Crown Pride Naturals

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Hey lovely people! It’s a hot day here in the UK, how you spending it? Whatever you’re doing, don’t forget that sunscreen (unless you’re at work like me lool) and enjoy! It will probably rain soon lool.

Any hooo, I am back with another UK based natural hair collection! It’s been a while huh?  From the results I have gotten so far from my Laika Project (Thank you for those who have taken part so far! If you haven’t already, you can take the survey here >> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1k9hvKmw3wjICTL-rFAqo3XxF29eO5l9MzJXeI1X1W8w/viewform?c=0&w=1 )it seems that most of us in the UK are not even aware of the UK brands out there that cater to us. This is where I come in. I have featured a few UK based brands that offer natural hair care products right here on my blog for you to check out! Look under the product collections tab for all of them!

Today is no different, we will be focusing on Crown Pride Naturals, a UK based company offering products for our hair texture. As always I will be showing you where to get them (because it seems that is a problem too for us) and any reviews on the products! Ready? Let’s get started

So they have a few products designed to help you from start to finish on your wash day.

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Cleansers

Olive conditioning shampoo

Conditioners

Argan smoothing conditioner

Avocado detangling conditioner

Tucuma curl moisture mask

Leave in conditioners

Cream conditioning mist

Organic hair milk

Stylers and polishers

Nilotica and mango buttercream

Curl cream gel

Curl control styling puree

Shea and hemp whipped butter

Monoi hair pomade

Japanese camellia kissi oil

They also have collection packs targeting different hair problems. It’s the same products as above

Maximum hydration collection ft. the shampoo and all 3 conditioners

Smooth and repair collection

Style and polish collection ft. all the stylers in their range

They also have travel packs which have been divided into two types: Rich for thicker and tighter curls or Light for wavy or looser curls. Both packs contain 3 or 4 stylers. I actually think this is excellent value for money as you get to try out some products before fully investing into a bigger size!

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Rich travel pack

Reviews, I have been able to find one video on the avocado detangling conditioner. I have also contacted them to see if they can provide any products for a review, if they do or whatever the case I will let you know! Make sure you are following me on my Instagram or twitter; they are probably the best places to find out!

 

 

So the price point: it’s very affordable and won’t cost you an arm and a leg lol. You can purchase their full collection online on their website >> http://crownpride.co.uk/Store/index.php?route=common/home , you can also purchase on British Curlies >>http://shop.britishcurlies.co.uk/categories/Crown-Pride/

That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this post. I am really on a mission to find as many UK based natural hair collections as possible and let you guys know about them! I am also transitioning to only UK based hair products Enjoy the rest of the day and if you have already do take part in my survey; I need as many responses as possible!

Until next time

Love

Sarah

 

Lush Cleansers: Fresh Farmacy and Coalface

Hey family, how are y’all doing?? It’s almost the end of the summer, its been raining here and everything! Anyway let the Fall come with all the pretty cool toned colours

Anyway

Back to our Lush cleansers series. Today we will be looking at two others from the collection. Make sure you have a look around my blog to check out what we have looked at so far. Lets get into this post

 

Fresh Farmacy

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From the list of ingredients, it looks like it will be suitable for sensitive skin (But please check in store first). It is packed with gentle skin loving ingredients e.g. calamine, lavender and essential oils. It works well thoroughly cleanse the skin and keep acne at bay. Its £4.95 for 100g.  Let’ s see what people say about it

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coal face

 

I am buying this one soon so I will be able to bring you a review. I love the ingredients in this soap: charcoal, rose wood oil which works to clear your skin. It’s £4.95 for 100g

 

 

 

That’s all for now! Please let me know if you have these cleansers or any others from LUSH. Which ones are your fav and will recommend? See you soon for the next piece! For more info on LUSH including their products and where to buy, please visit their website>> https://www.lush.co.uk/

 

Until next time

Love

Sarah

Event: United Kurls Lounge and Learn

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Hey family, I have another event for you worth noting. United Kurls returns with another session of their lounge and learn event! If you missed the previous one like I did, be sure to check this one out! More details below

Where?

