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Someone asked me recently if I would publish a list of products I use.  I was hesitant because like you, I am a work in progress and I sometimes think people expect me to have it all figured out.  I don’t, but I try. So here it goes…

Giovanni Colorflage Beautifully Blonde Shampoo: Ok this stuff isn’t nirvana when it comes to ingredients, it contains phenoxythanol and a few other questionable items but its better than a paraben, phthalate ridden shampoo and it works really well.  I spend a fortune on my toxic highlights (hey I’m vain ok? I like being blond!) and the last thing I want to do is ruin my expensive ‘do with lame shampoo.  This claims to protect from fading and enhance blonds.  So far I’m just really happy with the cleaning power and the softness.

Giovanni Organics 50:50 Balanced Conditioner: Again, not perfect but better than many.  Leaves my hair smooth and soft and works just as well as traditional conditioners.  I also like John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner but right now I can’t afford a $22 conditioner.  I love it, and when I can swing a bottle I’ll get it but let’s face it, it’s a fortune.  Giovanni is available at Target and only costs about $7-9 bucks.  I can handle that.

Tilvee  Shea Butter Bap Soap (Face):  I have very sensitive skin and mild rosacea and a dermatologist told me to use anti-bacterial Cetaphil.  Well, I’m not comfortable with the ingredients (fragrance, PEG’s and Triclosan as the anti-bacterial agent) so I set out to find a better soap that had few ingredients.  Tilvee was the winner/  I use their Shea Butter bar for dry and sensitive skin and it works great.  Plus no gross ingredients.

BAR SOAP:  Ok this is where my obsession is and it’s evident by the bar soap in my shower. I’ll just list them all. Kiss My Face Sudz C-Weed Sweet Orange and Hemp – I love citrus scents and this doesn’t disappoint. Bubble & Bee Coconut Lime Soap – another awesome one. Dr Bronner’s Lavender Bar Soap – cheap, works and available at Target, Kroger, etc.  One type of soap I don’t have right now that I love is bar soap from LuSa Organics. I like the Ylang ylang and Lavender Goats Milk Soap but they have a ton of choices for every preference.  All natural and they’re purely awesome. I love their sugar scrubs and their lip balms too… actually I love everything they make and need to place an order soon. Worth every penny.  There are tons of natural soaps to pick from – this is the easiest thing to change when going natural.

Weleda Birch Body Scrub: I got this on a whim and reviewed it but it doesn’t get much play in my shower.  It smells nice and I think if I tried it with a loofah it might work better but then its a body wash not a scrub so it gets neglected.  Read my review here.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Bamboo Body Scrub: I just reviewed this and really love it.  I’ve been using it often and I am buttery soft as a result. I love scrubs and although I don’t always have time to use them, when I do they have to be awesome.  This one is worth of my time for sure.

Next time I’ll give you the inside look at my after-shower body care and perhaps a peek into my make up bag!

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giovanniAs someone with naturally wavy hair, I am subject to frizz.  In the past I was committed to my curl creams and sprays to control it and to enhance the waves I had.  In searching for safer products, a less chemical curl enhancer was part of my hair mission.  Before I used either Aveda Be Curly (which isn’t the worst choice on the planet and works like a charm) and my Dream Curlz by John Freda to tame the heap of curls I own.  I’ve finally, after many trials have voted them all off the island for Giovanni’s Direct Leave-In Conditioner.  Granted, this isn’t a curl cream, but a nickel sized drop of it adds shine and smoothness to my waves and helps tame the frizzies.

Giovanni’s products are cruelty free and focus mainly on organic or natural ingredients and doesn’t use typical chemical preservatives like parabens. A select few of their products contain small amounts Phenoxyethanol, but in recent months I’ve seen the ingredient disappearing from their labels so I’m comfortable with using the majority of their products.  The best part is they are relatively affordable.

Get It: You can pick up Giovanni products just about everywhere these days.  I’ve seen them at the grocery store, Target, Rite Aid, and of course on Amazon.com

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It’s unfortunate that I have fine hair, and lots of it.  The problem with this is that even though I have naturally curly hair, it STILL doesn’t hold a curl all day.  Sure I can just scrunch and go, but by the end of the day, my hair is flat, my curls look like I spent all day in bed.  It’s just not pretty.  So in summary, I need some sort of hair spray.  Just a light coating.

I searched for awhile to find a hair spray that wasn’t completely synthetic.  Let’s face it, finding a hair spray that will actually hold your hair and still be safe is going to be a challenge.   I did a little research on Cosmetics Safety Database, (which we do advise to take with a grain of salt) and found that Giovanni’s L.A. Hold Hair Spritz had a rating of 2, which is considered relatively safe.  Bonus that you can get it in Target and not have to run all over God’s creation to find it.  Because while I will go to the ends of the earth for hair products, doing it with a toddler proves to be a bit more difficult.

The good thing is that it does what it’s supposed to do.  It holds my hair in place like it should.  It’s not overly sticky and it doesn’t leave my hair feeling too crunchy when it dries.

The bad things are that a small bottle is about seven bucks, which would be fine, but I seem to need more of it and therefore feel as if I’m buying a bottle every week.  It also seems to make my hair feel a little on the dry side.  It’s not terribly bad, and I might be inclined to continue using it if they made it in a bigger bottle.

For now, this works, and it’s not horrible but once I find the motivation, I’ll be on the hunt for something else.

Get It: You can order Giovanni’s hair spritz directly online or you can find it in most local Target Stores.

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