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Coastal Scents Unrefined Shea Butter
Aside from their popular makeup palettes and affordable brushes, Coastal Scents also sells a handful of raw materials for creating skincare and bath products. One of these is their Unrefined Shea Butter, which you might be familiar with as an ingredient in moisturizing products such as lip balms, hand creams, and lotions. The difference is that Coastal Scents’ Shea butter is still untreated and completely natural.
The smallest amount available for purchase on the website is one pound, which is quite a lot, if you’re just going getting the Shea butter for personal use. It’s a good bargain at $8.49, for such a big amount, although, since it’s heavy, international shipping can cost as much as the product itself, if not a little bit more. Coastal Scents packs it very neatly, flattened to a compact rectangular shape inside a thick Ziploc bag.
It feels a bit hard upon first touch, but rubbing my hands together before getting any product, and letting the Unrefined Shea Butter melt there for a few seconds, took care of the problem.
It smells warm, slightly nutty, and has a bit of a plasticky note, but overall it has a rather faint scent which I don’t find bothersome at all. I bought it to try it on areas on my body which have very dry skin, like the yucky cracked heels of my feet, as well as on my eczema.
It feels pretty greasy at first, and is kind of hard to spread since it’s so emollient, so I wouldn’t recommend using this as an all-over body lotion. It’s good for dry spots like the feet and elbows, but to fully moisturize, it’s best to exfoliate those areas in the shower first, and then rub in the Unrefined Shea Butter while the skin is still damp.
It also works great at keeping eczema at bay, since it’s gentle and keeps those areas moisturized and healed. My child and I have both suffered from eczema. I’ve uses it daily to prevent any flare-ups, and on my child when she was just a year old. Coupled with a nourishing oil, it cleared her of eczema.
I love using small dabs of it on my cuticles, to keep them from looking and being dry, as well as on the back of my hands, which the Unrefined Shea Butter keeps soft. On my lips too, when they’re irritated and chapped from occasional allergies. Unrefined Shea butter can also be whipped and mixed with other ingredients, for home-made lotions or other skin care products.
Coastal Scents also suggests using it on the hair to treat a dry scalp or to help hold a hairstyle, but I’ve tried applying a tiny amount to tame the wild hairs at the top of my head, and this stuff is way too sticky for hair.
Overall, it’s a great, beneficial, multi-purpose product for just $8.49. Its average shelf life is 12 to 24 months, as long as it’s kept in a cool, dark place, and away from direct sunlight.