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Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy

30 Jul



I wanted to love it, I really did. Look at it! You have to shake up the bottle to “blend” the oils together – so gimmicky, how could I help but try it? Sadly, for me, Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy was a fail. Not a TOTAL fail – it’s not like it was horrible – but it didn’t work on my crazy hair. It does smell nice and the blending aspect is undeniably cool. The oil has a nice texture and I didn’t need much to do the trick. But I tried it in varying amounts and the result was always the same – weighed down, greasy-looking locks. Now as I have mentioned before, I do have very thick yet fine hair, so if your hair is coarser than mine – or if you like the weight/effect of Argan Oil or Moroccan Oil – you may find this divine. For now, though, I am sticking with my favorite and still champion, Orofluido Beauty Elixir.


Phyto Haircare

20 Jul

As I started this post, I was undecided about whether to link to these products for purchase. I promised when I started it that I would ONLY link to products I endorse, and there are some good things about these. Finally I asked myself: Would I buy them again? And I realized no, I wouldn’t, so there’s no reason to encourage you to.

I’m only realizing now, as I type this, that Phytojoba actually contains sulfates. I don’t know how the hell I missed this – as you may know from reading my blog, I am trying to eliminate sulfates from my life. I am usually hypervigilant about them, especially with shampoos, since shampoos contain sulfates about 90% of the time. Maybe it was the leaves on the label, maybe it was all the “natural” ingredients they claim to have, I don’t know. But I missed the sulfate connection until right this minute, which further cements my decision not to recommend.

So, Phytojoba – what’s good? It smells sensational, like coconut vanilla cookies. Not too overwhelming, not like a sunscreen, like a delicious cookie, like a kitchen with something fantastic baking. It has a nice lather (sulfates) and seemed to get my hair quite clean. What’s not so good? Why the hell is this stuff so runny?!? This is the second shampoo I have used recently with this consistency – is this a new thing? I do not like it. It’s basically got the consistency of cough syrup – slightly viscous, but mostly liquid. What this means is if you cup your hand and pour the shampoo into it (and granted, I haven’t taken any polls, but isn’t this what most people do?), it just runs right out of your hand and down the drain. Today I poured a teaspoon at a time into my hand, quickly applied it to my hair, and repeated until I felt like I had enough. If you have long, thick hair, this is a total waste of time and complete annoyance. That about covers Phytojoba – smells good, horrible consistency, and the sulfates put it over the edge into “do not want” territory.
Phytobaume is Phyto’s “normal” hair conditioner –

Highly concentrated in softening mallow extract, this lightweight conditioner gently detangles hair while eliminating static electricity. Hair immediately becomes easier to style, and regains its shine and silky softness.

LIES! It did not detangle my hair. My hair was NOT easier to style. It smelled fine and my hair looked fine after dry but I had to use even more Orofluido than normal in order to get the brush through. Yesterday my husband came into the bedroom to find me sitting on the bed after my shower looking sadly defeated. “What’s wrong?” he asked. “My hair,” I answered. I’d spent about 20 minutes trying to get the brush through – long enough that my arm hurt from brushing. He offered to help and when he tried, was horrified at the rat’s nest he found. So, Phytobaume gets even fewer stars than Phytojoba – the smell is just okay, and it doesn’t seem to do the most basic tasks I ask of a conditioner.

No good. Do not recommend either of these Phyto haircare products, and won’t be buying them – or trying any other Phyto products – again.


26 Jun

What do I love as much as product? Getting things in the mail. So when I heard about Birchbox, a subscription service where for $10 a month you get a box of product samples shipped to you, I yelled, “ALL IN!” I did not research. I did not waffle. I did not ask around. I SIGNED THE HECK UP.

I have been a Birchbox member now for six months. Some months have been unimpressive. Some months have been pretty cool. One month I even got a free, special bonus box (in addition to my regular monthly box), full of Vichy products. Quelle belle surprise! Until this month, only one product had hooked me, and it’s actually one I have since blogged about – Orofluido’s hair oil. I got a nice little tester of it that lasted me for a good week, really enjoyed it, and ended up buying stock in the company. Okay, not really, but I should, because I have bought it for myself twice since and recommended it both personally and in my blog. I also got another product I blogged about, the Miracle Skin Transformer, which I did REALLY like but found to be a little too expensive for the size you get.

Anyhow, I have gotten some other great stuff, but nothing to write home about, until June’s box. June’s box has not just an eyeliner, not just a lip stain, not just a Borghese bath soak… BUT ALL THREE! And some other crap too! Not just one packet of the Borghese bath soak, either, but TWO packets of it, so you can really decide if you like it before ordering.

Damn, Birchbox. You got me. I am hooked. And I can now endorse you fully, far and wide. If you can cut out two Starbucks lattes a month, you can afford a Birchbox subscription. And if you love product even half as much as I do, you can’t really afford not to.

