Archive for November, 2008

Product Review: Donna Marie Coco Curly Butter

donnamarieccbPRODUCT:  Donna Marie Coco Curly Butter, Curl Enchancing Cream, 8 oz., $12.00.

PURCHASED ATBeauty By Donna Marie website.

APPLICATION:  After shampoooing with Cristophe Clarifying shampoo, I then conditioned with Cristophe’s clarifying conditioner, rinsed, leaving a little in.  The Donna Marie Coco Curly Butter has a light tropical scent, which I love.  I applied a dab of the Donna Marie Coco Curly butter in sections, but didn’t comb through.  My hair is 4a/b and fine.  Combing my hair causes frizz.

RESULTS:  I bought this product because I need a styler that does not weigh down my fine hair.  Although this product is a curl enhancer, my hair is very coily/curly naturally.  My hair loves aloe vera which is high in the ingredient list for this product.  I got perfect shiny spirals which were soft, frizz free with a light hold I can deal with.  No crunch.  Some curls were clumped together where I had to separate them, but I think it was because I used too much product in some areas.  I also should have shook my hair more throughout the air drying process to separate the curls better.  Another plus is that it dries fast.  Next time I may try combing the product through to see what results I’d achieve.

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VERDICT:  I really like this product.   I have yet to commit to an online product, but I think if I keep having consistent results with Donna Marie Coco Curly Butter, this may be the one.  This would be the perfect summer product because it is a light styler, but I’m afraid using Donna Marie Coco Curly Butter alone in this cold Michigan weather would cause some breakage and/or split ends.  For the winter weather, I am going to need a leave-in with this.  I’m going to purchase the Donna Marie’s Ultimate Detangler, which is also a leave-in, and see how it works.  With the holidays coming up, though, it’s the perfect styler.    Definitely would purchase product again.  

ALTERNATE USE:  I mixed a tablespoon of the Coco Curly Butter with some shea butter and olive oil for my bun.  Wow!  It slicked back easily and my hair, especially the ends, stayed moisturized very well.  I am very pleased with this product.  (Will post pics of my bun).

Other Suppliers for Herbs, Essential Oils, and Butters

Since most of us are familiar with some of the bigger and better known suppliers for herbs, essential oils, and butters (Mountain Rose Herbs, From Nature with Love, Essential Wholesale), I wanted to list some smaller or lesser known suppliers who provide quality products, good customer service, and fantastic prices.

SHEA BUTTER HUT – You don’t hear too much about Shea Butter Hut on the boards, but this is by far the best shea butter I’ve tried online so far.  The customer service is fantastic, prices are great, and shipping is fast. 

What I like about Shea Butter Hut:

  • Unrefined West Shea Butter (several sizes available), $8.95 for 1 lb. 
  • East African Shea butter is reportedly better than West African shea butter in that there is little to no odor and it moisturizes better.  It is also more expensive (1 lb. $19.95).  East African shea butter also available in several sizes.  
  • Nubian Heritage, Shea Moisture, Nature’s Blessing, Black Earth, Dudu-Oson products are also sold here. 
  • Currently has buy 2, get 1 free deal here.  Add Shea Butter Hut to your Favorites list.

OILS BY NATURE – This company has a nice selection of vegetable oils, butters, waxes, and essential oils. 

What I like about Oils by Nature:

  • Check out Oils by Nature’s Sampler Set.  Get five 1 ounce samples from their selection of oils, body butters, and waxes.  The price ($25.00) includes shipping within the U.S.  A great way to try some of their products.
  • Shea butter, 1 lb. bag, $5.25.  Shea butter/mango butter blend, 1 lb. $6.50.
  • Nice variety of waxes.  Almond Wax is now available.
  • No minimum order required.

NASABB – My first shea butter experience was shea butter from Nasabb.  Foot, bath, candle, and incense products are also available for purchase.

What I like about Nasabb:

  • Gift baskets to fit any budget.  (For ex: Combo set 3 includes one 8 oz. shea butter, 1 shea moisturizer, one 5 oz. black soap, one 5 oz. honey oatmeal soap for $25.95).
  • Shea butter, $8.00 for 4 oz,  Honey oatmeal soap, $4.50 for 5 oz.  (Perfect all over soap.  Great for face and body). 
  • Free sample pack with your order.  

LAYLA – FLOWERING TREE BOTANICALS – What I like about this store?  I never thought I’d see the day I get all worked up and excited because I saw marshmallow root, henna, peppermint teabags, barbecue seasoning, and snacks all in the same Etsy store.  Seriously, I’m a true ingredient junky nowadays, so I convo’d this kind owner and inquired about the goodies I saw in her store.  This is what Layla had to share with us about her Etsy store. 

