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How do I Choose the Best Shea Butter Body Wash?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

To choose the best Shea butter body wash, you should begin by trying several options over the course of a few months and comparing your results. Since each option may take several washes for you to reap the full effect, you should use each one over the course of a week or so to fully experience how your skin reacts. If you experience any redness or irritation, discontinue use and switch to a dye- and scent-free soap until the irritation clears.

Shea butter is a natural skin softening agent that is capable of moisturizing most areas of the body. There are various products that contain this ingredient, so choosing the best Shea butter body wash will likely require some trial and error. When making your initial selection, you can pick a body wash based on the brand or by choosing the best scent. You may also make your decision by choosing one that is made for sensitive skin or that is all natural or organic.

The fruit of shea trees is the source of shea butter.
The fruit of shea trees is the source of shea butter.

Use the body wash during your next shower or bath. Do not use any other products on your skin during this time, including lotions. This way, if you have an allergic reaction, you know exactly which product caused it. If you decide that the first option is not the best Shea butter body wash, then you can move on to another brand or type. Some problems, such as oiliness after washing, may be apparent right away. Otherwise, you should keep using each option for several days to be sure of its effectiveness. Continue trying various types to choose the best Shea butter body wash for your skin type.

Shea butter body wash is capable of moisturizing most areas of the body.
Shea butter body wash is capable of moisturizing most areas of the body.

In the event that you have continuous allergic reactions or poor results, you may consider that Shea butter may not be compatible with your skin. This occurs only rarely, but if there are no other common ingredients in each option, then Shea butter is likely the cause for continued irritation. You may consider asking your doctor or dermatologist for hypoallergenic options or natural products that do not contain artificial ingredients or scents.

Once you have been able to choose the best Shea butter body wash, you can incorporate other cosmetic items back into your skincare routine. You may also choose to purchase lotions and creams that are designed to go with the body wash you have chosen. This may help you to enjoy maximum results.

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Discussion Comments

I have used a shea body butter for years and use this on my face and entire body. It seems like this has become very popular in recent years, and now I see it in body washes and all kinds of skin care products.

I have never heard of someone being allergic to Shea butter. I can understand how they could have problems with the fragrance and other ingredients that are used.

I do know there is a difference in the quality of Shea butter that is used. Some of it is refined and has been processed which might cause a problem for some people.

Pure Shea butter is the best form. Even though it might be more expensive, I think it is worth the price.


I have very sensitive skin and have to be very careful when I try something new. I have heard about so many benefits of using shea butter that I wanted to try some.

Instead of starting out with something like a body wash, I bought a small bottle of hand and body lotion that contained shea butter.

This way I could begin using just a little bit at a time. If I had a reaction it would only be my hands and not my whole body.

My skin didn't break out when I used this lotion, so I bought some body wash that was the same brand. This is a great body wash and I love how soft the shea butter makes my skin feel.

I use a body wash that is unscented because I don't like the strong scents and have a problem with most of them. I still get the benefits of the shea butter without the fragrance which can be irritating.


For a long time I didn't want to spend the extra money for 'natural' beauty products, but for a few months now I have been buying an organic body lotion.

It is a few dollars more than what I was paying before, but I am concerned about a lot of the ingredients that are in most of the body washes and skin care creams on the market.

This organic lotion contains organic shea butter along with some other organic ingredients and essential oils.

I can't say I notice a difference in how my skin feels, but I do feel better about using a product that only has safe ingredients in it.

Not only have I switched my body lotion, but I also use a shampoo and body wash that are organic too.


I don't buy expensive bath and beauty products and have had good results with what I buy at my local retail store.

I have a shea butter body lotion that I like, and recently saw some Dove body wash that contained shea butter so thought I would give it a try.

This is really nice and my husband likes it too. Usually I have to buy two separate kinds of body wash because he doesn't like the smell of the ones I like.

This has a vanilla and brown sugar scent and really lathered up well and leaves your skin feeling very soft. I don't know if it is the shea butter or not, but I do think my skin feels softer after using this.

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      The fruit of shea trees is the source of shea butter.
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      Shea butter body wash is capable of moisturizing most areas of the body.