I’m a product whore, in that I’m always in search for products that will make my life better, my skin prettier, and my hair more beautiful.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of what I’m currently using in the hopes that you may find it interesting.
To understand why Loma (and indeed the rest of the products here) appeal to me so much, you have to understand some things about my buying habits over the last few years. I’ve been trying to:
- Buy fewer things with petroleum products as ingredients. For two reasons – first, I figure I don’t need to contribute any more to the oil companies than I already am. Next, I figure that petroleum production may not be the best thing for the planet.
- Buy more things made either locally or in the US.
- Buy more things made with natural, or if possible, organic ingredients.
With these things in mind, read the description by Loma of their products:
LOMA is the industry leader to utilize the purest, most active form of Aloe Vera Gel as the product base. The use of aromatherapy-based oils rather than synthetic fragrances truly sets LOMA apart. It smells good enough to eat!
From the beginning the focus has been on using the highest quality of naturally derived raw materials and the most advanced technology to formulate this superior and unique line of haircare products. No animal testing.
Unlike other manufacturers, LOMA manufactures 100% of their own products. Beginning with the development and formulation of the product and ending with the sale. This control allows LOMA to ensure only the finest quality of ingredients are being used and the highest level of integrity in all phases.
To top this off, Loma is made in Monroe, about 10 miles from where I live. Can’t get much more local than that.
Anyway, all of this would be moot if these products weren’t good. But, they are. I use the Loma Pearatin line, and it keeps my medium length, curly, color treated, frizzy hair in line. The stuff smells great, works great, and is just dreamy, in general. There are products I use on my hair outside of this line, but not many.
The sweetie uses Loma shampoo, and it helps keep his psoriasis laden skin in check on his scalp. I think it’s the aloe base that makes the difference.
I’ve been using Forever Living products for years, because when I first started getting electrology, the electrologist recommended their products, as she found they were the only things that worked on her skin.
When I lived in NJ (where she was) I just bought the products from her. However, when I moved to Seattle I became a distributor, so I could get their distributor discount. Don’t let their business model scare you. They never bother me, and I’ve never heard a Forever Living meeting in a restaurant banquet room (unlike Amway).
But I digress…here’s the key here, their products are based on Aloe, and they own one of the key patents for stabilizing aloe. For awhile, I did try their aloe products meant for internal use, and I do believe Aloe can be settling to the stomach, but now I mainly buy their skin products. I love their moisturizers, facial cleanser, toner, and particularly the bee propolis cream, which, I learned recently, dramatically decreases healing time on skin injuries.
However…I’m a bit disappointed that Forever Living hasn’t made an effort to bring more organics into their products. Also, they have ingredients they don’t explain (unlike Loma, who describes what each ingredient does). So, as I’m always on the lookout for new things, I found…
I’m a huge Howard Stern fan, and the founder of this company is Howard’s cousin, so he advertises on Howard’s show on Sirius. So far, I can’t speak highly enough of these products. They work great, smell great, and they are all based on honey! Based on my success with the bee propolis cream from Forever Living, I was excited to try these, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The products are organic, the company is carbon neutral, and they donate a portion of the profit to saving the bees. Seriously, this is like a dream come true. Read more here.
My only complaint about Beeceuticals is I wish they made more products. I still needed a shower gel, so…
Dr. Bronner/Ballard Organics
After looking askance at the Dr. Bronner’s bottles for years, I finally picked up a bottle of the liquid soap, and I really liked it. It feels great, my skin is not dry, and I smell lovely. On my next trip to the PCC to pick up a new bottle, I noticed that there was a soap with identical ingredients that smelled even better and was made locally! So, I picked up some of the Ballard organics liquid soap and I’m quite pleased. I’ve learned that I can make a little of either go a long way if I squirt some into one of those scrunchy scrubber things, then get it foamy, then turn the water off in the shower, soap up, and then rinse off when I’m done. If I leave the water running, they both get washed away too soon. With both of these, it’s nice to know I can also use the soap for other things if need be.
OK, that’s enough commercial gushing for now. I need to go slather myself with something!
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