On the website: ESSENTIAL COLOR - OUR 1st PERMANENT COLORATION WITH: NATURALLY DERIVED INGREDIENTS LIKE LYCHEE AND WHITE TEA AND 0% AMMONIA PERFECT GREY COVERAGE For hair colors inspired by nature! The permanent cream coloration with naturally derived ingredients like Lychee and White Tea gives long-lasting intensive and glossy hair colors. Why is ESSENTIAL COLOR a new color generation? Because it is 100% permanent (level 3) and contains 0% ammonia Because it contains naturally derived ingredients like Lychee and White Tea Because it delivers perfect grey coverage Because it gives the hair sensational shine Because it cares and strengthens the hair with a specially developed Intensive-Care-Balm: contains up to 4 applications Because it smells bloomy-fruity like a perfume --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The last years I have used Casting Color Gloss from L'Oreal, also a haircolor without Ammonia. My scalp is very sensitive and I have noticed less irritation with these type of haircolor. I have used the color Light Golden Brown (245) of Essential Color and I am very pleased with the results. My hair is about 30% grey and the coverage was good enough and my hair is shiny again. Compared to the Casting Color Gloss: - I like the color range more from the Casting Color Gloss - The Essential Color doesn't stain, the Casting Color Gloss does a little - The package of the Essential Color is better - The Casting takes 20 minutes, the Essential Color 30 minutes - The Casting colors have always a darker result than they say on the package The conditioner of both are good, but full of chemicals and cones. Edit june2010: I used this again last month and I was not very happy with the results, the dye didn't cover the crey hairs good enough. For this the Casting is defenitely better.
I have used this conditioner a few years ago. The first bottle I liked very much. I have fine hair, and this was very light on my hair. A year later I bought it again and than I didn't like it at all, did they change it? My hair became very static and frizzy, and it didn't detangle very good either.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Pure Nuff Stuff - After Sun Lotion
Safin 8/21/2009 2:34:00 PM
Again a product that seems to be to good to be true, as they write on their website: A really effective lotion with aloe vera to soothe and vitamin E to restore, our aftersun lotion helps cool pinked-up skin and prevent dryness and peeling so you can keep your sun-kissed looks for longer. This is a fantastic product to take travelling, you can also use this one bottle of super-softening cream as a makeup remover, facial cleanser, hair conditioner and all over moisturiser. Ingredients: water (aqua); aloe vera (aloe barbadensis); sweet almond oil (prunus amygdalus dulcis); vegetable glycerine (glycerine); emulsifying wax; vitamin E (tocopherol vitamin E) I bought this because it is fragrance free and it has Aloe Vera in it, which is very light on the skin. I hoped that I could use it on my face too, but it was too heavy. It was okay for the body, the smell wasn't very nice.
Conditioner -Unlisted Brand - Pure Nuff Stuff - Hair Conditioner Unscented
Safin 8/21/2009 2:27:00 PM
When you see the ingredientslist this seems a perfect conditioner, but I think you maybe need a little bit more than Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera to make a good conditioner. It did nothing perfect for my fine hair. Ingredients: water (aqua); organic virgin pressed coconut oil (cocos nucifera); aloe vera (aloe barbadensis); vegetable glycerine (glycerine); emulsifying wax
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Pure Nuff Stuff - Dry Hair Cleanser Unscented
Safin 8/21/2009 2:21:00 PM
At first I loved this shampoo, it was so gentle. I have fine hair, and I hoped not to need a conditioner with this shampoo. But I did, because my hair became very static. After 2 weeks my scalp started to itch. The problem with this very gentle sulfate free shampoo is that they don't cleanse well enough. My scalp is oily and seems to realy need a good cleanse with a fragrance free SLES shampoo. Ingredients: water (aqua); aloe vera (aloe barbadensis); decyl glucose (decyl glucoside); guar gum (guar gum); apple cider vinegar (acetic acid)
The philosophy of Pure Nuff Stuff is: At Pure Nuff Stuff we are passionate about making completely natural skincare, toiletries and cosmetics. Our passion comes from years of searching ourselves for affordable products and failing to find anything that fit our criteria, so we created our own (hence the name Pure Nuff Stuff). We firmly believe that our bodies are being stressed daily by the onslaught of chemicals in the things we use to clean ourselves and that this stress is showing up more and more now as sensitivity and allergies. For each product they only use a few ingredients and they are not bad for the body. This is why I ordered a few products from their line. This cleanser was very gentle (no sulfates) and my face reacted very good. I think decyl glucose is a good cleansing agent. The problem is that it irritated my eyes, I think because of the essential oils. Ingredients: aqua; decyl glucose (Decyl Glucoside); xantham gum (xantham gum); apple cider vinegar (Acetic Acid); vitamin E (Tocopherol Vitamin E); pure essential oils Edit: I was very pleased to find a fragrance free version of this cleanser. But it turned out a very bad product (I rate this a 1 now). After a few uses my skin started to get big red patches all over and it felt dry and irritated. Slowly I lose fait in natural products. They score very high on the cosmeticsdatabase, but perform very bad and cause allergic reactions very often.
