Pura d’or Hair Products & Argon Oil {review}

Hi Loves!  I have another awesome product review thanks to BrandBacker!  While I did not pay for this product or receive compensation for it – this review is my honest opinion and thoughts of this product.

About Pura d’or:

  • For more than four years, Pura d’or has been growing a culture planted on a natural set of values and beliefs. But when all is said and done it comes down to one unified mission—to create organic personal care solutions that naturally work.
  • All our ingredients are grown on trees, not in test tubes. Our products are artisanally handcrafted by a hybrid team of artists and scientists, not by machines. Some say that this is a step backward, but we believe that this is a step in the direction of how things should be
  • Pura d’or creates better beauty products from ingredients that are not only naturally beneficial, but are also sustainably grown and raised with respect for the animals that eat them and the people who produce them.

I was able to try a shampoo, conditioner, and argon oil.

Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo $24.99

Pura d’or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Argan Oil Based Shampoo is free from harsh chemicals that are the current and leading cause of many chronic hair conditions. Our shampoo is free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens, DEA, gluten, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and harsh preservatives. This gentle formula is fortified with an organic blend of argan oil, B vitamin complex, biotin, nettles extract, saw palmetto, He Shou Wu (Fo-ti) and other clinically proven natural ingredients to aid against hair loss.
Ingredients are specially selected for increased bioavailability and maximum absorption. Our Shampoo starts by nourishing hair follicles with essential nutrients to reverse any damage and begin the healing process. Biotin strengthens hair strands, niacin increases circulation and our exclusive DHT Blocker Blend promotes healthy hair growth. Continued use will prevent further hair loss. Safe for daily use, for all hair types both men & women.

Pura d’or Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner is made from 99% vegetable base ingredients. Our conditioner is free from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), DEA, parabens, gluten, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and harsh preservatives. Coconut and vegetable proteins help hydrate, heal and repair damaged hair from root to end without adding weight or buildup.

This gentle formula is infused with organic argan oil to add shine, body and moisturizers to all types of hair. Pura d’or conditioner’s unique proprietary ingredients promote control, manageability and superior smoothness. All the benefits of a premium conditioner without the chemicals. As well as being pH balanced and fortified with Multi-Vitamins. Safe for daily use, for all hair types.

Pure and Organic Argan Oil $24.99

Pura d’or Pure and Organic Argan Oil is produced using the highest standards in the industry. Our Argan oil is imported from South Western Morocco. Cold Pressed, unrefined with no chemicals added. Safe for all skin, hair and nail types.

My Thoughts:

  • Shampoo:
    • I have medium length, thick hair that is thinning in the front around my temples.  I use about 3 pumps of this and massage it into my scalp and then let it sit for a couple minutes while I wash my face.
    • It has a nice, clean, herbal scent.  I think I notice a bit of witch hazel but I’m not sure.
    • Leaves my hair feeling soft and clean after rinsing.
    • Doesn’t have much of a lather since its sulfate free but does have enough of a lather so you know its working!
  • Conditioner:
    • I LOVE the scent of this – lavender & vanilla – its a beautiful and relaxing combination.  Since I wash my hair at night, it is like a spa treatment before bed!
    • This conditioner leaves hair feeling silky and soft after rinsing out and as it dries.
    • I let my hair air dry until its about 80% dry and then I finish with my hair dryer.  Once dry my hair feels nourished, soft, and shiny.
  • Argon Oil:
    • First time I tried this I got too much on my face and did get a sort of allergic reaction from the product.  My face broke out in red splotchy bumps that eventually dried out after a couple days.  I’ve never used pure oil on my face before so learned my lesson.
    • Love using on dry patches on my hands and cuticles.  I’m not sure about you but winter is doing a number on my hands.  Between being sick, everyone having colds, and the frigid air – they are a dry mess!  One spot is so dry it was on the verge of cracking.
    • This is also nice on the ends of my hair for an extra bit of shine and extra nourishment.

Bottom Line:
This line is awesome!  After using this for about two weeks I haven’t noticed any hair regrowth but did notice a bit less breakage and my hair is softer than its been in a long time!  The products smell amazing and I feel like I’m using something really safe and natural on my hair.  I’m definitely going to be getting more of this when I run out.  After two weeks I barely even notice a dent in the amount of product so its great to know that these will also last a while since they are more expensive.  If you buy both the shampoo and conditioner – its going to cost $50!  However- right now – I have to say its totally worth every penny!

Have you tried organic hair products?  Whats your favorite brand?  I’d love to try some others and see how this compares, especially if they are drugstore lines!

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck today!

