Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil: Beyond Miracles

If you live in the Philippines, you’ve already probably heard of the wonderful sunflower oil that is manufactured by none other than Human Nature (or what others call Human Heart Nature). If you haven’t, where have you been for the past 6 years?

Sunflower

What are the Benefits of sunflower oil?

According to Sunflower Oil on Skin, sunflower oil can be used to reduce acne, prevent skin infections, protect skin from sun damage,  prevent signs of skin aging, effectively moisturize skin.

“Being rich in nutrients and antioxidants, it is widely used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes and is found to be effective against acne, eczema, inflammation, general redness and irritation of the skin.”

Stylecraze.com

For skin application, Stylecraze notes that sunflower oil has extremely high Vitamin E content, which protects skin cells against UVA from the sun. It is light and non-greasy and gets easily absorbed by the skin without clogging pores. Other vitamins that can be found are Vitamins A, C, and D, effective in the treatment of acne.

For hair application, Stylecraze also notes that sunflower oil can be used to condition greasy hair. It can be used as a natural conditioner and helps prevent hair breakage. It can also be an effective treatment against hair thinning and hair loss.


Human Nature’s Sunflower beauty oil

Most of these mentioned benefits that come from sunflower oil is harnessed by Human Nature into 50ml and 100ml pump containers for everyone to share. For six years and counting, Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil is described as having “23 Miracles in a Bottle”.

23 Miracles in a Bottle

  1. Helps lighten dark undereye circlesHuman Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil
  2. Helps lighten dark spots & pimple marks
  3. Undereye moisturizer
  4. Helps prevent & diminish the appearance of stretch marks
  5. Helps soften and lighten underarms
  6. Softens feet soles, knees & elbows
  7. Removes stubborn makeup
  8. Overall body moisturizer
  9. Helps diminish fine lines around the eyes
  10. Helps soften cuticles and dry skin
  11. Makes skin glow and helps keep it youthful
  12. Helps relax tired, puffy eyes
  13. Helps relieve itch & redness caused by insect bites
  14. Nourishes & conditions eyelashes
  15. Helps lighten dark lips
  16. Adds shine to dull hair
  17. Helps ease dry & itchy scalp
  18. Helps improve skin condition after sunburn
  19. Smoothens dry, rough skin from shaving
  20. Helps calm skin & ease rashes
  21. Helps relieve symptoms of skin infections
  22. Helps hydrate dry patches on face
  23. Helps lighten lesions and scars

Didn’t that get you excited? But there are still more ways to use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil beyond the 23 that only those that have tried and tested it through the years can share with you.

I’ve noted those that I’ve tried and tested for myself as well as those shared to me by people I know who used it.


Beyond 23: More ways to use Human nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil

Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil - one pump

1. Day/Night Moisturizer

If you can use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as an undereye moisturizer, then you can use it as a face moisturizer as well. For those who has extra dry skin, applying Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil on dry areas after your usual moisturizer will give an extra boost.

For myself, I tried using Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil minus any other moisturizer and there’s no icky feeling. Take note—this is coming from someone with oily and sensitive skin prone to acne.

Tip: If you’re going to apply makeup after, make sure to wait until the Sunflower Beauty Oil has been completely absorbed by the skin (about 5 to 10 minutes depending on how much you applied). This is in order to avoid your makeup running since makeup usually dissolve in oil and Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil is, well, oil.

2. Massage Oil

If you’ve used baby oils as alternatives to the massage oil of massage parlors or spas, you might as well try Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as your quick alternative and reap the benefits from sunflower oil.

Again, it’s a great moisturizer and since it helps even out skin tone, let your masseuse help you apply it to parts of your body you can’t reach.

Also, if you’re someone whose nose is extra sensitive to aromatherapy oils, Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil would be a good option since it has no fragrance to irritate your sense of smell.

Tip: I especially like having my masseuse apply 1 to 2 pumps of Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil when she is about to comb out my hair (usually to finish the massage session). You will like it, too.

3. Lotion

Sunflower Oil as LotionSo you can use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as a day/night moisturizer for your face. You can also use it as a massage oil. It makes sense then to try and use it a your very own lotion.

