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L'Occitane 100 percent Pure Shea Butter

What it is:An ultra-nourishing spot treatment that softens even the driest skin. What it does:From elbows and feet, to lips, cuticles, and even your hair, this pure shea butter is the perfect deep-conditioning treatment. All-natural and certified-organic, this shea butter is enriched with antioxidant vitamin E for ultimate protection wherever it is applied. This miracle beauty-balm promises to turn dry, dehydrated skin into beautifully soft, supple skin from head to toe. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens - Phthalates - TriclosanWhat else you need to know:For over 30 years, L'Occitane has sourced shea butter by partnering with women in Burkina Faso, West Africa. L'Occitane supports these women by paying three times the market rate for shea butter and offering literacy and micro-credit programs to help them maintain sustainable and thriving businesses.
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Questions & Answers for L'Occitane 100 percent Pure Shea Butter

Question
can you use it on your lips?
My lips get really dry in the winter. I was looking for something to soothe my lips. I was wondering if this safe to use on lips or just for your feet, hands, etc.
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
gillybeanie
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Oh absolutely. I used it solely on my lips for days before I realized it was much more versatile. What I like best about it on lips, is that it not only soothes and heals, but also locks in moisture, creates a barrier between your lips and the elements.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
october5th
(Queens, NY)
answer 2
Yes, this is great for your lips! You can literally use this anywhere on your body... face, lips, hands, hair, cuticles, eye area, whatever! It will definitely keep your dry lips buttery soft.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
Anonymous
answer 3
Wonderful for lips!! Much better than anything I have ever tried - and I have tried dozens of products.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ProfRebecca
(Springfield, MO)
answer 4
this is the only thing i will use on my lips. they are very dry and constantly peeling. this is the best.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
ncgirllaworld
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
You can use it on your entire body. They do have great Shea butter lip products too. Its Shea butter with a little bit of tint. Have used it for years, great products.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Tulsa,OK)
answer 6
Try Burts Bees chapstick! I think it's the best! I wouldn't think to put this product on my lips.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
secretangel
(Lexington, KY)
answer 7
Since it is pure, organic shea butter, I would think it would be safe to use on your lips. You can also check L'Occitane's web site for any additional information.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
brownie1
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 8
I actually bought this specifically for lips. The sales girl at the L'Occitaine store recommended it for that purpose.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
mrsdesh
(Johnson City, TN)
answer 9
Was told it was an all-over product. Have used in on my lips at night and it works great.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
mjolly
(Jacksonville, FL)
Question
does this go bad?
BECAUSE IT IS 100% SHEA BUTTER, HOW LONG WILL IT STAY GOOD. I BOUGHT A TIN ONLINE (NOT FROM SEPHORA) AND THE BUTTER SMELLED HORRIBLE, A RANCID SMELL. I USED IT FOR AWHILE, BUT DISCONTINUED USE BECAUSE IT WASN'T WHAT I HAD HOPED FOR...
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(California)
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
7 answers
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answer 1
Often, 100% unrefined shea butter is yellow/orange and has a strange smell. This product truly has no smell. I cannot imagine it ever going bad, as you will want to use it all of the time and it won't last long enough to spoil!
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ProfRebecca
(Springfield, MO)
answer 2
I'll have a tin open for about 10-12 months and it doesn't go rancid on me.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
floridaauthor
(Gainesville, Flolrida)
answer 3
I agree with you. Got mine from Sephora, but Im not too crazy about it. The smell right from the start was kind of funky. I see how they rave about it on QVC, but Im not buying this stuff again. I wish i could find just one butter that would do what they say it will do.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
felony08
(bethlehem, pa)
answer 4
Yes, this item has a very short shelf life. I would purchase the smallest jar you could find.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
lr09
(staten island, new york)
answer 5
This Organic Shea Butter is dated on the can. It has always been in date when I have received it. A nice white look as seen in picture, nice clean smell. No fragrance added.
If you ever receive one that is out of date, send it back.
I hope this is helpful to you.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
TexasAnn
(Deer Park, Texas)
answer 6
I just received my 2 tin of shea butter and it is different than the 1st. The consistency is different (which isn't a problem) but it smells like rancid cashew or macadamia nuts. YUCK. The first one had a very mild, pleasant smell. I was wondering if they changed it somehow.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
