Tea Tree Oil is one of the only essential oils that I use as apart of my self-care routine. I love it for its healing properties, and use it especially for aroma therapy and combatting seborrheic dermatitis. Needless to say, when I was contacted by Maple Holistics to try their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, I was thrilled! I have always resorted to mixing tea tree oil and water to care for my scalp, but I have never thought to try it in a shampoo before. Finding a good sulphate-free shampoo for my incredibly curly hair is never an easy task, so I wasn’t exactly sure of what to expect from the Tea Tree Oil shampoo. But after checking out the ingredients, I figured there was a good chance that it would be right at home in my hair care routine.
Maple Holistics promises that their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo has wonderful therapeutic benefits thanks to the natural Tea Tree oil it contains. This shampoo is said to improve hair and scalp health while promoting hair growth and even slowing hair loss.
How did it work?
Maple Holistics’ Tea Tree Oil Shampoo really surprised me. Although I knew the ingredients were decent, I still thought that this shampoo would strip my hair of its natural oils. I’m happy to admit that I WAS WRONG, and had a completely opposite experience. I found this shampoo to be super gentle, and instead of leaving my hair straw-dry, it actually felt moisturised, soft and clean.
I cleanse my hair weekly and basically follow the directions stated on the bottle: I start by rinsing my hair with water, and massaging a quarter sized amount throughout my scalp using my fingertips. I let the shampoo sit on my scalp for about 2 minutes and rinse it out. I repeat these steps, and follow with a final rinse with warm water. I definitely think that this shampoo helps with improving the overall health of hair and scalp. I haven’t used it long enough to say whether or not it promotes hair growth, but I guess I will find out in time.
What to Expect
This shampoo unmistakably smells like tea tree oil and I love it! But I’ll be honest, not everyone likes tea tree oil and the smell may be a bit too potent. However, I don’t find it overbearing at all after it has been rinsed out. If you do like essential oils, then it is likely that this product will make you feel as though you’re practicing aromatherapy right in your shower which will definitely make your hair washing experience very pleasant. You can also expect for this shampoo to gently cleanse your hair and scalp without leaving it dry or irritated.
The star of the show is Tea Tree Oil which is known for its antiseptic and healing properties. Tea tree oil has also been said to be effective at boosting the immune system, reducing dandruff and hair loss, and stimulating blood circulation.
The Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is currently on sale for $8.95 on their website. It is suitable for men, women, and children, and is cruelty-free, paraben-free, GMO-free, and gluten free. Something I find cool is that Maple Holistics also offers Free Natural Product Samples, so definitely check it out if you’re interested in trying any of their products.
January 11th already! Things have been pretty busy on my end. I’m actually writing this on my coffee break and I really should be studying. In fact, that’s mostly what I’ve been doing lately and I actually feel like I’m going insane by the day. Anyway, this post is not about me ranting but setting my intentions for 2018. This is already a few days late so let’s just get into it.
#1 GO VEGAN
Happy to say that I made a pledge to go vegan on January 1st. I had decided to kick off my “veganism” by taking part in Veganuary which is a charity inspiring people to go vegan for January/throughout the rest of the year. Veganism in and of itself is not a difficult thing but it does have its challenges and there are some things I’m not sure about as a newbie. One of the biggest issues I have is how to maneuver eating out and what to do in cases where no nutritional/allergen info is available for an item. If only I had a vegan friend to talk to T_T. Guess that’s what the internet is for.
#2 BE MORE CONFIDENT
This is an important one for me because I still find that my insecurities get the better of me. I do generally make an effort to have positive thoughts but they usually appear to counter a negative one. There’s a problem with the way I see myself and so my goal is to build confidence starting with self affirmation and decreasing the need for external validation.
#3 GET A JOB
As you may or may not know, I am finally at the end of my school career. I am literally writing my exams in a month and I’m actually terrified. Once that’s done with, I’ll be on my own perusing the world for a job. There’s so much to think about and consider… but then, everything’s riding on this exam. Hopefully by the end of this year, I can establish a footing and finally get on with my life.
