Coconut is my favorite fruit. The scent reminds me of sandy beaches and its benefits, from the water, milk and oil, are all-encompassing. I was recently sent Renpure's Black Label line of hair care - Coconut Water - to try out. This collection features extra virgin coconut oil and natural coconut water in each product. Both ingredients promise hydration, shine and overall healthier hair. Renpure Coconut Water Hydrating Shampoo: Both the shampoo and conditioner come in 16oz bottles. They are both safe for color treated hair and are free of sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, and phthalates. What's interesting about the shampoo is that I expected it to smell like coconut. But it smells like citrus (at least to my nose.) I do like citrus scents, so it's no big deal, but psychologically I was thrown off. Without the sulfates to create lather, it can be a little difficult to determine how much you need to cleanse your hair. The first few times I overdid it and my hair felt very heavy afterwards. I have fine hair, however, I have a lot of it giving it the look (and feel) of much thicker hair. It's always a fine line for me between using products that give me the right amount of hydration without weighing it down. Once I figured out the right amount of product for my hair, it was a much better experience and I ended up really liking this shampoo. Renpure Coconut Water Hydrating Conditioner: Like the shampoo, the conditioner has a bit of a citrus fragrance to it. It doesn't have any coconut scent at all. Do not get me wrong, scent has nothing to do with how the product works, but I'm still scratching my head as the label's ingredients are chock full of all variations of coconut oil and coconut water, and I can't figure out how it is giving me citrus vibes. There wasn't any trial and error with the conditioner, as it worked perfectly from the start. My hair felt smooth, it had a less brittle feel to it and frizz was diminished. Renpure Coconut Water Replenishing Treatment Mist: It just takes a few spritzes of this mist to add some extra moisture to your hair. I found it very beneficial over the summer in-between washings and I plan to use it again once the thermostat gets turned up and my hair begins to dry out again. It's lightweight, but definitely delivers on its claims. Have you tried any of these products from Renpure? Questions and comments welcome! Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too! Or check out our natural bath and body line!
What does the perfume you wear say about you? Does it describe your personality? Capture a season of life you are in? Do you switch up your fragrance as the weather changes? Personally speaking, the scent I wear is typically a snapshot of my mood. If a floral note strikes me in the dead of Winter, then I wear it regardless that it's the season targeted to comfort scents like vanilla and musk. I'm mainly drawn to floral fragrances regardless, as I feel that it really captures the strength and essence of being a woman. DefineMe sent me two of their floral fragrances to review and I immediately fell in love. What I love about these fragrance oils is that I can blend them together to create a third scent that is so pretty. DefineMe comes in both rollerball and mist, if you have a preference. Each one is made with coconut oil. Each fragrance has been given the name of a female whose characteristics define the scent. I'll be honest, between the two I received, I don't have a favorite. I honestly love them both because they are so unique in the way they make me feel when wearing them. Audry, for example, is empowered by love + believes it is always the answer. It is comprised of notes of peony, rose, jasmine and sandalwood. The aroma captures the feeling of driving down the road with your windows open at the beginning of Spring when the flowers are just beginning to bud and bloom; when the scent of their petals waft through your car. There is something about it that captures you by surprise, but yet, is very familiar. Delphine is an artistic, creative soul who radiates an effortless elegance. Notes are lilac, freesia, ylang ylang, coconut and rosewood. Lilac is one of my favorite flowers. It's fragrant blooms only last a few weeks, which makes it something you not only look forward to, but something you want to hold onto. I adore how the coconut lends a sweetness to this floral blend. It is oh so pretty. DefineMe perfumes can be purchased indivdually or in sets and sample kits. You can also find them at Ulta online. Trust me, you'll be so glad I told you about them! Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too!
The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we all know what they say about assuming. Silly me. After actually browsing through the beauty department, I realized that Whole Foods carried some of my favorite beauty products that I normally have to search for online due to most retailers not carrying them in store. Whole Foods has now become one of my favorite destinations for beauty products that are natural, organic, cruelty free and that perform amazingly well. A few of my favorite beauty products from Whole Foods are: 1. Alaffia Pineapple Coconut Shea Butter Soap, $2.99 I love a good bar of soap and this soap smells incredible. It leaves my skin soft and moisturized plus it is triple milled and Certiﬁed Fair Trade. 2. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive, $39 This peel contains alpha hydroxy acids and exfoliates while also reducing the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. After using this, my skin is left glowing. 3. Kiss My Face Lavender and Shea Moisture Shave, $4.99 This is my all time favorite shaving product. This shave cream is really moisturizing and contains Vitamin E and oils to soften skin. The creamy formula provides a smooth, close shave with Golden Seal, lemongrass and aloe that help to soothe and olive and coconut oils to moisturize. My legs are left feeling touchably soft with absolutely no bumps! 4. Eco Lips Vanilla Bean Organic Lip Scrub, $9.99 This lip scrub contains organic, Fair Trade Certified sugar that gently exfoliates and polishes. It also contains organic coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil to condition and protect lips leaving them soft, smooth and moisturized. After using this scrub I don't even need to use lip balm. This scrub is an absolute MUST before applying lipstick, especially red lipstick, because it makes application a breeze and red lipstick just looks better on flake-free lips. Plus it is edible! 5. 365 Everyday Value Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $5.99 So I don't exactly get this in the beauty department, but this is one of my favorite multiple use beauty products. I use it as a makeup remover, deep conditioning hair treatment, as a body scrub by mixing it with coffee grounds, lemon and honey and as a shaving oil whenever I am out of my regular shaving product. What's your best beauty discovery at Whole Foods? Leave a comment and let me know! Subscribe to A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog. Watch our reviews on YouTube, see our pins on Pinterest and check us out on Instagram and G+. Got a Kindle? We’re on Kindle too!