Archive for February, 2009

Product Review: Darcy’s Botanicals

This product review is for the following naturally curly hair products from Darcy’s Botanicals:

  • Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme, 8 oz., $12.00:  Organic aloe vera, Madagascar vanilla bean extract, organic palm oil, beeswax, castor oil, rice bran oil, and jojoba oil. 
  • Organic Palm Fruit and Cherry Kernel Butter (Vegan), 4 oz., $12.00: Organic non-destructive palm fruit oil, organic virgin coconut oil, sweet cherry kernel oil, lemon butter, cocoa butter, organic agave nectar, vitamin E, orange and patchouli essential oil blend.
  • Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme, 8 oz., $12.00 – Distilled water, organic aloe vera, organic virgin coconut oil, BTMS (a mild conditioning detangler), vitamin E, panthenol, yarrow sage, horesetail, nettle and lavender exract, fractionated coconut oil, phonxyethanol and ethylhexyglycerin (a paraben-free food grade preservative).

After seven years natural, I’ve never proclaimed a product to be a “holy grail”, but I think I’ve finally found “The One” in the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme.  Darcy’s Botanicals naturally curly hair care products have rescued me from seriously dry, misbehaving hair, and bun boredom funk.  Want to see a pic of what bed head looks like for me the next day after styling a bun with Darcy Botanical’s Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme? 016 Not too bad huh?  No wetting, brushing, or coaxing into place was required.   And to think I was actually able to drop my daughter off at school without her insisting I park across the street.  I must have looked “mom appropriate” this morning or something.  LoL. 

Anybody who wears a wash and go or a puff  knows that cold temperatures + wind +  snow will give you the worst snarls and tangles imaginable.  Saturday, I bravely wore my puff  in the above elements after using Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme and Coconut Lemongrass Transitioner’s Creme to smooth down my edges.   I was really dreading braiding my hair before bed because I thought I would have to detangle.  I was pleasantly surprised.  My hair was still soft, moisturized, and not tangled at all.  I applied the Organic Palm Fruit & Cherry Kernel Butter to my ends and nape only and I was ready for bed.  No  detangling session was necessary. 

Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme:  The light vanilla scent of this moisturizing styler smells divine.  It feels light, goes on smooth, and provides both sheen and softness.  I initially used about a quarter-sized amount, but a little goes a long way.  I like stylers with a light hold and I think the candelilla wax substitution helped with that (thanks Lysandra!).  I was able to achieve three-day hair with this product.  Definitely a Holy Grail product for me.

Organic Palm Fruit & Cherry Kernel Butter:  This butter has a pleasant herbal aroma, probably the patchouli.  It has a light whipped texture and instantly smoothed and detangled my problem areas, which is my nape area and ends.  Since putting this butter on my ends at bedtime, I’ve had a  significant reduction in tangly ends.  This butter also is perfect for twists and braids.

Coconut and Lemongrass Transitioner’s Creme:  This creme has a light lemon scent with a thick consistency.   It’s an excellent daily moisturizer and leave-in after a conditioner wash.  I applied this on top of the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme to smooth down my flyaway edges and nape area on second and third-day hair.   It actually moothed down my edges (including those unruly grays)better than any gel I’ve used.  

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What I love about Darcy’s Botanicals so far:

  • Lysandra (owner) is very personable and customized the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme for me (candelilla wax for beeswax).  Definitely an owner who puts a lot of attention into detail.  I felt so special when I received my order.   The packaging was awesome.  Thanks Lysandra! 
  • Great prices.
  • Quality natural ingredients.
  • Products kept hair moisturized throughout the day with no need to reapply.
  • Third-day hair.  I didn’t even want to wash my hair because it stayed moisturized and soft with no heavy buildup.
  • Hair cleansed and rinsed clean with the **CCrafters (Karess Krafters)Babassu Herbal Essence Shampoo Bar. 

For the product junkies, Darcy’s Botanicals has new products coming soon.  Stay tuned for Organic Coconut and Aloe Moisture Pudding, Peach Kernel Hydrating Milk, Organic Shea Butter Whips, and Tucuma Butter Moisture Whip. 

**This shampoo bar was awesome.  My hair was cleansed without stripping.  Scalp wasn’t dry.  No weird coated feeling you sometimes get with shampoo bars, therefore, no ACV rinse necessary.

NaturallyCurly.com Discount Just For You

NaturallyCurly.com has something special for Mature Natural Weblog readers.  Use special coupon codeblogger15 at CurlMart to get 15% off your purchase (excluding kits, cocktails, and Wen products).  The coupon expires Saturday, February 28, 2009, so don’t miss out. 

Supporting Indie Artists and Business Owners

In 2002, when I started my natural journey, there weren’t too many products and accessories specifically for kinky-curly hair, but things have changed.  Along came Oyin, Asha’s, Qhemet Biologics, JessiCurl, and Anita Grant.   We’ve seen these companies grow from one or two hair care products to an entire hair care line.  We’ve supported them over the years and have grown to love them like family.   We’ve come a long way from the mineral and petroleum-laden products that still crowd the shelves of our local beauty supply stores.  We now have choices.  A lot of them.  Today, we have Donna Marie, Hairveda, Komaza Care, Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Jane Carter Solution, Afroveda, etc., to name just a few.   

