Category: conditioner

new stuff: shampoo and conditioner

summer updates

magic oil

I was away. This involved not carrying too much stuff. Unfortunately, until the FAA and suchlike get rid of that absurd 3-1-1 max 3 oz / 100 ml rule, I am obliged to check in one bag when flying, so as to have adequate sunscreen supplies. Until the kind of sunscreen I can use on my skin is available more widely, I am stuck with carrying around my own supplies. (Next time you see someone with a more visible disability than my relatively trivial one, spare them a thought.) Given that I live half-way around the world from the various places I was going, and given that I didn’t have the time to go by slow boat or foot: I was obliged to fly. Yes, I made my carbon-offsetting donations (and percentage-of-ticket-price donation to trees), like a good person.

Here are the lucky beautification products that accompanied me on my jet-setting adventures.

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new irritants

bah humbug
Exciting news! And we all know that you can never have too much excitement. Except when it comes to skin. And that ancient curse, “may you live in interesting times.” So … exciting news about over-excitement: good news because it’s news and, well, new; bad news if you’re my skin.

Adding these to the list:

  • decyl glucoside (aka decyl polyglucose)
  • cetearyl alcohol: though OK in low-contact wash-off stuff like bar cleansers
  • cetearth-20
    (often combined with cetearyl alcohol as emulsifying wax; and ditto)

How they were discovered:

  • my scalp got bumpy and itchy and, eventually, that itching turned hurty 😦
  • and, by a happy coincidence, it was time for my regular allergen check-up

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how is coconut oil different from palm oil?

the return of the lady of shalott

ginger, shallot, and knife

ginger + shallot + knife (1)
= ???…
(It’s OK: this is only the first of a [ed. METAPHORICAL / FIGURATIVE / ANALOGICAL] sequence, the rest of which offer some solutions. Please note that this parenthetical note does not give away the plot or ruin the dramatic tension. Promise.)

Remember this?

Well, we’re back!

Back with a difference.

No more service.

Tolerance and patience have reached their limits.

[Ed. Now updated with notes indicating which parts of what follows are METAPHORICAL. The reason for this is that there have been misreadings, elsewhere; while bad reading is to blame, I must also blame my own bad writing. Even though it’s in the nature of the figurative to be opaque and ambiguous, I must take my share of the fault here, as Chief Fool of my own blog.

Also, as this post is about vice. And an important first step in dealing with one’s own sins is to look clearly, and to acknowledge them. I try to remember this:

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
(John 8:7)

The good reader will too.]

As have time and energy: hell, I have other things to do, and other ways to spend leisure time. Like what, say you? (Cheeky monkey.) Like digressing in a leisurely way, says I; which as we’ve seen previously is a crucial leisure activity. Like writing about having other things to do. At great and tedious length. See this here post? That’s over 3,500 words’ worth of digressionary idle chatter: I admit that at least half of that is mine, and I also admit that it’s a far cry from Wordsworth. Now, wouldn’t it be bloody brilliant if we all (myself included, and first and foremost) put that much time and effort and dedication into writing novels and poetry and political rants and generally Using The Pen To Benefit Humankind And For The Greater Good Of The Entire World, Universe, And Anything Else There Might Be And Mayhap Might Come To Be, Potentially, In All Eternity And In Every Dimension / Possible World / Et Caetera Ad Infinitum Et Ultra?

Hence why, if writing anything more than 500 words long, it must include at least a Moral Of The Story (or two, or more; such things usually go in multiples), if not a full-on rant for at least a paragraph. I think I’ve obeyed that rule so far; will try my best to follow it henceforth. That compromise is the best I can do. After all, retrospection is all too easy: it makes one want to punch both one’s own past-self and one’s future-self, simultaneously and at once, and irrespective/disrespectful of not disrupting the time-space continuum. And legislation cannot, in a proper good fair just system, be retroactive. That might also be for good sound space-time-continuum-preserving sci-fi reasons too.

Anyway. That’s at least one digression out the way. Onwards and upwards and back on-track:

Yes, it’s nice to be great and good and know stuff. To be Richesce personnified. And it’s nice to then do something about it and incarnate that greatest of Medieval virtues, Largesce. But remember, remember: Continue reading

review: Ballyhoo Bath hair stuff

review: Curelle hair stuff

curelle riche conditionerThe promised six-week trial is over. Time for the verdict. Herewith the review just posted up on MakeupAlley:


  • Overall rating ( 1 = worst, 5 = best ): 5 
  • Price ( 1 = dirt cheap, 5 = expensive ): 2
  • Packaging Quality ( 1 = worst, 5 = best ): 4
    [I’d have given a 5 for a pump and for less toxicity on the back label: keep it simple, stick to strengths and positive qualities, of which there are many!!!]
  • Would you buy this products again?: YES

Probably the best unscented conditioner I’ve used; and indeed one of the best, scented or not.  Continue reading

“Bah humbug” to New Year’s resolutions

Yes, so much for the fancy-pants complication of my life by moving from ONE to TWO multi-purpose oils. It’s just way too complicated for me, my bathroom, my clumsiness first thing in the morning, and my myopia.

