Auromere Ayurvedic Hair Conditioning Oil / Pre-Shampoo Conditioner & My Stellar Mail Day

I went on a mini shopping spree this past week to reward myself for the hard work I did this month and my package came today!  I took part in three kids consignment sales in my area to make money from my children’s clothing & other items they’ve outgrown.  If you don’t know about children’s consignment, check out Just Between Friends for more information.

I was being loyal to Amazon because I have their prime membership which gives me free two day shipping on items sold by Amazon.  However, I had been looking at several different items after reading the forums at Curly Nikki and Naturally Curly and I found that Amazon wasn’t giving me the best prices.  I turned to VitaCost and I’m glad I did.

I purchased a total of 9 items including various oils, Biotin pills, andImage Auromere Hair Conditioning Oil / Pre-Shampoo Conditioner.  It’s a blend of oils and Ayurvedic herbs including Sesame, Coconut, Ginger Lilly, Khus Khus, Nutgrass, Neem, Brahmi, Castor Leaf and More.  I prefer to make my own oil mixtures, but this one included Ayurvedic herbs, so I wanted to try it.  My first experiment with Ayurvedic herbs didn’t go well because I didn’t know what I was doing lol.  This oil was a lot less messy and cost me less than $6.

I applied it to my hair liberally.  I don’t mind heavy oils at all because my hair “eats” them up quickly.  I left the oil on my hair for several hours while I browsed the internet, ate dinner, and lazied around the house.

I finally convinced myself it was time to wash my hair, so I hopped in the shower.  I washed my hair with a Chagrin Valley Shampoo bar sample, then added Giovanni Moisture Conditioner.  I am very pleased with the results.

After shampooing, the oil was removed from my hair, but it remained very soft.  The conditioner sat on my hair while I washed up and I exited the shower with clean, soft, moisturized hair.

The point of pre-shampooing is to keep the hair moisturized while washing and the Auromere Hair Conditioning Oil helped me achieve that goal.  I have to say though, it doesn’t work any better than when I mix random oils and use that as my pre-shampoo.  Like I mentioned before, the herbs are the difference.  From what I read, the herbs have benefits, but since I’ve used the oil once, it’s too early for me to tell if the herbs work as mentioned.

I recommend this oil to those that don’t have the desire to mix their own oils, but want the benefits of using multiple oils or those that are into Ayurvedic Hair remedies.  This is also a great item for Product Junkies such as myself to try.  It costs much less than many of the items marketed towards curly people and it does pay to pre-poo if you’re concerned about moisture or shampoo stripping your hair.

Now, for the downside.  This is a heavy oil. I rarely use shampoo that has sulfates in it.  I usually am satisfied with co-washing and using shampoo once a month or so. I don’t have product build up, but some people do.  I did use a shampoo bar, but it is all natural, contains no sulfates, and some say that it won’t clean your hair of oils and other chemicals, but my hair feels squeaky clean using a shampoo bar.  In addition, the oil has a funky smell once applied and I know for a fact, it’s the herbs.  The good part is that the smell went away as soon as I shampooed.  The smell didn’t bother me much anyhow.

The only way to determine whether you’ll like it is to try it out for yourself.  Even so, if you don’t like heavy oils or oil period, you may want to skip it.  If you do decide to try it, there’s only small investment and if you don’t like it, you can always give it to me.  Just kidding lol.

If you decide to try it, come back and let me know what you think.


Efa Gold Pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, A Review

Five stars for the Efa Gold Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.  I’m on my second 16oz container purchased from Amazon for about $11 and shipped free with Amazon or orders over $25.  It has a light smell, moisturizes, seals, a little goes a long way, goes great mixed with other oils or on its own, can be used for a multitude of purposes, cost effective, can be used as a pre poo, mixed with conditioner, and the list goes on and on.  Shall I say more?  The downside could be the price, but I have nothing to compare it to.  I’m that kinda gal that sticks with familiarity.  If it works great, why search for another alternative?

I purchased this item strictly to use as a hair product, but know that it can be used for cooking and skin care as well.  From what I understand, Coconut Oil is one of the best oils for hair as it has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft, unlike other oils.

I didn’t use it for cooking or on my skin, but with what it does for my hair, I know it would work.

It has a funky smell, but it doesn’t linger.  It is great on my hair by itself, or mixed with other oils.  The 16 oz size lasts months and months.

5 stars for this Coconut Oil.  I don’t have any other coconut oil to compare it to, but I do know that not all oils are created equally.

Have you tried this?  What do you think? Are there cheaper alternatives that work just as well?Image

Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner and Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing Refreshing Spray

Boy, that was a mouth full.

I was excited to try some of Ouidad’s products as I’ve seen the most positive reviews about all of them.  I still want to try the new cowash, but I’m being tight with money and haven’t put out for it yet.

Anyhow, first I tried the Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner.  It smells okay, like something natural.  I washed my hair and put some in and it was okay.  I didn’t hate it, but fireworks didn’t go signaling it was the best leave in conditioner I ever tried.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.  It helps keep my hair from being thirsty and incorporates well with the other products I use.  However, it costs $15-$18, so I don’t think it will be a part of my staple products.  The bottle I purchased cost me about $12 on ebay because the seller had a special on it.

The Ouidad Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing Refreshing Spray smells delightful but seems like it’s just another over priced product.  It works as it says it does, but again, its price range is in the high teens.  No way can this become a part of my staple products unless I want to go broke.

Considering the cost and size of each product, I would say it isn’t such a good value, even if the products fulfill the claims.  Both items are water based, which is good for moisture, but there are other products that work just as well on the market.  This is just my unbiased opinion of what I believe to be good for my hair.  What works for one, doesn’t work for all.  Perhaps you have a bigger budget than I do.  Perhaps you want to try these products.  If that is the case, please do and come back and let me know what you think.



As I Am Coconut Cowash, A Review

I read mixed reviews on As I Am Coconut Cowash and ignored every one that was negative and/or disliked the product.  Since I decided to go natural, cowashing using conditioner had been my method of washing my hair.  It was working, but hey, I’m a product junkie and wanted to try something new.  Quidad makes a curl cowash, but I wasn’t looking to spend that much, so I settled for As I Am Coconut Cowash.  I paid $7-$8 before tax and was ready for my next shower just to try this stuff.


I love the smell and wanted to love this product.  I really did, but I strongly dislike it.  The container says “A creamy, gentle no-suds moisturizing cleanser”.  It also boasts “Helps maintain moisture, add more moisture and retain moisture – vital to the health and happiness of your coils and curls”.

Let me just say I tried using this stuff twice and it was two times too many.  After washing with As I Am Coconut Cowash, I felt as if I had washed my hair with a harsh shampoo full of everything bad for my hair.  No, I’m not exaggerating.  My hair felt too clean, striped, dry, and pretty much the opposite of when I wash my hair with conditioner.  A lot of my hair broke off when using this too.

At about $8, this product is not worth it to me.  I have fine strands of 3C/4A hair and mine just can’t stand this stuff.

I won’t tell you not to try it, but be careful.  It gets outstanding reviews on Amazon (mostly).  We all like to try things and want to like these things, but some products are a total waste of money.

The saying goes ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  Frankly, my method of cowashing with whatever conditioner tickles my fancy is working just fine.  My hair doesn’t dry out, feel striped, and break off.

Good luck!!