Spa Time With Taitu’s Botanicals! (Black Owned)

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Since focusing more on skincare and clean beauty, I’ve been introduced to so many amazing brands that are aligned with what I look for in an all natural regimen.  When I was contacted to do a review for Taitu’s Botanicals, I was beyond excited. You may or may not know about my obsession with skincare and body care, but I will readily jump at an opportunity to indulge in some “me time” and pamper myself with some yummy natural products. Give me all the body butters!
As I began researching, I actually grew interested in the brand’s history and desire to not only create these products, but to educate their audience about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle as well. Inspired by Ethiopia, Taitu’s Botanicals is an organic, vegan herbal body care line that offers deluxe body care, health and wellness products. This Black owned brand has been featured in a number of publications, including POP SUGAR and Beauty Undercover. I was sent two products from the Ginger Lime line– a body wash and a moisture cream (creme). Read on for my thoughts!
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The Taitu’s Botanicals Ginger Lime body wash combines some of my favorite beauty staples with ingredients like aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut oil and olive oil. I wasn’t crazy about the fragrance mixture of rosemary, lime and ginger (if you’re looking for something to wake you up in the morning– this is it!) but the scent doesn’t linger after rinsing.  Just as I would expect from an all natural sulfate free wash, it produces a nice, light lather and glides on the skin beautifully.
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It is light and runny so I did feel as though I had to reapply more than I normally would, but this totally could have been because I’m used to thicker body washes. I had no problems with my skin feeling dry or parched afterwards so that is absolutely a plus for me!
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The moisture cream/creme is such a treat! The all-star of this duo, its the perfect finisher for the spa experience because it’s rich and creamy but moisturizing enough to leave your skin satisfied.

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It follows the same fragrance as the body wash, but it doesn’t have rosemary so it isn’t as pungent. This product is rightfully called a moisture cream (as opposed to a body butter) and it provides the perfect consistency for application. The incentive? It leaves your skin hydrated without a heavy feeling or leaving behind an oily residue. When I find something I like I tend to try saving it for use in small increments if possible. As much as I enjoyed using this for my full body, I’m definitely designating this as my hand and foot cream after my at home spa treatments!! Yees for this moisture cream!

 A BIG thank you Rivi and Taitu’s Botanicals for introducing me to their brand and sponsoring this post!

  I love trying new products but most of all I love sharing them with you all. Don’t forget to share the love head over to the Taitu’s Botanicals website. I already have my eye on a few of their candles and body butters!
Thank you for reading, loves.
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You Know I Had to Try the Mielle Organics Honey and Ginger Gel!

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I don’t think it’s a secret that I love Mielle Organics. Given the faith I have in their products, I hit the floor when they released a new styling product late last year, and knew that if it was anything like the rest of their line– it would be great. The Honey and Ginger styling gel had been romancing me for months, and when I ran out of my CRN Curlmaker, I knew that was my opportunity to jump in and try this new gel. When the curly heavens aligned in my favor and Mielle Organics ran a sale, I went right in. Read on for my full review!

 

The Good

I love the consistency of this gel. It’s probably my favorite characteristic about it. It’s not tacky, sticky or goopy like other gels, jellies or custards I’ve used before, which really helps with the way it applies to your hair without tension or resistance. On a slip scale, it’s not as fluid as a serum, but not tacky or heavy. It’s right in the middle, which is a win for my hair texture.

As it’s name implies, the Honey and Ginger gel smells like citrus and ginger. It’s not an overwhelming fragrance and it’s barely noticeable once it’s already in your hair. Just as the other Mielle Organics products, this gel is reasonably priced. I purchased directly from the brand’s website for $11.99, which is about average for an all natural styling product.

I’ve tried this bad boy through and through– mostly for wash and go’s but also for a braid out– and each time it gave me volume and a light hold. I’ve paired this gel with SO many product combinations– mostly from the Mielle line– and I have to admit that for me, it went best with a creamy product like a hair milk or a product that ISN’T high in glycerin content. When I paired it with my Mielle Organics Avocado Hair Milk or the CRN Moisture Milk, my wash and go dried full with great curl definition and shine! Take a look at the gel in action, in this video:

I love the fact that this is also marketed as a 2nd day curl refresher– which I can totally imagine it being awesome as such. I would classify this as a curl sealer or finisher over a gel, so reapplying this to wet hair would probably give beautiful results.

