I’m what you might call a wanna-be hippie. I love all things crunchy and aspire to fully commit to the earth-mama lifestyle. But when push comes to shove, I just can’t stay away from convenient products (ahem, disposable diapers). Nor can I find the time to extensively research or hand-make everything I consume. With three young children at home, I simply don’t have the time.
What’s most realistic for me is to incorporate natural and organic materials in a way that makes the most sense for my busy, on-the-go lifestyle.
That’s why when Gabi Day from Bright Body reached out and asked if any Richmond Mom bloggers wanted to test her natural, vegan, mostly-organic, handcrafted skin and hair products, I jumped at the chance.
Gabi first reached out to a fellow tester and me to see which products we’d need based on our hair and skin type. This was extremely helpful because, with combination/oily skin and curly/frizzy hair, I feel like I’m always tryings—and failings—to find the perfect goods.
First up, Gabi sent me two toners.
The first was a Balancing Toner designed for “normal” or combination skin. The second was a Clarifying Toner that best serves oily skin. Both smell heavenly. Hints of green tea, mint, and rosemary came through with a subtle tang of witch hazel. I had to give the bottles a good shake before use since the contents settled separately (a good sign of a natural skin product!). The toners worked immediately, and I woke up the first morning after use to visibly tighter and cleaner pores. My often-sensitive skin handled the products without any adverse reaction, and I think it had to do with the fact that the toners are perfectly pH-balanced and alcohol-free. I love the fact that I recognized every single ingredient in these products, and there was nothing scary about what I was putting on my face.
Next, Gabi set to work on helping me with my hair.
I’ve always struggled with my thin, frizzy, curly hair. And after having three kids, I admit it’s most often a mess. (And it’s often pulled back into a ponytail).
I began by using the Oat & Aloe Curly Hair Cleanser in place of shampoo. Since this product is sulfate-free, I knew not to expect the soapy suds you get with typical shampoo. (Read more about why you should be avoiding sulfate and silicon-based shampoos at www.justcurly.com.) After working the shampoo through my hair, I followed it with the Post-Wash Herbal Lemon Rinse. This smelled amazing, as you can imagine! It helped rinse the rest of the shampoo from my scalp and closed the hair cuticles to reduce frizz and give my hair a healthy sheen.
When I finished showering, I hopped out and toweled off (using a cotton t-shirt on my hair instead of terrycloth). Then, I applied the Flaxseed & Oat Protein Curly Hair Gel. The first two times I used this product, I definitely went overboard and woke up with crunchy hair in the morning. However, Gabi checked infrequently during the testing phase. She suggested that I cut way back on the amount I was applying. I followed suit and was really pleased with how little product I needed to use for this to take my curly from frizzy to defined. I also learned to keep the product away from my scalp, as the weightiness could sometimes be too much for the hair roots.
The last product that Gabi sent me was the one I was most excited to try.
It was a Moisture Locking Curl Spray—designed to revitalize my curls in between shower days. Washing curly hair on a frequent basis damages and strips the follicles. But I struggle because my curls devolve into chaos on non-shower days. I usually just give up and wear it back, but Gabi’s product allowed me to wear it long and loose with minimal effort. Again, it took some practice to learn how much to use on my hair. But after a few days, I got the knack of it.
On the whole, I’m super impressed with Bright Body Products. I love that the company is local and woman-owned, with an emphasis on natural, organic skin and hair care. By using Gabi’s products, I’m reducing my carbon footprint and following my hippie dreams—all while feeling fabulous. Thank you Bright Body for allowing me to test your products! And for showing us that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty or convenience in order to pursue a healthier, natural lifestyle.
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