Ingredients: Shea butter, Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Lavender essential oil, Basil essential oil, Rosemary essential oil, Ylang Ylang essential oil, Vitamin E oil.
Size: 8 ounces
Price: $3500 GYD
Bought at: Koko, 83 Robb Street
I first tried this shea butter mix last November when I found it at the Spa at Princess Hotel. I am a sucker for branding and packaging, and loved that the butter came in a little mason jar. The company is pro-recycling so you can return your empty, undamaged jar for 15% off your next buy-- that takes it down to $2975 per jar, which may be a bit more palatable to the general public. I actually kept mine and currently store my lipsticks in them.
Anyone who actively buys natural products for their hair and body have already accepted that it will cost them an arm and a leg. Comparable products available in Georgetown from foreign brands like Shea Moisture and Cantu also run between $3200-$4500, so the pricing isn't that far off. The price shocked me initially but I do think its reasonable, considering premium ingredients are used, AND there is premium packaging.
But i really, really like how this smells, its almost a woodsy, subtley minty, smell. I find raw shea butter a bit harsh, and this does a good job of masking it, so i definitely don't mind smelling like it all day.
The butter is really thick but creamy; it's also super light and true to its description of whipped. Application on both hair and body is very smooth and it absorbs into my skin really quickly. I think it was made for hair specifically, but when I first bought it I still had a pixie cut so I ended up using it as a lotion and lip balm and I became obsessed! My skin was soooooooo soft! When I did start using it on my hair I saw an immediate difference in how my curls dried and overall moisture retention.
The logo is very clear, i understood it right away-- it's an outline of an afro which in retrospect makes me wonder why I didn't think get that this was a hair product. I think all the colours inside afro are a visual to go with the name Radiante. I am the definition of a font snob, I just don't understand the need for 4-5 fonts for your branding-- you can see what i mean in the image on the left. Pick two fonts, a regular and an accent and use different weights and letter spacings.
The added touch of the hangtag tied around the lid is great-- gives the buyer additional information as well manufacturing and usage directions.
Something for the brand to think about is marketing this as hair AND body treatment, it really is unbelievably moisturizing and you see an instant difference in your skin!
Overall Experience: 9.5/10