Bath & Body

SheaMoisture raw shea butter body wash with frankincense and myrrh

November 26, 2013
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Body Wash with Frankincense and Myrrh (around $12 for 13 fl. oz.)
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Body Wash w/ Frankincense and Myrrh ($10 for 13 fl. oz.)

When it comes to body wash, I tend to be a little more picky than the average consumer. I generally bathe once if not twice a day not only to clean my body but to also soothe muscle aches, and thus most body washes are simply too drying for my skin. I prefer to try and find bath products that will help prevent moisture loss while bathing, rather than relying on lotions alone to fix ailing skin. A month or so ago I purchased the SheaMoisture body wash with raw shea butter, frankincense and myrrh from Target to see if it might be a good fit for my needy skin because it’s advertised to hydrate and rejuvenate skin as well as prevent early signs of aging.

This body wash is on the pricier end of drugstore products at around $10 to $12 for a bottle, depending on where you buy it. The SheaMoisture brand offers a few varieties of body wash and the prices of the different options vary a little bit, but not a lot. Although all of the options feature moisturizing ingredients, I was drawn the the formula with raw shea butter, frankincense and myrrh because it seemed to be the one most targeted for deep hydration.

This is a sulfate-free formula with a thicker consistency. It’s an opaque yellow and has an earthy smell that isn’t overly strong, and I don’t find that it lingers on my skin. I have to confess I don’t entirely know what frankincense and myrrh smell like, but I’m guessing that the extracts in the formula are contributing to the scent. It  is free of synthetic fragrances, and the primary ingredients are coconut oil soap and palm kernel.

The bottle highlights raw shea butter, frankincense & myrrh, and coconut oil
The bottle highlights raw shea butter, frankincense & myrrh, and coconut oil

Oftentimes, a sulfate-free formula means that the product won’t lather particularly well, but that’s really not the case for this body wash. When used with a loofah, it generates a ton of rich suds and can be worked and spread over a large area. I think it’s texture is really remarkable considering all of the ingredients that are left out of the formula. It is definitely sufficiently moisturizing for my skin, but it also does not disappoint as a cleanser. My general test for cleansing power comes down to whether it can easily clean off my “clinical strength” deodorant (mainstream deodorants in general are so gross and stubborn!), and this works really well for me.

There are more things missing from this formula besides just sulfates. The side of the bottle shows a long list of items left out of the ingredients: parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, PABA, synthetic color, DEA and animal ingredients. SheaMoisture products are made in the USA and are cruelty-free.

The non-ingredients list

Ingredients: Coconut Oil Soap, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Palm Kernel), Glycol Stearate (Palm Kernel), Stearamide (Palm Kernel), Raw Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Deionized Water, Essential Oil Blend, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Sodium Lauroyl Hydrolyzed Silk (Silk Proteins), Soy Milk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Extracts of Frankincense & Myrrh
*Certified organic ingredient

I really, really like this one and will continue to try additional SheaMoisture products in the future. I’m willing to shell out a few extra dollars on this as I feel like this is a high quality product, and it’s nice that it’s easily available in Target and other drugstores.

Have you tried this one? What’s your favorite body wash?

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  1. Okay, I’m late to the party on responding to this one but I use a version of this body wash. It’s essentially the same thing but made by Nubian Heritage. Its called Raw Shea w/Frankincense and Myrrh as well and I usually purchase from Whole Foods or I’ve seen the Shea Moisture brand at Target and have purchased it once. The products are pretty much the same and contain the same type of better-for-you ingredients. Its around the same price and I also buy the lotion. It’s definitely one of my HG products. I find its very moisturizing to the skin and I love the scent. Once layered with the lotion, which is very thick and moisturizing as well, the scent stays with me all day. I get a lot of compliments on the fragrance from men and women alike wanting to know what I’m wearing. They are usually surprised when I tell them its more on the natural side and purchased from Whole Foods.

    1. Hey Melinda! I’ve spotted the Nubian Heritage products but haven’t tried them yet, so it’s great to hear you’re so happy with them. It’s kind of weird how similar the two brands are! I’ll definitely have to try the lotion, that sounds fabulous. Thanks for reading, I hope you have a great weekend!

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