Yes, you read that right. I’m reviewing eight different products from Shea Moisture. I’ve tried quite a few products from the brand (not all pictured), so I wanted to let you know what’s good! We have shampoos, conditioners, body washes, soaps and lip balm to get through, so let’s go.
About the Brand
Shea Moisture is cruelty-free natural beauty brand and certified B corporation. Not only are their ingredients natural, they are also often organic, fair trade and sustainably grown. They have an insane number of products! If you want it, they have it. They also have things that you didn’t know you wanted like hair fragrance. I know I don’t need it, but I can’t stop thinking about it.
What really sets Shea Moisture apart from other brands is their availability. It’s one of the few green beauty brands that you can find in store even when you live in a pretty rural area, which I love. Hopefully if you see something you like here, you’ll be able to find it at your local Target, drugstore, or Ulta.
The first products I tried from Shea Moisture were the Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Conditioner. This set is definitely meant for dry coarse hair, so it was a bit too heavy for my hair (medium, wavy). With that being said, I still used all the shampoo. It’s very nourishing and would be great to have on hand for when your hair needs a boost of hydration. I still have the conditioner and use it as a leave-in treatment, or to tame and define frizzy curls. A little goes a long way, which is why I still have some left! They both smell strongly floral and of shea butter, but the scent doesn’t linger.
The castor oil shampoo and conditioner caught my eye because of the “strengthen and grow” claim on the bottles. It didn’t make my hair grow noticeably more, but I really like this combo. The first time I used it what struck me was the scent because it smells so familiar, but I can’t place it. If you’ve used these, please leave in the comments what you think they smell like! My hair is left clean and nourished without feeling heavy. This conditioner is also deeply moisturizing, but it’s lighter than the shea butter one.
The 10-in-1 Renewal System shampoo is one of my favorites and I think its the “goldilocks” of all the ones I’ve tried. It’s not too stripping or heavy and it doesn’t have an overly herbal or floral scent. I think this would work for a lot of hair types. I also briefly tried the conditioner, but it just wasn’t enough for me. My hair tends to get dry at the ends and really soaks up a lot of product, so it didn’t give me the moisture I needed.
If you have fine hair, I recommend the weightless shampoo. It’s the most similar to conventional shampoo in terms of lather and how my hair feels afterward. It’s also been approved by ladies in my life who don’t exclusively use green beauty, so if you’re hesitant to try the other products, start here. I tried this because when I moved last year, the new water disagreed with my other shampoos and I struggled to rinse them out completely. Luckily this one has worked out.
Body Wash & Soaps
Before discussing body washes, I want to talk about the African black soap. In short, I love it! The palm ash is sustainably sourced, which many people are concerned about with black soap and rightfully so. I’ve had the same bar for so long now and it’s still going strong. I like using it as facial soap a few times a week. It’s great for calming the skin, whether you have eczema or acne. I also use it to clean my hairbrushes and combs and it works great. Overall, it’s a $5 well spent!
I’m not much of a body wash person (any other bar soap lovers?), so my love for these two is saying something! First up is the African black soap body wash. If you suffer from body acne or you work up a sweat during the day, get this. It gets you squeaky clean without that uncomfortable too clean feeling. I save this product for summer because it can be a bit drying.
During the winter months or whenever I want something luxurious and silky, I use the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil body wash. I’ve gone through two bottles and I’m still in love. It smells amazing and it leaves my skin so soft and moisturized to the point that I could skip my usual post-shower coconut oil. I have seen reviews online saying this product separated into an oil and jelly. My first bottle was like that, but running in under warm water and giving it a shake was enough to fix it. My second bottle didn’t have any issues, so perhaps they reformulated? Just wanted to let you know.
You may think that lip balm isn’t worth reviewing, but hear me out. I’ve been on the hunt for a vegan lip balm with quality ingredients. I picked up these two on a whim and I’m actually really impressed! I’ve had chronic chapped lips for years, but honestly, not anymore. They hydrate and have a pretty long wear time, basically until you eat something. They both smell great and other scents are available. I particularly like the African water mint & ginger one because it’s a unique fragrance and it has a cooling effect. My only complaint is the packaging. I don’t really like the squeezy tube. The applicator can get messy if you dispense too much product. Also, one of mine has a bit of extra plastic that catches on the lips if I press too hard. I’m hoping they’ll come out with a stick form, but I’ll still use these if not. Sometimes, I’m high maintenance about silly things.
Did you make it all the way through? That was a lot. I hope it was informative! If you have any questions about these products, leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them. If you’ve tried Shea Moisture, let me me know what you liked, or didn’t like!