Hoping that everyone has a wonderful year. What are your goals for 2018?
As many times as I’ve done these yearly reflective posts, I don’t exactly know how to start this one. 2017 has been an academically-centred year for me. School has never consumed so much of my life, until this year. Month by month, I found myself expending so much time and energy just trying to keep up with it all. It’s been taking a bit of a toll on me, but I’m proud and relieved that I’ve made it this far. Like every year, I made a list of 3 goals that I try to work on throughout the year. My goals for 2017 were to create the habit of writing in a journal, learn how to use a drawing tablet, and strengthen my core. I don’t think I reached my full potential with these goals, but I gave it a good shot. Here’s a link to my past resolutions if you’re interested.
I started the year off with a bullet journal where I kept track of my homework, the weather, midterms, events, my daily moods and my expenses. In between these pages, I would jot down a cool new recipe or write a reflective note about how I was feeling at the time. I kept this up well until August. After that, the journal became more of a scrapbook where I wrote grocery lists pretty much. Why so? I think that the weekly reflective journals I had to submit to my supervisors interfered with that. I just didn’t feel like writing much anymore although it probably would have helped me cope better at the end of the day. I will probably end up reconverting my “scrapbook” back into a journal and keep it primarily for my thoughts and feelings instead of… everything.
My point about the drawing tablet is short. I used it a few times but I won’t say that I learned how to properly use it. Whatever I learned, I quickly forgot partly because my brother wanted it back a few months later. Maybe I will get the chance to learn how to use it another time. But as it stands, I couldn’t finish this goal for 2017.
I found a lot of exercises that helped with strengthening the core. The benchmark for me to tell if my core became stronger was being able to hold Crow Pose or Bakasana for longer than I usually could (around 20 seconds), as well as being able to hold a hand stand. I succeeded with holding and breathing through Crow Pose past the 20 seconds, and even learned some other variations of it. But, for the life of me, I still can not hold a handstand lol. I couldn’t seem to use my core to keep me stable. I took about 2 weeks off from doing yoga (due to lack of inspiration, I guess), but I feel ready to get back into the swing of things and hopefully work on lifting my body into a hand stand instead of swinging myself into one and trying to hold it.
I haven’t started writing 2018’s goals yet, but they’re floating around in my head and I’ve already started some of them. I just may post them tonight, so stay tuned! 🙂
While browsing through the beauty section at Winners, I found this curious-looking peeling gel sitting on the shelf. I was tired of using DIY products and was primarily interested in a peeling gel because my face tends to get a lot of stubborn sebaceous filaments especially around my nose, cheeks and chin. After a quick google search and a wave of impulse taking over my body in that moment, I bought it hoping for a miracle. Disclaimer: this product is [probably] not vegan or cruelty free (although I thought it was when I bought it due to that quick and improperly done google search). However, keep reading until the end to know how it works and the vegan/cruelty free options that I found.
Faith In Face’s AHA! Peel So Good Peeling Gel is a skin renewal solution that promises to remove dead skin cells to unblock pores in order to rejuvenate skin and reduce skin problems.
How did it work?
Magic. Well… okay. When I first tried FIF’s Peeling gel, I was flabbergasted and confused. I expected it to work like any old gel where it sits on the face for a while doing pretty much nothing, and has to be rinsed off. But this gel did something that totally threw me for a loop. Clearly, I didn’t take the instructions seriously. As I massaged the gel onto my face, the product clumped into little tiny balls.
This prompted me to do even more googling, and it turns out that those rolled up clumps are caused by the oils in our skin mixed with the product, a bit of dirt and our dead skin cells. When I rinsed the product off, my skin felt so much cleaner and softer, was less oily, and most of the sebaceous filaments were practically gone. I was hooked! After a few weeks of using it (about 3 times a week), I also noticed that my skin was brighter and glowed a bit more.
