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@SheaMoisture beauty products A review: #amillionwaystoshea

I like safe and effective beauty products and test out a lot of products. I love the Shea Moisture line and the company history is interesting, the products smell great and they work. Plus they are a natural, organic and a sustainably-produced line. Not all products can say that!  AND 10 % Of the Shea Moisture community commerce sales go to women-led business to support local communities where the ingredients come from.

Their web site says they strive to be sulfate free, paraben free and are tested on people not animals. The products in the Shea Moisture line use some pretty unique ingredients gathered from around the world and the background of this beauty line is interesting. Sofi Tucker started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. This legacy continues today. Here are a few of the items I tested out.

The SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Collection smells so good! The shampoo and conditioner is enriched with Fruit Infused Coconut Water, Imbe Oil and Certified organic Shea Butter (that is ethically sourced from seven women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana) A nice weightless formulation that gives a bit of boost to my hair!

The 10-in-1 Renewal System is great for older hair (lol…ok moms in their 30’s and 40’s!) The antioxidant-rich collection helps to perfect and renew vibrancy to dull, lackluster hair. I use this as a special treat for my hair. It is sulfate-free has anti-aging benefits (no more frizz), color protection and your hair is super soft!

I love the bars of soap and body lotion too. The superfruit organic complex bar soap has Shea and Mango Butter and the superfruit complex of Raspberry Ketone, Goji, Acai and Guava extracts to nourish skin. I do notice when I use this that my skin is much smoother and it also lathers very well. Check out all their products as they have something for everyone. In fact they have a new web app #amillionwaystoshea in which you can upload a photo and answer some questions on which product is best for you!

Disclosure: Shea Moisture sent me the items above to test out and review. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Shea Moisture

safe, healthy beauty products from Shea Moisture

safe, healthy beauty products from Shea Moisture

baby products, body wash, shampoo

Tweens and shampoo/body washes @babobotanicals

Both my girls love products that smell good – shampoo, body wash etc. Sometimes the products they would like to use are made with chemicals and parabens.  That is why I love Babo Botanicals shampoos and body washes. Their new Berry Primrose Smoothing Shampoo and Wash and smoothing conditioner are perfect for tweens. They smell amazing (according to my two tweens) and I love how the shampoo acts as a wash as well so in the instance you have swimmers like my two you only have to pack one bottle!

Speaking of swimmers, babo has their Swim & Sport line and the girls love the Swim & Sport Conditioner as it detangles and helps to strengthen hair.

I love the Oatmilk Calendula shampoo and body wash and the moisturizing baby lotion as it is great for sensitive skin. What I have found is many times with organic products they don’t necessarily smell that great. But all their products smell amazing and are very soothing.   All are also made in the U.S.A without any parabens or phthalates.  Check them out!

My favorite products @babobotanicals

My favorite products @babobotanicals










Disclosure: babo sent me the products to test out. All opinions are my own.



Products, shampoo

Dry Shampoo? love @HairRules

I have been looking for a dry shampoo that has no parabens or sulfates and I found it!  Hair Rules offers a healthy approach to hair care.  They have something for everyone – straight, kinky or curly hair. The “lift” is a volumizing dry shampoo that smells great and has a light, fresh scent. I also tested out the volumizing shampoo and loved it as it is safe for color treated hair. I used it on the kids too and they gave it a thumbs up.  The volumizing hair spray works great as well and trust me it was difficult to find hair spray without sulfates and parabens!  If you notice in the photo the cap is missing as I have been using the hair spray so much!  You can find the line at Target or Ulta.

Hair Rules Products


Disclosure: The company sent me the products to review. All opinions are my own.



shampoo, Travel

Product Review: Kiss My Face Travel Size Peace Soap – One product does it all

Well, I wish I knew about this fab new product earlier in the summer as it would have saved me lugging around several products to the beach and pool! You know when you go on vacation or camping and you bring shampoo, conditioner, wash for the bathing suits, dish soap for the pots and pans, etc. etc. – well now you can grab this  – Kiss my Face Peace Soap – a 100% natural castile soap and it does the job of several products and smells great.

Plus it’s biodegradable, environmentally friendly, made without parabens, phthlates and animal ingredients and is not tested on animals. The company sent me  a sample of the pomegranate acai and it worked great (especially for washing sand and chlorine out of bathing suits!)

