My Favorite Skin & Hair Care Products for Summer | Alba Botanica

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A major part of self-care and good hygiene is being intentional about caring for your skin and hair. The usual typically occurs, you shower with a body wash, wash your face with a cleanser, and moisturize afterwards; pretty straightforward.  But have you ever truly considered the products you are using to obtain optimal results. For the past few years, I have been extremely intentional about the products I use and I try to buy products as natural as possible within my budget.  

It wasn't until I was having a conversation with a friend about our skincare routines that I realized a good portion of my daily beauty products are from Alba Botanica. What I love about this brand is not only do their product work, but I admire their mission and vision. Their mission is to simply "To Do My Beautiful". Alba Botanica creates 100% vegetarian products that overflow with botanical ingredients.  Also they environmentally conscious and animal cruelty-free. I wanted to share the items I am currently using and how I incorporate them into my routines. 

Very Emollient Bath & Shower Gel in Midnight Tuberose:  This  indulging bath gel moisturizes, soothes and softens skin while taking your senses into a lush garden because it smells amazing! This shower gel doesnt leave my skin feeling dry and stripped of all oils and the major plus is that it is pH balanced. 

Very Emollient Body Lotion Herbal Healing: (Not in photo) I have been using this body mositurizer for a couple months and I completely love it. It is made with blend of bamboo, aloe extracts, cannabis oil, oatmeal and turmeric that delivers intense moisturization and help calm the skin. Since I've been usung this I don't have to reapply lotion throughout the day. 

Hawaiian Body Scrub: I used this body scrub once a week, and it is hands down the best scrub I've used. I use it on wet and dry skin depending on my mood. What makes this scrub so amazing is the oils.  Once you rinse off the salt scrub the mixture of  jojoba, macadamia, avocado and sweet almond oils will leave your skin so smooth and moisturize you won't need lotion afterwards. Promise!

Good & Clean Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser: I use this cleanser after my morning workouts and I excerise Monday - Friday at 5am, so this cleanser is perfect for detoxing and getting rid of all the sweat and grime on my face. The fruit acid complex in this cleanser has a soft grapefruit scent that wake me up as well as my skin. 

Hawaiian Conditioner Coconut Milk: Let me start by saying not all conditioners are made equal.  Being a naturally curly girl,  it is hard to find a conditioner with the perfect amount of slip and moisture to detangle, deep condition and co-wash my hair. But this conditioner can do all three essentially saving me money. My hair has the tendency to be really dry so the high fatty acids, protein, and coconut milk helps locks in moisture to strengthen my cuticles and reduce split ends.

What are your favorites beauty products ? Share them with me in the comments.

*Disclaimer this post is not sponsored (I wish it was considering I genuinely love this brand).


Black and Unapologetic

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Being black is the most beautiful thing to be, I can't image myself not ever being black. Unfortunately, it was not always that way.   As a child I remember running around the house with a towel on my head because I wanted long straight hair, I remember wanting lighter skin. I remember going to a predominately white high school and Hollister was in fashion. I would save my allowances just to purchase a shirt and skirt from the clearance section (their jeans would never fit my thighs or hips). I remember so much of myself wanting to be different because that different meant I would be better. 

I can't recall the catalyst that encouraged me to begin to embrace myself as myself outside of going natural.  I  just remember on a random night  in the middle of the night, I literally wrote in my journal  I wanted to stop chemically treating my hair. This all took place during my junior year in high school in 2007 before "going natural" became popular and encouraged.  I won't say I was bullied possibly because it didn't actually bother me, yes comments were made about my hair being nappy and edges not being laid. Regardless of comments and temptation to relax my hair, I wasn't pressed; unconsciously I must have known this journey was encompassing more than just hair and I wanted to see it through. 

I grateful that I am living my young adult life in an era where Black Women are creating there own standards of beauty that better reflect our reality and more accepting of our diversity as women. We can all find comfort in the skin we are in, and take pride in it. To be proud and unapologetic.