My Fall Favorites! Lottabody Coconut & Shea Oils Collection

The season for pumpkin-flavored candles, apple pie, and finding the perfect fall collectibles is here! I hope all of you are doing well, despite the horrifying happens that transpired this week, which left many of us mortified. However, here at True Vivant we want to celebrate life, so let’s bring the excitement back! The first on our list of fall favorites is made with love and will make your hair Gone with The Wind Fabulous. I’m talking about the Lotta Body w/ Coconut Oil & Shea Oil Collection! To be honest, this was my first time trying the Lotta Body product line. I have featured other products on my blog, but it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted hair products or skin care articles. So what better way to welcome this upcoming Holiday season with Hair Products to help you get ready for selfie collages!

Are you ready? P.S. Please watch my tutorial video below to hear my thoughts about the product.

 

Moisturize Me- Curl & Style Milk

I like to call the Curl & Style Milk my miracle stying milk. For natrualista’s, finding a product that provides moisture and bouncy definition can be difficult. Especially, when you have a 4c hair texture like me. Don’t me wrong, I do have coils and corkscrew curls, but it’s the moisture factor and battling against the outside climate leaves each strand of my hair dry and in desperate need of softening. All of my elaborate words sums up the Curl & Style Milk.

You know I’m all about a product that works; however, the fragrance needs to be working as well. Thankfully, I don’t have any problems with the Curl & Style Milk’s when it comes to the texture an fragrance.

What it Does:

Detangles, conditions, and controls curls while adding brilliant shine, body, and bounce.

Product Benefits:

  • Defines curls
  • Tames frizz
  • Adds moisture & brilliant shine
  • For relaxed & natural hair

How to Use:

Apply to damp, towel-dried or dry hair. Distribute evenly through hair with fingers from roots to ends. Style as desired.

 

Wrap Me- Foaming Mousse

Now, once my hair is moisturized with the Curl & Style Milk, I normally use the Foaming Mousse the scrunch each section to define my curls and tames the frizz, so my hair is snatched. The pump is so convenient, especially if you’re always on the go.

What it Does:

Can be used for wash and wear styles, defining curls, and taming frizz.

Product Benefits:

  • Creates soft wraps
  • Defines curls
  • Tames frizz
  • For relaxed & natural hair

How to Use:

FOR CURLS: Apply foam liberally to towel-dried hair from roots to ends for definition. Allow hair to air dry or diffuse.

FOR WRAPS: Wrap, mold, or set the hair. Style as usual.

 

Style Me- Texturizing Setting Lotion

For the more edgier side of you to shine brightly, but with class of course. Texturizing Setting Lotion locks in every strand, braid, and protective style so you have more time for fun, instead of constantly having to reapply product. I will elaborate more on the product in the video!

What it Does:

For superior hold, beautiful body, and amazing shine. Locks out humidity and smooths each strand for a long-lasting, silky smooth, glossy set. Creates a firm hold, yet easy to comb.

Product Benefits:

  • Creates superior hold
  • Adds brilliant shine
  • Great body
  • For relaxed & natural hair

How to Use:

Ready To Use formula, no mixing necessary. Apply to damp hair and comb through. Blow style or set on rollers. When hair is fully dry, style as desired.

 

Control Me- Edge Gel

The Control Me Edge Gel really controls me! My edges are laid and always paid, and it’s small so you can carry it anywhere. This is a photo of the sample packet, but they do sell the full size. These sample packs lasted me for almost 2 weeks, and a day, so I could only imagine how long the long the large size will last me. Hopefully longer, it pays to buy good and in large quantity. A future inventment!

What is Does:

Controls, holds, and smoothes edges. Perfect for sleek styles, ponytails, updos, and sculpting.

Product Benefits:

  • Controls,holds, & smoothes edges
  • Non-flaking
  • Moisturizes & strengthens
  • Non-sticky, non-greasy, non-hardening
  • For relaxed & natural hair

How to Use:

Apply to edges with fingertips to smooth edges, control flyaways and tame frizz for a polished, finished style.

 

 

Shape Me- Custard Gelée

The glue that holds all of the products together. Shape Me- Custard Gelée, the curl elongator and coconut oil shine is my favorite characteristic of the Custard Gelée.  If aloe vera gel and grape jelly had a baby, this is it! My curls were loose, my scalp was moisturized and I didn’t have to keep reapplying more of the custard just to achieve a Chilli from TLC look. Simply perfection down to the formula and quantity!