I confess, the first time I used Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil was as a body lotion, not for any of the 23 Miracles. I used it everyday as body lotion for close to a month and saw really good results. My skin tone evened out, the scratches I had at the time disappeared without a trace, my skin had a glow it normally didn’t, and areas where I usually get pimples became free of them.

The only reason that I didn’t continue using it as a body lotion was because it becomes pricey since the Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil wasn’t intended to be a lotion. So I switched to Human Nature’s line of lotions instead.

Tip: If you’re curious about trying out Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as a lotion, you can do this at a monthly interval (or every two months). You don’t need to use it everyday for a month but I recommended using it everyday for at least ten (10) days to see the initial results. Also, if you’re the sweaty type or if you commute daily to work, try applying it during cold weather or until you have arrived in the office (if it’s air conditioned).

4. Foot Soak

Another moisturizing technique. Since our feet are always tortured by our weight and bound by our shoes, much care should be given to it. So if you’re the type to pamper your feet every so often as a reward for a job well done, I recommend adding 3 to 5 pumps (or as needed) to your foot soak.

Actually, this can be applied during any part of your foot pampering routine. I just think that it’s best if you let the sunflower oil seeped into your soles at the outset. If you already love the Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil, you can also swap your foot lotion or massage oil with this or add a pump to your foot scrub for a gentler exfoliation.

5. Prep for Body Scrub

I mentioned foot scrub. If you’re like me, you’d probably be asking yourself why not use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as a body scrub as well?

Actually, this one was shared to me by my Mom’s kumare. She’s very kikay and meticulous about her body rituals and, like me, not afraid about experimenting. So what she did with her 100ml bottle of Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil was to use it as a prep for body scrub. She would apply Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil all over her body and let it sit for a few minutes. Then she would use her favorite body scrub and do her usual body scrub routine. Then she would either shower or soak in the bath tub and then rinse.

I never actually thought of using Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil that way. I only discovered this when I—and others—noticed a big difference in her skin. Much like the benefits I got for using it as a lotion everyday for a month, her skin lightened and glowed. It really blew my mind. Although this one took longer to do, the effect were more immediate than with my using it as a lotion. Amazing!

Healthy Nails

6. Nail Health Restore

Although the 23 Miracles in a Bottle list already mention the nails and cuticles, it didn’t mention restoring nails to their healthy state. If you’re into manicure-pedicure (a.k.a. mani-pedi) sessions or tend to leave your nail polish on your nails a tad bit too long, you will notice, after removing the nail polish with a nail polish remover, that the tops of your nails develop white streaks.

Here’s what I do: After using my favorite nail polish remover, I apply enough amount of Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil on my nails and kind of massage them nails. You can do this as many times as you want or need. For me, once is enough. You will notice that after your nails absorb the product, the white streaks will no longer appear. Our nails, like our skin, can become dry from the chemicals we expose it to. So Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil really helps in this situation.

7. Restore Hair Growth

This one is uncanny and I’m not sure if it can be backed up by science. One thing I know for sure, this is based on my cousin’s experience.

As you might know, stress can have different manifestations. For me, it’s acne. Others, it’s migraine. For my cousin, it’s hair loss. She developed bald spots on portions of her head a few years back. So she went to a dermatologist to have it checked. She was given a list of things to do and items to buy to restore hair growth. At the time, she had just one bald spot (and Human Nature was not yet known to us).

Later, her bald spot was no longer bald and little strands of hair were finally growing. I was already a Human Nature dealer at the time and was experimenting using the Sunflower Beauty Oil as a lotion.

I gave one to my cousin as a gift. At the time, she had developed another bald spot, but smaller than the first. For this other bald spot, she used Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil. She applied it religiously, day and night, for how many days I don’t know. The next time we met (more than half a year), this other bald spot was no longer a bald spot. Hair was growing!

Granted, it was not as quick as the product recommended to her by her dermatologist. But still, right? Amazing! So if you have the same problem or any other hair loss problem, using Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil to restore hair growth may not be a far-fetched idea at all.

Although at the time we didn’t think it would work, apparently, sunflower oil is an effective hair loss treatment. Had I not started this post, I wouldn’t have known such a thing.

