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Thank Your Skin

Tonight I’m sitting at the kitchen table, talking and half listening to NPR on the radio. I’m thinking about the process of anointing myself with oil, and what it means for my body.

Skin: It’s the largest organ in our bodies.

I’m talking with my partner; just the two of us are at the table, and I’m putting small amounts of a body butter on my arms and legs. A little at a time. As I do this I’m thinking for a moment about each part of my body. My ankles, and what they do for me everyday. How they carry me around. I’m thinking about ingredients. And how this Lavender is such a soothing thing to put on my feet. I’m thinking about my calf muscles. They get sore when I stand too long or when I sit too long. I’m enjoying the massage and the cool touch of Aloe in this particular cream. I’m using just pea sized amounts and spreading it out, a tiny bit at a time. I’m thinking about my knees. About a car accident when I was younger and the leftover ache. I’m thinking about my scars, and how much my body has been through over all these years. I’m grateful. I’m thinking about the pointy elbows that embarrassed me as a teenager. I’m thinking about all the times that these elbows took a hit so that some other part of me wouldn’t have to…

There’s something about skin. Maybe I’m thinking about it because I’m on a journey that loves my body, and I’m trying to mirror that Love. It covers every inch of us. When I think about skin, I thank everything that lies underneath of it. What a remarkable gift, to have a heart that beats and moves my blood without my conscious thought! To have cells that grow and duplicate and heal while I remain unknowing… But I do know that whatever I touch and whatever touches me, will meet my skin along the way.

Earlier today I was mixing up a batch of my Lavender Recovery Recipe, so that’s what I was using tonight. It’s my favorite thing when I really want to soothe and nurture… The aloe is so amazing. I keep mine in the fridge, on the top shelf, and it gets hard. I take it out whenever I think about using it, and within a couple hours it’s soft and whippy. But when I’m impatient, like tonight, I just wash my hands really well and then dig it out of the jar, melting the chunks in my hands…

Because of this particular cream, I’m thinking about Luauna, a woman who inspires me constantly. I’m thinking about sending her another jar. I don’t think the last one had the Lavender in it. She is a beautiful soul. I’m thinking about giving this product to people who really need it. Good thoughts, while I take in the scent of pretty purple flowers, ceremonial herbs and ancient trees that stand strong in changing waters…

When we care for our skin, we can take the opportunity to think about all the parts of our bodies that are protected by this beautiful covering. We can massage the parts that are sore, we can water the parts that are dry, we can feed the parts that are trying to heal themselves… When we take that few minutes to care for ourselves, we’re better equipped to care for our world.

And by the way, if you or someone you know is going through radiation treatments or chemotherapy, has severe skin damage or a serious skin condition, I believe they might benefit from this particular product. Contact me ( and we’ll get them a Giving Jar. 

Spread the Skin Care Love & Enjoy your Day,

Shay Kelley


Purification Cream

Because if you’ve been using my creams on your face, your feet, your elbows, your hair, and everywhere else, you’ll eventually need a bigger jar! And this thick body butter is formulated for quick absorption on the large surface areas of the skin, like your legs, your stomach and your back. Check out these essential oils for aromatherapy! Citrus is good for a clear mind. 

Purification Cream Ingredients:

Raw, Unfiltered Shea Butter, organic Coconut Oil, organic cold-pressed Grapeseed Oil, Raw Wildflower Honey,          Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass & Lime.

$22 + $3 shipping and handling (9oz in a glass jar) 

If you cannot afford the retail price, I offer one-time wholesale discounts to friends and family and people who are having a hard time. Just shoot me an email at and I will cut the price in half for you! Much Love!

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

Just to say a little about where this idea came from; after I moved to the desert, my waist-length brown hair started breaking and falling out. I’ve had split ends for years, and I’ve never cut or trimmed my hair for some sort of strange spiritual reason that I won’t go into right now, so I ended up losing more than 12 inches of my hair length to breakage in less than a year. I actually cried over this… call me vain but I freakin liked having long hair. So I started looking things up, I switched to organic shampoo (really hard to find!) and tried to ditch the chemicals. I brushed my hair less, wore it up more often, bought a special hairbrush. I tried everything, nothing was working… if y’all have more suggestions I’ll still take them, but…

I started putting Shea Butter in my hair about the same time I started putting it on my skin. I had read that it should be applied to damp hair after a shower as a leave-in treatment, paying special attention to split ends. I did this, and probably over-did it. My hair looked greasy! I felt like I had just gotten out of the shower. And it had a strange, sticky feeling right after i put it on. There was no denying it though, it sealed my split ends and when it dried (or got absorbed, I guess) my hair was softer than it has ever been. I wondered how to combat the greasy side effects, so I played with the amount I used. I’ve found that the most appropriate application is to apply it only to the driest tips of my hair, piecing it out and covering the tips. I stay away from the roots until I’m getting ready to take a shower, and then I apply it lightly to my whole head.

This product came from the idea to add Juniper Berry, which helps with hair fall out and breakage, especially when applied to the roots, and Jojoba Oil, which is renowned for healing broken hair. After playing around with the proper application (that doesn’t make me look like a grease-head) I like it and use it after a shower about every other day.

The decision to make it available to you came from a friend of mine, who happened to ask if I had gotten my hair cut the other day…. She said it looked so nice, it looked freshly trimmed. I looked at the tips, and the ends don’t look split. I lose less hair in the shower and into my hairbrush. It feels like it’s getting thicker in the back. I think my hair is on the upswing. If you want to try it, let me know how it works for you.

