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Let You Hair Down, Tabitha James Kraan Style!

I think haircare is one of the more tricky things to get right when it comes to green beauty. I’ve always known that these organic, toxic-free formulas of shampoo/conditioner and other haircare products were better for my hair, I just wasn’t impressed with the results. I depended on my toxic go-to’s because they appeared to be giving me the effects/look/feel I wanted. So, when I started hearing about a new natural and organic haircare line – in which the word was starting spread like wildfire, I just had to check it out for myself!

 

Tabitha James Kraan has changed the organic haircare game, in the most luxurious way. Her products are gorgeous, natural and organic, completely free from harmful chemicals. The packaging is elegant, polished and the aluminum (I’m assuming) stands out against anything else I’ve seen, making this line instantly cool, luxurious and recognizable. The products were developed by organic hair guru Tabitha James Kraan who has an internationally renowned hair salon in the Cotswolds, in England. It had always been a vision of Tabitha’s to create her own collection of organic products, and for the last three years, her dream has gradually taken on reality as she’s worked with her lab, pushing the boundaries of hair alchemy, to create a range of products that meets her exacting standards.


These products are unlike any other luxury haircare products – in fact, I can’t remember the last time I found organic haircare products this luxurious! I also can’t get over the scent of these products! They have the most exquisite aromas. Especially the two pictured above!

 

Organic Dry Shampoo for Darker Hair – I love me some dry shampoo! I mean, I probably have like a sixth sense for that word…I perk up like “Dry Shampoo?! I need to try it!”  Typically, I stray away from the loose powder version of dry shampoos, buttttt, having read amazing reviews about this one, I decided why not!? Plus, the ingredients are 90% organic! So, that was comforting, and appealing to me.

 

This dry shampoo does exactly what you’d want it to do, with a really pretty, subtle scent.  I have to say, it creates great texture, however it can get a bit sandy-like after a few uses. Nothing terrible, just a bit more gritty than your usual dry shampoo. I can deal. There are so many other pros that outweigh that one tiny con! Oh, and the bottle will probably last you forever (it’s 6.7 fl.oz) depending how much you use it – which you really don’t need a ton to get the job done.

 

Organic Hair Perfume – So, if you haven’t noticed by now, TJK products aren’t the cheapest. I suppose that comes with the territory of luxury haircare, with organic, amazing, high quality ingredients. This Hair Perfume is (oddly) the most expensive product in the line at £49 (about $76 USD). Essentially, this perfume is a mixture of floral waters…how the heck was this supposed to impress me – or work!? Well, just as I’ve discovered with all of TJK‘s products, it works, really well…annnnd this has to be one of my favourite products!

 

You know those days where you know you need to wash your hair, but just end up putting it up in a bun? Or, in my case (short hair), a low pony-tail or messy pinned back hairdo? This perfume works WONDERS. Not only does it leave my hair smelling divine (seriously, unreal smelling) A few spritzes of this all over, followed by a gentle brush brings life to my hair! The packaging of this product is awesome, it has a spritzer which is perrrrrfect. It disperses a fine mist (which in turn makes you feel like you’re covering most of your head equally) rather than squirting the product out and feeling like you’re wasting precious drops of (very expensive) hair perfume. I recently learned that spraying normal perfume in your hair can damage it due to the alcohol content, (don’t worry – there’s NONE in this!) so a specialized hair perfume – such as this one – full of amazing organic oils is a much better option.


Amber Rose Hair Cleanser – Correct cleansing is the foundation to any good hair care routine. I mean, duh..that’s what we’re essentially wanting right? Clean hair. Well, the TJK Amber Rose Hair Cleanser will not only clean your hair, but it’ll restore it, AND revive your scalp so it’s healthy and nourished. This wonderful, certified organic formulation of aloe vera, oatmilk, argan oil, coconut oil, rosehip oil, essential oils of rose, patchouli, neroli, chamomile and ylang ylang, will nourish and protect your hair while giving you incredible shine and body.

 

4-In-1 Conditioner – My second favourite product from TJK! This is a multi-usage ‘miracle’ conditioner which can be used traditionally, as a leave-in treatment, a nourishing scalp cream and a texturise & curl styling cream. I know…amazing, right? Who wouldn’t want a 4-in-1 product that does all of these things?! Keeps it simple.

 

This 4-in-1 Conditioner moisturizes perfectly without being heavy. That is one of my biggest pet peeves, a conditioner that (even after it’s rinsed out) feels heavy, greasy and in turn leaves your hair looking and feeling dirty. I love that its lightness makes it appropriate as a leave-in treatment – something I’d NEVER do before because of those above-mentioned reasons. I love the ingredients it contains! A beautiful blend of certified organic rosehip oil, argan oil, coconut oil and essential oils of neroli, tangerine, bergamot and myrrh. Ooh, la la!


If you’d like to follow Tabitha James Kraan, check the links below:

Twitter: @TabithaJK

Instagram: @tabithajk

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tabithajk/

 

Thanks for dropping by! See you again soon!!

xo

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Laurel. Plants, Love, Science

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Plants. Herbs. Flowers. All beautiful things, and incredibly beneficial to our well-being. Not only within the food pyramid, but for our bodies and skin. So, what makes Laurel different from any other line of organic skincare? Their whole plant, flower and herb based ingredients. Their biodynamic and raw, unrefined whole plant ingredients. Their purity, unmatched.

 

I was incredibly excited to try out Laurel and after about a week of testing these lovely products (aren’t they packaged so elegantly?), here’s a quick little review of their benefits, ingredients and why you should try them out!