GL Gets Fit #30 {pleurisy…winning!}

Fitness motivation! Check out our workouts that WORK! http://kingworkouts.com/Hello Loves!  If you read my title – yes in week 2 of the pleurisy battle – it was still kicking my butt.  There were times where sneezing was causing me to double over in pain as my lung seemed to seize up like I crinkled it up in my hand.  Sound dramatic?! :)  It really was intense but all I kept doing was taking Tylenol and Advil and hope to keep the pain in check.  I’m way too stubborn to request pain meds from the doctor – I’m tough…or I try to be! Continue reading

InstaNatural Skincare Vitamin C Products {review}

Hello Loves!  Its time for another fun review!  I’ve been super lucky to team up with some companies through BrandBacker to try some great new products.  Disclaimer: I did not purchase these products, I was sent them for free to try and share my thoughts with you.  This review is an honest account of what I thought of the product.

I’ve been on the hunt for “natural” skincare products that are good for my skin.  Your skin is your largest organ – be careful what you’re putting into it!  I’m not all organic but I’ve been making a conscious effort to start thinking about what I’m putting on my skin, in my skin, and into my body lately.  When the chance to review a company like this came about I thought it would be a good way to test the waters and possibly improve my skin at the same time!

First a little about InstaNatural:
InstaNatural offers a range of beauty products focused on using natural and organic ingredients. We manufacture and distribute high quality products, while focusing our attention on our customers.

I was able to try 3 products from their Vitamin C line. Below are the products an links to their store to purchase the item or learn more about it.

Vitamin C Facial Toner – 100% Natural and Organic Anti Aging Face Toner With Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, MSM & More – 4 ounces $17.49

  • InstaNatural’s Pore Tightening Vitamin C Facial Toner is an all-in-one hydrator infused with anti-aging ingredients to leave your skin feeling refreshed and balanced with each pump of its formula. Vitamin C in the mist helps renew skin by neutralizing free radicals and UV-related damage to protect and strengthen the skin. Witch Hazel’s astringent properties purify oily skin and tighten pores, all while the sulfur works synergistically with other ingredients to increase skin elasticity. With each spray, your face is restored to natural pH levels and is in prime condition to absorb serums and moisturizers effectively.

Vitamin C Serum 20% with Retinol 2.5%, Salicylic Acid 2%, B3 and Tea Tree Oil – Anti Aging and Skin Clearing Serum for Face, Acne & Blemishes $21.95

  • InstaNatural’s Anti-Aging Skin Clearing Serum is a comprehensive solution for those who want to reverse the signs of aging while treating acne and hyperpigmentation. This potent formula includes many key active ingredients to treat and soothe blemished and irritated skin. Sulfur penetrates the skin deeply for maximum results, allowing retinol and salicylic acid to unclog pores while niacinamide removes redness and inflammation. Simultaneously, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid restore health to damaged skin by repairing sun damage and micro scarring, all while delivering a youthful, radiant glow.

Vitamin C Cream Moisturizer 20% For Face – Best Anti Aging Facial Lotion 3.4 oz $19.97

  • InstaNatural’s Vitamin C Moisturizer contains a proprietary blend of supercharged antioxidants and other powerful ingredients that can help you achieve a healthy and glowing complexion. Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant agent, which can help protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and UV rays. Our moisturizer will deliver a potent 20% dose of Vitamin C to your skin, along with other nourishing ingredients – such as Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Plant Stem Cells – that work together to reduce the appearance of signs of aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, discoloration and dryness.

My Thoughts-

  • I used the products in the order I listed them above.  After washing my face I would spray on the toner and let it dry.  Then I would apply 3-4 drops of the serum to my fingertips and pat it onto my face focusing on areas where I was more prone to breakouts like my forehead, nose, and chin.  Once that was dry I applied a dime sized amount of moisturizer to my skin.
  • Products have a slight citrus scent, however the toner scent seems a little off to me.  The spray toner doesn’t smell bad but its not orange either! (Maybe grapefruit?)  I’m never sure how much to spray on so I erred on the side of caution and did 3-4 spritzes on my face ensuring that I get it evenly distributed.  The mist is quite fine and seems to absorb almost instantly which I loved!  I’m lazy in the mornings so like to cut my timing close as far as getting out the door and to work on time.  I don’t like to wait around long for a product to “soak” in.
  • The serum is milky and white.  It also seems to soak right into my skin within seconds!  I had bumps on my forehead that I wasn’t sure how to clear up because they weren’t exactly breakouts.  This helped in drying them out and getting a few to go away.  However – it was too drying – after using this and the toner morning & night for a week my skin was dry, itchy, and flaking in places.  I’ve since switched using less and just putting the serum on my problem areas instead of putting any excess on other areas of my face like my cheeks.
  • The moisturizer is light but takes a bit to soak in.  After using two products that nearly disappear into my skin in seconds this one took a little more work.  The first time I tried this I did a full pump. Big mistake – for me anyways!  I really hate being wasteful and this pump produced a quarter sized dollop in my hand.  If you read above – I only need about a dime sized amount so I found that less is more for me.  I then applied the product and was shocked the first few times because as you’re working into your skin – in upword motions – it leaves behind a white film.  (I’m used to using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Gel which just seems clear and absorbs right away.)  Don’t worry ladies – after about 5 seconds it does disappear and absorbs shortly after.  I was worried that it would be too heavy and thick for my combination skin but not to fret – my skin doesn’t mind!

