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Moisture : : Bee Mine Juicy Moisturizing Daily Spritz

Moisture : : Bee Mine Juicy Moisturizing Daily Spritz

Hello beautiful :o)

So this is a product I have had for quite some time now, just haven’t had a chance to review it ((sowwy!)). My bottle is actually almost gone too lol Time to re-up! It’s from, you guessed it…Bee Mine!! My fav brand of course :o)

It is the lovely  Bee Mine Juicy Moisturizing Daily Spritz which is yet ANOTHER 5 star reviewed product. I am telling you, there is almost perfection in everything Bee Mine is! It STILL amazes me! It’s like when something is too good to be true but it really is true lol Any who, the Juicy Moisturizing Daily Spritz retails for 8oz. for $12.97 and comes in Bee Mine’s signature Island Mango Scent.
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Product Description
Bee Mine Juicy – Moisturizing Daily Spritz is an excellent moisturizer for natural & relaxed hair.  It is loaded with organic aloe vera juice, ayurvedic herbs and nourishing essential oils to stimulate the scalp and strengthen your tresses.  Use daily as a mid day refresher bedtime moisturizing treatment.

Ingredients
Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Herbal Infused Purified Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pure Glycerin, Ayurvedic Herbs, Select Herbs, Polysorbate 20, Essential oils of Tea Tree, Peppermint & Grapefruit, Vitamin E Tocopherol Oil, Fragrance,  Paraben & Formaldehyde Free Preservative.
Silicone-free / SLS-free / Paraben-free

As you may know by now,  ALL of Bee Mine’s products are 99% Natural AND Organic. This truly sets Bee Mine apart from any other natural hair brand out there. An ENTIRE product line, not just a couple products, that is 99% Natural and Organic. This is probably the #1 reason why Bee Mine is so effective and consistent. So I say that to bring your attention to the juicy ingredients! ALL of these power packed ingredients perfectly mixed together in a spray bottle. ((I know I always sound like a Bee Mine salesperson but I just can’t help it lol I have NO affiliation with the company and I do NOT get paid to say the things I say! I am just honest! :o)))

The first ingredient is Aloe vera juice which immediately had me sold. My hair loves anything to do with aloe vera and then herbal infused purified water is next. I don’t know which herbs it’s infused with but I am certain that they are all amazingly beneficial to our hair of course :o). I do know it has ayurvedic herbs as well, probably amla, brahmi, neem or henna even since those herbs appear in other Bee Mine products. It’s got my beloved coconut oil, vitamin E, and essential oils and glycerin to really moisturize  your hair. Remember, both aloe vera and glycerin are humectants so they will pull moisture into your hair and since this spritz contains water (moisture), it REALLY locks it in! THEN the oils SEAL the moisture in. It’s like this spray is the perfect balance of chemistry to truly moisturize your hair and notice a difference.

I use this spray whenever I re-twist my hair during the week. I usually don’ re-apply any product (unless I just really need to), just spray each section with the Juicy spritz and then re-twist (adding a lil butter to my ends to make sure they are sealed and protected). This spritz is also really good for your scalp as well! It is comparable to the Bee Mine Bee Sensitive Serum but without the sulfur so sometimes I will use this in place of the serum if I am feeling lazy lol. I have also used this when I wear a wash-n-go to help revive my curls and give an extra boost of moisture when needed.

I definitely notice a difference in the moisture level of my hair since I introduced this to my hair arsenal. It’s one of those products that the more you use it, the LESS you need because it really balances my hair and makes it “normal” if that makes sense. I have tried several moisture sprays and even make my own occasionally but this will be something I always keep stocked :o)

— Have you guys tried anything from Bee Mine since you’ve heard me obsess over them!? lol just curious :o)

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Treatment : : Bentonite Clay, Kelp Powder, Aloe Vera Gel & Coconut Milk

Treatment : : Bentonite Clay, Kelp Powder, Aloe Vera Gel & Coconut Milk

Hiiiii!!!! :o)) I wanted to share another DIY homemade treatment that I did awhile back ((I am SO behind on posts its not even funny. I am so sorry!! Graphic design business has seriously picked up by the grace of God!!))

