Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Treasured Locks Review & Giveaway

 
 
 
 
 
About:
 
Our Treasured Locks H2G Awaken Emu Oil Shampoo is a breakthrough product when it comes to hair and scalp health. Emu oil has been shown to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. These improvements to the scalp allow the scalp to grow stronger hair faster. Now get the benefits of Emu Oil in our salon grade Emu Oil Shampoo and Emu Oil Conditioner. For best results, use both products.

Our Emu Oil Shampoo helps hydrate hair and improve elasticity. These are two things that are vital to Black hair care. Black hair tends to be dry and brittle. That makes it fragile. Anything we can do to improve the moisture balance and to improve the elasticity means less breakage. Our Emu Oil Shampoo is especially beneficial if you perm your hair or use heat on your hair. Emu oil contains an array of Essential Fatty Acids that do wonders for your hair and scalp. That is why we include it in our Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum.
  • Some of the benefits you can expect include:
  • Faster growing hair- improves the health of sluggish hair follicles
  • Shinier hair
  • Stronger hair
  • Reduced bacterial level on scalp (less itching and flaking)
  • Less shedding
  • Less scalp sensitivity
  • Thicker hair

 
 
Our Experience:
 
Scent: This smells like fresh apples to me! Great Scent.
 
Jamilah wet her hair and applied the Emu Oil Shampoo, She lathered it up, massaged her scalp with the balls on her fingers and rinsed. Jamilah tends to get dry scalp and sometimes flaking on her scalp. I noticed after using this shampoo along with the African Argan Elixir her scalp has had no dryness or flaking, even in this cold weather,
This shampoo does contain SLS so those of you who do not use SLS should be aware of that.
 
This was the response from Treasured Locks when asked about the SLS content of this product:
 
Treasured Locks Staff: This particular shampoo is not sulfate free. It uses gentle, salon grade sulfates that are necessary to give it the properties it is known for. We have considered reformulating it to be sulfate free to meet the demand for sulfate free shampoos. But, considering it is our best performing shampoo, we simply don't' want to mess with a good thing. We do offer a sulfate free shampoo, our Treasured Locks Nothin' But Nature Shampoo.
 
 
I really like this shampoo and I don't think I would let the SLS content keep me from using it. I found it to be a very moisturizing shampoo and easy on the scalp and I am hoping that it will help Jamilah in her quest for growth and hair health.
 
 
 
 
About:
 
Treasured Locks set out to produce the best Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner available and we did it! Our highly versatile Shea Butter Nourishing Leave-In Conditioner can be used as a conditioner after shampooing, a daily hair moisturizer and/or to detangle hair. Chock full of ingredients your hair is thirsting for, our leave-in conditioner will condition and soften your hair in one quick and easy step. Treasured Locks Nourishing Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner is the best conditioner available for African-American hair. But, it also suitable for other curly hair types and/or hair that needs extra moisture. Formulated using on the finest ingredients available (just like those big fancy salons use), our conditioner actually delivers on what a conditioner is supposed to do.
 
 
Our Experience:
 
Scent: Nice, Clean, maybe a bit fruity, I can't quite put my finger on it but I like it!
 
I love leave-in conditioners and this one is no exception. I like that it's not too thick so it's buildable, it moisturizes and helps de-tangle without adding weight to the hair. The Treasured Locks Shea Butter Nourishing Leave In Conditioner made Jamilah's hair feel soft and it was so easy to detangle with my fingers or a wide tooth comb.
 
 
 
 
 
About:
Treasured Locks is happy to present our African Argan Oil Elixir.  Argan oil is naturally beneficial for both hair and skin, which is why it has been used by the Berber women for centuries.  Argan oil naturally contains essential fatty acids that hair and skin drink up as nourishment making them more elastic and healthier.
 
