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Review: Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy

Wow, I can't remember the last time I actually did a dedicated product review! And, to be honest, I'm really late to the train with this one. Alchemy Oils is a well-loved brand within the green beauty community and only now have I been able to try one of their lovely products. I was kindly sent the Grapefruit Hair Remedy* to try and I really have been enjoying using it. Firstly, the packaging is absolutely stunning - I just adore the old-style apothecary look and the bottle looks so beautiful on display (what's inside isn't half bad either). 

I've always had a problem with hair mask oils - especially those marketing as 'repairing' - being too heavy for my hair. My hair is very thick, but it is weighed down very easy and so I have, for many years, just skipped the hair oil step in my haircare routine. And as you might of guessed from me writing this post, I have finally found one that doesn't do this - woohoo! It is not exactly the cheapest at £24 for 100ml, but if you don't use it very often, the bottle will last you a very long time. I also had concerns about the stopper lid being a bit of a gimmick (will I end up with oil everywhere?), but I can happily report that I haven't had any leaks or mishaps as of yet.

I have been using the Grapefruit Hair Remedy* as a leave-on hair mask, applying the oil liberally and leaving for at least ten minutes before washing out. In the past, I've had trouble with this method and other oils (straight coconut oil for example), often leave a gross residue that is still visible after a thorough wash. Luckily, I don't experience this with this product and I'm safe knowing that any applied product will be easily washed out, even when I'm in a rush.

This blend does contain coconut oil, but it is joined by a wonderful concoction of avocado, almond, and castor. It definitely has a thick consistency but as mentioned, I don't think this to cause too much trouble, even for my hair that is prone to oiliness. The blend is finished off with a touch of grapefruit essential oil which, while smelling gorgeous, works to reduce dandruff and calm an angry scalp. This is something that I most definitely have experience with and so I really enjoying the soothing effect that this oil has when I use it. 

I've also heard great things about some of the other blends in Alchemy's range, namely the Amla Hair Remedy that is scented with lemon to encourage a gentle cleansing effect. They also offer a Peppermint Beard Remedy - perfect for beauty bloggers with beardy boyfriends (like me!)

~ www.alchemyoils.co.uk ~

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Persea Gratissima (Virgin, Organic Avocado Oil), Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Organic Castor Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Organic Sweet Almond Oil), Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil (Organic White Grapefruit Essential Oil)


Review: Odylique Tea Tree & Herb Shampoo

So I thought that it was about time that I did a review for my absolute favourite, the Odylique Tea Tree & Herb Shampoo*. Now, this isn't the first time that this little gem has popped up on my blog - I seem to mention it constantly - but I've never actually set down and given it the word count that it deserves. 

I was first pushed to try Odylique's shampoo range by the lovely Sarah who is always singing their praises. At the time, I was still looking for a shampoo that effectively cleaned my oily hair, but without stripping my scalp that can be quite itchy and sensitive. She is a fan of the original Gentle Herb incarnation but I was drawn to this one due to the inclusion of tea tree. Tea tree is known to help with itchy reactive scalps and so I was eager to give it a go. And it did not disappoint.

I will say that it did take me a little time to get used to this shampoo due to its slightly odd formula. It's a very runny, almost gel-like consistency and so it's easy to use too much. It took me a good couple of uses to realise that less is more with this shampoo. You only need a small amount. It may not lather much but as long as you leave it to sit on the scalp (very important if yours is sensitive like mine), then you will have good results. The tea tree also adds a really satisfying scent to the shampoo. I know that some people find it a little medicinal but I find it very refreshing and almost comforting. Another kinda of 'out of the box' perk to this shampoo is that it's very good for mixing with other brands when you're trying to use something up. If I'm trying another shampoo that doesn't seem to work for me, adding just a pump of this makes it usable enough to empty the bottle. 

