Saturday, August 18, 2012

What I'm Loving: Sessun at Asos

Summer is quickly coming to an end and you know what that means... fall fashion, baby. Not sure what it is about hoodies and skinny jeans, but they really ease that dreadful going-back-to-school-feeling. And even though I'm living out my last days of summer as a beach bum, I'm secretly looking forward to dark colors and lots of layers. Bring it on, September!

When I spotted these new Sessun arrivals at Asos, I immediately was giddy with fall fashion fever. From the deep red pea coat to the burnt yellow tea dress, these pieces embody classic autumn style with a slight retro twist. Versatile and simple, Sessun always manages to be on trend with classic Parisian flare. Designer Emma Francois uses inspiration from her travels in her colour, pattern and fabric choices, resulting in timeless collections for the past 15 years. With a strong focus on luxury and sustainability, Sessun uses organic fibers and fair trade crops wherever possible.

Bright Skinny Jeans (top left) - $213
Batwing Knit (top right) - $179
Wool Woven Tea Dress (bottom left) - $196
Palemberg Wool Pea Coat (bottom right) - $350

Now, if only I had the money to buy these gorgeous pieces! :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo Review

I'm really excited to share this review with you so let's jump right into it!

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo is my new all time favorite must have. This stuff is seriously heaven in a bottle. Everything you want in a clean shampoo is right here. Intelligent Nutrients sums it up perfectly on their website: "anti-aging, antioxidant rich, volumizing, super smooth, non-frizzy and nourishing to the scalp, hair, body and mind." Formulated for all hair types, including color treated, this cleanser is a one-size-fits-all miracle without any sulfates, parabens, silicones, ethoxylates, PEG, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.

Clean shampoo has honestly been one of the hardest things for me to find. Traditional shampoos are one of the most toxic products on the market (check this out to learn more). They strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it frizzy, dry, and dull. They're specifically designed to make you buy more products (conditioners, frizz serums, etc.) in order to fix the problem. No thanks.

For the longest time, I was happy with my Burt's Bees Volumizing Shampoo. Not the cleanest option on the market, but it was certainly a better alternative. It gave life to my fine hair and didn't leave me oily the next day. But recently, Burt's Bees decided to change their formula     a decision that has upset many longtime users. This "new and improved" version is actually pretty horrible which led me to try something new.

IN's Harmonic Shampoo is similar to a cleansing conditioner, very creamy and moisturizing. It has a wonderful minty aroma that feels refreshing, especially during these hot summer days.  Surprisingly, it  does suds up a bit as you work it into your scalp, something that's usually absent in clean shampoos due to the lack of sulfates. After you rinse it out, you can immediately feel the difference. My hair felt silky soft, a feeling that lasted until my next wash. Best of all, it passed the greasy test, even with my extra fine hair. IN also makes a Harmonic Conditioner, but I don't feel the need to try it since I'm ecstatic with the shampoo by itself. Perhaps those very dry, coarse hair would find it helpful.

All in all, I believe I've found my perfect shampoo. I'm assuming many others feel the same way since it's sold out on most of the popular clean beauty websites. Spirit Beauty Lounge still has samples available, while Amazon seems like one of the few to have the full bottles in stock. Definitely worth it!

Have you ever tried any of Intelligent Nutrients' products? What's your favorite clean shampoo? Leave some comments! :)