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Allergenics emollient cream

allergenics emollient creamPreviously discussed on here:

This stuff is bloody brilliant. Here’s what it can be used for:

  1. hand cream
  2. body moisturiser
  3. face cream
  4. eye cream
  5. neck and décolleté (and, yep, boob) cream
  6. facial cream cleanser / cleansing cream, and make-up remover
  7. shaving balm
  8. hair conditioner
  9. leave-in conditioner: I first used Allergenics cream this way for swimming
  10. styling cream, when hair’s being dry; helps to tame frizz.
  11. emergency soothing cream, inc. on some kinds of hurt skin
  12. shoe polish: I’ve used this (a while back) on leather shoes and bags (I don’t wear leather these days), and also on non-leather footwear, as a waterproofing layer. Other things are cheaper, but if you’re travelling and have opted to pack light, it is another handy use. Can also be used at a pinch on waxed cloth, though as with shoes, a waxy balm is better (and when packing light, I’ll have one of them with me anyway).

Recent and current uses:

  • hand cream
  • localised treatment for dry patches:
    • these come and go with changes in temperature if I go into a very heated dry room; the usual one is my forehead
  • hair cream, assisting in The Fight Against Frizz:
    • Wash and condition and rinse hair in the usual way.
    • Towel dry.
    • Leave to air-dry a little. This is the tricky point and will require experimenting, to figure out the ideal moment at which to…
    • … squeeze a small blob of this out, rub between finger-tips to distribute, and tease through frizz-prone areas of hair. Too litle = no effect, too much = greaseball.
    • In my experience, that moment is when the rebellious strands start to become feisty and exercise their right to self-determination. When they start to poke out and wave around in a direction contrary to the rest of my hair, and gravity itself. This may mean looking in a mirror from time to time to check. Pulling hair back tightly doesn’t help, nor does being more gentle with it and wrapping it up. At some point, the rebels will revolt. The moment they do, tackle them with soothing creaminess, subduing them in the nicest possible way into submission. But hair should still be damp, and definitely not dry.
    • A warning: this cream is a careful balance of humectants (aloe vera, glycerin, hyaluronic acid) and moisturisers/emollients (fatty alcohols, wax, oils, butters). But that includes a fair whack of aloe vera. Which, as with all hair things containing aloe, is a factor in the weird and wonderful equation that is how hair behaves depending on its dampness and that of the surrounding air.
      Some extremes:
      —Apply this to dry hair + then go outside in the rain = frizzy hair.
      —Apply to damp hair + let air-dry naturally slowly, indoors in moderate temperature and comfortable humidity, air neither too moist not too dry, as detected by skin happiness + then go outside = soft waves.
      —Apply + leave hair even just ever so slightly damp + go outside into cold dry air = dry brittle frizzy hair.
    • NB: this will not flatten out hair or make it all nicely uniformly straight. Only flat-ironing or a wig will do that.
    • NB (2): in my case, when this stuff works, the wiggly bits will insist on persisting in being wiggy and poke out in amusing directions. But they won’t be frizzy, I won’t look like I’ve had a close encounter of an electrifying kind, and the hair will feel supple and smooth, not dry and brittle.
    • NB (3): hair may well still revert to type and go frizzy if the weather changes for the rainy partway through the day. *Sigh*. Using a teeny amount of the right texture oil (meadowfoam on me: light but potent) seems to be another good way around this problem. Work in progress…

INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cera Alba (beeswax), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Moschata (Rose) Oil, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterol, Zinc Oxide, Capryloyl Glycine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.

COST: £5.00 – 7.00 for a 50 ml tube, and worth every penny. Alas, the old 100 ml tube seems to have been discontinued.

Fairly readily available in the UK from high street chemists (many branches of Boots have it), Holland & Barrett, and other granolemporia. And online. Shipping rates vary, depending on where one happens to be located. I find that to get the stuff from the UK to Canada I usually count on doubling the price, a bit less when buying more at a time, but on the other hand not buying tonnes of the stuff otherwise those nice chaps from Customs will get too interested. Mind you, if my supplies were to get confiscated and used in other areas of Canada, and if those using the cream were to blog about it, this could give us some invaluable information on its uses, benefits, and other applications in other parts of Canada. Especially those parts where it gets very very very cold.

Dr Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker demonstrate the scientific phenomenon that is ginger frizz.

Dr Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker demonstrate the scientific phenomenon that is ginger frizz.
Image c/o the marvellous and ever-enlightening Yoga Leaks blog

oils revisited

My skin has varied over the years, as has what I’ve used on it. Now, my skin’s been sensitive all my life, for various reasons and in various ways. Some of that sensitivity is inbuilt: that’s how my skin happens to be built: physically thin and with genetic eczema, for starters. The first oil I ever experimented with was jojoba, in my teens. LOL. It was fashionable, what more can I say… In my late 20s to early 30s, my skin was more hormonally-charged. I tended to have better luck and results with oils that were somewhere around about 0-1 on the standard comedogenicity and irritancy indices; had a lower molecular weight; and were lower in oleic acid, lower in alpha-linolenic acid, and higher in linoleic and gamma-linolenic.

Some oils have been constants, from cradle to currently-nearer-the-grave: mineral, sweet almond, sunflower. I’d always prefer to use a plant-derived oil where possible. Not because I’m one of those fools who think mineral oil and petrolatum (Vaseline) are poisonous and evil because they’re actually petrol/gas/crude oil (chemistry 101 ROFL), but for reasons of sustainability. Factoring in costs of production and transportation, too.

Over the last couple of years, my skin’s been changing. Continue reading