ilovepoohbear
(Alaska)
answer 7
I've never known it to "go bad". I will tell you that I have probably purchased 20+ tins over the years and in some cases, the product consistency was a bit different. If you purchase a tin and you do not like the consistency/smell...I would suggest returning it for a replacement. The correct consistency should be similar to that of a solid deodorant stick and it really has a very mild odor. Hope this helps!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
LongIsl55
(Long Island, NY)
Question
Is it bad to melt this?
Mine is never very soft at all, so when I use it I stick it by my hair straightener so it melts a little bit. Will this affect the product? After I'm done it just cools off and goes back to a fully solid state.
asked 4 years ago
Anonymous
(IL)
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
7 answers
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answer 1
I think some people warm the product by putting the container in hot water. If you use very small amounts and rub it between your hands for a few seconds, it will melt quickly.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ProfRebecca
(Springfield, MO)
answer 2
That is an effective way if you are in a hurry. However, I think you miss out on the net effect of getting a great treatment if you don't warm the product by rubbing into your palm and warming by smoothing onto your skin. Utilizing your body temp and massaging action is beneficial and sublime.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
bammer
(Parker, CO)
answer 3
I keep my tin in my Cargo pocket of my scrubs. It softens nicely and makes it easier to apply. Haven't had a problem, otherwise.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
babyhomer
(West Bloomfield, MI)
answer 4
i breathe into mine or put it in my pocket to soften it up
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
ncgirllaworld
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
Since it's shea butter, I would think that it melting some and re-solidifying would be fine. It should not alter the make up of the product. They actually warn you that shea butter can melt during transit.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
brownie1
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 6
I have used shea butter and would melt it but I was told NOT TO because you lose the benefits each time you do it. I was doing it because I couldn't get to the bottom and felt it would be better melting it but I was warned that each time I microwaved it, I was losing the benefits needed to make it do it's job and to stop.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
savvynlady
(Mobile, AL)
answer 7
No! It is actually recommended (by a L'Occitane representative) to melt for different uses. You can scoop some out and microwave for a few seconds to turn it into an oil. Great for applying moisture after a shower or if you'd like to use it on your hair.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(West Des Moines, IA)
Question
is it oily or greasy?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
Jaimeroo
(Draper, UT)
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I wouldn't call it oily/greasy, but since it is such an intense and heavy moisturizer, it doesn't absorb as quickly into the skin and you can feel it on your skin for a while after. It feels a bit waxy on the skin after, but it isn't unpleasant and it is well worth it.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
Anonymous
answer 2
It is neither oily or greasy. Think of it as a more solidified lip gloss that comes in a metal tin. It is not goopy either. One swipe across the top and you have a decent amount to apply to dry skin. This product will last a while, as another reviewer said "a little dab will do".
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
WritingReviews
answer 3
No this is not oily and greasy. It comes solid and you rub a little between your hands to soften it and are then able to apply it. It melts right into your skin.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
glamournut
(Ann Arbor, MI)
answer 4
It is 100% pure, so it is very thick. Use a little at a time and you will find the right amount for you. I have combination skin; dry in places like hands and feet. I use it all over, very sparingly at night around my eyes. I even use a bit on my split ends.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ProfRebecca
(Springfield, MO)
answer 5
Very greasy...
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
sewfun56
(Kalaheo, HI)
answer 6
Yes and no. It's oily enough to apply easily, but its not liquidy or runny like some other products. It has a nice velvety feel to it. A little goes a long way, so its best to not use a ton at once. A lot of the reviews talk about it being very greasy, but I have not had an issue with that.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
kes85
(Frisco, TX)
Question
is this raw or refined?
Hi,

I just wanted to know if this was raw shea butter or refined. If not, does anyone know where I can find raw shea butter...I heard refined was "more effective."

thanks :)
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is refined. L'occitane uses refined shea butter. I've got this info from questioning directly to L'occitane's customer support.
Since refined shea butter has less benefits, L'occitane does not claim anything about their shea butter other than moisturization.

