Okay the very LAST thing I need is more hair products, lets just be real. I have more than I can ever need or use on my hair. I have put myself on an unofficial no-buy and have been on a use-up-the-stash cleanse to get rid of older products.
Then Eden BodyWorks comes out with this new Coconut Shea product line and it has my credit card finger itching. I still have products from this line including a deep conditioner, shampoo and conditioner that I have NOT used, yet I want to buy MORE!!! *smh*
But far be it for me to deny you all of a good sale. Enjoy 50% off Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea products with code CS50 thru 4/3/13. This line includes the following products: cowash, leave in conditioner, a curl defining cream and a pudding souffle.
Original Coco Castile Soap
4 oz, ~$1
Available at drug and grocery stores
ing: Coconut soap, water, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil and natural fragrance.
You may remember that I did a bar soap challenge this Spring/Summer and while talking to a co-worker about it he recommended I check out this brand. He was so impressed that he actually purchased this bar for me and JK to try. Though it is not advertised this product is Kentucky Proud, meaning it is made in Kentucky, and you know I love to buy local when I can.
The product boasts that it contains no animal by-products, synthetic detergents, yet promises a rich creamy lather even in the hardest water. I actually received the scented version of this product which has a very mild scent, reminiscent of Ivory soap in my opinion. While I would prefer a nice floral or fruity scent I do like the simplicity of this product.
5 Things I Liked About This Product
- Its cheap. I mean let’s just be real not everyone want to pay a lot for products.
- Its natural. Vegan, no synthetics and simple ingredients you can pronounce.
- It worked. It got us clean and removed the everyday dirt and grime JK threw at it.
- Its readily available. Kirk’s products are available at nearly 100 stores across the nation including Ralph’s, Kroger, Safeway, Meijer’s etc.
- It lathers well. IMO it really is like a natural version of Ivory soap. It worked just fine with our hard water here in Kentucky.
This soap was not moisturizing, did not smell amazing and the 4 ounce bar did not last as long as other bars we tried. However it is still a great value for the price. I would recommend this bar to anyone looking for a standard soap bar at a value price. Kirk’s has other products including glycerin soaps, body wash, shampoo and conditioner so you may want to check those out. Check out their website above and like them on facebook.
I adore YouTuber Roots4U45, she is like the Black Paula Dean of natural hair and body products. I love watching her vids, they are informational and inspirational. Here is a simple hair and body cream that is shea butter free for those of you who cannot use or do not like shea butter. Incredibly simple. Click the link to watch her video.
Coconut Hair & Body Cream
- 1 part coconut oil
- 4 parts vegetable shortening
With items at room temperature, scoop into mixing bowl. Stir with a spoon until well blended. Store mixture in a airtight container at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
Now I know some of you are thinking vegetable shortening…you mean Crisco? Yes m’am. I know the use of Crisco in a hair or body product may seem cray, but seriously it is just mix of soybean oil, palm oil and preservatives. Besides if it is good enough to eat it is good enough to put on your skin.
Are you willing to try it? Leave us a comment stating why or why not. And if you do try it please come back and share your results.
As we enter the humid months we begin to look for anti-humectants or products that can help keep the moisture out. Excess moisture in the hair results in turning your awesome twist out into big frizzy fro. Many naturals use oil to help seal their hair, keep the existing moisture in and keeping additional moisture out. But is it better to use a natural oil like coconut oil or a man made product like mineral oil?
Pros and Cons of Coconut Oil:
- Coconut oil is a natural product that can be used on hair, skin and even in cooking.
- Coconut oil adds shine and seals in moisture.
- Coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft to soften hair and aid in strengthening hair from the inside.
Pros and Cons of Mineral Oil:
- Mineral oil adds high shine and seals in moisture.
- Mineral oil is long lasting, and remains on the hair until removed through cleansing.
- Mineral oil coasts the shaft and forms a barrier on top of the hair
Test it Yourself:
- Apply coconut oil to the back of your left hand.
- Apply mineral oil to the back of your right hand.
- Wait 1 hour for the products to absorb undisturbed.
- Run your hands under water for 1 minute.
- Observe the way the product reacts. Does the water bead, and roll off your hand? Is the area to which the product was applied the same? Has the product absorbed into your skin?
- Wait another hour and repeat with the water test and observations.
- Wash your hands with a mild soap.
- Observe the way the product reacts. Is the product fully removed from your skin? Did the product wash clean?
So which is better? To determine which is better you need to decide which works best for your regimen. If you refresh your hair daily I would say choose coconut oil. If you prefer a longer lasting style that doesn’t require refreshing I would say to choose mineral oil. If you prefer low poo or no sulfate shampoo, choose coconut oil. If you don’t mind sulfate shampoo then choose mineral oil. So the choice is yours, for more information on this topic check out this article from naturallcurly.com
My best curlfriend Nu went to Hawaii on vacation and while I was stuck here in Kentucky I decided to treat myself to a little tropical flare by whipping up this face mask.