 

 
  • Argan Oil
    • Smooths hair and gently relaxes curliness
    • Argan oil penetrates into the hair pores or shafts and enhances the elasticity of hair which prevents breakage
    • The omega 3 and omega 9 essential fatty acids nourish the hair and scalp providing faster growth
    • Helps control hard to manage hair
    • Repairs damage from chemical treatments and excessive heat from straightening combs, blow dryers and flat irons
  • Jojoba Oil
    • Jojoba oil is very similar to the natural sebum produced by the glands in your scalp.  African-America hair is often dry because this sebum cannot easily work its way up the kinky hair shaft.
    • Acts as a 100% natural hair conditioner
    • Prevents splits, tangles and hair breakage
  • Sweet Almond Oil
    • Sweet Almond oil has been used since the time of the ancient Romans. 
    • Light pale yellow oil
    • Reduces flakiness, dryness, scaling and itch of scalp
  • Castor Oil
    • Naturally produced vegetable oil
    • Acts as an emollient (softens hair and skin)
    • By sealing the cuticle it makes hair smoother and helps the hair hold moisture
    • Natural humectant (attracts moisture to the hair)
  • Lavender and Vanilla EO Blend
    • Warm soothing fragrance
    • Refreshes natural hair

 
 
My Experience:
 
 
I used a rat-tail comb to separate Jamilah's hair about every inch or so and I applied a fine line of the African Argan Oil. The tip on this bottle is excellent for squeezing out a fine line of oil!
(Jamilah was doing some last minute Christmas shopping online while I oiled her scalp)
This is a really good oil, it feels good and smells nice too. Definitely a hair food! This is packed with great oils with so many great benefits (listed above).
 
 
 
 
 
About:
 
Maximum manageability and shine with a deep treatment and strengthening finisher. Treasured Locks Conditioning Balm is a botanically rich, leave-in conditioning and styling balm that straightens and controls curly frizzy hair while, giving incredible shine and manageability. A fusion of silicones and botanical stylers and conditioners deep treat hair and replenish over time.
 
Instructions:
 
Shampoo hair and towel dry. Place a quarter size amount of Conditioning Balm into the palm of your hand and work into hair from front to back. Heat hair to activate (using a heat cap or hair dryer). Hair becomes softer and more manageable with continued use.
 
 
Our Experience:
 
Scent: The scent was okay, not my favorite but not bad either.
 
After Shampooing I towel dried Jamilah's hair a little bit. I don't rub it back and forth, I gently press and blot the excess water. I applied the Conditioning balm, detangled and placed a cap on her hair before heating the hair with a hair dyer (with diffuser). When her hair was near dry I removed the cap and diffused her hair a little more. The first thing I noticed was that her curls really popped with this product! Her hair had a nice shine to it and it kind of felt like she has used a little gel to style her hair.
 
 
 
 
About:
 
 
While nothing can give you instantly longer hair, there are ways to maximize the amount of hair you have. By keeping your scalp healthy, maintaining the proper moisture and oil balance on your hair and getting the proper nutrition, you can make sure your hair grows at its maximum rate and does not break off. This is the secret to long and strong hair. Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum is a blend of all natural ingredients scientifically proven to promote longer, healthier hair. Made from the highest quality Emu oil (AEA food grade certified), naturally extracted carrier oils and a proprietary blend of the finest quality, steam-distilled essential oils, our serum is unlike any other on the market. Emu oil and essential oils have been independently tested and shown to reduce inflammation, increase circulation and improve the growth phase of the hair life cycle. Key Ingredients:
  • Shea Butter Oil & Jojoba Oil- Natural oils that provide moisture to the skin, improve skin tone and carry the other ingredients beneath the surface of the skin.
  • Emu Oil- improves skin tone, reduces inflammation, known to stimulate hair growth. Accelerates cell regeneration-including the growth phase of the hair cycle. We use only AEA Certified food grade Emu oil.
  • Treasured Locks H2G Essential Oil Complex- a proprietary blend of essential oils shown to stimulate hair growth. Our essential oils are the finest available imported from the best climates and steam-distilled.
How it works On a normal head of hair there are roughly 100,000 strands of hair, each going through its own cycle. Hair grows (anagen phase- lasts about 4 years), hair rests (catagen phase- hair follicle regresses) and hair sheds (telogen) phase. Normally about 90% of hair follicles are in the anagen phase. But, the average person sheds about 50-60 hairs per day. Normal hair grows at a rate of about 1/2 inch per month. But, this varies by person (genetics). Hair growth is also effected by nutrition, stress levels, moisture, heat and oil balance. Proper treatment of the hair and scalp along with proper nutrition will allow you to reach your maximum potential hair growth. Studies have shown that Emu oil penetrates through several layers of the dermis, nourishing the skin and accelerating growth. Emu oil has been shown to help promote the growth cycle of hair follicles and greatly reduces inflammation, which many doctors believe is a factor in hair loss. Emu oil is similar in fatty acid composition to human skin. This makes it non-comedogenic (non pore clogging) and allows it to easily penetrate the skin. A double-blind study has been shown that a blend of essential oils can provide significantly faster and better hair growth than just carrier oils alone. The growth was seen with no side effects that are possible with drugs such as steroids which are commonly used to treat alopecia (hair loss). Our serum is also beneficial for mild skin irritations such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Please keep in mind that certain medical conditions will cause hair loss and that we make no medical claims concerning any of our products.

