OGX, Schwarzkopf, Palmolive, Maybelline, Clinique, Far Botanicals, Za, hi-pro-pac, sebastien reviews - Lena Talks Beauty

August & September Empties

I didn’t use up very many products during August, so I decide to save my empties for a combo August and September post. I used 14 different products up, and the majority of them were full size which is a particularly good effort. Hair products feature heavily, because I did a bit of damage to my hair by lightening it significantly. I have previously written posts about a number of these products, and I will link to them if you’d like to read more about them. With each product I say whether I would repurchase them – some of them were sent to me by brands and I marked them with an asterix – so really it’s more, would I purchase them myself. I also answer that question from a perspective of  if I didn’t have a lifetime supply of these products already sitting in my bathroom. The brands I’ve used up include OGX, Hi-Pro-Pac, Schwarzkopf, Sebastian, Palmolive, Far Botanicals, Za Cosmetics, Maybelline, and Clinique.

Far Botanicals Verde Oil Supreme

A little while ago, I received an email from Far Botanicals, asking if I would like to try their handcrafted, silicone-free natural hair serum, Far Botanicals Verde Oil Supreme. I was very interested, as I love using oil in my hair and have ranted about ‘hair oils’ that are mainly silicone many times (including in a blog post). Shortly afterwards, I received this package on my doorstep, all the way from the USA. This is the Far Botancials Verde Oil Supreme 8 scent sampler set, and is made of a blend of botanical ingredients that are good for hair such as Cassia Auriculata, Indian Gooseberry and Bhringraj extract and various oils including Peach kernel oil, tea seed oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil. The eight scents are: Cocoa & Rum, Vanilla Narcotique, Lavender Absolute, Rose Rapture, Temple Hymn, Blood Orange & Patchouli Musk, Lilikoi (Passion Flower), and Low Scent  – so it’s more like seven scents plus no scent but lets not be picky here!

What’s really in your hair oil?

Using oil in your hair is something that is becoming much more mainstream. Lots of brands have been releasing hair oils, and I’ve even bought some of them. However, they aren’t all exactly what they seem. The thing that you need to watch out for is that most of them are not pure oils, but silicone-based products with a small amount of oil in them. I was fooled by this and bought an Organix Macadamia oil that turned out to be mostly silicone, which I was not happy about.  What silicone does is smooth hair, but it can also really weigh down the hair. It coats the hair, as opposed to actually adding moisture to it, and this coating isn’t easily washed out. Silicone can make it difficult for hair colour to adhere to the hair, so I try to avoid using it in my hair unless I really need to smooth it out, and definitely avoid using it in the weeks leading up to a hair colour appointment . It’s not terrible to use, but it’s important to be aware that you’re using it, as opposed to pure oil. Probably the most popular, or at least the most talked about, […]