“Sunflower oil is an important source of gamma alpha linolenic acid (GLA) which helps in preventing thinning of hair. It is effective in the treatment of hair-loss, baldness and alopecia areata, characterized by round patches of lost hair.

Stylecraze.com

8. Overnight Intensive Hair Repair

My cousin’s story did not end there. Since the wonderful effect brought to her by Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil, she extended the use not only to her bald spots but to her whole scalp and hair from root to tip.

Once every week, or twice if she’s feeling it, she uses Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil as an overnight intensive hair repair. What she does is, after showering for the night, she would apply it on her scalp and towel dried hair generously, do her usual routine at night and then go to sleep. The next day, she would shower and shampoo her hair and then she’ll be off to work. She said that at such times, there was no more need for conditioner because Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil did all that for her. She just rinsed off the excess oil through shampooing.

“This versatile oil maintains your hair’s luster and texture and can be used as a natural conditioner. Sunflower oil can be applied and massaged on your scalp before a bath once a week for maximum benefits.”

Stylecraze.com

Tip: You may want to tie your hair in a bun and cover your pillow with a towel to avoid the oil seeping into your pillow or other bed materials while sleeping.

beach bright sun

9. Sunblock

Before Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block, I have never encountered a sunblock that didn’t cause me any pimple breakout or sunburn. I always got all these things. For someone who loves any body of water that I can jump into, this can be really frustrating.

So one summer time at the beach, I slathered myself with Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil (the Safe Block was not yet in the market at the time), thinking that it can shield me from the sun. If not, at least it can shield me from the saltiness of the sea. If I can use it as a lotion everyday, why not as sunblock, right?

Believe me when I say that I didn’t get any sunburn and I didn’t get any pimple breakout. I love it! At that point, just for this reason, I was a convert and would forever share the miracle of Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil.

Did it prevent me from tanning? No. It’s not meant to be a sunblock and it has no SPF to speak of. But, I’ve never had my skin tone even out in a way that it had at the time. I would always get sunburn so my tanning were always more like burnt skin. Maybe it’s the salt water. Maybe it’s the sun. But with Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil, it was a job “well done”, pun intended. I did not turn too dark, mind you, but it was a good color.

“Beta-carotene is a richly pigmented fat-soluble compound that can be converted into Vitamin A and its antioxidant properties are beneficial for the appearance of your health and skin. Sunflower oil is an excellent source of beta-carotene. Consumption of this compound makes your skin less sensitive to the sun. The antioxidants in it neutralize the free radicals that penetrate your skin, causing sunburn and other types of sun damage such as skin cancer.

Stylecraze.com

To confess, I didn’t know that sunflower oil can be used to protect against sun damage when I used it as sunblock.

Tip: As a sunblock, apply Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil generously and preferably at least 10 minutes before hitting the sun or sea. Re-apply as needed.

Alternative: Or you may want to try Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block. You can find my review of Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block here.

10. Pole Burn Soother

If you’re following along with me on Instagram or FaceBook, or have read through my archives and seen this post, then you’d probably already know that I’m into pole fitness. I’m still a beginner though, but doing basic tricks can still cause skin burn if you fail to nail it a few times. The skin that touches the pole and carries your weight can be stretched and rubbed against the pole so much that it causes  burns or just redness at times. Still, it can be quite discomforting.

I mostly get burns between the thighs, back of knees, tummy, back or inside or elbows, inside my upper arms near the armpits, and tops of my feet. So after pole sessions, I apply Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil on these areas to soothe the redness and prevent it from drying to much because of the friction dealt to it. This also prevents the skin from darkening also caused by friction.

Alternative: You may want to try Human Nature’s 100% Natural Balm For All Seasons (tried and tested), which has a cooling sensation from the peppermint ingredient, or Human Nature’s 100% Natural Rescue Balm (new product), which has tea tree and lavender extract for anti-bacterial properties and to relieve pain and swelling.


There you have it! 10 more ways to use Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil. I’m sure there are so much more ways to use it that have yet to be discovered or shared. It’s really a dynamic product with many benefits and uses. With an open mind and willingness to experiment, who would have known that Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil can be used to against hair loss, as a sunblock or suntan oil, pole burn soother, among others?

