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Cleanse : : Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Tea Tree Pure Castile Liquid Soap

Cleanse : : Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Tea Tree Pure Castile Liquid Soap

Hola!

So this post will be devoted to the Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Tea Tree Pure Castile Liquid Soap. I bought this from…you guessed it…Whole Foods! I got this back from my last trip when I OD’d and got the AO GBP Conditioner and the ingredients for my Banana Honey Hair Mask hehehe…. I ended up getting the big ole 32 oz since that was all they had….oh well lol I’ll just plan on having this forever haha. I think I paid around $10 for it which is pretty good since this stuff is SUPER concentrated so you only need a teeny bit PLUS you can use it for a ton of other uses…You can buy Dr. Bronner’s products almost anywhere so don’t worry if you don’t live near a Whole Foods. I know I always rave about shampoo bars (and clearly this is a liquid) but these soaps also come in the bar form (I’ve used the peppermint bar) but I wanted to try the liquid! One drop creates SO much lather! You can seriously OD on this on accident! A little goes a loooooooooooong way!

*SIDEBAR* I actually intended on buying this in the liquid form to wash my doggy, Meyer (he’s a 3 year old mini Dachshund, love him to death :o)) He’s actually what inspired me to get the Tea Tree variation (it comes in Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Almond, Rose, Baby Mild, Citrus and Lavender) because he’s suffered skin problems since he was a lil puppy and I was doing some research and found that lots of dog owners wash with the castile soap and Tea Tree specifically is known to heal skin conditions since it has antiseptic properties. So I figured why not give it a shot! Plus he LOVES taking baths for some reason…he’s weird lol

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Description
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that helps heal cuts and bruises as well as skin conditions like acne dermatitis and psoriasis. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Ingredients
Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Tea Tree Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol *CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

*ANOTHER SIDEBAR* I actually read every word on their infamous label. It is quite interesting, a great read actually, and nothing what I expected. You should definitely take the time to read it! So next time you’re sitting on the toilet and have some time….lol….reach over in the shower and grab that bottle lol

Ok so back to point of this post lol so yea there’s a bazillion uses for this soap but I will focus on the use for hair… ok wait…one more sidebar lol…I also use this to wash my face along with my Clarisonic facial brush….OMG!!!! I think I may be curing my super annoying oily, acne-prone skin that I have battled with my whole life!! I think I will always have this in stock for my face. I just LOVE it….

So yea this is great as a hair cleanser! The tea tree is great for clarifying both the scalp and hair due to it’s antiseptic properties, so on those days where I have a lot of oil or product buildup or if I haven’t washed in a while, I would use this. I wouldn’t use this for an “every day cleanser” because it may be too much for my hair to handle and possibly dry it out. The tea tree is also great for those who may have hard water (it can help remove some of the mineral buildup). This cleanser will also increase the blood circulation and unclog the hair follicles on your head, it will help stimulate hair growth which I am ALWAYS for :o)

You only need maybe a nickel sized squirt of this to get a really good lather and PLEASE be warned to keep your eyes closed when washing with this. This stuff will burn!!

Now, I know that some people really hate using castile soap in their hair because of that “drying” feeling you get after you rinse but i don’t mind that because that can be solved by doing a rinse with apple cider vinegar (I keep a diluted mix of ACV and water in spray bottle in my shower) and using a good conditioner that smooths the cuticle. All that feeling is, is your hair cuticle is open so you’ll need something to neutralize it and close it. Check out my post on Hair Porosity if you are confused lol

So overall, this castile soap is handy to keep around for those wash days I want an extra boost of clarification and to take a break from my shampoo bars. If you try it and don’t like it, get your money’s worth and use it to wash your face or your doggy with it :o) (or all the other uses!)

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GIVEAWAY! : : Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

GIVEAWAY! : : Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

****GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED and winner has been notified. THANK YOU to everyone who entered!!!!****

What’s a better way to kick off the new year than with a GIVEAWAY!
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As you hopefully know by now, I am obsessed with coconut oil and love, love, love using it for my hair and skin (you’ll see me mention it in a majority of my posts if you navigate my site hehe). I was gifted a free sample of the Gold Label VIrgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions, and of course, I want to share it with you! Ok so here’s the fun part…. Tropical Traditions was kind enough to sponsor a giveaway along with the sample I received. You have a chance to win a FULL QUART of this coco yumminess!! (that’s 32 oz., duh!)