 

The bad? (Debatable.)

As quickly as I applaud the ability to use this as a curl refresher, I want to mention one thing. Do not underestimate the potency of this product, just because it is light. One of the tricky things I had to overcome was learning to gauge how much to use. When you are applying it, it is smooth but keep in mind–it is going to dry and become a little firmer. Still not hard or crunchy, but you will notice there is a styling product in your hair. Though I imagine it’s very hard to go overboard with this light gel, just be careful not to go crazy with layering or reapplying.

Also, a word of caution for my curlies in humid climates or those that are glycerin sensitive: it’s the SECOND ingredient in this gel.  So far my hair doesn’t seem to mind products with a high glycerin content, but I try to limit them when I’m doing styles that I want to last without having to worry about frizz. I wouldn’t say that this gel afforded me the option of wearing a wash and go for more than a few days because as the days went on, I began to lose definition as my curls frizzed a bit or continued to expand because of the humectants it contains. Again, no deal breaker for me but I know some people like the “100 day hair” that some products offer. Slight exaggeration there.

 

The Truth

This is definitely the gel I can grab when I’m craving body and volume. It’s lightweight so I don’t have to worry about it being too heavy or weighing my hair down. It was definitely a change from the elongated wash and go I have been sporting lately, but that’s nothing a little stretching can’t fix. It provides a light hold which I love because I hate the crunch and hard cast that other gels leave. I would recommend Mielle’s Honey and Ginger gel to anyone wanting a light hold to seal their curls without wanting the weight of a thick or drying styling product. It’s like a gel without the guilt, and I think it would be exceptionally great for someone with fine hair.

 

Have you tried this gem yet? I want to hear your thoughts too!

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Kids Gummies! The Mane Choice and Mielle Organics Children’s Vitamins Review

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Until recently, the idea of purchasing vitamins from a beauty brand seemed a little… far fetched. I still have no explanation of why I dismissed this concept in the past. Luckily, that all changed when I caught some amazing bundle deals from The Mane Choice and Mielle Organics, both of which came with kids gummy multivitamins! This serial drugstore vitamin gal may have been converted.  I’m so excited to finally bring you my review of the kids gummies from this two amazing brands. Of course J was excited to help me with testing and setting up a cute little photoshoot for this review too, so let’s jump into it!

 

Mane Choice vitamins, $10.99 (60 gummies, 1 month supply)

Ingredients (as of February 15, 2017): Glucose syrup, Sugar, Water, Pectin, Citric acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural flavors, Natural colors (Annatto, Tumeric and Elderberry juice), Coconut Oil and Carnauba Wax

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I’m still floored that I managed to get my hands on a CurlBox kids bundle when it went on sale last month. It included the ENTIRE kids line (shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner AND moisturizer) as well as a bottle of the kids vitamins… for $20! Yes boos. This is by far the best sale I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t pass it up. The Mane Choice did not disappoint one bit with these vitamins. They are super cute and they taste just like candy. It’s like a treat without the guilt. (Well kids wouldn’t have guilt anyways, but definitely mom approved!) I’m also in love with the packaging– the curly haired little girl hugging her friends is so adorable! #Blackgirlmagic

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Mielle Organics vitamins, $9.99 (60 gummies, 1 month supply)

Ingredients (as of February 15, 2017): Glucose syrup, Sugar, Water, Pectin, Citric acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural flavors, for colors (Annatto, Tumeric, Elderberry juice), Coconut Oil and Carnauba Wax

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Imagine my surprise when I realized that one of my favorite hair care brands carries a kids line! When I saw an awesome Black Friday deal for the bundle (that included the gummies) I knew I had to grab it, and I’m happy I did. These multivitamins are the first we tried that weren’t purchased in a drugstore, and I have to say we were impressed.

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Interested in the sweet little details and wondering which brand of vitamins is right for you? Read on!

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These gummy vitamins are pretty much identical in comparison, right down to their ingredients. Both brands use super cute bears as the gummy shape of choice, with yellow and orange vitamins. I love that the gummies are pretty true to flavor as well. Following citrus flavors, the yellow really has a hint of lemon, and the orange tastes SO much like orange candy! (Of course I had to run a taste test!) I love that the texture of these gummies is more chewy than rubbery, which is the problem we run into with a lot of other gummy vitamins. I would say the consistency is similar to fruit snacks, or gushers… minus the juice/syrup filling.

