Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Crocodile Files: Quench Shea Body Products



It's cold outside, which means we're in danger of getting in touch with our inner crocodile and letting it take over our skin. For me, this means time to bring out the big guns and big butters. And shea. Lots of shea.

Quench Bath and Body have several shea products, and I got to try both the oil and the body whip. Out of the two, my favorite is the oil, mostly because the ease of use. It spreads evenly and is immediately absorbed, leaving no oily residue while fully moisturizing and making the skin feel comfortable even when it's bitter cold and snowing outside. It's quick, easy and effective, and as an added benefit it also extends the wear of my perfume of the day. This oil is unscented and has a faint smell of a nutty vegetable oil that fades as soon as it's absorbed.

All that doesn't mean that the body whip isn't a good product. It's made of 20% shea butter, which is quite rich. But the buttery texture demands more time and elbow grease in order to work it fully into the skin. The result is great, but considering my favorite body cream from L'Occitane, Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream, has 25% shea butter and a softer texture that makes it easier to apply, I'm not swept off my feet.

Quench Shea Body Products are available from the company's website. I got mine as a PR freebie.

2 comments:

  1. shea butter is the bomb- and thanks for reminding me that I've run out and need more. I've used 100% shea as a hair gel for years- not only does it keep my hair in great condition but it also is has natural SPF and moisturises my hands and cuticles. 100% is a little stiff, but breaks down easily when you rub it between your palms. Great on lips too, and it's edible so you needn't worry about licking it off, which I do a little with petroleum-based products

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  2. I love me some shea in the winter! Thanks for the review.

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