Last year, I made a post about one of my secret weapons and all-time FAV treatments, bentonite clay, and I decided to remix it a little this last time I did it. I am not going to go into full detail on why I am in LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE with bentonite clay because you can refer back to my old post ((way up there with ayurvedic treatments, maybe even higher than them lol)) but I will say that I used to do a bentonite clay 2-4 times a month and my hair we THE healthiest it had ever been. I don’t do them as often because I love trying new things but I always circle back to bentonite when I feel my hair needs a little detox and that extra boost of vitality :o)

So this go round I decided to go a little crazy with my mixture lol. I never really measure the exact amounts of each ingredient for any of my DIY treatments but for the sake of creating a “recipe” in case any one wants to try, I put an estimate of how much by each ingredient below. My method is that the powders are always the base, the liquids to give it a smooth, NOT runny consistency and light on oils so its not too runny. I like my hair treatments to be somewhat thick so that it really packs on my hair and doesn’t start runnning down my face the longer I leave it on. I did make THIS particular recipe a bit thinner than I would normally like to but hey, it still worked. You can always add more powder if its too thin but I didn’t want to because I would have had too much unused/leftover. Remember, feel free to change this up to your liking and also keep in mind that since my hair is longer/thicker now I have to use more stuff :o(. Here’s what I used:

  • Bentonite clay– 3-4 large tbls
  • Organic sea kelp powder – 1.5 tbls
  • Coconut milk – 1/2 can
  • Aloe vera gel – 1/4 cup
  • Mixture of teas – 1/4 cup, I think this is where I went overboard and make the mixture too thin, I probably shouldn’t have even used these since I used coconut milk lol, so my recommendation on this is to use coconut milk OR teas. I feel that to get the benefits of the tea, you need to have it in a higher volume or it will just be diluted and not really effective. Also, I can’t remember exactly what teas I used but it was most likely a combination of nettle, burdock, lemongrass, catnip and/or peppermint
  • Grapeseed oil – 1/2 tbls or so :o)

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So I mixed all the ingredients together to get a smooth creamy mixture like the pic below. Remember, this is bit thinner than I would like, I prefer it be pretty much caked on my hair lol You’ll see what I mean if you check out my old post on bentonite clay!!bentonite_kelp_coconut_milk_aloe_vera_tea_grapeseed_treatment_lacocobella2

I apply the mixture in sections, making sure I massage into my scalp a bit. I find that it works best to apply on hair that is some what damp. It can be clean or dirty, for me, it just depends on if I feel like/have time to wash before doing the treatment. Either way, the bentonite clay cleanses and clarifies!
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Hmmm…I wonder if this is a sneak peak of what my hair will look like what I am all grey one day lolbentonite_kelp_coconut_milk_aloe_vera_tea_grapeseed_treatment_lacocobella4

So in the meantime, I let the clay sit in my hair for about 30 mins or so. This is one of those treatments that you don’t have to leave in for hours or anything. You really only need 20-30 mins but I tend to leave them in longer just because I end up jumping on my computer to do some work and time passes by before I even realize it lol

Oh and I LOVE using bentonite clay on my face. It is an AMAZING treatment that makes your skin sooooo smooth and clear. Again, there was a point in my life when I used this mask every week and my skin was flawless… don’t you hate when you KNOW the things that work the best but you just don’t do them for whatever unknown reason? *sigh* I usually just mix the clay with apple cider vinegar for facial masks but I had some left over with this hair treatment and said why not :o)

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…and then you rinse!! Wah-lah!! Beautiful, bouncy, springy curls!! I love bentonite because it just revitalizes my hair and brings life back to it. My hair always, always feels soooo soft and supple after these treatments. I also feel it helps define my curls and it really conditions it. Sometimes I don’t even need to follow-up with conditioner because the clay and the coconut milk conditions. The coconut milk also strengthens, protects and detangles your hair. It also contains all those amazing benefits that are also found in the oil which I love. You can read about all the benefits of the sea kelp HERE, the teas HERE and the Aloe Vera HERE. ( <—sorry feeling kinda lazy at the moment lol) One thing I will add, depending on how much you use, but if you go a bit heavy on the sea kelp, you may want to follow-up with a conditioner that has a heavy scent. I will warn you lol the sea kelp smells bad!! (to me at least) and it is rather strong so I follow up with the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle and a butter that also has a strong scent as well. Of course the smell fades but I just can’t bear it for too long lol
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I really need to get my hands on some rhassoul clay so I can see what the hype is and if it is comparable to my beloved bentonite!

