CARA B Naturally available Target and CVS #ILoveCARABNaturally

Finally… a line of all natural, affordable, skin and hair care products for ethnic babies and kids will be available in Target and CVS! CARA B Naturally has just launched in Target stores across the country and in early February CARA B Naturally will roll out to CVS locations all over the United States.
The wonderful folks at CARA B Naturally have put together a fun i-spy style contest for our readers! Browse the shelves of your nearest Target location for CARA B Naturally products, snap a photo to send us via Twitter for extra entries in an upcoming giveaway for a Target Gift Card! To support CARA B Naturally Target is launching a special sale from January 29th until February 11th, all CARA B Naturally products will retail for .00 off their regular prices of .99.

The giveaway will start on February 1 and run through February 7, it will take place right here on the blog, entries will be accepted on a Rafflecopter form and extra points will be given for the photo you snap of any CARA B product and tweet to us with our handle @untraindhairmom and hashtag #ILoveCARABNaturally, and 1 winner will be chosen at random! So, next time you are out and about at your local Target, find the CARA B products, snap a photo and have it ready for the upcoming giveaway.

You can also expect our review of CARA B Naturally any day now…



Our Favorite Hair Item Reviews of 2011

We’ve been blessed with the opportunities to try some great products and fun items and here is our list of favorites from 2011.

-Bee Mine – Bee Mine Natural Hair Care Products are the greatest products for D’s hair, we love them! You can see our reviews of their Avocado Cream Conditioner, Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer, Curly Butter and Deja’s Hair Milk. If after reading our reviews and you decide you’d like to purchase some Bee Mine Products, you can get 10% off orders over $15. And you can expect more Bee Mine reviews in 2012!

Diva Locks Crocheted Headbands – I love these gorgeous, well-made headbands, they stay on D’s head really well as opposed to regular headbands she won’t keep on.

Sidewinder Hair Holders – Fun, colorful accessories!

I Love My Hair Book – We love this book!!

Created by Nature – I can’t say enough good things about these all-natural products, that smell so good.

-Curlformers – They provide amazing curls with no heat. Check out our Curlformers review, our cross-over headband style, short and wide curlfomers on my straight hair, and kid’s Christmas styles done with long and wide curlformers and an extra long and wide set.

CUSH Cosmetics – more great, natural products!

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

We hope you find these reviews helpful and enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy providing them. Thanks for following!


Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Hair Treatment Review

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Hair Treatment from Tropical Traditions has been an amazing treatment for D’s hair. Just this past week, after I washed, conditioned, and detangled D’s hair, I added some Bee Mine Luscious moisturizer then sealed with the Gold Label Coconut Oil Hair Treatment, I banded her hair in 4 sections to prepare it for styling the next evening. The next morning I took the 4 banded sections down and did 2 banded ponytails, I needed her hair to stay as stretched and untangled as possible because that evening I was going to straighten her hair. Her hair was extremely soft and moisturized and I felt it was going to be protected from the heat of the flat iron by the coconut oil treatment.

Her hair felt so good, I loved having the coconut oil treatment on her hair as a heat protectant.You can purchase this amazing natural hair care treatment from Tropical Traditions by using the link below:
Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Hair Treatment – 16 ozYou can also enter to win a 16 oz jar of the Coconut Oil Hair Treatment. Enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Duplicate entries will deleted, winnin entries will be verified, please leave the addtional information requested in the extra info boxes, if an entry cannot be verified another winner will be chosen. This giveaway ends December 27 at 11:59 pm EST. (This giveaway is closed, to see the winner, visit our winner’s page.)Photobucket


It’s Perfectly Natural Product Review


D and I have been trying out a new line of products, called

IPNline, the creator of the line, Denise (you can read about her natural hair care journey dealing with relaxers and hair loss), supplied us with her line of products to use and review. Here is what we got:


Root Food: Temple/Hairline Spot Treatment
Scalp Revival: Healthy Scalp and Growth Oil
Organic Black Tea Mega Spritz

We started off with the Replenish pre-wash treatment, I sprayed her hair with water to the point that it was damp, I then applied Replenish to her hair in sections. I covered it with a plastic cap and left it on for about 20 minutes.


