Tuesday 3 December 2013

Shealife mango butter balm

First of all I can not believe it is already December! And even though winter doesn't officially start until Dec 21, the cold weather is pretty much here. No time like the present to winterproof your beauty routine.

I have often remarked that I don't always have time to use body moisturisers ( and in the summer I am totally ok with that), but in the colder seasons I make time. One of the reasons is that skin becomes more dehydrated under all those layers of clothing. Also I tend to have baths more frequently, and use hotter water in the shower, plus central heating (all of this contributes to drier skin). And I have noticed that applying a body oil or butter actually makes me feel warmer for longer, the initial effect is from massaging a product in, which improves blood flow, and then it feels like the product on your skin acts like an extra layer of insulation (the second part might be all in my head).

Although I generally prefer to use oils, when it is cold, butters are definitely better. And in this case I am a real creature of habit, I have always use mango body butters ( I have been using them since I was 16). They smell delicious, always remind me of summer and are superbly emollient, which makes them great for dry skin.

I have to say that Shealife mango butter ticks all my boxes. It smells divine, almost like real mangoes. And it is so easy to spread. Mango butter can be a little hard sometimes, this product is the softest one that I have been able to find, it has a slightly whipped texture, which does harden slightly when it is really cold (but not to the point that it would be a problem).

You only need a little at a time, which makes it much more economical. The 100g jar is small enough to take on your travels, and you will not have to worry about anything spilling in your luggage. I also find that the price is very reasonable £8.95 (although when I first purchased it was a few pounds cheaper).

I tend to use this balm in the evenings and my skin feels just as soft when I wake up. The scent is not overpowering but it does stay on your skin for some time ( I would say 4-5 hours), however you would have to have your nose pressed to your skin to notice it after the first half our.

You are supposed to use it up within 6 months of opening, and judging by how little I need to use (about 1,5 fingerfulls  for each limb), and the fact that I use it about 3 times a week, that is exactly how long it will last me.

I do absolutely adore this product, and will repurchase, but there is something that bugs me. On the label it says 100% mango butter. Which in my head  equates with the fact that mango butter is the only ingredient, yet that is not the case. I was aware of this prior to purchase, as I always check ingredients, nevertheless I find it somewhat misleading.

The ingredients are:
mango seed butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, shea butter, tocopherol.


  1. I can see why you feel the label is misleading, these products have been on my radar but I vaguely remember another blogger saying they were not a fan so that put me off

    1. hm I wonder why the didn't like the products, I find it really nice, but than again I have not tried other things from them...

  2. I tried this out in summer and loved it! Although was also slightly boggled by the label. It smells sooo good - only thing though was that I had it outside for too long in the sun so it melted, and when it solidified again it was kinda gritty :(

    Mayah x

    1. Ouch, yeah that happens with products that have shea butter sometimes. I am glad I am not the only one with label issues :) xx