Southern Mom Loves: Cleopatra's Choice Shea Butter {Review}

Cleopatra's Choice Shea Butter {Review}

Friday, August 8, 2014

I received free Shea butter from Cleopatra's Choice in order to facilitate an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.
Shea Butter has so many uses and is the main ingredient in so many beauty products that I couldn't wait to try it myself. I've tried my hand at a lot of homemade beauty products and they never fail to disappoint. Using the right ingredients, they're purer, gentler, and just as effective as their drugstore counterparts.


I received Cleopatra's Choice 100% Pure African Shea Butter for review.

From the Amazon listing:

  • #1 RATED SHEA BUTTER ON THE MARKET! Natural Relief from Dry Skin, Psoriasis Dryness, Eczema and Acne. Excellent for Stretch Marks for Pregnancy or Other.
  • 100% Natural and Organic Pure Shea Butter - Made with Hand Selected Finest Nuts of the Shea Tree in Ghana.
  • Deep Moisturizer for Skin - Contains VITAMIN A, VITAMIN E AND VITAMIN F - DOES NOT CLOG PORES - Highly Moisturizing and Long Lasting - Beneficial for Hair & Skin Health and Beauty
  • Used by Top Skin Care DYI Experts for DYI Soap, DYI Lotions, Body Butter and More - Highest Quality Guaranteed
  • 1 POUND - Packaged in a Resealable and Recyclable Container for Easy Access and Storage

Shea butter is an off- white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Shea butter is a triglyceride (fat) derived mainly from stearic acid and oleic acid. It is widely used in cosmeticsas a moisturizer, salve or lotion. Shea butter is edible and is used in food preparation in Africa. Occasionally the chocolate industry uses shea butter mixed with other oils as a substitute for cocoa butter, although the taste is noticeably different. 
Accounts from as early as Cleopatra's Egypt speak of caravan bearing clay jars of valuable shea butter for cosmetic use. The funeral beds of early kings were carved in wood of shea trees. Shea butter's amazing skin care and healing properties were first harnessed thousands of years ago. The history of shea as a precious commodity can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, where shea butter was and continues to be used to protect the hair and skin against the fierce sun and the hot dry winds of African deserts and savannah. -Source

I received a 1 lb. tub. It is a lot. I didn't expect it to be so large, but this tub will last me quite a while. It is pure shea butter with no additives, 100% Organic, and a Grade A Ivory Color. It naturally contains vitamins like A, E, & F, and is non-comedogenic (will not clog pores.)

I was also surprised that it was quite hard. I expected it to be more like a "butter". 

The texture is slightly grainy and a little like Play-dough.

It's also pretty sticky in large amounts. If using by itself, just dip your finger in and get a small pea-sized amount. It will warm and melt with your body heat and spread nicely; the texture of the softened shea butter is much like an ointment and will really stay put on your dry spots. Remember: A little goes a long way! A pea-sized amount was enough to cover both hands and both elbows.

I've never worked with shea butter so didn't know what to expect, but my Sister-in-law makes all-natural and organic body products and she walked me through it. I used it in a recipe for a Whipped Shea Butter Brown Sugar Scrub, and it turned out so well, it will be one of my shower staples forevermore. The shea butter softened quickly and whipped up beautifully. My SIL was surprised because she could never get hers to whip to such a light consistency, which attests to the quality and the pureness of the product. 

The smell is mild and earthy and took scent well. I think my next project is to try it in a soap!

Have you ever used raw Shea Butter? What did you make? What would you like to make?

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