May 2, 2016

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub Review

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Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub

I picked up Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub ($9.99) earlier last month in the hopes this would be a moisturizing way to exfoliate my dry face. Everyone tells you how important exfoliating your face is but what they don’t tell you is that it happens to be a chore for those of us with drier skin.

I’d say exfoliating once every two weeks is plenty enough for dry skin. Why? Because over exfoliating actually causes your skin to become drier. So, you might be busy sloughing away dead skin with your favorite exfoliating treatment but that formula might be stripping your skin of much needed oil therefore resulting in further dryness.

It’s always a challenge finding an exfoliating facial scrub that’s creamy, hydrating, and grainy enough to actually buff away drier skin. I knew that going into my purchase of Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub it was likely going to give me two out of the three of those benefits and I was right assuming that.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub ($9.99) is beautifully formulated. It’s very creamy with a light earthy fragrance that’s much more pleasant than the Hydrating Mud Mask from this collection. It smells a lot more like shea butter than it does the frankincense and myrrh (according to the brand this is great for revitalizing dullness but after using the scrub and the mask my dullness sadly remains) it apparently contains.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub swatches

This would be an incredible formula except for the fact it contains jojoba beads to exfoliate. I find jojoba beads to be absolutely useless for exfoliation. They tend to slip and side around my face but don’t aren’t effective enough nor grainy or harsh enough to scrub away drier skin. I suppose jojoba beads are great if you have sensitive skin and you want a more gentle scrub. But even then, if you have drier skin you’re going to need something a little harsher whisk away flakier, drier skin.

The actual base is beautifully creamy as I mentioned above. It feels like a heavy body cream and is quite hydrating during application and well after. It takes a little elbow grease to remove it completely but it doesn’t strip skin nor does it dry it out. But sadly, the scrubbing action isn’t terribly great so I might be a bit softer after using this but my flakier, drier areas that I wanted to remove are still very much there.

Oh well!

Love the idea of Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub but it’s just not as effective as I had hoped for.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub is available now at drugstores or grab it at and

Tried it?

Do share your results!

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash & Scrub4

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  • Gillie

    I love this brand. It’s too bad the scrubbies aren’t up to snuff in this particular product, because so much of their other stuff is great. 🙁

  • Cheryl

    I love Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, available from Birchbox. I use it in the shower after cleansing my face, and find the extremely fine microdermabrasion crystals to be very effective, but not overly irritating, even when my skin is feeling sensitive. In the winter time, when my skin is dry and flaky, it does a nice job of stripping off the dead junk without further depleting my skin. You may like it!

  • genevieve

    It sounds like a great product – creamy and everything, but the scrubby part does not do its job. I agree with you Isabella about over scrubbing your face. You wouldn’t do that to your body as it does strip the skin of vital oils. I have dry skin too and about once a fortnight I use the Aveedo Sensitive Scrub and that does the trick.

  • Rachel

    I don’t know how abrasive you like your exfoliators to be, but I have had great luck with the little container of dermabrasion crystals that Cocoa Pink sells. It’s just the crystals, so you can mix it with whatever cleanser you want, and use as much or as little as you need. I put a teensy bit in with my Cetaphil cleanser once every week or two. The crystals are pretty abrasive, but when I don’t feel like my skin can handle that, I just use less of the crystals and more of my cleanser. I prefer it to any other scrub I’ve tried (except maaaaaaaybe my MAC Volcanic Ash one, which I just can’t quit!) and it’s only like $4.50 for the tiny container that has lasted me well over a year!

    • Isabella Muse

      oh interesting thanks Rachel! I’m going to try those! I like Cocoa Pink’s fragrances but never knew she carried dermabrasion crystals, cool!