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Balanced Guru Organic Scalp Detox Review

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Balanced Guru

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Balanced Guru:

“At Balanced Guru, we are a group of individuals who are both passionate and devoted to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness and how it translates to all aspects of beauty in the world.

Often, this beauty is reflected in how balanced our bodies and our minds are. In an effort to produce a thoroughly researched and effective product, our hope is to facilitate a balance between your inner and outer beauty. Thus, we have created a product line where you will be able to balance your mind, body, and spirit. At Balanced Guru, we strongly believe that we are all gurus and we are all students searching for balance and peace. It is our belief that this notion of achieving physical, emotional, and spiritual balance is at the core of our wellbeing. With that in mind, the ingredients we use are 100% congruent with the things we value most. At Balanced Guru our promise to you is to offer the finest certified organic choices that have been carefully formulated based on ancient eastern wisdom and modern scientific research. With every step of the process we operate from our strong belief of an ethical, environmental, and social responsibility.

We have made a conscious and passionate decision to promote wellbeing for ourselves, to others, and to our planet, by weighing the impact of the ingredients, packaging materials, and processes we choose to use and the ways in which we give back to our communities. Although we feel everyone possesses a unique inner and outer beauty, we hope you find a way to maintain and nourish your beauty inside and outside through the wide variety of products we offer.”

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Balanced Scalp Detox

About:

“Even your scalp needs a break from time to time. Give your tired roots the rest they need with this detoxifying scalp treatment. Our astringent blend of Oregano, Tea Tree Oil and Rosemary essential oils will help begin the detox process, while Algae, sea Kelp and Brahmi help to rejuvenate tired roots. For best results, give your hair a break from styling products as well.

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Alcohol Denat*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Aqua (Water), Cymbopogan Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil*, Ascophyllum Nodosum (Kelp) Extract*, Spirulina Platensis (Spirulina) Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil*, Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi) Powder*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil*, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Oil*.

* Certified Organic Ingredients.”

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My Thoughts:

My first thought before trying this detoxifying scalp concoction was: I could make this myself, but it would be expensive. I usually begin to make things myself when I believe the ingredients are subpar. In this case, the ingredients are sublime!

Besides the fact that I am completely in love with the Balanced Guru’s mission and mindset; this is a fantastic, high-quality & organic product. I couldn’t ask for anything better in regards to the ingredient list.

The scent of this blend is very herbaceous and multi-faceted. I’ve been applying it to my scalp about 30 minutes before showering. I use a very clarifying, organic shampoo (which I would recommend in this case) to wash my hair and it rinses out this oil beautifully. I would imagine it’s easy to rinse out since the base of this treatment is aloe vera and the other ingredients are essential oils (which are not fatty oils–what are more like water in regards to consistency).

I don’t have issues with a lack of hair growth nor flaky skin on my scalp, but I’d recommend this to someone that does. If you’re looking for a natural remedy to help stimulate hair growth, this product is a good choice. It’s also perfect for a girl like me who exercises frequently, gets sweaty and needs a healthy hair boost from time to time. For me, once a week has been sufficient. I’d imagine you could use this treatment more often if your hair is extremely dull and lacks liveliness.

Besides leaving the roots of your hair lifted and revitalized, it helps detoxify the skin on your scalp–and who doesn’t want that? Healthier skin on your head means healthier hair.

This is an excellent, unique product and I highly recommend it to those looking to achieve their healthiest hair and scalp.

Aucocisco Naturals Coconut + Turmeric Facial Mask & Ayurvedic Serum

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Aucocisco Naturals

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

I was delighted to get these two products from a company who has a passionate focus on natural skin care. Here is a bit about Aucocisco Naturals:

Aucocisco Naturals creates artisan skin and hair care products from the highest quality botanical and wildcrafted ingredients.  Based on the maine coast, we utilize our natural surroundings whenever possible to source elements of our products — such as sea salt full of north atlantic minerals, local beeswax, and wild juniper berries, rosemary, and rose hips. Our products also incorporate herbs, oils, and techniques of the ayurvedic tradition. We believe that natural beauty means not covering up who you are, but revealing your inherant beauty with products that sustain your health and emotional wellbeing.  