What it Does:

Enhances manageability and shine by taming frizz and adding moisture. Will not leave hair greasy, sticky, or crunchy.

Product Benefits:

  • Long-lasting hold
  • Tames friz
  • Adds moisture
  • For relaxed & natural hair

How to Use:

To define curls or to set braids, twists, coils, or knots, apply a small amount to clean, damp hair. Let hair dry or use a diffuser. Once hair is fully dry, style as desired. For a smooth look, apply to dry, straight hair. Great for updos, ponytails, molding or sculpting.

 

Here is my Video Tutorial & Honest take on each product from Lotta Body w/ Coconut Oil & Shea Oil Collection:

I hope you enjoyed my Hair Tutorial video!?

Please like, subscribe and comment to see more video like this. Special Thanks to Lotta Body for blessing me with these life-saving products.

To Purchase more of these curl creating & edges laid products visit:http://lottabody.com/

 

If you’ve been following my Youtube channel, I and family evacuated from Florida due to Hurricane Irma.

Here is my evacuation update video: https://youtu.be/QnOKGPvgWdE

Instead of sitting down and wondering what to do next, I decided to create care packages for families in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands and all the areas affected by these devastating Hurricanes.

*100% of your funds for each box will be used to purchase all of these supplies and shipped to millions of moms in the United States and in the Islands.

Will you join me?

Here is the link to my care packages: https://infothenewmomsguide.wixsite.com/thenewmomspackage

21 US Virgin Island Hurricane Help
Tim Duncan supporting relief efforts in the US Virgin Islands:
http://21usvihurricanehelp.com/

For Business Inquires:vivantwithdanna@gmail.com

XoXo,

Danna

 

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What Every Mom Needs Series: The Ultimate Stretch Mark Cream

Becoming a mother for the first time is like opening a new book and you don’t even know how it will begin or if the ending will be pleasant. I guess this is what you call having faith in knowing that the unknown can be a ride worth taking. Well, this is easy to say, but when it comes to stretch marks and rashes during pregnancy, we all want to know the secret to fighting mother nature. Ok, maybe at some point we have to realize that mother nature will always win, but instead, let’s learn to love the process and just find natural remedies to making the process easier. The God’s Nectar Skincare company believes in making your experience heavenly using natural ingredients in the process.

 

Organic New Mom MATERNITY Belly Butter

The organic belly butter is like the creme brulee for erasing the itchy and irritating side effects that come with dealing with stretch marks. Ok, to be honest, I’m not a mom yet, but that doesn’t mean that I’m immune from having stretch marks. This is my confession and I hope you will be joining me on my Youtube channel as I create natural recipes for premature stretchmarks. Back to the Belly Butter, the consistency is not too thick, instead, it’s easy to apply and doesn’t feel like a paste. I love the light fragrance and the hint of essential oils which add an aromatherapy effect.

 

As you know, I am a childbirth educator and speak with many moms about stretchmarks and natural remedies, so this belly butter is at the top of my list for Best Products & Favorite Tips for 2017 Mamas.

Ingredients:Linum usitatissmum (flax seed) oil, * Olea europea (extra virgin olive) oil, * Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed) oil, * Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) hydrosol water, * Aloe Barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, * beeswax, * Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter, L-Carnitine (amino acid), vitamin E acetate, Papaya,(and) ^ leuconostoc. derived from radishes)
(*) denotes a certified organic ingredient. (^) denotes a Ecocert approved ingredient.

Contains: Nutritious, oleocanthol & phenolic,antioxidant oils, calcium, magnesium, rose hips, vitamin E, Omega Oils, Vitamin K, oleic acids, d-limonene, argan oil, essential oils
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To get an up close shot of the Belly Butter, take a look at my video demonstration:

 

To purchase more of these products visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGodsNectar for luxurious products taken from the nectar of Heaven

 

 

Here are some helpful tips for achieving the best results using this Belly Butter Creme:

This natural product is cruelty-free and contains only natural, healthy ingredients. There are no sulfates, no parabens, no petroleum, disodium EDTA, no artificial colors, no phosphates, no silicone, no gluten and no harmful preservatives.
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***PLEASE NOTE!!!

If you are postpartum, there are fabulous essential oils available for stretch marks. Neroli and Rose Hips are the best of them. If you’d like one added, please choose one in the menu or choose none.

If in the first trimester or if you do not want either, choose no essential oils.

