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SOS for thinning hair: Pura D’Or Argan Oil Organic Shampoo and Conditioner Review

I have always had fine hair but I used to have a lot more of it.  For the past five years my hair has become much thinner and preventing further hair loss has been high on my list of priorities when choosing hair care products.  Whenever possible, I use natural, organic products and I was excited to be given Pura D’Or Argan Oil Shampoo and Lavender Vanilla Conditioner duo to review.  The shampoo has 12 DHT blockers which helps to prevent further hair loss and argan oil to give shine and body to the hair.  It has a a rather medicinal fragrance to it, but it isn’t overpowering, and it doesn’t have a big lather, which is fine. The conditioner has a really pleasant fragrance of lavender and vanilla and rinses out easily.  As I mentioned, my hair is fine and thin and it is hard to get volume into it.  I felt that the shampoo and conditioner used in combination actually weighed my hair down and it stayed that way until I washed it again.  I think my friends who have wavier hair would love that, as it seems to have a smoothing effect, but for me it was hard to actually style my hair in my usual way to maximize the appearance of volume.  The product does say it is for all hair types, but since my hair is quite smooth already, the effect was super smooth but flat hair.  I am sure my friends with hair that has been processed, colored, or hair that is wavy or course but still dropping, would no doubt love Pura D’Or Organic Shampoo and Conditioner, as it is organic, contains argan oil, and is free of parabens and chemicals.

Pura D’Or Argan Oil Premium Organic Shampoo and Conditioner  www.purador.com 

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Beauty Trip: Morocco’s “Gypset Beauty”

The women of Morocco have refined their beauty rituals for more than a thousand years, using natural ingredients such as Moroccan rose, lava clay powder found at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, argan oil, and kohl.  As they did in the past, women today go to the hamam baths to exfoliate their skin and to use masques made of clay for their face and hair, emerging glowing and refreshed.  It is a ritual that is not to be rushed but to be indulged.  Relaxation of muscles and joints with massage is as important as the exfoliation and treatment masques. The western concept of a quick morning shower after a workout hardly seems conducive to beauty in the way of Moroccan traditions.  Rather than energizing with a cup coffee, they rehydrate after the bath with Moroccan fresh mint tea.  The whole experience is calming and yet invigorating.

Traditional Moroccan soaps, masques, oils and fragrances have always inspired designers and cosmetics companies, as they channel the culture and it’s exotic beauty.  Now we can create a mini- hamam experience at home using products that are readily available internationally.

Black soap is a staple of the hamam ritual.  Elma & Sana Moroccan Black Soap contains black olive oil, paste and eucalyptus essential oil and is 100% organic.  It is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.   Smooth on black soap after steaming in the shower for a few minutes when your body skin has warmed up.  Leave it on for fifteen minutes, rinse off and then exfoliate your skin using a kessa glove to remove impurities and dead skin cells, leaving your skin fresh and clean.

Follow with Elma & Sana Ghassoul Moroccan Lava Clay Powder, to treat the cleansed skin and hair.  Pronounced “rassool”, ghassoul is an organic natural rock clay made up of magnesium, calcium and potassium.  Mix a bit of it with water to make a gentle face masque.  It is safe for all skin types and hypo-allergenic, and you can make the paste as thick as you choose.  To make a hair masque, mix another portion of the clay powder with a small amount of water.  Again, leave it on for fifteen minutes and rinse off.

Argan oil is one of the most traditional of Moroccan skin and hair products and is now in many  western beauty brands.  This completely natural oil comes from nuts from the argan tree growing in one small area of Morocco, and has been used for millennia to heal flaky, irritated skin,  to moisturize, treat acne and burns, and to improve and revive hair.  Try 100% organic Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum on fine or curly, wet or dry hair,  to impart shine and to tame frizz, leaving behind a light fragrance of bergamot and geraniums.

The eyes are the windows of the soul, so frame them well.  Cobalt blue flatters eyes less harshly than solid back in the alluring Clé de Peau Beauté Intensifying Cream Eyeliner.   A little practice and you will be able to apply it with ease for a strong eyeliner, or blended with the brush for a smokey effect.

Skin glowing, hair shining and eyes smoking – all you need is the perfect exotic scent.  Designers Victor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Rose Explosion is a sensual, oriental blend of “oud wood”, jasmin, mandarin, Moroccan rose, bergamot, saffron, patchouli and amber.

Exotic Moroccan beauty rituals stem from a great history of using the best natural products available, treating the skin and hair, and relaxing the body.  Bring this concept home and create your own Moroccan hamam experience.  Don’t forget the soothing fresh Moroccan mint tea.   Just the right touch to transport and transform.


Elma & Sana products available at www.drugstore.com

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum available at www.josiemarancosmetics.com

Clé de Peau Beauté Intensifying Cream Eyeliner available at www.nordstrom.com

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rose Explosion available at www.saksfifthavenue.com


Josie Maran’s Lip and Cheek Color Set with Argan Oil


Ready to get gorgeous?  It’s high-time for some fresh lip and cheek treats in summer-ready shades.  Josie Maran’s Lip and Cheek Color Stick Set with 100% argan oil comes in four gorgeous hues:  Beautiful, Pink, Coral, and Twinkle.  Purse and travel-friendly, these versatile sticks will be your constant beauty companions for the months ahead.  Perfect for both lips and cheeks, they blend easily, giving you all the benefits of argan oil plus a pretty flush of color at the same time.  Stock up!  These sublime colors will carry you right into indian summer.

Exclusively at Sephora