 
Ingredients:
 
Shea Butter Oil, Emu Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Treasured Locks H2G Growth Complex, Vitamin E
 


Our Experience:
 
Scent: Nice herbal, natural scent
 
 
Here I am adding (a little too much) H2G Growth Serum to Jamilah's struggling edges while she plays on the laptop again. I added the serum to her whole scalp and concentrated on the edges. It says to add a few drops and I put a little more on her edges, as you can see. I am excited to see if all these great ingredients help her hair to grow.... I will continue to use this growth serum and keep you all updated!!
 
 
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1 Lucky winner will receive all 5 hair products from Treasured Locks!!
 
Big Thanks to Treasured Locks for allowing us to review their products
 and for this generous Giveaway!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Bee Mine Products Review



 
It's no secret that we Love Bee Mine Products! We have been using and reviewing them for a few years now. This week we had the opportunity to try the Strawberry Kiwi Curly Butter that we had not tried before. We also tried the Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo and Juicy Moisturizing Spritz that we had used in the past and liked but it has been awhile so we are reviewing it again.
 
 
Bee Mine Products are Cruelty Free!
 
 
 
 
Silicone - Free / SLS - Free / Paraben - Free
 
ABOUT:
 
Bee Mine Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo is loaded with botanical extracts to gently cleanse hair, remove residue and moisturize while enhancing natural shine.  Leaves hair touchably soft & smooth.  This formulation will nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair without stripping or weighing it down.  Cleanse, hydrate and quench your thirsty dry hair with our botanical moisturizing shampoo.
Directions:  Apply a small amount to wet hair gently massage to create a lather.  Rinse thoroughly repeat if needed.  Follow up with conditioner.  For best results, use with Bee Mine Bee Lovely Daily Conditioner or any of our wonderful conditioners from our line.
Ingredients:  Distilled water, Decyl glucoside and Sodioum Lauroyl Lactylate (natural surfactant blend), Calendula Extract, Lemon Grass Extract, Rosemary Extract, Lavender Extract, Rose Extract, Nettle Extract and Chammomile Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (naturally derived from guar gum), dl Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Fragrance (Phthalate Free), Preservative (Paraben & Formaldehyde Free).


Our Experience:
 
I really like this shampoo. It cleanses the hair very well without making it feel dried out. It has a good lather to it unlike some other SLS free shampoos, for some reason Jamilah always feels her hair is cleaner when she gets a good lather. This has a nice scent, not too strong, just a natural, pretty scent.
This is a good moisturizing shampoo for those with dry hair, like Jamilah has!
 
 
 
 
 




About

Bee Mine Juicy - Moisturizing Daily Spritz is an excellent moisturizer for natural & relaxed hair.  It is loaded with organic aloe vera juice, ayurvedic herbs and nourishing essential oils to stimulate the scalp and strengthen your tresses.  Use daily as a mid day refresher bedtime moisturizing treatment.

Ingredients:  Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Herbal Infused Purified Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pure Glycerin, Ayurvedic Herbs, Select Herbs, Polysorbate 20, Essential oils of Tea Tree, Peppermint & Grapefruit, Vitamin E Tocopherol Oil, Fragrance, Paraben & Formaldehyde  Free Preservative.
 
 
 
Our Experience:
 
It's not always easy to get the nutrient hair needs to the hair on a daily basis. Oils are awesome and definitely have their place but, when hair is styled, braided, twisted it's not easy to get oils and nutrients onto the hair. This Juicy Spritz puts a fine mist or essential oils onto the hair....on top of twists and braids and can be used on a daily basis on any style. Right now Jamilah is VERY much into twists....She can do a quick spray of her twists daily and moisturize her hair without messing up her style. Definitely a must for dry hair, especially in the cold, dry winter months!!
 
