Getting Healthy, Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Cedarwood Essential Oil—Great for Your Hair

Cedarwood essential oil is useful for many different concerns—including curing skin problems, preventing hair loss, preventing infections, managing stress, getting rid of any moths and pests from your home, discouraging the growth of mildew, helping to cure illnesses, relieving pain.

Cedarwood essential oils gets many A’s, if not A+’s, for its many different roles, including working as the following…

  • alopecia
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • anxiety and stress
  • astringent
  • anti-ant (insecticidal)

Alopecia…This is simply another way of saying that cedarwood oil is good for your hair.

Cedarwood essential oil can help you have shinier, healthier-looking hair, especially by working to control dandruff, prevent hair loss, and promote hair growth.

1. Damaged Hair…Cedarwood essential oil has moisturizing properties that can help make your hair stronger and repair any damage you cause to your hair from frequent washing, blowdrying, styling, and so forth.

2. Dandruff…Cedarwood essential oil can help reduce any itching or drying that you might be enduring because of dandruff and other scalp conditions such as seborrhoiec eczema.

Cedarwood essential oil can help prevent seborrhoeic eczema, an infection of the epidermal cells of the scalp that results in having dry, itchy and flaking rashes on your scalp. This infection is caused by the sebaceous glands found in the scalp producing too much sebum.

3. Hair Growth and Loss…Cedarwood oil stimulates and strengthens your hair follicles. Stronger hair follicles contribute to hair growth and help prevent alopecia—which simply means hair loss and thinning hair.

Two of the best ways to use cedarwood essential oil for healthier, shinier hair are…

1. Hot Oil Treatment:…Combine eight drops of cedarwood essential oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Massage the mixture it into your scalp for about five minutes. Wait twenty minutes before washing the mixture out of your hair.

2. Shampoo... Add a few drops of cedarwood essential oil to your shampoo and conditioner.

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Getting Dressed

Vegan Dry Shampoos

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Dry shampoos are so convenient for stretching out those “Messy Hair, Don’t Care” days between actually washing your hair, saving money by stretching out the time between hair appointments, helping you get dressed on yet another manic Monday morning, and helping you look halfway decent after you just worked out.

Yet is dry shampoo worth sacrificing your planet-friendly, vegan values or your health? After all, choosing to use a vegan beauty products decreases your carbon footprint, water consumption, and energy consumption.

Obviously dry shampoo is to be used as a supplement to traditional shampoo, not a replacement. Dry shampoos cover impurities, but may not remove them.

A few brands of vegan dry shampoo are…


1. Acure Organics Dry Shampoo…

  1. Ingredients…vegan, sulfate free, paraben free and cruelty-free
  2. Price… $10
  3. Review…Makeup Alley


2.  Batiste Dry Shampoo, Clean, and Classic

  • Availability…Albertson’s, CVS, Walgreen’s, Target
  • Price…$6
  • Review…Makeup and Beauty


3. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo 


4. Hair Dance Silky Touch Dry Shampoo Powder

  • Ingredients…100% Natural, Vegan, and Cruelty-Free…NO talc, parabens, baking soda, or phtalates
  • Price…$16.99

5.  Handmade Heroes Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo

  • Ingredients…bamboo charcoal, peppermint, eucalyptus, rice powder
  • Mission…to provide entirely vegan and cruelty-free products
  • Philosophy…products are handmade – no heavy machinery or chemicals are part of the manufacturing process
  • Price…$13
  • ReviewGuru


6.   Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo

  • Availability…Sephora
  • Ingredients…USDA certified organic ingredients…totally plant-based formulation
  • Price...$32
  • Review…Girl Gone Green

7.  Skinnyskinny Rose and Black Pepper Organic Dry Shampoo

  • Availability…CVS, Walgreen’s
  • Ingredients…cornstarch, brown rice powder, white clay, horsetail powder, baking soda, orris root powder, rose & black pepper essential oils
  • Price…$32
  • Review…Indigo and Canary

8.  Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo

  1. Available in three scents…Shimmery, a tropical coconut… Lavender Citrus Mint…Blood Orange Sage
  2. Ingredients…
  3. Mission…to provide a product that is not only affordable but friendly to all living things on the planet.
  4. Price…$13
  5. Review…The Plant Philosophy
Getting Dressed

Vegan Shampoo

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As I make the transition this year to a healthier vegan and minimalistic lifestyle, one of my goals has been to vegan-friendly, cruelty free beauty products that neither contain-animal derived ingredients nor are tested on animals.