Bottom Line:

I think this line is awesome for anyone who suffers from acne.  Since it is more drying – I’m going to stick with using it once a day.  My skin has calmed down in the past few years from steady acne so using this twice daily is little too harsh for me.  If I found this line 10 years ago – it would have been wonderful and quite a bit cheaper that Murad! Although Murad did work for me.  This is a great system for anyone with combination skin and despite being drying – it didn’t cause any crazy reaction with my somewhat sensitive skin.

Do you suffer from the occasional break out?  What is your go to to clear up your skin or treat the problem area?

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck!

GL Gets Fit #29 {pleurisy}

Skinny Ms. is all about creating healthy habits, not restrictions!  Find out more about our delicious healthy recipes, workouts, fitness challenges, and meal plans.  This is my philosophy.Hi Loves!  So that cold from hell – was still hanging on.  After I did an hour of yoga Monday night – I was feeling great except for this dull pain in my side.  At the time I thought I might have pulled something.  However, it got progressively worse on Tuesday and Tuesday night so after battling this cold for 3 weeks – I caved and went to the doctor.  After finding out I still have a respiratory infection, I also have pleurisy in my left lung.   Continue reading

Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum {review}

Disclosure: I was sent this product by BrandBacker.  I did not purchase this product but will let you know my honest impression of it and if its worth trying.

Hello Loves!  I have another skin care review for you!  (I’ve been blessed with some great opportunities from BrandBacker to try some fun products so there are at least a couple more reviews coming!)  I’ve never really been into serums and oils for my face.  For whatever reason I just can’t get into using them on a regular basis…until now!

I’ve been trying out the Valentia Even Glow Serum.  Here’s some information about the product.
To visit their site click here!

  • SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS INCLUDE: Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, Green Tea Extract, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, and Resistem (Plant Stem Cells). All ingredients chosen for their anti-aging properties and ability to enhance Vitamin C efficiacy on your face and skin.
  • EVENS SKIN TONE | INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE: Vanquish dark spots and revitalize your skin with this new generation Vitamin C serum along with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and visibly brighter. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.
  • LUXURIOUS SMELL + ALL DAY HYDRATION – Experience the most addictive Vitamin C Serum on the market today. Non-Watery texture allows for greater coverage with less serum, deeply penetrating and reducing pores by locking in moisture.
  • REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES: Special ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Sea Buckthorn oil work to plump up the skin, reducing wrinkles leaving skin clearer and younger.
  • BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION: The presence of Organic Rosehip Oil and a foundation of 20% Vitamin C increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your face… LIFETIME GUARANTEE- Try our Even Glow Serum Today – RISK FREE
  • Its 1.18 oz and $35.00 at Amazon.com  It also qualifies for free shipping!

My thoughts:

  • I’ve been using this for about two weeks and have been using it every night.  I apply 3-4 drops to my fingers and pat it onto my face.  I then wait a few minutes for it to absorb into my skin before applying my moisturizer.
  • The first thing I noticed is that I love that it has a lovely and light orange scent.  Its not overpowering but its just a nice little bonus to using the serum.
  • Next – its not clear.  Its actually a milky orange/gold color that seems thick.  As I mentioned, I’m new to the serum world so maybe thats normal?!
  • After about a week I could tell my skin was getting better and I could definitely see an improvement in my skin becoming more hydrated. (After battling a cold for a couple week and my face is parched!)

Bottom Line:  I LOVE THIS!  I love the scent, the consistency, the dropper, the packaging – all of it!  I also traveled with it and was hesitant since its in a glass bottle but I carefully packed it in my bag and it survived the road trip just fine!

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck today!  Do you use serums?  Whats your favorite or suggestion for my combination skin?

GL Gets Fit #28 {a break}

"enough sleep is just as important for good health as nutrition and exercise"Hi Loves!  Last week after coming off traveling, the end of the cold that wouldn’t got away and a concert late Thursday night,  I only got one day of exercise in.  I’m a little mad at myself since I was able to do 6 weeks of 90 minutes of exercise but I was seriously dragging.  With that – I slacked off and made last week a recovery week.  I feel that if your body is dragging that much and you’re nearly falling asleep at work or taking a cat-naps over lunch – its time for rest!  So I did. Continue reading