Raw shea butter is easily found in the internet. But, even though raw shea butter is more benefitial, it won't be easy to use because of the funky odor it has.
answered 10 months ago
gustyday
answer 2
Since they don't specify it as raw/unrefined, it is probably refined shea butter. It is still good quality, however unrefined shea butter has more vitamins and healing agents that aren't taken away in the refining process. You can buy 100% pure, raw, unrefined shea butter from the brand Out of Africa for about $15. Hope this helps!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
Anonymous
answer 3
I have used unrefined shea butter and it has a very strong smell and it normally yellowish/orange (which can stain your clothing). I imagine this one has been refined, but it is just as effective (at least this has been my experience) as the unrefined products. It is, however, much more costly!
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ProfRebecca
(Springfield, MO)
answer 4
There are various grades of Shea Butter available on the market. During the shea butter 'making' process, crushed shea fruit kernels are made into a paste and boiled. The natural oils rise to the top. These oils are skimmed off the top and cooled. This is shea butter. It will have a very short shelf life and most likely have a slightly rancid smell. It will also have some color, ranging from pale brown to pale yellow. it may be very hard in texture and also be slightly grainy or have small particles. This shea butter, often referred to as 'raw', is not necessarily LESS effective than, say, L'Occitane shea butter. That said, a pale brown, hard, rancid-smelling butter is not going to sell on the western market. So the oil that is skimmed is re-boiled, or purified, as many as 5-6 times. Each time, the oil (butter) becomes cleaner and clearer in fragrance, texture and color. This shea butter is often referred to as 'processed' shea butter and, due to it's purity, has a longer shelf-life (about 2 years).

I hope this helps!
If you want to know more, look at the L'Occitane website or search for sites not affiliated with a particular brand who may be able to provide you with more information!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Wiggsy
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 5
On the can it is described as 100% pure Organic Shea Butter.
It is somewhat smoother feeling than some pure Shea Butter I have purchased. This is definately my favorite. It feels nice on and it is not scented. A little goes a long way. Makes my heels feel and look smooth.
Stops the winter itch on my legs.
The can is dated so you can tell if it is fresh. If out of date send it back.
I have never received it out of date.
I hope this is helpful to you.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
TexasAnn
(Deer Park, Texas)
answer 6
The product packaging doen't indicate if the shea butter is refined or not, however it is "100% pure". I would guess it has to be processed in some way. It's got a very waxy feel - you have to scrape it off with a fingernail. And it doesn't have a fragrance added - it has an odd smell (at least, too me). You could probably visit a regular L'Occitane retail store to get an answer - there might be one near where you live (there happens to be one in my hometown of Thousand Oaks CA).
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
jgb1958
(Thousand Oaks, CA)
Question
does wearing this out make you tan?
I would like to wear this out as a moisturizer, but I don't lke to tan...does this make you tan if you wear it out?

