The Alcohol-Free Moisturizers That Keep My Skin Happy And Hydrated

And smelling AMAZING.
Publish date:
October 14, 2014
moisturizers, hand creams, natural hair, shea butter, dry oils, natural hair care, shea moisture

Midway through my long and storied history of hacking through myths and misconceptions to find a natural hair regimen that worked for me, I stumbled across Shea Moisture.

From the moment I read the packaging and saw the story of the company’s founding--as well as the list of ingredients, bereft of any type of alcohol--I immediately fell in love. Learning more about the company’s history only left me more enamored: it began as the independent enterprise of the current owner’s Sierra Leonean grandmother, who sold her special recipes of black soap and shea butter to support her family after being widowed with children.

I started using the brand's shampoo and conditioner--both of which are creamy, beautifully scented, richly moisturizing, and alcohol-free--and have yet to look back.

Since my introduction to their products in 2012, Shea Moisture has widely expanded its offerings from only hair supplies to products for the body, face, and even cosmetics. I can’t shout their praises from the rooftops enough, and in the spirit of celebrating their fantastic brand, I’d like to share two of my new favorites.

Raw Shea Butter Hand Cream

I make a point of always carrying lotion in my purse, for those dry moments, and the Raw Shea Butter Hand Cream is my new go-to.

The scent is pretty strong--a rather sharp blend of frankincense, myrrh, and a bright floral note that I can’t place--but it has yet to fail to garner me at least one compliment whenever I wear it in public. Being that one of the main ingredients is shea butter, the texture is very rich and very oily, which is why I like to apply it onto wet hands. It’ll leave a bit of a sheen, but the level of moisturization you get is amazing.

Coconut & Hibiscus Brightening & Toning Dry Oil Mist

I’m a pretty huge sucker for fragrance, and Shea Moisture’s products never fail me on that front. Their dry oil mists in particular are like a match made in heaven for my staunchly anti-alcohol and pro-scent sensibilities, combining the beautiful fragrances of a body mist with nourishing oils that seal in moisture after a shower.

It’s similar to the shea butter hand cream in that it will leave a bit of a sheen, which is great for bare limbs in the summer, but a little less so for a body bound to be stuffed into several sweaters during winter. Even so, the scent is more than worth the unseasonable shininess.

What are you moisturizing with this fall/winter? Have you tried any other Shea Moisture products and loved them?