Silk 18 Review (Maple Holistics)

The time has come for me to do a Silk 18 review.

I have tried so many shampoos and conditioners over the years. Many of them were not even worth mentioning on this blog. However, I have been reading about Silk 18 for awhile (especially in the reviews on Amazon) and just never tried it. Well, that all changed this week. I was SO excited when my Amazon order arrived yesterday!

Maple Holistics makes the Silk 18 products, along with several other naturally derived products. (Disclaimer: I have NOT researched each ingredient in these products.) Curiously, the conditioner was in a box, but the bottle of shampoo was not. No idea why.

I actually ordered the shampoo, conditioner, and hair get. However, I decided to try the shampoo and conditioner by themselves to better assess them. I will review the gel, called Assuage, later.

So here is my review:

I tried the shampoo and conditioner together. Both have a nice, vanilla scent that is not overpowering.


  1. I found that the shampoo did not lather very well. I know this does not matter to most people, but for some reason I can’t quite let go of needing the lather to feel like my hair is clean.
  2. Because it did not lather well, it also didn’t spread well on my hair so I had to use more shampoo than usual in order to cover all of my hair.
  3. It rinsed easily from my hair (which is quite long).
  4. Left my hair feeling matted and not smooth at all.

At this point I was very pessimistic about the outcome of this product. In the past I have not had good results from any product that “matted” my hair. However, I trudged on and finished with the conditioner.


  1. I immediately saw that I needed more conditioner than usual. I don’t consider these products to be especially cheap, so I started out with a smaller amount but ended up using about twice as much to get coverage.
  2. Then I clipped my hair up and allowed the conditioner to sit on my hair while I finished my shower routine.
  3. After I rinsed my hair I saw that my hair felt much less matted, but it still didn’t have the slick feeling I expected.
  4. I proceeded to towel dry my hair and then add my usual styling products.
  5. Today was a hot roller day, so I started by drying my hair with a blow dryer. (I do this is spurts while allowing it to air dry in between.)
  6. This was when I saw a difference. While my hair still had some frizz, it was CONSIDERABLY less frizzy than usual.  This made my hair hang much nicer, of course.
  7. I rolled my hair on 2″ rollers as usual and also saw that it laid better after I took it down.
  8. It was easy to style my hair with my fingers and a pick.
  9. I finished with a spritz of hairspray on the crown (because my hair likes to un-part itself…is that a word?)
  10. I DID NOT apply any defrizzing finishing oil because I wanted to see how my hair would survive without it.

It was just before 7:00 this morning when I styled my hair. It is now 10:30 and I can report that my hair is nice and smooth, but is still holding some bounce. I am quite happy with it.

Now, usually I apply finishing oil right after I style my hair, then I reapply a couple times a day to keep down frizzies. So far today, I have not touched the stuff. I hope this trend continues till the end of the day.

However, when I do use finishing oil, here is the one I love! (I carry a small one in my purse.)

I hope this shampoo and conditioner combo will perform even better over time and repeated uses. I will update this post down the line.

Want to try these products for yourself? Click here to see them on Amazon.

If you have tried one or both of these products, please comment on your experience below.




Best Safe Make Up Products

safe make up

Best Safe Make Up Products

(This article was taken from POPSUGAR.COM).

Safe Make Up Has Come a Long Way. Long Gone Are Weird Consistencies and Strange Formulas That Misbehave. Find Out Which Ones Are Worth Trying.

While doing some research for this article I stumbled upon the link below and decided it was so good I had to share it.

The 20+ Products That Turned Me On to “Safe” Makeup

Beauty products are so that every girl can’t afford to try every one of them. That’s why it is always good to make an informed purchase when possible.