If you are presently pregnant, I suggest leaving unscented, although it is claimed that neroli and rose hips is safe after the first trimester.

The best oils available for stretch marks, according to the latest research, are used in my belly butter. The beeswax seals them in! The essential oils that can be used in this product are fabulous and experts say are important in the reduction of stretch marks.They are neroli or rose hips. The Neroli helps regenerate skin cells. It is very lightly scented and smells a bit like bitter citrus. Rose Hips is loaded with Vitamin C and creates more collagen from your body’s chemistry. The choice is yours.
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More about Essential Oils:

ABOUT ROSE HIPS:
When the collagen and elastin in your skin tear, it forms scars known as stretch marks. Many factors and conditions can cause the marks to form, including weight gain and pregnancy. Although many doctors assert that genetics play a big role in whether or not you develop stretch marks, there is also a range of products available to help fight their formation, including rosehip oil, or rosehip seed oil as it’s also known.

ABOUT NEROLI:
To me, it smells like a bitter orange. However, the properties in it are said to be the best defense against stretch marks and preventing them. It assists in regenerating skin cells that are stretched during pregnancy.
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More about Stretch Marks:

Your skin is composed of elastin which can be thought of as a soft elastic tissue. It is soft, supple and stretchable but it too has its own limits. Some situations exert extra pressure on your skin such as sudden weight gain or loss, pregnancy and even rapid growth of your body during teenage years. Sometimes while exercising too, you stretch your body out of its limits. In such situations, you get those thick red or purple lines on your skin which is popularly known as stretch marks. Gradually these lines do fade away and become white or silvery white in color but they don’t go away on their own. You have to put efforts to remove these stretch marks.

Natural oils are excellent emollients and they have these capabilities to treat all scalp and hair problems as also skin issues including stretch marks. I have researched and identified the right type of oils for the very purpose. You should ideally gently massage your skin’s stretch marks with oil or cream for about half an hour daily. However, just applying oils or creams to the marks (something near to soaking them in oil) can also do wonders. If doing so, you need to apply cream or oil for about three to four times a day. The ingredients I use, with all their antioxidant properties and loads of nutrients, are considered the best oils to use in my cream for removing stretch marks.
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TIPS FOR YOU TO AVOID STRETCH MARKS:
Follow these simple ways which are highlighted below to remove, prevent and fade the stretch marks.
1. Drink water of at least 10 glasses of water or more in a day which results in regular detoxification of skin pores and restores elasticity to get rid of the stretch marks. Drink a lot of water will also help to maintain your skin smooth, soft and clear which in turns helps to have problem free skin.
2. Try to avoid coffee, tea & other beverages which cause dehydration and thereby easily forming stretch marks.
3. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable to get the essential nutrients, proteins and minerals, zinc, vitamins like A, C, D and E such as carrots, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, milk, eggs, fishes, nuts, meats, fiber-rich foods, dairy products, avocados, sunflower seeds, blueberries, etc.
4. Regularly watch your calories to avoid rapid weight gain or loss which is the main cause for the stretch marks. Follow the diet which suits to maintain the perfect diet.
5. Make sure to lose your weight normally but not suddenly and also avoid the sudden increase in your diet. Have perfect diet plan to avoid this stretch marks.
6. You can also use the combination of oils like orange oil in vitamin E, coconut oil with cocoa and shea butter in vitamin E oil, coconut oil with olive oil, etc. for additional benefits to prevent this problem.
7. Dry brushing onto the dry skin where the stretch marks  can be found will exfoliate the skin by opening the pores and removing the dead cells and dirt. It stimulates the circulation and helps to mobilize fats and eliminates toxins.
8. Regular, moderate exercise will help to maintain constant weight which in turn a cause for stretch marks.
9. Use grapefruit extract like lotion or oil to apply on the stretch marks by gently massaging on it. This will increase the blood circulation and also collagen flow to get rid of the stretch marks.
10. Always try to keep your skin well moisturized which in turn helps to prevent the stretch marks and also lessen the visible of appeared one.
11. Remember that not to scratch the area where you found the stretch marks as it makes the situation worse.
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Directions:
• Apply this cream to your stretch marks 3-4 times daily.
• Massage in thoroughly
Exfoliating with a sugar scrub before using this is an excellent idea. See scrubs in my “Skin Pampering” secti
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The ingredients in this formulation are completely pure and natural (97% organic), which will appeal to a wide variety of customers seeking an ingredient list that is understandable. Packed with nourishing omega-3 enriched oil, non-alcoholic witch hazel for toning benefits, aloe for soothing, and L-Carnitine which is a naturally occurring amino acid that significantly increases the hydration level when applied topically.  Lightly preserved with naturally derived leuconostoc – which is commonly called Leucidal or radish root ferment, this preservative is EcoCert approved for certified organic formulations.