Can you tell a difference in the vitamins? Exactly. I would say making a decision in which vitamin to purchase would come down to price and/or brand loyalty.

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The one thing I’m not crazy about is the price and quantity both brands provide. It’s hard to grasp paying $10 for 60 gummies– which is a one month supply as per the 2 gummy serving size– when some brands are the same price or a little cheaper for twice as many. I know the principle here is the fact that you are supporting Black owned businesses, that promise all natural ingredients and I totally support that. I also try to remind myself that just as when I’m selecting skincare or haircare products– or any lifestyle products really– quality is everything. Especially when you have clean, safe, and all natural options. So my children are no exception. Shopping smart is always a priority for me though, so when you decide to try either brand, I definitely urge you to research prices online (some retailers like Target will price match) and shop sales whenever possible.

As much as I love the vitamins– and just raved about their packaging a few paragraphs back– I would also love to see products that aren’t just catered to little girls. These are things I wouldn’t even have considered before having my son, but it really does put things into perspective, like wow… we need more gender neutral products for kids! Not that it should matter if your gummy vitamins come out of a jar covered with flowers or girls, but… just saying.

I do want to mention that both multivitamins are dairy and gluten free, and are loaded with vitamins from “A to Zinc!” They even include Biotin, which is great for healthy hair and nails. I compared the supplement information to that of other over the counter vitamins and the list of vitamins is the same!

All in all, J really loves taking these vitamins, and I’m not going to lie– I can totally see why. I’m praying for another sale from either brand (or both) so we can replenish because I would love to keep these within arms (and little finger’s) reach!

Thank you for reading loves … share this review if you found it helpful! Don’t forget to take your vitamins and say your prayers.

Xo.

 

 

 

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Beauty with a Purpose: Heritage 1933 (Review)

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I am in love with this brand and it’s products but it is the mission that won my heart.

When I discovered Heritage 1933 on social media, I fell in love with their aesthetic, dope product names, and beautiful packaging. This BLACK OWNED beauty brand (with gorgeous flat lays) was making it’s way all over my feed and I was intrigued by every single product they advertised. When I caught wind of a sale, I ran over to purchase a beauty box and decided to read up on the backstory of the company. As I learned that founder LaToya Thompson made a promise to give back to help women and children in local shelters with every product purchased, I knew I HAD to tell her how she touched my heart. I have such a heart for giving and helping, and I’ve been eager to see opportunities like this arise in my community. Seeing this spoke to me.

I reached out to her to tell her that I loved her story and where she is heading. Not fishing for anything or asking for free products. I’m truly inspired by her work and her mission, and I wanted to reach out and let her know that she has my support.  Genuinely from one black creative to another. Graciously I was offered an opportunity to introduce you to the products below (which I chose out of genuine interest to try and review) and I couldn’t be more excited to share them with you! (Keep reading for a fun coupon code!)

Friends, I want you to get to know Heritage 1933.

O.M.G Seal & Moisturizing Oil

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The name of this oil is completely fitting. My scalp rejoices after every use because this oil is lightweight, moisturizing, and SO invigorating. If you’ve read previous posts about my favorite oils, you know how I feel about jojoba (liquid gold) and almond oil in my skin AND hair care regimen. The OMG oil contains these two, in addition to other gems like olive oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, and castor oil (to name a few). Heritage 1933 has created an oil dream team right here.

I’ve been using my O.M.G. oil for scalp massages since transforming my pre-poo sessions into opportunities for “pampering time”, and BAY-BEH. Instant vacation. With the help of it’s herbal extracts like peppermint oil, tea tree oil– and even rosemary needles– it stimulates blood circulation, helps relieve my (often) dry, itchy scalp, and really makes my hair SHINE. Of course I’ve found a way to incorporate this oil into my skin care regimen too, by way of face massages and occasionally removing my makeup. I’m considering buying several travel sizes of this oil and gifting them to my family because it is THAT good. I can’t keep this to myself!

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Pictured here is the travel size OMG oil from my Beauty Box purchase. Do you see those beautiful herbs at the bottom? So dreamy!

 

And I Don’t Care: Whipped Hair and Body Moisturizing Butter

I spilled the beans about this amazing butter in an Instagram post recently. I couldn’t help myself. This butter is without a doubt one of the best body butters I’ve used on my skin. I look forward to having my relaxing showers and calming baths, but as of late I’ve secretly been enjoying them SO much more because I know this treat waits for me at the end of them. (Yes, I use it every night!)

