Product Review: YoGaChi Signature Products

YoGaChi Signature

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I first heard about YoGaChi Signature products from my curlfriend Tanya who travels a lot for her job and is always “discovering” lesser known natural hair products around the country.  She found YoGaChi products in Chapel Beauty in Atlanta, GA.  I am not sure where else the products are available for purchase other than her website online or by placing a phone order.

YoGaChi Signature Buster Hair Butter 

4 oz $11.99

ing: argan oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, sesame seed oil, almond oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil.

Honestly when I was given this butter I didn’t really care for another hair butter, that is until I read the ingredients.  This product is packed with great natural oils that have been whipped lightly into soft creamy butter.  There are no scent oils added to the product and the smell is light, nutty and a little sweet.  Everyone  who encounters it instantly loves how light and creamy it is and how it does not have the dirt-earthy smell that unrefined butters have, yet isn’t artificially scented.  I have used it to seal in my braids and twists and also to add shine to twist/braid-outs and w-n-g’s.  This is definitely a keeper.

YoGaChi Signature Rosmaria Leave-In Conditioner

8 oz $11.99

ing: organic aloe juice, organic lavender distillate, cetearyl alcohol, castor seed oil, stearylalkonium chloride, phenoxyethenol, panthenol vitamin B5, kosher vegetable glycerin, rosehip seed oil, organic black willow bark extract.

I used this spray a couple of times and found it to be a decent moisturizer.  I really did not come to appreciate it until I put my hair in yarn locs.  I  spray my hair every morning and evening with this spray and it provides a nice balanced amount of moisture.  The scent is a very subtle hint of floral herbs.  I like that it isn’t oil heavy and does not cause any build-up on my scalp compared to other sprays I have used.  This spray also works well as a next day refersher for 2nd, 3rd, etc day hair.  While I like it a lot while wearing my hair in its current protective style I probably would not repurchase it unless I could get it on the ground.

The vid below is a review that my girl Tanya did on these same products.

DCN Favorite Things Giveaway #2 Oyin Handmade *CLOSED*

DCN recently observed our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY and I thought what better way to celebrate then to share with you my favorite natural hair products!

Our 2nd Giveaway is sponsored by Oyin Handmade, you can read my reviews of their products here, there and also here.  I love this company for their cute packaging, great products containing awesome natural ingredients and the little candies they ship with every order.  And while I am a DIYer and make my own hair spritz I still continue to purchase their spritzes because they are AWESOME!

The folks at Oyin were kind enough to sponsor this giveaway which includes a large basket filled with goodies valued at $73 :) The basket contains:

16 oz. Honey Hemp Conditioner
8 oz. Juices N’ Berries
8 oz. Honeywash
4 oz. Shine & Define
4 oz. Burnt Sugar Pomade
4 oz. Whipped Pudding
OMG, yes this is the mother of all giveaways and I am giving it to you free!

To enter the giveaway you must:

1. Subscribe to my blog > enter your email address in the “Subscribe Me” box located in the footer menu below.  Leave your username in the comment so I can verify that you have subscribed example: myusername@yahoo.com. ***Unconfirmed entries will NOT count***

**Bonus Entry**

You can also earn bonus entries through fb and twitter:

#1 Tweet this giveaway then leave a comment stating “I tweeted the bonus entry” with your twitter handle. Example tweet: I just entered DCN @oyinhandmade giveaway @HereIsMySpout http://wp.me/p1owB1-dl

#2 Like Oyin Handmade and Derby City Naturals on FB then post the following message on YOUR Wall: I wanna win the Oyin Giftbasket from Derby City Naturals Favorite Things Giveaway. Then leave a comment stating I posted the message on FB with your fb user name. *Rule change 8/10/11: Please post message on YOUR FB wall as Oyin’s page was being overwhelmed by entries, all previous entries have already been counted and do NOT need to repost*

The contest is open from Tuesday 8/9/2011 through Monday 8/22/2011.  Winner will be selected via random.org random number generator.  Winner will be notified via email address used to subscribe to the blog and will be announced via blog, fb and twitter. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

For more free stuff, check out our Pura Body Naturals Giveaway running through Wednesday 8/10/2011. Good luck :)

CONGRATS TO NUREKA DUNCAN YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY!!! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE, YOU HAVE 48 HOURS.

