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NEW LINE FROM THE GRANDPA SOAP COMPANY PROMISES UNIQUELY NATURAL HAIRCARE
Originators of Pine Tar soaps start a new haircare tradition, with cruelty-free, naturally-formulated shampoos and conditioners
I am always on the lookout for natural hair care products, and so I was happy to get the chance to review The Grandpa Soap Company products. (I honestly thought that the products might geared more toward men or perhaps the elderly because of the name, but boy, was I wrong!)
The Grandpa Soap Company, one of the oldest continuously operating soap-makers in America, is introducing a new line of naturally-made hair care products. Formulated from proven, functional ingredients, Grandpa’s shampoos and conditioners round out a product line that is able to solve any skin and hair problem, the natural way.
The new haircare collection includes Pine Tar scalp-therapy shampoo and conditioner, which teams pine tar with the natural properties of tea tree oil to combat dry, itchy scalp.
Three additional shampoo and conditioner duos are being introduced to provide specific benefits: smoothing and nourishing Buttermilk for dry and damaged color-treated hair, purifying and rejuvenating Rosemary and Rose Clay to restore healthy hair shine, and clarifying and calming organic Witch Hazel to remove environmental build-up and oil residue.
All of The Grandpa Soap Company’s products are free of the harsh chemicals commonly found in bath products, including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, petroleum, and artificial fragrances and colors. They are gentle enough for daily use and safe for color-treated hair.
The company’s commitments to cruelty-free and environmentally sustainable practices are backed by third-party certifications, including Leaping Bunny and the National Celiac Association, for certified Gluten-Free. The packaging for Grandpa’s haircare products, including the 8-ounce tube and cap, are fully-recyclable and all components are made in the same facility, to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
“As a mom, I understand how difficult it can be to keep a home free of unnecessarily toxic cleansers.” says Katherine Jarnigo, co-CEO of The Grandpa Soap Company. “We are excited to reveal our new line of shampoos and conditioners to families who are seeking responsibly-made and naturally-formulated personal care products.”
My thoughts: I was sent a generous assortment of samples from The Grandpa's Soap Company. I received several smaller sizes and several full-sized products. I am in Grandpa Soap Company heaven!
I have been using and loving all of the products in the month since I received them, but my very favorite hair care shampoo and conditioner is as follows:
Buttermilk Shampoo and Conditioner
My hair is highlighted and tends to be extremely dry. It takes a special nourishing and moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep my parched hair hydrated. The first thing I noticed when I used the Buttermilk shampoo, was that it smelled so amazing! And then the lather is so luxuriously rich. It felt exhilarating to wash my hair. As I was rinsing, I could actually hear my hair 'squeaking' which to me means that this shampoo was doing its job in cleansing my hair. It was leaving zero residue behind!
After rinsing out the shampoo, I actually lightly towel dried my hair before I applied the Buttermilk conditioner so that it would have a better chance of penetrating my damaged hair shaft. The first thing I noticed about this conditioner (besides the delicious fragrance) was how thick, rich and creamy it is. I worked it throughout my hair, and placed a shower cap on my head to keep on while I shaved my legs. This process allows the conditioner time to get the chance to repair the damage in my hair and to fully hydrate it. After rinsing it, and allowing my hair to air dry, I just cannot stop running my fingers through my hair because it is truly soft as silk.
Witch Hazel Shampoo and Conditioner
A calming and clarifying blend of Witch Hazel, Lavender Flower & Coconut Oil gently removes environmental buildup and oil residue from scalp to leave hair shiny and smooth.
I use a lot of different products in my hair, which causes a layer of build-up over time. It is very important to remove that build-up every other shampoo with a clarifying shampoo like Grandpa's Soap Company's Witch Hazel formula. I use this shampoo and conditioner duo every other time I wash my hair. It gently breaks down all of the dulling layers of old product from each strand of my hair, deeply cleaning it without disturbing my hair's natural oils. I feel such an incredible difference after using these products.
The lather is luxuriously foamy, and the conditioner leaves my hair so soft. The Witch Hazel shampoo and conditioner are two of my very favorite beauty essentials.
When my hair looks healthy, I feel great!
Grandpa’s haircare products have suggested retail prices between $8.49 and $9.99, and are available nationally in supermarkets and independent, natural grocery chains.
