April 16, 2014

Shampoo Bar Samples Haul

I grabbed a few sample bars from the applevalleynaturalsoap website && thought I would share my first thoughts on them! I haven't actually used any of them, so this is just a haul. I'll tell you what my first opinion is, based on smell mostly && of course a little bit more about the bar and why I decided to grab it. 

Let's get into it shall we:

1. Wild North Shampoo Bar || This was an extra freebie sample that they sent me with my order. You will notice it's much smaller than the rest, because it's just a sliver - not sample size. I was happy that they sent a sliver of another shampoo bar though! Now I have six to try instead of only five! :) This one smells pretty cool. Literally. It reminds of the north, of snow and winter. I like the smell and am excited to try this! 

Product description {taken from website}: 
"Shiver me timbers. (I couldn't resist saying that.) I just love a hike in quiet, winter woods. A 15 minute hike is perfect for me, and then I need to go inside for cookies and coffee. I'm Norwegian. Maybe that's why I adore this bar so much. It reminds me of Norway - or at least Minnesota - and snow and woods. And that brings us back to cookies. See where this is going? When you use this bar, there will be cookies and coffee waiting for you when you get out of the shower. I promise. Better put one of these bad boys in your shopping cart PRONTO."

2. Lavender Buttermilk Shampoo Bar || Alright, the smell of Vanilla in the description is what invited me into buying this sample. However, I don't really get a vanilla smell. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. When I smell this bar, I'm immediately taken into a fragrance store, with incense filling the air. It reminds me of a very popular incense smell, one that most of us would recognize right away. I don't know what it's called, but it's what comes to my brain right away. It's a nice smell. Not amazing, but nice. 

Product description {taken from website}:
"Buttermilk, a natural pro-biotic full of lactic acid, is found in many expensive beauty products and is fabulous for softening, brightening and exfoliating skin. Lactic acid is also used to treat age spots, freckles and even tighten skin. Olive oil, jojoba oil, and mango butter round out this beauty treatment for your hair and body with their emollient properties. Lavender has countless benefits for skin and scalp due to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammations. The vanilla adds a warm, creamy sweetness to the lavender essential oil making this a calming, dreamy, unforgettable scent."

3. Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo Bar || Peppermint && tree. Literally. That is what I smell. I grabbed this one because the description says it's their favorite bar. I want to try the favorite of course. I like the smell, kind of. I mean, sometimes it's nice to have a minty fragrance. I'm not sure I'll know for sure until I try it, but so far I'm excited to do that. 

Product description {from website}: 
"I'm going to be honest here and say that this is my favorite bar. Always has been. Always will be. I'm a peppermint-tea-tree FREAK. Have you ever jumped into a cold lake after a hot sauna? No? Well here's your chance to do it while keeping your feet firmly planted in the shower. Which is my way of pulling off this feat. You get all the the cool, refreshing and invigorating sensations you're looking for with none of the sweat or the shock."

4. Latte Brunette Shampoo Bar ||I don't actually know if I am considered a "latte" brunette. What does that mean? I know my hair is dark brown/black. I got this because it's geared towards dark hair, and hey - I have dark hair. I think I smell a hint of cinnamon and maybe some vanilla in this one. It is a nice homey scent. Which I like. I'm excited about this one. 

 Product description {from website}:
"Are you a latte brunette? Check this one out. Latte coffee to help keep locks naturally dark. Latte moisturizing butters and oils to keep skin soft and supple. Latte incredible essential oils for beautifully scented skin and hair. There's a latte you gotta love here. (OK. I might have had one too many before writing this.)"

5. Rhassoul and Avocado Shampoo Bar || I am extremely intrigued by the rhassoul clay within this bar. That is why I bought this bar. I think I get a definite avocado smell. It's just kind of okay. It's not a bad smell by any means, just not something I would go towards. I'm not too worried about the smell here though, I'm more interested in the rhassoul clay. 

