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October 5, 2015

beauty scoop | hello hair hydrating mask island escape edition

With six moisturizing oils packed into a funky little pouch, Hello Hair’s Hydrating Mask makes deep-treating your mane manageable — no messy oil blending necessary.

hello hair hydrating mask

{Hello Hair sent me a sample of its Island Escape Hydrating Mask. It costs $18 for a 100-gram pouch.}

This Australian-made hydrating mask — Island Escape edition, of course — smells like a fresh piña colada and makes your hair feel silky to the touch.

The deeply nourishing oil treatment repairs and revitalizes summer-scorched (or color-scorched!) hair, temporarily binding split ends (get those trimmed, please) and giving the hair and overall touchably soft look.

Applied to dry hair, Hello Hair’s Hydrating Mask quickly absorbs and drenches each delicate strand with mega moisture; this is thanks to coconut oil, which is incredible at helping hair retain hydration.

After my first treatment, I noticed how soft, smooth and manageable my hair was. It responded well to styling products, but kept that sleek look without a weighted-down feeling. I couldn’t stop touching my hair!

The ingredients blend — anchored by coconut, olive and grapeseed — gives Hello Hair’s Hydrating Mask the perfect texture and weight. When I’ve oil-treated my hair with straight coconut oil, it’s been a pain to remove, leaving my hair either 1) extremely oily post-wash or 2) extremely stripped from over-washing to removed said oil.

I didn’t experience any of that with Hello Hair’s Hydrating Mask (and remember, I’m heavy-handed when it comes to beauty treatments!). Everything washed out easily, yet my hair was left with a wonderful sheen and softness.

hello hair hydrating mask

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Coconut oil, olive fruit oil, grape seed oil, castor seed oil, olive leaf extract, pomegranate seed oil, argan oil, vanilla oil, grapefruit peel oil, lime oil, glycerin

BONUS: Hello Hair Hydrating Mask Island Escape Edition is NUT-FREE in case you are allergic!

RANT: The full ingredients are not listed online! This is a major pet peeve of mine. While the key ingredients are listed, the grapefruit, glycerine and lime are not. I don’t understand why, so Hello Hair, can you please fix that? END RANT.

Besides the actual ingredients inside Hello Hair’s Hydrating Mask, I love the bright, fun and functional packaging.

The screw-top nozzle on the side makes applying oil directly to your scalp very easy, or you squeeze the perfect amount of oil directly into your hand.

The pouch packaging makes it easy to store — it doesn’t take up much space! — and an ideal candidate for keeping in the shower, since clumsy Kim over here is notorious for dropping glass (!) bottles in the bath.

Within this seemingly small pouch (about 3.5 ounces) is several hair treatments. If you have medium-length hair like I do, you can probably get five or six treatments out of this pouch, depending on how generous you are with your pours.

Overall, I think Hello Hair’s Hydrating Mask is a great purchase. I love the packaging and ingredients, and while they aren’t certified organic, I’m not a purist —but wouldn’t it be cool to see certified organic in this little pouch?

I think Hello Hair’s Hydrating Mask would make a lovely gift, too, especially for someone new to hair oils or green beauty.

Have you tried Hello Hair Hydrating Mask? What are your favorite hair oils? Do you even do hair oil treatments or nah? Tell me in the comments section!

September 5, 2015

beauty scoop | intelligent nutrients jasmine spirit essence 100% pure sambac

“No perfume without jasmine.”

There’s a reason why this old saying exists. Jasmine, the king of flowers, is the epitome of luxury fragrance, and has been a darling scent of the green beauty world for a while.

That’s why I was so taken by Intelligent Nutrients’ Jasmine Spirit Essence 100% Pure Sambac, potent, alcohol-based, sprayable aromatic perfect for adding a touch of captivating fragrance to hair, body and home.

intelligent nutrients jasmine spirit essence 100% pure sambac

{Intelligent Nutrients sent me a sample of its Jasmine Spirit Essence 100% Pure Sambac for review. It costs $95 for a 1.7-ounce glass spray bottle.}

Made from wildcrafted jasmine sambac flowers sourced from India, Intelligent Nutrients’ Jasmine Spirit Essence takes you straight to an intoxicating field of night-blooming jasmine with just one spritz.

To speak to the potency of this rich essence, it takes just one-half spray to scent my hair and another single spritz to be enough on my body to help layer my scents. Remember, I’m very heavy-handed! You just don’t need much, which means this $95 bottle will last a long time.

(You can see what other jasmine-infused products I love in my #12DaysOfJasmine series — this is post 10!)

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Grain Alcohol, Ethyl Palmate*, Ricinis Communis (Castor)Oil*, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)    *Certified Organic

Intelligent Nutrients uses certified organic jasmine sambac extract, which is subtly sweet upon application with an almost honeysuckle-like finish. In short, mouthwatering without being sickly sweet.

While I wouldn’t exactly call Intelligent Nutrients’ Jasmine Spirit Essence a perfume — that’s why it’s called an essence — it does have very perfume-like qualities in that it’s 1) a spray and 2) based in alcohol. That gives it the long-lasting scent, but without the headaches of conventional perfumes or synthetic scents.

It’s especially wonderful in the hair — I like to spray it into damp hair and then blow dry so the fragrance is intensified and locked in to every layer. I’ve also spritzed it onto my pillow at bedtime for a mind-altering, sexy goodnight kiss into dreamland.

But, I much prefer to keep this precious scent on my body, so using it as an additional layer of scent among my jasmine soaps, body washes, lotions, creams and solid perfumes adds that much more oomph to my scent wardrobe. And isn’t that what this entire series is all about, jasmine lovers?

Though I know it will take me a while to go through Intelligent Nutrients’ Jasmine Spirit Essence, it’s absolutely a repurchase. I love the versatility of it, and the idea of having the pure scent of jasmine in my hair — and anywhere else I choose to spritz this — will have me happily purchasing it again and again.