This article reviews the following products (and includes EWG ratings):

  1. Ilia Femme Fatale  Lipstick
  2. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Beloved  Lip & Check Color
  3. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Beeswax
  4. Pacifica Natural CC Cream
  5. Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, Ivory, SPF 30
  6. Beautycounter Tint Skin Complexion Coverage
  7. RMS Beauty UN Cover-up Concealer
  8. e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder, Shimmer
  9. Beautycounter Color Shade Eye Duo, Shell/Malt
  10. e.l.f. Flawless Eyeshadow, Golden Goddess
  11. RMS Beauty Eye Polish
  12. e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner
  13. bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara
  14. John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair
  15. John Masters Organics Rosemary & Peppermint Detangler
  16. derma e Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion
  17. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap Lavender (I use this stuff for everything!!!)
  18. Spectrum Natural Pressed Refined Almond Oil
  19. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
  20. Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Daily Facial Moisturizer, SPF 15
  21. Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Cream
  22. BeautyCounter Nourishing Cream Cleanser

Hope you find the products that are right for you!

Pur Minerals Fully Charged Mascara Review

Pur Minerals Fully Charged Mascara Review

Pur Minerals Fully Charged Mascara Review

I have been researching mascaras for some time, which let do this Pur Minerals Fully Charged Mascara Review.

First, I set out to find the ultimate lengthening mascara. I tried a couple different ones before realizing that my eyelashes were suddenly getting shorter. They were literally breaking off. They got so short that I actually freaked out a little. I was afraid they might not go back to their previous length.

I can’t say for sure if the mascara caused the problem or if it could have been the make up remover. Again, I tried several different removers at this time. It would be difficult to pin the blame on any one product because I switched so many times.

Next, I started looking so a mascara that was just “safe”. I tried a couple different ones before realizing that my sight was become extremely blurry. However, I noticed that every time I had some extended time of work my sight would improve again.

After doing some research and doing some trial and error, it became clear that either mascara or make up remover (or both) was making my eye sight blurry.

The Dilema

No girl wants to give up her mascara, right?

I have been wearing and/or playing in make up since I was five years old and I don’t care to stop now. So I started researching and looking for a mascara without chemicals.

Turns out these are amazing difficult to find. You have to look past the advertising and read the actually ingredient list. (Look Up Any Cosmetic on

This led me to Pur Minerals Fully Charged Mascara. (This mascara has a rating of “1” on the site, which is the best you can get. I simply searched “mascara” and the most natural ones came up first.)

The Good & the Bad

After reading some of the reviews of other more natural mascaras I was afraid this one might go on wet and glumpy, but it didn’t. Two coats on each eye gets a nice look that gets my eyelashes looking long and luscious without looking over coated. (I actually must put three coats on one eye because those lashes haven’t completely recovered from previous products.)

It stayed on all day and I had no problems at all with smudging or flaking.

Some reviews I had read mentioned that is came off easily while others said it was difficult to remove. It came right off for me. No raccoon eyes after I got out of the bath. I used a mild cream remover, but tonight I plan to try plain soap and water to see what happens.

This morning it applied the mascara again, and it went on perfectly again. (JOY, JOY!)

This is my assessment so far. Today is just the second day of wear for me. However, I will update this post if anything changes.

The Good:

  • Goes on evenly
  • Defines & lengthens
  • No flaking
  • No smudging
  • Removes easily

The Bad:

  • Only comes in one color – hope you like black 🙂


Here is a list of the ingredients as listed on


Aqua, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cyclopentasiloxane, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Alcohol Denat., Palmitic Acid, Nylon-12, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Glycerin, Polybutene, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Panthenol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polyquaternium-10, Polyvinyl Alcohol, VP/VA Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77499) PÜR does NOT test its products on animals.


I love this mascara at the moment and I really hope to continue loving it for a long time to come. I am cautiously optimistic that this mascara will become my new go to.

Get it on Amazon:

Just Jaivik Versus Colora Henna Powder Review

Colora Henna Powder Review

Just Jaivik Versus Colora Henna Powder Review

Since I have decided to go minimalist I have also started leaning more and more toward natural cosmetics and personal care products. This Just Jaivik Versus Colora Henna Powder review is the result of trying both brands of henna and figuring out why people are either a henna person or they’re not.