Hilton London Tower Bridge
Tooley St
5 More London Place
SE1 2BY London
United Kingdom

When?

Sunday the 6th of September from 11am to 5pm

Tickets

Tickets are free but register online on EventBrite. The learning sessions are £5 each plus a small charge. Link >> http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-united-kurls-collective-presents-lounge-learn-2-tickets-17891628342?aff=es2

Are you guys attending? Let me know

Love

Sarah

 

 

ORS Natural Hair Care

Hey family, so this will be the last post in our ORS miniseries, have you been keeping up so far? Let’s take a look at the previous collections:

Shealicious > http://wp.me/p1uQOd-F0  Curls Unleashed >> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-F3

Monoi oil >> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-Fr   HAIRepair >  http://wp.me/p1uQOd-FC

 

This collection, Natural Hair Care helps you manage your styles like braids, plaits and locks. It’s been created with botanicals that directly treat the causes of hair ors and scalp problems.

The full collection is

  1. Herbal Cleanse
  2. Lock and twist gel
  3. Nature’s shine
  4. Anti-itch scalp oil
  5. Shea butter moisturising lotion
  6. Jojoba oil
  7. Tea tree oil
  8. Coconut oil

I think everyone has used the coconut oil from this range! Before we jumped on the coconut oil hype, when we just wanted hair cream, didn’t we just reach for this one? Lool. I have personally used this, the nature’s shine spray (I loved the smell and it did a great job of adding shine to my braids) and the herbal cleanse which has a tingling sensation also was effective it removing some light dandruff I had when I cleansed my hair with clay but it didn’t removed all the dirt/buildup.

Let’s see what others are saying

Great video featuring most of the products

 

I don’t think we need a video on the other 3.

That’s all folks. I hope you enjoyed this miniseries, let me know if you have any questions or comments. Here in the UK you can purchase the full collection and many of their other products online at Beauty by Zara >> http://www.beautybyzara.com/ors-1/

 

Until next time,

Love

Sarah

BOUCLEME Review

Hey girls! This post will be a review on the Boucleme products I received. Remember I featured them in my product collection series? Here’s a link to check out that post >>  http://wp.me/s1uQOd-boucleme

So I received the curl cleanser, conditioner and curl defining gel. I also got the curl towel.  Wash day was yesterday, or should I say two days ago because I am writing this midnight on the second dayyy??  Lol . Anyway let’s get into this review.

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I pre-pooed with the Aussie deep treatment for frizzy hair (because thanks to working back to back I didn’t have any time for my hair and it literally needed a miracle lol).  I let that sit for 20 minutes then went in with the curl cleanser. First off, I thought it wouldn’t be enough because its only 100ml but surprisingly I had a little bit left over, so maybe I used about 90ml (lol) anyway it has a lemony scent which is quite pleasant. It is will not foam or sud which I found quite weird at first and I thought it won’t cleanse my hair but it did! It did a good job cleansing my hair and scalp. I had a bit of oil (castor oil) on my hair too and it cleansed that, maybe about 89% of it. I could still feel a bit of it afterwards, like you know when you have oily hands and you wash your hands with soap but it doesn’t cleanse it thoroughly? (I don’t know if I am making sense at this point lol) but it cleansed my hair.  I haven’t come across a cleanser with no foam action, so it’s quite unique. I give it 2 thumbs up

So conditioner, it has the same lemony scent. Again I though it wouldn’t be enough to for entire head but I was proved wrong. I even had a little bit left. It’s not too thick or runny and has a bit of slip. It says you can leave it in for thicker hair but I still washed it out. I left it on for about 10 minutes. My hair felt good afterwards- just like any conditioner.

