The natural route
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
In this day and age, more people are aware and concerned with what goes into their bodies and beauty products. Many companies have stepped up their game to fit into this healthier lifestyle. Just like many people, I’ve been doing my best to make conscious purchases, and have been reading and paying more attention to ingredient labels. These are just a few products that have fit into the more natural category.
It’s only in the last year or so that I’ve been embracing my natural s’wavy/wavy hair texture. I’m finding that most days I usually let my hair be wild and free to air-dry on it’s own. I’ve been on a mission to find products that will help enhance my waves and bring out it’s fullest potential. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Shea Moisture brand especially in the curly hair community, with their Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
having a lot of recommended reviews. I can go on about how delicious this smells, but let’s talk about the performance. This really has brought out wave and curl patterns I never knew my hair was capable of doing. As for the frizz-free claim, I don’t think it eliminates it completely, but it’s been the closest product I’ve tried that actually does help with the frizz halo. What I’m finding as a miracle is that my waves have never been this hydrated and defined before, and without being weighed down.
Although restoring dry and cold temperature tortured hair can be a challenge at times, going into skincare is another thing. As you can probably tell from a lot of my last posts it’s been a huge focus recently.
BVspa Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
While most of the world has already been prancing around in cute spring outfits (having a late spring will make you bitter!), I’ve been in need for some good exfoliation products since it’s only recently that the weather has been warming up. I was sent a very generous PR package with a bunch of BVspa goodies to play around with, and boy did I really need this more than ever! Included were some body butters, lotions, and scrubs — I will do a review on all the products in a later post, but for now let’s talk about their Sugar Scrub
. I’ve used sugar scrubs in the past and this one has been the most gentle one I’ve used to date. I’m not judging other brands since I actually don’t mind very grainy and aggressive scrubs, however the BVspa Sugar Scrub has definitely perfected it. Perhaps because it’s a blend of shea butter, jojoba, olive, safflower oils — with sugar crystals — make it great for exfoliation and moisturizing all in one. The fact that it actually has and smells like real grapefruit makes this a winner all on it’s own.
Karen Phytoplankton Moisturizing LotionIf you have any recommendations on products, I’d love to know!
If you aren’t familar with Phytoplankton (aka. microalgae), it’s a superfood found in the ocean that’s not only great for overall health, but also for the skin since it’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, D, and K, omega fatty acids, beta carotene, and other beneficial nutrients. When it comes to body lotions, I think I need to be more picky about them like I am with the rest of my skincare. The Karen Phytoplankton Moisturizing Lotion has shed a reminder to do so. This paraben-free lotion penetrates deep into the skin, and quickly absorbs with no greasy or sticky residue. Before I go on, I do have a minor con. I don’t know if it’s just implanted in my head that this is going to smell like inside of the ocean, or that I’ve just been adapted to floral and fruity scented lotions, but it does have a faint algae scent to it that I’m not fond of. Aside from the smell, this has been one of the best moisturizing lotions I’ve used in quite some time. It especially works wonders on my elbows since the cold temperatures didn’t show them any mercy.
This post was not sponsored — I was kindly sent these products. All opinions are my own.