“I always like to share with people that my philosophy is to look for and sell only the very best herbs, spices and raw ingredients I can find.  It is an honor and a privilege to provide these materials to some of the world’s most wonderful artisans and crafters.  I’m also proud member of Etsy for Animals and a portion of every sale benefits It’s Meow or Never Animal Rescue & Sanctuary (http://www.itsmeowornever.org/).  I can also get just about any herb, spice or botanical if I don’t already carry it in my shop – I like the challenge of finding the best quality for the best price for my customers.”  Also check out her blog at http://ladybugwebdesign.blogspot.com/.

Layla has an impressive herb collection and I have listed only a sample of what is available for purchase; comfrey leaf, flax seed, fenugreek seed, henna, rosemary, lemon verbena, dried chamomile, calendula, lavender, marshmallow root, burdock root, powdered honey, etc.  Are you excited yet?  Other items such as tea (loose), essential oils, and soy candles are also available for purchase in her Etsy store.  Are you excited now?  lol.

For all my fellow kitchen chemists out there who love creating their own homemade hair and body products, check out Layla over on Etsy.  This store has everything you need with prices and shipping fees you can afford.    

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I miss my daily conditioner washes since I’m covering it up and bunning my hair for the winter.  I got my current natural hair vinegar rinse recipe from Chagrin Valley Soap right here

**Note:  If you’ve never tried Chargin Valley’s shampoo bars, you don’t know what you’re missing.  They have a HUGE selection of shampoo bars to choose from.

Miss Jessie’s Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale

 

missjessiesFor those of you who love Miss Jessie’s, check out their “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” sale going on from November 21st through December 31st while supplies last. 

I’ve yet to try any of the Miss Jessie’s products, but this may be a good time to try them. 

Naturally Curly News

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Mature Natural’s Winter Hair Care Tips

  1. Got knots?  Out styles can cause a lot of knots, especially in windy weather.  A dab of any product that provides a lot of slip (TJ Nourish, Elucence) helps those knots ease right out.  Surprisingly, what also works for me is Elasta QP Breakage Control Serum.
  2. Shea butter and other oils on wet hair sometims have a tendency to make the hair hard and dry.  Not good in cold weather.  Try shea butter and oils on dry hair instead and see if you experience the softness and sheen you were searching for.
  3. Want to experience the benefits of henna, but not the color?  Try a henna gloss treatment instead.  Check out the Henna For Hair website for henna gloss and other recipes.
  4. Try mixing a little hair pomade with hair moisturizer (shea butter/shealoe, etc.) and apply to ends when doing a protective style.  Helps to keep ends smooth, sealed, and protected.  I love Hair-A-Do Growth Balm for this.
  5. Missing those a.m. conditioner washes due to cold weather?  Try lightly spritzing hair instead.  This moistens the hair before application of stylers or moisturizers.  My current favorite spritz mix is Mill Creek’s Amazon Organics Kava & Lemongrass with Lavender Volumizing Conditioner, almond oil, and aloe vera gel.  Hair stays soft and fluffy throughout the day.
  6. Use a heavier conditioner for homemade leave-ins during winter months.  Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol conditioner has been a product staple of mine for six years now.  Because of it’s heavier consistency, I like using this for my leave-in mix with a little olive oil as an alternative to Suave/V05 conditioners with olive oil.  Also try adding flaxseed gel to homemade shealoe mixes for a little more hold.
  7. I love the smoothness and control a gel provides, but resulted in hair loss and thinning of my hairline.  Wearing tight or wool blend hats may also cause damage to hairline.  Wear roomier, natural fiber hats and apply more natural hair products to your hairline like aloe vera gelly (Lily of the Desert), homemade flaxseed gel, Hairveda Almond Glaze or Hairveda Whipped Gelly.  Your hairline will thank you.
  8. Cover it up or wrap it up.  If your hair is damp, cover it up or wrap it up before going outside.  Check out my posts featuring fashionable hats, wraps, and snoods from popular Etsy shops. 
  9. Updos and protective styles.  Winter is perfect for protective styles like twists, braids, bunning, and updos.  Low manipulation styling and protecting those ends help to maintain hair health, as well as length. 
  10. Does your furnace have a humdifier?  Make sure it is turned on.  Dry indoor heat will zap moisture from your hair, scalp, and skin.  Portable hot/cold air mist humidifiers are available for purchase if you don’t have one, or you could put a large bowl of water on your radiator or near a heat vent to help put some moisture back into the air.  A homemade hair spritz would be ideal for this situation to help keep your hair moisturized throughout the day.

Hope that helps. 

What are some of your winter hair care tips?  Please share.