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Cream : : Karen’s Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream

Cream : : Karen’s Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream

Hey!! I hope you guys have entered the giveaway  Check out my post celebrating my one year blog anniversary from the other day :o)

I’m back with another produce experience from my Karen’s Body Beautiful gift box I received awhile back! This is another product I have never tried from KBB and it’s the Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream. It’s exactly what the title says it is, it is simply a cream that hydrates your hair! It retails for 6.7 oz for $16 on KBB’s website (yes, you can select your fav scent!) and also for the same price on CurlMart in the lavender vanilla scent. Mine is the vanilla latte scent which is alright, not my fav, but it smells pretty and sweet :o)

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Description
Karen’s Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream is an intensely hydrating hair cream and dressing that also moisturizes and nourishes the scalp. Filled with Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Argan Oil and Acai Powder. Use twice a week on hair and scalp or as needed. Work best on dry or slightly damp hair

Ingredients
Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Argan Oil, Allantoin, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Acai powder, Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils & Vitamin E. Glycerin Free.  Protein Free. Silicone Free. Sulfate Free

This cream is actually rather thick, almost like a butter (it doesn’t contain water but is no where near as solid as the Butter Love) but it definitely has a creamy, almost whipped, kind of texture and is very emollient. It applies smooth and absorbs quickly and isn’t greasy. I was very attracted to it because of the aloe vera gel which always makes my hair really shiny! (remember the Bee Mine Bee Holed Curly Butter?!)

My first instinct when trying out new hair products that are creams or butters is to use them for twist-outs, I say that because I don’t think this is the best product for twist-outs. I guess I could have figured that out by actually following what the product description says lol BUT of course, I used it for a twist-out anyway :o)

So, I always start my fresh twist-outs on damp hair but it was kind of a challenge with this cream because on the KBB site, it says the cream works best on dry or slightly damp hair and KBB is obviously right. It didn’t apply well on wet hair, it was like the cream disappeared as soon as I applied it so I felt like I had to keep putting more and more on. I realized it’s better on dryer hair when I reached the parts of my hair that were not as damp. Since the cream contains a high content of aloe vera (a humectant), I wanted my hair to be somewhat damp just so the aloe could pull the moisture in my hair.

The results of my twist-out were ok (nothing like my beloved KBB Sweet Ambrosia!!!), it did not provide much hold because I had to re-twist my hair each night that week. BUT It did in fact do what it is supposed to do—moisturize my hair! The aloe vera and shea butter helped seal in the moisture and made my hair super shiny! The argan oil could also contribute to the shininess as well. For those with high porosity hair, this contains BOTH aloe vera and glycerin, both of which are humectants.

But on the flip side, I feel like I just didn’t use this product for it’s intended purpose. I can say that it is GREAT if your hair is feeling dry to the touch and you need a quick moisture boost throughout the week. If you need to refresh a wash-n-go, warm this up in your hands and smooth it all over your hair. I also used this to moisturize my hair under my EcoStyler gel that I used when I did a puff that week, since EcoStyler can be somewhat drying to me if I use it too much. I alternate it with my KBB Hold It Hair Gel :o)

Another use I plan to use this is on my scalp because of the wonderful aloe vera which is actually really, really good for your scalp and hair loss. ***NOTE: I have not yet used this on my scalp because I am currently using my Bee Mine Growth Serum on my scalp and I don’t want anything to interfere with the one month results of that :o)

So check out the results of my twist-out. Again, I wasn’t really able to get more than 1 day hair from using this but then again, its not intended to be used as a styler. By the end of the day my hair was poofy but it was moisturized, soft and shiny! lol

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Has anyone tried the Super Duper Hydrating Hair cream? How do you use it!??!

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Moisture :: Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Blossom Moisture Mist

Moisture :: Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Blossom Moisture Mist

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Coming to you with another product experience with the aboslute wonderful product line from Karen’s Body Beautiful. Yup, this one is in Target stores too! All the products from the gift box I received from KBB will be sold in Target! In case you missed the ones I’ve reviewed so far, check them out here: Sweet Ambrosia, Butter Love, Hold It Gel w/Argan Oil.

KBB finally posted a list of Target stores that will carry these on their Facebook Page. I also noticed the release date is now March 18, not February as I mentioned in previous posts. Oh well, it’s definitely worth the wait!

***SIDEBAR — I also just saw as I am typing this (it’s Friday, Feb 15) that KBB, for a limited time, brought back some of the retired scents that I used to love back in the day!!! (coco lime, coconut fig and luscious pear are TO DIE for!) I wonder if she saw my plea to bring them back lol. Sadly, I won’t be buying any this time :o( since I need to use up what I have first. HOPEFULLY, she will run this special again!! ***wink** :o)

Ok so let me tell you about the Hair Blossom Moisture Mist. It retails on the KBB site for $16 for 7.1 oz of product and the same on CurlMart. Mine is the juicy smelling Pomegranate Guava.

