Thursday, November 5, 2015

I am happy w/The Hippy Bee Collection

As a natural beauty blogger, I get contacted all the time about reviewing products. If you want to know a little secret, I actually say yes only a handful of the time. I need to feel like it's something I'd actually buy myself, before I take on such a task. Besides, who wants to give a bad review? Also, my conscious won't allow me to rave about something I'm not really loving.

Anyway, I was recently offered a chance to try The Hippy Bee Collection. I honestly couldn't say no and was curious to test it out. Their products are as clean and pure as they get, and they are packaged so sweetly.

When this simple cloth bag arrived, I opened it up to reveal three products with many uses and a handy wooden spoon. Everything was neatly wrapped in colorful paper and with the message, "Every day is a gift." I don't know about you, but the presentation "had me at hello."

The first product I tried was Plane Perfect. You may have seen me mention it on Instagram as an excellent way to remove your makeup (it works wonders for removing Halloween makeup, for example, which is why I posted it at the time). It comes it a dark, glass jar, which is perfect for containing this pure, unrefined, organic, non gmo coconut oil. It's sulfate-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free and doesn't contain any artificial additives or preservatives. This is way better than the coconut oil you tend to find on grocery store shelves. Seriously, not all coconut oil is created equal.

Although some coconut oils will cause my skin to break out, this one does not. It also absorbs better, so I can actually touch things after applying it to my hands as a hand cream. The list just goes on and on.

The difference between Plane Perfect and I Am Coco is the size. Plane Perfect is more like the travel edition of the main feature, I Am Coco. Although it comes with this cute wooden spoon, I actually don't need that much to get most of the job done. For example, I've been cleansing my face with about a pea-size amount lately, prior to applying the Lenus Handcrafted skincare from my last post. When I opt to use I Am Coco as my cleanser and moisturizer, I need even less as a moisturizer. It really softens and plumps my skin to make my fine lines less noticeable. It's especially nice to use when I'm in a hurry as a one-product wonder.

Other uses include a body moisturizer, shaving cream, cuticle oil, lip gloss and even a natural lubricate (so I've been told). According to the website, it's good for treating eczema, cradle cap, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, stretch marks, mature skin and more. If you're still using old-school Vaseline, please consider this instead.

My favorite product of the trio is the Coco Hair Elixir, which is a 100% natural hair treatment. According to the website, it "is made with the finest natural ingredients, formulated with coconut oil, which deeply conditions hair from the inside of the strands out, provides protein and eliminates dandroff. Jojoba oil acts as a natural hair sebum, moisturizes, prevents hair loss and removes buildup around your hair follicles. Combined with avocado oil, which will provide protein and smooths the hair cuticles."

I've been using this hair treatment off and on for a couple of weeks, and I have to admit that I could tell a difference with my first use, although you do need to keep using it for the best results. I simply added it from my roots to my tips as an overnight treatment or in the morning while I worked out. It recommends using 3-4 pumps, but I used twice as much to really cover my lengthy hair.

When ready to wash it out, I just shampoo and condition, as usual. It leaves my hair soft and silky smooth, all the way to the tips, and my scalp is balanced (I have dry hair with an oily scalp, so this is a big deal). On days when I'm not doing a full treatment, I've used a tiny pump just on the ends.

I haven't been using it long enough to confirm all the claims, but I'm loving it so far. I even mentioned it in today's outfit of the day Instagram post. In case you missed it, I'm wearing an old red and blue gingham crinkle shirt from J.Crew (although this particular color is no longer available, there are more gingham crinkle shirts on the site, like this one and that one), last year's Madewell Rip and Repair Skinny Skinny Jeans (these particular ones are no longer available, but there's still a great selection of denim) and W3LLPEOPLE Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick No. 5 Creamy Crimson on my lips (I'm so excited that W3LLPEOPLE is now being sold on the Target website).

Have you tried The Hippy Bee Collection? Let me know on Twitter at @Rawdorable and/or Instagram (also @Rawdorable).

* The Hippy Bee Collection sent me these products for review.
All opinions are my own :)