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Light and airy, this butter is whipped so it’s super easy to apply and massage into the skin. The texture is uniform which makes it easy to apply without having to worry about flakes or chunks of solid pieces left in certain places.

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I love the feel of this butter just as much as I love it’s tropical fragrance. If a mojito and a mango Pina colada had a baby, it would be this heavenly concoction! Ironically, the initial scent is that of eucalyptus, reminiscent of Noxzema (which is super nostalgic for me because I have always LOVED that classic scent). Once I applied it to my skin, however, the fragrance transformed and really won me over!

 

Me Time: Dead Sea Salt Soak

I really wish I could get lost in a good soak more often. I’d love to take advantage of candle lit baths and get through a few chapters of a great book while I soak my sore muscles or meditate and plot on ways to take over the world. Realistically, my bath to shower ratio is embarrassing these days. I am working on that, and this bath salt is going to help me get there. It is just what I’ve been needing on those days when I have more on my mind than time to let it out. I’ve literally been laying in this tub of eucalyptus /lavender scented water, loving how awesome it makes my body feel.

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If you’re worried about the size of the crystal-like salts, don’t worry– they do dissolve. If you are still skeptical, I would suggest using a cheese cloth or tea diffuser to contain the salts in one place. This method makes for an easier clean up too.

If you have long days like I tend to, this soak is the perfect way to end your night peacefully. Romantically. Trust me. Lord knows I need this detox and stress relief more often.

Heritage 1933 has proven to be one of my favorite Black owned AND all around beauty brands. There are times when I praise social media for introducing me to such awesome brands/companies and people that truly bring value and positivity to our community and this is definitely one of those times. A BIG thank you to LaToya and the Heritage 1933 family for this opportunity!

To shop these products and the rest of the Heritage 1933 products, please check out their website: http://www.heritage1933.com/ I’ve even got a special discount code for you boos– Use code ” JENISALLWRITE ” to save money on your purchase!

Xo.

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(Note: The photo above is of the beauty box (#2) that I purchased before being sent these products. Look at how beautiful the packaging is!)

 

This is a sponsored post but let’s be clear. I ONLY recommend brands that I genuinely like and use myself. This is absolutely one of them.

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All Hail! The St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub is here! (Review)

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When I was given the opportunity by Influenster to try the St. Ives Coconut Oil scrub before it hit the stores (in early January 2017) I was super excited! A fan of the popular St. Ives Apricot scrub (since probably high school?) I love that the brand decided to expand and offer not only a new fragrance/ingredient combination, but a new consistency that also offers all natural ingredients!

It promises:

Suitable for all skin types

Dermatologist tested. Paraben free. (Yaay!)

Does not contain Animal Ingredients

Made with 100% natural exfoliants

Non-comedogenic

Boasting “soft, smooth, radiant skin,” the Exfoliate and Nourish scrub is a gel with gentle exfoliating particles (of coconut shell) that polish your skin as it cleanses. In comparison to the original Apricot scrub, this exfoliant is definitely more gentle. (Check out the texture differences below.)

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I love that this scrub gives you the feeling of exfoliation without feeling harsh, abrasive or drying. As grapeseed oil is the first ingredient in this scrub, it is such an incentive– and just as the name implies, it DOES nourish your skin.  Upon rinsing I was left with clean, supple skin and a beautiful healthy glow. This would ideally be the place where I would insert a photo of my skin after using it, but of course I was too captivated to remember to do so.

TIP: The directions suggest applying and massaging onto DRY skin, then adding water to allow it to emulsify. The scrub turns a white, creamy color and consistency. I’m usually bad with reading directions but in this case I’m happy I did because I imagine I’d have a different experience otherwise!

I’m happy to add this to my current favorites for a healthy skincare regimen. I do however, think it’s equally important to note that this has not replaced my face cleanser. Though I’m sure that this scrub is gentle enough for daily use, I plan to use it a few times a week!

Boos, have you seen this scrub in your local stores yet?

 

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Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel: Review

Friends, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite gels for sleek edges and a super defined (but soft) wash and go. Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Curling gel is one of the best gels I have used on my curls.

