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Tracy Frank, Published October 24 2012

Thursday review: Body butter effective, potently fragrant, a bit pricey

FARGO – This time of year, colder temps and indoor heat can leave my skin feeling dry and irritated.

I recently tried Yamerra all-natural shea butter hair and body butters and found they are great for dry skin. It even works to soften cracked heels and tame frizzy, flyaway hair.

Yamerra is a handmade, all-natural organic skin and hair care line made with shea butter, herbs and oils.

The butter feels greasy when first applied, but absorbs into the skin and leaves it feeling moisturized long after it is applied.

The website cautions to use the products sparingly as a little bit goes a long way. I found this to be true, especially when used in the hair.

The products are rather spendy. A half-ounce pot of the hair and body butter costs $12. Four ounces of the product sell for $30.

While the products do work, their scents are very potent. If you like lotions with strong aromas, you’ll probably love these. But if you’re sensitive to fragrances, be warned, the scent of these body butters lingers even after several hand washings, and it clings to sheets and clothing.

The hair and body butters come in seven scents: honey vanilla, jasmine sage, lavender, healing lemongrass, mango, peach peppermint and tangerine grape.

The products can be found online at www.yamerra.com.

Yamerra’s founder, Maryam Moma, is a Tanzanian-Nigerian fashion model and entrepreneur. She created Yamerra to improve the quality of skin and hair care using only natural and organic ingredients, according to Yamerra’s website.