It is in my nature to keep my eyes open for new beauty products in the market, especially drugstore. Why drugstore? Because of their convenience, high availability, and wallet-friendly price tags. Simple packaging and eye-catching ingredients (specifically natural) instantly grab my attention. Shea Moisture® is a brand that has stood out the most due to their recent and continuous product expansion, offering a variety of products and lines for hair, skincare, and body.
Starting with the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Facial Mask (containing tamarind extract and tea tree oil) it is described to provide a deep cleanse to remove impurities and aid any problematic areas of the skin. Using a foundation brush to keep things extra hygienic, I apply this onto my face after being clean and dry. Within seconds of the mask making contact with the skin, a refreshing yet cooling sensation runs throughout.
Once applied, the directions suggest to rinse after 10 minutes with cold water — which was different for me as usually cleansing products are instructed to be removed with warm water. Leaving me with a smooth and soft canvas, the results are fully obvious on the following day. Because the mask contains tea tree oil and tamarind extract, the combination of both highly benefits dark spots, making mine lighter with time. The black African soap helps deep clean my pores extracting impurities and drying current blemishes without the stiff-drying effect. I find that two layers of this product gives the best results. Coming from someone with sensitive skin, I can vouch it is sensitive approved!
Following with another skincare product on my review list, heads up this one wasn’t as compatible with my skin type like the facial mask has been. This Shea Moisture Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil should only be used on your face (it’ll burn the eyes BADLY) as a makeup removing oil. Cleansing oils are great to have handy if you like to double-cleanse — it does the job of removing your makeup and serves as a light cleansing wash to the top layer of your skin. You could apply and massage the oil directly onto the face or use cotton rounds for a cleaner process.
Once the oil has been slathered in circular motion all over your skin (minus the eye area) I removed it with a wash cloth using warm water. Although this particular cleansing oil does a great job of removing makeup from top to bottom in my case, it burned and dried my skin not once, not twice, but three times. Being an avid user of facial oils and a lover of all things rose, I was really hoping this would be positively effective. Again, this was my personal experience and so I immediately stopped using it after the third attempt.
Moving over to haircare, we have a natural sulfate free Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo. I like to refer to this one as more of a “clarifying” shampoo because of the lather and how squeaky clean it leaves my scalp feeling. Manuka honey has an immense amount of benefits, the most important being hydration. It’s what I love most about the shampoo, although it provides a great wash it doesn’t overly dry the scalp or leave my hair feeling straw-like.
Don’t let the sulfate-free label fool you, this shampoo gets it done just right. I normally don’t like to wash my hair too often and can go max 4 days without having to wash. I rotate between this shampoo and another to keep my hair shiny, healthy and hydrated. I don’t find it adds any volume or texture to my hair because again, this shampoo is targeted towards providing hydration. If you suffer from a dry-itchy scalp, I’d definitely give it a go.
Staying on the haircare subject, we’ve got a conditioner from yet another Shea Moisture line. I introduce you to the Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Conditioner great for all hair types claiming to provide smooth and tangle-free locks. The conditioner is sulfate free and contains other natural properties, is thick in consistency and smells divine. I only apply conditioner to the ends of my hair and let it sit for 5 minutes to ensure the ingredients are locked in for better results.
Left with soft hair and a sweet scent from the argan oil, this conditioner keeps my ends healthy and my color-treated hair shiny. When you have chemically-treated hair, make it a priority to invest and use products without harmful ingredients to take the best care of it possible. Not only will this keep your hair healthy, expect color protection, volume, and shine.
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Despite the hiccup with the Peace Rose Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil, I want to continue experimenting with other Shea Moisture products after having an overall positive experience. I find it important to expose my body, skin and hair to more natural-based products and this brand seems to stay in this direction. If you’ve tried other (or these) Shea Moisture products, I’d love to know more! I always like hearing from others who perhaps have a different skin or hair type than myself.
*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. All products purchased by me*