Disclaimer: I am a Human Nature Dealer but I strive to give a fair and objective opinion on Human Nature products. After all, I am a consumer of the products myself.

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Have you tried Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil? Let me know what you think.

Review: Snoe’s Hair Heroes – The Fixer

Who wouldn’t want perfect looking hair? Whatever style or cut you have, whether you have long or short hair, having one that closely resembles a rat’s nest is definitely a no-no. But even with shampoo and devoted conditioning, extra help is needed to tame our mane.

For the past weeks I’ve had the pleasure to test Snoe’s Hair Heroes – The Fixer, thanks to my good friend Sofie. She knows how maarte I am when it comes to hair care. Similar to skin care, I can talk on and on about hair—how to take care of it, which products are best for what types of hair, et cetera—most of which come from my own experiences having gone from short to long hair, straight to curly, and what-have-yous. So I took it as a challenge to test The Fixer.
Snoe Hair Heroes The Fixer

Fast Facts

Price: Php 499.00 (about 11.00 USD)
Volume: 50ml

Product Description:
• keeps your hair in place even to the last strand •
• helps create perfectly polished up-dos, tails, braids, twists, buns and knots •
• tames wild baby hair around the hairline •
• doubles as a hand cream to protect your hands to keeping them soft and smooth •

Ingredients:Snoe Hair Heroes Ingredients
deionized water, stearic acid, mineral oil, petrolatum, glyceryl stearate, polyvinylpyrrolidone, cetyl stearyl alcohol, litsea glutinosa extract, triethanolamine, fragrance, phenoxyenthanol (and) ethylhexylglycerin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, cocos nucifera (coconut), oil, water (and) panax ginseng root extract (and) polyquaternium-11 (and) PEG-12 dimethicone (and) calcium panthothenate (and) zinc gluconate (and) niacinamide (and) ornithine HCL (and) citrulline (and) glucosamine HCL (and) biotin, hydrolyzed milk protein, BHT

Directions for Use:
• Rub a dime size on both hands and distribute evenly through dry hair with both hands from root to end. • Apply on the desired areas to create a more polished look. • For best results, use after washing and conditioning with other Hair Heroes products. •


Impressions

Scent: 10/10

100% love! I have never encountered such a heavenly scent—so heavenly I can’t even begin to describe it. Suffice it to say it reminds me of scented candles and drifting quietly into sleep and sweet dreams.

A friend, however, described it a the Shandal car air fresheners, particularly the green one (I think it’s lime).

But Snoe’s Hair Heroes – The Fixer did not smell at all like lime. Then again, this friend is a guy so go figure.

Strength: 8/10

Snoe Hair Heroes The Fixer after squeeze

1 pump

 

The Fixer indeed delivers on the hair taming category. Since the formula is quite heavy, one application instantly flattens and makes hair styling manageable. One problem I found though is that since the formula is heavy and thick, you have to be strategic in applying or else you may find your hair a tad too flat.

What I do, I apply it only on the stops and middle portion of my hair and only a miniscule amount on the curls just to keep the volume and definitions.

Ease of Use: 7/10

The formula is thick and heavy. The texture is not the same as other hair tamers that I’m used to, which are mostly hair serums (oil) and lotion type. This one is sticky so it’s quite a struggle for me.

Hair after Snoe Hair Heroes The Fixer

I applied only a little on my hair and finger brushed it.

It’s tricky to try apply this evenly on the hair. The first time, it stuck to one part only and there’s no direction on how to spread it evenly.

The container is also a bit hard to pump and I find the nozzle opening is too small. If the product requires me to use a dime size amount, then I’d be pumping several times.

It’s clever how they marketed The Fixer as a hand cream as well considering the stickiness of the product. Even if it’s not mentioned, I wouldn’t wash my hands anyway because I love the smell so much.

It also says to apply only on dry hair. I tried it on wet hair and it’s not so bad. It’s just that since it’s sticky and cream based, you might find it icky if you apply it on wet hair.