1, 2, 3 Conditioning Spritz

This is a quick and simple  DIY recipe that is truly as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Use daily to refresh your hair adding moisture, softness and shine.

Spritz Bottle

 

1, 2, 3 Conditioning Spritz:

1 Tbsp oil of your choice (try olive, safflower, jojoba or almond oil)

2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel (or juice)

3 Tbsp of conditioner of your choice (try Aubrey Organics)

Add ingredients to a 9 ounce spray bottle.  Fill the bottle 3/4 full with distilled water (or water from your tap).  Shake the bottle to mix well.  Store in the refrigerator for a cool refreshing mist.

Komaza Care Mini Review

Komaza Care is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders placed Wed 6/15/11 on their website.

So why should you care?

First, their are only 2 discounts I consider to be worth my while for purchasing hair products online. A) 20% (or more) off purchase price.  B) Free Shipping.  This deal satisfies the latter. The pricing on their products is fair, but this California based chain is not located on the ground in most areas so free shipping really makes it worth your while.

Second, their products are awesome.  How would I know? Well a while back they sent me some product samples to review.  While I took my time and did manage to use the items I have yet to publish the review (I know I’m a slacker).  However I will give you a quick mini rundown of my favorite things:

  • Shea Butter Hair Lotion 8 oz, $12 This lotion is freaking all that!  I am not a shea butter lover.  Most shea products are too heavy for my hair and leave it greasy and ashen looking.  However Komaza got their mix just right.  It is a great moisturizer (leave-in) that I used for doing twists, rocking a puff and under my favorite gel/styler.
  • Califia Moisturizing Spray 8 oz, $13.50  This spritz is also the business!  This is a glycerin free spray that is great for use all year long.  I used it in the a.m. on my son’s fro before picking it out to soften and moisturize.  I also used it on myself for braids and twists on both the hair and scalp.
  • Moku Hair Butter 8 oz, $12.50 is not just another hair butter.  It smells absolutely divine without be too strong or perfumy.  It is a smooth blend of argan, cocoa, sal, and other butters that is NOT like your basic shea butter mix everyone else has.  It is lightweight but effective and great for sealing in moisture without making your hair greasy or ashen. Also great for some ashy hands, knees and elbows truth be told!
  • Califia Care Styling Pudding 8 oz, $17.50 This is a superb styler.  Use it for was-n-gos, twists, coils, etc.  I used this with the Califia Moisturizing Spray to do some finger-doodles (aka finger coils) on my hair and it came out FANTASTIC!  The product does not have hold so if you are needing a bit of hold add a little of your fav gel on top.

They have more products than I was sent and here is a mini-list of stuff I still want to try from them:

  • Moja Shamoo 8 oz, $11.00 This is a sulfate free cleanser.  Great for getting the hair clean without stripping or making it feel dry.  If you are CG, lo-poo or a co-washer I would suggest giving this a try
  • Olive Moisture Mask 16 oz $16.00  This deep conditioner that is chalk full of yummy ingredients but is protein-free.  Can I get a whoop-whoop from a my protein sensitive naturals?
  • Califia Care Leave-In Conditioner 8 oz $14.00 Now I know that I said I love the Shea Butter Hair Lotion and we know that moisturizers and leave-ins are the same thing so why would I want to check this product out? Well it is because my hair loves all the other Califia products so I have a strong inclination that it will like this one.  Possibly even better than the Shea Butter Hair Lotion.  Also it is good to have alternates :)

So load up your carts and get ready for tomorrow’s sale!  Be sure to comment back with your purchases and leave a review on how they worked out for you.

Qhemet Biologics Summer Sale

 

Qhemet Biologics is having a 20% off Summer Sale!

Saturday, June 4th 2011

Qhemet Biologics is aproduct line based on Ayurvedic hair care.  The products are vegetarian and contain no mineral oil, parabens, silicones, SLS, or petroleum.  They do contain yummy exotic ingredients like Moringa oil, Amla oil, African Honeybush, and Brahmi.

If you have never heard of these products check out a few reviews below.

