Jan 23, 2012

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Mane Man Review: Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Body Scrub

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By: Mane Man

Packaging: I feel like Shea Moisture really got it right with the package design. It’s simple, to the point and very nondescript which are things I really appreciate in a design. The label is a cool, burnt orange color which reads a little more masculine than some of their other labels (such as the Curl Enhancing Smoothie). Thumbs up.

Consistency: This is a true sugar scrub, so the mixture tends to clump and harden at times, which is my only real qualm about the product. The good news is that at a slight hint of hot water, the product just melts away.

Smell: A while back I tried Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque for my hair and did not like the smell.  I seriously thought I had some weird aversion to frankincense & myrrh.  That is until I found this stuff. I don’t know what it is about this scrub, but I love the smell.  I smell a lot of shea in this mix and its supported by the argan oil, frankincense and myrrh.  In the shower or bath, the smell swarmed around me leaving me feeling pretty indulged and relaxed.  The scent is definitely a plus!

Price:  I got this product at the Bryant Park Holiday Market pop up store in November.  At that time, luckily for me there were running a 3 for $20 special!  Normally Shea Moisture’s products run about 10 bucks each, making them a consistently good value for cruelty free, ethically traded, sustainable products. When it comes to value, Shea Moisture is where it’s at.

Overall Impression: To be honest, I think using a scrub regularly takes a bit too much thought for me.  Between doing that and taming the fro, I would be showering for about an hour if I used it regularly. But a few weeks ago I discovered that the best use of this scrub for me is to drop a palm-ful into a hot bath.  Yes, men takes baths…on occassion.  When I’m feeling particularly tense or  sore a hot bath is the best remedy.  During the Winter months, I rely on baths a lot more and letting some of this dissolve in the tub water is pure magic.  You get all the benefits of the shea butter and argan oil without the mess of using the scrub. The only downside to this, if there really is one, is that the smell lingered on my towel for some time…then again, I didn’t mind at all!


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