I was so excited when I saw the sneak peek of this new line on Instagram! (Btw, are you following me?) I loved the amber/maroon/burnished gold packaging. I have been using the same shampoo bars for the last year and a half and I was ready for something new. The newest member of the SheaMoisture Collection is The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection.
The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection is part of SheaMoisture Community Commerce program, which seeks to fight poverty and better the lives of women globally. Ten percent of Community Commerce sales go to women-led businesses, to support communities that supply ingredients for SheaMoisture’s products, or support The Sofi Tucker Foundation, a non-profit established by the brand. Each product in the collection contains certified organic Shea Butter ethically sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils, and African Rock Fig.
The collection contains both a hair care line and body care line.
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo– This sulfate-free shampoo cleanses, while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Softens and revitalizes hair, while protecting from environmental influences. SRP: $10.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner– A rinse-out conditioner instantly softens and detangles, while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Leaves hair soft, shiny and more manageable. SRP: $10.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Complex– This potent treatment absorbs quickly to encourage a healthy scalp and lustrous, beautiful hair. Improves hair’s elasticity and promotes healthy growth. SRP: $10.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque– An intensive, deep treatment conditioning masque that infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. Smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier, frizz-free hair. SRP: $12.99.
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash– An all-purpose body wash that gently cleanses, while moisturizing dry, rough skin. Provides a creamy lather and leaves skin soft and radiant. Can also be used to create a luxurious spa bath. SRP: $9.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hand Cream– Rich in vitamins, this hand cream deeply moisturizes and provides immediate relief to dry, rough skin. Apply to hands and cuticles as needed. SRP: $5.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Butter– This comforting body butter delivers long-lasting hydration, while rejuvenating dry, rough skin. Massage into rough, dry elbows, cuticles, knees and heels. Gently enough to apply to dry lips. SRP: $11.99;
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Scrub– An invigorating scrub that gently exfoliates and nourishes with a rich blend of certified organic Shea Butter Honey, Mafura and Baobab to boost skin’s hydration. African Rock Fig helps smooth and restore softness. SRP: $10.99;
I picked up the Hydration Shampoo and the Intensive Hydration Masque from my local Target.
There is a distinct scent of honey that is not too overpowering. I actually love it. I was not thrilled at the last collection, the Manoi and Noni line, but this one is pretty.
Both products lived up the SheaMoisture standard and were quality items, but I loved the shampoo more than the masque.
Every couple of months, I like to give myself a protein treatment, to help re-strengthen my hair. Constant manipulation will eventually weaken the hair shaft and adding a treatment will fill in the weak spots.
The lovely people at SheaMoisture sent me a couple of products from one of their newest product lines, the Tahitian Noni & Monoi Collection. This is touted as their “hair smoothing system” allowing users to go from curly to straight without permanently altering the hair. According to SheaMoisture, “The protein-based treatment products smooth, soften and control frizz, leaving textured hair more manageable for up to four weeks”.
All the products contain certified organic Shea Butter, Tahitian Noni, which is an antioxidant enriched with Vitamin C to help maintain hair health, Monoi Oil, which revives damaged hair, and Keratin, Peptides and Botanical Extracts, to nourish, repair and protect distressed hair fibres. Of course this all-natural line does not contain sulphates, parabens, mineral oil and other stuff.
This line contains a number of products including the Smooth & Repair Straightening System. I got the Nourishing Hair Masque and the Hair Scalp Weekly Treatment.
I must admit that I was rather skeptical to try these products. Since the day that I decided stop relaxing, I have had zero desire to straighten my hair. So I did not want to apply anything to my hair that would alter its texture. I scrutinized the ingredients and the masque actually does not contain keratin (which is a naturally occurring protein and is the main component of hair and nails) or any ingredients that may straighten the hair. It contains mostly moisturisers and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. This masque is supposed to deeply condition the hair, impart intense moisture and strengthen and smoothen the strands.
One of the things that I love doing on the weekends (besides eating) is using an all-over body scrub. My skin gets super dry, itchy and flaky especially during the colder months. The wintery air and the dry heat of the radiator leaves my scaly. I sometimes even get dry patches that makes it look like I am moulting! So once a week, I exfoliate using a body scrub.
Exfoliation is vital to any skincare routine. The body generates new skin cells in the dermis (the innermost layer of skin) roughly every 28 days. As these new skin cells get older, they get pushed to the outermost surface of the skin (the epidermis), eventually die and gets filled with keratin (a protein). This keratin helps protect the skin from outside world. The epidermis then naturally gets eroded (or falls off) and so the cycle continues. As we get older, this constant process becomes less efficient and that leads to patches of flaky, dead skin cells that makes the skin less smooth. Also, when you apply moisturizers, serums, treatments etc., this flaky skin prevents these nutrients from getting to the deeper layers of skin. This is where exfoliation is important. When you remove this outer layer, you reveal fresher, healthier, younger looking skin and all your treatments are more effective. You want glowy skin? Start with exfoliation!
Recently I have been using the SheaMoisture Organic Argan Oil & Raw Shea Body Scrub with Frankincense & Myrrh.
Just a quick note: This weekend is the last chance to visit the SheaMoisture booth in Bryant Park at 42nd Street. They have their entire line of products including their men’s grooming and baby line (and some items that I have not seen consistently in stores). I have been hauling and I will be back for some more goodies. As I have mentioned before, I really like this natural line and they are good for naturals, non-naturals and those transitioning. I also have picked up some of their body care items that I am liking so far. I think that they may still have the 3 for $20 offer, which is a steal of a deal!!!
So head on the Bryant Park and check it out. Last day is Sunday January 8th.
I enjoyed digging into beauty this year. I loved that we embraced colour, texture, prints or anything bold. It was ok to colour block or to dress with some opulence. I love that these trends will continue into 2012. I’m over all-neutral looks.
So here’s what I loved in 2011 (in no particular order):
I love this product! I have it in Peach and it is probably the easiest blush to apply. Super smooth texture and it just melts into the skin making to colour look like it came from within. Works on all skin types. A must have in all seasons!