so dry.  As a result, my dermatologist suggested that I stick with Cetaphil.  But since I've decided to live a kinky chic lifestyle, I want to find an organic, possibly vegan, (yes--I'm a hippie) moisturizer for my skin. 

One of my brothers-in-law is from Ghana and he introduced my sister to raw shea butter.  They use it on their children, and their children have flawless skin.  Truth be told, children always have flawless skin, but seeing them use raw shea butter put the idea in my head that I needed to add more shea butter to my routine.  I still couldn't get myself to tolerate, much less like, the smell of raw shea butter!

Here's what shea butter is:


And here are its various natural forms:


And raw shea butter looks like this when extracted from the shea nut and consolidated:


It's as close to the earth as possible, so I had to try to get over the smell.  I figured I could start with using shea butter in my hair.  For the past two months, I've had great success with using whipped shea butter on my hair, and since I was running out of it, I went online to see if I could find some more.

A random Google search took me to Etsy, and I found a number of shops that carry whipped shea butter as a moisturizer!  After the positive experience with my hair, I just had to try it on my skin.  

I settled on a few merchants based on price, shipping speed and selection.  The first package arrived from Dian Jane, and in the package, she included a sample of her shea butter soap.  I had never even considered shea butter soap! I used it the next day and I was hooked.


Here's some information about Dian Jane from Etsy:
Semi-retired Graphic Designer... sharing the healthy goodness of organic, natural and handmade bath and beauty products with others.
Over the last several years, I have developed and perfected my soap recipes, which are all mixed, cut and hand made by me. I don't use harsh chemicals and only vegetable oils in my soaps. The whipped body butters are organic a vegan with no animal products....not even beeswax.
My products are made from high quality, food grade oils and butters. Essential oils are added for their aromatherapy and healing benefits to the skin. When you use these products over time, moisture and elasticity of the skin will improve. So be thoughtful of your skin as a means to health.
My favorite so far is the Citrus Silk Herbal Infused Natural Soap.  It has a gritty feel to it, and my skin feels like butter after my shower. The ingredients are: olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, soybean oil, palm oil, palm kernal oil, calendula, lemongrass, sweet orange, essential oils, herbs, chamomile. I love that I can pronounce every single ingredient!  She's also having a sale, and all her organic items are 20% off with the coupon: PAMPER20.

I can't wait to try all her soaps, and I've already purchased 7 to start! (What can I say? I'm a pig--Chinese zodiac--and I love excess.)


Dian also mentioned that she's been using her soaps to shampoo her dreads for 10 years! I'm sold. Have you ever tried shea butter soap?

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