Tropical Island Face Mask
- ½ a banana
- splash coconut water
- 1 tsp of honey or agave nectar
- few drops teaspoon of jojoba oil
- optional: 1 Tbsp brown sugar (to exfoliate the skin)
Slice banana into small pieces and place in a bowl. Add water, honey/agave and oil and mix with a spoon or fork. You may add brown sugar to create an exfoliant. Cleanse your face to remove any dirt and oil. Massage mask into face and neck and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
You can combine the remaining banana, coconut water and honey with ice in a blender to create a refreshing drink. Or add a touch of rum for extra fun.
Bananas soften the skin and add nourishment due to levels of potassium and magnesium. Coconut water tones and balances skin’s natural pH level. Honey and agave are humectants which enrich the skin with moisture. Jojoba oil is closest to the skin’s natural sebum and can help balance oil production.
I love to mix up my own hair and body products. If I am bored on a Friday or Saturday night I tend to get inspired to mix up something new. This recipe was purely a matter of necessity and was super easy. After taking a shower my skin felt dry so I reached for my tub of shea butter. There was very little shea butter left in the bottom and it was hard to get out of the jar so I decided to whip it up into a fluffy butter and put it in a new container.
Whipped SheaCoconut Butter
2 heaping Tablespoons shea butter (room temp)
2-3 teaspoons coconut oil (room temp)
Place shea butter and coconut oil in a heat safe bowl (like pyrex). Bring a pot of water to a boil. Create a double-boiler by placing the heat safe bowl on top of the pot of water. Gently stir oil and butters until they melt completely. Remove from heat and allow to cool (this can take an hour or more). Once the mixture has cooled and a film forms on top, use a hand mixer to whip air into the product for a couple minutes *sorry forgot to take a picture of this step*. Let the mixture rest another 30 -45 minutes then whip again. Repeat the process until the product is completely cool, solidified and is whipped into soft peaks. Start to finish this process took about 3 hours though most of it was spent allowing the mixture to cool. Yields about 4 ounces. You could also add about 2-3 drops of essential oil or scent oil to make it smell pretty.
I made this mixture to use as a body butter, but you can also use as a sealant for your hair. I have also made a whipped shea butter mixture for hair but used additional moisturizing ingredients. Do you have a whipped shea butter mix? Share it with us.
Coconut Hair Pudding
$15.50 for 8 oz
ing: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil Dipalmitoylethyldimonium Chloride (A derivitive of Palm Oil) aloe vera, acrylates, alkyl acrylates, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Cinnamon Cassia.
First impression: This gel smells delish and has a tropical coconut scent. It is white/clear with light gelly like feel. Not sticky or greasy feel is similar to that of aloe vera gel.
When trying a new hair gel I prefer to use it as a wash-n-go styler. For me this is the real test for any styler. I want it to define curls, provide light hold w/o crunch, keep frizz at bay and give at least 2nd day hair.
I applied the Coconut Hair Pudding on wet hair freshly cleansed and conditioned hair without a leave-in underneath. The gel went on smoothly and my curls looked fine however, CHP has no hold to it. While that was fine for my hair in the back which is looser and easily defined it was no match for the crazy frizzy section at my crown. As a WnG styler I would recommend this for those with loose curls who just need a bit of moisture and perfer light stylers with little hold. For me I decided to use it to 2 strand twist my hair and coupled it with Komaza Care Moku Hair Butter on top to seal in moisture. I set my twists on rollers to produce a twist-n-curl result seen below–please disregard the random twists sticking out I had been traveling and slept on the airplane.
After a few days I took the twists down and wore a twist-out. I can say that the CHP and MHB kept my hair soft and moisturized for several days. I only had to wet and reapply to the front of my hair which is looser. In the future I might couple it with a little KMF UMG in the front for more hold. I really liked this twist-out and received tons of compliments on my hair it lasted another 2-3 days (without re-twisting at night) and the curls stayed in place.
Final thoughts: this was a nice twisting gel but did not perform well as wash-n-go styler. I would not repurchase this gel just for twisting. I do however like the Komaza Care Califia Styling Pudding which has a bit more hold and is able to handle my frizzy crown with more control. I do think this would be great for those sporting TWA who need a little definition without the crunch of most other gels or those with looser curls who do not require additional hold for definition.
Coconut milk, the thick white goodness squeezed forth from the meat of the coconut. Coconut milk is supposed to help prevent hair loss and is packed full of nutrients and protein.
Coconut Milk Deep Conditioner
- 1/4 c. coconut Milk
- 1/4 c. cheepy condish (like suave)
- 2 Tbsp honey, agave nectar or your fav humectant
Mix ingredients in a small bowl then apply to clean hair. Cover hair with plastic cap and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse hair using warm water and finish with a shot of cool water. Style as usual.