Curly Q Custard Organic Curl Cream – for THICK, KINKY textured curls

Product Use:

(Quoted from amazon.com) “This rich and creamy custard textured cream provides great curl definition, weight and sheen for curly girls.”

Ingredients:

purified water, certified organic sunflower oil, octyl palmitate, certfied organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glyercin, glyceryl stearate, potassium stearate, panthenol, stearic acid, sodium carbomer, allantoin, cetyl alcohol, certified organic sweet almond oil, beeswax, shea butter,certified organic jojoba oil, soy tocopherols, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.

Product Review:

First of all, I did not purchase this product with the intention of it being used as a curl definer.  This review will not contain info on this product’s performance as a curl definer.  Also this product was purchased by me for use on my daughter.  I have never received any free products for the purpose of review.  This review is based strictly on my experience with this product.  On to the review:  I use this product on my daughter as a styling product.    I usually use this product if my daughter is wearing an “out” style, (i.e. puffs or afro).  Like it says above, it provides weight to these “out” styles.  It also adds sheen, which is always a plus for me.  I also use it instead of gel for her puffs. I definitely prefer it to gel.

I paid about $12 for this product. So far, it has lasted a long time, partly because I don’t use it all the time and I only use it for my daughter.  Would I purchase this product again?  I’m still undecided on that.  I like the scent and all, but the product is a bit heavy for my taste.  Overall, I have not been blown away, but I do like the product.  Here are pictures of my daughter’s hair using this product:

This puff was made from the twist out pictured here: Rope Twist Out. I used the Curly Q product to brush her hair back into this puff.  I also applied a small amount to her puff.

I never liked applying gel to my daughter’s hair.  This product has served as a nice alternative.

The product gives her hair a nice healthy sheen.  I like that, along with the scent.

The only draw back is that the product is a bit heavy.  I could not imagine using it everyday.  I believe it’s the curl defining properties that make it so heavy, which is probably great for those looking for that.  Curl definers do not do anything for my daughter’s hair.

This product can be purchased through amazon.com or directly from the Curlz website”

Amazon.com:  Curly Q’s Curly Q Custard Medium Curl Styling Cream, 8-Ounce Jars

Curlz Website: http://www.curls.biz/curly-hair-products/Curly-Q-Custard-p-413.html

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Product Description: (Quoted directly from Amazon.com) “Nutiva’s coconut oil is cold-pressed, organic extra-virgin coconut  oil, with its light taste, pleasant aroma, and pure white color, and industrialized coconut oil, with its bland taste, faint aroma, and off-white color. Please note that any tiny brown specks found at the bottom of Nutiva’s coconut oil are from the coconut fiber and are indigenous to extra-virgin coconut oil. It is deliciously healthy cooking oil. Better than butter and are USDA organic. Unrefined with no trans fats, rich in lauric acid.”   I want to add that this oil is also terrific for hair!

Ingredients: 100% Organic Unrefined Cold-pressed, Extra-virgin Coconut Oil

Product Review: I would be remiss if I never got around to reviewing coconut oil.  This is a new discovery for me.  I’ve known about the benefits of coconut oil for years now, but had never tried it for myself.  I decided to purchase some from amazon a few months ago and I have to say, this is now my hands down favorite product!  Now please know that every product that I review has been purchased by me.  I do not receive samples or anything else from any company.  This review (as well as all my others) are based only on my experience.  Now, back to the review – if I was stranded on a deserted island and I could have one product with me, it would be coconut oil.  Either that or you are going to see me climbing up palm trees, picking coconuts trying to figure out how to make some…it’s that good.  I use this product for lots of things; on my hair before shampooing, after shampooing, on my hair during the week or at night, on my daughter’s hair, to set hair or braid/twist hair, on my skin (on particularly ashy days) and I’ve cooked with it (my coconut oven baked shrimp were the bomb!)  Coconut penetrates the hair,  protecting it (I won’t get too far into the benefits, I’ll leave that to the experts:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/coconut-oil-hair-growth.html).  All I know is that my hair is a lot softer and actually has sheen now that I am using this product.  My daughter’s hair is growing and has a healthier appearance.   It’s a product worth trying!

