The Scent of the Tropics – Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Foaming Milk & Body Wash

One of the joys of moving abroad (for me, at least) is discovering a whole new array of natural skincare products that were out of my reach before. I am so thrilled to see that there is a dizzying selection of green beauty products available in the US, which hopefully makes it easier for people to bypass chemical laden offerings. There is so much choice and I have already come across some fabulous brands I have fallen in love with. Today’s post is about the first natural product I bought when we arrived here and how it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

I was searching the aisles of Duane Reade for shower gel when I came across a brand called Shea Moisture. I liked the look of their products and the one that appealed the most was their Coconut & Hibiscus Foaming Milk & Body Wash. I spent some time reading through the ingredients list and it sounded pretty good. Amongst other natural ingredients were coconut oil (love coconut!), palm kernel, silk proteins and hibiscus flower extract. And all at the bargain price of $9.99 for 473 ml. Sold.

The hibiscus is definitely stronger than the coconut in my opinion, and it’s such a deliciously sweet tropical scent that I was transported to Hawaiian shores as soon as I opened the bottle. I was already falling in love with this product, and as soon as I tried it in the shower I was ready to make a life-long commitment! Not only is this body wash insanely moisturizing, it also works up the creamiest lather with only a small amount. Sometimes natural shower gels (and shampoos) can be a tad lacking on the foaming front, but the good people at Shea Moisture have absolutely nailed this one. This body wash is a sheer pleasure to use, and I am so amazed what a quality product you get for the money. My body felt moisturized, had a lovely lingering scent and the actual experience of using the product is quite indulgent. I’m so thrilled to have discovered this one – a luxury product without the hefty price tag. Amazing.

A tropical holiday in a bottle :-)

A tropical holiday in a bottle 🙂

Shea Moisture is a family owned company and started in 1912 when 19-year-old Sofi Tucker, the daughter of healers in Sierra Leone, sold her hand made shea butter and African black soap in local villages to support her family (she was a widowed mother). Four generations later, the company continues to make eco-friendly and organic products. Their website is definitely worth checking out – there is so much information on there about the ingredients in their products and their uses. Not only are their products eco-friendly, fair-trade and cruelty-free (yay!) the company also supports many good causes and makes their products at a local factory in Amityville, NY. Just reading their website makes you feel good that there are people out there who have so much passion for natural skincare and really want to give back. And what a legacy.

I can’t wait to try out more Shea Moisture products and already have my eye on the body butters and scrubs. They have also recently launched a cosmetics line (available at Target) that might be worth checking out. Seriously impressed with this brand so far – it makes me glow inside and out 🙂

love, lou x