From EmpressRi aka on YT

 

From on YT

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Yummi Goodz

Yummi Goodz

Green Tea Shampoo & Conditioner

The Wet Look

Soap Bar

I received these products a while back and it has taken me a long time to write this review, honestly because I didn’t really like them.  I hate writing bad reviews so when I don’t like a product I often put it on a shelf for another day to try to see if it can change my mind or lend it to a friend.  I put it on the shelf and just revisited it again this weekend and the results were still mediocre. *shrugs*

Yummi Goodz is the product line of Cleo Cartel a well known stylist and make-up artist in Northern California.  I’m a Cali girl so I always want to blow-up my state.  I received the products from my girl Rashida at a meet-up we had several months back.  She gave me several products to check out but I was most interested in the soap bar as we have dry sensitive skin in my family and my son prefers bars to liquid.  The products in this line are vegan which is kind of neat, but not necessary, however I knew that a vegan product would not contain any gross additives, sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum, etc.

Green Tea Shampoo 10 oz

ing: glycerin, water, shea, green tea, citrus, mint, almond oil and essential oils

This product is very watery.  As you can see from the ingredients there are no thickening agents so it will actually pour out once opened.  There is some very light-blink and you missed it- sudsing action though while it is not important it was hard for me to know if I even got the product distributed through my hair.  I would not recommend this shampoo to those who use a lot of heavy products or gels as I do not think it has enough cleaning power.  This would be a nice daily poo for the “natural-naturals” or loc wearers.  It has a pleasant green tea scent and good ingredients.  I last used this poo after coming home from the park where I was sweaty and gross but my hair was basically product-free and it did a fine job cleansing.  However the first time I used it after using gel and my hair still felt grimy so I brought in an old standby to do the job.

Green Tea Conditioner 10 oz

ing: waters, shea butter, green tea, mint, sage oil, veggies, ginger and aloe vera gel, almond oil and essential oils.

Similar to the shampoo the conditioner is very watery also. You would think that most aloe vera gel products would be a little thicker but it isn’t.  I used this entire bottle in just 3 uses because it is so runny it just pours out.  I think this product would probably make a better leave-in conditioner and should come in a spray/spritz bottle.  Either way it was okay as a light condish, nothing to write home about.  Would not be good for co-washing.  Actually it seemed like a DIY moisturizing spritz whipped up in someone’s kitchen.  This also had the nice green tea scent that I liked.

The Wet Look

ing: water, shea butter, slippery elm, almond oil, burdock root, marshmallow root oil, red castor oil, essential oils.

This was not as watery as the shampoo or conditioner, more like a really runny lotion.  It has a very odd smell.  My daughter and I have pin-pointed it to be tropical punch kool-aid right out the package before you add water and sugar.  I did not care for the smell.  I used this product twice and both results were lack-luster.  I let my daughter use it and she said she didn’t feel like it was doing anything.  I used it on my son and his hair also felt dry within a few hours.  I think someone with locs would like this product because it have moisturizing ingredients but does not leave the hair greasy or film.

Soap Bar

I do not know the ingredients because they were not listed on the bar. I believe we had a Milk Bar, but I do not remember the actual name.  The soap bar was really the only part of the line we liked.  It provided good cleansing, but it was also moisturizing. We used it as a whole body bar and shampoo bar on my son.  It kept his hair both clean and soft.  While I liked the bar I would say you could pick up one like it from a local market.  The bar did fall apart rather easily so we had to use a soap saver to help prolong its use.

Bottom line I would not actually purchase these products.  While I think the manufacturer is off to a nice start they have a long way to go before their products are market ready.  The shampoo and conditioner are not packaged correctly and need to either be thickened or place into a container that does not allow them to leak out.  The Wet Look moisturizer is just very mediocre and was not a very good.  Also the labels on the packages were not professional quality.  The ingredients and instructions are kind of difficult to read and not very clear.  The website is not very clear, difficult to navigate and over-all not very useful.  Those who are more into natural products, or those with locs or fine/thin hair may really like these products.  I hope the mfg’er understands that this is an honest review as I believe there is room for improvement.

Have you tried Yummi Goodz? What are your thoughts on their products?

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

Moisture, moisture moisture – in my Jan Brady voice

Moisture is probably the top issue of naturally curly girls everywhere.  Dry, rough, brittle hair is not the business.  So what’s the deal with moisture? Well it’s all science really.  Curly hair twists and turns as it springs from the root making it very difficult for sebum, natural hair oil to travel down the length of the hair.  The sebum is present to coat the hair helping to seal in moisture and to add shine (this is also why curly hair is not naturally shiny).  So what’s a curly girl to do?