Mother’s Day right around the corner, we are all are searching for the perfect gift for Mom. What better way to make her feel appreciated and loved than by giving her a product that makes her look good on the outside, and feel good on the inside! YANTRA Beauty gives people the ability to “Feel good about looking good” by donating 10% of every purchase to one of their charity partners,which you choose at check out.
If Mom is looking for the perfect, lightweight serum, look no further than YANTRA’s “ Reign Supreme”Serum. This serum hydrates hair and tames frizz without weighing it down or making your hair greasy. For the moms with shorter hair, “The Bomb” balm is the perfect pomade to help texturize with light hold and hydrate your mom’s locks. Both of these products utilize oil from the Alexandrian Laurel, which has been used in the Polynesian Islands for generations as a restorative element for the skin. YANTRA beauty is the first company to formulate the oils for hair as well.
"Reign Supreme" Serum, $60
"The Bomb" Balm, $40
I am so excited whenever I discover another amazing hair care company that specializes in making my hair beautiful, and yes, SEXY. My hair is one of my main focuses of beauty. If my hair does not look good, then I will not even leave the house. That sounds so shallow, but it is so true!
PK by Pearson Knight is Pearson Knight is an independent, free-spirited hair stylist + style maker who has created beauty products that reflect his passion for high-fashion and fierce love for effortless, natural + raw beauty.
That sounds like just the kind of hair styling products that I seek! Products that make me look effortless and natural, so I knew that PK by Pearson Knight products would be right up my alley.
Beach Grit Volume and Texture Spray
Sexy, effortless, casual style that is always a good look on any day. Mist on damp or dry hair from root to tip for easy, undone texture and enhanced natural waves. Or, just hit the roots for extra volume.
I am in love with Beach Grit! First of all, it smells heavenly! I apply it to my hair when it is dry, and spray it all over, and then I start scrunching it. This adds delightful beachy, wavy texture and shine. I love it!
For effortless texture and hold, apply into palms, then work through damp or dry hair to define and shape as desired.
I always enjoy a texturizing product in my hair styling routine because I like to tame the baby hairs closest to my face. I also use the mud to 'flare out' and add volume to my bangs and my sides. (This is similar to how I styled my hair in the 80's.) This product gives my hair amazing, yet flexible hold without any flakiness.
I can count on PK products to ensure that I never have another 'bad hair day.' Another plus is that my hair is done in minutes, and I am always thrilled with the results!
For more information on PK by Pearson Knight, go to: https://www.pearsonknight.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With the spring season right around the corner, there will be trips to plan! There are festivals to attend! I know that Coachella is one of those popular springtime fests! Check out the below Coachella essentials from Sun Bum, Streekers, DDF Skincare and Smashbox.
Yeah, we like to look good, but we really don't like spending too much time worrying about it. So we made Texturizing Sonny's Original Surf Paste, which gives our mops a soft, matte finish for a casual look & feel we like. Do less, live more.
Or try a different look every day with Streekers temporary hair color!
A revolution in temporary hair color,Streekers instantly delivers bold, candy-colored highlights without any fuss or muss. Unlike mascaras or gel-based colors that only coat the surface, Streekers actually bonds to the hair and won’t flake off when brushed. Streekers is true temporary color that washes out when you want it out.
Don’t skimp on your skincare just because you are traveling! Try DDF Skincare’s Youthful Tranquility kit to keep your skin ready for whatever happens next!
Ideal for Sensitive Skin Types, these gentle yet effective formulas are perfect for those who experience rashes, irritation or any type of redness from using anti-aging skincare products. This set includes our Nourishing Eye Cream, Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew and Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel.
Take time to relax after all of the craziness with Smashbox Cosmetics Primer Water.
Set and refresh your makeup and your mood in seconds with new limited edition Photo Finish Primer Water: a 3-in-1 face essential, this hydrating primer preps, sets and refreshes, awakening skin and leaving it glowing and radiant for hours, while unleashing a balancing blend of soothing scents to relax the mind.
Each face mist was co-created with YouTuber and makeup artist Nicol Concilio and is infused with electrolytes to improve makeup application, skin’s hydration and natural radiance. Available in three different limited-edition revitalizing scents formulated to boost your makeup and enhance your aura.
My hair is so unpredictable. In fact, I feel that my hair has a mind of its own. Some days, it is full of volume, shine and softness. Other days, my hair is thin, fragile, dry and brittle.
