10 June 2013

a collective haul part 2 - hair and soap.

Well this weekend was super hot, a high of 100 degrees. I think I may have had a heat stroke at some point! I stayed as cool as I could, but Friday I had gone out with a friend to First Friday (as I mentioned in my previous post) and while it was fun to get out and see who was showing their craft downtown, it was just so hot. Luckily my friend has super cold A/C in her car.

This post is my second part of my "haul". I guess it's not really a haul, but I don't know what else to call it. This one is hair products and bar soaps. I realize that is technically body but since I didn't want the previous post to be any longer, I made them their own category.

Anything in the first row (the back) I also have a companion conditioner that I didn't picture.

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo Fortifying Shampoo/Conditioner: I bought these at Target for $2.99 each, but then there was a BOGO Free coupon in the Sunday paper, so I actually got both of these for $1.99 total (because when she scanned the coupon, it took off $3.99)!! I got them because a blogger I follow kept saying the shampoo was a clarifying shampoo, and I had just finished up my old one (Neutrogena). While I do like this shampoo, and the conditioner as well, I don't see anywhere on the bottle that says it is a clarifying shampoo. But I still like it, and as most of Garnier's shampoos do, it smells really good. This shampoo is described as "the only shampoo and conditioner in a clean conditioning formula that is also 92% silicone, paraben or dye.." which is all amazing. It also comes in a 2-in-1, and I think there are hair styling products in the PURE CLEAN.

En Root Give Me Volume Shampoo/Conditioner: I haven't tried this yet, but it smells so yummy. I bought this at Ulta when it was on sale. I have a lot of things I've bought that I haven't tried because if I see something I want to try and it's on sale, I don't like to wait! But this is by the company The Balm, a makeup brand I see in a lot of different blogs, so I have high hopes for this shampoo and conditioner. I also hear their hair sprays are really good as well, and I think this brand is BOGO Free at Ulta right now, so it is the perfect time to try!

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Shampoo/Conditioner Body Builder: These were in a pack together at Target and on clearance for under $7 so I bought it. I have used this once, and I don't care for the shampoo. It does not lather at all, which I can understand since it doesn't have a lot of the ingredients that would make a shampoo foam up. It is just kind of a pain to use a ton of shampoo just to get through my medium-length hair. The conditioner, however, makes up for it. It feels thick, and goes nicely through my hair. At first I thought it was weird how thick it was considering it is supposed to be a "body builder", but it doesn't weigh my hair down.

Eva NYC Clean it Up Shampoo/Soften Up Conditioner: This is another set of shampoo/conditioner that I bought on sale but haven't tried yet. I think this brand is again on sale at Ulta, and is also BOGO Free. It smells so yummy, and reminds me of American Cream by Lush. I have tried their hair mask, but that comes up later in this post.

Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long and Strong Shampoo/Conditioner: Again, on sale, haven't used! I got this at Ulta, but they sell this at Target now and I've seen it at CVS..however, I don't know if they sell the shampoo as I have only seen hair products like the Beach Babe Texturizing Spray.

Herbal Essences Shine Collection Shampoo/Conditioner: I was so excited to see these are back! I don't like the newer HE products and was really sad when these left the stores. I bought the shine collection, and they smell just as amazing as they always did. My hair also loves them, so I use them almost every other time I get into the shower. They're also silicone free which is great as well!

Redkin Diamond Oil Shampoo/Conditioner Travel Size: I have used these once, and I don't see what the big deal is. I'll use them since I have them, but I don't think I'll be buying the bigger bottles. Maybe if I use them a couple more times I'll love them. We'll see.

Lush Seanik and NEW! Shampoo: I haven't used these! I really want to, but as I've mentioned before I don't have a Lush nearby. The Seanik is supposed to be a clarifying type of shampoo, that makes you have volume in your hair. The woman in the shop described it as a solid version of Big, if anyone has tried that. They have ocean salt in them that is supposed to volumize your hair. The NEW! shampoo is made with cinnamon cloves, and it even has two pieces on top of it. It is supposed to grow new hair on your head basically, which is why it is called NEW. I love the idea of these because they're solid, which is great for traveling. Lush even has a few solid conditioners that I am definitely going to try.

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo: I really like this dry shampoo! My hair usually is a little greasy the day after washing, and when I use this my hair is nice and fluffy again. It does make my hair matte, which I was expecting because it says that on the can. The day after using it, my hair is still matte! But then I know it is time to wash it because I can't go that long without washing.

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray: I have used this on wet hair and on dry hair, and I like it better on wet. I let my hair dry naturally after towel drying it, and once dry I spray this all over. I find it makes more of a difference on dry hair. I have also sprayed this and then brushed my wet hair, and then used it again on dry hair. It gives my hair a light wave, and gives what waves I naturally have more definition. It's not the best beach spray I have used, but it smells good and I like that it is not tested on animals.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-in Conditioner: Ulta recently did a 21 days of hair products, and this was from one of the days for only $6.99. I missed it on the day it was on sale, but at the end of the 21 days, whatever they had left over they put up front and gave them the sale price! I was really excited since I've been wanting to try anything from this line of products from Sexy Hair. I like spraying this on my hair and then brushing it through. I find my hair is not as dead-looking in the back. Sometimes my layers in the back can get really bad and dead, but this makes them calm down and not stick out. 

