This post might be kind of annoying because it’s not a straight forward recipe sharing post, but a review for some products Influenster sent me. I know, I know – I’m sorry if you hate these, but I promise I have a recipe for you, it’s just not edible. 😛 So, I’m all about organic & natural products for numerous environmental, ecological, & socioeconomic reasons, but I’m also annoyingly sensitive to certain chemicals, which I inherited from my mom. Mom can’t tolerate a lot of cheaper end products because of the low quality, chemical laden ingredients they use as filler, which causes her to break out in hives. I’ve also found that none of those really cheap face scrubs or washes particularly work for me. In fact, I believe they cause me to break out even more or leave my skin really dry. My body is maddeningly posh. While I probably couldn’t taste the difference between a 4x distilled vodka versus a “premium” 7x distilled vodka, my body can & it’ll do so in the form of whether or not I get a hangover. My ears? Listen, if I even try to wear anything that isn’t real gold, silver, or platinum, I’ll develop an infection. Pus is gross, y’all. It’s literally irritating. I’m not proud of these things, trust me; I’d happily purchase affordable earrings made with whatever metallic concoction in troves, but my body is annoyingly sensitive. It’s a diva, I really can’t help it if I wanted to. I didn’t ask for this!!
So, I was recently sent some straight hair shampoos by L’Oréal Paris. I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes, so let’s see if I’ll like it more than anything else I’ve ever used. Pulling these products out of the sleeve, I had a feeling I wouldn’t be too fond of the products. The flashy design make it seem comparable to salon quality, but as I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m a wannabe hippie Martha Stewart, so the design is not particularly appealing to me. My favorite shampoo thus far is by Kiehl’s & it’s complimentary at my gym, which makes showering there worth every penny. Their branding & labels are 100% minimalist since their products speak for itself. You can liken it to how vegetables & fruits don’t need extra advertisement at a grocery store. Anyway, I want to show you some photos of my hair in its most natural state by leaving it unwashed for a few days versus using all the products after. Finally, I will show you what my hair looks like using shampoo & conditioner designed for “all hair types” from Kiehl’s after a few days without washing. FYI, I take daily showers, people!!
L’Oreal Paris Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight
First off, what a ridiculously long name for a product that’s just supposed to straighten your damaged hair. I imagine the marketing team behind the name also likes adding a bunch of superfluous animation in their PowerPoint slides. STAR TRANSITIONS! CUBES! MOSAIC! FADE IN/OUT! Okay, let’s get to the point.
My hair is half damaged from my jovial carefree early 20s, when I decided I wanted to dye my hair red & then bleached it myself like an idiot. Since it’s not healthy to wash your hair daily, you can see my hair in it’s natural state when it’s “untreated” after a few days. I use leave-in conditioner daily to treat my split ends & overall fried hair look, but bleach can cause some permanent damage.
Overall, the products by L’Oréal smoothed out my hair & gave it some really great shine, but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone with damaged hair from bleaching or a bad perm. The only thing that truly works for my hair is anything based in coconut oil & if you also have damaged hair from adventurous dye jobs, look into any shampoo, conditioner, &/or leave-in conditioner with coconut oil. Don’t mess with anything else even if it’s cheaper, just go for that coconut oil. My biggest complaint with these products is simply that there are just way too many. All I need is a shampoo & conditioner that can also work as a leave-in conditioner. Why is that too much to ask for? 4 large bottles of various soapy things just to make your hair the “ultimate straight” is ridiculous, a huge waste of water (3 of the bottles require you to apply them while in the shower & you need to WAIT for 3 minutes for each product), & not to mention money. I’m disappointed in you, L’Oréal. I really loved their products–that tear free tangle tamer from back in the day that smelled like a tropical holiday anyone??–but their Ultimate Straight is not so ultimate to me.
Just looking at the photo above you can see that the Kiehl’s products (shampoo & conditioner) managed to create the same effect on my hair (& I’ll have you know it was exponentially worse than the first time I photographed my untreated hair) with less products. It’s also a more expensive product, but it’s not more expensive than 4 bottles of L’Oréal. Their shampoo & conditioner are made with coconut oil, so it’s no wonder it easily rivals L’Oréal’s 4 bottles of shampoo. Both products do smell really nice though, but my favorite is still Kiehl’s.
DIY Spring Rain Laundry Detergent
YES, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN LAUNDRY DETERGENT!!!! & it’ll save you so much money in the long run! It’s so easy too, thanks to Bramble Berry. No need to constantly buy laundry detergent from the store when you can make it yourself & customize the fragrance. Pretty great, right?
Spring Rain Laundry Detergent Recipe
Spring Rain Melt & Pour Soap Bar
- 2 oz Clear Melt & Pour Base
- ¼ tsp Kentish Rain fragrance oil
- ½ tsp Fresh Snow fragrance oil
Melt the base in a microwave at 30 second intervals & stir in the fragrance oils with a stainless steal or wooden chopstick. A regular stick obviously works too. Pour the soap into a mold or dish & allow to cool for a few hours.
- 1 cup Spring Rain soap bar, grated
- 1 cup washing soda
- ¼ cup citric acid
Combine ingredients & use about 1.5-2.5 Tbsp per load of laundry. You can add ½ cup baking soda for extra stain removal power!
Major thanks to the Soap Queen for this recipe. So, anyone else get into any kind of DIY crafts this summer?
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