Amazon.com has a pretty good deal on a two pack.  Click here to check it out: Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2)

Cara B Naturally Leave-In Conditioner / Daily Moisturizer

Product Purpose:

Gently condition and moisturize  hair without any oily residue

Ingredients:

Deionized water; natural emulsifying wax (cetearyl alcohol); shea butter; jojoba oil; coconut oil (capric triglyceride); vegetable glycerin; natural emulsifier (cetearyl alcohol and cetearyl glucoside); natural chamomile fragrance blend; cocoa butter (stearic acid); sugar (glucose); xanthan gum (natural thickener); natural emulsifier (glyceryl stearate); aloe barbadensis leaf juice; vitamin E; caramel; potassium sorbate; glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural preservative)

Product Review:

This review concludes my reviews for all of the Cara B Naturally products.  Overall, Cara B has been very consistent in providing lightly scented, gentle products with natural ingredients for babies & children.  The Leave-in Conditioner is no exception to that rule.  I apply this product to my daughter’s hair after I shampoo it with the Cara B Shampoo. It is a great product and it does exactly what it is advertised to do.  Once again, I highly recommend Cara B and all of the products that they offer.

Cara B Naturally Moisturizing Hair Mist

Product Purpose:

Improve manageability and impart a light shine to hair

Ingredients:

Deionized water; vegetable glycerin; coconut oil (capric triglyceride); sweet almond oil; jojoba oil; sugar (glucose); natural chamomile fragrance blend; aloe vera barbadensis leaf juice; vitamin E; potassium sorbate; glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural preservative); citric acid

Product Review:

Every once in a while I rate a product as a “must have” product.  I love all of the Cara B products, but I would say that the Moisturizing Hair Mist is my absolute favorite.  I love everything about it.  I have been using it to keep my daughter’s braids moisturized and there is absolutely no product build up.  The braids are soft and smell wonderful.  Moisture is especially important for her hair right now, because I have been rolling her braids up at night with sponge rollers, which can be very drying.  This spray has been wonderful in protecting her hair. This is a product that I plan to keep around.

Cara B Naturally Shampoo / Body Wash

Product Purpose:

Gently cleanse your child’s delicate hair and skin

Ingredients:

Deionized water; natural coconut oil, cornstarch and sugar soap blend (decyl glucoside); natural chamomile fragrance blend; vegetable glycerin; sugar (glucose); vitamin E; aloe vera barbadensis leaf juice; citric acid; guar gum (natural thickener); car amel; glucose oxidase & lactoperoxidase (natural preservative)

Product Review:

Yay suds!! Lots of hair cleaning suds!! Why am I so excited about suds?  In my experience, most shampoo with all natural ingredients do not sud up very well. I don’t know what it is, but I like to see lots of suds when I wash my daughter’s hair.  This shampoo cleans well, has lots of suds, smells nice without being overwhelming and contains only natural ingredients.  Best of all, it’s tear free so it does not burn my daughter’s eyes.  I’ve been tempted to use this shampoo on my own hair, but do not want to use it all up, so I just use it on her – for now anyway 🙂

I love this product and would definitely recommend it!

Purchase it from the Cara B Naturally website: Cara B Naturally

Cara B Naturally

When the economy is bad, I think that people are more likely to spend money (especially when they don’t have much of it) where they feel appreciated as a customer. Cara B once again shows tremendous customer service and care for their consumers. I recently received the following email from Kristi Booker, Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder/co-owner, of CARA B Naturally who found my earlier post on Cara B. Here’s what she said:


Good afternoon Ladies!

My name is Kristi Booker and I am the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder/co-owner of CARA B Naturally. I was doing a google search and found your post! We are so excited to know that you like the products and appreciate the packaging and customer service. My sister and co-founder/co-owner Landra Johnson wrote the note that came with your package. With your permission, we would like to tweet about your review and post a link to our FB page. Please let us know if you are ok with this. Either way, thank you once again for your kind words and we love what you are doing in the support and promotion of Natural Beauty. Have a wonderful weekend and Stay Beautiful, Naturally :).

Kristi J. Booker
Chief Marketing Officer
CARA B Natural Products, Inc.
kristi@mycarab.com

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I know the time and hard work that goes into starting a business, so it says a lot that the sisters/founders of Cara B have taken the time to write personal notes to me as a customer.  If they care so much about the customers, I can only imagine the care that they have taken in putting together their products. Here’s a link to their business page on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/#!/CARA.B.Naturally, and a link to their website, http://www.mycarab.com/, if you are interested in learning more about their products.