 
 
 
 
About:
 
This shea butter and aloe based curly butter is packed with rich moisturizing nutrients to give you long lasting moisture and promote growth. It has a soft touchable hold that will help to defrizz your frizzes and give great definition. This Curly Butter is wonderful for twists, finger curls, puffs/pony tails and especially for laying down unruly hair. Great for naturals, relaxed, texlaxed, everyone.
Scents available:
  • Coconut Cream
  • Unscented 
  • Island Mango 
Ingredients: 100% Organic Shea Butter, 100% Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Essential Oil Blend, Vegetable Glycerin, Rosemary Leaf and Chammomile Extract, Silk Powder, Paraben & Formaldehyde Free Preservative and Perfume.
 
 
Our Experience:
 
I really like Bee Mine Curly Butter so when we saw it came in one of Jamilah's favorite scents, Kiwi Strawberry, we had to try it. Yep, same awesome products, yummy new scent.
As I mentioned before, Jamilah is super-into twists right now....She wants to rock them every single day. This Curly Butter is a good twisting cream, softening and adding shine while holding the hair in 2-strand twists.
 
 
 
Here I am twisting Jamilah's hair....Oh and by the way we no longer use the "brick Layer" pattern we used to use but have opted for smaller triangle shaped parts that look more natural.... but more on that later. Here you can see I have taken some Curly Butter and spread in from root to tip before twisting... yes, some squeezes out when twisting, don't worry it will dry clear!!
Sometimes it feels a little dry when I get near the ends and I put a bit more in the ends, not too much though!!
 
 
Twisting, twisting.... Just wanted you to see the shine going on here....!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And her twists are done for the week....
 
For most people twists will last more than a week....but Jamilah plays sports and we do then once a week to keep them looking fresh!
 
This Bee Hold Curly Butter Strawberry Kiwi smells like candy and holds great while moisturizing the hair!! Love it!!!!
 
It's for ANY age but I know kids will especially like this product because of the yummy scent!
 
 
 
 
Thanks so much Bee Mine for allowing us to review your products once again!!!
We have tried a LOT of products in the past 4 years we have been reviewing and we continue to reach for Bee Mine products!!! We LOVE you!!!
 
 

Chagrin Valley Hair Tea Review

 
 
 
A natural organic herbal hair rinse of specially selected organic herbs and botanicals to promote scalp circulation and healthy hair. Helpful for dry, damaged and over stressed hair.
 
 
Ingredients: Organic Marsh Mallow; Organic Mullein; Organic Elder Flowers; Organic Lavender; Organic Nettle; Organic Calendula; Organic Sage
 
 
 
 
The tea comes with a muslin bag that you can put the tea in and steep it but I wanted to save my bag to store my extra tea in so I got out my tea ball. Okay, my old tea ball, don't laugh!
 
 
 
 
After heating the water you can dip your muslin bag or tea ball in the hot water.
 
They recommend that you steep for at least 30 minutes covered.
 
 
After a few minutes
 
 
After 30 minutes
 
 
 
There are different ways to use the Hair Tea...
 
You can slowly pour the tea over your wet head, massage the infusion into your hair and scalp. Keep a large bowl under your head to catch the liquid and reapply several times. Gently rinse it out with cool water or, for extra conditioning benefits, just leave it in and towel dry hair.
 
I bought a spray bottle (at the dollar store) and decided to put the tea in it after it cooled down a bit.
 
 
 
You can see the condensation where it was a still a bit warm when I put it in the bottle.
 
I sprayed on Jamilah's hair thoroughly, you can rinse out or for more conditioning you can leave in. Since Jamilah has dry, damaged hair I decided to leave it in.
I know it normally takes some time to see results from a product but I noticed this tea made her hair feel softer and it was much easier to de-tangle with a wide comb and without a leave-in conditioner! I definitely felt the moisturizing effects after one use!
 
 
You can find more recipes and ways to use the hair tea in the link below!
 
 
 
I have never used a hair tea before and I was very excited to try this out. I really like it! It's easy to use and of course it's all natural and organic! I will continue to use this hair tea and plan on trying more Hair Tea's by Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve in the future!
 
Your can check out the collection of Hair Tea's HERE
 
 
Also Check out Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve:
 
 
 
Big Thanks to Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve for allowing me to review their products!!!!
 
Great People, Great Company, Great Products!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

DesignsStyled4You T-shirt Review and Giveaway

 
 
 
Naturally Haute
 
Haute [oht]-adj.
high-toned; fancy
Natural by design.
Haute by definition
It's not a phase, it's a movement.
 
