Shea-Butter + Cocoa-Butter - Body-Butter by Boots

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(Woha, that's a lot of B's in one title!)

I've been using this body-butter by Boots since I arrived to Norway 4 weeks ago. I discovered it in our bathroom-closet as one of my mothers recent beauty-buys, and I've been using it as a post shower moisturizer ever since.

Apart from having organically grown, sustainably sourced & community traded ingredients, it is also great because it makes you smell like a chocolate bar (due to the presence of cocoa butter as well), which is surprisingly satisfying. It's almost as if you wish you could take a bite out off yourself however gross that must sound.. (Mmm, I'm sniffing the jar as I type).

SHEA BUTTER:

1. Anti-inflammatory and 2. Anti-tumor promoting properties: A 2010 study investigating the biological activities of triterpene acetate and cinnamate esters found in exceptionally high levels in shea fat against proliferation of the virus called Epstein-Barr, as well as the effects of these on the tumor-promoting molecules in our skin, indicate that shea nuts and shea fat (shea butter) constitute a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds.
3. Moisturizing ability: Shea butter is used to combat dry skin. Due to a high number of unsaponifiable oils, it resists physical and water-based removal from the skin and hair. In another study conducted by Renard, 49 volunteers with either dry, delicate or aging skin were observed. After a twice a day application of 15 percent shea butter, there were marked improvements in moisturization in 75 percent of those treated.
4. Anti-aging effects: In addition to fighting inflammation, and so the aging-effects thereof, shea butter contains anti-aging Vitamins A and E, which stimulate skin-cell regeneration, and increases elasticity of skin by stimulating elastin and collagen production. It is also a great source of specific healthy fats and acids (oleic, stearic, linoleic) which are great for your skin. Frank Renard, PhD., a pharmacist studied the antiaging effects of shea butter during a clinical study involving 30 participants. During a four to eight month period, participants massaged shea shea butter into their skin. The patients ranged in age from 29 to 82 years old. At the end of the study, at least half of the patients reported improvements in skin texture and fewer wrinkles.
5. Sunprotective properties: Thats right! Cinnamate, found in shea-butter has some UVB protective effects on skin on its own.

COCOA BUTTER:

Cocoa butter has the same effects on our skin as Shea butter does, but have a few additional uses.

1. Cocoa butter contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), which helps ease dermatitis or rashes. CMP may also inhibit the growth of cancerous cells and tumors.

2. According to Vitaminstuff.com, cocoa butter purportedly helps relieve fibromyalgia and psoriasis. Medical News Today reports that cocoa also increases blood circulation.

Shea-body butter by Boots is a great winter investment for you skin. In addition to making me smell and feel like a live-walking piece of candy, it keeps my skin moisturized for the longest time. It absorbs fast, and skin is left with a velvety softness to it.
It is also a bargain at £10! Boots products can be found at your local pharmacist in Norway, or at any Boots store in the UK.
If your looking for a more luxurious version, the L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream 200ml/7oz
is a good option. I've used this one as well, great luxurious, and natural.
$47,50 with free delivery from strawberrynet.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream 200ml/7oz