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Pros

Enriched with flaxseed which is best for helping with thinning, shedding, and hair breakage, this gel is one of a kind. The texture is beautiful– not tacky or sticky– and it leaves my hair super soft, moisturized, and full of volume. This is a big deal for me because as a natural with fine hair, I run into so many products that weigh my hair down and leave my curls looking like dried out spaghetti noodles. I love the body and movement that I’m able to achieve using this gel, and though I may experience a bit of frizz (due to the high glycerin content) I embrace every bit of it because my hair really looks beautiful.

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I use this gel on my hair and J’s hair, and I feel comfortable doing so because it isn’t heavy or harsh. I haven’t experienced flaking, and when I use it for my edges, my hair is actually pliable/flexible the next day. Have you ever had edges that looked like they were superglued onto the side of your head? Not cute.

As with many of the Aunt Jackie’s products I’ve tried, this gel smells delicious (like fruit punch) and is pretty inexpensive at  $9.99 for 15 ounces.

Cons

The high glycerin content (it is the second ingredient) is forcing me to use less of this gel during the cooler, dryer months so I haven’t been using it as often as I’d like as a “winter” wash and go styler.  I also wish I could rely on this gel as the styler for my dry, stretched styles but I’ve only tried it once and I lost my style/shape once it met the Florida humidity.

 

The Truth

This gel has helped me see my hair in a way I didn’t think was possible because of the experiences I’ve had with so many other products. Though my hair is super coily and shrinks up to more than half it’s length, I get a crazy amount of elongation, or “hang time” when I use this gel and I can’t get over how many days I can stretch a wash and go! Hallelujah! By the way, have you seen my sleek low bun tutorial? Guess what amazing product I can credit for helping me slick those curls down? Yep! New boo. I’m so in love.

I’d like to thank Aunt Jackie’s for gifting me with TWO jars of this gem. Of course I’ll be replenishing when I start to run low because I’ve already added this gel to my list of favorite products!

Talk to me, what is your favorite styling product?

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TGIN Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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TGIN Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo

This shampoo? This one takes the cake. After my first use, I knew I had to add this awesome product to my staples list. I cannot get over how incredible this shampoo smells, in addition to how fluid and silky smooth it felt in my hair. I just want to emphasize that. The slip is out of this world! As most shampoos leave my hair dry, parched, and feeling stripped, this moisture rich shampoo left my hair feeling clean but hydrated. I love the fact that I’ve cut down on my wash time because I don’t have to wash in several sections to prevent tangled, matted hair. (Yes, the slip is THAT great!)

 

TGIN Moisture Rich Replenishing Conditioner

The moisture rich conditioner wasn’t a love at first use experience for me. Well technically it was upon my first use, but when I initially saw how thick it was, I wasn’t interested in proceeding. I had run into this problem before with a lot of natural hair conditioners where it was so thick that I wasn’t able to thoroughly detangle my hair or get a good “lather”. I was afraid this conditioner would fall into that space, falling short of it’s promises.

Thank God we are taught not to judge a book by it’s cover.

This conditioner is a bit deceiving at first because it definitely takes a bit of work to get it out of the bottle. Immediately upon rubbing it between my fingers– and eventually in my hair– I noticed how slippery and creamy but LIGHT it was. Another delicious smelling product from the line, I loved taking in the fragrance as I took the time to work this product in to detangle my curls. It won me over for having excellent slip as I was eventually able to detangle my hair with ease, but even more so because of how soft, shiny, and mobile it left my hair. Mobile? Yes, my curls were blowing in the wind. My curls were hydrated and moisturized but they weren’t weighed down or coated. My hair felt… happy. (Peep the video below for a look at how bouncy and happy my curls were.)

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I’m kicking myself for not trying TGIN sooner. I can’t believe how beautifully they performed in my wash day routine! These two have brought so much spunk and LIFE to my curls, and I’m so happy they are a part of my staples family now. Welcome home boos.

 

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All Natural Personal Hygiene Favorites (October 2016)

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I’m so excited to be building my collection of natural/organic products and these are some of the products I’ve started with. (Aside from my oils, and DIY practices that I’ve been using for years.) Though this isn’t a “haul”, these are true products I’ve been using to date and I can’t wait to try and share more finds!

I hope you enjoy this video loves. I wanted to keep it as light and natural as possible, in light of my purpose of making these lifestyle changes. The frightful truth is, choosing to use products laden with toxins, chemicals and parabens makes us susceptible to cancer and other serious health risks, and that is not something I am going to allow my family to be vulnerable to. I am making an effort to make cleaner, healthier changes for myself and my family because our health is all that we have. For more information about parabens and your health, I absolutely urge you to do your research, just as I’m continuing to do so.