Here’s a little bit more about this awesome company. *side bar* I was particularly moved by the founder’s story on how he found peace with God. It’s a inspiring story so be sure to check that out while you navigate their site :o)

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

Here’s a video they produced about the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Tropical Traditions also has a bunch of videos with recipes and reviews using coconut oil. Check them out! I didn’t realize you can cook pretty much anything using coconut oil! I know I use it mostly for my hair but I am going to have to learn to throw down in the kitchen with it too! Here’s the link to their YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/user/TropicalTraditions

Ok so here’s the juicy part…the GIVEAWAY! Since I discovered Rafflecopter since my last giveaway lol, entering is SOOO much easier AND you have more chances of winning! Just fill out the info in the Rafflecopter below and you are set!

The contest will be open from January 7 through January 14, 11:59pm EST.

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Winners will be notified via email! Good luck!!!

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Tip Tuesday! — Dry, Itchy Scalp

Tip Tuesday! — Dry, Itchy Scalp

Do you suffer from a super dry, itchy scalp during the winter?

I get a lot of questions about this….First off, DON’T keep greasing your scalp! When I say grease, I mean the Blue Magic, Ultra Sheen, Softee kind. That’s a huge no no!

Those kinds of hair dressings are made of petroleum (like Vaseline petroleum!) and they do nothing for your scalp except cause even more problems. They clog your pores, don’t penetrate your hair or skin and trap dirt—all of which contribute to scalp issues (think bacterial and fungal problems!) Don’t believe me, just Google it! Google knows everything ;o) lol

Rather than use a heavy grease, keep your scalp CLEAN and apply a lighter oil like pure coconut (no, not Blue Magic Coconut lol), grapeseed or jojoba. Adding a few drops of essential oils like tea tree, peppermint or rosemary will help improve your scalp even more. Thyme and Cedarwood EO’s are really great for the scalp as well. The key is to oil your scalp on clean hair, other wise you may just trap dirt on your scalp. If you desperately need to, re-oil 1-2 in between washes.

If you can’t wash your hair often, try co-washing, just make sure you are getting rid of dirt and the flaky residue regularly. When the flakes are mixed with the oil, you will get a funky mess on your scalp which can cause your scalp to itch even more.

One last tip is….you guessed it….ayurvedic treatments! I am telling you, these GOD sends help with EVERY hair issue one can think of! Try them out!

Hope this helps!

The Many Uses of Coconut Oil — Cute Infographic!

The Many Uses of Coconut Oil — Cute Infographic!

Hey Curlies!

As many of my readers know, I have an undying love for coconut oil (La COCO bella….get it?! lol) Well, the other day I got the daily email from Naturally Curly and saw this AWESOME infographic! I HAD to share it! If you have never used coconut oil or have been curious to try it, read this for some coco inspiration!

Click the image below!

The Many Uses of Coconut Oil Infographic

Essential Oils for Scalp and Hair

Essential Oils for Scalp and Hair

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I love essential oils (EO), they are one of the many gifts God has given us….well, the plants and herbs they are derived from are the gifts technically :o) EO’s have been used as home remedies for years and can treat almost any ailment you can think of. Of course I’ll be focusing on hair health. You probably see them listed in your favorite products ALL the time. There are just SO many uses for them and SO many to choose from. They add a boost to almost anything you put them in. The oils work best when absorbed directly into your skin/scalp. Applying EO’s just to your hair limits the benefits they have for your scalp (healthy scalp = healthy hair that grows). Below are a few benefits of EO’s when used for healthy hair.

  • Help alleviate skin/scalp conditions
  • Stimulate sebaceous glands in scalp
  • Balances sebaceous glands in scalp (i.e. brings over or under oily scalps back to normal)
  • Minimize dandruff
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Treats alopecia

Essential oils are VERY potent so you shouldn’t apply them directly to your scalp without diluting them with something. If you want to create your own oil therapy mixture, you must use a “carrier oil” (I’ll talk about these in a sec) or you can add a few drops to the following:

  • Your fav shampoo or conditioner
  • Spritzer bottle (i.e. water, aloe vera juice)
  • The water in your steamer
  • Hot oil treatments
  • Hair butters
  • Ayurveda treatments

If you’re like me, you’re like “uhhhh where do I start, there are too many”. I really got in to EO’s because I was losing my hair and started Googling home remedies. The common theme I discovered was EO’s.

