During our last family visit to the East Coast, I decided to find out first hand about a family-owned, hand-crafted, certified organic skin-care/hair-care line in New Jersey named, Poofy Organics.
Come and take a peek. :)
Taken directly from their site:
Poof's Closet began with a specific goal in mind. To provide healthy and toxic free bath & beauty products at reasonable prices. After my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, my family was determined to stop using products laden with toxic chemicals. We made it our mission to find the safest and most effective ingredients for our products. We are a small family-run business and proud to offer alternative products nationwide. Poof's Closet is dedicated to providing HEALTHY alternative beauty products free of toxins and unhealthy ingredients!
One of the many reasons why I admire Poofy's Organics is, not only have they kept their USDA certifiers busy with paperwork due to their commitment to deliver products that are truly organic and natural, they document everything from beginning to end which holds them accountable to themselves and the USDA system, which is an excellent form of checks and balance.
As I was walking around their store asking questions, chatting it up with the customers, while checking out what they had, I decided to pick up a few hair and body items.
Prior to purchasing their hair products, I wasn't well versed in the technical language of hair. Upon further questioning Kristina (owner) I found out a bit about curly hair texture and type.
Thanks to the University of Google, I found a heap of information about hair texture, color, type, style, hair-cut that flatters facial shapes, most copied hair-cut, "Facial hair: Itch much?", "hair today, gone tomorrow!"...
I swear, if you don't keep focus on what you're looking for, Google and YouTube will take you to places you had no intentions of going. hahaha!
So, back to hair texture...
If you're not familiar with the technical terms for the types and textures of curly hair, pull up a chair let me take you on a brief hair terminology class in:
" S h o w a n d T e l l "
(read in the tone of... "Pigs in Space!")
(If you're not familiar with this "Muppet minute", please utilize the Google or YouTube bar and type in "Pigs in Space")
So, let's start off with my curly hair.
My hair texture varies between a 2a/2c based on the type of products I use to either straightened or curl them. The texture is typically straight at the crown and becomes thick and wavy/curly at the ends.
My husband's hair texture is a 4b/4c.
Typical of most African-American hair texture which is kinky when dry, with a looser curl pattern when wet, with very little visible curl definition.
Smack dab in between my husband's hair texture and mine is my son's hair texture.
It's within the range of a 3b/4b based on the length of his hair and products used. Currently, he's rocking an afro, which you'll see in a bit.
Pretty basic right? Now that you've learned a thing or two about curly hair, we move on to the review.
Curl It Curling & Braiding Butter
This product does an excellent job in texturizing and defining coarse,curly hair without leaving that "crunchy hair syndrome" (Ya, I totally made that up - haha! But you get the idea with the crunchy hair effect).
You'll get soft defined curls with a slight sheen that lasts all day.
Reading the ingredients on the back of this product, I found out that coconut oil, argan oil, wheat germ oil are wonderful humectants which help rejuvenate, hydrate, thick, coarse, curly, kinky, dry or damaged hair because of it's moisture binding capacity preventing breakage and frizz.
I'll tell you now, curly hair will happily drink this stuff.
He received a lot of compliments of how it smelled which is faint nutty and sweet coconut scent. The texture had a custard-like and creamy feel, so you don't need very much.
Just be mindful of the amount you use based on the texture and length of your hair.
Check out my son's super-fly soul afro! Can ya dig it?
I LOVE IT!
It's wild, hip and clever - a slight reflection of his personality, I think. He's fascinated with Will Smith's son, Jaden but, we'll see how he feels about having an afro when the weather gets warmer ;)
As you can see, there wasn't that much of a difference. His hair for the most part, remained in tact. Pliable, soft, and smelled oh so nice.
Dynamite De-tangler and Leave in Conditioner
hhmmmm, you can smell the lavender and orange flower from the initial spritz, but quickly dissipates.
I used this all over his head just enough to moisten the hair to pick or run my fingers through and help release the curls and kinks a bit. No buildup or greasy residue. A great compliment to the Curling Braiding Butter
Since Clorox bought Burt's Bees sometime in the Fall of 2007, I unfortunately had to make the painful decision to switch products to avoid the effects of "greenwashing".
With a sad and heavy heart, off I went...
I tried out various body balms, lotions and body butters only to find them sticky, watery or it had a weird plastic-y scent. Ick!
Who would have thought that I would end my search in New Jersey?
Poofy's Hand and Body Lotion in Orange Sweetness absorbed quickly, left the skin hydrated and smelled deee-licious! I would liken the texture and consistency of this lotion to the old formulation of Burt's Bee's Milk and Honey lotion sans the chemicals and ingredients I can't pronounce.
Apparently, it worked so well that my son and husband decided to claim this lotion for their own use. heehee!
Oh well, pick and choose your battles...right?
The charming shop
The beautiful and super helpful owner, Kristina
Overall, I really love this line of high quality and high performing certified organic products. I hope they continue to produce clean, non-toxic products for families to enjoy.
Thanks for stopping by lovelies! :)
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Until next time,
Laugh, Love, Live Positive