Sunday, 27 November 2011

Review: Lush Australian Igloo Sugar Scrub

I went to Lush a few weeks ago. It is a store which attracts me every time I walk past. Their handmade goodies can be smelled yards away from the shop. 

The packaging claims and instructions:

Excerpt from Lush;

A festive wintery scrub to wake up sluggish skin.
Not everyone would think to try a fusion of the Arctic Circle and Australia – but we think we’ve pulled it off.
This little igloo is made with lots of fine sugar, so you can gently scrub your skin.  But because it’s winter, we’ve included plenty of other things to perk you up and fight the darkness.  
There’s bicarb to soften the water and make you feel smooth.  Then there’s Siberian pine to give a little lift to your heart with its smell, reminiscent of hot sun beaming through pine forests in springtime.  We then travel to the other side of the world with Australian sandalwood and eucalyptus, because they both smell fantastic and are great for balancing the skin. 
Then to soften you up a bit, we’ve hidden a little core of coconut oil inside the sugar, which will leave your skin smooth and moisturised. There’s even dried rosella in here, which helps calm skin and reduce redness.
This may be a tough scrub with a look of crisp winter on the outside, but its smooth coconut centre and soft scent with hints of greenery will leave you all warm and snuggly inside. Read more.


Green = natural 
Black = synthetic

Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Dried Rosella , Siberian Pine Oil , Eucalyptus Blue , Sandalwood Oil, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides, *Citral, *Coumarin, *Limonene, Methyl Ionone, Perfume, Colour 42090


How I used it:
I divided the sugar scrub so that I could use 1/4th to exfoliate my skin in the shower.

The 1/4th piece was enough to exfoliate, I could have even used less if I wanted to. The sugar scrub becomes quite soft when it comes into contact with moisture and it is easy to spread onto the skin. The skin feels like it is being exfoliated, without the sugar grains being too harsh on it either. It is quite gentle for a sugar scrub. 

The scent reminds me of a forest, but it is quite mild scent so it's not too overpowering (which is a plus because I'm not a big fan of forest or pinewood scents). The sugar scrub doesn't dry the skin out after using it, but you may want to moisturise your skin depending on how it feels after. 

I don't use the sugar scrub often because I have other means of exfoliating, but I do like the sugar scrub and it is quite inexpensive and quick and easy to use. 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Yarn Braids Maintenance Pt1: Washing with Shampoo

Hi all,

Every few weeks I shampoo my hair. I only shampoo my hair about once or twice a month. I used to shampoo a lot more in the past (which would result in dry hair and very dry scalp). I've been shampooing a couple of times a month over the past 6 - 8 months and this has really helped with the moisture levels of my hair and scalp.

Kinky Curly Knot Today is one of my favourite shampoo's
There are a number of shampoo's which I use and Kinky Curly Knot Today is one of them. I sometimes rotate between shampoo's depending on a number of factors. For example, if I shampoo much more often (such as in the Summer), I will use Giovanni's Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo. 

Now onto washing yarn braids. Some people who wear yarn braids, will choose to not shampoo their hair. These reasons may include wanting to keep their yarn braids looking neat or avoiding the daunting task of washing yarn braids. I'm one of those people who do need to wash their hair no matter what. 

I use the following steps to wash my scalp while my hair is in yarn braids;

  1. First I prepoo my hair. The length of time I do it, varies, but I try to keep this as short as possible because washing yarn braids requires a lot of time. 
  2. I divide my hair in four sections and I wet my hair under the shower head and I squeeze a few drops of shampoo into the palm of my hand. I work on one section of my scalp first, working the shampoo into my scalp using the pads of my fingers to cleanse it. I avoid shampooing the length of my hair to keep its moisture.
  3. I repeat step two for the other three sections of my hair.  
  4. I rinse after a minute or so and I repeat all the steps again for the second time.
After shampooing my hair, I squeeze the excess water out of the yarn. After this I put the yarn braids into a high ponytail and I wrap it into a microfiber towel (wet yarn braids can feel very heavy, hence why I squeeze out the excess water and put it into a ponytail. Remember to also handle your hair very carefully because the weight of the yarn braids can cause tension on your edges). 

Drying yarn braids completely can take hours (especially if you air dry it). Therefore washing yarn braids is something I really and only do during the weekends and I start this process in the afternoon. Improper drying of yarn braids and sleeping on it gives it a damp feeling the next day and a mildew/musty smell. To completely avoid this, it needs to be dried thoroughly. 

A couple of concerns which I know some people will have is, ''will the yarn braids still look neat?'', ''won't the yarn come loose at the roots?''. My answer to the first question is yes. The yarn will not be affected by this process, however, it may shrink during the washing process. It will return to its normal length after it has fully dried. Acrylic yarn will continue to look neat as the fibers aren't so much affected by washing. My answer to the second question is that it should not come loose at the roots provided you have installed them firmly and correctly (the yarn needs to be attached to the hair securely but keep in mind that it shouldn't be too tight or be installed in any way in which it can cause damage to your hair). I haven't had any issues with my yarn braids coming loose due to the washing process. Handling my hair on a daily basis, wearing the yarn braids for extended weeks, shed hair and hair growth, are factors which have made my yarn braids loose at the roots. 

Happy Hair Journey ^o^