Friday, October 10, 2008

Blue Spotlight: Creme of Nature

Hello Lovelies!

It's Kenya signing in. As some of you may or may not know, a few months back I was gifted by a love blogger named Afrobella (check out her blog on our blog roll...she's fantastic) with some lovely Creme of Nature products. I had a chance to try them out, and I must say that I've definitely seen some great results, so I decided to try a few of their other products as well. Most of these are from their most recent releases which offer the inclusion of organic ingredients. Here's the Creme of Nature product round up...

-Regular Formula Detangling Shampoo
-Red Clover & Aloe Soothing Shampoo

-Chamomile & Comfrey Healing Conditioner
-Jojoba & Olive Oil Moisture-Active Deep Conditioning Treatment
-Lemongrass & Rosemary Leave-in Creme Conditioner

1. Regular Formula Detangling Shampoo: "this special organic formula is a 3-way shampoo treatment for your hair. It gently and effectively cleanses then richly conditions and detangles. The incredible blend of super conditioning ingredients leaves natural or relaxed hair looking gloriously soft & silky"
Advantage: It contains NO SLS...can you believe it? Not to mention it's helpful in knocking out two birds with one stone. Not only can you cleanse, but you can simultaneously condition as well. A great way to cut down on some products and save some cash.
Disadvantage: If you have some major build up from alot product usage you may need a stronger clarifying shampoo. But for the most part, it cleanses pretty well. Just repeat try to repeat your lathering process a couple of times

2. Red Color & Aloe Soother Shampoo: Here's C.O.N's description for it..."uses organic red clover, one of nature's healing emollients, plus aloe to soothe and hydrate dry hair & itchy scalp while gently cleansing and detangling hair"
Advantage: the smell is lovely...almost peppermenty. Also fulfills it's word in eliminating any itch factor
Disadvantage: Contains SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) which strips the hair follicle. Will need to follow up with good conditioning and moisturizing to counteract SLS properties

3. Chamomile & Comfrey Healing Conditioner: "Organic chamomile soothes and detangles while healing comfrey moisturizes and protects"
Advantage: this is a VERY hydrating. I would use this for my co-washes/no-poo (washing without shampoo) and it would provide great moisture to my tresses
Disadvantage: Other than having a few cones in the ingredients (dimethicone & amodimethicone), which are known to coat the hair and sometimes be counterproductive in moisturizing because of it coating the hair. It may have some long term effects, but as long as you clarify your hair at least once a month, it shouldn't cause too much of a problem.

4. Jojoba & Olive Oil Moisture-Active Deep Conditioning Treatment: "a wealth of certified organic ingredients combine to deeply moisturize thirsty hair, improve shine, strengthen and restore manageability.
Advantage: This product will make your hair feel like SILK. No seriously. After I shampoo & leave this on my head with a plastic cap for half an hour, I get a comb through my coils with ease, and my hair stays uber soft for the whole week.
Disadvantage: once again, yet another product that contains cones, but I must say that I'd take the cones for all of the yummy ingredients that comes with it (Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, pepperment, basil, senega, watercress, sage, thyme, rosemary, grapefruit, chamomile...shall I continue?)

5. Lemongrass & Rosemary Leave-in Conditioner: "The creamy formula quickly softens, detangles, and conditions. Organic Lemongrass adds shine while Rosemary helps protect & strengthen"
Advantage: Has one of my fave ingredients...Rosemary...yum. This is well known for soothing the scalp and preventing flakes & itchyness.
Disadvatage: I'm not a big fan of anything with petrolatum as an ingredient, because like mineral oil and other crude oils, it's known for coating the hair shaft (which my promote buildup)

Overall, I can't say I have an overwhelming amount of complaints for the Creme of Nature products that I tried. Like with anything that correlates with your body, I'd definitely recommend you read the ingredients before determining if it's worth the purchase or not. However, every head of hair is different and various products work better for others. If you have tried any of these products, feel free to let us know how they worked out for you and as always...KEEP IT BLUE!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008


Hello Lovelies!

We're baaaaaaack! Yaaaaaay! Mexico was absolutely gorgeous, and taking some time out to travel & enjoy what this wonderful has to offer was truly a beautiful experience. We ate delicious food, kayaked in the ocean, snorkeled in gorgeous water, zip lined through the jungle like Tarzan, swam with dolphins, danced until our feet ached, and relaxed in Jacuzzis until our bodies looked like prunes (stay tuned for a "Viva La Mexico" post w/pics). But we must say that we are happy for our return and SO excited about what's to come with Virtuous Blue.

First & foremost, we couldn't continue without apologizing for our long departure. After our return from our cruise, we got a little distracted with settling into our new place, readjusting to things, and making efforts to better our lives in many areas. Whether it's through health, fitness, finances, spiritually, socially, or professionally...we are all for embracing growth. However, even though we are embarking on a journeys individually, we're making steps to help each other out along the way, and it is our hope that you all would join us as well!

We'll be sure to keep you updated on our fitness regimen, health improvements, spiritual enhancement, and social endeavors. So with that being said, we wanted to include you all on some decorating progress we made on our apartment. Although these rooms now have furniture & a few decorative pieces, we don't want to do the actual "unveiling" until we have completely finished everything. So here is what we started with...

Room #1. A room that embodies a cool & vibrant mood. Adorned in a gray back drop, with a green focus wall, and toned down with dark espresso pieces, white furniture, and accented with small splashes of color sprinkled throughout the room.

Room #2 is the "warm" room with bold orange paint, strong dark & mahogany furniture pieces, and burgundy, brown, and gold accents.

Room #3 falls in the middle with a calming blue hue on the wall and offset with cherry wood pieces, and peach & orange tones to add a warmer feel.

The living and dining area (so far)...

We've come to find that your environment definitely influences your mood & state of being. So we made an effort to keep that in mind when decorating and gave each room its own special appeal. When you walk into your home, what emotion automatically pops into your mind? When you have been in a certain room in your place for an extending period of time, how do you feel after you leave? Keep these things in mind when thinking about the stance that you want to take on life. Remember that your foundation starts at home, so why not make it a firm foundation? Why not make it a comfortable? and more than anything else...why not make it a happy one? You DESERVE it!!

Thanks lovelies. Stay tuned for the cruise recap, apartment decorating progress, life updates, and so much more. And oh...don't forget to KEEP IT BLUE!!!