First, I used to be a redhead for many years, but as any pretend redhead knows, it takes a lot of work to maintain red color on your hair. It fades quickly and constantly, which is bad for someone like me know must shampoo every day.

The first henna I tried was Just Jaivik. Since I had never used henna before I had to get used to the gritty consistency and the massive amount of time it took to wash it our of my hair. There is also a catch when it comes to henna. Over time it is supposed to make your hair silkier and less frizzy. But when you first apply henna it actually makes your hair like dry doll hair, at least for many of us.

I read extensively online before I attempted any application and found that I should mix coconut oil (or some other equivalent) into the henna mixture before applying to my hair. I also learned that I should buy a large bottle of conditioner and use it to repeatedly rinse my hair when washing it out.

That was well and good, but Just Jaivik also has some negatives:

Just Jaivik Versus Colora Henna Powder ReviewThe Good

  • Reasonably good color
  • Comes in a fairly large quantity
  • Can measure as much or little as you need

The Bad

  • must sit for several hours after mixed before applied to hair
  • must stay on your hair several hours to get deep color
  • Extremely difficult to wash out


I decided to purchase another brand and came across Colora Henna Powder. There were lots of glowing reviews on Amazon, so I gave it a try. I must say I was much happier with this one.

The Good

  • No waiting time after mixed
  • After applied can get desired color in 1 hour (although I usually do 2)
  • Easier to wash out
  • Deeper red color than Just Jaivik

The Bad

  • Comes i smaller amounts (but can still be measured)
  • Can’t go by mixing directions (it will be WAY too thick)

After you work with henna for a while you learn that mixing directions are just a suggestion. You must work to get the right consistency for you. I also add grape seed oil instead of coconut oil sometimes. In fact, I have only used henna approximately 5 times so far, so I am still learning myself.

In conclusion, either henna will dye your hair, but the biggest concern is the amount of work involved. (Although I personally prefer the deeper color of the Colora brand.

Conair Curl Fusion Hair Dryer Review

Conair Curl Fusion Review

Conair Curl Fusion Hair Dryer Review

I just got this hair dryer for Christmas. I wanted it desperately after reading the reviews on Amazon and deciding it was a better choice for me than the Bed Head CurliPops dryer. So here is my Donair Curl Fusion Hair Dryer Review.

I wanted a non-frizzy hair style, obviously, but I also liked the idea of not having a long barrel on the dryer. Holding my current dryer out from my head mad my arms tired, especially when I added the huge diffuser.

So how did it work?

Well, the first time or two I used it I was fairly happy, but over time I decided it wasn’t the right hair dryer for me.

First of all, my hair started being more frizzy than usual. At first, I figured it was my choice of products. (I frequently change that up.) But after lots of experimenting and going back to old ones, I realized that was not the problem. So this morning I got out my older, huge, clunky hair dryer – and voila – frizz was suddenly under control.

That was enough for me to decide if I liked it, but there also other problems. The cord is too short. That was the first thing I noticed when I unboxed it.

Also, the “fingers” on the diffuser are longer in the middle and shorter on the outside edges. Because of this, only the middle ones touch my head when I am attempting to dry my hair. The outer ones never touch at all. This causes me to get very little benefit from the them and it is harder to get volume.

Lastly, it only has one heat setting (plus cool button). I usually don’t go for the highest heat setting anyway, but something about this particular temperature and fan combination causes an overabundance of frizz for me. I can actually see the individual strands frizzing up as I am drying my hair.

(That’s a horrible feeling!!!)

So below is my overall assessment of the Conair Curl Fusion Hair Dryer.

The Good:

  • Fairly small for a hair dryer
  • Lightweight
  • Pretty color
  • Not super loud
  • Two speed settings
  • Cool button

The Bad:

  • Frizzes my hair more than most dryers
  • Cord is shorter than most dyers
  • Diffuser is strange shape
  • Only one heat setting

Because of all this, I must give it one star (which I rarely give to any product).

This hair dryer might work great for others, but it was a disaster for me. Hope this helps you make an informed decision.