What To expect:
Expect a white, gentle exfoliant/scrub that will leave your skin feeling supple and clean. The scent itself is a bit minty, although the ingredient list does not actually contain mint at all. For a person that typically suffers from sensitive skin, I must be careful about the products I put on my face. I have to admit that this product has caused no irritation whatsoever. However, please be cautious. I did a 24-hour patch test before I applied it to my face, just to be sure.
This peeling gel highlights 3 main ingredients: Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), plant cellulose and seaweed extract. AHAs are chemical exfoliants that mainly exfoliate the top layers of skin. The cellulose acts like little grains, gently buffing the skin (as a physical exfoliant) and adds to the clumping effect of the product onto your skin. Lastly, the seaweed extracts are supposed to add a calming and moisturising affect to the skin.
Full ingredient List:
I bought this product at Winners for around 7 CAD. It’s also sold on a few websites such as Yesstyle for around 19 CAD and alphabeauty for around the same price. As I mentioned before, this product is not cruelty free… At least, I don’t think it is since there’s not a lot of information on that issue. I probably should have realised it was when I saw the Chinese text which indicates that it is probably sold in China where animal testing is required by law. The official Faith in Face website no longer exists as I think it takes you to a whole new website. However, the Hong Kong website is still up. You can check it out if you like.
After I realised this product wasn’t cruelty-free, I decided to search for similar products because I just HAD to keep a peeling gel apart of my skin routine. Turns out there are a few options out there. Here’s four of them:
1. Cure Natural Aqua Gel – I wasn’t sure if this product was cruelty free but one of the Instagram reps said that it was.
This particular product, I would not buy again due to the fact that it’s probably not cruelty free. However, I plan on trying some of the peeling gels that are. Actually, I have already ordered two of the Bonajour Green Tea AHA Peeling Gels, and I am really excited about it. All I can say is that I’ve FINALLY stumbled across this Asian beauty trend of peeling gels by accident, and it has helped me manage problems that I thought I would be stuck with forever. I just needed to share this “secret” with you all – Friend to friend. Have you heard about these Peeling Gels before? What are your thoughts?
If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
I have been dodging this one for a while because I just didn’t know how to answer it. I wanted to do a little writing tonight, so I thought I would use this question as a prompt. Newborns are so precious and pure. What advice could I possibly give them? I gave it a lot of thought, and I realised that children receive advice from such an early age, and their parents make many of their decisions for them (e.g. religion, the food they eat, etc). Throughout their life, they will receive advice about the paths that they should take, whether it’s solicited or not. As newborns, they have everything that many adults struggle to acquire in one way or another. They are stress-free, trusting, playful, innocent, vulnerable, inquisitive, and most of all, capable of giving and receiving love. They are sooo pure, and it’s saddening that there are people that would take advantage of their naivety. I suppose, if there was one thing I could say to them, it would be to stay as inquisitive and loving as they are but with a strong thirst for knowledge. Knowledge or insight is an important antidote to end cycles of suffering.
Okay everyone, part 2 of my Camille Rose Naturals product review is finally here! This is going to be a long one so make some tea and get comfortable. Today I will be discussing my experience with two of their leave-in conditioners, and their styling jelly. Basically, these are the products that are going to moisturise, style and set your curly hair. Keep on reading to find out how they work 😊!
CURL LOVE MOISTURE MILK
The Promise: Camille Rose Natural’s Curl Love Moisture Milk promise to provide shine, lasting moisture and decrease shrinkage to enhance dry/withdrawn curls due to the natural milks, oils and butters it contains.
How it worked: All in all, this is a great leave-in! It definitely makes my hair shiny and moisturised, however I can’t say that it decreases shrinkage or elongates my curls in any way. I usually use this product right after I rinse out my deep conditioner, and brush it through from root to tip for equal distribution. I use a nickel-sized amount per section (four sections in total), which seems to do the trick (this may also be the reason an 8 ounce bottle has lasted for 3 months). Sometimes I may use this product to detangle my hair, and I’m pretty impressed with the slip even though it’s so thick.