Organix Soft & Silky Vanilla Silk Shampoo & Conditioner

20 Jun

I’m not even going to make this a very long post because it’s simply not worth it. Suffice it to say, I decided to bring some drugstore brand shampoo and conditioner with me overseas so I could toss it before the trip home, thus making room for precious souvenirs. I found Organix Soft & Silky Vanilla Silk Shampoo & Conditioner, and was impressed that it was sulfate-free, reasonably cheap, and smelled great.

I tried it for the first time in England and was not pleased. It seemed to get my hair clean enough, but the conditioner did not condition my hair at ALL. I have mentioned before that I have a lot of hair, and it ranges from straight to frizzbomb. I deliberately bought Organix’s “soft & silky” formulation that claims to “instantly nourish and moisturize” because my hair needs lots of taming to make it brushable. I ended up using a ton of my Orofluido just to make my hair manageable enough to get a comb through. Still, I never give up after one use (unless a product somehow damages me), so a couple days later, when it was time to wash my hair, I tried again, this time really LOADING on the conditioner and letting it sit for awhile. Nope – same result, and used the other half of my travel size bottle of Orofluido to correct the situation (don’t worry, I thought ahead and brought three mini bottles). In the end, it turned out I’d left some Body Shop shampoo and conditioner there last time and I switched to that, and that did my hair fine, so I know it wasn’t just, like, the water or water pressure or something.

I cannot recommend this shampoo and conditioner combo and will likely shy away from trying any other hair products by Organix. Shame, because I’d love to find a drugstore-priced sulfate-free shampoo that I adore.

Jonathan Green Rootine Dry Shampoo

31 May

Ah, dry shampoo. You really are the dream, aren’t you? A product a woman can apply to her hair to lengthen the life of her blowout, freshen up sagging locks, or simply make herself looked showered when she’s not. Sadly, my experience with dry shampoos has largely left me feeling like I look like this:

My normally shiny hair takes on a chalky, unhealthy appearance. In short, I feel like my hair is saying, “You’re not fooling anyone. Wash me. Now.”

I have tried a few different dry shampoos – ones recommended to me by people I trust – and had the same experience every time. To make matters worse, spraying a colored substance on my head really leaves me feeling like I am using that old school hair-in-a-can bald cover. In other words, not good.

Recently, I was presented with a new dry shampoo, Jonathan Green Rootine Dry Shampoo, to try. Because I am a sucker and still hoping to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t make me feel George Washington, I got very excited. More exciting still is the fact that Jonathan boasts “All Natural Ingredients.” (For you fellow grammar Nazis out there, the hyphen is missing on the packaging – I didn’t leave it out.)

First the bad.

It’s still a dry shampoo. I don’t know, this may just be my issue. For me, shiny hair is clean hair. Shiny hair is the ultimate for me. I baby the hell out of my hair, and use smoothing oil on it after every wash, so that it will shine like gold in the sun. The shinier my hair is, the prettier I think it looks. So basically, I think any dry shampoo is going to fail me, because their job is to soak up the excess oil in your hair and give it some texture, and those two things are totally incompatible with shiny hair. So maybe I am just not the right person to review dry shampoos, because I am asking of them something that may be scientifically impossible.

Now the good.

Well, it’s all natural, per the company, and I am always always always behind that. It makes a product so much more accessible to everyone, and shows the company really cares about their products. Second, I love the applicator. The one review on Amazon lists the applicator as the weak point, but I could not disagree more. The brush is SO much neater and more usable than the spray. You can see exactly what you’re doing and how much is coming out. The powder comes through the brush with just a gentle shake, dispensing just enough and never too much. If you’re going to go crazy with the dry shampoo, you probably won’t like it – it’s a nice soft application, and you’d have to work a long time to get a lot of powder out. But if you’re just touching up your roots, which I kind of think is what dry shampoo is for anyhow, then this applicator takes the cake. The entire package is about the size of a small powder brush including handle, too, so it’s not like there is a ton of dry shampoo in there. If you use a lot of dry shampoo each time, with Jonathan’s product, you’d probably be out within three or four uses, max. But if you’re just dusting a little on each time, I imagine this lasts quite some time.

Sigh. I don’t know. I am torn. I am not ready to give Jonathan’s Dry Shampoo the heave ho yet – I am definitely going to bring it in my carry-on for my upcoming transatlantic flight, as they always leave me looking haggard. But I am still not sold on dry shampoo, period.

So I guess put it this way: Of the four or five dry shampoos I have tried, Jonathan’s is the best, hands down. But nothing beats a good shower.

Target’s Beauty Bag Giveaway!

22 May

Cheers to the fabulous Candice R. for bringing this incredible steal to my attention! Target Summer Beauty Bag Giveaway! Be patient, the demand is great and it’s taking some time to load. But act fast – offer good only while supplies last, which I bet won’t be long! 

What’s Your Makeup Lying To YOU About?

21 May

7 Lies on Your Makeup Labels – special thanks to Michele C., the SassyCityGirl herself, for forwarding this along – it’s a fascinating read!