Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride. I received free products for the purpose of this review and giveaway. All opinions are my own.
From May to July, I am participating in a summer series to test and review Puritan’s Pride products along with three other amazing ladies: Fitnessmomwinecountry, Fit Mama Love, and Confessions of a Mother Runner. Be sure to check out their awesome blogs!
— Brie Hemingway (@briehemingway) May 13, 2015
We have a theme for each month. May is hair care, followed by skin care in June and “all things summer” in July. The hair care products we are reviewing for May are:
- Coconut Oil
- Moroccan Argan Oil
- Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner
- Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner
- Healthy Hair Formula with Biotin
About me & my hair
I like to think I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to hair care … maybe a little too low maintenance. I can’t even remember when the last time I had my hair cut but I do know I got it cut to shoulder length and now it’s midway down my back. It’s been years since I dyed it.
I buy my shampoo and conditioner from Superstore and I always cheap out. I don’t use any other hair products like frizz tamer even though I desperately need it. I do get quite a few compliments on my hair but if you look close I have crazy split ends and my hair is constantly dry.
Most days, I wash my hair either in the morning or the night before, let it air dry, and then throw it in a pony tail or occasionally a braid. If I’m going out somewhere fancy, I might blow dry my hair and either curl or straighten it, but that’s rare. I run three to five days a week so I can’t be bothered to spend much time and effort on a nice hairdo when I know it won’t last long.
Hair care products
Price: 3 for $10.99 or 6 for $21.98
This product is literally just one ingredient: coconut oil. I mean, why would anyone want to add anything? Coconut oil is amazing for so many things!
For the past year or so, I have been using coconut oil on and off as face and body moisturizer and once or twice as a hair mask. Not surprisingly, it can be a bit oily and take a while for your skin to absorb. If you are using it for a face moisturizer, I recommend waiting a while between applying coconut oil and putting on makeup.
Since I received the Puritan’s Pride products, I’ve been putting the coconut oil on my dry, split ends before bed.I recommend using it sparingly because it can be a bit greasy looking, although my super dry hair seems to absorb most of it by morning. The best part about using coconut oil? There’s no fillers, no added fragrances, no parabens, no petroleum or sodium lauryl sulfate, no artificial color, no animal testing, and it’s made of 100% vegetarian ingredients!
Price: 3 for $27.99 or 6 for $55.98
This is my first experience with Moroccan argan oil and it’s definitely lived up to the hype. Similar to coconut oil, I’ve been using it as a moisturizer for my face, hands, and split ends. I’ve found that it is lighter, less oily, and more easily absorbed than coconut oil and comes in a small-ish bottle with a dropper. It also has only one ingredient: organic argania spinosa kernel oil. Argan oil’s claim to fame is that it contains Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and protective antioxidants.
My face is prone to breakouts and lucky for me I have both oily and dry skin. I am particular about the products I use on my hair due to proximity to my face (especially at night when everything gets smushed all over my pillow) so I love using products on my hair, like the Moroccan argan oil, that are skin friendly as well!
Price: 3 for $11.99 or 6 for $23.98
Goodbye crappy TRESemmé shampoo and Dove conditioner!
I don’t know much about shampoo and conditioner, but I do know that paraben-free products are good! However, I thought they were really expensive and bought only at salons, which apparently isn’t true. I was excited when I noticed on the label that the Puritan’s Pride coconut oil shampoo and conditioner are paraben-free and very reasonably priced!
What are parabens? (Source: DavidSuzuki.org)
Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. … An estimated 75 to 90 per cent of cosmetics contain parabens (typically at very low levels). Parabens easily penetrate the skin. … The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as Category 1 priority substances, based on evidence that they interfere with hormone function. Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. They have been detected in human breast cancer tissues, suggesting a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancer. … In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage. … It has been estimated that women are exposed to 50 mg per day of parabens from cosmetics.
It seems like something to be aware of and try to avoid or at least limit when possible. In addition to no parabens, the shampoo and conditioner also boast no petroleum, no phthalates, no artificial color, and no animal testing. Although I’m not familiar with all the ingredients in these products, they do list them on their website, which I think is really great.
My fiance wants me to stress the fact that the coconut oil shampoo and conditioner smell amazing! I believe his exact words were something about “exotic coconut.” Needless to say, it’s his new favourite shampoo and conditioner. I’d like to point out that he shaves his head and is left with barely 2 mm long hair so it seems completely unnecessary for him to even wash his hair.
Price: 3 for $19.99 or 6 for $39.98
After using the coconut oil shampoo and conditioner, I immediately noticed that the Puritan’s Pride biotin shampoo and conditioner have a more artificial scent. They still smells really good but you just can’t beat the freshness of exotic coconut! On the plus side, I also found that the biotin shampoo rinses really easily out of my hair and the conditioner leaves it noticeably soft and smooth. I had never heard of biotin until receiving these products so I had to look it up.
What is biotin? (Source: University of Maryland Medical Center)
Vitamin H, more commonly known as biotin, is part of the B complex group of vitamins. All B vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly.
The Puritan’s Pride healthy hair supplement includes biotin, folic acid, and L-Cysteine. I had only a vague idea of what folic acid is and I had never heard of L-Cysteine so I decided to do some quick research.
What is folic acid? (Source: University of Maryland Medical Center)
Vitamin B9, also called folate or folic acid, is one of 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body use fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. Folic acid is the synthetic form of B9, found in supplements and fortified foods, while folate occurs naturally in foods.
What is L-Cysteine? (Source: University of Maryland Medical Center)
Cysteine is an amino acid, a building block of proteins that are used throughout the body. When taken as a supplement, it is usually in the form of N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC). The body makes this into cysteine and then into glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight free radicals, harmful compounds in the body that damage cell membranes and DNA. Researchers think free radicals play a role in aging as well as the development of a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer.
I’m pretty adverse to taking pills and medications unless absolutely necessary. I generally only take a Vitamin B12 supplement since I eat a most vegan diet. However, most information I read, including the previously referenced University of Maryland Medical Center post, indicated that “… biotin has not been associated with side effects, even in high doses, and is considered to be non-toxic.”
So I decided to try it but it’s a difficult one to review. With all the Puritan’s Pride products I’ve been trying out it’s hard to gauge whether the supplement is effective or not but I’m going to continue to try it!
Overall, the attention and pampering my hair and skin have received has led to an improvement. I’m looking forward to getting a hair cut in the near future so I can lose the split ends and fully enjoy my new soft, shiny hair! I will continue to use these products and will consider re-ordering when I run out. If I had to pick just one favourite product, I would definitely choose the Moroccan argan oil.
Stay tuned for skin care month in June!
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