Product Review: As I Am Coconut Cowash

I’ve had this product for a couple months now and thought it’s finally a good time to give my opinion of the product so this won’t be a first impressions kind of post. I realize that loads of ladies have already done reviews and most raved about it. I’m happy to say, I just purchased my 2nd container of the product from Amazon.com because I liked it so much.

This is a great alternative to shampoo, so if you do “no poo” washes, cowashing is a great way to cleanse your hair and scalp without stripping your hair of necessary oils. As you may know, sulfates, which are readily in most shampoos (unless otherwise noted as sulfate free) lather and strip your hair. I personally like to shampoo once a week because I have dandruff and product build-up issues, but on the days I don’t shampoo, I like to cowash. This product is also CG friendly if you use the Curly Gurl Method.¬†Methylisothiazolinone, which is listed in the ingredients list of the product is a PRESERVATIVE and not a silicone, in case you’re wondering. ūüôā

Product size: 16oz
Product price point: $6.99-$8.99
Availability:¬†Sally’s Beauty, Amazon.com, AsIAmNaturally.com
Product features:¬†“This light no suds conditioning cream gently removes residue including all of the things you’ve used to style and maintain your coils and curls. Now it’s time for a sparkling new beginning. This cowash is different from any other because it contains a special blend of natural ingredients that work to promote healthy hair growth from the follicular level.” -As I Am Naturally

Ingredients:¬†Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¬Ļ, Cetyl Alcohol¬≤, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol¬≤, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Stearlkonium chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil¬≤, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¬Ļ, Phytosterols¬Ļ, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¬Ļ, Quaternium-18, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Wet hair thoroughly. Rub a liberal amount of As I Am Coconut CoWash within palms and distribute throughout hair. Work product through hair and massage scalp with fingertips as you would a conventional shampoo. Carefully detangle hair with a wide-tooth comb. Rinse well.

Application:¬†I wet my hair completely root to tip and then lathered the product on in sections. Because this product also has amazing slip, I will detangle in the shower with my shower comb. I detangle from tip to root since my ends tangle more than the rest of my hair. I then rinse is out completely and leave none in. Once, I did leave it in and it left my hair a little drier than I like… So, I don’t recommend it as a leave-in.

Scent: Because the key ingredients are *Tangerine, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Saw Palmetto and Phytosterols* it smells delicious. Not quite as strong as a Pina Colada, but similar to a coconut sweet. I smell the tangerine and coconut oil together.

Verdict: 4.8/5 –¬†LOVED IT. This is officially a holy grail product in my hair care regimen. The only thing I don’t like, which many others have already mentioned, is the tub. I prefer pumps in all my products because it’s the easiest to get out. It’s a jar, so water can easily get in it in the shower and it’s inconvenient to dispense. For the size, the price and the ingredients this is not only very affordable but also good for your hair and scalp! I love cost effective products. One tub has lasted me over a month, too! I’m not heavy handed, though.

Have you used any As I Am products? Which one is your favorite?

 

*Product was purchased with my own money. I was not paid to do this review.

The Importance of ROUTINE

Life has been exciting this past month. So many great opportunities have arisen in my direction and I’ve taken advantage of them in every way possible. Recently, I found myself frantically trying to get myself out the door for my first day of my new job. I nearly sprained my ankle in my attempt at looking cute for the first day of work with shoes and clothes all over my once pristine floor. After feeling like I had lost my mind as I messily got myself together, I realized this wasn’t fun, this was stressful and I obviously knew there was an easier more organized way to get ready.

So many people nowadays work multiple jobs with unpredictable schedules, leaving many of us out of sync and out of routine. I know when I’m all over the place, I find myself more exhausted and overall a feeling of disconnect. Fall is a great time of year to revisit and edit my daily regimen.  I like to organize my schedule by the amount of time it takes me to do each chore instead of waking up at a specific time, as my work schedule is tentative and ever-changing.

I split my schedule into night/day so that I can allocate enough time to do everything. I like to have this amount of time so that I don’t feel rushed and so that I feel refreshed.

This is what my routine in preparation for work tends to look like:

 

 

 

 

(1)    30 minutes: Nightly yoga or jog

(2)    10 minutes: Hang my clothing up for the following day

(3)    15 minutes: The night before I shower, and sleep with a microfiber hair turban

(4)      3 minutes: brush teeth

Total time: 58 minutes

 

 

 

 

(1)    5 minutes: get dressed

(2)    10 minutes: wash face and then apply make-up

(3)    10 minutes: style hair

(4)    3 minutes: brush teeth

(5)    20-30 minutes: prepare and eat breakfast

(6)    10-15 minutes: check e-mail, social media and news

Total time:  1 hour and 23 minutes

 

What does your routine look like?

What do I keep in MY spritz bottle? Rosewater – here’s why!

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Recently, I found myself roaming the aisles of my local Asian food market looking for new ingredients for my hair and skin when I spotted a bottle of rose water. Something in the back of my head told me to pick it up despite the label suggesting the best use for this particular rose water is for making sweets. I instantly knew I read somewhere, some time ago, the benefits of rose water for hair and skin. I’m a sucker for ‘natural’ remedies and this bottle of $1.99 rose water was no exception.¬†

I decided to do a little bit of research on the benefits of rose water when I got home to see how I could put this luscious-smelling bottle to use. I wanted to share with you what I found out about rose water and how you can implement it into your skincare and hair care regimen and perhaps even have it mosey its way over to being a staple product. ūüėČ

  1. It is an anti-inflammatory that can aid in reducing the appearance of red or swollen skin.
  2. Roses are a great source of anti-oxidants which are typically known for strengthening our skin cells.
  3. Rose water can be used as a moisturizer and is a great one, too!
  4. And last but not least, rose water has an elegant aroma.

I also discovered how rose water has been a beloved concoction for centuries. Dating all the way back to ancient times, Greeks and Romans tended to their rose gardens critically because they recognized and valued roses for their nutritional and medicinal properties. 

How have I been using rose water these days? Good question! Like many natural/curly/kinky haired ladies out there, I moisturize my hair daily using a spritz bottle. I fill mine up with distilled water and rose water and spritz my hair and skin daily. Not only does my hair and skin feel smoother, but it leaves a pleasant and light fragrance that lingers throughout the day.

What kind of natural oils or waters do you keep in your spritz bottle?

 

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