What kinds of jasmine fragrances (sambac, etc.) appeal to you? Have you tried anything from Intelligent Nutrients? Tell me in the comments!

August 14, 2015

beauty scoop | plantfolk flowers in her hair nourishing floral hair rinse

Want to smell like jasmine from head to toe?

Indulge your hair and scalp with the most nourishing, whimsical blend of flowers and herbs to leave your locks shiny and smelling of jasmine, rose, calendula and lavender.

That’s what I’ve been doing post-shower and in the evenings for the past few weeks, and that’s why I’m adding Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Floral Hair Rinse as my seventh product pick during my #12DaysOfJasmine series.

plantfolk flowers in her hair nourishing floral hair rinse

{I purchased Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Hair Rinse from the Plantfolk website. It cost $22 for an 8-ounce glass jar of dried flowers.}

Though I’m not really one to fuss over my hair, I was drawn to Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Floral Hair Rinse because of the simplicity of adding this ritual to my routine.

During my morning shower, I add piping hot water and two heaps of this blend into a bowl and let it steep while I wash up.

At the end of my shower, I simply dump the mixture (you can strain or not strain, depending on your preference and plumbing!) onto my head, allowing myself to take in the deeply alluring aromas of jasmine and rose.

I then wrap my hair into a towel turban and get ready, allowing the mixture to really penetrate my hair and scalp, leaving it with a soft scent of mixed florals topped off with a bit of calming chamomile and juniper.

plantfolk flowers in her hair nourishing floral hair rinse

The jasmine really shines through in this blend, and that’s what makes it feel so special.

Organic jasmine is second on the ingredients list, and at just one whiff of the dry blend, Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Floral Hair Rinse takes you into a bouquet of white flowers.

Just imagine how intensified that scent gets when you steep the dried jasmine and herbs.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Locally wildcrafted scarlet globemallow, jasmine flowers*, wild rose petals, calendula flowers*, horsetail*, chamomile flowers*, local lavender, milky oat tops*, red rose petals*, wildcrafted juniper, rosemary leaf* (*organic).

When I have a little more time — usually in the evenings as I’m winding down — I’ll take it even slower with this blend, allowing a proper steep and steam, holding my face over the bowl of dainty flowers so that my facial skin can get a dose of this aromatic treat before I dip my head into it.

While Plantfolk doesn’t promise miracles with this blend, it does promise the idea of magic: The magical, ceremonial feeling of pouring an infusion of flowers over your head.

Your results? A feeling of calm and delight from the warm water and scent of delicious jasmine, feeding your hair and scalp the delicate floral tea that it craves after a long day, or serving up your morning calm before you start anew.

Plantfolk’s Flowers in Her Hair Nourishing Floral Hair Rinse is on my repurchase list, as it captures the essence of beauty — and the beauty of jasmine, rose, calendula and lavender — so perfectly that I can’t imagine not indulging my hair and skin in this ritual for many moons to come.

How do you treat your hair? Have you ever tried a hair rinse? What products do you love from Plantfolk? Tell me in the comments section!

July 10, 2015

free stuff friday | now solutions #nowbebeautiful beauty stash

When I first made my transition into clean beauty in 2007, one of the first brands I explored was NOW Solutions.

They offered a great range of carrier oils, essential oils, clays and other natural skincare staples that got me hooked on going green. It was so easy to find whatever I wanted and get to DIY-ing.

Today, though, NOW Solutions boasts an even more impressive collection of natural beauty products — beyond base ingredients — that have piqued my interest. They’re cruelty-free, and many are gluten-free, vegan and contain certified organic ingredients.

now solutions personal care collection

{Photo Courtesy NOW Solutions}

Whether you’re restocking some of your favorite certified organic staples or interested in trying out a new scrub or toner, it’s time to #NOWBeBeautiful, because green beauty products have never been more accessible.

Below are my picks from the NOW Solutions Organic Home Beauty & Personal Care collection — and, you guessed it, what one lucky reader will win as well!

For the Face

now solutions natural beauty products

Green Tea & Pomegranate Purifying Toner

Extracts of arnica, aloe and cucumber in combination with vitamin E balance the skin while providing a final, deep pore cleansing post-wash.

Vitamin C & Oryza Sativa Gentle Scrub

Vitamin C, niacin and aloe gently unclog pores to reveal brighter, more even skin. Rice bran beads naturally exfoliate without feeling harsh or abrasive.

Nature’s Microdermabrasion

With the fine grit of volcanic sand, Nature’s Microdermabrasion restores and refines the skin while adding a shot of vitamin C to protect and mega doses of squalene, extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil to moisturize.

Rejuvenating Clay Mask

Packed with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and aloe, the Rejuvenating Clay mask deep cleanses without overdrying the skin. The convenient squeeze tube makes it a breeze to get in your weekly clay mask.

Organic Argan Oil

Expeller pressed and hexane free, NOW Solutions’ Organic Argan Oil soothes and moisturizes the skin. This multipurpose oil can also be used on the hair and nails, but I love reserving it for my skin.

For the Hair

now solutions natural beauty products

Coconut Oil

The ultimate hair treatment, coconut oil is a must-have in every green beauty’s bathroom. Deep treat your hair and scalp with this fatty acid-rich oil, or treat your legs to an incredibly smooth shave by massaging coconut oil all over before shaving. If your facial skin is not sensitive to coconut oil (mine isn’t), you can also use it as a makeup remover.

Citrus Moisture Shampoo

Even my fine, oily hair is in need of some extra moisture from time to time. NOW Solutions’ Citrus Moisture Shampoo gentle cleanses, protects and repairs the hair and scalp for an easy, sudsy wash.

Citrus Moisture Conditioner

What’s a great natural shampoo without its matching conditioner? This lightweight, moisturizing conditioner keeps hair looking and feeling smooth, and leaves it with a soft citrus scent.

For the Body

now solutions natural beauty products

Organic Shea Butter

Another fantastic, multipurpose product for the hair and skin, organic shea butter feels incredible on dry, cracked heels, elbows and any other spot that needs some intense, thick moisture. I also love using organic shea butter on my face when my skin needs a break from various scented oils and balms.

