I adore Shea Moisture, as I know many of you do,, so when I saw this new hand cream on the Ulta site ($5.99, 3.2 oz.) last month, I had to get it (you can also get it for the same price at Target). So let's see how it's been working for me!
Shea Moisture Zanzibar Marine Complex Replenish & Rejuvenate Hand Cream
with Black Pearl Protein & Sea Buckthorn Oil
(retail: $5.99 3.2 oz.)
From the Ulta website:
Zanzibar Marine Complex Replenish & Rejuvenate Hand Cream is a nutrient-rich long lasting treatment for the hands. Absorbs quickly to infuse skin with moisture while brightening and toning. Our exclusive blend of oils and marine extracts including Carrageen (Red Algae) provides all-day hydration to replenish and protect natural moisture reserves. Helps comfort even the driest hands. Zanzibar Marine Complex is a blend of Kelp, Carrageenan (Red Algae) and other Marine Algae Extracts that hydrate, nourish and protect skin. Black Pearl Protein is a symbol of timeless elegance. Helps moisturize and nourish skin while protecting against environmental effects. Sea Buckthorn Oil contains fatty acids, Phytosterols and vitamins that protect and nourish the skin.
SheaMoisture fights poverty! 10% of SheaMoisture Community Commerce product sales go to women-led businesses, to support communities that supply ingredients for our products. We help fund training and infrastructure to help them manufacturer their own high quality goods in their countries, and get fair prices for their goods and labor. This helps them to earn a better living and support their families, making a better life possible within their communities. It's not a donation. It's an investment in a fairer world.
It's kind of hard to see the ingredients in my pics so here's the full list from the Ulta website:
Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin (Vegetable), Carrageenan, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Algae Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Plankton Extract Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Phytate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Sodium Benzoate *Certified Organic Ingredient
Made in the USA
First, I love that this product has a teal blue streak running through it--it reminds me of toothpaste and I don't know why, but I kind of love that! In the tube, this product is very thick and it takes a bit of muscle to squeeze it from the tube. I have to press pretty hard on the tube to get it out, but I have a fix for that. I have been unscrewing it from the base, where the hole is bigger. I find that it's MUCH easier to squeeze it out of the larger hole because there's less resistance.
As for the texture, it's AMAZING. Yes, it's quite thick coming out of the tube, but the moment you start to work it into your skin, it immediately turns from a thick cream to a thick liquid. It reminds me of a whipped product; the moment it hits the warmth of your skin it breaks down and it's super easy to spread across the skin.
I find that I need about an inch-long strip to cover both of my hands. Actually, I need about an inch of product if I'm squeezing it from the smaller hole; if I remove the cap and squeeze from the larger hole I need about a half an inch. Either way, I need a tiny bit more product to coat both of my hands that I do from other hand creams in my stash, but I'm perfectly OK with that because this hand cream feels absolutely luxurious on my skin. It spreads so easily and it absorbs quickly, but it leaves a nice protective coating behind. It feels similar to the L'Occitane Shea Melting Honey Whipped Hand Cream ($12, 0.59 oz.), if you're familiar with that product. It's not sticky or tacky, but it feels just a tiny bit waxy. I'm super picky with hand creams and I can't stand weird residue on my hands, and this one doesn't bother me in the slightest. It feels wonderful on my hands, as long as I don't overdo it. If I apply too much, then it does tend to feel too heavy. So start small and add more as needed.
One application leaves my hands looking and feeling so smooth, soft, and hydrated for hours. This product lasts through one hand-washing for me, and sometimes two. I find myself reapplying about twice a day; once in the afternoon and once before bed. I've only been using this product for about a month now, so it's too soon to see if there are any real, long-term effects. But so far my hands generally feel a bit more hydrated when I'm using this product on a regular basis, even when the hand cream has worn away.
And finally, let's talk about the scent. I am NOT a big fan of aquatic/marine scents. Most of them tend to catch in my throat and make feel like I need to cough. But this is not one of those scents. To me, the marine note in this hand cream is softer than most. It's fresh and clean, but not heavy. And it's mixed with a very soft, floral, powdery note, which I adore. There is also a raw shea butter note here. Together, these notes combine to form a scent that is clean, soft, fresh and powdery, but there's also a slight earthiness to this scent due to the shea butter. I truly love the fragrance of this hand cream and it makes me happy every time I use it. I would consider the fragrance level medium. It's not a strong, in-your-face fragrance, but I definitely smell it during applcation and it lingers on my hands for a few hours (although I do have to put my hands right up to my nose to get a whiff of it after about 20 minutes).
FINAL VERDICT: Love, love, love. The texture is amazing, the formula is soothing and hydrating, it doesn't leave a weird finish on the skin, and the scent is absolutely beautiful. The only thing I can find fault with here is that it's difficult to squeeze this product out of the tube but like I said above, you can just unscrew the lid and squeeze it from the larger opening and that makes it a lot easier to dispense. If you're looking for a new, affordable hand cream, I highly recommend giving this one a shot.
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