Conditioner -The Body Shop - Honey moisturizing conditioner [DISCONTINUED]
Safin 8/21/2009 12:01:00 PM
I have fine hair, shoulderlength. It is a bit frizzy at the ends. The conditioner made my hair very soft, but it was a bit too heavy for my hairtype. It didn't do anything for the ends. I didn't hate te smell, but it felt very chemical. For people who think that you buy natural products at the Body Shop, that's wrong, they have all the bad ingredients like L'Oreal, Pantene, Fructis, Herbal Essences and so on.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Buriti Baby Body Lotion
Safin 7/20/2009 2:04:00 PM
I bought this body lotion because of the smell, it is very very nice. It is a light body lotion perfect for summer, it soaks in quickly and moisturizes good enough. I don't have a baby, but I love the smell of baby products. The ingredients are safe for a baby, so good for you too. Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Olea Europaea Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, PEG-8 Beeswax, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Caprylyl Glycol, Cera Alba, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Parfum, Disodium EDTA.
I cannot tollerate vaseline on my skin, but it is the best lip treatment in the world! And dirt cheap.. I use it on my lips morning and evening after brushing my teeth and cleansing my face. The rest of the day/night I don't have to put anything else on my lips. All those people who put on lipstick moisturizers every minute of the day are just drying their lips, the more you use those the more you need them.
Conditioner -The Body Shop - Guarana Berry Volumising Conditioner
Safin 7/19/2009 4:04:00 PM
I had never used a conditioner from the Body Shop, so I did not know what to expect, I am pleasantly surprised. My fine hair has more volume, is soft and shiny. I have sensitive scalp, the ingredients can cause problems over time, I hope not. Ingredients: Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Cetyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Glycol Stearate (Pearliser), Amodimethicone (Hair Conditioning Agent), VP/VA Copolymer (Hair Fixative), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Cetrimonium Chloride (Hair Conditioner), Mel (Natural Additive), Hydroxyethylcellulose (Stabiliser/Thickener), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Parfum (Fragrance), Hydrolysed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol (Hair & Skin Conditioning Agent), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Methylparaben (Preservative), Polyquaternium-10 (Hair Conditioner), Trideceth-12 (Surfactant), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Paullinia cupana (Natural Additive), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Butylparaben (Preservative), Soytrimonium Chloride (Hair Conditioning Agent), Propylparaben (Preservative), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Hibiscus sabdariffa (Natural Additive), Sorbitol (Humectant), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient)
I have used different colours from the casting creme gloss, I like the chocolat the most. It is not too dark and covers the grey hairs good enough. I buy this because it is ammonia free. I have very sensitive scalp and have always problems with an itchy scalp when I use normal hair dye. This ammonia free hair dye is really an improvement for me.
Jojoba oil is a multi functional product. I have used it as a conditioner, body moisturizer and facial moisturizer. Conditioner First I used it as a leave in conditioner, that made my hair very oily (maybe I used too much), as a rinse out conditioner it was a bit better. It is okay when you want to go all natural, but if you don't there are better conditioners to get. Body Moisturizer Jojoba oil makes your skin glowing, especially on your legs it looks beautiful. It can make your cloths a bit dirty though. Facial Moisturizer I have acne and oily skin and I read a lot of good reviews about jojoba oil for that skintype. I have clogged pores with those sebum plugs and they disappeared in a few days when I start using the jojoba oil, my face was glowing and felt very soft. I was so happy! But after a week or so my eyes became very irritated (blefaritis) and I got dermatitis near my nose and eyebrows. Very strange, because you don't expect that with such a simple oil. Edit: I have very dry ends in my fine hair at the moment and I discovered that when I put only one drop of the jojoba oil in the ends of my wet hair it is a perfect leave in serum/conditioner. It is much more moisturising than a serum loaded with silicones.
I have half long fine hair and this serum is okay (not perfect) for me, much better than the John Frieda.
Styling Products -John Frieda - Frizz-Ease Hair Serum
Safin 7/19/2009 3:20:00 PM
I choose this serum because it is fragrance free, bad choice it is way too heavy for my fine long hair. I had better results with the biosilk (I rate that with a 4).
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios Xl SPF 50+ Fluide Extreme (for face)
Safin 7/19/2009 3:10:00 PM
For me this is the best chemical sunscreen there is for oily skin. Mineral sunscreens clogg my pores and are most of the time too heavy and oily. Chemical sunscreens have a lot of problematic ingredients, which can irritate the skin. With this sunscreen of La Roche Posay you can clearly see the difference between a mineral sunblock and a chemical lighter sunscreen. With a mineral sunscreen of SPF 50 there is no chance that I will burn or get irritated because the sunscreen is on top of the skin. This chemical sunscreen blends in the skin, this means less protection. It feels light (I have oily skin so that is a good point) and it blends in very well. But my skin becomes a bit dry. It works better when I apply a moisturizer first.