If you’re going to use conditioner – try this one.

My extended stay in America has been fabulous. The repeated failure of Greyhound to take me home has resulted in a complimentary voucher for the next time I travel, and extra time for me to spend with my boyfriend and other NH lovelies. I’ve been here since December 5th, and don’t leave for home until tomorrow. I’m already eager to return for New Years Eve.

gosh-cosmeticsWith that said, I can never get my brain to stop with the many blog possibilities. I was hesitant to post about this almost daily winter-time love of mine, because I fear the cruelty-free status of this product is questionable. If anyone has any information on the cruelty-free status of Goshgoshmuchmore Cosmetics – feel free to comment below!

Peta still continues to list them on their Companies That Don’t Test list, however, when I click on the link to their site (GoshAmericas.com), I get a generic “page cannot be found” message. They still exist at Gosh.dk (their Danish website), so I am hoping they are undergoing some sort of overhaul on their American website.

Their Much More Moist! Conditioner is a product I’ve used in the colder months, when just using apple cider vinegar or white vinegar as a rinse won’t cut it. The product includes ingredients like seaweed, honey, and hyaluronic acid. It’s got a unique smell to it – kind of.. vegetable-y? I am not sure if I’m smelling the beet root in it, or what.

I use a small amount of this conditioner (which comes in a convenient pump, and lasts just about forever), on the ends of my hair, and leave it in for about 3-5 minutes in the shower. It leaves my hair so soft and looking lovely. It has a relatively short list of ingredients, which I prefer to the extensive lists I see in many cosmetics / skin care products. It often goes on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for $7-8. If you’ve got dry hair, and would prefer not to go without conditioner, I’d suggest you check this out 🙂

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The wonders of coconuts, and other oils..

Oils? What’s so good about oils? Won’t they just clog my pores and leave me pimply and gross? Not if you’ve got skin as dry as I’ve got, though even people with oily skin can use oils. They simply have to be a little more sparing with them.

Also, any product I am endorsing here is simply because it works great for me, and I hope it can work just as well for you. I am no expert, I am just expressing my honest opinion.

The first item I’d like to discuss is coconut oil.  This multi-purpose wonder product has had me baffled in amazement about it since I discovered it. It’s unique from other oils in that it has a higher melting point. It remains solid until about 76 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes it easy to use as a lotion, that melts in your hand as you rub it into your skin. I have been using certified organic coconut oil (which you can purchase at the grocery store or health food store in a huge tub for $10 or under) for about six months. I initially bought it for its skin care benefits, but then discovered it is also great for hair, and extremely healthy for consumption!

After showering, I get some onto my fingers from the small container I leave in my bathroom, and use it all over. Yes, this product is great for knees, elbows, legs, lips, you name it! It has a very mild coconut scent, and makes your skin smooth and supple. To add extra moisture to my face, I would massage a small amount of coconut oil into my skin along with my regular moisturizer. It can be used with a day moisturizer to work as a night cream, if you’d prefer not to have a separate moisturizer for night. As a hair treatment to moisturize dry and damaged hair, simply rub a small amount into the ends of your hair the night before you shower.  Using this once a week has helped my hair with shine and dryness.  When it comes to cooking with coconut oil, simply replace whatever other oil you were using and substitute it.  Coconut oil, despite the bad reputation saturated fats have received, has been shown by many medical professionals to improve metabolism and promote a healthy weight. Olive oil is also a great oil; they both have their own unique benefits. When shopping for coconut oil, be sure to look for a certified organic brand of coconut oil, as brands that are not certified organic may contain extra ingredients for processing, which you do not want. I store my coconut oil in the fridge for cooking, but have a smaller tub that I put oil in and keep in my bathroom. Here is a link to more helpful information about coconut oil.

Another great oil-based product I have discovered is the Josie Maran Argan Oil line! The Argan Oil Moisture Stick comes in a compact travel-friendly tube that looks like a massive lip balm treatment. It has a very warm and spicy citrus smell, contains several oils including argan and apricot oils. Similar to the coconut oil, I like to use this on different areas of the skin including my face on particularly dry areas. The packaging is extremely convenient, although for the price ($27 at Sephora here in Canada), it is much more expensive than the coconut oil, and it is the brand you are paying for. Josie Maran, however, is a great line if you are willing to invest in it. Her products are organic, natural, recyclable, cruelty-free, petrochemical free, fragrance free, paraben free, and toxin free. If you wish to support a more expensive natural line, I would recommend Josie Maran.

The second Josie Maran product I have tried are the BearNaked Wipes. These cost $15 at Sephora here in Canada, and the package contains 30 wipes, that remove makeup and at the same time moisturize the skin, leaving it soft and clean. These also have the same scent as the Moisture Stick, so if you enjoy it, you may want to check these out. They do remove makeup very well, and I prefer these over the other wipes I have tried (St Ives, Garnier Naturals), because you are getting a decent amount of product on each wipe; and the argan oil is a great moisturizing agent so my skin doesn’t feel completely stripped clean of moisture when I am done. Like the Argan Oil Moisture Stick, the BearNaked Wipes follow the same ethical and organic philosophy. Funds from this product also go towards a charity that helps to educate about Polar Bear endangerment and how we can help. Since I’d rather not get all political on you and go on a huge rant about global warming and how governments are taking advantage of the kind intentions environmentalists and animal rights activists have, and are primarily using global warming and climate change information to get the public to submit to further carbon-regulations and taxes(there I go!), I will simply say that supporting a wildlife charity is great, and any cosmetics company that recognizes the importance of charity and voluntary donation is taking an important step towards creating harmony between products, the consumer, and world peace.

Off my tangent and back onto products, I’d like to talk about the Live Clean Argan Oil hair products, which is a Canadian brand. These items can be purchased at the drugstore. I have see the shampoo and conditioner range from $5.99 to $6.99. I have used the Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner, both which have a light but deliciously soothing smell.

When it comes to hair, argan oil is great for conditioning, shine, and UV protection. I have long, thick, dry-ish hair, and after using these products my hair is easy to brush, smooth, and smells absolutely lovely. Drugstores have been starting to sell organic vegan (Yes! Live Clean’s products are vegan, sulfate-free, paraben free, phosphate free, not tested on animals, and then some!) hair products for the past few years, and they don’t cost much more than their regular hair products. If you have oily hair and feel you’d rather use something less oily, they have quite a few other selections to try. Other organic ethical hair care brands to watch out for in drugstores include: Burt’s Bees, Alba Botanica, Organix, Avalon Organics, and Down Under Naturals. I have dabbled in some of all of these brands and have not been disappointed; you need not go to a salon to purchase a quality ethical hair care product!

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and pick up some oils and nourish your insides and outsides today!