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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!

yestocarrots_shampooWe’ve gotten quite a few inquiries from people asking us whether or not we had tried Yes To Carrots products.   I get the interest.  It’s readily available at most Target stores, and the price isn’t bad either.   But I was skeptical.  I know that in the grand scheme of things, this shampoo isn’t the best for you, but overall, it’s a much safer option.   I’m a die hard John Master’s fan, but, it’s expensive and I have to go out of my way to get it, usually leaving me running out of shampoo and conditioner.  Plus, I have two small children, who I swear have secret debit cards to my checking account, because it’s frequently running on E.  I’ve tried countless other kinds of shampoo and conditioner on my ornery hair, most with crappy results.   So truthfully, I didn’t hold out much hope for Yes To Carrots, either.

I base my liking of hair products based on the comb test.   Does it get the knots out easily?  Is my head sore from getting said knots out?   I think we have a winner here.   Both the shampoo and conditioner smell good, it washes and conditions well, and my hair doesn’t look like it was stuck in a light socket.   For about $7.99 per bottle, I can’t really ask more of a shampoo at that price.   Better yet, there’s more in the bottle than other shampoos that I’ve tried for the same price.  The bottles last me FOREVER, which I love.   I have to cut corners somewhere.   I refuse to buy processed crap foods with loads of preservatives, so I suppose that this is my cutting corners.  But you know?  I don’t really feel cheated.

I’ve also tried Yes to Tomatoes!, as well as Yes to Cucumbers! Both work just as well and I have to say, I love the scent of each of them, and they both work equally as well.

Older versions of the shampoo have propylene glycol as well as dimethicone, however, from what I can tell, they’ve eliminated those ingredients from the product.   The conditioner however, still contains dimethicone.  Overall, not the worst ingredient ever, but one that isn’t a favorite on our list, and one we try to avoid if we can.

Get it:  You can pick up Yes to Carrots at most Target stores, as well as some other bigger chain drug stores.

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aubrey_conditionerI’ve written extensively about my impossible curly hair.  Prior to having kids, my hair had a nice wave to it.  It wasn’t too hard to fuss with, but as I’ve now had one child and am pregnant with my second, my hair has become very hard to deal with.  There’s been quite a few days in the last couple of months where it has taken every ounce of willpower not to go running back to my tried and true Redken line of products.

Because of this, I’ve become somewhat seasoned when it comes to shampoo and conditioner.   My favorite conditioner so far has been John Master’s Avocado and Lavender Conditioner.   I use it almost exclusively, but in an effort to keep the grocery bill under budget, I opted to try something different.   I hesitantly grabbed some of the Aubrey Organics off of the shelf and called it a day.

I should have known better.   I’m a hair product snob.  I’ll admit.  I firmly believe that salon quality hair care works better.  You pay, but it lasts longer and absolutely is worth the price.   Maybe it’s due to the type of hair I have and what I’ve experienced with lesser quality products.

I really gave this conditioner a good week to get used to it, and I absolutely  hated it.    It took me 20 minutes to get a comb through it and that was with all of my other detangling products.  On top of that, my hair felt horrible when it dried.  Like wiry clay.    I don’t expect my hair to look great all the time.  I’m a mother of a toddler after all.  Some days, just getting a shower is a challenge, but I don’t like combing my hair until my head feels raw.

This conditioner might be great if your hair is straight and isn’t really finicky.  But if you have curly hair that tends to knot easily, this conditioner isn’t for you.

Get it: After telling you my awful experience, I don’t expect you to run right out and buy an Aubrey products, but if you’re so inclined to experiment yourself,  you can find Aubrey Organics on their webesite and Whole Foods.

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I have to say that I still have a hard time with the lack of lather in chemical free shampoos.   It took me a long time to get used to it, and while I’ve adjusted, it’s still not my favorite thing.  And if you’re making the switch, you have to realize that without the addition of SLS’s or other petrochemicals, you’re not going to find the lather that you would with conventional shampoos.   But with time, you will become accustomed.   If there’s one thing I can say, it’s that lather, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s getting your hair cleaner.  In fact, we’ve become programmed to think that, but in reality, what it’s really doing is stripping your hair of all of the good things that it needs.

Again, it took me a long time to find something suitable for my hair, and once I tried the Avocado and Lavender Intensive Conditioner, I knew that the rest of the products had to work equally as well.

I settled on the Zinc & Sage Shampoo with conditioner.   It has a hint of vanilla scent to it, which I really like and it does lather a little bit better than some other shampoos that I’ve tried (but don’t expect anything like you’re used to).   It doesn’t leave my hair feeling stringy or dry and I don’t need gobs of it to get some lather.  Another thing I’ve noticed is that this is one of the only shampoos I can use when I want to blow my hair straight and my hair still looks like my old school Redken days.

If you’re looking to make the switch to a chemical free conditioner, here are a few tips to help you make the switch:

  • Give it some time.  It’s going to be an adjustment.  It could take upwards of a couple of months for you to find something that works for you.  But be patient.
  • Use less.  Sure there are other less expensive shampoos out there but you still don’t need that much shampoo.  We always seem to think that more is better, when in reality, it’s not.
  • Invest in some samples.   Don’t want to purchase a full sized bottle?  We don’t blame you.  It can get pretty pricey (believe me, our wallets have felt it).  Look for samples, or email a company and see if you can purchase them for a small fee.   That way you don’t end up wasting a whole bottle of shampoo because you hate it.

Get it: You can purchase this shampoo and all of John Masters products directly from their website.

And of course, keep reading, because we’ll be announcing a huge giveaway on Friday.

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Just call me your resident hair product expert.   Much like Kathy, I was a Redken girl prior to waking up and realizing just how bad that stuff was for my body.  I have to tell you, it was really REALLY hard for me to make the switch to a chemical free conditioner.  My hair became much more unruly since the birth of my son last year.  I used to have fine waves and now I have these coarse curls that are nearly impossible to get a comb through.  So when I had to give up my Butter Treat conditioner, I was pretty lost.  It took me a good eight to nine months to find a conditioner that worked even remotely close to my old stuff.   And that conditioner is John Master’s Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner.  There has been no other conditioner that has not ony stood up to my hair, but looked it square in the eye and told it who was boss.  After month and months of nothing but dry stringy feeling hair and a head that hurt from constantly trying to comb knots out, I was able to run a comb through it with almost no resistance.  And OH, how I did rejoice.  This is a really great conditioner for every day use if you have hair like mine, or as a once a week conditioner if you have normal hair.  A tube is not cheap, costing about $20 (which really, if you buy a salon quality shampoo, isn’t much more than that), but in my mind it is hands down worth the price you pay.  If you’re only using it once a week, it should last you, and even if you’re using it daily, it should still at least last you a month and a half, as you really don’t need that much.

Did I mention that this is my aboslute favorite conditioner ever?

Get it: You can order John Master’s products directly off their website.

Also keep reading for the big John Master’s giveaway contest at the end of this week.  Believe me, you DO NOT want to miss a chance at entering this contest.  This is one awesome giveaway.

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