We really like this T-shirt!!
Great Gift for the natural in your life!! Or treat yourself!
 
They also sell some great Sorority Tees! Can't wait until I can buy Jamilah one of those!! ;)
 
Jamilah is a size 3 and is wearing a size M
 
 
 
Available in white with pink and green text, white with red text and red with white text, sizes S- XXL
 
 
 
 
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LiveLifeCreations Natural Hair Tumbler Review & Giveaway

 
 
Another great gift idea for the Natural in your life....
I LOVE that fact that it's personalized!
 
 

 
Sorry it's a little dark, I was trying to show the customization and flash made a glare...
 
Show your hair pride with this custom tumbler.
 
Your name can be added to the front underneath the picture of the girl, and the back can also be changed to read Black Girls Rock.
 
 
 
 
Cute Right??
 
We love it!
 
Nice, Heavy, well made tumbler!!
 
 
tip: do not wash with the scrubby side of the sponge to reduce damage to the Art Work!!
 
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Face Care for dry, chapped, aging or sensitive skin & Giveaway

When I was in college I took several alternative healing classes. I took healing and spirituality where we had one woman come in and talk about her beliefs and practices, one of those practices was washing only with oils. At the time I thought it was a little odd but, she appeared very clean and youthful and it baffled my mind that she cleaned with only oils. See I thought oil would just make you more "oily" and seal dirt into the skin.

A few years back a company sent me a sample of olive oil to use for eye makeup remover. From that day forward I did not buy another eye makeup remover. I always used olive oil and a cotton ball or soft cloth or tissue to remove any eye makeup. It worked very well and the skin around my eyes was never dry like it had been in the past.

When I reached my mid-30's my face was getting pretty dry. Not only dry but it started looking red every time I washed it and it would take all day to turn back to the normal color. I tried a few different face washes, okay I tried A LOT of different face washes and none really worked. Some seemed to work at first but after some time they stopped working and it seemed like I was always trying to repair the feeling the soaps caused with more and more moisturizer.

One day I was in the bathtub and looked over at my bottle or Argan oil. (I use Cleopatra's Choice) And I started massaging it into my face. I blotted it off with a soft dry cloth. My face felt clean, looked clean and was super soft. When my face isn't as dry I use some olive oil and when it is more dry I use the Argan oil, which is thicker.

My face was red, dry and flaky when I stopped using soap. My cheeks were the most red and my nose was the most flaky. My forehead had acne on the sides and a few spots on my cheeks.

Now my face is soft. No more acne and no more flaky skin... and yes, it's clean! lol

 
Turns out, Oil dissolves Oil !!
 
Yep, that oil and junk on your skin can be dissolved by massaging natural oils into your skin and removed when you tissue them off!
 
 
 
Here are some great face washes:
 
 
 
 
Olive Oil
yep, the kind you can get right at the grocery store!!
 
 

Argan Oil
 a bit more pricey but you only need to use a little!!
 
 
 
This is chocked full of OILS !! Awesome cleanser!
 
 
A natural cleansing cream that moisturizes and gently cleans at the same time. The nourishing properties of natural oils and butters are whipped with our moisturizing Aloe soap to create a gentle face wash! The yellow color comes from sustainable Organic Virgin Palm Oil, one of the richest plant sources of carotenes and antioxidants. Mango butter, rosehips oil and shea butter are excellent for dry, aging or irritated skin -
 
Our Experience:
 
Natural, Herbal scent, no added perfumes. Definitely in line with my new oil-cleansing regime. This whipped butter is a bit easier to cleanse with because it is a butter instead of an oil so it's easier to handle. Only a small amount is needed, a little goes a very long way so at $14.00 for a 4oz jar, it's a really good value.
 
 
 
And if your skin STILL needs a moisturizer after cleansing with these great oil products I can recommend a good one for you too!
 
 
You can dap a bit more Olive or Argan oil on your face and around your eyes
 
 
or try this product from Chargin Valley Soap & Salve
 
 
 
 
Shea Olein and Olive Squalane are whipped and whipped to create this silky delicate natural face and eye cream. One of the first areas to show signs of aging is the thin skin surrounding the eyes. This delicate skin, with fewer sebaceous glands, and less collagen and elastin than skin elsewhere on your face, needs special moisturizing. Human skin naturally produces lubricating squalene, but production decreases as we age. Squalane and Shea Olein, often found in anti-aging products, promote cell growth and help with dry skin and skin irritations. -
 
Our Experience:
 
Again, the whipped texture is awesome, easier to apply than a straight oil. This is silky feeling, not heavy at all and moisturizes very well. A little goes a long way at $9.50 for a 1oz. jar it too is a very good value.
 