Cocoa Butter with Jojoba Oil

My mother, whose had four children yet has zero stretch marks, sings cocoa butter’s praises. This multipurpose butter is best on scars, stretch marks or as a preventative treatment for growing bellies. I love the comforting scent, and use it in a similar way that I use shea butter.

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May 25, 2015

beauty scoop | kumari luxury hair oil therapy

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to spend some time at the spas in the Caribbean.

One thing that stands out from my time in the Caribbean wellness centers was the deep conditioning, strengthening hair oil treatments I was left with after my facials or body work.

While I don’t have the luxury of traveling to the islands once a week / month / year, I do have the luxury of treating my hair to Kumari Luxury Hair Oil as often as I like.

kumari luxury hair oil

{Kumari sent me its Luxury Hair Oil to sample and review. It costs $38 for a 4-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Made with organic coconut, grapeseed and argan oils, Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Therapy deeply moisturizes the scalp and locks hydration into hair.

Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Therapy also includes a blend of Ayurvedic ingredients such as Yerba de Tago (listed as “eclipta alba” on the ingredients list) and licorice root to stimulate hair growth.

Rubia Cordifolia (Indian Madder), Sida Cordifolia (Bala) and Withania somnifera (Ashawagandha) are additional Ayurvedic herbs included to help strengthen and protect hair and scalp from the inside out.

The inclusion of these powerful, traditional healing herbs is what sets Kumari apart from many hair oils.

  • If you’re simply looking for a moisturizing hair oil treatment, coconut oil or any other favorite carrier oil will do.
  • If you’re looking for a scalp- and growth-stimulating hair oil treatment, Ayurvedic herbs and high-quality organic carrier oils win.

Here’s everything inside Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Therapy:

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnolia Acuminata Extract, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood), Eclipta Alba*, Rubia Cordifolia*, Sida Cordifolia*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)*, Hemidesmus Indicus Root*, Withania Somnifera* and Messua Ferra (Saffron). *Certified Organic Ingredients

Thanks to turmeric and sandalwood blending into the carrier oil base, Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Therapy has a warm, exotic scent. It’s not strong, but it’s not scentless. I barely notice it when I massage it into my hair and scalp before bed (if I’m doing an intensive treatment).

More often than not, I like to use Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Therapy as a pre-shampoo deep conditioning and strengthening treatment 30 minutes before my wash.

I simply apply about 3-4 droppers full of oil to my (dry) scalp, running the dropper through my hair and then combing and massaging it in. I then take an additional 2-3 droppers full into my hands and smooth the oil onto the ends of my hair.

Here’s a little tutorial from Kumari founder Aarti Gala for all you visual learners:

If your hair is dry and thick, you can also use Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Therapy as a styling oil to tame flyaways and keep hair silky.

As an oily, fine-haired girl, my hair cannot handle any heavy oils as styling aids, so I use my Kumari hair oil exclusively as a treatment. During cold weather, I try to use a hair oil treatment at least once a month, but for best results, you should use it weekly — or daily if you’ve got the luxury of time!

During warm weather, especially summer when you may be dipping into the ocean or pool, hair treatments are even more important. After a day out in the sun and in the water, be sure to treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment to restore moisture and prevent dryness and breaking.

Kumari Luxury Hair Oil Therapy has definitely earned a spot on my top shelf. It’s on the repurchase list thanks to its smart blend of Ayurvedic hair growth and strengthening ingredients; simple packaging that allows you to see the rich color of the oil (and how much you have left!); and exotic, herbal scent that transports me back to the islands.

Do you use hair oils? What do you look for in a great hair oil? How do you take care of your hair during extreme cold and extreme heat? Tell me in the comments section!

November 10, 2014

beauty secrets | the ultimate guide to natural shampoos

Welcome to another installment of my “ultimate guides” series, this time featuring my thoughts on green, natural shampoos.

This guide will be helpful for you if the following is true:

  • You have fine hair.
  • You have oily hair.
  • You have non-color-treated hair, or very gently color-treated hair that does not require a heavy moisturizing shampoo.

As with all of my “ultimate guides,” this ultimate guide to natural shampoos will be constantly updated as I try new products, and I’ll be sure to ping you with a social media update to let you know when it’s updated.

Now, onto the natural shampoo reviews!

*Indicates press sample. Yes, I do buy my own products, and yes, free stuff gets the same level of criticism as stuff I paid for myself!

(Bookmark for later reading: The Ultimate Guide to Natural Deodorants; The Ultimate Guide to Natural Mascaras; The Ultimate Guide to Natural Hand Creams; The Ultimate Guide to Natural Sunscreens)

ultimate guide to natural shampoos

{So clearly, there is a back-story to this photo of my friend Gina and me, circa 2009. After taking this picture, I looked at it and proclaimed, “Look how beaaauuuutttiful my hair looks!” So it was only fitting to use this as the picture for the ultimate guide to natural shampoos.}

Natural Shampoos I Liked and Will Repurchase

Acure Organics Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell Clarifying Shampoo ($9.99 for 8 ounces)

I like to keep a clarifying natural shampoo in my hair for weekly use — gotta de-gunk product buildup — but Acure Organics Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell Clarifying Shampoo, which features moisturizing avocado, argan and olive oils, is gentle enough for daily use.

I love the generous lather and light, fresh scent. I’ve repurchased this several times and would highly recommend it to anyone new to natural shampoos or looking to introduce a non-stripping, clarifying shampoo into their arsenal.

Acure Organics Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell Volumizing Shampoo ($9.99 for 8 ounces)

When I first met Acure Organics Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell Volumizing Shampoo, it was love at first lather.

Affectionately referred to as “the Acure shampoo in the blue and white bottle,” this is my hands-down favorite shampoo that I’ve repurchased time after time and constantly recommend to my fine and oily-haired friends.

