Skincare Review: Shea Moisture

Hello, Everyone!

If you know me even a little bit, you know that this past year I switched all skincare and makeup products to cruelty-free and natural brands.

Today I’m reviewing a few products from Shea Moisture. I discovered this brand for the first time a few months back when I stumbled upon their coconut oil butter, only to find out that they also carry hair products (shampoo, conditioner, mousse) and various skincare items as well!

But before I get into the newest products I’ve decided to try of theirs, let’s discuss some great qualities about this brand!

First off, I really like how you can purchase Shea Moisture items from places like Walmart and Walgreens. There are more than a few products I have that can only be purchased at places like Ulta and Sephora, and while that is okay with me, sometimes it is nice to have a couple of staples that are sold in stores closer to me as well!

Secondly, they are made with quality ingredients and are also affordable. There are many products that I have bought on this venture of green skincare and beauty products that cost an arm and a leg and still have not worked quite as well as brands like Shea Moisture and Pacifica!

They also have a whole list of things that are not part of their brand, as seen here;

  • No Animal Testing
  • No Parabens
  • No Phthalates
  • No Sulfates
  • No Paraffin
  • No Propylene Glycol
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Synthetic Fragrance
  • No Synthetic Color

 

That is a really amazing list! Usually, you will find that a few brands have about four of these items that are on Shea Moistures “NO” list but not all of them.

Plus they have a ton of divisions in their skincare and haircare! For skincare, they have Ani-Aging, Problem Skin, Dull Skin and Ultra Nourishing.

The haircare lines include Curly, Straight, Dry + Damaged as well as products for Color Treated hair!

All in all Shea Moisture is a fantastic brand with lots to offer, so without any further ado let’s get into the newest products I’m currently trying out!

 

Radiance Facial Wash + Scrub

I decided to try out this facial wash and scrub because 1) I’ve heard awesome things about it and 2) I can purchase it from my local Walgreens, so if I’m in a pinch I don’t have to drive all the way to Ulta!

I have a lot of good things to say about this! Firstly it smells AHH-MAZING, it feels like pure silk when you apply it to your face and brightened up my skin after the first use!!!

The facial wash and scrub I purchased from my local Walgreens and is priced at $9.99, which I do not feel is a bad price considering 1) it is a green beauty product and 2) will probably last me a very long while, as a little bit of this seems to go a long way!

The “Radiance” line also smells amazing because the scent is Coconut & Hibiscus – it smells wonderful and is also a fresh scent which I love.

All in all, it has not disappointed me yet!

Spot Correcting Moisturizer 

Even before I switched to green beauty products I always had a hard time finding a good moisturizer that didn’t leave my face oily or overly shiny. Some I had even made my skin more oily and prone to breakouts, while others seemed to do nothing.

Shea Moistures “Radiance” line moisturizer not only hydrates and brightens the skin but also tones it and helps even the skin tone! It is not overly oily and seems to settle in quite well.

A little bit goes a long way with this as well, which I appreciate!

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It is silky smooth and softens skin almost instantly! For those that keep their skin well hydrated and not dry, I think this would be a good option and you would have to use less since your skin is not super dry. If you do have super dry, cracked skin, it will take a bit more of this moisturizer for about a week.

This came from Walgreens as well and is priced at $12.99. While this is a smaller jar than some, it glides so easily you really do have to use much less than you would with other jars of moisturizers including the Burt’s Bee’s moisturizer I have been using (which was about $22 dollars a jar) and still love.

The fact that it is also spot correcting is a plus, which means you have more helpful agents in one product rather than having to have four products just to help with toning and spot correcting!

Problem Skin Toner

(With Tamarind and Tea Tree Oil) 

To be honest, I stopped using a facial toner every morning a couple years ago. Big mistake! I underestimated toner at the time but now realize just how helpful using a good toner had been!

Stopping the use of it was a big mistake on my part, but thankfully I found that Shea Moisture produces a good toner that has lots of good reviews!

This toner is from Shea Moistures “Problem Skin” line and features tea tree oil and tamarind, which are good to look for in green beauty products.

The design of the toner bottle has a spritz top, which means you can’t overload the cotton pad which in the long run makes the toner last longer and also doesn’t overload your skin with unnecessary toner!

The toner is $10.99 and seems to be a good buy, I’m just excited to be using toner again!

Radiance Mud Mask 

Personally, I’ve never done a whole lot of mask-like treatments. It’s not because I don’t like them, I do, it was just that I never could settle on a good mask and then when I transitioned into green beauty products I was completely lost.

I first heard about Shea Moistures “Radiance” line mud mask via Courtney Toliver’s blog (which you can visit, here) the other week.

Facial masks are nice because some target specific areas or skincare issues while others are just general exfoliators, and because of the versatility of them it can sometimes be hard to choose one to start with!

What I like about them, however, is that most you only apply once or twice a month and see results for a few weeks! This makes them hassle free and easy to schedule into your skincare routine.

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I have not tried this mask as of yet, but I plan to this coming weekend! I’m so excited to try this mask out because while it is a more general facial mask it also brightens, tones and works on evening out the skin tone!

The mask was $14.99 but comes in a large 6 oz. tub – which means this stuff will last a while! Remember this mud mask probably only needs to be used about twice a month and it only takes a little bit to cover your whole face, so this one tub could last someone a pretty long time.

I hope this review post on Shea Moisture has helped someone along in their journey of green beauty or at least opened someone’s eyes.

This is still a journey for me but thankfully there are a lot of resources available and also tons of articles to help point you in a good direction on this exciting, wonderful road to green beauty and skincare.

Just like with everything else there are deals and duds, plus purchases that are more expensive that turn out to be disappointments – I hope to help weed these items out not only for myself but for you as well!

If you have questions or comments on cruelty-free/green beauty and skincare products, please comment below or message me directly!

Please note that I was not paid to write this review or talk about the products and that all opinions expressed were my own.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

XOXO – Autumn Renae

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