Renpure Ren Cleansing Conditioner

Although this product is new, the concept of a cleansing conditioner is not. Wen and Hair One have preceded Ren. However, in my opinion, Renpure is the first company to get it right! A bottle of Wen will cost you about $35.oo. Hair One is about half that at $15.00. Ren is approximately $10.00 (on their website) but you can find it even cheaper at Harmon’s.

What is the allure with Ren?

  • Renpure products are healthier for you and the earth.
  • Ren is easy to use – pump the product out, massage it into your scalp, let it sit and rinse (does not require multiple steps like Wen and Hair One).
  • You can use it as a leave-in conditioner or detangler in addition to using it as a shampoo/conditioner.
  • Your hair is left amazingly soft, clean and shiny.
  • Ren contains Keratin, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter.
  • Ren comes in two scents: Rosemary Mint and Sweet Pomegranate. I have both in my shower and alternate between them.

Try Ren! Let me know what you think below. My experiences with Renpure as a brand have been awesome, and I’m excited to continue using their products.

-Katie

 

Review: Tree Hut Sugar Body Scrub

(4/5)

Exfoliation is too often associated with summer, spray tans and sand. Exfoliating can make your skin feel luxurious, even when it is cool outside! Tree Hut sugar body scrub is an amazing, accessible scrub that is used to exfoliate the skin. The main ingredient in this product is sugar and the scratchy substance is a fabulous exfoliator. The prodcut smells sweet and has an incredibly thick consistency which makes it easy to work with. To use Tree Hut sugar body scrub: scoop some into your palm, rub in circular motions on your body, and rinse. Follow up with a moisturizer to complete the  treat for your skin! :)

Exfoliating the skin will improve the overall appearance of it. Keep in mind, it is unnecessary to exfoliate every single day but it is beneficial to do it 1-2 times per week. Avoid exfoliating by the skin surrounding your eyes – it is too sensitive and will not respond favorably.

I have purchased Tree Hut Sugar Scrub repeatedly throughout the summer and now into the fall…it is a shower staple that everyone should try! There are no parabens in this product, and it is formulated with organic shea butter and brazilian nut oil.I use about 1 tub/month but at less than $6, it is a luxury that anyone can afford. And of course, I got it at Harmon’s.

Tree Hut Sugar Scrub

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Katie

Lush Haul

Lush PackageI am SO excited about this package! All of these things items arrived yesterday: 2 bath bombs (butterball and bon bomb), 1 stepping stone, 1 bath melt (you’ve been mangoed), 1 deodorant powder (coconut), 2 facial “tokens”, and 2 tiny soap samples. Although I have made countless trips to LUSH and have tried many of their products, all of these particular products were first time purchases. I will be sure to review each & give some tips on how to use them.

Lush products can be a bit pricey, for example, the bath bombs range from approximately $4 – $6, which is a lot considering they really do not last very long (1-2 baths). Since LUSH products are handmade and formulated with many natural ingredients, I think they are worth indulging in, at least every once in a while! :)

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Co-washing: a Convenient Clean

Co-washing. What an unattractive name for a pleasant process! To put it simply, co-washing is washing your hair with conditioner. Typical shampoos contain chemicals that are harmful to your scalp and overall health. Approximately 60% of what you put on your skin (scalp, etc.) is absorbed by your body. When you shampoo, you are exposing yourself to chemicals. Most shampoos contain elements like petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, artificial colors and fragrances.

Why do you put yourself at risk for health issues and other unfavorable outcomes by using shampoo? Well, I like to think that it is because you have been conditioned (hah, no pun intended) to think that you NEED shampoo to make your hair clean. False! The lather that your shampoo creates is not solely responsible for cleaning your hair. You actually help the cleansing process along by massaging your scalp and rubbing your hair between your fingers. So when you replace your shampoo with a conditioner, preferably an organic one, you will be making a great choice.

So the concept is simple and it is likely something that you will be able to experience for free. Start off co-washing by swearing off shampoo, at least give it a week or so. Use your current conditioner in the shower to wash your hair. Make sure you use the conditioner in the same way that you would a shampoo – massage it around your scalp and rinse it well. Follow up with more of the same conditioner. Let the product sit for a few minutes while you do whatever else you must while you are in the shower. Rinse with cool water and enjoy!

I love co-washing. I think you will too!

xo Katie

p.s. Renpure conditioners work really well with co-washing. : )

Gift Guide Gallery – Entry #1: Shore Soap Handmade Soaps

(5/5)

This is the first product to be selected for OMG’s gift guide!!! A new gift idea will be posted on a daily basis from now until Christmas!

Shore Soap is a great option for a unique, thoughtful Christmas gift that is appropriate for anyone!

Reasons why I love Shore Soap Handmade Soaps:

-I love using this soap. My favorites are pomegranate & sugar cookie!

-Packaging: all soaps come in an adorable white bag with tissue paper and the name of the soap is written on the front (this is so beachy, chic & posh-check out http://shoresoap.com/ to see what I mean…)

-VARIETY! Holiday soaps: balsam, pomegranate, Christmas cookie, peppermint, etc.

-This soap is made by hand with natural oils.

-Smells good!

-Reasonable in terms of price, currently just $5.00 per bar! (Shipping IS included in that price!)

-It does not leave a lingering scent on your skin after showering, which I really like because I hate when my soap overpowers my perfume/fragrance.

-It is not drying, your skin will feel refreshed and clean, not dry and tight.

-With festive colors, it is aesthetically appealing.

-This soap makes an adorable decoration.

-Secure payment- pay through paypal!

Handmade soaps are especially awesome gift for teachers, mothers, grandmothers, and friends!

As we all know, the holidays are quickly approaching! This time of year is so awesome, however, many become consumed in holiday shopping. OMG will be suggesting gifts throughout the remainder of the season! Check back tomorrow to see what is posted! :)

Review: Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe Bar Soap

(3.5/5)

This review will feature Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe bar soap. This soap is awesome! Two of the main ingredients are found in the name of it: olive oil and aloe.  When these ingredients are combined, the result is a great, moisturizing soap.

The natural soap is a dark green bar with a somewhat mild, unappealing scent. In the shower, the bar of soap was used alone on the skin. It was slightly exfoliating which was unexpected yet really pleasant. The soap cleansed the skin well and washed off easily.

Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe soap did not leave the skin dry or scented at all. It made my skin feel great, both in the shower and after it. It was incredibly moisturizing and left my skin feeling soft.

Some other awesome features of this soap:

-does not contain any animal products

-not tested on animals

– free of artificial colors

-contains only 5 ingredients: olive oil, water, aloe, sodium chloride and fragrance

-price: under $3 (such a great deal!)

Overall, I would recommend this product to a friend and repurchase it in the future. The moisturizing effects of the soap were excellent and I enjoyed using it.