I washed with our usual Bee Mine Moisturizing Botanical Shampoo and Conditioned with the Bee Mine Avocado Cream. Once she was out of the shower I applied the Scalp Revival Oil, which smells like peppermint lavender,  to her scalp. I proceeded to use the Turn Me Loose Detangler/Leave In and added the Splendid Hair and Body Oil to seal.

Still damp:


Here it is once it had completely dried, I love the curls and that there wasn’t much shrinkage. Her hair was soft, no stiffness here.




I have been applying the root food to her temples and hairline to see if we can’t get her hair to thicken up in those areas. I will keep you all posted on that.

I have used the leave in on myself, it is light enough that I can, and I also use and love the Black Tea Mega Spritz, it makes my hair so soft and shiny and it smells so good. It has a strong natural aroma that fades once it is applied…the scent lingers though and I can catch a whiff as I turn my head and I love it!


Overall I love this line. We recently went on vacation, since I couldn’t pack up the entire bathroom full of products I limited our selection to the It’s Perfectly Natural Leave and Hair and Body Oil. I also took along some Aussie Moist conditioner and our Belle Butters Double Agent Butter. I had to co-wash a couple times because she spent some time in the indoor pool. This combo worked out great, I would detangle with the leave in, apply some of the butter and use the oil over that, her hair stayed manageable and super soft!

Please check out It’s Perfectly Natural on the web:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

You can also enter to win a set of these products during the Winter Wonderland Event, going on now until Dec 6. Enter to win the It’s Perfectly Natural products sample set as a part of of the WW grand prize!!



Belle Butters: Natural Hair and Skin Body Butter Review

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With colder months upon us I wanted to stock up on some nice hair and body butters for some major moisturizing. From Belle Butters, I chose the Unyevu Butter and the Double Agent Butter.

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Natural Hair & Product Journey: Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk Review and Discount

Last month marked our one year “Bee Mine-iversay“…we discovered their amazing natural products in October of 2010 and have been using them ever since!

Before we discovered natural products, D’s poor hair was lacking the moisture and hydration it needed. The retail store-bought products we were using contained mineral oil and petroleum, which can make the hair shiny, so it may appear to be hydrated and healthy, but there is no true nutrients in petroleum-based products. Once I realized this and read studies linking petroleum and mineral oil to cancer, I threw out all of D’s hair products that contained those ingredients!
For the longest time D’s hair seemed to be stuck at shoulder length…it would grow a bit, but then it was time to trim the dead/split ends….it was a vicious cycle. Below is a photo of her hair lengths from the past 3 years, the first photo was taken in November of 2009, the second in October 2010 and the third was taken September 2011.
So, you can see a substantial amount of growth in the past year vs. the year before that. Like it has been said many times “the growth don’t lie”.

One of the first products from the Bee Mine line that we tried was their Deja’s Hair Milk.

 Product Description:

Bee Mine

This hair milk has many benefits for the health and condition of your hair.  It’s lightweight but very moisturizing.  The oils and butters will nourish and naturally moisturize every strand of your tresses without leaving your hair greasy.  The grapefruit essential oil strengthens and keeps your hair healthy while the peppermint essential oil helps to stimulate growth.  Good for all hair types, braids and weaves too.  We aim to help your hair be the healthiest it can be.

Price: 2oz $5, 8oz $15, 16oz $27
Use Deja’s Hair Milk to:  defrizz, moisturize on damp hair, as a second day refresher, detangler or leave in.
INGREDIENTS:  Distilled water, Coconut milk, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Butyrosperumum Parkir (Shea Butter), Emulsifying wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Ricinus communis (Organic Castor Oil), Grapefruit & Peppermint Essential Oils, Vitamin E, Panthenol (Vitamin B Complex), Optiphen (Paraben free and Formaldehyde free preservative), Fragrance.