Recovery Recipe Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment Ingredients:

Raw, Unfiltered Shea Butter, Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Raw Unfiltered Honey, Essential Oils of Juniper Berry, Cassia, Black Pepper, Sandalwood & Lemon

$17+ $3 shipping and handling (4oz glass jar)


Just for comparison

A friend of a friend mentioned a product she was using, and I looked it up. It’s the internet age, these things are two clicks away…. Right away I took a look at the ingredients list. I actually had to expand it, and then zoom out to fit it all on the screen for the shot.


Personally, this freaks me out. And they were charging $40 for less than 2oz of product. Here’s another example:


This is the back of a bottle of product I used to use on my face! Yikes! I checked some of the ingredients on this one. Here’s the verdict. Mineral Oil and Petrolatum are both petroleum byproducts that cannot be absorbed by the skin, they just sit on top of the surface. Practically useless. Cetyl palmitate is the ester derived from palmitic acid and cetyl alcohol. Cetyl Alcohol is an emulsifier, used to get the oil and the water to mix. Glycerin is essentially a byproduct of soap, and Glyceryl Hydroxytearate and Stearic Acid (which used to be harvested from the stomachs of farm animals and from the bodies of euthanized cats and dogs, but I think they’ve turned to more synthetic production methods) is also an emulsifier, used to make oil and water mix. I skipped down at this point because I was curious about that DMDM Hydantoin, and sure enough, it can potentially cause cancer and is rated a 7 out of 10 in toxicity (highly hazardous to health) by an environmental working group called Skin Deep. Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate is rated moderately hazardous because it can cause organ and tissue damage. The polymers haven’t been studied too much in America, but some production companies warn that repeated use can cause dermatitis. They are manufactured with Benzene, and some of that is proven to linger and be absorbed by the skin and into the blood, particularly in this specific polymer. Benzene is a known carcinogenic chemical, also found in our food. And our skin is the largest organ in our bodies.

Feel free to browse my ingredient list. Do some research. Make a decision that’s right for you. I’ve linked them all to websites that will assist you in getting more information, and some of them might even offer to sell you the ingredient or some other product. I don’t care! Buy it if you want it. My stuff is better for me. It uses all of these ingredients in combinations that heal, cleanse, moisturize and protect my skin in amazing ways. And they all come directly from the plants that have been healing us for eons. Ancient civilizations, indigenous cultures…

The root of all people grows in the earth where it was planted. Intuitively, people know what to do with these plants.

And I’m committed to learning. Every time you purchase one of my products, you are testing my intuitive sense of chemistry. It’s why I love feedback.

And I love these ingredients.

Unrefined, Raw Shea Butter. My primary ingredient. The foundation of my products. It has my name. It’s spectacular. Rich in vitamins A, E, D, F, and K. If you only read about one product, read about this one!

Raw Mango Butter. Found in two products, the Mango My Morning Cream and the Summer Day Skin Drink. Shea butter has more minerals and vitamins, but the absorption rate is faster with Mango, and it leaves a satin finish. There is no oily feeling, and it smells sweeter than Shea. They work fabulously together. Read More.

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Aloe Vera Juice. Found in the Lavender Recovery Cream, the Summer Day Skin Drink, and the Royal Jelly & Aloe Eye Cream. From a plant that grows plentifully in our farm store, and is propagating at fantastic rates. You can find it for sale at most garden stores, and it’s a great plant to have at the house for a summer sunburn. Read More.

Coconut Oil. Avocado Oil. Sweet Almond Oil. Jojoba Oil. Apricot Kernel Seed Oil. Grapeseed Oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Safflower Oil. Castor Oil. Sesame Seed Oil. Camellia Seed Oil. Evening Primrose Oil. Calendula Oil. Argan Oil. Emu Oil. Meadowfoam Oil. Raw Honey. Beeswax. Royal Jelly. Organic Comfrey Leaf. Vitamin E. Essential Oils & Absolutes

All of theses oils are cold-pressed and organic. If you have any other questions, feel free to email me.

Giving Jars

Remember I said that for every jar you buy, I’ll give one away?

So when you make a purchase, you help me help other people in all sorts of ways!

Since the beginning of May, (thanks to you all) we’ve given away 95 jars of these skin-healing products to 61 people in 23 different states!

Several people needed more than 1 product for specific health concerns relating to their skin. These issues have ranged from dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis to skin cancers and burns; even radiation damage caused by exposure to depleted uranium in Iraq. The recipients of these jars have reported that each of these skin conditions dramatically improved or completely healed with the use of these products.

I’m not a doctor, but that sounds like a great track record to me! And it motivates me to keep on spreading the Love out there to people who need relief. I’m hoping that eventually Shea By Shay will make it to all 50 states! If you know me and my history, then you know why that matters. And if you want to learn more about me, (your personal skin food creator) you can read about my 50 state, 50 week journey(s) on

If you need high quality skin care, especially for a medical issue, and don’t have enough money for it, send me an email at and I will see if I have a jar for you!

If you know someone with a skin condition who doesn’t have a budget to work with, and you would like me to send your Giving Jar to someone specific, include a note with the additional address when you place your order through paypal. With gratitude for your purchase, I’ll cover the shipping and handling to your friend myself.

Spread the Love!