Price: 6/10

It’s just too heavy on the pocket. There are hair tamers that are more affordable than this one so I’m not so happy with the price. But if you consider the formula, its texture, the scent, quantity needed per use, and the strength, the price may be reasonable.

Just a note. I searched the Snoe website and there’s a bit of confusion because even though it’s called The Fixer, the website calls it baby hair tamer. So this may just confuse other consumers missing this product via search engine because they typed the fixer vs baby hair tamer.

Verdict: 8/10

If you you want the sophisticated and sleek look, Snoe’s Hair Heroes – The Fixer is for you. It has the a heavy, cream based formuly to tame baby hair and other wayward strands into perfection. But, if you’re not the type, you can always limit the application and do a spot application to add volume here and flatten there. In either case, your mane will still be fabulous and will smell heavenly. Not to mention your hands!

The downside is that it is pricey and application tricky. Would I recommend it! Definitely! It’s just not the perfect match for, for now.

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Have you tried Snoe’s Hair Heroes or any of their products? You can find them here.

Unboxing: BDJ September Box

After 6 months of wonderful boxes thanks to BDJ Box (March to August), I subscribed to 6 more boxes, my first for the latter being the September box. Now came the less wonderful and sad to say, disappointing of the BDJ boxes I’ve received so far. I hope this gets better.

It’s a big box, again, similar to the July BDJ Box, but unlike the latter, September’s BDJ Box is less appealing, in my opinion. More on this later.

BDJ September Box

BDJBox September 2

Contents

180ml Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner Hair Fall Defense (Php 134)
180ml Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner Standout Straight (Php 134)
6ml x 4 Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Facial Wash (Php 85 @ 50ml)
60ml Godiva LicoWhite Whitening Toner (Php 60
10g x 2 Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel (Php 150 each)
6ml x 6 capsules x 2 packets Dove Intense Repair Daily Hair Vitamin (Php 75)
200ml Jergen’s Daily Moisture (Php 153)
100ml Jergen’s Ultra Healing Lotion (Php 88)
180ml Beach Hut Clear Spray (Php 390)
4g FS Single Eye Shadow (Php 150)
5ml FS Gel Liner (Php 299)
Voucher PAC Free Make Over worth Php 1,500
Seek the Beauty in Everything You See sticker x 5
Content Catalogue

My Thoughts

More to the point, I believe BDJ Box has recycled some of their products. If not recycled, they gave away those that they can no longer sell. I’m talking about Godiva Cleansing Kit and the Beach Hut Clear Spray. I know the cleansing kit are available to buy at the BDJ Box online store and although I did not receive any Beach Hut sunblock in my previous BDJ boxes, I have a friend who told me that she subscribed to BDJ Box before and got the same exact sunblock. So this must be in the months prior to March 2014.

There's a sticky smudge here, which tells me that this has been in storage for so long already.

There’s a sticky smudge here, which tells me that this has been in storage for so long already.

The nearness of the expiration date says a lot.

The nearness of the expiration date says a lot.

The same with the BDJ May box, this month’s box has a lot of common items and I predict that I won’t be using even half of what’s in the box.

Nos

Truth be told, I have long stopped using Cream Silk (and Sunsilk). I’ve used their combination ever since I can remember but I don’t have any inclination of trying it out anymore. I’ve become sensitive when it comes to the types of chemicals that are left on my hair. SLS or SLES are the major culprits why I’ve been having pimple breakouts on my face and back. It took a long while before I found a dermatologist who informed me of this (hence my eventual awareness to Human Nature).

I’m also a bit hesitant to try the Godiva Cleansing Kit. I’ve become accustomed to my facial care regimen (having tamed my pimple and prevented any adverse reaction) that I wouldn’t want to jinx it, so to speak. I am, however, a curious about Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel so I might try it, emphasis on the might. After all, the Pond’s facial wash line did nothing to alleviate my pimple problem before (it has SLS/SLES).

I already have one FS Gel Liner, in black. Although I got a brown one in the box, I’m not too keen on trying another one from this brand. I didn’t like the formula much. The free eyeliner brush is perfect, though.

