Try It Tuesday: Viva Organic Shea Butter


Viva Organic Shea Butter
Manufacturer: Viva Naturals
Size / Weight: 16 oz.
Source: product provided by the manufacturer for review

  • Certified Organic Grade A Shea – White shea butters are stripped from their natural color and nutty aroma, destroying nutrients and antioxidants. Our shea butter is raw, unrefined and ivory- the way any high quality shea butter should be.
  • Softer, Creamier Texture – Most shea butters are in block form, making them difficult to spread and apply to skin. Our Ugandan shea has a higher oleic content, lending a silky smooth consistency for everyday hair and skin care.
  • DIY Soaps and Lotions – Shea butter is so versatile it can be used in any homemade beauty recipe. Fill soap moulds with shea butter, Viva essential oils and coconut oil as natural skin food.
  • Nourishing Body Butter – Apply shea butter after showering to keep skin plump, supple and youthful. Nutrients like vitamins A, E and essential fatty acids found in shea soothe dry rough patches. Can be used as an everyday moisturizer too!
  • Stretch Mark Rescue – As a hydrating emollient, shea butter is an inexpensive alternative to lotions and ointments. Apply to affected areas to help fade the look of stretch marks and replace lost fatty acids.


Review:  I freely admit that I knew next to nothing about shea butter before picking up this jar from Viva Naturals.  What little I did know was that it’s often used in lotions.  Since I have a mild psoriasis on my elbows and knees, I thought I’d try it out.

BeforeBefore I started using the shea butter, I took a before picture of my knee.  It had scaly skin and is pretty flaky.  It generally doesn’t itch, but it’s definitely not attractive and often keeps me from wearing shorts in public.

I used the shea butter on my knee almost daily for two weeks.  I could feel an almost soothing sensation as it was applied.  Out of the jar, the shea butter is a little coarse and lumpy.  But as it’s warmed in my hands, it actually becomes a little oily.

Two weeks have passed since I started using the shea butter on my knee and there’s a definite difference in the look of the psoriasis.  It’s less flaky, less red and while it was never *really* itchy, it’s even less itchy now.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well the shea butter has worked and I’m looking forward to find out some new uses for it.  One that I’m eager to try is a hair mask for dry scalp…

If you have dry skin issues, I’d encourage you to give shea butter a try.