Going Organic | Product Review: Shea Moisture Red Tea & Babassu Wash and Shampoo

18:57 Naija girl next door 2 Comments

Hello fine people... How are you guys doing?

   This is a review of a product I've been using on myself for months- full name is Shea Moisture Red Tea & Babassu Baby Head-to-toe Wash and Shampoo w/ carrot oil and shea butter.  Yes it's meant for babies.
Mine says Red Bush instead of Tea, and mine doesn't have "Protect & Soothe" at the bottom. I guess they altered the packaging.

Price: Around $10 if you're lucky enough to buy in the US. I got mine at The Kinky Apothecary for N2700, best price I've seen. (With the current exchange rates, that's now somewhere in the realm of $13 ).
Packaging: 355ml/12oz in a short, stout, squeeze bottle. The waterproof layer of the label is starting to separate-

Smell: It's ok. I expected heaven (from the few reviews I found) but it just smells like a cross between tea and soap. Good thing is: it's a mild scent and it smells nothing like "baby".
Colour and consistency: pale champagne colour in the bottle, clear when it's poured out on your palm. More watery than I'm used to but doesn't make a mess at all.

Ingredients - beautiful.
Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside (Coconut Oil), Lauroyl Lactylate (Palm Kernel), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota
Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Aspalathus lineraris (Rooibos) leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Guar, Essential Oil Blend, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract.
      *Certified Organic Ingredient
  So it's all-natural and chemical-free but not all-organic.
Boasts a long list of NO's

"Bathe skin gently with this sulfate-free ultra-moisturizing organic Shea Butter body wash and shampoo. Soothing Aloe Vera, moisturizing Babassu Oil, and healing Rooibos extract cleanse and nourish baby's
delicate hair and body."

Straightforward. Apply small amount, lather, rinse.

My Assessment
Cleansing- It's really mild. So mild that I use it to wash my FACE. My highly sensitive face... and it gets off my makeup, except eyeliner. I got none of those my usual reactions to cleansing products. It leaves my skin very clean minus that tight, stripped feel. Same for my hair; no tangles or dryness.
   Someone asked if it can be used as a clarifying shampoo. I would say yes. It's gentle but cleans thoroughly.

Cost effectiveness- It surprised me how a  little goes a looooong way. I only need a small drizzle on my sponge, I agitate it and it lathers richly. I've used it everyday for going on 4 months and it's only now about to get used up.

For my hair it doesn't lather as much when I use directly on my scalp which I don't mind; but if you do, swishing a little in a medium bowl of water makes it lather much more and is always more than enough to wash my whole head.

This is a personal preference. I like my face/body wash to do a little more than clean without stripping. I tend towards dry skin so I like to come out of the shower feeling like there was a little lotion involved. This wash won't disturb what your skin makes naturally, but it won't add any extra moisture.
If you prefer the perfectly pure feeling straight out of the shower, this is the one.
    As a shampoo, no complaints.

All in all, I am satisfied. I love that it's so mild a baby can use it daily, and how I only need this one product for my hair, face and body.
Definitely buying more from the SM baby line. I'll get the Raw shea one next by tomorrow or Wednesday.
Have you used this product before? Do you think you might want to try it?



  1. Hi girl good to know you use it, is really good.

  2. Hi girl good to know you use it, is really good.