I realized that I don’t talk much about body care and hair care products as much as I discuss and review skincare products. It’s not that I’m not passionate about them. It’s probably because I don’t really have an extensive collection of hair and body care products and/or I don’t really invest much in them!? And if I like certain products, I don’t really experiment or try new ones. I just keep using them consistently (unlike my obsession with skincare products). If you’ll ask me why, I don’t really have any particular reason for it.
I had few requests from my followers and friends asking about my current hair care and body care products. So today I’m reviewing the current hair products and body products I have been using for the past few months. Surprisingly, this post turned out to be longer than I anticipated; so I had to split it across two blog posts.
Rachel’s Plan Bee Hand & Body Wash (Original)
I don’t think any blog post on body care products can be complete without the mention of Rachel’s Plan Bee products.
Rachel’s Plan Bee‘s body care products have always been a part of my collection. I know I don’t talk about them often. It’s mainly because as aforementioned I don’t really try new body care products and since they usually stay in my bathroom; more often than not, I forget to bring them together to take pictures. (I know not a satisfactory response and I should talk about them frequently. I’ll work on that going forward.)
Creamy fluffy textures, lightweight body products, non-greasy formulations, clean ingredients, and beautiful seasonal fragrances – these are synonymous with Rachel’s products. Anybody who has used Rachel’s Plan Bee’s products cannot be without it; they are that good. And it’s not just me who believes that, you should look up the web or social media platforms to learn about this humble body care brand, founded by the very sweet and lovely Rachel. My favorite from her line is the entire Coconut Beach collection, including the body oil (shimmering and non-shimmering), body butter, and body polish. When Rachel introduced her Hand & Body wash sometime in the last year, I was super excited. That was the only thing missing in my collection and a product I really wanted to see be a part of the RPB family. After my interview with Rachel some months ago (you can read the interview here), she very kindly sent me her then released Hand & Body Wash – Original and the Coconut Beach Body Oil. I couldn’t use it instantly because I had to finish some old products with approaching expiry dates plus I was on a traveling spree then.
Okay coming back to the body wash – The body wash has a thick gel sort of texture and dispenses easily with the pump dispenser. It lathers nicely into a soft and a velvety lather that just feels like silk being draped around my body. My skin feels so soft and supple. I’m amazed at how Rachel managed to achieve this kind of result with a body wash. There are ample of body washes in the industry but to create something that truly stands out, Rachel has really succeeded in offering an indulgence that’s remarkable in all aspects. The fragrance is something I truly enjoy. I’m not a big fan of heavily scented body care products and Rachel has very astutely managed to score in that aspect too. The fragrance is absolutely subtle yet creates an impression. To me, it smells a bit citrusy and a bit marshmallow sort of. I’m really enjoying the Original fragrance, but my heart’s set on the Coconut Beach fragrance. So that will be my next purchase. In terms of the price, I feel Rachel’s products are pretty affordable and reasonably priced (just $18 for 8oz).
Rachel’s Plan Bee Coconut Beach Body Oil
This body oil is everything! It smells absolutely breathtaking and I simply love it! It contains a beautiful blend of botanical oils such as organic apricot kernel oil, organic sunflower oil and organic cranberry seed oil that provide instant moisturization and hydration to the skin. The coconut beach body oil also contains a light coconut scent with fruity notes. The fragrance reminds me of a tropical island where I’m relaxing with a coconut water in my hand. Lol!
The body oil is amazingly lightweight and doesn’t feel one bit greasy or sticky. I particularly enjoy it immediately after shower when my skin is still a little damp. I’m not a big fan of body oils because of the climate I stay in (which is mostly hot and humid throughout the year). BUT RPB’s Body oil (and Max and Me’s Circle of Protection body oil) is an exception. There’s nothing I can dislike about this body oil. I have been through two bottles of this oil and this is my third one. For a person who isn’t particularly fond of body oils, this surely says a lot. (It’s priced at $29 for 3.8 oz)
I have enjoyed its shimmering version too; which was a fabulous addition during summers. The glow was very subtle, soft, and would nicely stick to the body without being overtly gaudy or flashy. Unlike some shimmering oils that I had used where the shimmer was too much and would fall off everywhere on my clothes, bed, or anything I touched; the RPB shimmering body oil had just the perfect amount of fine shimmer that looked absolutely gorgeous and subtle.
Siam Seas The Clarifier (previously The Dandruff Defeater) Shampoo
First let me give you a picture of how my scalp is – it’s sensitive, itchy, and gets sporadic dandruff; and my hair is oily at the roots and dry towards the end. My hair is very fine, straightened, and lacks much volume.
The previous anti-dandruff shampoos I had tried would either make my hair very dry and brittle or some would just not be very effective. So I kept switching my shampoos one after another.
Then I stumbled upon the Siam Seas The Dandruff Defeater (now name changed to The Clarifier) shampoo. Siam Seas offers shampoos and treatments (conditioners) for diverse types of hair and scalp conditions. Dandruff Defeater has absolutely clean ingredients; it’s targeted for my type of scalp condition; and Siam Seas is a trustworthy brand whose products I had loved and enjoyed in the past.
There weren’t lot of reviews about this shampoo on the net; but the few I found on online retail stores were all quite promising. I wanted to try a sample size of the shampoo before I indulged in a full size one. But to my dismay, I couldn’t find the sample size of this shampoo anywhere. So after a long procrastination, I took the plunge to purchase its full-size. Since we were in the US for our vacation, I decided it was the ideal time to go for it.
“Dandruff Defeater is made with Kaffir Lime, an ancient Thai ingredient for preventing dandruff and shine-boosting coconut oil forms the base of the shampoo. This antibacterial formula rids the follicle of impurities and excess oil, soothing the scalp and leaving hair revitalized, radiant and flake-free – all with a tangy citrus scent.” Unlike Calia shampoo, which I had used before this shampoo; this one has quite a thick texture. It looks translucent and surprisingly lathers amazingly well. I don’t need a lot of it to wash my hair; a little is enough to lather well and clean my scalp. From the first use itself, the dandruff reduced and the itchiness subsided.
My hair looks healthy with a decent volume. And although it’s not mentioned in the instructions, I like to massage the shampoo on my scalp for few minutes before rinsing it off. The best part about this shampoo is that since it has a thick consistency very little is required; so it lasts longer than the other organic shampoos I have tried. Most of the organic shampoos have a runny texture and they don’t last for more than 3-4 months. But my husband and I have been using this shampoo for the last 5 months and there is still some left. (Of course, I already have a backup of this shampoo.) Also, I can go 2-3 days without washing my hair (and let me remind you, I have an oily scalp which would require washing every alternate days). Based on the climate, sometimes I don’t even need to follow it up with a conditioner.
If you’re wondering which conditioner I use with this shampoo, it’s the Calia Hydrating conditioner (I have reviewed it here). This conditioner is ideal for my hair type. It’s quite lightweight, doesn’t weigh my hair down and really suits my dry-looking locks. And the reason why I didn’t purchase Siam Seas Dandruff Defeater Treatment is because I had quite a bit of Calia conditioner left in the bottle. But yes, I do have my eyes set on the Siam Seas Treatment next.