*****SIDEBAR: I did NOT talk to a physician about my hair loss. Yea I probably could have but I had just lost my mother and was stressed/depressed so I was pretty sure that had a LOT to do with my hair loss. I never suffered hair loss until right after she passed. I told myself that if I did not see improvements after using the EOs for a few months, I would visit my doctor. I saw improvements :o)

Any who, there’s typically four categories in regards to hair loss/growth usage. To summarize the four categories, they are:

  • Stimulating (increasing cellular metabolism and/or new cell generation)
  • Nutritive (offering vitamins, other co-factors and essential fats necessary for healthy follicle function),
  • Balancing (returns over-oily or over-dry skin to a balanced state, balances over- or under-active hormones at a cellular level, and/or reduces excess inflammation from any number or sources)
  • Immune-supportive (heal scalp/skin infections that may inhibit optimal

I came up with a concoction to treat my hair loss and applied my mixture directly to my scalp every other day for about 2 months consistently. When I did this, I had to wash my hair more frequent because I didn’t want all the oil to clog my pores. I know that seems sort of contradictory but remember, too much of a good thing isn’t always good. If I keep my scalp clean and clear, the EO’s can absorb better. My hair has started to grow back but since I am doing ayurvedic treatments more often, I don’t need to do this oil therapy as often, especially since it is the summer time. I prefer to do the oil treatments in the winter when my scalp gets dry.

Here’s the oils I used, which have all been known to help grow hair and reduce hair loss. I mixed these with a carrier oil mixture of EVOO, grapeseed, jojoba and a teeny bit of castor. I bought all my EO’s from Camden-Grey. PLEASE do your own research before you use EO’s because some have health risks (just like any medicinal treatment would)

  • Rosemary — Stimulating, rejuvenates hair follicles, cleanses and restores sebum levels to normal ***Should NOT be used by women who are pregnant
  • Myrtle — Astringent, Anti-bacterial, Antiseptic
  • Cedarwood — Antiseptic, balances sebum
  • Thyme — Tonic for scalp, Antiseptic
  • Tea Tree — Anti-bacterial, Antiseptic
  • Lavender — Balancing,  antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, healing and regenerative

I mentioned before that EO’s are extremely potent and you must use a carrier oil. Carriers dilute the EO and “carry” the EO’s into your skin. Here are some popular carrier oils, many of which you probably already use :o)

  • Sweet almond
  • Avocado
  • Coconut
  • Olive
  • Hempseed
  • Grapeseed
  • Castor
  • Cocoa butter
  • Argan
  • Jojoba
  • Sesame
  • Sunflower
  • Shea butter

So that’s my abbreviated overview of essential oils!

— Which essential oils are your fave and you do you use them!?

If You LOVE Coconut Oil….

If You LOVE Coconut Oil….

…then you’ll LOVE Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil! This stuff…is amazing. You may already know how deep my love for coconut oil already is….this just brought it to a whole new level….

Since I have been on an Ayurveda kick, this was one of the products I recently bought at my local Indian market for $3.99. You ready for this?? It’s a coconut oil herbal concoction made in heaven (or India for that matter lol). Let me start by just sharing the incredible natural ingredients and why they are great:

  • Coconut Oil – Penetrates hair shaft, promotes hair growth & nourishment
  • Neem – Anti-microbial, fights dandruff & hair shed
  • Brahmi – Revitalizes hair 
  • Amla – Strengthens roots, delays graying & hair shed
  • Bahera – Helps maintains hair color
  • Harar – Protects from UV rays, delays graying
  • Kapur Kachari – Antiseptic
  • Henna – Colorant, hair conditioner & restorative
  • Milk – Nourishes scalp & roots
  • Rosemary oil – Stimulates hair growth, slows down hair loss & graying, relieves dandruff
  • Lemon Oil – Astringent, fights dandruff, controls sebum flow

This oil is super creamy, emollient and light…and that yummy coconut scent with a hint of lemon… mmmmm…..

It makes for a wonderful treatment for both your strands and your scalp. It is also great as a hot oil treatment, a pre-shampoo treatment or even an overnight treatment. You can also use it finger detangle or even mix it with your fav conditioner. This stuff just works no matter how you use it. Here’s what the packaging says:

Dabur Vatika Hair Oil is a premium coconut hair oil enriched with Henna, Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Lemon and five other trusted herbs. The unique and natural formulation of Vatika Oil ensures deeper oil penetration. Giving your hair and scalp complete nourishment for problem free, healthy hair. While Henna forms a protective coat to prevent oxidation, Amla strengthens the hair-roots and the astringent action of Lemon prevents dandruff.

