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March 09, 2010

What's that smell?

Photo on 2010-02-11 at 10.00 Several weeks ago I was in downtown Charleston when I came across a vendor selling raw, organic shea butter.  The salesman said it came straight from West Africa.  I put a little on my hands and was sold. 

Elijah has very dry skin (not eczema) in the winter time.  To the point that he leaves visible scratches on his body.  I thought that this would be a great thing for him.  So I bought some.  Plus a few jars to give away.

The product is great.  It truly makes your skin feel soft.  Elijah's skin no longer feels like sandpaper and I have been putting it on Graham's scar.

There is one draw back.  It doesn't smell so great.  It is raw with no fragrance added.  I don't mind it so much but my husband does.  The first night he said to me, "What did you put all over the boys?  They smell like cigarette smoke."  I have also heard, "that stuff makes me gag" and "can you please put something else on them."

As I type this I am waiting for PF to fall asleep so that I can lather up my hands.  He doesn't seem to be getting sleepy.

I also found a site that sells organic shea butter scented, maybe I should go that route, waiting for my husband to fall asleep each night could get old.

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O.K, the first thing I noticed in the pic wasn't the shea butter, but your beautiful nails! I love the color:)

You could just add some essential oil of your (or your husband's) liking. You can find small bottles of essential oils at your local health food store, add a few drops and mix thoroughly. It won't affect the shea butter at all, except make it smell better...

I know the very vendor you bought it from. When we were there over Christmas we were in that open market and I was about to buy some but he ran out. Guess I dodged a bullet. Good to know!

Hi Holly-I was so excited when I saw this post! I swear by raw shea butter! I use it everyday, but you are absolutely right, the smell--not so great! I have found one that I love though that you may want to try. I order it on Amazon. It works great and has absolutely NO smell whatsoever! Not even the "fragrance free" smell some products have. And, it works exactly the same as all the other shea butters I've used. I think PF might appreciate this one a little more. ;) You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Shea-Butter-100-Pure-fl-oz/dp/B000F4J8VI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1268338633&sr=8-1

Good luck!

I just heard about Bag Balm and my friend was raving about it! I want to try it too!

You should try using Bag Balm. It works amazingly for chapped hands, lips, cuts, scars, etc. http://www.bagbalm.com/ It comes in big tins, but we put it in little containers to carry with us in our purses.

You left me giggling! So hard to find natural stuff that smells good at times! I use this cream called Ego QV (incredible) which works wonders. It can only be purchased in Australia though, so I buy it online. My sister lives in Sydney and suggested it since she has extremely sensitive dry skin. My daughter has a skin condition that can use no perfumes or additives and my son has extremely dry skin during winter also. It is well worth the investment and I do not find it all that pricey. I order 5-6 tubes at a time. A little goes a long way! https://www.epharmacy.com.au/product.asp?id=4022

I have heard great things about shea butter, but I personally love olive oil. It is the only thing that kept my belly from itching and being super dry when I was pregnant with my second baby. A good book to read for natural body care is Beauty Secrets of the Bible. Check it out!

That is so funny! I don't ever trust those vendors downtown! ha, you are a brave woman! good luck getting rid of it! :)

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