97% organic and made with love!

 

XoXo,

Danna

Everyday is Mothers Day Gift Ideas: Frizz Free Curls Blueberry Collection

I hope you all enjoyed your  weekend? Well, it’s time to get back to business, because the new week in about to commence and the hair edges must be laid so you can get paid!!!! Honestly, we’ve talked about skincare and makeup in my Everyday is Mothers Day Gift Ideas series, so let’s discuss something different, like Curls for instance. Yep, were talking about hair!!!!! If you watch Fox’s daytime talk show “The REAL”, you would have seen the Curls products on display and this product line is the main topic for this article.

Here is the official Curls video featuring the Founder of Curls showing their new Blueberry Bliss Collection on “The REAL”:

 

Here is my review for the New “Curls Blueberry Bliss Collection”:

 

 
Blueberry Bliss CURL Control Paste:

The edge control paste honestly lives up to it’s name. The thick clear blueberry infused scented paste glides easily and let’s just say no lose hairs will be left standing. I like to think of myself as a hair product sampler, so on my sampling journey, I have tried many products including edge control pastes, but none of them could tame my 4a  edges. Let’s be real naturalistas! Natural Hair is no joke, so finding a product that works for a specific use is comforting.

If you rock several hair styles including crochet, weave, braids, or natural hair then this edge control has your back. P.S. You will hear my convo regarding the edge paste in the review video below!

TIP – Use on wet hair for a soft hold or on dry hold for a strong hold.

Ingredients

Water, Ceteareth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Vegetable Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Silk Amino Acids, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Jojoba Esters, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Blue 1, Red 33

 

 
Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner:

At last the Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner, this should be your go to hair softening product the will allow you to rock a curly-fro while still protecting your hair from the humidity. P.S. Just so you know, the Blueberry fragrant is not too offensive, so you don’t have to worry about smelling a strong odor. In my video review, you will be seeing me use the Leave in to moisturize my hair.

Benefits of Blueberries:

Proanthocyanidins, the plant chemical found in blueberries, interacts with hair follicles to accelerate growth and slow down hair graying and loss.

Blueberries, rich in vitamin C and B complex are good for increasing hair growth by improving oxygenation and circulation of blood in the body, particularly the scalp.

Prevents hair breakage, too little Vitamin C your diet can lead to hair breakage

Ingredients: Purified Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Certified Organic Blueberry Fruit Extract, Certified Organic Coconut Oil, Glycereth-26, Sorbitol, Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Silk Amino Acids, Certified Organic Chamomile Flower Extract, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol

 

Here is my video review demonstrating how I curl my hair using CURLS:

To purchase more of these products visit : http://www.curls.biz/ to see more from their Blueberry Bliss Collection. Treat yourself mamas, so you can always slay on a busy day!

 

XoXo,

Danna

Everyday is Mothers Day Gift Ideas: Shop Green Joy

The season of celebrating mothers worldwide may be over, but why do we need a holiday when Mother’s Day is everyday! Yes indeed, here at True Vivant, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day until June 4th. My initial plan was to make May the official month, so it looks like June will make it’s home on my blog. Moving on, I am here to give you the best hidden skincare and health secrets that I’ve recently discovered over the whole month of April and May. This is going to be a long list of goodies, so you better get a plain sheet of paper and a good pen, because you wouldn’t want to miss anything.

 

Our first stop on our Tour De Vivant is Shop Green Joy!!! Seriously mama’s this shop has everything from Skincare products, lip care and personal decor to make your mom cave a Queen’s Paradise.

Here we go!

P.S. The Snowflake Gift Soap is personal favorite!! This soap lathers and has a very light scent. If you love lavender or rosehip essential oils infused in your bar soaps, then you will love this snowflake gift soap.

*All of the products in the post are samples.

1. Shea Balm

The first on our list is a Natural Shea Balm. If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that I’m completely in love with Shea Butter. Lucky, this shea balm from Shop Green Joy is very smooth and based on the smell, I believe it has a hint of citrus oils. The texture doesn’t have any lumps like normal shea butter, so during the application process, I don’t think you will have any problems.

