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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

body wash, Products, self tanner

Summer Hair & Skin from @NaturesGate

My tween and teen love testing out shampoo, conditioner and body washes and they certainly voice their opinions on them all. That is why the products have to smell nice and work well. We got a chance to test out @NaturesGate Pomegranate & Sunflower hair defense shampoo and conditioner as well as the pomegranate body wash. They loved the smell and liked how they all coordinated. Seriously, how many times do you find something for both the hair and body that smells good and is the same scent? No one wants to smell like a hundred different fragrances. This is the perfect combo for summertime hair and skin care (and great for moms for color treated hair). With a blend of pomegranate and sunflower petals it smells fresh and clean.

Nature’s Gate also makes this great product – The Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion in Medium – not as dark as a self- tanner (but if you have very light skin it will be a bit tan, but still a nice color). You can also use the lotion daily to build a deeper tan.  My teen wanted to try one of my self-tanner lotions so I had her test this glow lotion out as I felt better about the ingredients in this lotion -or should I say the ingredients not included:   it’s Vegan, NON GMO, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Mineral Oil Free, Petrolatum Free, PEG Free, Butylene Glycol Free, Cruelty Free! How many self-tanners can say that? Plus it has vitamin E in it so it is very moisturizing.

I have to say I did not instruct her how to work a self-tan cream and she slathered it on and I thought, oh boy this is going to come out bad however it was even, there were no streaks and the next day it was a nice light tan shade.  She and I were pleased at the result!

Disclosure:  Natures’s Gate sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own in this blog post.

Great smelling hair care from @Nature's Gate

Great smelling hair care from @Nature’s Gate


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.




Product Review: KRLY Kids shampoo, conditioner and styling spray gel

If you have a child that has really curly hair you know how hard it is to get them to comb it after washing it!  Especially during the summer season with all the chlorine, salt water and sun, it makes it even more difficult to wash and wear their curly hair.

Our friends at Ouidad sent us some samples of their KRLY Kids No Time for Tears Shampoo, No More Knots 2 in 1 Conditioner and Pump n’ Go Styling Spray Gel to test out.

I loved the smell of all the products and the comb went right through my younger daughters’ very long, wavy hair.  I have naturally wavy hair and tested the products the other night after a day at the pool and no more dry, tangled hair for me! I am sure if you buy this for your curly haired kids you will be using it at some point!

Ouidad created these products to gently cleanse, condition and style children’s curly hair.  The KRLY Kids line is gentle, moisturizing and easy to use.  Known as the curl expert Ouidad has been designing products specifically formulated for those with curly hair. The products are lightweight and water soluble leaving the hair free of residue and product build up.  The line is available here at their web site, Ouidad certified salons and Sephora.


Children’s Bath Products

Yet again….the story of unsafe children’s baby products is in the news. The Green Blog from The Boston Globe wrote about it on the 16th . Here is a link below.  As I mentioned in an earlier post I was testing all my products at and while it was hard not to spend hours looking at all the products we use and really become quite obsessive about it……I did learn a lot and what I took away from it is just to make sure you are not using all beauty products or baby products that rate on a high scale.  For the children I tend to use paraben free products for shampoo, body wash and lotions as well as hand soap (because we use soap every day).  My favorites have always been Burt’s Bee, California Baby and now I use Pure & Basic Green Tea Hand Soap.

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