 

Why Laurel is different:

  • No water, no alcohol, no fillers: ONLY beneficial active plants
  • 100% Whole Plant Organic Formulas
  • No chemically refined plant ingredients
  • No toxins or synthetics of any kind
  • Handmade with love
  • Artisan farm sourced ingredients

 

You sold yet? I am. Properly nourishing your face and skin is just as important as nourishing your body. Laurel balances, cleanses, nourishes and heals. Almost imm ediately.


Hands down one of my favourite Laurel products to use at the moment. The Anti-inflammatory Serum does exactly what you think it does. It soothes, calms, and restores your skin. If I’m just a little bit red around my jawline, or nose, I gently pat it on those areas. It works wonders to dry skin too, and it has plant ingredients in it that have been linked to sun-protection. Here’s a little overview:

 

Skin type:

  • Sensitive / Rosacea / Inflamed / Acne / Reactive skin
  • 100% Whole Plant Organic
  • 25 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:
    • Borage  reduces inflammation, high in essential fatty acids, prevents wrinkles and scarring
    • Blue Chamomile – cooling, anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerative for skin, and heals scars
    • Baicall Skullcap – a powerful anti-inflammatory, used to manage all types of inflammation in the body, and rich in antioxidants
    • Helichrysum – anti-inflammatory, cleansing, antiseptic, and cell regenerating
    • Lemon balm – high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal inflamed/problem skin

 

“The Anti-Inflammatory facial serum is an ideal moisturizer for sensitive skin, cystic acne, and rosacea, as well as all skin types suffering from any signs of inflammation. Signs of inflammation include dry patches, redness, uneven skin tone, breakouts, eczema, collagen loss, broken capillaries, and so on. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and rapid absorption, as well as its healing and soothing nature, are truly transformative.

 

This serum features a whole plant blend of: Chinese Skullcap, LicoriceChamomile, and Astragalus to help to reduce inflammation, soothe dry patches, treat broken capillaries, even skin tone, and reduce redness, as well as breakouts. Addressing inflammation is step one of of ALL skin care regimes, because when the skin is inflamed, it cannot function in a healthy way. An earthy, herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Helichrysum, Lemon Balm, Blue Chamomile, Neroli, and Myrrh is added to calm, soothe, and restore skin health.

 

**Like the other Laurel Whole Plant Organic serums, this serum also contains plants that have been linked to sun protection, such as Red Raspberry Seed, Cranberry Seed, and Jojoba.**”

 

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This Healing Balm is THE BOMB…or should I say the balm? (But really.) This thing works miracles. For example, I had some sort of dry patch near my mouth, applied a dab on it before bed and woke up to it completely soft and restored. Crazy! I love when products just simply work!

 

Skin type:

  • All skin types
  • 100% Whole Plant Organic
  • 14 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:

    • Helichrysum – anti-inflammatory, cleansing, antiseptic, and cell regenerating
    • Tamanu – anti-inflammatory, wound healing, antibacterial, stimulates skin immunity, treats broken capillaries, delays onset of freckles and hyper-pigmentation
    • Pomegranate – a powerful antioxidant, deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer
    • Calendula – promotes cellular healing, has beneficial skin restoration properties
    • Lavender – anti-inflammatory, promotes growth of new cells, calming and cooling to skin

 

“The Healing Balm is a truly magical heal-all and can benefit any skin type. From extremely sensitive faces, to occasional cuts and scrapes, and on to more extreme cases of eczema or dermatitis – this is a must have for any medicine cabinet. This balm features a whole plant blend of Calendula, Comfrey, Lavender, Yarrow, Marshmallow, and Self Heal to soothe, heal, calm inflammation, and treat irritations. A sweet herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Lemon Balm, and Helichrysum is included to soothe, heal, and treat skin irritations.”

 

That Self Heal ain’t a joke. This balm will be a mandatory staple for my skincare regimen for years to come!

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Just the name “elixir” sounds magical to me. This Facial Elixir: Oily/Combination is absolutely that.

 

Skin type:

  • Oily / Combination / Acne
  • 99% Whole Plant Organic
  • 22 Beneficial Active Ingredients, some of which are:
    • Chamomile – anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, softens and protects, soothes and calms all skin types
    • Neroli – regenerates skins cells, improves skins elasticity
    • Lavender – anti-inflammatory, calming and cooling to skin, promotes growth of new cells, and has a balancing action of oil production
    • Meadowsweet – astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing, and helps calm rashes and irritation
    • Lemon Balm – high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and helps heal inflamed/problem skin

“The Oily/Combination Elixir is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and refreshing to the skin. It is full of bioavailable nutrients, which make it a powerful anti-aging tool.

This nutrient dense elixir features Calendula, which is a soothing antimicrobial, as well as wound healing Self Heal and Meadowsweet.Chamomile and Helichrysum are soothing and anti-inflammatory, reducing any redness. Licorice, Rose Geranium, and Rose encourage balance and detox. Neroli, Frankincense, and Lavender are all abundantly strong notes in this blend, making skin regeneration paramount. Non-alcoholic and non-drying Witch Hazel is high in antioxidants, reduces swelling, and helps to relieve congested skin. A soft, fresh, herbal blend of organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Lavender, Neroli, Lemon Balm, Helichrysum, andRoman Chamomile is included to soothe, clear, and heal troubled skin types.”

SO GREAT!

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So those are some of my favourite products, and here are two amazing extras! You can read more about them by clicking on their photos! :)

 

Facial Cleanser: Oily/Combination

 

Facial Exfoliant: Almond Grain

 

 

You can follow Laurel on..

Instagram: @laurelskin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurelWholePlantOrganics

Twitter: @laurelskin

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/laurelwpo/

 

Thanks for reading, see you again soon! Xo

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