My fine hair gets a boost of volume after using this natural shampoo (seriously, no product needed — just shampoo and a quick blow dry without any teasing), yet never feels depleted of moisture or shine. A+

*Avalon Organics Strengthening Peppermint Shampoo ($10.50 for 11 ounces)

It’s well-documented that I love minty-fresh products in my shower (as I’m a morning shower-taker but not exactly a morning person), so Avalon Organics Strengthening Peppermint Shampoo had an easy edge — but scent isn’t the only thing that matters in a natural shampoo, obviously.

I’ve been impressed with how well this natural shampoo has kept my hair looking sleek and healthy (though I’m in need of a trim!) without coating it in a ton of silcones.

*BeautyCounter Clean Everyday Shampoo ($20 for 10 ounces)

Gentle enough for everyday use, BeautyCounter’s citrus-scented natural shampoo breaks down buildup gently without leaving my hair feeling dry or static-y. There’s just the right amount of moisture, and I like the sleek, minimal packaging. This truly is a wonderful everyday shampoo that won’t strip your hair or leave it with a dull buildup.

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Cleansing Shampoo ($19 for 8.5 ounces)

Loaded with powerful ingredients such as green tea, avocado, bamboo, aloe vera, rice extract and vitamin E, Briogeo’s Be Gentle, Be King Cleansing Shampoo is perfect for fine, oily hair that needs moisture as well as a thorough cleansing. The lather is perfect, and the generous 8.5-ounce bottle rivals other luxury natural shampoos that match a high price but deliver less product.

*Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo ($24 for 8.5 ounces)

It’s quite surprising to me how much Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo captured my heart (hair?), but it did, thanks to the incredibly smooth, baby-softness it imparted on my hair without making it feel weighed down.

Seaweed extract, mango and apricot quench thirsty strands’ thirst without dousing them in excess moisture. It’s just enough to tame flyaways and set your hair up for a perfect, sleek blowout.

This natural shampoo is more expensive than I like to pay for natural shampoo, but it’s totally worth it.

John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo ($16 for 8 ounces)

John Masters Organics holds a special place in my heart. It’s one of the first green beauty lines I fell in love with when I made the switch to naturals back in 2007, and this is one of those solid, staple shampoos that just delivers.

With hair- and scalp-friendly ingredients such as lavender and rosemary, John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo stimulates the scalp and volumizes the hair. The ingredients list is quite impressive, with a cocktail of hair-healthy herbs and vitamins (I love when products include borage seed oil, one of my favorite hair/skin/nails supplement that I also take internally), and the price is reasonable.

Bonus: It’s easily available at Whole Foods and many natural foods stores.

*Josh Rosebrook Balance Shampoo ($30 for 8 ounces)

The day I first used this shampoo, my coworker noticed the natural volume in my hair — not an obvious tease and style, but a genuinely healthy-looking lift and shine in my hair.

This formula of this shampoo is very similar to Josh’s “Nourish,” except this one contains different deep cleansing and balancing oils, such as lemon, rose and grapefruit. In addition, aloe vera, African black soap and herbal infusions gently cleanse impurities and balance an oily scalp.

It takes a little more than typical of this shampoo to really get the job down (think half-dollar size), but with the right cleansing technique (sectioning, massaging and spreading!), you can maximize its reach.

Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Shampoo ($15.99 for 8.8 ounces)

Healthy hair is dependent on having a healthy scalp, and that’s why Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Shampoo is much-loved natural shampoo for me. This is one of those natural shampoos that I like to switch it up with if my scalp if feeling itchy (especially during season changes) and needs some attention.

With its amazing blend of botanical extracts, vitamins and essential oils, this natural shampoo brings out the best in your hair — think strong, beautiful, lustrous hair supported by a healthy scalp that’s free of irritation.

*Soignee Botanical Shampoo ($16.25 for 8 ounces)

Two words: Vanilla frosting.

That’s what this shampoo from Soignee smells like, and I cannot get enough of it. This luscious shampoo has a rich lather, is perm- and color-safe and is designed for all hair types. The moisture in this shampoo helps to tame flyaways and frizz, yet doesn’t weigh down fine hair.

Enriched with soy and wheat proteins as well as vitamins, herbal extracts and essential oils, this shampoo helps strengthen hair and leave it feeling silky and manageable.

*Stop the Water While Using Me! All Natural Rosemary Grapefruit Shampoo ($32 for 6.76 ounces / 200 ml)

Another fantastic natural shampoo for scalp stimulation and your morning wake-up call, Stop the Water While Using Me! All Natural Rosemary Grapefruit Shampoo provides a healthy lather and even cooler reminder to your bathroom guests to be conscientious about water use.

Though my hair is not currently color-treated, this natural shampoo, as invigorating as it is, is safe for color-treated hair and even better for fine, wimpy hair like mine that needs a boost. I’ve used this natural shampoo so many times and gone without my usual volumizing styling products post-shower — it’s that great at offering some lift! It’s on the pricier end for me, but I do like the convenient pump packaging in addition to the results. This is one that I would use a few times a week to clarify without overdrying.

*The Wonder Seed Hemp Shampoo, Sweet Orange ($15.95 for 8 ounces)

If you’re a fan of Acure Organics, but long for a bit more moisture, then you must check out everything from The Wonder Seed. This line takes advantage of the ultra-nourishing properties of hemp seed oil, and for dry or color-treated hair, this natural shampoo is absolutely fantastic.

For my fine, oily hair, though, this natural shampoo also does not disappoint. Little secret: With every shampoo I use, I always condition just the ends of my hair first, and then I shampoo. Does anyone else do that? That keeps my fine hair from being weighed down (which happens with this shampoo if I shampoo and then condition — I just don’t need that much moisture).

But with this way of washing, The Wonder Seed Hemp Shampoo in Sweet Orange delivers the perfect amount of flyaway-taming moisture with a delicious scent of sweet oranges. Sweet orange also helps balance the scalp’s natural oil profile and seals in moisture. Win-win, even for us oily gals!