Product Description
Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Blossom Moisture Mist contains nourishing oils and extracts to moisturize your hair as it refreshes curls.

Product Description
Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel, Water (Aqua), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Amica) Extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Echinacea angustifolia (Echinacea) Extract, Urtica dioica (Nettle) Extract, Equisetum (Horsetail) Extract, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Helianthus annus (Sunflower) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Potassium Sorbate, and Vitamin E (Tocopherol).

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This mist spray is PERFECT for when you are twisting or re-twisting your hair. I use this to dampen and moisturize my hair before I twist it back up for the night. It’s got an amazing mixture of oils and extracts along with my beloved aloe vera and since its water-based, this will definitely moisturize your hair which is why I love to use it before I do my twists because the shea/oil based products I use seal in the moisture from the Hair Blossom Mist. So in essence, this is an alternative to my usual spritzer mixes. Besides it providing moisture, it also helps soften my hair which I find helps my twist-outs become more defined the next day. This contains glycerin and aloe which are both humectants. If you wear your hair in a wash-n-go style, this is a great way to refresh your curls and provide some moisture.

I have two more products from KBB to share with you guys so keep checking back! Byeeee for now!

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Wash-N-Go with Aloe Vera Gel — Attempt #1

Wash-N-Go with Aloe Vera Gel — Attempt #1

Heyyy :o)

I went back to experimenting with wash-n-go’s and I tried it with pure 100% organic aloe vera gel. I used the Lily of the Desert brand from Whole Foods (~ $10 for 32 oz.) which is actually a dietary supplement and made for ingestion.

Let me start of by sharing a few of benefits of aloe vera for hair:

  • Is a humectant so helps moisturize hair
  • Aides with hair growth and prevents hair loss
  • Balances pH (acidic) of hair and scalp
  • In an anti-inflammatory so it can help with dandruff, itchy scalp and Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Detangles, reduces frizz and strengthens hair
  • Gel can be used as a styler and creates curl definition

Here’s a few ways you can use Aloe vera

  • AV juice can be mixed with water in a spray bottle as a refresher (LOVE doing this, I put a little essential oil in this mix as well)
  • Mixed with coconut milk and wheat germ oil as a shampoo
  • If applied directly to scalp regularly, can aide with hair loss and alopecia
  • Mixed with oils like EVOO or Jojoba as a conditioner or pre-shampoo treatment

Now, I love products with aloe vera in them, I always get good results so it made sense for me to try the actual product in  its pure form. I heard about people using it as a styling gel so I picked up some gel (not juice) and gave it a try…

Here’s what it looked like when I first applied on wet hair:

Here is what it looked like completely dry at the end of the day:

People, don’t be deceived! lol The pics make It look like it a great wash-n-go but let me tell you how dry and flaky my hair was! I don’t know what the heck I did wrong! OMG I was so upset. This had to have been an “operator error” because I know aloe is wonderful for hair and gives great results any other time. I did get great curl definition and it was easy to apply (I thought the liquidy consistency would be a mess but it wasn’t) but my hair was just dull and a bit crunchy when it dried. It was no where near shiny or soft….

…being the resilient person that I am, this will not be the end of an aloe vera gel wash-n-go for me!!! lol I am determined to get this right dangit… perhaps I was too heavy handed with the application? or maybe I need to apply a sealant immediately after applying it? I used it by itself which clearly was not enough. I know the properties of aloe make it an astringent so perhaps that had to do with the dryness. I need to go back in to the lab on this one…

Despite the issues, I was able to make this WNG stretch for a few days, on day two, I refreshed it by allowing the steam and droplets from taking a shower, to “re-activate” the gel and fluffed it a little with some oil and a little Shea Moisture Coconut Smoothie. This is what I got on day 2:

*sigh* I just can’t seem to get WNG’s down :o( . There are some naturals who swear by them and can rock them every day but my hair is so thick and super coily that it takes forever to dry. AND to actually get some volume, I have to constantly fluff my hair throughout the day to avoid looking like I have a jheri curl lol. Also, to avoid frizziness and get curl definition, I almost always have to use something that has the hold of a gel but it usually leads to crunchiness and dryness. I will say that Kinky Curly Curling Custard has probably given me the best WNG results so far. I dunno, I think I need to experiment with more products for WNG’s (suggestions please!).

When I try it again, I’ll be sure to post the results. If all else fails with Aloe Vera gel, I’ll just try it the other suggested ways for hair and ingest it for the internal health benefits it has…. #shrugs

—- Help :o(