Product description {from website}:
"Rhassoul Clay, mined from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, has been used for over 1400 years as a soap, shampoo, and skin conditioner. It contains a high percentage of silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium, and its extraordinary ability to absorb oil and impurities from both the skin and hair makes it more effective than other clays for cleansing. Avocado oil and avocado butter have a nutritive, soothing, softening effect on the skin and are especially beneficial for very dry, aging skin as it increases the production of collagen. It is a natural humectant which locks in moisture while fatty acids give hair shine and silky texture. Avocado oil is a natural solution to replenish chemically treated hair with the nourishment it needs to recover and flourish. Frizzy hair also benefits from avocado oil, as it relaxes chaotic strands. The essential oils in this one start with a juicy, invigorating, citrus blend with a hint of old world bergamot to give it a mature ending."

6. Wheat && Honey Shampoo Bar || I wanted this because of the honey && I do not regret that. It's immediately what I smell and I love it! This is my favorite fragrance out of the bunch && I will be using it first! 

Product description {from website}:
"This one is a treasure trove of anti-oxidants found in the wheat germ, sweet almond, and walnut oils. Nutrient and mineral rich honey will add a lustrous shine to your hair and it will help keep your skin radiantly youthful and healthy. It's enriched with cocoa butter and shea butter for a moisture-drenching, all-over treat. And here's a little trivia for you: this is the bar that won my husband over. Not to me. To natural soap. Before this bar he was in a committed relationship with Irish Spring and nothing, no NOTHING could tear him away. I'll just bet you know someone like that..."

I am really excited to try these out; I'm impressed with the size. I'm thinking I should be about to get 4 to 5 washes from each sample. That's pretty sweet. I wash my hair twice a week, so that's like 5 months of shampoo, just from samples. Pretty sweet. 

Each sample is $2.50 && the best thing about the site is shipping. It's a flat 5$. I like that. I really want to try chagrin valley soaps, but the shipping is just too high for me. I'll be sticking to these shampoo bars, at least for now. 

What are your favorite shampoo bars? 

More on My No Shampoo Hair Routine: 

No ShamPOO {Update} && my Routine

No 'Poo Method (No Shampoo).

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April 12, 2014

Sephora Haul

Have you seen Divergent yet? You should; I just saw it, and I'm obsessed - buying the books obsessed. I can't wait for the next movies. I want to know what happens. I'm going to start with the first book of course. But still. GO SEE IT! :)

Oh Yeah, I went to Sephora today! I had the VIB 15% off; a dior mascara that I didn't want - and a 25 dollar gift card. Which means, I only spent 10 bucks in the end. I didn't go crazy, but I got some much needed items - and a couple wanted items. 

btw. The Dior mascara was the blackout one - it just didn't work for me, the product would end up all over my eyelid and above. It was weird. 


1. Tarte - lights, camera, LASHES || I've been wanting a more natural mascara, at least one without sulfates. I tried this on at the store and fell in love. I'll be using it for now! 

2. Sephora cream lip stain || {#4} This is a wanted product. I love these lip stains! 

3. Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick || {L.U.V} love is absolutely right! I love this color. It's a purple, violet, pink shade. I'm in love. 

4. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ||I bought this for my hair, since I have gone the whole no shampoo method - I need an oil to protect my hair against heat. I just think this will help restore my hair, without adding product. 

I didn't go crazy, as you can see - but I'm happy. I haven't purchased makeup in while. 

I'm kind of a broke college kid. 

Recent Posts:

No ShamPOO {Update} && my Routine


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April 9, 2014

No ShamPOO {Update} && my Routine

It's officially been 16 days since I washed my hair with {chemical-filled} shampoo. If you missed my last post, I talked about how I have decided to go with the whole "no poo method" - which really means {no shampoo}. I'll refer to it as no shampoo, because I just don't like saying 'no poo' out loud. Not to mention, when I tell people about it, they almost grimace. Let's not think about poo, when referring to our hair. Deal? 

Anyways; this is going to be a little bit of an update post {pictures included}. Oh && seeing how I've only been doing this thing for 16 days, I'm no expert.  I am only talking about my own experience here. Everyone will be different. 

