Friday, February 27, 2015

{Crew Review} Koru Naturals

For the past few weeks, my hair has been enjoying a natural treat!  Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given the opportunity to try several natural products from Koru Naturals.  I was able to try out their Emu Oil  ($9.84 for 2 oz.) and the Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner ($14.95 for the set).

This was the first I'd ever heard of Emu Oil.  It is derived from {you guessed it} emus, the flightless birds of Australia.  It is a light, semi opaque oil that should be used sparingly for best results.  I'm not one to rub oil on my face, but I've been using it on my neck and upper chest to see how my body reacts to it. I got this idea after watching an infomercial about how that skin is so thin and shows aging so well.  Not wanting to spend triple or even double digits to smooth out my skin, I decided to give the Emu Oil a try. I've been very surprised that it has not caused additional breakouts {which is my body's natural tendency}.  I'd say that my skin is very smooth, though I'm not sure what I have to compare since I practically wear clothes from chin to toe during the winter and rarely pay attention to my skin during the winter.

I've also been using it as an intense moisturizer on my nail beds and feet -- it has been a LONG, dry winter here in New England.  As a matter of fact, after an all night treatment of the oil on my feet then donning socks, my heels feel significantly softer and smoother than when I went to bed.  I'm pretty impressed!

I have to admit, I was most excited to try the Shampoo and Conditioner.  While not certifiably organic, the websites says it has a lot of organic compounds in it.  Being 100% organic or not is not a deal breaker for me, but if it is for you, you should know the ingredients.  Manuka Oil itself (one of the last ingredients on the label) is a plant-based essential oil.

I have been a no-'poo person on and off for a year or so, because I've found that regular shampoo just dries out my hair and I begin to resemble her:

{image source: Wikipedia}

I love Rosanne Rosannadanna. But, I don't want to LOOK like her.

Back to shampooing.  I seem to have a harder time in the winter with a no-'poo regimen, and I think it is because it is so dry here.  I was very eager to give these products a try, and I have to say that I'm very impressed.

If you chose to give this a try, you might be disappointed that it doesn't foam up much.  And, you might be tempted to try using more than a quarter-sized amount.  You do not need to worry.  This shampoo does not have sulfates, so it doesn't lather and foam as much, but it still works GREAT and has a fresh scent -- I think it is the chamomile and lavender that I most notice and love.  

I still get a little frizz when I use the blow dryer on days when I have little patience or little time, but when I allow my hair to dry naturally, I'm getting nice gently waves and a soft texture.  Not bad for the middle of winter!  I have a feeling that during the summer, this product will work great. Oh, and if I were the type of person-who-admitted-to-coloring-her hair-with non-permanent-hair-color-to-take-away-some-of-that-gray-that-shows-I've-lived-a life-of-ups-and-downs-and-come-out-just-fine-praise-and-all-glory-be-to-Jesus then I should tell you that it is safe for color hair.  And then I'd probably need to tell you that it didn't seem to make my color ashen or disappear any faster than normal.

I'm not supposed to mention the cost of the product in terms of whether it is affordable or not, but I just have to say that spending $15 + shipping to get high quality hair products that consistent of natural ingredients is -- in my book -- very reasonable. I am not one to pay salon prices for products for my hair;  off-the-shelf bottles of shampoo and conditioner work fine with me (as long as I'm not getting the Rosannadanna effect). I've had the products for almost 6 weeks.  I've only used about 1/4 of a bottle of the products.  That is because I've learned that I shouldn't wash my hair every day (it strips natural oils from the hair and makes my hair oilier), so that is probably why I have so much -- adding to the economicalness (is that a word?) of the product.

I'm pretty impressed with Koru Naturals and I see myself becoming customer when my bottles run dry.

Other reviewers had the chance to try out these products:
Koolpurrie Restoring Balm
Pure Lanolin Lip Balms

New Zealand Pure and Simple Lanolin Cream

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