Natural Shampoos I Liked But Will Not Repurchase

*Beesentials Honey & Botanical Sulfate-Free Shampoo ($12.99 for 8 ounces)

A simple, softly scented natural shampoo infused with nettle, propolis, chamomile, orange peel, yarrow and honey, Beesentials Honey & Botanical Sulfate-Free Shampoo produces a generous lather and leaves your hair feeling clean, soft and naturally beautiful. Honey and silk proteins naturally hydrate the hair while plant extracts strengthen and smooth the hair. I’m a bit smitten with the light, airy and slightly sweet scent of this natural shampoo.

While the packaging is a bit cutesy and young, this natural shampoo stands up to the other natural, luxurious picks on my list in both effectiveness and high quality ingredients. I like the bounce that this natural shampoo leaves my hair with, and it’s another one that my boyfriend gravitates to when he showers at my place.

Davines Authentic Cleansing Nectar Hair & Body Oil Shampoo ($28.50 for 280 ml)

Davines has been one of my cleaner beauty hair obsessions for years, and the Authentic Cleansing Nectar Hair & Body Oil Shampoo is no exception.

First, while you can obviously use any natural shampoo as a body wash as well, I like that Davines markets this with this cleanser. It’s gentle enough for true head-to-toe use, and the lather is just right for your hair (not too bold, but enough creamy bubbles to satisfy your mind). This mild, moisturizing natural shampoo is just a joy to use.

*Jason Gluten Free Daily Shampoo ($7.19 for 16 ounces)

For those who are truly sensitive to gluten and fragrances, Jason’s Gluten Free Daily Shampoo is an excellent pick. It has a fantastic lather, a generous-sized bottle and is extremely affordable. My no-frills boyfriend typically reaches for this natural shampoo when it’s stocked in my shower, and it could make an excellent guest bathroom / shower natural shampoo for guests who may be very particular about their scents.

For me, however, one of the biggest draws of shampooing daily (yes, I shampoo daily; I am hella oily) is enjoying the lather and scent of my favorite natural shampoos. I don’t wear perfumed hair oils, and rarely spray my hair with fragrance, so I rely on my shampoo to give my locks a fresh, alluring scent.

If I ever were to spritz my hair with scent, though, this would be a good natural shampoo to keep on-hand. So, while it’s in the “like but won’t repurchase” list, it really might be a repurchase to just have on hand. But I can’t make a category for that, so it goes here. :)

John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Shampoo ($14.50 for 8 ounces)

The definition of minimalist natural shampoos, John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Shampoo is packed with all the great ingredients you’d expect — jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, white tea and chamomile — without the scent that can conflict with some people’s personal preferences.

For me, though, this was a dealbreaker. I like for my natural shampoos to have some sort of pretty, clean scent. Everything else — lather, performance, ingredients, pricing — is on point. If you’re sensitive to scents or like to add natural perfume to your hair, this one is for you!

*Josh Rosebrook Deep Nourishing Shampoo ($30 for 8 ounces)

UPDATED: I’ve moved this shampoo to this section because I prefer Josh’s new “Balance” shampoo over this one — didn’t think it could get better for me!

I’m glad I received a small sample of Josh Rosebrook Nourish Shampoo in one of my green beauty boxes, because otherwise I wouldn’t have tried it! Now don’t get me wrong — I love and deeply respect Josh — but I tend to avoid moisturizing / nourishing shampoos because of how fine my hair is.

Josh has created a beautiful natural shampoo that works for various hair types. I’ve talked with my dry-haired friends about this shampoo and they’ve raved about how well it works for them. And here I am, the oil slick of the group, raving about this shampoo.

Again, this is one that’s on the pricier side for a natural shampoo, but it’s well worth it. Josh is thoughtful with his formulations (this puppy has aloe vera, African black soap, various organic oils and a multitude of hair-healthy herbs packed in!) and is extremely accessible via social media for any questions you may have about hair!

*Just Natural Hair Care Shampoo to Remove Build Up ($27.99 for 16 ounces)

Another fantastic clarifying shampoo, Just Natural Hair Care Shampoo to Remove Build Up is a great once-a-week treatment to truly de-gunk and start fresh.

I don’t recommend it for daily use, as it’s quite potent with its combination of aloe vera hydrosol, burdock extract, papaya extract, peppermint essential oil, cajeput essential oil and grapefruit essential oil, but it’s damn good at doing exactly what it says it’s going to do: Remove all that buildup!

Pro tip when using this natural shampoo: Be sure to shake it up to ensure all those cleansing ingredients are well-mixed.

Marketing tip for Just Natural: Update your packaging design! The pump bottle is awesome and so is the product, but the design of the label could use some love.

*Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo ($12.97 for 8 ounces)

Formulated for all scalp types, Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo contains argan oil, jojoba oil, almond peach kernal, camellia seed and avocado for a moisturizing yet weightless shampoo that’s appropriate even for fine- and oily-haired gals like me. Its lather is big, so if that’s important to you, this natural shampoo delivers, thanks to some cleaner surfactants (though cocamidopropyl betaine scores a 4 on the EWG ingredients list). This isn’t a traditionally heavy moisturizing shampoo (which is great for me!), so if you’re dry, you’ll probably just need to use this a few times a week with a weighty conditioner for added moisture.

*Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo ($20 for 6.8 ounces)

Designed for sensitive scalps, Odylique’s Gentle Herb Shampoo delicately cleanses and nourishes the hair and scalp with aloe vera juice and coconut oil as well as a host of healing herbs such as horsetail, rosemary and chamomile.

Though it’s formulated as a gentle shampoo, there’s a nice lather that’s not overpowering nor underwhelming. It’s the perfect in-between for someone whose scalp needs to retain some moisturizing oils, but likes the feeling of a gentle lather throughout the hair.

I was very impressed with this shampoo. The only reason it’s not likely to be on my repurchase list is access; Odylique doesn’t appear to be readily available in the States just yet.

