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Derived from the nut of the African shea tree, shea butter is one of those seemingly magic all purpose ingredients. According the the ASBI (American Shea Butter Institute), a bio-tech institute that provides consumer and industry education and quality standards, this moisturizing and healing multi-tasker has many uses. It diminishes wrinkles, dry skin and hair, dermatitis, eczema and blemishes as well as helps heal insect bites, minor skin wounds, itchiness and more which is why you’ll find this coveted ingredient in skincare, haircare and now even makeup.
L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Comforting Collection ($12-$30) is a 3-step regimen that allows you to choose from 6 products best suited for your skin type to cleanse, tone and moisturize. Step 1 is CLEANSE. Choose the Ultra-Gentle Face Soap for normal to combination skin, the Cleansing Milk to reduce redness or the Cleansing Oil for dry and sensitive skin types. Step 2 is TONE and the Gentle toner is appropriate for all skin types. For Step 3 MOISTURIZE you have the choice of the Light Comforting Cream, ideal for normal to combination skin or the Rich Comforting Cream, best for dry to very dry skin.
Sibu Sea Buckthorn Purifying Mask ($30) deep cleans, purifies and soothes skin. Used weekly, the detoxifying clays, exfoliating enzymes, shea butter and sea buckthorn will breathe new life into your complexion.
J. PAUL Overnight Recovery Cream ($58) helps reverse daytime damage while you sleep. This moisturizing anti-ager softens and strengthens skin with Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Vitamins A, C and E.
Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter ($17) is one of the signature products in this popular range. It is a lifesaver for dry, brittle, unmanageable hair and contains soybean and jojoba oil, orange, lavendar and wheatgrass plus shea butter and other naturally nourishing ingredients.
WEN by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment ($58) is a concentrated shea butter and hydrolyzed wheat protein infused mask. After cleansing and conditioning your hair, leave on for up to 30 minutes before rinsing and styling for soft, healthy, shiny, gorgeous hair.
Jurlique Jasmine Body Cream ($22.50), massaged into damp skin following your bath or shower, leaves it hydrated, soft and smooth. Enriched with Jasmine, Jojoba Oil, Shea and Cocoa.
DHC Olive Body Butter ($19) immediately transforms skin from your shoulders down. Cocoa and shea butters plus olive, coconut, avocado, squalane and argan oils conspire to work on dry, dehydrated areas so skin is silky smooth and wrapped in the most wonderful fresh green apple and rose scent.
Dermelect Runway Ready Luxury Foot Treatment ($25) helps turn things around for rough, dry, callused, uncomfortable feet. This non-greasy formula is loaded with moisturizing shea butter, argan oil and hyaluronic acid as well as exfoliating salicylic and glycolic acids plus soothing and calming Arnica and Butcher’s Broom.
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16) is a super-creamy, moisturizing lipstick formulated with a trio of butters to restore, soothe and improve lips. Available in 8 luscious shades.
Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Blush Stick ($9) gives cheeks a dewy, natural glow. This creamy blush includes shea butter and glazed pearls in its innovative formula so it glides on effortlessly leaving a kiss of lit-from-within sheer color.