We never use synthetic dyes, fragrances, extenders, sulfates, parabens, silicones, pegs, or petroleum products. we choose nontoxic preservatives as needed.  To extend the shelf life of our products to their fullest, we recommend storing them in a cool, dry, and dark place. our packaging is reusable and/or recyclable. our products and their ingredients are not tested on animals.

We use scientifically proven, non toxic, and nonparaben-based preservatives when a product’s formulation calls for it.  We choose preservatives with careful consideration of their effectiveness at protecting you from harmful bacteria, and with consideration of their environmental impact.  Our preservatives of choice are lactobacillus ferment (derived from radish root) and aspen bark extract.  These ingredients are biodegradable and are not shown to cause any human or environmental toxicity. Our oil-based and dry products are completely preservative-free.” 

Conscious skin care that is focused on plants; I dig it!

Coconut + Turmeric Facial Mask

Aucocisco’s Description:

“Invigorating, skin-brightening and vegan natural facial mask featuring coconut milk and turmeric root powders. Spices have been used in Ayurvedic skin care traditions for hundreds of years. This mask is well-suited for normal to oily skin. Delicious, rich scent complimented by non-sensitizing bergamot essential oil. Turmeric and bergamot help clarify skin, coconut milk powder softens, and gentle kaolin clay draws out excess oil.

This is a dry mix, which means it is free of preservatives and can be customized to your needs. Simply take 1/2 tsp of powder and mix with a few drops of your choice of liquid, and mix to form a paste. Smooth over skin, let dry for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash away thoroughly with lukewarm water. Each bottle has enough powder for approx 20 applications.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This mask is a better version of one that I had made myself at home with turmeric. The combination of ingredients in this mask feel good on my skin and have such an earthy, unique scent. My skin feels like it has the perfect amount of moisture after I use this mask–it is not dried on nor goopy, it is just right. My face feels thoroughly clarified and nourished after using this mask. Turmeric, being an intense & potent spice, leaves a slight yellow tint on my face after application to my skin–I had expected this as I’d experienced it before in using my homemade masks. Alyce of Aucocisco suggested that I use yogurt to take care of the yellow tint. I also found that using citrus on a cotton ball does the trick as well.

Ayurvedic Serum:

Aucocisco’s Description:

“Nourishing oil infused with four herbs from the Ayurveda tradition. Shikakai, bhringraj, neem, amla, and aloe condition the scalp, strands, and ends of all hair types. Strengthens and thickens hair. Use this oil as a serum on dry ends, or as part of a scalp / whole head conditioning treatment. Also aids in softening and smoothing dry or damaged skin.

Hair serum: – Apply to ends of damp or dry hair after washing/bathing/cowashing. Will help control frizz and define curls while adding nutrients and shine to the hair.

Oil scalp and hair massage: – Using the pads of your fingers, apply the oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed. Also work some oil along the length of your hair. Then, using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation. Cover your entire scalp, all the way down the sides to your ears and at the back to your neck. Leave the oil on for at least 30-60 minutes, longer if you can. Wrap with a warm towel or shower cap. Rinse with a natural shampoo, conditioner, or apple cider vinegar.

Skin moisturizer: – Herbal infused oils are also beneficial to dry, flaky, or damaged skin. Apply a few drops to rough spots and rub gently with fingertips.

Made with all natural ayurvedic herbs, apricot seed oil, coconut oil, and lavender essential oil. Perfect addition to a natural hair routine. Naturally herbal scent. Packaged in a 2 oz amber glass bottle with glass dropper.

My Description & Thoughts:

The idea of this product that applies to hair is new to me; a serum that is applied to the scalp to nourish and invigorate. I love the idea. When I think about it, my scalp gets moderately neglected–I don’t have any products that are formulation specifically for the scalp. I applied this serum to my scalp and left it in my hair for about 20 minutes before showering. Afterwards, I blow dried my hair to see how the serum treated my hair, and was pleasantly surprised. Even thought I applied the serum primarily to my scalp, in the shower it distributed itself to the rest of my hair and left it conditioned and manageable after blow drying. I see myself using this product often!

I have used a lot of body oils and have an affinity for them. I treated this serum like I do body oil–I applied it to my damp skin right after showering and before toweling off. It has a wonderful affect on my skin–leaves it moist and soft without leaving it goopy.

I’m impressed with both of these great products, and thank Aucocisco for getting them into my hands to try!

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.