20, 04, 2017

The natural route

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.


Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
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 Lotion
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.

If you have any recommendations on products, I’d love to know!

This post was not sponsored — I was kindly sent these products. All opinions are my own.

18 responses to “The natural route”

  1. I love Shea Moisture! Sometimes it’s hard to find a product that is animal cruelty free, natural, works great AND smells nice. I find that it’s a hit or miss for shea moisture (smell wise), but all their products are great! If this one hits all the points, I have to try it! 🙂 Your hair is gorgeous btw! Totally making me miss my lions mane 🙁



    • Stacey says:

      Your hair is gorgeous though babe but I know what you mean when you cut it off and have regrets. Good news is that hair grows back so when yours does we’ll be mane sisters <3

  2. Julia says:

    This is a great post, and just what I’ve needed! I’ve been trying to up my health game lately (food and fitness-wise) and I was just thinking about how I wanted some more natural beauty/ skin care products. I’ll have to check these out!
    Lovely post
    Julia | juliainbluhm.com

  3. Kate Rattley says:

    I definitely prefer to take a more natural approach to make-up (even swore off foundation for a bit to try and cleanse!) Like the sound of the grapefruit sugar scrub. Your hair is immense, it looks amazing natural!
    Kate | http://www.katerattley.com

    • Stacey says:

      Ah no way! I haven’t worn foundation in a month now and I feel freaking amazing! I still use concealer for any imperfections but either than that I’m loving now having full coverage as weird as that sounds hehe

  4. Emily says:

    Utterly jealous of your hair – it’s beautiful! I’m definitely trying to go natural with my products too as I’m aware ultimately it’s much better for your skin, you’ve given me some new products to enjoy researching!

    Musings & More

  5. These products sound amazing, specially the pink grapefruit sugar scrub!

  6. Georgia says:

    Really enjoyed this post, they look like such great quality. Definitely need to up my hair game! (Your hair is stunning)

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

  7. Batsheva says:

    Oh wow, I’ve seen that shea moisture milk in my local drug store. I’m always on the lookout for good curly hair natural products as if I don’t take care of my curls, they tend to frizz. I might just seriously look into this, and if I do, you will have been the first blogger to influence my product decisions. Feel the pressure. Lol


    • Stacey says:

      LOL! Hey your comment went through, yayyy!! But anyways the pressure is on! You’ve got to let me know what you think if you try it out <3

  8. The shea moisture products are ah-mazing! I’ve never tried the other two skincare products but they sound really good. A scrub is much needed at least a couple times a week just to clear off the dead skin for sure.

    • Stacey says:

      I just haven’t really been using scrubs on the regular so when I finally used it it was like a reality check LOL I for sure need to use them a lot more often!

  9. I am currently using the Shea Moisture line but I haven’t tried this Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. It’s next on my list to try. Your hair is beautiful by the way. x

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