As a busy mom, I don't have a lot of time to go to the salon and get my hair cut as often as I should. My ends get dry and brittle, and start to break off. I had always wished for a miracle product that would make my dry, damaged hair look healthy so that I can make the time between salon visits last longer. (My hair has blonde highlights, so it has more than its fair share of damage.)
I also wished for products that were made of natural ingredients that would be safe for my entire family. Thankfully, I was introduced to MONAT Global hair care.
MONAT Global is an emerging leader in the hair care industry and the very FIRST NATURAL HAIR Direct Sales company in the world. They have a naturally-based, safe, pure, cruelty-free, and sustainable solution for all types of hair.
MONAT Global is a recent arrival to the hair care scene and has a lineup of award winning products that will help everyone achieve their hair goals, whether it is to improve hair manageability, density, and fullness or to decrease the substantially decrease the thinning process & hair fallout.
I had always heard good things about MONAT hair care products, and so I was excited when I was given the chance to review them! I was sent MONAT'S RENEW Shampoo and REVITALIZE Conditioner.
These formulas were exactly what my parched and damaged hair was needing. I immediately put them to use. Following the directions on the bottle, I shampooed my hair with the RENEW shampoo, which I could tell was going to be something different from the thick, rich and luxurious lather. I left it in my hair for 3 minutes, massaging it into my scalp, and making certain that every strand of my hair was saturated. Then, I rinsed. I immediately re-applied and repeated the process.
Before applying the REVITALIZING Conditioner, the directions suggested towel drying my hair before applying the conditioner. So after gently towel drying, I applied the rich and creamy conditioner from roots to the ends, and left it in my hair for five minutes before rinsing.
After allowing my hair to air dry, and then styling it as usual, I was amazed at the transformation of my hair. It was immediately healthier, shinier and my split ends were no longer noticeable. It looked as if I had gotten them cut off! My hair was completely transformed.
I have since been using MONAT every three days whenever I wash my hair, and I haven't needed a hair cut to trim my dead ends, frankly because my ends no longer look dead, nor do they break off. My hair has grown at least two inches in that period of time since I have been using MONAT.
MONAT products can be bought online three ways: retail, VIP customer or as a Market Partner. For more information, please visit: www.MonatNews.mymonat.com
*This has been a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.
Get Ready for Date Night with John Frieda Hair Care
Whether you’re going out on a date or out with the girls, the John Frieda Luxurious Volume line is here to help you get a voluminous look that will stay through the night.
Start in the shower with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Shampoo and Conditioner.
This innovative duo restores volume and vitality to limp, lifeless hair. Formulated with proprietary volumizing technology, it fortifies hair, taking it from fine to full by transforming hair from the inside out.
Available for $12.49 at Ulta
Next, use the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion for a salon-quality style.
This root-boosting blow-dry lotion is expertly designed to amplify volume at the roots and crown, while thickening fine strands. With a root-lifting formula and triple polymer system, this featherweight lotion helps create long-lasting natural volume.
Available for $9.99 at food, drug and mass retailers
For the finale, spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray.
Keep your touchably full style, all night long. The ultra-fine mist is formulated to give the highest level of hold with brushability, allowing you to get fullness and volume.
Available for $9.99 at food, drug and mass retailers
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner—have you planned your date night hairstyle yet? If not, this simple, yet gorgeous blowout is a perfect candidate! With just a few tools, like our copper round brush and 3-in-1 Mist, you can achieve this elegant hairstyle. Need an even sweeter incentive? All of our Copper Round Brushes are 25% off for the entire month of February! So check out our easy tutorial and don’t forget to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day!
Step 1 – Spray Heat Protector on Wet Hair
This step is vital whenever you’re heat styling your hair. Skip it, and you’ll end up with dry, brittle hair that breaks off and thins. We recommend using our versatile 3-in-1 Mist since it serves as a heat protector, UV damage protector, and detangler.
Step 2 – Use a Serum on the Ends
Using a serum helps prevent frizz and static while adding shine. Our Ostia Collection Smoothing Serum does all of this while helping to hydrate your hair. Plus it’s light enough to use on fine hair without weighing it down or making it oily. It’s important to keep your hair hydrated so it doesn’t dry out during heat styling.