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo ($32 for 9.3 ounces)

I go back on this darling of the green beauty world. Rahua Voluminous Shampoo works well on my hair when it comes to volume, but I’m just a bit unsure on the scent — think black licorice — and I just cringe at paying this much for a natural shampoo that I’m not totally in love with.

As far as performance and packaging, Rahua is spot-on. Gorgeous and effective! It’s just not quite the right fit for what I want and need in a natural shampoo.

*Rare Elements Pure Shampoo ($38 for 8.5 ounces)

Rare Elements Pure Shampoo is the best of luxury and natural, and the subtle, earthy scent is soothing to my senses. This shampoo, though, is not absolutely necessary for me — I’ve had similar or better experiences with other better-priced shampoos on my repurchase list. But, it’s definitely one to consider and one that I appreciate!

The lather is lower than many on this list, but the texture of the actual shampoo is thick and coating, allowing you to massage your hair and scalp and rest assured that you’re not overdrying or stripping your hair.

Instead, you’re drenching your locks with rare Kalahari watermelon seed oil that naturally dissolves sebum and other buildup. Blackseed oil, murumuru utter and marula oil pamper your hair and scalp with moisture. While this natural shampoo is suitable for all hair types (I had zero issues with weight!), it is especially wonderful for color-treated or moisture-deprived hair.

*Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo ($12 for 8 ounces)

Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo takes advantage of luscious oils such as kukui seed, argan, moringa and coconut to drench your hair in a sea of moisture — yet it doesn’t weigh down my baby-fine hair, and it somehow offers a nice, gentle lather that even a newb to natural shampoos would appreciate.

I’m on the fence with this one because of the inclusion of honeysuckle extract as a preservative. There’s a lot of other great natural shampoos out there that omit this controversial ingredient, which gives them the edge.

Natural Shampoos I Did Not Like and Will Not Repurchase

*Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Shampoo in Plumeria ($10.50 for 12 ounces)

This natural shampoo is simply too heavily scented for my tastes. The lather is great and the ingredients are clean, but I’m kind of wondering if that addition of “fragrance” at the end of the ingredients list is bugging me. Holy smell zone.

Aubrey Organics Rose Mosqueta Nourishing Shampoo ($10.48 for 11 ounces)

I used Aubrey Organics Rose Mosqueta Nourishing Shampoo two years ago when I was regularly coloring my hair and wanted a safe, gentle, natural shampoo. It served those purposes, but it did nothing for volume

*Just Natural Hair Care Shampoo for Oily Hair ($24.99 for 16 ounces)

Despite being formulated and marketed for oily hair, Just Natural Hair Care Shampoo for Oily Hair did absolutely nothing for me. I didn’t see any difference in volume after using this, and I had issues getting this natural shampoo to lather up to my liking. You can’t win ’em all, eh?

*Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo ($17 for 8 ounces)

This daily use shampoo produces a low lather that just couldn’t seem to get my oily scalp clean. By mid-day after a wash, my hair was limp, oily and sad. I think this shampoo would be better suited to someone with normal or dry hair and scalp.

*Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo ($14.95 for 8 ounces)

While I don’t suffer from dandruff, I do experience irritation on my scalp (think bumps and scabs). I though Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo could provide some comfort and relief, and while it did, it dried out my hair in the process. I could never get the right balance of conditioner to keep my hair from going through that dehydrated/over-oiled feeling from attempting to compensate with additional conditioner. I think, instead, this would be a good shampoo to concentrate only on the scalp to truly treat and massage, and then finish off the rest of the hair with a shampoo that’s a bit more balanced.

*Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo ($13.95 for 8 ounces)

My scalp tends to get problematic, with blemishes and dead skin irritation, so Maple Leaf Holistics’ Tea Tree shampoo immediately appealed to me. It’s designed to treat these very issues, and my love for tea tree oil is truly head to toe. However, similar to Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo, this special formula shampoo should be reserved for only the scalp. It’s just too drying to the rest of the hair, leaving it with a “squeaky clean” feeling that has my hair ending up feeling very straw-like once I’ve blown it out.

*Mineral Fusion Hair Repair Shampoo ($9.99 for 8.5 ounces)

This natural shampoo is clearly for dry or damaged hair, so it’s a bit unfair of me to judge it, as it’s not the right fit for my oily, fine hair. But, in case you are tempted by it and have hair like mine, just don’t. It will weigh your hair down. Instead, consider it as a luxe hair conditioning treatment for a night in (followed by a great wash in the morning).

*Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo ($28.88 for 18 ounces)

This is another natural shampoo designed for color-treated hair, but my real issue with it was the scent. It was just too strong for my liking. Lather was great, and it’s a wonderful brand regardless, but scent is just hard to nail down sometime!

*Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Shampoo for Normal and Straight Hair ($19.99 for 10.14 ounces / 300 ml)

Another disappointment in the lather department, Surya Brasil Amazonia Preciosa Shampoo for Normal and Straight Hair was extremely runny and didn’t feel like it was getting my hair clean.

I know that lather is not an indicator of cleanliness, but my issue with a non-foaming natural shampoo is that I never have an indication that I’ve used enough product or covered all my hair for a good cleanse. Call it psychological, but those powers are fierce! Besides that, I didn’t notice a difference in volume — in fact, my hair looked a little flat after using this.

*Tammy Fender Omega Rich Hair Cleansing Creme ($45 for 8 ounces)

Extremely soft and milky with a luxurious scent, Tammy Fender’s Omega Rich Hair Cleansing Creme is one that I wish I could love, but just can’t. My oily, fine hair needs some oomph to really to clarify and cleanse, and this cleansing creme is just too gentle (and doesn’t lather) to get my hair and scalp feeling clean. I think this would be better suited to someone with very dry hair or with delicate curls that need extra moisture and very little lather.

*True Nature Botanicals Shampoo  ($32 for 8 ounces)

I wanted to love this shampoo. The packaging is sleek and functional (love the pump applicator!), but the formula was just lacking for my fine, oily hair.