 
 
 


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BNudeEssentials Review

 
A message from the company:
 
BNude Essentials  provides   100% organic products that not only gives back to your body but also to the community.  All of our spa bath products are hand-made, they include raw sugar and dead sea salt scrubs and whipped Shea butter body butters in various scents, hair butter moisturizer, and dead sea salt foot soaks. We make all of  our products  with natural ingredients like grape-seed oil, various essential oils, Vitamin E, almond oil, Shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil and other various natural butters and oils. We pride ourselves by not using any chemicals or preservatives in our bath and skin care products to keep or enhance our products, it’s all done naturally. We make skin care easy!
 
Whipped Shea Butter Body Butter - Flower Passion - 8oz
 
 
 
 made with all natural butters like Shea butter, mango butter, almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil and essential oils
 
 
Our Experience:
 
BNudeEssentials make a nice body butter, very nice consistency. It's not too thick so it spreads nicely onto the body. This scent had a light perfume flowers scent. It's a nice scent but did smell a bit more like a perfume or cologne than fresh flowers. It's all a matter of personal preference. I like it, it's a light scent so would be good for a girl of any age! I will use it again!
 
 
Whipped Shea Butter Body Butter - Relaxing Lavender - 8oz
 
 
 
Our Experience:
 
Since my children were babies I have used Lavender to relax and soothe them. I love using Lavender products at bedtime or any time I feel stressed to help with relaxation. After a stressful day, I took a nice warm bath and towel dried. I smoothed this Lavender Shea Butter on my skin and feel so incredibly relaxed. MMMM it's a good Lavender too, smelling like natural Lavender and not a perfumey substitute. Very nice! Great texture for rubbing on the skin, awesome for dry skin. Would make a good massage cream for a relaxing massage also.
Nice Christmas present for Male or Female and awesome stocking stuffer! I would say this Lavender Shea butter is a must have.
 
 
 
Raw Sugar Body Scrub - Tahitian Tropical Passion - 12 oz
 
These sugar scrubs are made with raw sugar and all natural oils such as grape seed oil, almond oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, primrose and other natural oils that help with dry skin. They leave your skin feeling silky and smooth.
 
 
Our Experience:

I am a huge fan of Scrubs!! I especially love them in the winter when my skin tends to be dry, they have a duo-effect of both sloughing off old, dead skin cells and moisturizing the skin. This particular sugar scrub is divine! While relaxing in a hot bubble bath I opened my sugar scrub and took out a clump, rubbing it all over my legs and arms, concentrating on my elbows and knees (where I tend to get dry skin). My elbows get pretty rough in the winter and some reason I forget to moisturize them as much as the other areas of my body. This sugar scrub not only took off the dead skin but the oils were sooo great and really softened my skin. Very, Very good scrub! Now to be 100% honest, I was not a fan of the Tahitian Tropical scent. It's not BAD just not my favorite. Though if it ONLY came in this scent, I would still buy it. Since it comes in several scents, I would probably try a different one next time. I see it comes in Lavender and Honey Almond Vanilla so I will most likely try one of those scents.


Whipped Shea Butter Body Butter - Island Coconut Cream - 8oz





Our Experience:

I saved the best for LAST. You all know I ama scent addict and this Body Butter is Scentsational.... lol see what I did there?

MMM MMMM MMM Honey! This smells soooo delicious!! Same great Shea Butter I described above and in a fantastic scent. I promise you I cannot stop smelling myself when I am wearing this scent. It's yummy!!
I would LOVE to receive a jar of this for Christmas... Hint, Hint, Santa!

Awesome, A+.... very good products and I believe most, if not all come in this scent!!



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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Just a scarf

 
 
This is Felicia. Felicia lives in Maine with her husband and 2 beautiful sons. Tonight Felicia went to a local Walmart in Maine, where the weather was about 20 degrees. She was very cold and decided to wrap this scarf around her head. Just a scarf. There was so significance to the scarf around her head except for the fact she was cold, but the shoppers at Walmart saw something different. They looked at Felicia and assumed she was Muslim and most likely an immigrant from another country. 
 