What to expect: Cupcake batter lol. It smells sooo wonderfully sweet, I could just eat it! As mentioned before, it’s also pretty thick (which I love), and a little goes a long way. I consider my hair quite dry and unruly, so I think this does a really good job at moisturising and taming my hair. I would say that this product enhances/defines textured hair, but I don’t think it would decrease shrinkage that much in my opinion.
Other details: I bought this product at Target for $14.99. The ingredient list is free of silcones and parabens (along with other unwanted ingredients). It’s also cruelty free and vegan which is a bonus! 😀
COCONUT WATER LEAVE-IN DETANGLING HAIR TREATMENT
The promise: “Kiss goodbye to dry, frizzy hair ad say hello to gorgeous, shiny curls.” This product promises to make hair amazingly soft and silky with a brilliant sheen.
How it worked: I think that this one might be slightly more moisturising than the Moisture Milk, but other than that, the two products are very similar and I like them both equally. The Coconut Water Leave-In Treatment added shine to my hair, and left it soft and manageable. My hair wasn’t exactly frizz-free, but it wasn’t the slightest bit dry. I used this product as a rinse-out conditioner or a leave-in where I would use a nickel-sized amount for each of my four sections. This product also had decent slip and made my hair easy to detangle/brush through.
What to expect: This product smells like coconut, and also has a slightly oily feel to it. It’s very thick and creamy, but more lightweight than the Curl Love Moisture Milk. This product also lasted me for about 3 months which seems to be the trend I’m noticing with Camille Rose Natural Products. Bottom line: you don’t need to use a lot of product to make your curls happy! Who could ask for more?!
Other details: I bought this Coconut Water leave-in at Target for $13.99; slightly cheaper than the Moisture Milk. It’s another silicone-free and cruelty-free conditioner to add to your stash!
The promise: Curl Maker promises to transform your hair into curls without leaving it hard or crunchy. Your hair will have amazing curl definition, bounce and moisture that every curl or coil will love.
How it worked: I paid moneeeey, just to see how this would work compared to Eco Styler gel. I am forever looking for a replacement. So, you’re probably wondering, “did it work?” Well… Yes and no. I admit that Curl Maker did what it said it would. Firstly, my hair was SOFT! No crunch at all, so promise number 1 was fulfilled. Amazing curl definition? Absolutely, I’ve got pictures to prove it. Moisturised and bouncy??? Check! All promises fulfilled. So, what’s the problem here? It looks the best on day one, and by day four it’s a frizzy mess. I couldn’t stretch my wash and go’s, and that saddened me lol. I’m a lazy natural… I just can’t be lazy with this product. I had to re-do my hair every three to four days like clockwork which is unfortunate, because my hair was just so beautiful on day one!
I used about 5 or 6 pumps for each of my four sections and raked it through my hair. I think the problem is that the hold is way too soft for my hair texture (you know… thick, dense, extremely curly). I need a stronger hold. Sadly, this Curl Makers just isn’t the one for me, and my search for a new love continues ☹.
What to expect: This product will work differently for different people. It’s hard to say what you can expect in terms of performance. I guess, you can expect it to live up to it’s name in that it does define curls, but it may not have much of a hold for thicker hair textures. I gave this product to my boyfriend and it worked wonderfully for his fine hair. Curl Maker has a nice botanical scent, and a jelly-like consistency. I also like that it has a pump instead of being packaged in a jar (more sanitary).
Ingredient list: Dionized water, pectin, coco nucifera(coconut )oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, panthenol, ricinus communis (caster) seed oil, althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, agava americana leaf extract, equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, corn starch, xanthan gum, chondrus (seaweed) crispus, polysorbate 20, tocopheryl acetate (vitanin E), cyanocobalamin (vitamin b-12), phenoxyethanol (optiphen nd) caprylyl glycol, fragance (parfum) and LOVE!
Other details: $21.99 at Target for this 12-ounce bottle T_T. So expensive. But, I guess you’re paying for great quality ingredients, and jelly that will, without a doubt, leave your hair soft without a single crunch. Again, it’s cruelty free and vegan. Whether it’s worth it or not is up to you.