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask: I bought this at Ulta because I had used up my previous hair mask by Dove that I thought worked well, but I don't like the way Dove products smell. This smells really good, however. I slather it into my hair and, as I mentioned before, smells a little like Lush's American Cream. I am a little disappointed in this, though, because I feel it doesn't give me a deep condition like the Dove hair mask did. It is still good to use, but just as a normal conditioner.

The Wet Brush: This is my favorite hair brush! It is, as it's name describes, for wet hair. I was very interested in this when I saw it because I do have fine hair, and I do have more fallout than I care to admit. This brush is made especially for wet hair, which is when the hair is more prone to breakage, I guess. The bristles aren't firm, so they move with your hair instead of charging through..That seems like a weird description..But anyway, I got this at Sally's Beauty Supply, but I have seen it at Ulta. Next I want to try the Tangle Teaser.

Sunfeather Handmade Bodycare Vanilla Almond Oatmeal: This soap smells really good. It is dark brown, which kind of put me off at first, I don't know why. It even lathers brown, which I thought was weird, but it smells good so I don't care. It has actual oatmeal in it, which is good for exfoliating. It is also paraben free, soy free, gluten free, and vegan..all good to me. I got this at Lassens, but if they don't sell this at your local health food store, you can get it online here. I don't know if they sell it in singles, I haven't really gone all the way into the site. Also, try Amazon, they sell pretty much everything.

Soaptopia Rozilla vs Dry Skin-ea: Ever since I got my own shower (meaning, I had my own bathroom and no longer shared with anyone) I stopped using bar soaps. I liked liquids much better. It wasn't until I got a shower caddy which allowed me to actually keep a bar soap in my shower without it being hit by water all the time, that I started toying with the idea of using bar soaps again. I saw this brand at Lassens, and I love their different scents, names, and the fact that their soaps are vegan. This brand started in someones house in Venice Beach, California, and is now a shop there (one I will travel to hopefully this year!). Anyway, I bought this because, as I said in the previous post, I am having a little obsession with rose anything. This smells so yummy. I also love that there is a body butter called the same thing from this brand, and I will definitely be trying it soon. I feel like their soaps are fun scents and look fun, kind of like Lush. I have never tried a bar soap from Lush, mostly because the one time I went there after I became into bar soaps again I was sick and couldn't smell ANYTHING. Oh well, next time. According to their site, they sell them at Whole Foods, and I got this at Lassens. But because they don't sell all their products at these stores, and I'm sure not everyone lives near Venice, you can check out their website and see all their wonderful products here. When I type Soaptopia into Amazon, a lot of other brands come up, but that might be a good thing because while they're not this actual brand, some of them look kinda fun. 

Urban Seduction Wine and Roses Soap: I haven't tried this at all. It is a handmade soap made locally that I bought recently at a Farmer's Market. I am a little scared to try it! It smells good, though, and while I thought it was a little pricey, I am all about supporting local "businesses". You can look at her site here. She also makes solid shampoos that I want to try, and they are for specific hair colors because some have henna in them.

Just Soap Lemongrass Ginger: This soap I bought at a local shop called GreenShops, which is such a great shop. The owner is really nice as well, which always makes me want to come back for more. The shop is described on their Facebook as being "a company that prides [themselves] on offering organic, re-purposed, easy on the environment products with a strong focus on gifts that give back locally and abroad.." Anyway, she sells this brand of soap, and they mix their soap by using a bicycle..yes, a bicycle. I can't describe it well, but definitely check out their site here for more information. They also make solid shampoos, which I have the one for Normal/Oily hair and I like it, but really have to use a conditioner afterwards. They all smell good, is organic, and blended with a BICYCLE..still can't get past that haha.

Hugo Naturals Rosehip: I haven't used this yet, and I haven't seen this anywhere they sell Hugo products except for my locally owned health foods store. It smells so good (unless you're my dad, who thinks it smells bad and always says YUCK). This is shaped like a heart, has the brand's name stamped into the soap, and has something molded inside the soap. There isn't a sicker on the plastic it is wrapped it except for the bar code and name of the brand..So basically I know nothing about this soap, like what is in it!! I only know it is rosehip because the box they were in at the store..a bit frustrating. I guess I don't care, since it smells amazing (to me).

Well that is all for part 2 of my "haul". Tell me if you've tried anything I've talked about, want to try something, have a question about a product, or just to say Hi! I have one more part of this haul I will post soon, and it is nails, makeup, and miscellaneous stuff..and stuff that didn't make it into the picture with other products I've already posted. Look out for that, and stay cool!

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