 

 

Featured Products:

Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant (Chamomile and Green Tea)

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Body Wash

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Toothpaste

Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap (Peppermint)

 

Are you using anything natural or organic in your beauty regimen? Share your favorites with me!

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Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils is Here to Stay! (Review)

This past weekend I was invited as a guest of Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils to attend the Hair She Grows Natural Beauty Event in Maitland. (It was such a beautiful event!) J and I both went home with samples from the Aunt Jackie’s, but the fun didn’t end there. As a guest, I gained access to the VIP lounge where I was also invited to take home a product of my choice. After much deliberating– they all looked so yummy– I chose the “Quench” Moisture Intensive Leave in Conditioner. I couldn’t wait to dive into these goodies!

Styling Routine.

We used products from other brands to deep condition, wash, and condition J’s hair  (in that order; details coming soon)  because we were only gifted samples of a detangler and styler from the Girls line to try. I read the directions of the detangler only AFTER washing her hair, and noticed that it serves a purpose of strictly detangling, then would need to be washed out. Since we detangled her hair prior to washing I skipped this step and went straight to styling. I opted to use the “Quench”leave in conditioner (which isn’t from the kids line) which felt like magic in a bottle when I applied it to her hair. (More about that below.) To set her hair and install her twists, I used a product from Aunt Jackie’s Girls line called Baby Girl Curls, Moisture Rich Curling and Twisting Custard. This was my first time using something so lightweight as a styling product for her hair, and I have no idea why because her curls loved it.

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Review: The Good. The Bad. The Truth.

Both products smell great– like a candy or fruity drink.  Definitely something sweet.

The first thing that I noticed about the custard is that it’s much lighter and thinner than most products I’ve seen marketed as a custard. For me this was a nice surprise because thicker custards can get tacky and sticky quickly, or just sit on top of your hair.

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The custard definitely helped with defining her curls a bit more and helping them clump together as I smoothed it in. It did get a tiny bit sticky as her hair dried in certain areas, but that changed as soon as I applied more water and twisted her hair down. As her hair dried I couldn’t stop admiring how light it looked. I know it sounds crazy. But I could see the true color and texture of her hair, and I know it’s because it wasn’t weighed down. The next day her hair looked like it needed more moisture but when I took her twists out, it was SO SOFT! Easy to detangle and separate the twists, lightweight, and SOFT. I applied our favorite cream styler for more moisture and hold, and styled her hair in a high puff. I’m still admiring her curls as I type.

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If I could do anything differently, I probably would have applied a tiny bit of moisturizer or cream styler to keep her hair happy and moist, or I would try each product separate to see how well one does without the other.

I really think the star player in this lineup was the leave in conditioner “Quench”. Also a bit lighter than the leave in’s I’m used to, this formula was the consistency of a thick soup. Well, probably a bit thicker than that but I’m having the hardest time thinking of comparing it to something with a similar consistency. You’ll definitely want to take your time applying it or you’ll have glops on your floor and bathroom counter like I did. My advice is to take your time working it in–rake, smooth, whatever– and start with a small amount and build so it’s easier to control. To be honest, once I noticed how beautifully our hair drank it up and plumped to satisfaction, I didn’t mind it it’s runny consistency. As it grew on me, I started to wonder why I hadn’t been seeking products of this texture all along, because we all know how easy it is to run into product buildup with low porosity hair.

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That Quench is flirting with me. I was so in love with how soft (yet defined) her curls were that I did a test run with it myself, and I’m loving how soft and moisturized yet DEFINED my hair is. Granted, I didn’t run through my full wash day routine, but I applied it to my wet hair (in sections) and allowed it to air dry. My curls are lush and happy!! I’m so happy with my choice.

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I’m so interested in trying more products from Aunt Jackie’s, they definitely set the bar pretty high. Not to mention the fact that they are mineral oil, sulfate and paraben free with impressive ingredients. I checked the prices and availability of some of their products (most of which are under $10) and I’m floored. All this goodness for these prices? Let me slide over to the Aunt Jackie side real quick!

I know this was a long one but I had to go in because I’m impressed! If you read through this entire review, thank you. You’re the real MVP.

What products from this line should I try next?

 

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