I picked up the SheaMoisture body lotion with olive and green tea at Target when I needed something to help me cope with the changing seasons because I was such a huge fan of their raw shea butter body wash. I tend to get dry skin especially on my arms and legs, and SheaMoisture has many products formulated with an abundance of natural, hydrating ingredients.
I really have only been familiar with the frankincense and myrrh scent of the body wash I previously tried, so the olive and green tea scent was a blind choice on my part. I went for it because it sounded good, and judging from the label it didn’t appear to be any less hydrating than the other available scents.
The olive and green tea body lotion includes olive oil, vitamin E, green tea, and avocado. Actually, the whole ingredients list is easily understood and pronouce. The smell is fantastic, very fresh and pleasant, and not overly heavy. They do claim that this formulation is anti-aging, and while I’m always skeptical about that claim, I also like the idea of preventing the signs of aging on the areas of my body that often see the most sun, such as my hands and arms.
The biggest thing to know about this lotion is that it’s very, very thick. It spreads fine on skin, but it’s difficult to squeeze out of the bottle. After using it a couple times I realized the only way to ensure I’d stay in the habit of reaching for it would be if I changed how I could access it. So, when I finished using up my Dark Angels cleanser from Lush, I decided that the little tub would be a good place to empty out the lotion.
I snapped a photo during the process because I thought it was a pretty good illustration of how thick the lotion really is.
The pot is for 4 oz. of product, so it holds around a third of the 13 oz. of lotion. When I first bought the lotion, I hadn’t put much thought into how much product I was getting, but the thickness of it means the 13 oz. will last a long time. By only using a portion of it out of a pot at a time, it means the rest of it will stay in the bottle sealed from air (and light, most likely) for a period of time, which I think can only help its longevity.
The lotion smooths over skin nicely and in a thin layer but if I apply it in the morning it will stay somewhat detectable on skin for several hours. Not in a greasy, sticky, or obnoxious way, but the I can feel a layer of moisture that remains. It gives me the feeling that this lotion really provides both a level of hydration that sinks in as well as a layer that acts as an occlusive barrier, protecting skin and preventing moisture loss for hours.
It’s not my favorite texture in the world, as it’s always nice when it feels like a lotion sinks in fully, but it works, for sure. I feel like it does nice things for my skin, plus it smells fantastic and has an ingredients list I have no reservations about. It makes a totally decent hand cream, and it’s pretty awesome for rough feet, as well.
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Olea Europaea (olive) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Olus Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernel), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Proprietory Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Green Tea Extract
*Certified Organic Ingredient
Free of: parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, synthetic color, DEA, sulfates, and animal testing.
The SheaMoisture Olive & Green Tea Body Lotion costs $9.99 for a 13 oz. bottle. It’s a nice value, as it’s a fabulous ingredients list and a lot of product. I found mine at Target, and many drugstores and supermarkets also carry SheaMoisture products. You can check out SheaMoisture’s store locator.
Have you tried this lotion? Are you a fan?