I am starting a series of posts dedicated exclusively to hair care routine and the first one to go is a review of absolutely incredible Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Hair Therapy Kit (£18.50). If I lived in a perfect world, I would have perfect shiny hair with no split ends…But as life is very real, I get split ends, bad hair days, lack of shine, volume, you name it! And split ends are the worst, I just hate it. I chopped my hair in February really short, from one side it was a great thing to do as I got rid of all split ends and really damaged part of my hair. From the other side, I really miss my long hair and I am determined to grow back healthy and shiny locks! So I have been pretty good at looking after my hair these last couple of month and now I want to share my top finds.
Briogeo is a relatively new natural hair care brand on the market. The brand offers a selection of high quality hair care products designed for different hair textures and address their specific needs. This particular hair kit contains products from Don’t Despair, Repair and Rosarco collections created to nourish, restore and protect extremely damaged or very dry hair.
Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask (30ml) is probably one of the most well-known Briogeo products. I’ve actually tried a full size before and it’s absolutely amazing! So I didn’t mind to get a travel size to treat my hair. This mask is a very intensive treatment and only a small amount is needed. It actually makes a difference from the first use and then helps to keep hair in good condition. It kind of seales split ends and really helps to repair and condition hair. I only apply it to the ends and as mentioned above small amount is all that is necessary and I only use it once every 1-2 weeks. So I am still using this 30ml jar and I think it will last me a while.
Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray (51ml) is another product in this list and it’s definitely my favourite! Omg it’s just so good, I couldn’t basically believe that something can be so good…It is a white milky kind of product, very light and doesn’t leave any greasy residue after application. As it is a natural product I need to shake it well before application as it can separate sometimes. I use it every time I wash hair, spray it through mid length to the ends after towel drying my hair a bit and then follow with blow drier or dry hair naturally. Briogeo Rosarco Milk Spray protects hair from heat and environmental damage. Usually I get my hair burnt by sun, the ends even look like they were bleached (not in a nice way too). This summer I have avoided this situation so far and I think it is thanks to Briogeo Rosarco spray! It is a really protective product, even enough to use for hair drier and it’s a serious shine booster too, a real saviour for dull looking hair! And it has very light texture for such nourishing product, making it suitable for fine and limp hair. It’s very economical product too. I’ve been using this 50ml bottle for more than 2 months at least three times per week and I still have plenty left!
Now moving to the last product in the kit Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Gel to Oil Overnight Repair Treatment (9.75ml). This product is the latest addition to Briogeo collection and it is designed as a super intensive repairing product. My first thoughts about this product were OMG, 9.75ml will NEVER be enough for me even for one lock… But no panic, you really need a tiny amount of this gel as it covers hair very easily and I only apply it to the part of hair that usually gets damaged aka the ends…
As its name suggest this Briogeo product is basically a clear gel that turns into oil from the body heat and it’s used as an overnight deep conditioning and repairing treatment. I use it once in two weeks and the results are really good! It works as a very good addition to other two products in the kit.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair also comes in very pretty box and all individual tubes look really cute too! Overall, it’s a great introduction to Briogeo brand in case you are curious. It’s also a great pack if you need to repair your hair very quickly with very intensive treatment as the size of the products is more than enough to transform even very damaged hair especially after sun damage or excessive styling. So it’s a really useful kit to have on hand! At the moment this kit is available in the UK at CosNatural, follow the link at the top of the post (don’t forget about my special discount balance10 for 10% off all orders).
I have one more video for you guys from my Youtube channel – Eco Beauty Stories. This time I review the products from one of my most favourite natural skin care brand Antipodes. I am talking about two of the Antipodes mist toners Ananda Antioxidant Rich Gentle Toner and Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner. These mist toners are perfect to use during hot summer days and for me they are some of the best on the green beauty market. I hope you enjoy the video!
I absolutely love Antipodes Skincare as a brand and I’ve tried quite a lot of their products before. Antipodes is created in New Zealand and has many certified organic products as part of its amazing collection. One of the best points for me about this brand is that they cover pretty much all skin types with specifically designed products. Hence anyone can find the most suitable kind of product for their skin. Antipodes products are enriched with pure plant extracts that have skin repairing properties and are packed with antioxidants. If you are interested to find out more, read my Antipodes products review and watch my skincare routine video featuring their Kiwi Seed Eye Cream and Worship Serum.
Have a great weekend! <3
Summer is kind of here, and the rising temperature, airless public transport and running around like crazy through holidaying crowds comes oh-so-dreadful sweating! And sometimes the way, way too much sweating. One thing that green beauty is definitely missing is a good antiperspirant, hence natural deodorants should do. There is a huge choice of natural and safe deodorants out there that don’t contain any synthetic aluminium salts. I haven’t tried them all, but I would like to share two of my current favourites.
The first one is Madara Bio-Active Deodorant (£10 or €12.50). This is a roll-on natural deodorants, enriched with a “BIO blend of antibacterial Palm rose essential oil and plant extracts” and it’s aluminium free.
