Product Review| Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo + Conditioner + Masque

by West Parsons on September 28, 2014 · 11 comments

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This product line seems to be the Beyoncé of Shea Moisture’s product lines. No advertising. No marketing. Products just appeared on store shelves and people went crazy! As far as I know, you can only purchase this specific line at Target — not even on Shea Moisture’s own website.

Here’s a little background on the ingredients being toted:

Manuka Honey happens to be what is considered medical-grade honey and is quite expensive. It is cultivated in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the manuka bush. Producers of honey have created the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), identifying the concentration of metholyglyoaxl which has a powerful germ killing property. This type of honey is regarded for its internal and external healing properties. In the case of hair care, its great for the scalp.

When looking at the ingredients of these products, though the name of the product line leads you to believe the product contains manuka honey, the ingredients list only says “honey.” In my opinion, that is not the same. Considering the price range of this product line is similar to all other Shea Moisture product lines, all signs point to Nah, that ain’t manuka honey (lol)I’ve e-mailed Shea Moisture for a definite answer. I’ll update if I ever receive a response.

Mafura Oil is a highly moisturizing oil with high anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It comes from the mafura tree and can be found in many products already, such as Ouidad Meltdown Extreme Repair Mask.


Shampoo ($10 13oz)
Like the last Shea Moisture shampoo I reviewed, this also did a great job of cleansing my scalp without leaving my hair feeling stripped. All flakes, and there were many, were gone by the time I applied the conditioner.

Conditioner ($10 13oz)
I’m still not quite sure why I purchased, considering I’m not a co-washer and I prefer deep conditioners. But after using this wash-out conditioner, I was glad I did! I shampooed, rinsed and  added about 3 pumps of this moderately thick conditioner to each section, easily detangled and re-twisted. After about 10 minutes, I rinsed and my hair (while in twists) and it felt so nice and soft! If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn it was a deep conditioner treatment.

Deep Conditioner Masque ($12 12oz)
This thick masque was applied to each section and I topped with a plastic cap and hair therapy wrap. Six hours later, while rinsing each section I thought Shea Moisture has hit the jackpot! My hair was soft, curls were springy, cuticles felt smooth. It all rinsed quite clean — no shower jump backs needed.

shea moisture manuka honey masque


I’m thoroughly impressed with Shea Moisture’s latest releases! More so the Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil products (even though I doubt manuka honey was actually used) and this is coming from a person who reviewed the  Coconut & Hibiscus line years ago and hadn’t re-purchased any Shea Moisture products since.

This time around I was even more impressed with the rinse-out conditioner. If you are a co-washer, head to Target now!  This line appears to be selling out fast. No matter which store I went to, there were no more than 2 products on the shelf.  I suggest ordering online and picking up in-store (use search term Shea Moisture Community). 

Other Shea Moisture Reviews
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, Treatment Mask, Styling Lotion & Edge Treatment
Coconut  & Hibiscus Curling Control Shampoo, Raw Deep Treatment Masque, Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Have you tried this line? What are your thoughts?


Leah GRH September 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

I have so wanted to try this line, but I’m not in a position to buy any new products right now. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the review.

tbaby September 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

So glad you were able to do this review, because I picked up this product twice and put it back down. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to try on a product without reading some research from my favorite bloggers!

Will definitely be picking up a few products from this line!

West Parsons September 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Awww. You’re too kind. But yes! Definitely try it out!

Tawn September 29, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Thank you for this review. I purchased these products and I am quite pleased. The shampoo works well…does not strip. The conditioner is incredible…provides “some” slip but what is amazing is the curl definition! Gulp! I thought of leaving it in my hair as a styling agent…that is how much definition I had. WOW. Then I came to my senses and rinsed it out. Soft hair. No complaints!

Lakeisha October 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

Great review! I can’t wait to try this entire line!

West Parsons October 16, 2014 at 1:03 am

Thanks! Def let me know your thoughts!

AmeeraNakisha October 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I think I’ll give this a try. In the past I haven’t been impressed with their products but I trust your opinion

West Parsons October 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

I felt the same way. I still don’t have any interest to divulge in the super fruit and the others, but these are worth the good ol’ college try.

Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club January 9, 2015 at 4:38 pm

I have not tried this product yet because I remain on the fence about Sheamoisture but I am hearing some pretty good reviews from trusted YouTubers and bloggers so I just may trek on to Target today and check this out. Thanks for the review.

West Parsons January 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Just do it!

Lita August 11, 2015 at 10:49 am

I def want to try this new line. Im so in love with their strengthen, grow, and restore line. Im glad they came out with a moisturizing one. You can find this line @ Ulta also.