This shampoo is designed to cleanse, hydrate and strengthen, but I feel like it was too hydrating for my hair. After shampooing and blow drying, my hair still looked and felt limp, and my naturally oily scalp wreaked havoc on my hair by mid-day. Here’s to hoping TNB formulates something new to help us greasy gals!

October 28, 2014

beauty scoop | dr. alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil

While I’m all about multipurpose products, I don’t typically think of my precious facial oils as the types of oils I’d slather on from head-to-toe.

It’s not that I don’t want to bathe in most of my facial oils; it’s just that most of my facial oils come in 1-ounce dropper bottles that cost at least $100 a pop.

With Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil, though, I have the luxury of being able to truly go from head to toe in it, and at $90 for a 4-ounce bottle, it’s a bit easier to justify said oil baths.

dr alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil

{Dr. Alkaitis sent me a sample of its Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil to review. The travel set, which includes the Treatment Oil, costs $55. A full-sized treatment oil costs $90 for a 4-ounce bottle.}

Designed to be enjoyed on the face, body and hair (truly head-to-toe!), Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil is a thicker oil made from a base of virgin cold pressed organic jojoba oil, St. John’s Wort and Andean Mountain rosehip seed oil.

This ultra-luscious golden-hued base is infused with Dr. Alkaitis’ signature thoughtful herbal blend that targets dryness, redness and itchiness.

Wildcrafted herbs such as Indian madder, country sarsaparilla, country mallow, China root, costus, white sandalwood, cuscus grass, eagle wood, nut and bermuda Grasses and ashwagandha work together with organically grown Amazon root, liquorice and tumeric to deliver an incredible dose of antioxidants to troubled skin, soothing inflammation and calming the mind with its dusty, herbal scent that’s perfect for men or women.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Into a base of virgin cold pressed organic oils (organic Jojoba*, St. John’s Wort* and Andean Mountain Rose Hip seed* oils), the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended:

Indian Madderº, Country Sarsaparillaº, Amazon root* and Liquorice*. Country Mallowº, Turmeric*, China rootº, Costusº, and White Sandalwoodº. Cuscus Grassº, Olive*, Eagle Woodº, Nut Grassº, Bermuda Grassº and Ashwagandhaº. Also added are natural vitamin E complex (D- alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols) and 100% pure Essential Oils.

* – Signifies certified organically grown.
º – Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

dr alkaitis organic nourishing treatment oil

In the hair, Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil imparts gloss and shine while gently addressing any irritation you may experience on your scalp.

(If you’re seriously acne-prone like me, you know what a literal pain it is to deal with breakouts in your scalp. This stuff moves those little suckers along nicely and without much drama.)

On the face, Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil drenches the skin in a lavish cocoon of moisture. If you’re oily like me, you need to go light on the application — this is a thick oil — but during transition weather and dead-of-winter, this is an amazing choice for keeping dryness and tightness at ease without over-oiling your face and clogging your pores.

I like to use Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil on cooler nights, and sometimes I’ll layer it over a light cream if I’m looking for mega moisture.

What’s great about this truly multipurpose oil is that as I’m layering it onto my face and pulling it down my neck and onto my chest, I can keep the party going onto my arms, stomach and legs, as a couple pumps can cover a lot of ground.

However, I am generous with this oil on my body (as I am with all of my body oils) but mostly because I don’t feel so bad using so much because of the generous sizing in relation to its cost.

(And because I know that I don’t need as much on my face.)

While I’m sure all of you beauties out there are diligent about moisturizing everything, it’s probably safe to say you don’t always go from head-to-toe with one oil or lotion.

Which leads me to thinking … how do you deal with all the scent confusion? With Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil, you can have one signature scent for bedtime, head to toe, that’s actually quite soothing for bedtime.

It’s an especially beautiful pick for autumn and winter, as the herbal-woody scent evokes a cool-weather coziness that puts me at ease.

Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil is a repurchase for me. I’ll keep it stored with my body oil collection, as that will be my first and foremost use for it, but several cooler months out of the year, it will see some play on my face as it adjusts to cooling temperatures.

If you’re into body oils with unique scents, you’ll want Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil in your arsenal!

(And if you’re not sure it’s quite right for you, or you are new to Dr. Alkaitis, the Travel Set is a smart place to start — that’s what I did!)

Have you tried Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil? Do you use it primarily for hair, face or body? What scents are you drawn to during autumn and winter? Tell me in the comments section!


October 24, 2014

beauty secrets | how to gracefully grow out a pixie cut

It’s no secret that I’m growing out my pixie cut (as evidenced by Instagram selfies and #tbt posts to longer hair days).

While I adored my pixie cut, it began to bore me just a bit. There’s less hair to fuss with (bonus!) but, also, there’s less hair to play with, and wearing headbands and clips just got a bit old to me.

In January 2014, I decided I would start the “painful” growing out process, but as documented below, you’ll see that it really wasn’t horrible at all.

Thanks to my talented stylist, who kept my hair shaped-up and mullet-free, there wasn’t a month that went by where my hair was awkward or unmanageable.

(Yes, you have to continue getting the back trimmed every four to six weeks while the front grows out! Listen to your stylist.)

Check out the timeline below, and then read on to learn what I did to encourage my pixie to grow into a pixie-bob and now, finally, a short bob.

(Hint: Patience is a big part of the prescription for gracefully growing out a pixie cut.)

how to grow out a pixie cut

First, let’s just be real here: There are no quick fixes, magic pills or herbal concoctions that will make your hair grow rapidly.

Yes, there are things you can do to keep your hair healthy and strong, but nothing is going to transform you into Rapunzel overnight.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I will say that I integrated a few natural approaches to encourage my hair to break less and stay strong.

Hair Growth Supplements

best hair supplements | growing out a pixie cut

In addition to my regular supply of daily supplements (more on that in a different post), I integrated various hair growth supplements into my routine to 1) make me feel like I was an active participant in this months-long journey and 2) see what worked for my lifestyle.