Many of the most popular in-store brands are owned by big consumer companies actually do that test their products on animals or use animal based by-products to reduce costs. Also many of the chemicals and ingredients contained in these shampoos can cause rashes, marks, and itchy skin.

Vegan shampoo is only made from completely organic plant-based ingredients and contains no harmful chemicals or toxins…and quality vegan shampoos will still give you that same amazing clean and fresh feeling as quality regular shampoos.

Factors to consider when shopping for vegan shampoos include price, reviews and overall effectiveness. Here are a few of the best cruelty-free shampoos that I have found currently on the market…

But before getting to the list, let’s talk about two frequently asked questions as far as shampooing your hair goes…

 

1.  How often should you wash your hair?

  • Washing your hair no more than twice a week should be frequently enough to help maintain natural oil production, yet achieve moisture balance. Washing your hair too often can make your hair dry out. Washing your hair too seldom can cause a buildup of oils, flaking, and redness.

 

2.  What is the “proper” way to wash your hair?

  • Always brush your hair both before and after taking your shower, preferably with a plastic vent brush. This will not only allow you to work through any tangles, but will also help prevent clogged drains.
  • When ready to start washing your hair, put a quarter-size dollop of shampoo in your hands.
  • Distribute the shampoo evenly throughout the hair, focusing on the nape of the neck, scalp, and roots because this is where dirt and oils usually collect.
  • Scrub for a complete minute before rinsing.

 

 

Now for the list that I promised…

 

1. Beauty Without Cruelty Daily Benefits

  • Ingredients…purified water, aloe vera leaf juice, lemongrass oil, sweet orange oil, lavandin oil, birch leaf extract, birch sap extract, clover blossom extract, yarrow. extract, rosemary extract, sage extract…no animal ingredients, paraben or synthetic fragrances
  • Price…$11
  • Product Review…Makeup Alley

 

2. Christina Moss Naturals Organic Shampoo

  • Ingredients… certified organic ingredients, including extracts and essential oils…NO harmful chemicals what-so-ever. No SLS, SLES, parabens, PG or PG derivatives, sulfates, dyes, synthetic fragrance or anesthetizing agents….
  • Price…$20
  • Product Review… Dry Scalp Gone

 

3. Giovanni Smooth as Silk Vegan Shampoo

  • Ingredients… grapefruit, apple and aloe extract…no parabens, lauryl or laureth sulfate…100% vegan…no animal testing or animal by-product
  • Price… $9
  • Product Review…Un-Ruly

 

4. Mukti Organics Botanique Shampoo

  • Ingredients…gluten, nut, wheat & silicone free…made entirely out of organic and non-animal-based ingredients…100% vegan …contains no beeswax or honey… 100% vegan brand who never test their products on animals, export to countries that engage in animal testing, or buy raw materials from companies that do
  • Price… $40
  • Product Review…Truth in Aging

 

 5. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

  • Ingredients…tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender
  • Price…$13
  • Product Review…Makeup Alley

 

6. Puracy Citrus & Mint Natural Shampoo

  • Ingredients…non-toxic, vegan friendly, gluten-free, biodegradable…squalene to provide endless moisture, eliminate frizz, and create frictionless hair…no sulfates, parabens, perfumes, animal by-products or other harsh chemicals…100% vegan, gluten-free, and biodegradable
  • Price…$15
  • Product Review…Perhaps Kale 

 

7. Sweet Baby Natural Shampoo

  • Ingredients…natural plant based ingredients…free from numerous harmful chemicals including sulfates, parabens, phthalates, phosphates, and dyes…specially formulated to be used on younger children and babies
  • Price…$10
  • Review…My Milky Baby

 

8. The Wonder Seed Virgin Hemp Seed Oil Shampoo

  • Ingredients…100% toxin and cruelty free…organic plant based ingredients… no toxins or chemicals…virgin organic hemp seed oil and a mix of essential sweet orange or green tree oil…
  • Price…$16
  • Product Review…Organic Bunny