Taraji Henson Talks Moisturizer and Poop (Yes, Poop)
And she's got beauty advice about both you don't want to miss
Henson, known for her roles in Hustle & Flow" and "Talk Like a Man," recently teamed up with Jergens to promote their new shea butter line. She narrates the beauty company's mini-documentary "Women's Gold: The Empowering Story of Shea Butter," which details how Jergens sources its shea butter from cooperatives to help African women be economically independent.
When I caught up with Henson -- she's charming and hysterical, by the way -- she admitted that before working with Jergens, she'd been clueless about shea butter. "It's been a secret of African women for centuries," she said. "But I didn't even really know what it was." (Hey, spokespeople can't be experts on everything they endorse … can they?) "Sure, I've used products with it before, but now I understand why it's so good," she said. (It's natural, high in omega acid, and gentle enough for super sensitive skin.) Now, Henson loves using this intense moisturizer when the changing seasons dry out her skin. Her favorite way to use shea butter: slather it on her feet and wear socks to bed.
As much as Henson loves the shea butter line, it was not the product she named (much to Jergen's chagrin) when I asked for her number-one, must-have beauty product. Not by a long shot. Her indispensible pick has nothing to do with masking crow's feet or age spots. Instead, it covers up odors. In the bathroom. "There's a spray called Poo-Pourri!" she said with wild excitement. "Women need to know about this -- this is a major beauty secret."
"Poo-pourri?" I asked. "As in, the bathroom spray?" (We wrote a story back in May calling the spray vulgar.)
"Just one spray before you go, and no one else will ever know!" Henson said, reciting the company's tagline. "I keep one in every handbag and bathroom. I give it to everyone I know as Christmas gifts. You just spray it in the water before you, you know, go."
Do I smell (ew, sorry) another partnership for Henson?