Step 3 – Apply Mousse from Roots to Mid-Shaft
In order to really get the boost and volume a blowout promises, mousse is key. It adds texture and volume before you even touch the blow dryer. For this tutorial, we used our Ostia Collection Volumizing Mousse because it’s light and fluffy without being sticky or difficult to manage.
Step 4 – Rough Dry Hair
Your hair should be 80% dry before you even pick up your round brush. The focus should be on styling it, not drying it from soaking wet. You’ll get much more effective results!
Step 5 – Section Hair & Use Boar Bristle Strip
Using clips, section off your hair into manageable pieces, depending on the hair’s thickness. Then start blow drying it piece by piece, using the Copper Round Brush’s boar bristle strip as tension to smooth out the hair.
Step 6 – Leave in the Brush Periodically
As you dry the hair, leave in the brush for about 15-30 seconds on each section while it cools. This will help your hair hold the shape better and longer.
Be sure to save the top section of hair for last. It comes into play in the next step.
Step 7 – Over-Direct the Top Section
Pull the top section toward your face and apply your round brush at the roots, moving it up from there and towards your face. Over-directing adds an extra pump of volume to the top of your head to give you the boost that blowouts are known for.
Step 8 – Enjoy Your Date!
This easy blowout gives you a look of effortless elegance, perfect for your Valentine’s Day date night! So take advantage of our Copper Round Brush sale and impress your significant other with your gorgeous hair on Valentine’s Day!
Celebrity Hairstylist Gregory Russell styles Lily James for the 2018 Golden Globes Red Carpet
Lily James’ hair made a romantic statement last night for the 2018 Golden Globes.
Inspiration : Gregory was inspired by Lily’s statement-making, black Valentino gown to create a soft and graceful updo that compliments the ruffled neckline and low back.
- Starting with damp hair, spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Full Hydration Leave-In Detangling Mist on the ends to nourish, detangle and prep the hair
- Then, apply a golf ball-sized amount of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse to the crown and to the root of the hair to help create lasting body
- Next, blow dry the hair with a large, round hairbrush to further add fullness. Once the hair is dry, use a flat iron to create a natural looking wave
- After waving the hair, spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo through the lengths of hair to add a soft texture
- Then, apply a pearl-sized amount of John Frieda Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème through the ends of the hair to add shine and definition
- Leave a few wisps of hair out around the face and tie the rest of the hair low at the nape of the head. Split the ponytail in half and tie a knot fastening the ends loosely so it has a soft, romantic feeling
- Lastly, use John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to lock in the style
- As a final touch, add a gold stone hair pin to the knot
Celebrity Hairstylist Chad Wood styles Vanessa Hudgens using John Frieda Hair Care for the 2018 Golden Globes InStyle Viewing Party
Last night, Vanessa Hudgens’ hair made a classic and trendy statement with a fringe bob - a hairstyle that’s already a top hair trend for 2018.
Inspiration: Chad was inspired by the ultimate French girl bob.
- Start by spraying John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray from the mid-shaft through the ends of the hair to help seal in a long-lasting straight, smooth style
- Next, lightly spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion to the roots to give the hair volume and hold
- Then, starting with the back sections, blow dry the hair smooth using a round brush
- Once the hair is completely dry, use a flat iron to give extra polish and shine
- Apply John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème on the ends and a small amount on the fringe to accomplish a lived-in look
- To finish, spray John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray
New Year, New You with John Frieda Hair Care
This 2018, revamp your hair color, tame your frizz and add some volume with John Frieda Hair Care’s launches.
John Frieda Hair Care Luxurious Volume Core Restore Shampoo and Conditioner ($12.49 each, Ulta)
Transform your hair from the inside out with this innovative duo that restores volume and vitality to limp, lifeless locks.
Luxurious Volume Core Restore Shampoo contains a proprietary strengthening technology and volume creation polymer technology for a cleanse that builds instead of strips, taking hair from fine to full. The Luxurious Volume Core Restore Conditioner uses innovative clear technology that’s free of heavy ingredients that often weigh fine hair down. The clear formula conditioner provides dual-action by providing weightless detangling and conditioning that fine hair needs while adding the right amount of strength to create volume.
John Frieda Hair Care Radiant Red Red Boosting Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.99 each, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers)
A new colour-boosting shampoo and conditioner that brings out the best in your red, whether it’s natural or from the bottle.
