How Green Beauty Let Me Down
It’s no secret: I am green beauty obsessed. Ever since I discovered that an alternative to conventional and so-called ‘hypoallergenic’ beauty and personal care exists, I’ve been trying out anything I can get my hands on.
Having extremely sensitive skin since I was little, I’ve never really been able to indulge in yummy scented products or even normal makeup without reacting (my first such reaction occurred when I was 7 years old). And that’s why natural and organic products are so appealing to me: I get to play with colour and wear scented lotions without fear of reacting. Almost.
Over the past few years of playing with green beauty, I’ve come to realize that not every natural ingredient is necessarily good for you. Some are: many ingredients are more potent at delivering moisture, controlling acne or helping reduce the appearance of redness and age than their conventional counterparts. But some are not. And the biggest of those exceptions is coconut oil, and ingredients derived from it.
The main problem with coconut oil is that it is comedogenic: it clogs pores. And whenever I use it on my skin, I know right away by the fine, bumpy rash I get.
Hair Care Concerns
But this effect also occurs on my scalp. Not only do I get the rash, but I also get a horrendously itchy scalp, something that I’ve never experienced before. In fact, ever since adopting green beauty, I’ve had hair that’s more dry and unmanageable than I’ve ever experienced in my life. And while there have been a couple exceptions, it’s been nearly impossible for me to find hair care products that do not contain coconut oil or two of its more common derivatives: caprylic/capric triglyceride and sodium cocoate (saponified coconut oils or that stuff that gives products its suds).
So when Jodie Pappas, the founder of Clean Kiss Organics, reached out wanting me to test out her products designed especially for curly haired gals (I do have naturally curly hair), I jumped at the chance. Despite her use of coconut oil in some products, I am so fed up with the dryness of my hair that I am willing to try anything!
Despite my coconut oil aversion, I did actually really like this product. As soon as I put it on my hair, I realized just how dry it was and that a hair mask was what I had been missing. It’s a versatile product that can be used as either a deep conditioner in-shower, or as a hair mask.
The ingredients list is as clean as can be and very short. It contains:
- coconut oil
- shea butter
- grapeseed oil
- cetyl alcohol
- tea tree oil
- rosemary essential oil
- peppermint essential oil
And even though I have an adverse opinion concerning the overuse of coconut oil in green beauty products, I love the scent of coconut and I think it’s an amazing ingredient for moisturizing hair. This product delivers the scent of pure coconut it in droves, along with a subtly fresh herbal scent from the rosemary, peppermint and tea tree oils.
However, of the two ways to use it I like the hair mask better. When I used it as an in-shower deep conditioner, I found it didn’t rinse out very well and that it left me with greasy hair. But I found it really effective as a 15 minute hair mask under a hot towel that I can shampoo out afterwards. It was a nice addition to a self-care Sunday.
I also found that the coconut oil in this product didn’t bother my scalp as long as I kept it to the ends of my hair. Since that’s the part of my hair that needs the most love, it worked lovely at restoring moisture to my curls!
For me, this is the hero product from Clean Kiss Organics. I’ve tried a lot of detanglers and leave-in conditioners as well as curl revivers, and Kiss My Curls is something of a mash-up of all three. Despite its milky appearance, it’s super light (light enough to spritz) and has an amazingly fresh scent that I just can’t get enough of!
I also love the ingredient list of this product. It contains:
- rose flower distillate
- marula oil
- argan oil
- jojoba oil
- essential oils
The contents make it seem like it’s more of a skin care product than a hair care product – but that may be why I love it so much. Not only are these clean, healthy ingredients but they have actual, proven benefits such as calming (rose), moisturizing (marula, argan), and are compatible with the makeup of our skin (jojoba). That’s why I have no problem and no reactions to spritzing this product on my scalp.
I found that I’ve been using Kiss My Curls every day either after I shower as a detangler, or when I want to revive my second-day curls. I am loving it!
It’s difficult to me to think about any cons of this particular product. However, you can overuse it which can lead to greasy-looking hair. That’s the danger with any moisturizing product. I also found that spritzing this product over tile can lead to slippery floors, so I usually use it over carpet (is that going to lead to carpets that need a shampoo? I’ve yet to establish that! LOL).
The only other con is possibly the scent. Aromas are such a personal thing and while I love the scent of Kiss My Curls, if you’re less into fresh herbal scents such as peppermint and are more into florals or fruity scents, it may not be your thang. I don’t think it takes away from the efficacy of the product, but just thought I’d give you a head’s up!
You can buy Clean Kiss Organics products via their website here.
What about you? Do you have any products for which you’ve been unable to find a green beauty alternative? Have you found green hair care that’s free of coconut ingredients? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!