99% Natural & Organic
Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk

The claims are true…this is a great light moisturizer/leave in and detangler….and it doesn’t take much, a little bit goes a loooong way, so it is well worth the price to get a great hair product that will last. An 8oz bottle easily lasted us 6 months.

You can purchase Bee Mine Products on the web and use coupon code UTHM12HOT, (this code is valid for the Summer/Fall 2012, after that please check the sidebar for updated codes) to get 10% off your purchase of $15 or more! They’ve got trial sizes available if you want to give them a test run!

Want more reviews of the products from Bee Mine?
Bee Mine Avocado Cream Balanced Conditioner
Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer
Bee Mine Curly Butter



Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this post, everything expressed above are my feelings and experiences with the Bee Mine products. :)

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review and #Giveaway, ends Nov 1

It is no secret that we love coconut oil in our household. We use it on hair, skin and of course for cooking. Tropical Traditions is a great source for coconut oil, information on coconut oil and many other organic foods and natural products. I got the opportunity to try their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. The process they use to get the coconut oil is very interesting, it is extracted by grating the fresh coconut, extracting the coconut milk, and then letting the coconut milk stand in a covered container for about 24 hours. After about 24 hours, the oil naturally separates from the water producing a crystal clear oil that retains the full scent and taste of coconuts. Watch the video below to learn more about the coconut oil extraction process:


Some of our favorite uses for coconut oil in the kitchen are for baking, it gives the cookies a much better flavor than vegetable or olive oil does. We eat it on toast and I use it in the baby food I make for my son. The Tropical Traditions Gold Label coconut oil truly does have the flavor of coconut! You can find many free recipes at the Tropical Traditions Free Coconut recipe blog.

We also love using coconut oil on our hair and skin. It provides a great barrier (seal) and helps hold in moisture, hydrate, heal and protect the hair and skin.. I have been using coconut oil on D’s hair for about 6 months now. I use it on her skin as well as mine and my son’s. It was a great natural aid in the remedy of my son’s eczema flare ups.

You can purchase a 32 oz jar of Gold Label Coconut Oil on the Tropical Traditions website, along with many other natural skin care products, organic foods and household items!

What are your favorite uses for coconut oil?

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Tropical Traditions has generously offered to giveaway a 32oz jar of their Gold Label Coconut Oil. This giveaway is open to , from Enter on the Rafflecopter form below (it may take a moment to load). Please read the instructions for each entry and include the necessary information in the extra info boxes. There are no mandatory entries, do as many as you like to increase your chances of winning!

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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


Bee Mine Avocado Cream Balanced Conditioner

“Mmmm…that smells like creamy, cream pie.” Those were the words out of D’s mouth the first time I applied this conditioner to her hair. And she is right, it smells like coconut cream pie, it is wonderful! This is one of the best conditioners we have used. I pretty much thoroughly finger detangle her hair in the shower with the Bee Mine Avocado Cream Balanced conditioner then follow with a wide tooth comb. It has kept her hair soft and hydrated during these summer months after spending a lot of time in the sun and pool.

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Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Lavendula angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Anthemis nobilis (Organic Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Cetearyl Alcohol(vegetable-based emulsifier), Ricinus communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Avocado Butter, Avocado Oil,  Stearalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, d-Calcium Pantothenate (Panthenol Vitamin B5), Panthenol (Vitamin B Complex), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Salix nigra (Organic Black Willow Bark) Extract, Fragrance.

Bee Mine Conditioner

Can you tell how soft, silky and shiny her hair is? In case you can’t her hair is very soft, moisturized and manageable.
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I use this conditioner along with Bee Mine’s Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo (review coming soon!), Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer, Bee Mine Curly Butter, Bee Mine Juicy Spritz (review coming soon!), and Bee Mine’s Deja’s Hair Milk (review coming soon!). You can visit the Bee Mine website, to see all their products and don’t forget you can use our Bee Mine coupon code UTHM12HOT(valid through Summer/Fall 2012, please check the Bee Mine banner in the side bar for updates)  to receive 10% off your order of $15 or more!!

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