thanks for the help
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
6 answers
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answer 1
No, this is pure she a butter. It doesn't help you tan, nor does it protect you from the sun. You would have to use a separate sunscreen.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
glamournut
(Ann Arbor, MI)
answer 2
Anytime you go out with an oil-based product, you risk burning.
I wear the product during the day, but always wear sunscreen -
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ProfRebecca
(Springfield, MO)
answer 3
Any moisturizer that has no sunscreen would give you either a tan or sunburn (depending on your skin) if you are out in the sun. I never leave the house during daylight hours without sunscreen. So if you don't want to tan, you should use a moisturizer with sunscreen. This is good for moisturizing but you should either use at night or under a sunscreen.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
brusso
(New York, NY)
answer 4
I would think a butter without sunscreen could possibly make you tan. So if it's an area of your body that you think will tan, try using sunscreen under.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
brownie1
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 5
This certainly won't make you tan. Shea butter contains natural sun-filtering ingredients, but not enough to provide a full screen (minimum SPF 15). Furthermore, as the review before answered, pure Shea is thick and greasy. It's amazing, and I swear by it, but you don't want to be putting it on your face before going out! Makes a great lip balm, though!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Wiggsy
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 6
i don't believe this product is meant for tanning at all. i've only used it on my hands and it doesn't contain any sunscreen. It's good for the hands, but i don't think you want to slather it up anywhere else as it has a waxy feel. It's not at all like cocoa butter.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
jgb1958
(Thousand Oaks, CA)
Question
The difference between...
Does anybody know the difference between the pure shea butter and the mom and baby shea balm on the l'occitane website? It's not quite clear, and I was wondering if anybody had used both before.
asked 4 years ago
megtc
(IL)
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've used both: the mom and baby includes other ingredients including coconut oil, etc. The shea butter is only shea butter, nothing else. The mom and baby has a fragrance from rosemary and some of the other ingredients, the shea butter doesn't. The mom and baby is more sheer than the shea butter, less heavy. Both are amazing.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
annaluvslp
(New York, NY)
answer 2
I think that all of the other products contain shea butter, but are not 100% - meaning, most of them have other softeners, purfumes, etc.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ProfRebecca
(Springfield, MO)
answer 3
I'm not sure what the difference is but I use the pure shea butter on my baby and I have been using it on her since she was born. I figured if it was truly pure, natural, and organic it should not cause her delicate skin any harm. It is wonderful. My baby's skin is healthy and soft as a baby's skin should be.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
divaliciousd
(Atlanta, Georgia)
answer 4
i checked the ingredients... baby balm is more than just shea butter
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
fairfemme
(NJ)
answer 5
Was told this item is PURE Shea Butter and the other products have different amounts of Shea Butter in them. Some more, some less. Most other products also have fragrances added. Not all can get used to the rather pungent smell of pure Shea Butter.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
mjolly
(Jacksonville, FL)
Question
good for face?
I was wondering if this would work as an overnight face moisturizer? To help with really dry skin. Was also wondering how this compares to josie maran's argan balm?
asked 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Topeka, Ks)
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, it can be used on the face. Source: says it on the tin :)
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
magrat22
(Calgary, AB)
answer 2
I applied this for the first time to my face a few night ago, and people at work complimented me for looking "younger" the next day. It did not make my face itchy and so far I don't notice any breakouts from it. I do not know how it compares to Josie Mara's product though, as I've never used it. Hope this helps!
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
predilection
answer 3
I would not use it on my face. The same company has products with less shea that work very well.
answered 6 months ago
Clairerdh
(Little Rock, AR)
answer 4
It's a bit heavy for the face. But certainly, as a first aid application for windburn or something like that, it would work well.
answered 6 months ago
fairfemme
(NJ)
Question
eczema skin
I suffer from eczema and was wondering if this is any good?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
caligirl86
(Los Angeles, CA)
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
I develop eczema in the winter and I use this at night, and carry the L'Occitane shea butter hand cream during the day and use that, as it is slightly less greasy than the pure shea butter.
answered 4 years ago
megtc
(IL)
answer 2
I am not sure if it'd cure it, but I think it'd relieve a lot of the symptoms. Try buying the miniature version and if it works, you could purchase the bigger one. I must agree... it IS a bit pricey.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
joyy07
(New Jersey)
answer 3
No use Eucerine cream.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
Mellarose
(The Colony, TX)
Question
Is this Shea butter refined and is is from Ghana?
I am an MBA student at Indiana University doing a consulting project for a shea company in Ghana. Do you use shea butter from Ghana communities? Do you deal with Fair Trade? How difficult is it to become a supplier of shea butter, oils, or soaps at sephora? Thank you for your help.
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Bloomington, IN)
on 100 percent Pure Shea Butter
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
It is from Burkina Faso and is fair trade.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
dcamy
(Washington DC)
answer 2
I can't speak for all of Sephora, but the shea butter from L'occitane is produced by cooperatives of women in West Africa in a Fair Trade Agreement, 100% organic.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
annaluvslp
(New York, NY)
answer 3
This shea butter is unrefined and from the West African country of Burkina Faso. You may want to contact L'Occitane directly for the rest of your questions.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
glamournut
(Ann Arbor, MI)
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