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A while ago I was contacted by the lovely Valeria from Bali Cosmetics. Valeria sells pure, natural and organic products from Bali in her online shop and she asked me if I wanted to try a few of them. Interesting! So my answer was yes, and a few days later I found this lovely package in my mail box, nicely wrapped and with a sweet little note.
Valeria, you are such a darling :-) Now I bet you guys want to see what Valeria sent me, huh? Alright then, let’s have a look!
Lots of fun goodies! First I’m reviewing the two hair products and the hand cream that I got, so in part one it’s all about beautiful hair and soft hands. And in part two I’ll be focusing on the skin and body care products that I received. Ready? Okay, here we go!
Blue Stone Botanicals Traditional Balinese Tonic for Hair & Scalp
This hair oil with pure kukui nut oil, coconut oil and ylang ylang will keep your scalp and hair roots healthy and will make your hair soft, shiny and bouncy. You have to heat up the oil, massage it into your scalp and leave it on for at least a couple of hours, and you have to repeat this regularly. So it’s definitely not a quick fix and you have to invest a little time and effort to make this product work. Now you have to know this: I always said that hair oils were not for me and that I would never use them on my greasy hair. So I kind of felt like an idiot, standing there with this bottle of hair oil in my hand… Of course Valeria didn’t know about my anti-hair oil conviction and for her I wanted to give the product a chance. And my limp lifeless hair could kind of use a boost anyway, so I decided to push my prejudices aside and to go for it.
The Blue Stone Botanicals Traditional Balinese Tonic for Hair & Scalp – phew, what a mouthful – comes in a little plastic 118 ml bottle with a push cap that you can click open. The texture of the oil is more watery than I had expected and this makes the product fairly easy to apply. I use the oil once a week, usually in the weekend. I apply it in the morning and leave it in for two to three hours. And then I rinse it out with shampoo. I shampoo my hair three times just to make sure I get out all the oil and then I let it air dry. My hair definitely looks more shiny after I’ve used this hair oil, and it also feels softer. Aren’t there easier, quicker ways to get shiny soft hair then? Sure, but I hope that in the long run I will not only get shine and softness but also stronger, healthier hair, and that’s why I will continue to use this product. To be continued!
Price: 49.90 CHF at Bali Cosmetics.
Nacha Naturals Bali Hair Oil
The Nacha Naturals Bali Hair Oil is, as the name states, another hair oil. Well damn. But since I gave the first hair oil a chance, I decided to give this one the benefit of the doubt as well. The combination of jojoba oil, sesame oil, olive oil, avocado oil and wheat germ oil with lavender, sage, chamomile, cedar wood and rosemary should stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss. Now that sounded like music to my ears! My hair is thin, fine and I don’t have a lot of it, so I was very excited to start using this hair oil. You just have to warm it up, massage it into your scalp, leave it on for at least 20 minutes and rinse it out with shampoo.
I have been using the Nacha Naturals Bali Hair Oil once a week for four weeks now, together with the Blue Stone Botanicals Traditional Balinese Tonic for Hair & Scalp. An hour or two before I get in the shower I massage the product into my scalp and I just let it sit. And then I wash it out. I was happy to discover that my hair doesn’t feel any greasier afterwards and that it doesn’t get greasy any faster in the days that follow either. I honestly expected the worst, because the Nacha Naturals Bali Hair Oil really looks and feels like olive oil. But luckily my fear was ungrounded. And the smell? Oh gosh, it’s so lovely! The essential oils in the formula really are a feast for your nose. I don’t notice any changes in my hair growth yet and I still find as much hair in my comb as before, but honestly, after only four weeks I’d say that’s to be expected. I will continue to use the Nacha Naturals Bali Hair Oil, and then hopefully in a few months’ time I will see a difference!
Price: 34.90 CHF at Bali Cosmetics.
Griya Kelapa Coconut Lime Hand Cream
This hand cream with rice protein, coconut and lime softens and nourishes dry hands. I have very dry hands and I go through tubes of hand cream like a mad woman. A small tube lasts me about two weeks, and then it’s empty. I am already a third in this Griya Kelapa Coconut Lime Hand Cream but I really try to use as little product as possible, because it smells soooo good and I want to enjoy this hand cream for as long as I can. The mix of coconut and lime – all-natural of course – really smells amazing. And the hand cream also softens and moisturizes my hands as promised. It doesn’t necessarily do a better or worse job than other hand creams, but I am giving it extra points just for the smell. What can I say, I’m a sucker for products that smell nice.
Price: 24.90 CHF at Bali Cosmetics.
I bet you already saw this coming, but I am pleasantly surprised by the products. By the hand cream, obviously, but also by the two hair oils. So I apologize for all those times that I said how awful I thought hair oil was and how terrible it was for people with my hair type. I have to set the record straight: hair oil doesn’t necessarily make your hair look greasy and even people with my hair type can use it to get healthier hair. So yes, I was wrong. But if it gets me better, stronger hair in the end, then I don’t mind being wrong :-)
What are your thoughts on these three Bali Cosmetics products? Do you use hair oil?