Curl defining gel- it worked like any curl defining gel would. I used it on my clip ins for a twist out and it was fine, bearing in mind I have had many fails. I didn’t take pictures, I literally forgot lol, and I totally ruined the twist out too lol.

Curl towel- I’ m not sure if it was supposed to do anything special to my hair. It did absorb a lot of water quite quickly. I like this to replace my t-shirts/towels I use to wrap my hair after I finish washing it.

Final verdict- definitely give it a go! I really liked the no foaming action of the curl cleanser and it was effective in cleansing my hair. If you are sceptical of co-washing or any other method apart from shampooing, but you want to do away with shampoos, this product is for you.  You can probably tell that out of the 4 products, my fav is the cleanser. You can purchase the full collection on online at British Curlies >> http://shop.britishcurlies.co.uk/boucleme/ . They have travel size kits, which I received. This will make your travelling a whole lot easier!

That’s all folks. Let me know what you think!

Ciao

Sarah

 

The Body Shop Seaweed Range

Hey family, lets carry on with our Body Shop mini skincare series. Today we will be looking at their seaweed collection which is designed especially for combination skin. The range promises to help balance your skin and control excess oil, leaving you with a shine free matte finish.

The full collection is

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  1. Seaweed purifying facial cleanser
  2. Seaweed deep cleansing facial wash
  3. Seaweed pore cleansing facial exfoliator
  4. Seaweed clarifying toner
  5. Seaweed day cream
  6. Seaweed night treatment
  7. Seaweed mattifying moisture lotion
  8. Seaweed ionic clay mask

Is it worth it? Let’s see what others say

 

 

 

That’s all folks.  If you love shopping online, I have a link for you to earn up to 11.55% cashback on all purchases on the body shop website! Sign up for Top Cashback and shop through the site to earn this amazing deal PLUS they have any online store you can earn from (ASOS, BOOHOO, NARS, and many more)

http://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/sarahfynn

 

See you soon wit the next instalment on their pomegranate range! bye!

Love

Sarah

 

 

ORS Monoi oil

Hey loves, I hope you guys are doing well. This will be the 3rd post in our ORS mini-series. The previous two can be read by checking out the links below

Shealicious> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-F0

Curls unleashed>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-F3

In today’s post, we will be focusing on the Monoi Oil collection. I think this is the latest collection they have released. I may be wrong.  Monoi oil is known for it’s strengthening properties and has become more popular in the recent months. This collection is suitable for both relaxed and natural hair and features 5 products:

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  1. Monoi oil anti-breakage oil fusion
  2. Monoi oil anti-breakage edge control
  3. Monoi oil anti-breakage leave in conditioning crème
  4. Monoi oil anti breakage laminating spray
  5. Monoi oil anti breakage rejuvenation spray

It doesn’t feature a shampoo or deep conditioner although they say you can use the leave in conditioner for a deep conditioning treatment. Its looks like the products are all styling aids. Let’s see what others are saying

 

 

I was only able to find 2 videos on this in English! And not from the ORS YouTube channel. If anyone is currently using this line, kindly share your thoughts below.

That’s all folks; it’s a real bummer when you can’t find lots of reviews for a product however I hope this helped.  You can purchase this line online at BeautybyZara.com > http://www.beautybyzara.com/brands/ORS.html?page=1&sort=featured

Until next time

Love

Sarah

 

ORS Curls Unleashed

Hey beaus

So carrying on with our ORS mini-series. Today’s post will be on their curls unleashed range. Created for naturalists with natural ingredients e.g. safflower oil, sweet almond oil and Shea butter and without mineral oil, sulfates and SD alcohol.  They say it’s also suitable for curly, kinky and wavy hair.

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The full product collection:

  1. Take command curl defining crème
  2. Set it off curl boosting jelly
  3. Second chance curl reviver
  4. Let it flow shine and define mousse
  5. No boundaries leave in conditioner
  6. Lavish in lather sulfate free shampoo
  7. No restrictions moisturising conditioner

So everything you need to cleanse condition and style your hair really. But is it worth it? Let’s check out some reviews

 

What’s your verdict?