Here’s what I tried — and please remember, I’m not a medical professional. If you’re interested in supplementing your diet for whatever reason, remember to clue in your doctor. What works for me may not work for you, and may not even be safe for you, depending on your circumstances. Be smart!

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Pre-natal Vitamins (not pictured)

Almost every woman who’s gone through pregnancy raves about how her pre-natal vitamins made her hair and nails grow.

While these claims are unproven, as I took pre-natal gummies during this pixie-growing-out experience, I did notice that my nails grew faster and peeled less. As for my hair? Couldn’t really tell.

As far as my body goes (after speaking with my doc), I had no problem taking pre-natals to jumpstart this process in the beginning, but opted to discontinue taking them for social reasons (i.e. when a guy snoops through your medicine cabinet and sees pre-natal gummies, it tends to cause anxiety).

B Complex Gummies (red gummies)

B-complex vitamins are known for their ability to nourish hair follicle cells, prevent hair loss and keep the hair flexible.

I chose to experiment with this supplement next because it seemed that focusing on these healthy-hair vitamins could be key to strengthening my hair during the growing-out process (because with a pixie cut, you do tend to heat-style every day).

This was probably my favorite supplement because 1) it’s in gummy form, which makes it easier to take (yes, I am a child) and 2) it only required one gummy a day, which felt very manageable given the additional daily supplements I take.

*Glow Beauty Vitamin Bubbles (green bubbles)

Of all the gummy-like supplements I took, these tasted the best, and were just damn-fun to take.

Unlike their gummy counterparts, these vitamin “bubbles” were alive with citrus flavor that burst into your mouth as you bit into it. Think Gushers.

In addition to the hair-healthy B vitamins, these also contain beauty ingredients such as grape seed oil, collagen and evening primrose oil, which also contribute to skin health.

Though I loved these supplements, the catch is that you have to take three daily to get the full dosage, and quite frankly, they’re expensive. I’d recommend these if you’re just not good with taking supplements — even gummies.

Country Life High Potency Biotin (small white capsules)

If you’re eating a well-balanced diet and already taking a host of supplements (such as a multivitamin), adding just plain-old biotin to the supplement collection is probably the easiest thing to do to support hair growth.

This is what I’m currently taking, and the high-potency of this gives me some wiggle room in case I forget to take it one some days. Once I finish this bottle, I may go back to my B Complex gummies, but at one pill a day, it’s not too much of a hassle to get down.

*Hair Essentials Daily Supplement (larger beige capsules)

Though it’s loaded with all the right hair-growth herbs, vitamins and minerals, this supplement got moved to the back of the supplement collection because it required three capsules daily and the pill size was bigger than I liked.

If this is the only supplement you’re taking, then three capsules shouldn’t be a big deal. But when it came down to my daily pill cocktail, adding in these three put me at a total of 10 daily. I realistically just couldn’t keep up with this regimen.

Hair Oil Treatments

hair oils to grow out a pixie cut

Besides internal support for hair growth, I also looked to various nourishing hair oils to protect my hair during the growing-out process.

Before I ever went pixie, I regularly massaged my scalp and hair with plant oil to stimulate blood flow and promote relaxation.

Regular scalp massages with organic hair oils also provided my heat-styled hair some much-needed moisture and balancing effects, as I have naturally oily hair that’s over-heated and constantly overcompensating (read: greaseball).

These are a just few of the hair oils in my collection.

Keep in mind that you can use any organic plant oil to perform these massages — it’s all personal preference and addressing your hair’s needs (i.e. dry hair may need a thicker oil, like coconut oil, to deeply moisturize, while oily hair like mine can get away with light oils like sesame and jojoba).

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*Badger Argan Botanical Hair Oil

Though this one is marketed for dry and damaged hair, I found that it was just the perfect consistency and weight for my fine, oily hair.

Jojoba and argan are two of my favorite oils, and when they come together in one — with some baobab, sunflower and essential oils mixed in — it makes for a delightful hair treat that smells creamy, citrusy and floral all in one.

*Kumari Luxury Oil Therapy

A bit of a thicker oil thanks to its coconut oil base, Kumari Luxury Hair Oil incorporates time-tested ingredients such as turmeric, licorice, saffron and Indian sarsaparilla.

Needless to say, it has an exotic, warm scent that evoked memories of being pampered at an Ayurvedic spa. I reach for this one during cooler temperatures, as its beautiful spices offer just the right amount of stimulation to make me feel warmed from the outside in.

*Zweena Argan Rose Lustrous Hair Elixir

Leave it to Zweena to complete my rose wardrobe. This hair elixir is just gorgeous — who wouldn’t want hair that smells like roses ? — and harnesses the nourishing power of argan and avocado oils to protect and moisturize the hair and scalp.

Avocado oil is one of those underrated oils that is an absolute powerhouse for hair. It’s high in vitamin E and can prevent breakage with regular use. It’s not a light oil, though (you’ll notice it at the end of Zweena’s ingredients list, cut with lighter oils like argan and meadowfoam), but incorporating it into a blend like this allows your hair to get a healthy dose of moisture.

So, here we are, nine months after I decided to grow out my pixie cut.

It’s in a good spot — short bob that can mostly go up into a baby ponytail with some hair hanging down — yet I can’t really credit any one of these things to the nice growth I’ve seen.

That’s clearly not the answer you want to read, but it’s true. Patience, regular trims and some experimentation with B vitamins will make the time pass faster.

If you notice growth in your nails, it’s likely that your hair is also growing a bit faster, but the only way to really know is to take a picture every single day … and let’s just be real here, if you’re like me and can’t be bothered to take three hair vitamins a day, you probably aren’t going to set up a daily photo shoot, either.

Bottom line: Know your body. Know what’s normal and above average for you. Do some research. Trust your hair to a stellar stylist.

What have you done to help your hair or nails grow? Have you ever had a pixie cut? Share your hair growth tips and stories in the comments section!


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