The pictures below are from today, literally five minutes ago. It's 11:00 PM at night. I washed my hair on Monday (two days ago). It was also up, on top of  my head right before this picture... :) 


First things first; Am I going through some sort of crazy period? Absolutely. I've actually considered giving up some days. It's been very up and down. I have some really great highs; where I absolutely love my hair - and then vise versa. My hair feels waxy. After tons of research, this can be due to two things. 1. I'm just going to through my adapting phase or 2. my water is just too hard. I actually think it might be a combination of the two. I'm assuming my water is hard, but I'm hoping to overcome that with Apple Cider Vinegar rinses. I'm also hoping my hair adjusts better. 

Although my hair feels waxy, it's doesn't look waxy. Actually, it just looks a bit textured. Which I kind of like. I hate dull, boring hair. I have actually always added products to make my hair textured (sea salt sprays, waxes, etc). Maybe, that's why the waxiness I am dealing with, isn't an end all for me. I'm willing to wait it out, and see if it diminishes or possibly live with it. Only time will tell. 

Heat; Let's talk about heat... I may get completely yelled at for this, but YES I use heat on my hair. Look, I like my hair curled. My natural curls are a mess, and I want my hair to look good. Do I use it everyday? No. I use it maybe 3-4 days a week. More on this in my weekly routine {below}. I'm not using any products. I'm considering grabbing an all natural heat protectant, but my hair is doing okay right now. 

tangles, tangles, and MORE TANGLES.... Get yourself some kind of tangle brush. I use the Tangle Teaser brush, and it works miracles for me. Most people doing this method use boar bristle brushes, I haven't purchased one yet. I don't find it necessary - that could change. Since I'm not using an actual conditioner, my hair is really tangled after the shower. I use my tangle teaser to get all the tangles out then switch to my regular paddle brush. If I didn't use the tangle teaser, it would be HELL! 

My {current} weekly routine: 
please hear me when I say current. This could change. I'm still figuring stuff out. 

It's very simple really. Monday and Friday are wash days. I wash my hair with my shampoo bar, and rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar. After that, I blow dry my hair and straighten it. This is usually done Monday after-noon towards night. My Mondays are pretty lazy. Tuesday, I curl my hair. Wednesday and Thursday - I work with what I've got. Friday I wash, and start all over. I shower everyday {unless I'm being very lazy}. I use a shower cap to ensure my hair stays dry. I sleep with my hair on the top of my head. I recommend using a soft hair tie, it keeps the kinks out. 

My curls tend to last between washes. If my hair starts to look greasy; a pony-tail becomes my best friend. This usually only happens the last day. Again, I've only been doing this for two weeks. 

What I use: 
Shampoo Bar || Currently Coconut Milk and Citrus from Apple Valley Natural Soap
ACV Rinse || I put it in a spray bottle. I'm trying a 1tbs to 1 cup water ratio. 
I have also ordered five sample shampoo bars from Apple Valley, I want to try some other ones. I'll do a haul when I receive them. 

I'll try to keep you updated as I go! :)
No Shampooers, please feel free leave tips and tricks! 

Ask me questions, && talk to me! 

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March 29, 2014

No 'Poo Method (No Shampoo).



Hey Strangers;
It's been forever, almost a whole month. No excuses. I just didn't have anything to share. Now I do! If you've read my blog for awhile, you know I'm not very dependable. I don't blog for money. It's a hobby. I share when I want. Hopefully, you like what I have to say!

Today, I am talking about the 'No 'Poo method' - can I just say, I hate the name. When I say it out loud, I immediately have to correct it and say "shampoo, not the other thing your thinking". I mean I get it. The whole idea is about the fact that shampoo has a whole bunch of shit in it, that really only hurts our hair. Thus, no 'poo' means no shampoo and none of the other crap that comes in our shampoo bottles.

Now, I'm no expert on this. I just really like the whole natural idea of things. If I can go more natural comfortably, than I will. Trust me, I still eat and use a ton of crap. Small changes. right? Not to mention, my makeup products will most likely never be all natural. My food intake will definitely never be all natural (I love my pizza). There are plenty of things that I can't naturalize, but my hair care - I can.