Here in the UK you can purchase the full curls unleashed collection online on pakscomestics>> http://www.pakcosmetics.com/brand/namaste-labs/organic-root-stimulator/Page-1 or in store in any Paks store. I think most BSS have it as well.

That’s all folks. I hope this post helped you decide if the curls unleashed line is good for you. Let me know your thoughts on this below.

Until next time

Love

Sarah

ORS Shealicious

Hey beauties, you asked for it! Another miniseries, this time on the ORS product collections for natural hair. They have a few:

  1. ORS shealicious
  2. Curls unleashed
  3. Monoi Oil
  4. Natural hair care
  5. HAIRepair

So we are going to go through all of them starting with ORS shealicious range.  We will cover everything: full collection list, reviews and where to purchase IN THE UK. There is nothing more frustrating than learning about a new and exciting product and realising you can’t get in the UK OR you would have to pay probably more than your shopping  delivery charges from ordering if from the US.  Let’s get started!

I was really excited when I saw this! It looks like yoghurt right? Don’t be fooled, this is hair conditioner!  The shealicious range contains hair conditioning cocktails you mix fresh and apply for healthier, shiner hair. It is an easy D.I.Y range with 100% natural, therapeutic oil and a moisturising Shea butter conditioner. They have different mixes targeting different problems, let’s see the full range

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  1. Shine Booster conditioning cocktail targeted for dull, brittle lacklustre hair
  2. Moisture Lock hair conditioning cocktail targets ultra-dry, damaged and breaking hair
  3. Scalp relief hair conditioning cocktail targets dry, itchy scalp
  4. Moisture mist leave in condition spray
  5. Cleansing balm sulphate free hydrating shampoo

So do these cocktails actually work? It’s an innovative way deep conditioning but is it worth it? Also is the size convenient?  Let’s find out! This is what people are saying

 

What do you guys think? I am thinking about trying this product and bringing you guys a review. It seems the size is not a problem and one pack is enough, hmm.  Has anyone tried this yet?

Here in the UK you can get the full range from BeautybyZara, link > http://www.beautybyzara.com/ors-1/

That’s all for now. Will you be trying the shealicious range? Let me know, I would love to hear from you! We will carry on with this miniseries; next will be the curls unleashed range. For more info on the shealicious range, visit the website >> https://orshaircare.com/en/our-products/shealicious/ 

Until then,

Love

Sarah

The Re-Discovery: African Black Soap

I love how we are re-discovering certain things the older generations used to use back in the day. While the use of natural products for skin and hair e.g. shea butter maybe new to us and we are only now discovering its benefits, the older generation are well versed in this area. I remember growing up in Ghana and the older ladies talking about how they use nkuto (shea butter) for everything: cracked heels, chapped lips, burns, relationship issues (lool) etc. I remember sitting there thinking why would anyone ever use that when you have *insert fancy brand product here* available to use. Fast forward 20 years later, and I can’t live without my shea butter mix. Infact the number of ladies who are now using shea butter as some form of cosmetic solution whether hair or skin have doubled in the last years. The number of stores/entrepreneurs who now stock and sell African shea butter have increased too.

Myself and other beautiful people out there are also re-discovering the great benefits of shea butter among other natural product and have now fully incorporated them in our hair/skin regimes. In this post, we will discover or should I say re-discover the great properties of African black soap, because I feel by now everyone and their sister’s best friend’s ex-boyfriend’s side chick knows about shea butter and its uses LOL. So I want to talk about the amazing benefits of African black soap and why you should think about incorporating in your regime.

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Black soap from SheaButter Cottage!