Aqua, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Glycerin***, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa Oil)*, Sodium PCA, Salvia Officinalis (Salvia) Leaf Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Mentha Piperiata Peppermint Leaf Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract*, Lysolecithin, Scierotium Gum, Aroma, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactyl Lactate, Triethyl Citrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Xantan Gum, Pullulan, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Limonene**, Citral**, Farnesol**
I quite like Madara skin and hair care products, they have good and clean ingredients and do what they promise. This deodorant is no different and it offers quite good protection. I am not a huge fan of roll-on deodorants, but Madara Bio-Active deodorant dries up quite fast so I’m ok with it. It doesn’t leave stains on white or black clothing like many other natural deodorants do. It helps to prevent both sweating itself and stinky smell, lasts the whole day without a need to reapply. And it’s really gentle too so I can use it even straight after shaving, smells good too, a bit floral but not overpowering. If you read this you probably think that this is the perfect deo and it is, but there is always a but…I can use it only up to a week, after that it’s no longer effective and I need to have 3-4 days break to make it work again.
So that’s where my second favourite natural deodorant comes along. Actually, I should add that I like to use at least 2-3 types of the same product and rotate them for best results. It looks like this approach works well with deodorants too. My second pick is Hippy Paste Deodorant (£5 per 60g), which has a creamy-paste kind of texture and it’s formulated with bicarbonate of soda. At the moment I have Pure, which is unscented and I’ve tried Tropical one before, which has a very pleasant coconutty scent!
Certified organic coconut oil, certified organic arrowroot powder, certified organic shea butter, sodium bicarbonate, beeswax
I am sure that real connoisseurs of green beauty are well aware how effective soda based, cream deodorants are, but for many it might look a bit unusual. Basically, there is nothing to worry about, it’s applied as any other cream, the only two points to remember are that it’s best not to keep it in the bathroom as it can separate and test it first as some people are sensitive to bicarbonate of soda.
There are many natural cream deodorants available on the market, but I love Hippy Paste deodorant as it’s very affordable, has 100% natural ingredients and the brand has very strong ethics especially when it comes to looking after the environment. As I’ve mentioned earlier I use this deodorant during a break from Madara Bio-Active deo. It is not supposed to prevent body from sweating but rather controls the smell, I personally find that it does both for me. Another good point about this deo is that it’s really easy to reapply during the day if needed. The only down side is that it leaves yellow marks on white clothing, however they are not permanent and are removed after wash. Otherwise, it’s a really good and efficient product to keep arm pits dry and fresh. Hippy Paste have quite a few flavours to choose from as well as a recent addition of vegan deodorant. I’ve also noticed that Hippy Paste deo kind of balances sweat production, so when I use it a couple of days in a row I don’t need any deodorant at all on a less busy day!
So far I am very happy with both of these natural deodorants. I’ve struggled a bit to find the right products for me but finally I am sorted with good smelling arm pits even in hot weather on a busy day.
As you can see I am struggling to keep up with my blog and social media! But I am determined to get better. For now, here is a new video with my review of a stunning Pacifica Coconut Multiples Palette. It’s vegan, cruelty free, with natural ingredients, beautiful packaging and stunning colours…I hope you will enjoy this video!
I have finally managed to edit a YouTube video with my review of Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and ready to share it with you guys! I have a bit of mixed feelings about this product and as this cleanser gets quite a lot of attention, I made a full video about it with all my thoughts. I hope you will find it useful!
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sucrose Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum (Natural), Geraniol*, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Citronellol**, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Linalool**, Retinyl Palmitate, CI77491 (natural iron oxide), Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.
Hello! Now that Spring is finally here (though it doesn’t look like it at all), it’s time for some wishful thinking and another Wish List. This month I am dreaming about glowing skin as well as casual and super comfy outfit!
- So the first thing on my list is Pacifica Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples (£15.45). This stunning pallet has all you need for fresh and glowing skin including blush, bronzer and highlighter!
- Leejiham Vita Propolis Ampoule (~$22.7). I’ve tried a sample of this K-beauty serum and I love it, so need to get a full size asap. My skin turned into its most radiant version only after a couple of applications, so I was very impressed. Leejiham is not a completely natural brand, but this particular product has quite clean ingredients.
- ASOS Mini Suede Backpack With Tassels (£35). This backpack is just beyond cute!
- Monki Oki straight blue cropped (£40). I love Monki clothing…I actually didn’t know that they organic cotton for their pieces. So these cropped jeans are made of 99.% organic cotton too.
- LA MONTAGNE – GRIS sweat-shirt (69 euros) + 9 euros delivery. Another piece of eco-fashion, this sweatshirt is made in France with 100% recycled cotton and elastane.
- Esprit Cotton Trainers (£45). These trainers are suitable for vegans, have textile top and rubber soils. And look just spot on for spring!
And the last thing on my wish list is to have lovely, sunny weather, that’s missing at the moment!