The multi-purpose peace soap is just perfect for traveling and camping and good for just about anything from head to toe cleaning to washing out camping gear. The peace soap is named for its support of Seeds of Peace, an organization that aims to develop relationshiopss and leadership skills among young people from regions of conflict. Kiss my Face supports seeds of Peace by donating 10% of all profits from Peace Soap to the organization.

Kiss My Face Castile Soap


Dry Scalp? Theraneem!

I was told lately by a hair stylist that I had dry scalp. hmm…So now I was on the lookout for a shampoo that did not have a bazillion chemicals and would help my dry scalp.

I found that neem works quite well. Have not heard of it? Neither did I. Neem is an indian tree that has been used by Ayuvedic practitioners for its ability to support sensitive skin.   Neem oil contains extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants, which help protect the skin from free radicals caused by over-exposure to sun, environmental toxins and other damaging elements.

Organix South sent us some wonderful products to test out.  They are the world’s leading manufacturer of certified-organic Neem products. Their mission is to create wholesome and natural products while taking care of the planet.   They have several products including cuticle oil, supplements and mouthwash.

For kids and babies they have shampoo and conditioner and we love the Neem Therape Cleansing Bar. So great for sensitive skin and it’s paraben, sulfate and gluten free.

I tried out the scalp therape shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo is a bit thinner than most but works just as well and is very soothing to the scalp.  The smell is awesome. Not only did my scalp feel better but my hair was smooth and shiny – even my husband noticed!

They really do have something for everyone in your family – even your pet – so check out their web site if you are looking to soothe that sensitive scalp or skin!

Theraneem shampoo

Products, shampoo

Hot Tot: Salon quality styling products

I buy a ton of hair products not only for myself but for my kids and I try to look for more natural products. Sometimes it’s hard to find products that work well, smell good and are all natural.  Hot Tot is a new line of styling products created for babies and children that are made with safe and organic ingredients.

The company sent us some samples to test out. These included styling gel, structure whip, sweet pea serum and the conditioning detangler.

What I like is that they are all formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrolatum or synthetic coloring.

The conditioning detangler is perfect for sensitive skin and helps with knots and tangles. The styling gel does not feel stiff or sticky and the structure whip is a cream that helps with the trickier hair styles like ponytails, sleek styles and cowlicks. The sweet pea serum is for the littlest babies helping to deal with cradle cap and skin conditions.

The company also sells gift sets and infant onesies.  All the products smell great, work well and have no yucky ingredients plus the company donates a portion of their proceeds to several different charities including Save The Children and the Ronald McDonald House.

Hot Tot salon quality styling products for babies and kids

Products, shampoo

The pool/beach bag!

As you head to the pool or beach this summer season there are some fun essentials you will need.

Our friends at babo botanicals, supergoop and scout bags send us these products to review.
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Product Review: Swim & Sport babo BOTANICALS

Our friends at babo botanicals sent us a few products to test out.  We love babo! All of their products are sulfate, paraben and phthalate free. They are also dairy and soy free and made with pure flower and plant extracts.

We tested the swim and sport line which will be a welcomed, must have product this summer season, especially if your kids are in chlorine and salt water all day!  Their Clean Sport Shampoo and Wash helps replenish and hydrate both the hair and skin after a day at the beach or the pool. My kids are on the swim team and this gets rid of the chlorine smell and leaves a nice, fresh scent.  Made with soothing organic aloe vera and cucumber it also leaves their hair shiny. It is great for moms and I love that I only have to bring one bottle to the pool with me.   It is also safe for colored treated hair (bonus for those highlights!).

My older daughter has very blond hair so we have an issue with it sometimes turning green.  We sprayed the Cucumber Aloe Vera UV Sport Conditioning Spray before we hit the pool and it kept her hair soft and not dried out and of course no green.   It helps to resist chlorine, salt and sun! And again, perfect if you want to protect those highlights.

If you are sending your kids to summer camp these upcoming months make sure you send along the babo Rosemary Tea Tree Lice Repel Shampoo and Lice Repel Conditioning spray with them! We used this all year long and I loved the smell of it. It contains Rosemary, Tea Tree and mint which the critters avoid!  According to the babo web site it is clinically proven 95% effective.

Swim and Sport line from babo botanicals

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