African black soap aka alata samina is not new to me. My aunties back in Ghana used to use this religiously and now I do too. But why now? What’s so special about it? Let’s find out. Black soap is made from plantain skin, cocoa pod powder, honey, and Shea butter and/or virgin coconut oil. There are a lot of variations however each country/ tribe has its own secret recipe. Each ingredient has been carefully selected for its skin nourishing properties, let’s take a look at some of them individually:

Plantain skin- this is very rich in iron and vitamins A and E. Vitamin E is known for healing and helping to improve the skin’s texture and tone whilst vitamin A boots collagen production to help firm the skin. Plantain leaves contain allantoin which help stimulate new skin cells

Cocoa powder- softens skin. Rich in antioxidants that help protect against free radicals.

We all know shea butter, honey and coconut oil are known for their great moisturising properties.

Black soap also contains palm kernel oil which has anti-bacterial properties and palm oil- very useful in the treatment of acne and eczema

Great ingredients = great results. This is literally the only soap I use now for my skin. Since I started using black soap, I literally have no need for my face washes and masks but the product junkie in me still uses them, sparingly anyway LOL.. I have a lot of dark spots from acne/ chicken pox and a very active childhood lol which really bother me and hyperpigmentation. Using black soap has greatly improved my skin! My skin tone/complexion looks much better (I should add I drink water a lot too). I didn’t even notice this until I had a photoshoot for my friend and she sent me the pictures and I could not stop looking at my skin, I was glowing lool. This was way back in May and I had been using black soap for a month or two previously and using shea butter as my skin moisturiser but took a break, so imagine what I did next? Lool I went back to using black soap and shea butter lol and you should see me now lool. My skin tone has greatly improved and the dark marks are fading.

My pores yes PORES have dramatically reduced to almost disappeared! Like literally, of course I still have them but about 90% reduced. When I use minimal makeup, so let’s say just powder and concealer and I’m feeling real lazy, I use black soap to wash my face and it removes my makeup. Breakouts are less often too. I swear by this and it’s literally the only thing I use now. I am on a quest of just using natural products so my body moisturiser is now just a mix of shea butter, coconut oil and grapeseed oil. I have some lovely pure cocoa butter waiting for me too lol.

African black soap is an all-round great product that can be useful from head to toe. It’s a powerful cleanser yet very mild and gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin and even new born babies. Now let’s talk the suds of the soap! If you love your bubbles you will love this lol, it creates lots of dark brown suds (Yes dark brown) with little product. A lot goes a long way. You can get it in both solid and liquid form but I always just make liquid form myself. This is so easy: just grate some soap and add some hot water, the more or less water you use will determine how soapy it is. I add lemon juice as it naturally helps to fade dark spots.

Verdict: as people are becoming more health conscious, they are looking for more natural and cost effective products. African black soap is very cost effective too and will last very long. I usually get mine straight from the motherland Ghana. You know when your relatives or friends are going to Ghana and you give them a list of things to bring you lol, mine is always the same: shea butter, black soap, pebbles (Ghanaian version of M and M’s) and chocomilo (Chocolate cubes) and kingsbite chocolate lol (So if you’re going to Ghana soon or you’re in Ghana and coming back or you’re in Ghana and you feel like sending me stuff looool).

Here in the UK you can get some from the BSS, I can’t comment on its authenticity but I recommend you get it from either:

Shea butter cottage- I recently purchased some from there. She also has a variety of black soaps with different recipes. Link to the website> http://www.sheabuttercottage.com/NATURAL-SOAP/

You can also get some from Mon Shea shea butter >> http://monsheabutter.co.uk/products . I am currently using their shea oil and shea soap and I love it! You can check out the full review here >> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-AM

That’s all folks. Have you heard of black soap and what are your thoughts on it? If you already use it, how is that going for you? Hate it or love it?

P.S – you can also use it in or hair. If you want to try it in your hair but you’re not fully convinced, Shea moisture has a line with African black soap you can try. And been that I am very lovely lol, I have a post with the full collection and reviews AND where you can purchase in the UK. You can view it here>> http://wp.me/p1uQOd-Bs

I have event covers coming up next! Stay tuned

Until next time

Love

Sarah