Felicia Says:
 
"To my surprise I was in for a disturbing trip into Walmart people are ignorant. disgusting. stupid. pathetic excuses (for human beings). I must have had that whole place looking at ME in disgust....As the hubby, babies and I walked through WalMart, people pointing at me, looking in my cart, shaking their heads at me and giving me looks to kill. I soon realized how cruel people are! And also what everyone thought they knew...plain n simple. ... And all of the pathetic excuses of mankind that walked by me whispering or better yet not (whispering) being down right nasty. It was as if I was some alien."
 
This is truly sickening!
 
 
Religious reasons or not, a person should be able to wear their hair, or hair coverings as they desire without being judged by anyone or anyone assuming anything about them!
 
 
 
Thank-you to Felicia M. from Maine for allowing us to share her story!
 
 
 
 
 
Felicia, Her Husband, and Two Beautiful Boys!!

Natural Diva T-shirt Review & Giveaway

 
Click the link above to visit the Natural Diva shop on Big Cartel !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This beautiful Natural Hair T-shirt is very well made, a nice weight and very soft. Jamilah loves the nice bright pink color and the funky artwork on the front.
Jamilah is wearing a size small which fits her great (she is a junior size 3)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Omgoodness! I love this shirt! I have reviewed a lot of great Natural Hair shirts but this is the first Rhine-stoned shirt! When we opened the package Jamilah grabbed the shirt all excited and held it up, "Ooh I Love this!!" lol
 
 
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Thanks so much to Natural Diva for allowing us to review their shirts!! We Love them!
 
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SheaZauber review and giveaway!

 
 
Shea Mango Cocoa butter soufflé
 
 
This is a 4 Oz heavenly all natural lotion/ body butter, that will keep your skin soft and transform itchy and dry skin!
All natural ingredients are used. Almond Oil: Sweet Almond oil is a good anti inflammatory that is great for damaged skin.
Avocado Oil:This oil rejuvenates, regenerates and increases collagen production.
Organic Cocoa Butter: Cocoa Butter smells yummy, is an excellent moisturizer and helps build you skin's elasticity which makes it a very effective treatment for healing and preventing stretch marks.
Extra virgin Coconut Oil: Good for healing damaged skin.
Honey:
The main benefits provided by raw honey are:

nutrition for the skin due to high content of nutrients

hydration due to it's humectant state

anti bacterial effect due to high content of sugar

anti aging effect due to antioxidants

Mango Butter: Has natural emollient properties, wound healing, and regenerative activity. Mango Butter has been traditionally used in the rainforests and tropics for its skin softening, soothing, moisturizing and protective properties and to restore flexibility and reduce degeneration of skin cells. It has a protective effect against UV radiation. Mango Butter:

- Effectively treats dry skin
- Heals skin rash
- Heals skin peeling, after tanning
- Clears blemishes and wrinkles
- Relieves itching skin
- Heals sunburn
- Shaving cream for a smooth shave
- Treats small skin wounds and skin cracks
- Moisturizes and smoothes tough or rough skin
- Fights frost bite
- Prevents stretch marks during pregnancy
- Relieves insect bites
- Promotes healthy rejuvenated skin
- Heals muscle fatigue, aches and tension
- Relieves skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
- Treats eczema and dermatitis
- Fights off fine lines and wrinkle

Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil is good for you and your skin. A very effective moisturizer with excellent healing properties.
Raw unrefined Shea Butter: Shea butter accelerates healing, improves elasticity.
So good for your skin! Lotions are made to order so they are freshly made when shipped!
Comes In Hot Buttered Rum Fragrance: Baking vanilla and simmered rum, topped with fresh whipped cream, a sprinkle of nutmeg and a sweet dash of toasted coconut.
 
Our Experience:
 
So you all know by now I am a HUGE scent person. Ummm, wow! This Hot Buttered Rum butter smells good enough to eat! DELISH. It melts very nicely into the skin. It melts like butter but in your hands or body, not in the jar.  It not only leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth it makes you smell delicious! I love that it's packed with lots of moisturizing ingredients, it's like food for your skin!
 
Wonderful Christmas Gift or Stocking Stuffer!!
 
SheaZauber has offered one jar of
Hot Buttered Rum Butter for our Christmas/Anniversary Giveaway!!!
 
Enter HERE