Natural Hair Care for Children

Lately, I’ve been looking to slowly convert all of our products over to products with all natural ingredients.  The costs of such products are usually a deterent, but the health benefits of switching over to products of all natural ingredients more than makes up for the costs.  Well, I figured, what better place to begin than with my precious babies.  After seeing a Google Ad, at the top of my website, for Cara B Naturally hair and body products for children I decided to check the company out.  This company really did a great job of marketing with the cute little brown children on the packaging, because I immediately purchased every item that they make. (Yes, hubby I splurged a bit).  Also, as a fan of theirs on Facebook, I received a discount of 20% off (yay!! $11 off my order), plus free shipping on orders over $25!  Free shipping is like my middle name 🙂

Well, I was excited to receive my package of products today.  They really took time with the packaging.  The products were all wrapped in a green ribbon with green and white packaging confetti paper.  Also included with the package was a handwritten note… did I say that it was handwritten?  A  handwritten note, signed by Landra J (co-founder and chief executive officer of CARA B) ,  was included apologizing that my items did not get here as quickly as possible because of “higher than anticipated order volumes”.  Also included was a 10% coupon as an apology.  Mind you, I ordered the products on Thursday, August 05 and received them yesterday Thursday, August 12.  That is not an unreasonable amount of time to wait for a package coming from California to Tennessee, but I do appreciate the great care and customer service. Let’s say that I am impressed so far.

Anyway, I cannot wait to use the products, so expect reviews soon.  I can see big things happening for this company in the near future!

Africa’s Best Kids Organics Gro Strong Triple Action Growth Stimulating Therapy

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Review Update: I no longer use this product because it contains mineral oil that can clog pores!  I use coconut oil instead.

Product Purpose

Helps to strengthen and protects hair from damage

Ingredients

Soybean Oil – Glycine Soja , Hydrogenated Coconut Oil , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil , Microcrystalline Wax , Fragrance – Parfum , Propylparaben , Lanolin Oil , Phenyl Trimethicone , Corn Oil – Zea Mays , BHT , BHA , Black Pepper , Green No. 6 , Violet No. 2 , Olive Fruit Oil – Olea Europaea , Rosemary Leaf Extract – Rosmarinus Officinalis , Mineral Oil – Paraffinum Liquidum , Panax Ginseng Root Extract , Avocado Fruit Extract – Persea Gratissima , Horsetail Extract – Equisetum Hyemale , Hydrolyzed Soy Protein

Product Review

I was looking for a gentle product for my 22-month-old daughter’s hair, which did not contain petrolatum (which can clog pores),  that would help moisturize her scalp and give it a healthy sheen. I found this product at the beauty supply and noticed that it said “contains no petrolatum” on the label.  I decided to give it a try.  When I got home and opened the jar, I was pleased at the pleasant scent.  I applied some to my daughter’s hair and found it to be very light and non-greasy (she can actually lay her head on my shoulder without leaving a grease stain on my clothes – yay)! It also leaves her hair looking healthy and shiny. I really, really like this product a lot and would recommend it.

Purchase on amazon.com: Organics Kids Gro Strong Triple Action Growth Stimulating Therapy 7.5oz

100% Unrefined Black Soap

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Product Purpose

All natural cleaning for hair and skin.

Ingredients

Dried Plantain Skins, Palm Leaves, Cocoa Pod Powder, and Kernel Oil

Product Review

I am surprised that I have not done a product review on Black Soap yet.  This is my top natural hair product.  I use 100% unrefined black soap to wash my hair and my face.  I also use it on both of my children’s hair. This is a very non-drying effective product for hair.  If you check out my archived hair products reviews, you will see that I have tried numerous shampoos and conditioners to clean my hair, but none of them can beat Black Soap.  The great thing about this product is that you can wash your whole body with it.  I keep a piece of Black Soap in my shower.  I don’t think I can do this product justice, so here’s a link that contains more info: http://www.africaimports.com/africanarticles/Article27.htm

Purchase on amazon.com: Raw African Black Soap from Ghana – 1 Lb

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