When I bought this I'm pretty sure the price was around $14.00. They had a 20% off sale and I used a coupon codes so my average price per item was $8.50. Now the price seems to have hiked to almost $20.00. I can tell you that I absolutely would not pay that much for it...they do have coupon codes sometimes so that may be worth looking into. I think they hiked the price up in order to sell it buy 2, get 1 free...but who really needs that much Shea Butter?
African Republic claims:
Afrikan Republic Shea Butter...
- Fights dry skin
- Prevents aging
- Reduce wrinkles
- Moisturizes naturally
- Provides relief of eczema and psoriasis symptoms
- Used by diabetes sufferers for better skin
So one issue I have with this product is that it looks completely different from what it looks like in the picture. If that's the label in the picture- that's the label I want. A couple years ago the products did match up but that seems to have gone downhill lately.
As for the product- I don't believe this is 100% Shea Butter. The texture is way too soft-even in the winter months. I do believe it's shea butter mixed with palm oil. To be fair the label claims it's 100% natural, not 100% Shea Butter.
So like I said, this stuff is soft and easy to work with even in the coldest of weather because I think it's mixed with an oil. Typically there is the ivory/off white Shea Butter which I prefer for certain things, then there is this Shea Butter. It's a little greasier and takes longer to sink in than the ivory one-which makes it great for my hair and not so great for my body.
Hair- Really adds moisture and definition to my hair. It's one of my favorite things to use in my hair. And while it does have a strong scent I don't mind it in my hair at all. It just smells more "nutty". It works great on dry or wet hair.
Skin- I do sometimes use it all over my body. It provides great moisture- especially if you really take the time to massage it in. But I really can't stand the smell. And it is greasier and takes longer to sink in than the ivory one.
Face- I love this one on my face. I've been using the Dudu Osun Black Soap and that stuff can really strip the moisture from your face if you aren't adding something extra hydrating back to the skin. This stuff and that soap are a great combination! I wake up with great looking skin, it helps heal blemishes quicker and it doesn't break me out!
You can also use it for dry cuticles, feet, hands, whatever your heart desires. I bought this 16 oz but it also comes in the 8 oz and 32 oz.
The packaging is typical of what you find in the Beauty Supply store. It's cheap and it usually cracks somewhere....For almost $20 I do expect better packaging but at the price I paid I can't complain too much.
I almost forgot to mention- I wouldn't recommend this Shea Butter for use in mixes or for scenting. I haven't had good luck at all when trying to use it those ways. It's best to use this particular one as is because of the high oil content.
As for customer service- it's always been great! No complaints there, it's just the price hike I'm not very happy with but if you are thrifty enough you can wait for a sale and use a coupon code to save quite a bit of money.
I also want to note this Shea Butter is not fair trade- it's best to buy fair trade Shea Butter.