Would I buy these products again? To the leave-in conditioners – yes; the Curl Maker – No. My favourite leave-in by far is from the Shea Moisture JBCO line, and I don’t think that these two changed that for me. But they are very good products. They instil moisture and leave my hair super soft and shiny, so I will not hesitate to buy them again. The Curl Maker is wonderful, mind you. It’s got the right ingredients and it leaves my hair so “touchably soft.” But, I can’t handle having to re-do my hair so often. The price also doesn’t sway me into buying it again. Maybe a few years from now, I will pick it up to try it again, but as for right now, this one’s a no for me.
I’ve always heard of Camille Rose Naturals whether through YouTube gurus or talk shows, but have never been able to try it for myself until a few months ago. I wanted to use gentler products that were made for curly hair, and decided to finally give this brand a try (as I giddily walked through the beauty aisles at Target). I “needed” everything, and purchased all of the products I thought were necessary. Yeah, my pockets were broke but I kept telling myself that “my hair’s gonna thrive.” All in all, I brought 5 products and have been used them ever since. I didn’t want to do a separate review for each one, so I’m going to present a slightly different hair product review to you all. In this post, I will be talking briefly about their shampoo and deep conditioner which marks the start of my wash routine. A good shampoo and deep conditioner is crucial for well-defined styles, and overall healthy hair. Let’s get into the review!
SWEET GINGER CLEANSING RINSE
The Promise: This product claims to be formulated for moisture retention and slip. The ginger especially is said to transform hair into soft, silky and bouncy strands. With continued use, you will notice shinier hair and improved texture.
How it worked: Because of the name, I was expecting a non-foaming shampoo but that was not the case. Either way, I liked that it did not strip my hair/scalp, but is effective enough to remove product build up and oiliness. I still have a ton of this left because I only use a quarter sized amount each time to lather onto my scalp, and then rinse the suds through my hair. I would say that I have noticed an improvement in my hair texture overall, but whether it’s because of this specific product or another Camille Rose Naturals product (or a combination of all of them), I’m not exactly sure.
What To expect: Expect a wonderfully ginger-scented shampoo that will not strip/dry-out your hair but make your hair washing experience an aromatic one.
Other details: I bought the Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse at Target for $11.99. This product is sulfate-free which is great for curls, and it’s also cruelty free and vegan. Camille Rose Naturals is a great brand for those who care about health, beauty and wellness.
ALGAE RENEW DEEP CONDITIONER
The Promise: Camille Rose Naturals’ Algae Deep Conditioner is hand mixed with blue green algae which are rich in B vitamins. Algae is known to stop hair from shedding, breaking and thinning which will improve hair cell regrowth resulting in thicker, stronger and longer hair. The use of this product as a therapeutic treatment is said to bring damaged hair back to health.
How it worked: This product really saved my hair. I used it with every wash, and it made my hair so soft, shiny and strong. I didn’t even need to use a lot of product which amazed me because of the length and density of my hair! I used about a quarter size amount for each of my four sections… maybe a little more if I felt it was necessary. I was able to detangle my hair with this amount using my detangling brush with no problems. I let it sit on my hair for about 20 minutes to an hour, and rinsed it out using cool water.
What to expect: Expect an oddly satisfying mint chocolate smell, and a thick consistency. This jar lasted me for a little over 2 months after constant use which is mind-blowing because it’s only 8 ounces of product. A little truly goes a long way (especially if you have fine strands), and it will have your hair feeling soft and looking shiny and moisturised.
Other details: I bought this product for $19.99 at Target, but currently it seems be going for $18.49. Deep conditioners tend to be pricey, so I wasn’t bothered by the price that much. Besides, it really is moisture in a jar 😊.
Would I buy these products again? I would buy the Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse again. It does a great job at not drying out my hair or causing it to frizz. As for the Algae Renew Deep Conditioner, even though I loved it sooo much I probably wouldn’t get it again because it’s not vegan due to Manuka Honey being in the formula. I assumed this product was vegan since the founder was a vegan herself. But that’s my fault for not reading the ingredient list prior to buying it 😛 Great product though!