There is this very large, long-standing flea market in Sanford, FL. I loved going to it when I lived here the first time (’88 to ’92). And I still love going. It’s best I go alone because, even though I have an incredibly understanding husband, he can’t hide boredom. After 30 minutes at the market, he’s ready to go.
So, I did make it a day, last weekend, to visit. I had a very good time even though it was almost 100 degrees. Luckily, the market is covered, not air-conditioned, but with lots of fans with water spraying into them making a fine, cool mist.
One of the vendors I visited with was a couple, originally from Connecticut, who was selling, among other natural products, shea butter, African Black Soap and fragrant oils. They had a large bowl set out with a mound of fresh shea butter in it. I asked if I could try some and the woman said sure, that’s why they had that out. First I swiped up a bit, smelled it and then proceeded to smear it on my cuticles and knuckles. It felt buttery, melted quickly, smelled nutty and earthy and softened up my cuticles, hands and knuckles. Damn! It was fine! With what bit I knew about shea butter, the nice woman went on to tell me more about it. The women of West Africa make this from a nut off a tree. They have used it for centuries for softening their skin and hair.
Without further ado, I asked the price. They had two sizes, one was the size of a small deli container, which is the amount I got, shown here, and the other was in the size of a larger plastic deli container. The smaller was, get ready….$3!!! The larger….$5!!!! The $3 size is, at least, about 3 times the size of my Lush Lemony Flutter. ~gasp!~
The deli plastic container was too difficult to take the seal off without tearing a nail. So, I transferred the butter into a small ‘Lock-N-Lock’ container. Plus, it is sealed a bit more airtight.
It really is as creamy as it looks. Melts on contact with the skin. Smells nutty but softer. And I love it (hushed whisper…better than Lush!!! SSHHHHHhhhhh!) The only thing that the Lemony Flutter has over this shea butter is the lemony smell.
Shea butter is one of the ingredients of Lemony Flutter but, all those other ingredients seem unnecessary after experiencing natural Shea. Three bucks!!! I can’t get over it!!
The husband of this team shared with me the benefits of the African Black Soap. I’m kicking myself now for not getting it. I came home and googled info on the soap. It’s true, it’s not really black in color. But the uses of it are amazing. Let’s just say my skin needs this! It’s wonderful for all types of skin from oil, to acne, but is especially good for dry skin. I’m not terribly dry but, enough that I try to stay ahead of getting dried out. I’m using it nonstop on my cuticles, both hands and feet. Works to soften my elbows and heels too. And after I finish rubbing it on my body, I pat my hands over my face to put just a hint on there too.
Now the question is for me, how long will I go before heading back out to the flea market and getting that black soap? 😉
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I think I got a home run with the Shea Butter. What do you think? Have you had the chance to try raw Shea Butter? How about the African Black Soap?