My only issue with this shampoo is that for me, it could be better value for money. It costs about £11/12 and considering the small size of the container (250ml), I seem to go through them quite quickly as I wash my hair every other day. Yes, in the grand scheme of things, it's not too expensive but I'm still getting used to spending more than about a fiver on shampoo! The normal Gentle Herb variety is available in a large deluxe size and I really wish that Odylique would extend that to this version or at least offer some kind of multi-buy deal. This is the only reason that I have begun to stray from the shampoo every now and then, but I can still safely say that it will take a lot for a product to beat the Odylique for me. I'm currently using some from Avalon Organics - that I do really like - but I do find that my scalp gets itchy a lot quicker than it does with the Odylique. It's definitely the best green shampoo that I have come across so far!

New In: Sappho Organics, Axiology, Skin Blossom

Sappho Organics Liquid Foundation
Oh, now this is exciting! The Sappho Organics Liquid Foundation has been on my radar since Amber mentioned it in her glowing review. I ordered some samples from Nuciya last month and fell in deep deep love. The ingredients are seriously something special and I just adore how it makes my skin look; how it makes me feel. My skin isn't great at the moment and this foundation leaves it looking bright, smooth, and happy. I would call it a medium coverage foundation with a semi-matte finish which is great for my combination skin. Full review soon.

Axiology Lipstick in Worth
Another super exciting purchase! I've been meaning to get my hands on a shade from Axiology for the longest time and I finally gave in when recently, Akyala was offering 15% off. I got the shade Worth which is a gorgeous orangey red. It's super pigmented, very creamy, and looks great both straight out the tube and matted down. It does seem to transfer quite easily but I'm looking forward to giving it a proper test. Isn't the packaging just dreeeeamy?

Skin Blossom Complete Care Shampoo
Now this was my attempt at trying to find something a little cheaper than my HG shampoo, the Odylique Tea Tree & Herb. But... it failed. I don't really like this at all. The smell is okay and it lathers quite a lot, but it just seems to weigh my hair down, which is strange considering how thick my hair is. When I use this, my hair only seems to last a single day which isn't great when I'm used to washing my hair every other day. I'm currently using it up by mixing it with the Odylique, and while it is a hell of a lot cheaper, I will not be repurchasing.

What have you been buying recently?

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My Current (and Perfect) Haircare Routine

There's nothing better than feeling really good about your haircare routine. Throughout my green journey, solidifying an effective haircare routine has been the biggest challenge. And now - over a year and a half in to my switch - I'm finally comfortable. 

My perfect haircare routine is made up of three important stages: shampoo, rinse, and hair mask. I don't use any other products on my hair whatsoever apart from heat protector and occasionally dry shampoo. And saying that, I haven't even been needing dry shampoo that often after switching to this particular shampoo.

The shampoo in question is the Odylique Tea Tree & Herb Shampoo. This product isn't at all new to me - I've seen it making the rounds - but it has taken me this long to finally try it. For the past year I had been using the Argan oil shampoo from Acure and I had three major qualms with it: it made my hair really knotty after washing, it did nothing for my dry scalp, and sometimes it could be hard to wash out. Well, the Odylique offering has solved all these problems! I've only been using it just over a week but my hair (and scalp) has never been happier. It did take me a while to get used to the thin, low-foaming consistency but this does not alter its efficacy whatsoever. I just take a couple pumps, massage in, leave for two mins, and rinse. Brilliant every time. My hair is super soft, my scalp is soothed, and most importantly, my hair is definitely clean. 

Despite the brilliance of my new shampoo, I still like to follow with an ACV rinse. This is one of my favourite discoveries since going green. It's such a simple step but it adds so much to your routine. Following your shampoo with an ACV rinse devours any product build-up and ensures that your hair is as shiny as it can be. It's also brilliant for frizz and now something that I cannot be without! I use Aspall's organic ACV from Holland and Barrett. 

Finally, my absolute favourite hair mask is the Marmozel Hair Mask*. I received this some good months ago and my miniature tub is still going strong! This wonderful little mask is coconut oil based and trumps all other masks that I have tried when it comes to restoring damaged hair. I like to use this after any extensive heat or sun exposure to minimise its effect. A little goes a long way and I love to slather this all over my scalp and then leave overnight. It instantly soothes any irritation and smells absolutely divine.

I have a feeling that my haircare routine won't change for a while as I am really happy with all of these products. Have you tried any of them? If so - what did you think?