We’ve all been there before…you walk into a department store and head for the health and beauty section. You examine a wide variety of cleansing bars and you choose one that seems to match your needs. It usually takes a few tries before you find that one soap that really works for you. Do you ever stop to look at the ingredients of this soap?
You are likely to find triclosan, which can disrupt the thyroid hormone and increased exposure can contribute to the development of breast cancer. You will find fragrance, which is usually a safe word for phthalates, a chemical that can cause birth defects and liver damage. There are so many chemicals that are used in nearly all “cleansing bars” sold in stores today.
My job enables me to work with women-owned co-operatives and female producers in Africa. Recently I received a sample of 100% pure [chemical free] Rhassoul clay from Morocco. More times than I can count, I’ve watched many of our customers buy Rhassoul for skin care purposes…but what I’ve found very intriguing is when some buy it solely to Shampoo with!
So, I decided to give it a try…
Personally, I believe that nature has given us everything. But marketing and advertising convinces us otherwise.
Have you ever wondered why silicone is bad for your hair? Read this article slowly & carefully, it may answer some of your questions.
What is silicone? Silicones are synthetic polymers.
In layman’s terms: synthetic polymers are derived from petroleum oil and made by scientists and engineers. The word POLYMER is a more technical term for plastic! Which brings me back, again, to the same question: “Why would anyone want to put petroleum oil or plastic on their hair or skin?”
Spritzing can help keep hair moisturised, nourished and healthy. It’s easy to make your own natural misters out of oils, rose water and distilled water.
I had my big chop in 2009. And even though I was natural I was still experiencing hair breakage. Later on, I found out it was due to dryness and constant blow-drying. I’ve stopped applying direct heat to my hair, and apart from losing about 40 -100 strands daily (which is normal), my hair does not break.
Benefits of Spritzing Hair
In dry climates, hair can quickly become parched and tangly when left to its own devices. Many so-called moisturising products that are commercially produced are laden with silicones, which not only coat the hair but also create build up over time, preventing moisture getting in as well as out.
Most of us look for permanent solutions to stretchmark’s, scars, acne, uneven skin tones and aging. Bio oil promises us answers.
To say that I have tried this product and not seen good results would be lying. Yet, I have seen the same results (if not better) with 100% Pure Unrefined (Grade A, Fairtrade certified) Shea butter.
Here’s the deal…if you are looking for a drive through breakthrough, Bio oil works. At least it did for me. However, you might want to consider the long-term side effects; which could be negative.
M.A.C cosmetics give you a perfect look and a flawless finish. It was a great choice for me…until last week.
I blog to get my readers to begin to ask questions about safe cosmetics, be aware of safe natural hair and skin products that give great results; if not better!
In my day job I sell fair trade products; as well as educate customers on the values of fairness and equality in the marketplace. Because of this, I’m becoming more cautious of what I choose to eat; as well as my choice of skin and hair care products. This is a recent shift; my only regret is not knowing this earlier.
I’ve wrestled with the probability of an all-natural make-up. However, is this even possible?
Have you ever used Eco styler gel? Numerous YouTube tutorials on natural hair recommend Eco styler gel. Why not? It offers maximum hold; contains 100% Olive oil and, has no alcohol! Thus, I decided to give this one a try.
As you all know [if you follow my blog] I always read ingredients. To my surprise, this one raised many flags. Nonetheless I bought a jar for $3.99 [CDN] and left the store. Rule of thumb #1, if you can’t eat it don’t put it on your skin.
Upon getting home I compared my jar of Kinky Curly custard gel to ECO styler gel. Kinky Curly custard’s ingredients are listed as follows:
Botanical fusion of water, horsetail, chamomile, nettle and marshmallow, organic aloe vera juice, agave nectar extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), pectin, citric acid, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance.
Simple solutions in your kitchen
If I could credit the start of my natural hair journey to anyone, it will have to be my husband and sister. Today I’ll be sharing a recipe I learned from my sister, which I’ve altered to suit my hair. I can’t say enough about making your own recipes, for one it’s cheaper, another reason is the freedom and liberty to experiment with stuff!
For this recipe, be prepared for a messy sink or bathtub! But the results…are SOworth it.
The ancient Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, credited her beauty to shea butter. Today, walking along the aisles of drug stores and grocery departments one cannot help but notice the amount of cosmetics & general skin care products that contain shea butter as an “active” ingredient. While it may seem as though these products have a large quantity of shea butter, they don’t. Although this is what we are intended to think. Ingredients are listed in descending order of percentage, and quite often it is only a small fraction that’s present.
la walked into our store; she needed to pick up a check that was owed to her. We began talking about a number of things, and the topic of exfoliating came up. She was complaining about the brand she was currently using and was considering trying our 100% Red Moroccan (Ghassoul) Clay. Which by the way is great!
I told her I do not exfoliate. To be completely honest with you I don’t remember the last time I did. She did not believe me, saying I had such great skin that it was impossible that I did not exfoliate.
I replied, “I don’t. I use natural oils and they do wonders!”