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Remember the time of old-fashioned home cleanings in bleach, slicking back our ponytails in Ampro Pro Style gel and cooking our grandma’s best recipes in Crisco? When Earth Day, recycling, or buying more eco-friendly products never crossed our minds (or our neighborhood stores)? In 2013, there are various ways to help out your environment with a plethora of products that could help the Earth and possibly your health.
In celebration of Earth Day (check out the special Google Doodle for today), MN Biz rounds up ten eco-friendly products we love on our heads, in our homes, and on our plates. Enjoy!
Going natural is a journey of ups and downs as you explore the natural pattern of your curls and figure out which products work best for you. There are a slew of natural hair care products on the market, touting their glory and honor of hair. It’s so easy to succumb to them all and profess that you are a product junkie at your next NHCA (Natural Hair Care Anonymous) meeting, but it can get pretty pricey in your quest. But did you know many of the needed natural hair essentials come from your cupboards? Let’s explore some must haves you need to get your natural hair swag on.
If you’re like me, I’m sure you spend a good minute every day, post-shower, moisturizing your skin up and down so that ash is not the first thing people can see when you walk in the building. As great as all those lotions and butters are, putting them on in the heat is not as fun as I would like it to be. But I’ve found that if you don’t have all that extra time to waste, a scrub is a great replacement for the greases and lotions. They exfoliate, make your skin supple and can give it a great shine (not to mention, it can do wonders for some hard feet!). Here’s a few we would recommend for these upcoming steaming days and nights.
Shea Moisture’s Organic Olive Oil & Green Tea Body Scrub – $14.61 (plus shipping)
This very helpful scrub is supposed to help big time with its anti-aging capabilities, but I love it mostly because it not only smells good, but the mix of organic olive, green tea and avocado makes my skin shine like no other! I started using it on my feet after I noticed they were looking mad ashy and feeling like bricks, and the Shea Moisture scrub lubed up all the unsightly cracks, exfoliated my skin, and kept it moisturized for the whole day. After much pedi success, I started using the product on the rest of my body, and every time I do, I save a good ten minutes in my daily regimen since I can ditch the cocoa butters and creams! This product can usually be found in Target stores, but if not, it’s available online.
Looking for some spa quality ish without having to dole out spa-service money? Well Caudalie has a crushed cabernet scrub that is hard for your skin to resist. Made with grape seed oil, honey grapeseed oil powder, rosemary and a bevvy of other snooty booty but useful ingredients, the scrub can make your skin feel fresh and new. Plus, some even say it helps in the fight against cellulite, but if I can just get it to keep me from looking and feeling like Ashy Larry, that’s all I need.
If you just have to have shea butter involved in your daily routine, you should check out the Shea Body Scrub from the beloved Body Shop. The salt grains and organic sugar (if you put on softly and not rough) leaves you moisturized and smooth without feeling oily when it’s all over. Many scrubs can have you slipping and falling out of your tub and make you feel like you jumped in shortening, but this Shea Body Scrub keeps you covered in a light but luscious way.
Tree Hut Body Scrub – $7. 49
If you don’t have $20+ to spend on a simple scrub, you can still get great stuff for the low low. For instance, this body scrub by Tree Hut is less than $10 and comes in varying scents. The great thing about it is that it’s not too heavy on the skin and preserves your skin’s natural moisture. All the natural extracts infused in the scrub really help this inexpensive product go a long way for a long day!
Bliss Hot Salt Scrub – $36
For the baller with a LOT of ash, I would also recommend Bliss’s hot salt scrub. It’s another product that provides you with the spa experience for less, and will do more than most by providing comfort and warmth to tight muscles that could use some stretching. The dead sea salt and glycerin along with the rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender pack a pretty powerful punch. It definitely helps you unwind in a hot shower, or get nice and exfoliated (and shiny) after a cool one. Enjoy!
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Father’s Day is Sunday and if you’re in search for a last minute Father’s Day gift,we have some splendiferous (no, that’s not a real word) options for you, and they’re all in the beauty category. Who says dad doesn’t need to take care of himself and try some pampering? Without much frill, here are four awesome gifts that will show the great man in your life some appreciation.
1. Shave Kits
This may seem passé, but shaving for men isn’t as simple as it looks, even if they do it every day. This is especially true for men of color who deal with coarser, curlier hair textures that are prone to ingrown hairs and razor bumps (and those little bumps are not cute). Gifting dad a quality shaving kit will go a long way with keeping his skin smooth and moisturized. You can keep it all natural with Shea Moisture’s Men’s Shave Collection, which is easy to find at any Target or Walmart. Or go luxurious with the Art of Shaving’s Professional Shave Bundle, available at Macy’s and Sephora.
Yes, skincare is different from the shaving kits. In between shaves dad still needs to take care of his face, even the low-maintenance Dial soap man. Carol’s Daughter Acai Hydrating Face Butter is a quality addition to a gift bundle for dad. It’s a great moisturizer (I’m a big fan) that doesn’t leave the face shiny. Dad can simply apply it to any dry patches on his face and keep his face manly and moisturized without the shine.
3. Body Care
Never underestimate the care your father puts into his personal hygiene. We may think our father’s are simple men, but if you place something in their life they may use it and add it to their daily regimen. Men tend to be hard on their feet and every man doesn’t feel comfortable going to get that regular pedicure. So slide dad some foot powder or lotion, such as the soothing Carol’s Daughter Peppermint Foot Lotion. Sending that his way with a fresh pack of socks (and even some nail clippers) is a cute gift that will help the simple man take a step into better foot care. Kiehl’s Cross Terrain collection is another fab option that includes a dry foot cream along with a face cream and body wash, available at Nordstrom.
4. Hair Care
Dad’s hair line and hair health is just as important as our hair. Long before natural hair was the trend, our fathers were the natural trendsetters. So if you are super stuck for a gift just look at your own inventory of hair products, especially if you and your father have a similar simple hair texture. Dad still needs to keep his hair and scalp moisturized so customize a gift bundle including your favorite moisturizing product along with personal sentimental items (a book he use to read to you, music he likes, etc.,). The best gifts are ones that require some thought, and we’re sure he’ll appreciate it.
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The process of going natural can be quite daunting. Even though the same hair has been growing from our scalps since birth, many of us are totally in the dark as to our natural hair needs. The trick with hair is to recognize that it needs to be trained with a regular regimen. For those who decide to go natural, by nature, the hair will flourish with natural products. When looking for products the key word is MOISTURE.
In order to prevent breakage, thus encouraging growth, naturally curly hair needs organic moisture and lots of water. We have a list of ten products we think are fabulous for the job, but make sure to notice a trend of key ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, water, rosemary and they’re all alcohol-free. And above all, enjoy the process! As many will confess, going natural is not only a physical, but mental and spiritual journey that should be embraced at each stage.