I did some research; Yes, I did. I found two different 'no 'poo' methods. The baking soda method, and the shampoo bar method. I don't really like the idea of baking soda in my hair - I'm not sure why, but I just don't. If you are interested in this method or want some more great info on the 'no 'poo method' in general, check out Amanda's FAQ section on her page. She's been 'no 'poo' for more than a year, check out her one year update. Her blog is pretty awesome too (she has no idea who I am, I'm not promoting her). So, if you'd like to go the baking soda method, she's your girl.

I, on the other hand, have chosen to go with the shampoo bar method. Instead of a baking soda concoction, I just buy a natural shampoo bar to wash my hair with. Both methods consist of an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

This is just an introduction post, the last time I used a shampoo was on Tuesday (5 days ago). I just used a clarifying shampoo, and no conditioner. I wanted to start from scratch (it was recommended in my research). I can usually go at least three days without washing my hair normally, so by Friday my  hair was greasy and needed to be washed. I washed my hair with my shampoo bar.

I looked everywhere for shampoo bars, read reviews, and ingredients (of course) && ultimately settled on Apple Valley Natural Soap Shampoo bars. I love anything with coconut, so I grabbed the coconut milk and citrus shampoo bar. My hair is clean!


It smells nice and clean, but that doesn't really stick. Afterwards, my hair just smells like soap. I don't mind this, but I'm hoping I can find another one that leaves a nice smell. I may order some samples from their website, to try a few out! :)

I haven't completed an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse yet, I will be doing that on Monday. I kind of doubt I will enjoy it, since it's going to smell like vinegar - but if it makes my hair healthier, I'm all in.

I'll write up an update in a few weeks (I promise). ;)

Have any of you gone 'No 'poo'? Do you like it? Tips? Let me know what you think!

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March 3, 2014

Just Keep Going... {Weight-Loss Post #2}

Week one && counting... Just keep going...

Okay - so week one of my BODY TRANSFORMATION is done. I don't want to call this a diet, diets never work for me. Actually, this past week has gone okay - NOT great by any means; but okay.



Here's what it looked like...

Saturday February 22, 2014 - Diamond Dozen 
Sunday February 23, 2014 - Diamond Dozen
Monday February 24, 2014 - Random Cardio
Tuesday February 25, 2014 - Random Cardio
Wednesday February 26, 2014 - Rest Day
Thursday February 27, 2014 - DDP Energy
Friday February 28, 2014 - DDP Energy
Saturday March 1, 2014 - DDP Energy 
Sunday March 2, 2014 - Rest Day
Monday March 3, 2014 - Energy

I wrote last week about DDPyoga - I've stuck to it pretty well the past 10 days. According to the manual, I should only be working out three days a week - but that's just ridiculous. DDP says to make the workouts "your own" - which pretty much just means, {workout at least three times a week, and however many times you can handle}. I still haven't received my DVD's, but DDP allows people who have purchased the DVD's to watch the first two workout's digitally - which is a great advantage, because I'm so damn impatient. 

I must say that I've been a little down on myself because I'm not losing as quickly as I usually do. Now, I'm NOT following DDP's nutrition plan, I don't see it as a realistic change in my life. I'm a very picky eater, and I just don't like to eat food that I won't enjoy. However, I am counting calories using myfitnesspal, and watching my proportions. I'm adding veggies and fruits {a huge change for me} && I just bought a nutribullet - so I will be juicing {or blending}. 
I have dieted before using myfitnesspal - and no exercise; && lose weight pretty quickly. Usually at least 5lbs in the first week alone. My guess is that the working out is screwing with my muscles and my body is holding in water due to being sore {I've done some research}. I'm building muscle and it shows on the scale. I'm hoping that in a couple weeks, my body will adapt and the scale will start to decline. I'm not giving up or anything - just a little defeated. 
On another note; I can feel the differences in my body already - my legs are much stronger than in the beginning. When I first began the program {a week ago} my heart rate would summit above my target heart rate, I would have to modify the position in order to get my heart rate in zone, today - I was in full lunge position and I actually had to work a little bit harder to keep my heart rate up! It was kind of crazy - but sorta cool! I like knowing that my body is getting stronger - and that things are happening, even when I don't see it on the scale. 

For now, I will just keep doing what I'm doing - because it seems to be working! 


Weight-Loss Post #1: The Girl who Cried Wolf
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