Sunday, 20 December 2015

REVIEW - Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil*

Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil

The winter months can be equally harsh on our hair as our skin. Cold weather, wind and central heating, coupled with my usual heat styling and bleaching are a recipe for dry, frizzy strands. In the past I've used just about every hair mask, serum and cream on the market, but so many hair brands test on animals, so finding an effective treatment becomes a bit more of a challenge when you're living cruelty free.



When the VLA contacted me to ask if I'd like to try a product by Living Naturally, my eyes were immediately drawn to this Botanic Hair Oil. The oil is handmade in small batches in the UK, and is natural, organic, cruelty free and vegan, as well as containing sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients.

Each ingredient on the label is recognisable; jojoba seed oil; sunflower seed oil; calendula flower oil; sesame seed oil; rice bran oil; soapnut extract; vitamin E; rosemary oil; cedarwood bark oil and lavender oil. The rosemary and cedarwood are the overriding scents in this, giving the oil a woody, almost peppermint smell which is nice and comes through strongly as you apply the oil but doesn't overly linger on the hair.

It can be used as a smoothing serum or as a deep-conditioning treatment, and since it's almost Christmas, I thought I'd treat my tresses to some intensive nourishment.

Tea on the Tyne Living Naturally Botanical Hair Oil Review

I woke up like dis. Literally, this is what my hair looks like before I style it - dry at the ends and with some frizzy flyaways around the parting. 

Tea on the Tyne Living Naturally Botanical Hair Oil Review

To use as a deep conditioning treatment, take the oil... pray it will be the answer to your frizzy hair problems.

Tea on the Tyne Living Naturally Botanical Hair Oil Review

Pour a small amount into the palm of your hand and rub both palms together to distribute the oil evenly between your hands.

Tea on the Tyne Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil Review

Massage the oil into the scalp and roots of the hair. Pose for a photo (optional).

Tea on the Tyne Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil Review

Rub the rest of the oil throughout the lengths and ends of the hair, applying more oil if necessary to fully coat each strand.

Tea on the Tyne Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil Review

Wrap hair into a top knot and pop on a shower cap... Oh the things we do in the name of blogging.
If you don't have a shower cap, a plastic bag secured with bobby pins will do the trick.

Harvey

Leave the oil to work its magic for 20-30 minutes. In the meantime, do something productive! Like stroking a puppy or wrapping Christmas presents or stroking a puppy.

Tea on the Tyne Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil Review

After the allotted time, rinse off the hair oil and use your normal shampoo and conditioner. I used the coconut shampoo by Faith in Nature and shampooed twice to minimise oil residue. I then conditioned with the Superdrug Green Apple and Tea Tree conditioner, blow dried and styled as usual.

Tea on the Tyne Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil Review

I'm super happy with how this worked! I have a small amount of residue to the underneath of my hair at one side but I think that was down to me not being careful enough when shampooing. It hasn't made my hair feel at all greasy or sticky, in fact it was a lot easier to style, looks shiny and healthy.

The other upside to this is that it comes in a 100ml bottle and I used maybe 5ml of product on my whole head of hair - a little really does go a long way and this is going to last me ages.

If you fancy picking up a bottle for yourself, you can buy the Living Naturally Botanic Hair Oil online here for £10. And if you sign up as an associate with the VLA (which is free) here you can get a discount code for 20% off!

Do you have any recommendations for other cruelty free hair masks?

Emily xo

Polite note: This review has been organised by the VEGAN lifestyle ASSOCIATION. It has not been paid for and the products were sent free of charge. This is my genuine and unbiased review of the product.

Living Naturally is listed with the VLA and offers Associates a 20% discount and you can take advantage of this here.
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