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100% Pure Argan Oil Treatment – Maijan Beauty Review

Recognized for its many skincare and haircare benefits, if loving Argan Oil is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

In India and many other parts of the world, oils have been used for centuries as a way of keeping hair, scalp and skin healthy, smooth, and soft.  As part of my experimenting-with-oils phase, I’ve tried many an oil and have had mixed results with them (as you may have previously read about on this blog).  Recently, I was given an opportunity to test out Maijan Beauty’s 100% Pure Argan Oil Treatment, and have been really very pleased with the outcome.  This particular Argan Oil treatment is not scented, so it has a scent of it’s own (not necessarily unpleasant, but different).  Fortunately, the scent goes away after applying and all you’re left with is smooth skin and shiny hair!  So far, I have used a little Argan Oil on my dry hair during the day, and also on my face via the Oil-Cleansing-Method at night.  My sensitive skin really likes this stuff!

Each Maijan product is hand-blended without alcohol, parabens or sulfates.  Maijan is 100% vegan and never tested on animals, which I’m very glad to hear.  This brand is sold at Stylebell.

What do you use Argan Oil for?  Let me know in the comments below!


Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner Review

When it comes to haircare, the scalp can often be overlooked. Troubled scalps can be flaky, itchy, have excess oil, breakouts, and other skin issues.  Aside from switching shampoos, not much can be done about these problems, right?  Wrong!  I recently had an opportunity to test out Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner, $29, and have been really pleased with how it makes my scalp feel.  This product is water based and fragrance free, which is great for sensitive scalps. Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner acts as scalp energizer and performs three functions including stimulating blood supply to the scalp, absorbs excess oil and protects against flaking.

You simply apply to your scalp before styling as usual, and Scalp Toner works its magic to heal and treat your scalp conditions with ease. It doesn’t affect the way your hair dries or make your roots look weighed down or oily either, which is a major plus.  You can also reapply as needed on dry hair for a scalp pick me up!

Have you tried Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner or a similar product?  Let me know your experiences in the comments section.


Best Dry Shampoo – Evo Water Killer Review

evo water killerAs someone who is constantly on the go, I oftentimes don’t have a second to spare when it comes to getting ready. Hence, products like dry shampoos have quickly become a friend of mine. Now, don’t get me wrong, the old “baby powder” trick works great when you’re in a pinch, but for those of us with darker hair, applying a chalky white powder to freshen up your hair isn’t always the best choice.

I truly adore Evo Water Killer. I received a press sample of this product and loved it’s quirky, yet simple, packaging and the effective spray within.

According to Evo, Water Killer:

cleans the hair from roots to ends, while adding texture for a deconstructed look.

  • leaves no white chalky build-up, so it can be used on all shades of hair color.
  • is a lighter, matte finish, giving pliable texture and allowing natural gloss from the hair to show through.
  • leaves the hair feeling soft, light and airy with the perfect amount of root lift, allowing hair that has been previously styled to be successfully reworked.

These claims have proven to be true for me,although I haven’t tried completely reworking a previously styled hairstyle using this product. Mainly, I use Water Killer to freshen up my hair and as a styling product to add texture. It smells great and works well… what more can a girl ask for?

What is your favorite dry shampoo? Discuss in the comments below!


The Seaweed Bath Co. Wildly Natural Seaweed Argan Shampoo Review (Eucalyptus Peppermint Scent)

I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of The Seaweed Bath Co., Adam Grossman, at the Natural Products Expo last year. I was blown away by Adam’s story of battling psoriasis and eczema, and how he created his line of products to naturally heal and manage his skin issues.

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I was excited for the opportunity to test out the Wildly Natural Seaweed Argan Shampoo, mainly because it is sulfate free and has an amazing Eucalyptus Peppermint scent that smells amazing. My scalp can be occasionally troubled, so the all-natural formula featuring seaweed extract, argan oil, vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5 is very soothing to my skin. II was very surprised that this product foamed up a great deal in the shower, because normally the sulfate-free products that don’t have other chemicals in them tend to remain sudless.

My hair did not feel stripped or dry after using this product. Overall, I think this is a fabulous shampoo and will continue to use. I am also excited to try other products from The Seaweed Bath Co. line!

What are your favorite sulfate free shampoos? Do you have any recommendations for troubled scalps? Let me know!


Renpure Solutions Cleansing Conditioner Review (Rosemary Mint)

Cleansing conditioners and the no-poo method are a trend that seems to have a cult following. I am a fan of various cleansing conditioners, although I have yet to try the original Wen haircare system that is advertised on TV all the time. I picked up a bottle of Renpure Cleansing Conditioner in Rosemary Mint (damn, do I love mint scents or what… most of the posts on this blog feature a mint scented product!) a while back at my local Harmon store and decided to give it a shot. This product comes in a 16 oz. pump container that was less than $10. You use it as both a hair cleanser and as a conditioner, so this is not as cost effective as it may seem. If you have long hair, you will need a lot of the cleanser. I have found that you don’t necessarily need to use quite as much as they say you do, but you still need a generous amount to massage into your scalp.

Renpure claims that most of the damage caused to your hair occurs during shampooing, and that their cleansing conditioner melts into your hair with ease, preventing this damage from occurring. Renpure Cleansing Conditioner contains coconut oil, which gently removes surface impurities while restoring natural oils. The conditioner also features shea butter and hydrating keratin for damage repair. Renpure Cleansing Conditioner has no sulfates, parabens or dyes and is color safe.

The full detailed instructions are on the bottle, but as an overview, to use this product, you completely wet your hair and massage a generous amount of the cream into your scalp, let sit for a few minutes, rinse, then apply to the rest of your hair, let sink in, and rinse again.

The resounding reviews online say that Renpure is not as good as Wen, but having never tried Wen, I think this cleansing conditioner is pretty good. I do also think that you need to alternate this with another cleansing product (or at least I do, because my scalp is oily and needs a bit of a deeper clean than this provides).

Have you tried Renpure or Wen? What are your thoughts?


Flaky Scalp Fix for Under $10: Giovanni Wellness System Scalp Serum Review

An unfortunate side effect of low temperatures and dry air this time of year can be changes in your hair and scalp.  Exposure to cold air, dry heat and stripping hot water can cause dandruff or a dry, itchy or flaky scalp.  Luckily, I had the chance to review and report on a great natural product that will combat your unhappy scalp without requiring you to switch your shampoo or conditioner.

giovanni wellness system scalp serum

Giovanni Wellness System Scalp Serum, $9.95, is a super-potent concentrate that you apply directly to your scalp in the shower prior to washing your hair. Just use the eyedropper to apply to roots and scalp, massage in, leave on for 3-5 minutes and then wash and condition hair as normal. This scalp serum treats your scalp with a blend of Chinese botanicals that soothe itch, smooth flyaways, strengthen roots and treat and prevent flakes.  For under $10, this special potion is just what the doctor ordered!

What is your favorite Giovanni product?  Have you tried their Wellness System line of products?  Let me know your thoughts!