Obviously, I will not be using the Beach Hut Clear Spray. I’ve never been lucky with sunblocks, any brand. I always end up with sunburn and pimple breakouts on my face. What do I do then under the sun? I’ve tried Human Nature’s Sunflower Beauty Oil. It’s a good why to tan without any burning, trust me. It even evened out my skin tone and corrected my tan lines. Then Human Nature’s Safe Block arrived and everything was history.

Yeses and Probablies

As I’ve already mentioned, I might try the Pond’s Dewy Rose Gel

Yellow is not really my color so I’m not as happy with the FS Single Eye Shadow that I got. But since it’s makeup, perhaps I can blend it with other colors to make it work.

I’ve already begun using one of the Jergens Moisture Pack, particularly the ultra healing lotion. I remember using an earlier formulation of this (or just an earlier packaging) and it helped during those times that I got sunburn.

Finally, the Dove Intensive Repair Daily Hair Vitamin. I’m very curious about this, more because of the capsules. I’ve never used one before even though there are so many brands available.

Recap

So that’s pretty much it. You can tell by how excited or disappointed I am about certain things by the length of my posts. If it’s in the middle, then you either won’t hear from me about them or you’d be reading a relatively short post.

I sure hope the next box is good. *crossing fingers*

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What do you think?

Unboxing: BDJ July Box

Another month, another unboxing. But if you noticed, we skipped a month because there were some complications in July’s BDJ Box so it was shipped near the end of July instead of the usual first 2 weeks. Not an issue and I think the size of the box, which is bigger than the previous boxes, was supposed to make up for the delay.

BDJ July Box

The BDJ July Box is similar to the BDJ May Box in that the former is filled with assorted products and brands. Again, it’s not a purely makeup box but the products address skincare, hair care, as well as include some protective care.

Contents

July Box contents
6g Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette (Php 199)
20 wipes Nivea Pure Effect Exfoliating Wipes (Php 139)
35ml Nivea Anti-Perspirant Invisible Spray (150ml @ Php 184)
10ml Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner (100ml @ Php 109)
50ml Celeteque Back Acne Spray (Php 320)
100ml Hygienix Hand Gel (Php 45)
55ml Hygienix Hand Spray (Php 40)
30ml Vitress Heat Protect (Php 75)
30ml Vitress Hair Repair (Php 75)
89ml Keratin Complex Travel Valet Care Kit (Php 495)
250ml Pink Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist (Php 299 fruity, Php 349 happy, dreamy, naughty)

There’s only one voucher in this box from Envie Aestheticare & Medspa:

envie voucher

Of course, it wouldn’t be BDJ Box without the monthly encouraging stickers. This month, it’s

Standout Sticker

Impressions

I’m not at all enthusiastic about July’s BDJ Box. Although the size of the box is bigger than usual, this did not mean that the contents are “bigger”. There are items inside the box that I don’t care to have or see in a beauty subscription box primarily because they are less than Php 100 and because I can just get them from any store, whether a department store, drug store, grocery, or sari-sari store.

As I’ve said in my previous entries, I like being surprised and this means getting to open a box filled with items that I haven’t tried before and perhaps not even think of trying if not for my subscription. Much too common items don’t have a place in beauty subscription boxes.

Still, the BDJ July Box has redeeming items that I didn’t know existed such as the Nivea Exfoliating Wipes, the Keratin Complex Travel Valet Care Kit, the Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner, and the Pink Sugar Fine Fragrance Mist.

There are also a couple of products I’m excited to use like the Nivea Anti-Perspirant Invisible Spray and the Celeteque Back Acne Spray. Indeed, I’ve already started using these 2 to see if they indeed work. I’m thinking of making a review on these 2 items plus the Nivea Exfoliating Wipes, which I’ve also begun using.

All in all, my enthusiasm for the BDJ July Box would have been great had it not been dampened by the all too common products that were included. I just don’t think they belong. However, as I said, the other items livened my spirits as I am as much in to skin care as I am in to makeup. Let’s see how well the products I’m now using will fare in delivering their promise.

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What’s your take on the BDJ July Box? What product would you like to be reviewed? Let me know what you think!