The non-colour depositing shampoo gently protects, preserves and enhances red tones while cleansing, while the conditioner replenishes red shades and seals in moisture. With every use, they leave you red rich and radiant.
John Frieda Hair Care Frizz Ease Collection ($6.99 each, Food, Drug and Mass Retailers)
Check out the new statement making look for John Frieda Hair Care’s classic Frizz Ease collection.
Theiconic purple that has accented the products for years will now be the primary focus, making this collection of frizz-fighters bolder and brighter than ever.
The DOUX is A MUST DO!
New Hot Hair Care Line Drops at Target
THIS Christmas Eve!
Get ready to “drop the mic” on the beauty aisles at Target stores this December. The Doux® (pronounced The Do) is a “new school” modern hair care system with an “old school edge.” With packaging that is bold and bright and product titles inspired by 90’s hip hop, The Doux is poised to kill it with those seeking a way to smoothing curly, kinky, and wavy hair into both, curly or straight styles.
Created by Maya Smith, a 25-year celebrity stylist and International Curl Master, The Doux was first launched in Europe in 2011 in response to her passion for helping people master the hair they were born with. STRAIGHT, NATURAL, CURLY, or RELAXED, according to The Doux, if you grew it, it’s ALL GOOD. “I was living in Germany at the time, had my own salon there and my specialty was helping clients to transition to a relaxer-free lifestyle. I’m obsessed with people maximizing the potential of the hair they were born with. Mastering curls is my passion and purpose,” explains Smith.
The people felt her passion through her products. The Doux blew up overseas so much so that it caught the attention of media in the USA. “Once we started getting press in the states the demand for The Doux was incredible. I had to return to the states and see this vision through,” Maya Smith explains. In 2014, Maya opened The DOUX Salon™ in Macon Georgia’s historic Downtown district and started selling her professional grade products at her salons and on-line.
Fast-forward three years and a lot of work and dedication, The Doux will arrive in Target stores, on Christmas Eve; no easy feat for an indie brand. “We are so excited to bring The Doux to the masses. It’s 20 years in the making. We listened to 20 years of feedback from actual clients from Minneapolis to Morocco. We listened to what people wanted, a salon grade, high quality product that delivered on its promises. Helping people to manage and maintain their natural hair and celebrate their own bold, unique style is what the last 25 years of my professional life has been about,” Maya Smith shares.
The Doux also redesigned its packaging, with the intention to disrupt the category. It’s bold with bright colors, which is the opposite of the more subdued look you see on the shelves currently. “I’m a fan of 90’s rap so I wanted to incorporate lyrics and titles in the packaging,” adds Smith. With titles such as Bonita Afro Balm, Mousse Def, Sucka Free, Fresh Rinse, and The Light, The Doux will most definitely catch the eyes of Millennials and Gen X’ers alike.
Shampoo and Conditioner
*SUCKA FREE™ Moisturizing Shampoo, *FRESH RINSE™ Conditioner
Sulphate & Paraben-free Shampoo and Conditioning Duo with Shea Butter & Sea Silk. A gentle cleansing system for thick, dry, or color-treated hair. Ultra-hydrating conditioner has amazing slip for easy detangling. Sea silk smooths the cuticle, leaving hair frizz-free and full of body. MSRP: $12.99 each.
*BONITA AFRO BALM™ Shine Enhancing Texture Cream Delivers shine and manageability for pixies, Afro's, tapered cuts, and twist/braid/coil sets. Certified organic botanicals, alcohol & paraben free. MSRP: $15.99.
*MOUSSE DEF™ Texture Foam Non-flaking mousse gives definition to curly styles without stiffness, cloudiness, or crunch. Soy proteins and natural humectants make this humidity-resistant styling aid ideal for thermal styling as well. MSRP: $14.99
*THE LIGHT™ Shine Mist Preserves color and protects hair from heat styling. Reduces drying time and delivers weightless shine to finished looks. Adds natural luster to natural styles. Infused with Black Cacao, Passion Fruit, and Palm Oil. MSRP: $14.99.
Enter to win! One winner will receive 3 full-sized products, which include SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo, FRESH RINSE Conditioner and MOUSSE DEF Texture Foam Mousse; ARV: $41.00