 

2.Chocolate Balm

The Chocolate Balm is a semi thick lip balm that glides on very easy. You will see me use this sample in the video below. The sweet scent of chocolate and cocoa butter is a unique combination that I didn’t know would make a great mixture, but this is hands down my favorite product. This product is natural and takes only 3 seconds to evaporate within your skin. SIMPLY DELICIOUS!

Contains natural ingredients of chocolate (cocoa butter and cocoa mass) and bee products, without preservatives and dyes, safe for children.

 

3.Soft Soap Lavender Jam Soap Beldi

The lavender jam soap is one word “Convenient”. Just one swipe on my washcloth and I was out of the shower in 2 minutes. Ok, I normally like to take longer showers, but making doctors appointments or running out to the grocery store requires a thick soap that will cover every area code. If you’re a mom on the go this will be your new best friend. Believe me!

 

4.Herbal Face Toner

Other than the Lavender Jam, the herbal face toner is like having dozens of herbs and essential oils in one spray bottle. After you enjoy a luxurious bath, simply spray the herbal toner all over you face and body and enjoy your day. You can even use this spray for your body acne just so you know!

 

5.Ubtan Ayurvedic

The perfect 1 minute spa treatment, before the kids and the hubby wakes up. Perfectly cleanses, exfoliates and tones the skin without stripping the skin of it natural oils. All of the ingredients are natural and will truly give you ageless skin. Yes, I know I’m young, but there is not better time to start naturally preserving the skin while it’s still youthful.

Ingredients: moroccan volcanic clay – ghassoulite, elite yellow clay, carob powder, natural spices: turmeric, cinnamon, clove, ginger, ayurvedic herb – bringaradj, amla powder.

How to use:

-Dilute with water;
-apply the paste on the face and body;
– let it dry;
-wash off in the shower.

You can use a special massage or loofah to enhance exfoliation.

 

6.Soap Nut Shampoo

In my last post, I talked about shampoo bars and it’s nutritional properties.  So I guess were back at it again! The soap nut shampoo is infused with natural oils that will keep your skin feeling refreshed during this dry and hot summer weather. It has a somewhat earthy scent, infused with geranium essential oil. A.K.A. Rose Oil.

Materials: organic oils, sodium hydroxide, powder soap nut

 

7.Ayurvedic Shampoo Shikakay Babassu

The finally little piece of heaven is the Ayurvedic Shampoo Shikakay Babassu! The bar shampoo is moisturizing and really made my hair feel healthy. To be honest, since I have natural hair, shampoo bars makes load light when it comes to really washing my hair without having to spend almost 5 minutes. Defiantly is a must try!

Ingredients: powdered beans shikakay; Moroccan volcanic clay-ghassoulite, carob, babassu oil; lactic acid; complex of fruit acids, cinnamon, essential oil of cinnamon leaves, detergents from coconut oil.

Here is a video of me demonstrating the benefits of each product:

To purchase more of these products visit : ShopGreenJoy for more Mother’s Day Gift Idea’s.
XoXo,
Danna

 

 

 

🌸 A Cure for Bad Hair Days! Bibi Soaps

Ok, ladies do have bad hair days? Of course you do, every women in America have had moments. Then again, all you need is water and shampoo to tame the beast. As a naturalista, I find that having a hair system makes those bad hair days disappear. No you shouldn’t take comb to it right away, instead hop in the shower and grab the miracle shampoo bar. Bibi Soaps is my go to store for getting my hair and body renewed. This company models the word simplicity and that’s how life should be. As a women, we shouldn’t have to feel bad for  having a bad hair day, instead wash it with their Shampoo Bar.

 

Here is The Shampoo Bar:

The shampoo bar goes right the scalp and provided a deep moisturizing experience that will loosen the tangled knots. After submerging my hair with water, I rubbed the shampoo bar into my scalp and that’s all she wrote. My hair was moisturized, shiny, and soft. I would definitely recommend this shampoo bar to anyone, because this bar works well for all hair types. Hair types isn’t an issue this time, so what are you waiting for? Below is the organic ingredients in the shampoo bar:

Avocado oil, organic Olive oil, shikakai, amla, reetha and several others.

 

 

Here is my video review for Bibi’s  Shampoo Bar:

 

 

To purchase more of these products visit : http://bibisoaps.com/ and get beautified with their new body butters!

XoXo,

Danna