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Rose Natural’s Curl Love Moisture Milk promise to provide shine, lasting moisture and decrease shrinkage to enhance dry/withdrawn curls due to the natural milks, oils and butters it contains.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!
Sometimes when I feel an imbalance in my life, I know it’s time to make a change. I find myself to be a highly emotional and sensitive person so these imbalances often show signs in my eating habits, and physically through my skin/body. My mind, body and soul are not in sync with each other, and it didn’t take long for me to figure out why. Everything is pushing me in the direction of going vegan. It’s to the point where vegan food makes me genuinely excited, and even more so when it’s both delicious and filling! When I look at vegans on either YouTube or Instagram, I’m like a child in awe of their lives, and it gives me pleasure to just sit and watch them with dilated pupils lol. Hearing people talk about being vegan really makes me happy, although in retrospect I find that a bit weird.
Why veganism? As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I’ve been a vegetarian for about a year and a half now. This year, I decided that I would use vegetarianism as a stepping stone to veganism, because I know that veganism is the most compassionate way to eat. Arguably, it is also the healthiest way to eat. Watching What The Health gave me an extra push because it helped me to realise that being vegan is the most responsible action that I could take against the suffering that farmed animals face and the environmental damage that is caused by raising them.
I’m not going to go fully vegan right now because I can be reckless with food and I want to get this right. It’s so important for me to take the time to plan my path to veganism, because if I don’t, I will probably find myself lapsing and I don’t want that. Before I went vegetarian, I started with ‘Meatless Mondays’ to get the hang of cooking veggie meals. Then I did Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I began eating fully vegetarian at home with occasional non-vegetarian meals when I was out. One day my mind was mentally ready, and I set a date to go fully vegetarian and adhered to it which lead to where I am today!
Right now, I would say that I eat with awareness. When I eat something, I’m telling myself “okay, this isn’t vegan” or “this is a vegan meal.” I have spent the last several months finding vegan alternatives, purchasing only cruelty free products, and not buying any dairy or eggs. The problem lies in consuming products that have these items listed in their ingredients, and the lack of vegan options I had in the school cafeteria. I want to be a bit more conscious, and I’m going to use the same game plan that I had used to go vegetarian. Starting next week, I’m going set days where I intentionally eat vegan, so that I can become comfortable with cooking fully vegan meals. I will also try to find some sort of guide to help me with meal prepping and getting the right amount of nutrients which I feel is very important to staying on track (otherwise I might just eat a whole bag of tortilla chips and salsa all day… which I have regrettably done before when I was feeling sad and hopeless). When I’m mentally ready, I will finally choose a date to do a vegan “challenge” which I hope will ease me into veganism with no looking back.
Okay, it’s nearing the end of August and I feel an update is in order. For most of this summer, I have been doing simulated clinicals. Basically, this is just a simulation of a hospital and the work that I would be doing in the labs as a medical laboratory technologist. It lasted for 3 months, and it was a bit stressful for me. There was a lot of pressure on me not to make any mistakes, and I often felt like I was on autopilot because of how drained I was from the experience. We got the month of August off, which I was really happy about because I got to come home and reboot. I spent some much-needed time with Jarvis, my family and my cats, and re-connecting with nature. Being away from home honestly made me realise how much it meant to me, and I will never take it for granted again.
In about a week, I will be starting my clinical rotation in hematology at a ‘trauma hospital.’ Clinicals last for 5 months, and each month I will be switching between disciplines. I’m so nervous, and overwhelmed already… My anxiety has me in worry mode about meeting new people, and being as professional as possible. Will they like me? Will they think I’m competent? I definitely need to find something that will help me to gain some mental clarity. During these 5 months, I will also be studying for my certification exam (in February), so I’ll need to develop some sort of study schedule. It takes a lot to stay positive, but I’m almost at the end of my school career! It’s so painfully far away and close at the same time. I will try to make the best of my time at the hospital, and I’m low key impressing on my subconscious mind that all goes well lol. Wish me luck!
Occasionally, I like to treat myself with new hair products and since I’m still looking for a replacement styler, I decided to purchase Alikay Naturals’ Aloe Berry Styling Gel back in April. The packaging and the colour really caught my attention, but I wasn’t so sure about how well it would work given that it wasn’t very thick. I was very curious though, and crossed my fingers hoping for it to work a miracle on my extremely dense hair.
Alikay Naturals’ Aloe Berry Styling Gel promises to be the perfect styling gel in a jar providing both hold and moisture all in one. This alcohol-free blend offers a medium hold without leaving hair dry, sticky or crunchy.
How did it work?
I’m absolutely floored at how well this gel worked. Although the label stated it would provide a medium hold, the consistency had me thinking it would be like putting water on my hair. I expected ZERO hold, and was proved wrong! I was so amazed at the results. My hair was moisturised with a medium hold (not crunchy or hard at all), and smelled wonderful! The directions state that the Aloe Berry Gel can be applied to wet or dry hair, and recommends applying a nickel size amount at a time to hair. It also recommends allowing the hair to airdry, but blow drying is an option for fast drying. I used it similarly: After shampooing and conditioning my hair, I added my leave-in followed by an oil (Avocado oil) and applied the gel (nickel to quarter size amounts) to my hair section by section. Afterwards, I did a light scrunch with a T-shirt to sop up some of extra water and let my hair air-dry in peace.