One of the purposes of this blog is to promote and feature handmade items and products from indie artists and businesses.  As you already know, I love Etsy and have featured many talented artists and indie owners from there on Mature Natural.  I’ve met so many wonderful people by doing this.  It’s my small way of showing support and letting them know I respect and love what they do.  It’s important to me that everybody knows who they are, where they are, and what they have to offer.  

Next week, I’ll have product reviews for Darcy’s Botanicals naturally curly hair care products.  The products from this indie biz are giving me some of the best hair days ever.

New Pantene Pro V Nature Fusion Line

Just what I need, more conditioner.  Can’t wait to try these!

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Pantene Pro V Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner, $4.99.

Conditioner:  Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Palm Oil , Palm Kernel Oil , Coconut Oil , Cyclopentasiloxane , Cetyl Alcohol , Palm Oil , Palm Kernel Oil , Coconut Oil , Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , Cassia Tora Seed , Cassia Obtusifolia Seed , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder , Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract , Ginger Root Extract – Zingiber Officinale , Panthenol , Panthenyl Ethyl Ether , Citric Acid , Corn Starch , Sugar Cane , Dimethicone , Glutamic Acid , Benzyl , Fragrance , EDTA , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Yellow 5 , Orange 4.

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 Pantene Pro V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Conditioner, $4.99. 

Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Palm Oil , Palm Kernel Oil , Coconut Oil , Dimethicone , Behentrimonium Chloride , Cetyl Alcohol , Palm Oil , Palm Kernel Oil , Coconut Oil , Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , Cassia Tora Seed , Cassia Obtusifolia Seed , Bambusa Vulgaris Shoot Extract , Grape Seed Extract – Vitis Vinifera , Avocado Oil – Persea Gratissima , Panthenol , Panthenyl Ethyl Ether , Benzyl Alcohol , Fragrance , Disodium EDTA , Sodium Hydroxide , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Yellow 10 , Red 33 , Blue 1.

Bun Boredom Pick-Me-Ups

I’m so sick and tired of hats and scarves.  I’m really missing my wash and gos too.  So far, we’ve racked up 40+ inches of snow in Detroit this winter.   I know I may be pushing it a bit, but I’m so ready for spring. This ponytail and bunning routine is beyond boring, so the least I could do is find some hair accessories to change things up a little.  Check ’em out.

Etsy:  TALISMAN STUDIOS

Check out these cool hair accessories created using vintage buttons by Talisman Studios.  The buttons are made out of materials such as metal, plastic, ivory, horn, mother of pearl, etc.  I enjoyed reading the history of each button as well.  These hair accessories are definitely unique and one of a kind.   My kind of shop!

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  • Ashanti Leaf Doublet, $16.99 – This vintage brass African trade bead was created by the Baoule tribe of the Ivory Coast.  Available as singlet or doublet.
  • Ashanti Sun, $12.99 – This vintage brass African trade bead was created by the Baoule tribe of the Ivory Coast.  Available as singlet or doublet.
  • Turquoise Illusion, $10.99 – These vintage buttons are a mid century composite plastic, likely from the early 1960’s. With a base of robin’s egg blue, they are flecked with colors of cream, sienna and matte gold.
  • Hollywood Rhinestones, $16.99 – Invoke an era of glamour with this vintage rhinestone button nestled in your tresses. Manufactured in the 1930’s, this ornament measures 1 1/4 inches in diameter.
  • Nouveau Rhinestones, $22.99 – Manufactured in the 1920’s, this dome-shaped button measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter with a height of 5/8 inch at the height of it’s dome. A smattering of tiny, faceted iridescent stones creates a stunning fantasy effect. Aged bronze patina metalwork.

Etsy:  VIRTUOUS CREATIONS

This Etsy store has you covered for whatever hair accessory you desire.  Check out Virtuous Creations’ hats, hair bands, scrunchies, and loc jewelry.  I’m really feeling the Cheetah print fleece hair band/scarf set.  Looks perfect for this Michigan winter weather.

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  • a.  Multi-Colored Acrylic Hair Band, $12.99 – If you rock DREADLOCK, SISTERLOCKS, BRAIDS, or any other natural hairstyle this piece is so perfect for stylishly pulling your hair off of your neck or back into a beautiful upsweep.
  • b.  Unisex Expandable  Hair Band, $13.99 – This piece is very versatile.  Gather it and wear it as a small hairband/headband or expand it for a different look.
  • c.  Fleece Cheetah Print Set, $16.99 – This beautiful fleece ear warmer and scarf set is perfect for keeping your ears and neck nice and toasty while also adding some flair and enhancement to your outfit.
  • d.  Turqouise Blue/Lime Green Plaid Hair Band, $8.99 – This fleece earwarmer is perfect for keeping your ears nice and toasty while also adding some flair and enhancement to your outfit.
  • e.  Fleece Pumpkin/Rust Set, $16.99 – This beautiful fleece ear warmer and scarf set is perfect for keeping your ears and neck nice and toasty while also adding some flair and enhancement to your outfit.

FRANCE LUXE

France Luxe has a very impressive inventory of every hair accessory imaginable (barettes, hair sticks, headbands, ponytail holders, scrunchies).  Can’t figure out why they’re still using metal clamps on some of their ponytail holders though, but you’ll definitely find plenty must haves. 

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