7 Day Challenge: Organix Hair Care Set

Looking for natural products to tame, nourish, and moisturize your mane? Why not try Organix’s Hair Care Set? They have it in many variants that address different hair problems. Plus, Organix Hair Care Set contains natural ingredients that don’t cause any harm to your hair.

For the past 2 months, my BDJ boxes mostly contained makeup products. It was a pleasant surprise to receive the BDJ May Box, which had varied brands and products. Maybe it was a respite from the Benefit and Pixy products, which I think is good. I still have more than a handful of “to try” products from my BDJ Boxes, not to mention those in my BDJ Luxe Box featuring Shu Uemura.

Going back to Organix Hair Care Set, my BDJ May Box contained the following:

ogx hair care set

Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (Php 499 @ 13oz)
Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner (Php 499 @ 13oz)
Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner (Php 499 @ 13oz)
Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil (Php 499 @ 3.3oz)

Briefly, use Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil to strengthen and nourish weak hair. Use Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen to fortify thin and limp hair. Use Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco to restore shine and softness to dry and dull hair. Finally, regardless of which pair of shampoo and conditioner you use, it’s recommended that you apply Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil to fight frizz and strengthen the hair.

Sharing is Caring

Because there were so many sachets in my box, I shared some of them to two of my friends with different hair types. One had thinning and damaged hair due to so many chemical treatments her hair went through. In the span of 2 months, she changed hair color twice! So to her I gave Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner.

My other friend had thick hair, but which she always wore in a ponytail even when it’s still wet! The result was that her hair had this forever ponytail shape and it gets frizzy whenever she took her scrunchy off. So to her I gave Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.

Impressions

The shampoo and conditioner sachets were of 7.4 ml (0.25 oz) each and the box contained 3 sachets of each. With medium length hair (just below the bra line), each sachet of shampoo took about 2 uses while the conditioner took about 1.5 uses. I’m generous when it came to conditioners.

As for the Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil, there were two 3.7ml (0.125oz) sachets in the BDJ May Box. One sachet is good for at least 7 days depending on how generous you are with your hair. Mine lasted for about 10 days.

To put things into context before giving my review, I have medium length hair with naturally dark brown to black color, and it’s digitally permed since December. Normally, the perm lasts for about 4 months but 2 years ago when I first had it digitally permed, it lasted more than a year with the curls gradually uncurling. Having said that, when it comes to taking care of my mane, I’m always looking for something to retain or recover its shine and to allow it to be soft and smooth, but not heavy at the same time. Heavy hair products tend to weigh down the curls.

Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

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This would be good for those with hair prone to breakage. Although I have thin hair, breakage was not my problem. I always wore my hair down, without any accessories. If I ever needed to put my hair up, it would be on special occasions or while working out.

Sherill, my friend who I shared this with, loved it! She said that it was like going to the salon and getting a hot oil treatment. As I said, she has thick hair and with the Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, she said that her hair was smoother in a way. “Maganda ang bagsak,” she said. Meaning that her hair fell beautifully this time and not all the way up there.

As for me, it was like having an aromatherapy session while I massaged my scalp. True, the combination of both shampoo and conditioner helped smoothen my hair and it was less frizzy for having thin and limp (i.e. light) hair means that it has the tendency to bunch up or fly whichever way the wind blows.

Downside: the fact that it countered my “light” hair meant that it was a heavy product. And with digitally permed hair, I realized that it wasn’t curling as much. For reference, digitally permed hair is straight when it’s wet and the curls will only show once the hair becomes dry. So when I noticed that my hair wasn’t curling as much as it should while drying, I knew that this product wouldn’t do for me, at least so long as I have my digitally permed hair.

Upside: That having been said, this would be great for straight hair types, whether natural or artificial. It’s also good for those who want their wavy or curly hair to be less wavy or curly.

Will I buy it? Yes, if I revert to my straight hair again. For now, I’ll stick to moisturizing shampoos and conditioners that’re not as heavy on my mane.

Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner

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As mentioned earlier, this type is for thin and limp hair, which is my hair type.

I gave a shampoo and conditioner set to Sofie to try it out. As I said, her mane was very chemically treated and she’d used hair care products to lessen the damage on her hair and help prevent any form of thinning and hair fall. She liked it. Although a couple of uses was not really enough to see any results. It was still worth noting if ever she wished for a natural hair care product for her hair condition.