It took 5 hours for my hair to dry which I attribute mostly to my hair being long, thick and dense. My curls were practically frizz-free save for one or two stubborn areas. The label also included a hair tip which I haven’t tried but basically if you’re using it to style hair in a puff, ponytail or lay down edges in general, it recommends dampening the hair, applying a dollop of gel and brushing the hair in place. It also suggesting trying down hair with a satin scarf for 5-10 minutes which will give hair a better hold.
What to expect?
Alikay Naturals’ Aloe Berry Styling Gel is reddish, non-sticky and has such a thin consistency that it would slip right out of the jar. I guess in that sense, it reminds me more of a jelly than a gel. IT SMELLS AMAZING – kind of like candy… Maybe if you closed your eyes, you could convince yourself that you were smelling a strawberry daiquiri. Expect a medium hold that leaves hair nicely soft and moisturised unlike many other gels. I mean… Expect an overall great product! I have no complaints about its performance as a styler.
Alikay Naturals’ Aloe Berry Styling Gel features 3 main ingredients on their label: Aloe Vera, Sweet Almond Oil and Avocado Oil. Aloe Vera is noted to moisturise and condition hair and smooth the hair cuticle by coating it to seal moisture in. It also strengthens the cortex of damaged hair along with sweet almond oil which helps to prevent hair loss and increase shine. Lastly, Avocado Oil is said to penetrate hair cortex to lubricate hair and improve elasticity to reduce breakage, improve detangling, and moisturise dry scalp.
I bought this product online at Target. Its regular price is 13.58 CAD for an 8 oz jar which I thought was a little expensive, but I really wanted to try this gel anyway. Alikay Naturals’ Aloe Berry Styling Gel contains natural and organic ingredients, and it is also cruelty free! .
I got this product 2 months ago because I’ve heard such amazing things about it, and I also wanted to give my hair a break from Ecostyler gel. For some reason, my hair hasn’t been responding to the gel that well anymore so I figured it was time for a change. Here begins my search for a new styler!
Formulated to be humidity-resistant, Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme promises to refine and separate curls and waves, infuse moisture into the hair, provide frizz control and optimize style definition.
How did it work?
For someone whose hair eats gel (pretty much), I was surprised at how well this product worked for me. I honestly didn’t think that my hair would be able to go a day with this stuff without becoming a frizzy mess, but I was pleasantly surprised! I really loved that it was super moisturising and sometimes I would just put it on my hair before I went to bed because I’d wake up with my hair feeling so wonderfully soft. The way I mostly use the cream is as a definer/styler for my wash and go’s. After doing my wash routine and adding my leave-in, I finger comb the cream through my hair in sections whilst repeatedly smoothing down my strands. When I’m done, I allow my hair to air-dry and try my best not to disturb my curls.
Without gel being on my hair, it took about 3 ½ hours for my hair to dry completely. This product did not completely tame my frizz, but my curls were well defined and moisturised. With this cream, I get what I like to call “good frizz” which is basically just frizz that isn’t tangling with the rest of my curls. My hair was also pretty voluminous and had a very light hold, and my curls were not crunchy or sticky at all. My hair lasted the week without having to be restyled (it could have been restyled but I’m lazy), although I did moisturise my hair every other day with my leave in.
edit: Due to having seborrheic dermatitis, I had to be cautious about not allowing any of this product to get on my scalp. If I did, I would suffer from a very itchy and flaky scalp. So, if you have a similar condition, do keep that in mind when trying this product!!
One thing I’m not fond of with the Eden BodyWorks Defining Creme is that it leaves a whitish residue on my hair when it is first applied. This disappears once the hair has dried, but unlike with a gel, I can’t just leave the house after doing my hair unless I diffuse it first. The white residue is mostly due to the super thick texture of the cream.
What to expect?
Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme is a white, thick cream that smells like a delicious coconut infused smoothie. The smell is not too strong but it does linger for quite some time which could be a good thing if you’re not sensitive to scents. Expect this product to soften, moisturise and define your curls, but don’t expect it to cater to all your frizzy hair needs. You may or may not experience frizz which would probably depend on the nature of your hair (porosity, thickness, texture). However, I think this product would work nicely for any texture, and can be a great styler for wash and go’s, twist/braid outs, etc.
Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme highlights two main ingredients that it contains: Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. These ingredients are known to have a lot of benefits, and are staples in many curly girls’ hair routines. For one, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and can easily penetrate the hair shaft due to its low molecular weight. The Shea butter is also very nourishing due to being concentrated with natural vitamins and fatty acids. It makes a great sealant.
I bought this product online at Target. Its regular price is 12.02 CAD for a 16 oz jar. Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme was made without sulphates and contains no mineral oils (petroleum), dyes or parabens. It is also cruelty free ❤.