Looking for something affordable to help moisturize and exfoliate hands, feet and rough patches? Shea Moisture has been harnessing the power of nature to promote beauty for over 100 years. Having started in Sierra Leone in 1912 by the grandmother of the current company owners, Shea Moisture offers "natural, organic, sustainably-produced goodness. Made with love for you and your body. Pioneering fair trade through Community Commerce at home and abroad. We strive to be sulfate free, paraben free, and more, whenever possible. Tested on our family for four generations. Never on animals."
I first encountered the brand at my local Target; the colorful yet simple packaging had caught my eye and a few times I picked up a product or two and pondered purchasing. Recently, however, I was looking for a good, natural scrub for under $10 USD that wasn't full of synthetic ingredients or highly perfumed. During sandal season the feet, heels and toes always need a little extra TLC.
The Superfruit Complex Hand & Body scrub with mango butter and green coffee bean extract was the first product I considered while at Target. The first thing I noticed was the inviting aroma - a subtle, sweet raspberry aroma. The container offered the following info:
"Superfruit Complex - A blend of Red Raspberry, Goji, Acai and Guava extracts. Highly effective in promoting smooth, youthful skin. Mango Butter - a rich emollient that intensely moisturizes and rejuvenates for soft, supple skin. Green Coffee Bean Extract - Helps nourish, contour and smooth dimpled uneven skin."
The texture is a coarse granulated scrub of white crystals with small flakes of coffee bean throughout. The consistency is thick and this has been an issue for some reviewers who find it too thick. Personally, I love it as it makes it easier to apply while standing in the shower practically attempting a yoga tree pose with one foot crossing the opposite knee. Some other scrubs I've used slide right off or feel more like a shower gel and less like a scrub.
The granulated crystals retain their structure throughout application and left my feet both smooth and deeply moisturized. This has been another issue for some reviewers who have found that the product leaves too much residue. I actually loved this aspect as I didn't feel the need to apply yet another moisturizing product to my feet after use.
For example, one reviewer raved, "I swim at least 3 days a week in a chlorine pool, after showering off with the Shea Moisture soap, I then sugar with this scrub, it brings my skin back to feeling soft and smooth, it smells amazing!! I truly love this product."
And another reviewer complained, "When I first purchased it it worked great for my hands and body. However tonight is my first time using it since I bought it (last year) and it was annoyingly sticky. I had to use my body wash to get the residue off and it left bits and pieces of scrub particles on my skin even after I towel dried myself off. I used coconut oil to reverse the effect and it worked somewhat. After this I don't believe I'll buy another SM body scrub again."
So as you can see, responses vary! But I love the thickness of the scrub and the way it exfoliates (and I can easily add a bit of water to thin it if desired), and I really enjoy the way it leaves my skin deeply moisturized and without the need for additional products.
Shea Moisture makes a wide array of products for body and hair and there are numerous other offerings in the Superfruit range. I'm very curious to try other products from the brand considering how easy they are to find at my local big store and the fact that the prices are truly affordable!
Where Can I Buy It? $9.99 USD for 12 ozs at Target.com
Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as Playboy...(more)