I also use it lubricate my hands when un-twisting and as a moisture “refresher” when I fluff my twists. Remember, coconut oil actually penetrates the hair shaft (unlike other oils) so this strengthens and nourishes your hair PLUS the phenomenal herbs penetrate as well! It’s a win-win deal. I have also been massaging the oil into my scalp (only a little) since the herbs help strengthen your roots and prevent hair loss (LOVE the rosemary oil). It leaves your hair super shiny, not oily (if you don’t go crazy with it) and lightly scented. The moisture lasted for a few days without having to reapply (my hair is low po though…)

The only thing I can say I dislike about this product, is the packaging—you have to squeeze it out of the bottle through a tiny hole at the top. So if the oil isn’t above room temp, it will solidify. Good news is, you have to pop the bottle into the microwave for about 16 secs to melt it a bit (or in some hot water). One thing I discovered though, on accident I may add, if you squeeze the bottle hard enough while it is still solid, the white plastic part at the top with the hole pops out lol. That solved my issue with the packaging. Genius. Dabur also has a bunch of other products (like the Amla Oil)  that appear to be great products as well. I am kind of excited to try more of them hehe

This product is banging. I will be adding to my essentials list….it is overall #WINNING! Go head and get you some ;o)

Product : : Dabur Amla Oil

Product : : Dabur Amla Oil

Earlier this week I talked about Ayurvedic health care and I mentioned I purchase some Amla Oil from my local Indian grocer. Now, I have tried Amla powder before in the past (thanks to my wonderful friend Fleurzty of www.textureplayground.com who is a pro at amla lol) so when I was at my local Indian market, I saw amla oil and thought, hey, the benefits of amla in a bottle! So since I can be impulsive lol, I went ahead and bought it…it was only about $4.

As I read the ingredients, I kind of did a *side eye* because lots of naturals have given a bad rap to mineral oil and here it is the first ingredient. But reading the box and knowing how well Ayurvedic products work, I figured it couldn’t be that bad. Check out what’s inside below..

Ingredients
Mineral oil, Veg oil (Sesame oil, Canola oil, Peanut oil, Cotton seed oil, Palmolein oil), Oil ext of Goodeberry (Amla), Colours Yellow (12700), Green (61565), Red (12150), Perfume, Anti-oxidant-Tert butyl hydroquinone (TNHQ).

I know, I know….in addition to the mineral oil it has canola oil and peanut oil and dyes…I was like wtf too but the oil is supposed to strengthen the hair’s roots, soften hair, make hair shinier and darker, I mean this stuff has been used for years by Indian women and is the most popular oil used in India. So knowing all that made me feel a bit better about putting something you could fry chicken and fries (re: canola) with in my hair lol

So I followed the recommended use by applying the oil to my scalp, massaging it in and letting it sit overnight. I slept with a plastic cap on my hair and then a bonnet over it. I wore the plastic cap to help warm up the oil and help it penetrate (and to avoid any oil stains on my pillow lol). I took the cap off in the morning….omg…my hair was soooooooo soft! I was truly shocked! It even gets better…I virtually had NO shed. Like, this stuff must have glued the roots of my hair into my head or something lol it was amazing! Normally I could gently stroke my hair and still have shed hair come out but this time, I literally had no loose strands. I’m calling this super glue oil lol

The product recommends that you wash your hair the next morning after so this is another reason I feel that the oils in this product are harmless, you aren’t letting them sit on your hair for long. To me, this is definitely not an oil you’d use to seal your hair or anything like that but rather as a treatment before you know you’re going to wash.

I used the oil a couple times a week when I wore a wash-n-go (because I knew I was going to get my hair wet). I also put a few drops in part of my hair that is thinning just because. I didn’t wash this out because I used just a teeny bit. I wouldn’t use this during the weeks that I do twist-outs because I do not wash my hair.

Overall, I have seen a HUGE improvement in the amount of hair shed so I will continue to use this bottle of the oil as a treatment on my scalp. Since I plan to incorporate more Ayurvedic products to my regimen that yield the same results as the amla oil, I may not buy this regularly…but we’ll see…

— Have you tried alma? What do you think about the mineral oil content?