As for me, same with the Anti-Breakage, it was an aromatherapy session. I loved the scent in this one more than the other but it was still quite an experience. Compared to Anti-Breakage, my hair was much smoother after trying Biotin and Collagen out, without the heavy feeling.

Downside: As it did not weigh my hair down, in fact, it was much lighter, the wind blew my hair whichever way that one day that I walked at the open parking lot.

For digitally permed hair, it’s recommended that the curls are grouped together, not left as individual strands. The latter would only mean big, frizzy, and unruly hair. The Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner, with the uber smoothness it gave my hair, prevented the strands/curls from keeping together. It took constant twirling of the my hair with my fingers to keep my curls together.

Upside: As smooth as it gets, despite the twirling, my hair was shinier and much softer with this product. It was easier on the eyes and appealing to the touch as well. It didn’t matter at all that I looked like a crazy person twirling my hair. It was worth it.

Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner

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For dry and dull hair, this set promises to moisturize. I can’t say I saw any difference after trying it out, however. Of the 3 in the BDJ May Box, this was my least favorite. >.<

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m particular on fragrance. The Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco had a musky and manlike scent that I didn’t like. Compared to the other two in which I took my time lathering and conditioning my hair, this one I just wanted to wash away from my hair.

After using the set, I noticed that there was no moisture. My hair was still frizzy. I can’t say any shine materialized as promised although I can say that my hair was softer compared to other non-Organix hair care products I’ve tried.

I don’t have a third person opinion on this because I didn’t share this with any other friend. But this also meant that I’ve used the whole 3 pairs of shampoo and conditioner in my BDJ May Box and yet, I didn’t feel much positive about the product. It was disappointing.

Upside: It delivered on the promise to restore softness into dull and dry hair.

Downside: It had a scent that not every girl will like.

TIP: I find that with this set, it’s imperative to apply Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil penetrating oil in order to get better results.

Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil (penetrating oil)

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Fortunately, the penetrating oil isn’t as musky as its shampoo and conditioner counterpart. It was much acceptable, although I’ve had better similar products with much wondrous scents. Applying it after the Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner, the scent of the latter was masked, thank goodness!

As with my tip awhile ago, Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil is best used after Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner. The shine in my hair multiplied with only 2-3 drops of oil from the sachet. I’m not as generous with oil products as they are heavier on the hair and so would just uncurl my curls so I was conservative in using the penetrating oil. One sachet lasted me about 10 days.

Upside: The shine was wonderful! If the 3 hair care variants mentioned earlier contributed to the softness and smoothness of my hair, this one multiplied it!

Downside: The scent, though acceptable, wasn’t up to my standard. Also, I found that if used with non-Organix hair care set, it had a different result. For me, I applied the penetrating oil after using Human Nature’s 100% Moisturizing Shampoo (Mandarin) and Human Nature’s 100% Natural Daily Hair Treatment. Normally, with Human Nature products, my hair would already be soft and smooth. I just add Human Nature’s 100% Natural Smoothening Hair Serum to keep my curls intact and I’m ready to go.

After I applied the penetrating oil, however, which I expected to do the same as the hair serum, it only loosened my curls, not allowing them to stay together. I guess it’s the “smoothening” ingredient in the pentrating oil that affected this, but with this combination, Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil might be one product that can’t stand alone and must always be in tandem with other Organix hair products.

Will I buy this? No. But it might be good for those with long, straight hair for that silky soft feeling. As for my digitally permed hair, it won’t do.

Verdict: 7.5 / 10

Organix Hair Care Set is a great buy despite its price. It’s best if you try out samples first to find out which best fits your hair condition. Factor in if your hair is straight or curly and if the curl or straightness is natural or artificial as this will have a different reaction to the products. I didn’t have any photos of my hair to share as I’m always on the go but I did note everything that I needed to give an unbiased and unadulterated review of the products.

Now for the individual rating:

Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo and Conditioner: 8/10
Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner: 9/10
Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner: 6/10
Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil: 7/10

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Have you tried any of the Organix Hair Care products? Let me know what you think.