Thankfully moisture is very easy to add to hair; simply turn on your water facet and get it wet.  Water is the best moisturizer for your hair, there is no product that can do a better job.  However no one wants to walk around with a spray bottle lightly misting their hair every hour.  -_-

So that is why we have products.  If you are looking for moisture you want to select a water-based moisturizer or leave-in conditioner as they are the same thing.  The aim of these products is to provide moisture, soften and lubricate the strands.  There are tons of products out there that can meet your daily needs including spritz, lotion, cream, jelly or pudding.  Below are a few popular products for moisturizing your hair.

Spritz

Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries

Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz

Donna Marie Moisture Mist

Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

Lotion

Jessicurl Rockin Ringlets Stylin Potion

Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

Alaffia Shea & Virgin Coconut Enriching Hair Lotion

Komaza Care Shea Butter Hair Lotion

Hair Milk

Komaza Care Coconut Hair Milk

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk

My Honeychild Coconut Hair Milk

Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk

Leave-In Conditioner

Koils By Nature Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner

Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner

Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner

Cream

Donna Marie Super Buttercreme

Miss Jessie’s Baby ButterCreme

Jane Carter Solution Hair Nourish Cream

And for those looking for a more natural option aloe vera gel is like water 2.0!  You can also create your own natural hair spritz filled with yummy stuff using very basic ingredients.  It is important to note that moisturizers need to be sealed in using an oil or butter (this will do the job of the sebum).  If your moisturizer already includes oils or butters then you do not have to seal it in.  Some popular sealants include coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter.  To keep your hair moisturized first start with water, follow with a moisturizer and then seal it in. 

What are your favorite moisturizers for your hair?

DIY Herbal Hair Spritz

natural herbs

Your hair needs water to provide moisture but adding natural herbs will give it an extra boost.There is no distinct recipe, your hair will like different herbs at different times.  Below is a list of additives and their uses from the Anita Grant website:

To condition and detangle dry, coarse naturally curly hair use: Organic Burdock Root, Organic Marshmallow Root, Organic Nettle Leaf Herb, Organic Blue Malva Herb, Organic Chamomile Flower, Organic Hibiscus Flower, Irish Moss, Organic Coltsfoot

To condition thin, greasy, naturally curly hair use: Organic Horsetail Herb, Organic Lavender Flower, Organic Rose Buds, Irish Moss, Organic Coltsfoot

To naturally prevent dandruff use: Organic Horsetail Herb, Organic Burdock Root, Organic Chamomile Flower, Organic White Willow Bark, Organic Coltsfoot

To naturally soothe scalp irritation use: Organic Nettle Leaf Herb, Organic Chamomile Flower, Organic White Willow Bark, Irish Moss

To promote body, sheen and luster use: Organic Burdock Root, Organic Rose Buds, Organic Horsetail Herb, Organic Nettle Leaf Herb, Organic Coltsfoot, Organic White Willow Bark, Irish Moss

To promote healthy natural hair growth and prevent/repair split ends use: Single use Organic Burdock Root, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Nettle Leaf Herb – or – Herb Combos of Organic Nettle Leaf with Organic Coltsfoot and Organic Horsetail.

To prevent breakage of dry, coarse, naturally curly hair use: Organic Hibiscus Flower, Organic Blue Malva Herb

You can also add:

Aloe Vera Juice or Gel: Great moisturizing properties, helps provide a light hold and promote hair growth.

Vegetable glycerin: Humectant to supports moisture.

Honey: Humectant to support moisture also aids in clumping and provides hold.

These herbs can be found in root, liquid or powder form at your local health food store or at The Vitamin Shoppe.

DIY Herbal Spritz from Zainab1 courtesy of Natural Review:

Add all of your wonderful herbs into a bowl for a strong infusion I like to have my bowl/container half or a little over half-filled with the herbs.  If you like infusions not as strong you can use 1-2 tablespoons of each herb.

  1. Boil some distilled water
  2. Allow your herbs to steep (covered) for a few hours or even over night.
  3. Strain with cheese cloth or regular strainer or both.
  4. Add your Aloe Vera juice.
  5. Pour into a clean spray bottle and keep refrigerated.
  6. You can add EO’S of you choice for preservatives (optional).

You can use this spritz as a Wash-N-Go styler, as a final rinse after shampooing instead of conditioner, as a second day hair refresher, or just to provide additional moisture to dry tresses.