My mom used to make soap and body products,and Shea butter was one of the main ingredients that she used. I loved having it in the house because it’s so easy to scoop out a bit and rub it on a dry patch. She gave up her business a few years ago, after she broke her leg, and never really got back into it. I’ve missed having all the “raw” ingredients at my disposal, so I was pretty happy to get the opportunity to review Cleopatra’s Choice 100% Pure African Shea Butter. I was even more stoked when I received an entire pound of it! A little goes a long way, so this will last me a very long time.

About Cleopatra’s Choice 100% Pure African Shea Butter

Cleopatra’s Choice uses pure, organic, Fair-Trade, Grade A Shea butter imported from Ghana, Africa. It naturally contains Vitamins A, E, and F (okay, I didn’t even know there was a Vitamin F, so I learned something new already!), all of which are excellent for your skin. The butter is super gentle, so you can use it anywhere on your body, although I would recommend spot-testing before slathering it on your face. It’s even gentle enough for a baby’s skin (again, spot test it, because even the gentlest skin-care product can cause a reaction in some people).  I can’t stress enough that a little bit goes a long way. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now, and I’ve only put a small dent in the jar. I use it after getting out of the shower so that it sort of melts into my skin.

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The Many Uses of Shea Butter

Wondering what you can do with this giant tub of Shea butter? Here are a few examples of how you can use it:

  • Slather it on those dry, cracked heels. This is probably my #1 use for Shea butter. It really does make a huge difference. Bonus- you get to give yourself a mini-massage as you rub it into your feet. Sure, it’s not as relaxing as having someone else do it, but hey, it’s still nice!
  • Help prevent stretch marks. I know everyone always turns to cocoa butter for this, but Shea butter works just as well, if not better.
  • Promote healing of cuts and burns. Shea butter may help reduce scarring from cuts and burns. Just don’t go applying it to open wounds, okay? That’s never a good idea, no matter how many sources say it’s safe for that purpose.
  • Use it on your hair.  Shea butter is supposed to be really nourishing for dry, damaged hair, and mine is definitely getting dry now that I started using a flat iron. Just make sure you melt the Shea butter in a cup in the microwave before putting it on your head. Yes, I learned this lesson the hard way when I tried to slap a glob in my hair and work it through to no avail. Yes, I am lacking in common sense sometimes, so no, I don’t need anyone to point that out.
  • Moisturize! I saved the most obvious use for last. Use Shea Butter as an all-over moisturizer to help stave off wrinkles and restore elasticity to your skin.
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Bottom line- I am totally in love with Cleopatra’s Choice 100% Pure African Shea Butter. It works great, absorbs well, and lasts practically for an eternity. At $17.00 per one-pound tub, it’s a great deal.