Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter

Well look at that! A product specifically for me. My hair is not only natural but it is loc’d as well. I fit in a pretty small group so I was elated to see a product just for me!

But does it work?

 

Loc Butter

Price: 4 out of 5 ($15.50 from Sephora.com)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What it claims:
“In order to lock hair, one does not need sticky pomades. It is the motion of the palm roll or twist in conjunction with clean, properly moisturized hair that aids in the locking process. This Carol’s Daughter favorite, offers superior grooming with citrus oils that provide a light scent and ylang-ylang that nourishes the scalp and promotes healthy hair.” (source)

The truth:
What the….I knowwww there isn’t any beeswax in this!

What I loved about it: I like the idea behind it. Very rarely will you see a loc butter on the market sold by a major brand. So that’s exciting. It shows that there is a demand of products for ladies who are loc their hair. And since I’m one, I think that’s great!

What I didn’t like:
What the duck? There is beeswax in it?

Overall: It’s been a year since I’ve been loc’ing my hair. I couldn’t be happier. Loc’ing your hair is truly a journey and it’s important to use products that are nourishing to the scalp and locs. From when I FIRST started, I was told to NEVER put beeswax in my locs. Beeswax will assist your hair in loc’ing but it will also attract lint. And lint attracts dirt. Gross.

I was all excited about Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter until I saw the ingredients.

See the beeswax? That’s so wrong. Other than that, the product itself looks and smells wonderful. I find that it is far too greasy to use on my locs but perhaps it would work better for folx who have more mature locs.


I wouldn’t recommend it though. Beeswax is a total no no.

This is how the loc’ies looked after using this stuff…


Not bad. But I’m not using it again anyway. Beeswax scares me.

I did a video that talks about my Locs at 1 Year.


I have been getting SO many questions from ladies non-Black ladies who are curious about Black hair and what being “natural” means. I love answering these questions. Aaaand, you can follow my hair blog at LocRocker.com

Stay beautiful!

More Carol’s Daughter reviews:
Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo
Pearl Perfume
Almond Cookie scrub and lotion
Hair Milk and Tui Hair smoothie
Lisa’s Hair Elixir

Spa Day at Casa de Mama Clumps!

*skipping Mascara Monday this time around. Reviews will resume Jan 10, 2010*


This is what a Spa Day looks like at Mama Clumps’ house. She wanted to treat my cousins (l-r: Nikki, BriAna and Corey) to an evening of making products that they could use to pamper themselves. First they made homemade hand sanitizers.

What you’ll need to make this:
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup of vodka or EverClear alcohol
10 drops of fragrance oil
1 drop of food coloring (optional)

First you mix up everything…

…then you funnel it in a re-usable bottle. Mama Clumps is eco-friendly.


…lastly, name it whatever you want and label it!


Mommy also made soap petals.


Why didn’t I think about giving these away as gifts? Grated soap with a tad bit of water makes a milky consistency in which loose flower (fake) petals can be dipped it. Toss them in a dish and place them in your bathroom. Way better than pump soap, right?

Mommy and Corey also made shea based body butters.


…and lavender bath soaks.


…and body fragrances


And after everyone soaked their feet in the bath soaks they made, I did nails!


Every time I see Mama Clumps whip up goodies so effortlessly, I wonder why I moved out. I mean, seriously…she can make anything!

‘Twas a wonderful post-Christmas gift for us all.

Do you have ‘spa days’? Or make your own products? Next time I head, I’m going to have Mama Clumps help me make a lip balm. And of course I’ll need another dose of my nettle infused jojoba hair oil.

Mama knows best!

Mascara Monday: Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran mascara

Jasmine rice. Check! Brown rice. Check! Rice and beans. Oh yeah! I love me some rice, y’all. This starch just makes me smile. Never would have thought that I would be reviewing a mascara that has rice in it though. Leave it to Korres to come up with such. Ahhh Korres…a brand I have dabbled in and have yet to formally introduce to the Clumps fam. No better time like the present. Introducing….

Korres Provitamin B5 and
Rice Bran mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($18.00)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:“Lash-strengthening mascara naturally volumizes thin and brittle lashes, while adding length and deep pigment
• Nourishes lashes with a non-clumping buildable formula, providing maximum lash health
• Provitamin B5, a proven natural hair strengthener, improves both the length and number of lashes, treating them while adding drama to the eye
• Rice Bran natural extract expands (just like rice does in water) to provide maximum lash length, volume, and fullness. “(source)

The truth:I am totally impressed!

What I loved about it: Is that volume I see?

What I didn’t like: It has a plant-y smell but this is to be expected from natural mascaras. No big problem but I can see how it may bother others.

Overall: Well, I don’t know what else to say other than I’m impressed. No, really…this is a dynamic mascara. I was sent this mascara some time ago and it sat and sat for months before I even touched it. By the time I went to grab it, it had dried out. Off to Sephora I went to purchase it for myself. I didn’t have high expectations because well…just check out the review of my first natural mascara here. This baby blew me away. I love the volume that it gave me. I didn’t get a TON of length but enough to keep me quiet. My lashes also remained soft and weightless.

Buuuut, if I had to change one thing about it, it would be the wand.


It doesn’t make for the easiest application. Especially if you have smaller lashes and lids. I would love to see this with a lash comb-esque kind of wand. It would make for better separation and enhanced length.

But other than that, I’m sold! Unlike other natural mascaras, this one was able to withstand Floridian humidity without flaking or just oozing off of my lids. Oh…and yes, it does smell funka-licious. It doesn’t bother me though. It’s the price you pay if you’re looking for a natural mascara. Aaaand, it comes in different colors including grey green. Now that’s dope.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?:I do! I receive a great deal of emails from ladies who are looking for natural mascaras and this is one I would definitely recommend. It works and although the price is a little steep, I think it’s worth it.Has anyone tried this mascara?

Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Natural Beauty: Why Castile Soap rocks my socks….

I am going to start featuring more natural product reviews on Clumps of Mascara. I mean, it only makes sense! Natural products are staples in my home and very rarely do I show them love here on the blog. That changes today!

Have I told y’all how much I love castile soap?


I buy the different fragrances and different sizes and I just LOVE them.


Please tell me you know what Castile soap is? It’s just that! Soap. And it’s all natural. I ain’t playin‘….check out the ingredients.


It looks like regular liquid soap when poured out.

Add a few drops of water and what do you get? Soapy goodness!


Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has 18 uses. Okay, sooo…I haven’t found all 18 but I’m using castile soap daily!

-I wash my hair with it (Peppermint or Tea Tree)
-I clean my bathroom and kitchen with it. (Unscented)
-I wash my face with it (Lavender or Almond)
-I clean my make-up brushes with (Unscented)
-I remove stains with it (Unscented)
-I use it as a body wash (Almond or Citrus)
-I have used it as a toothpaste..but giiirl, don’t swallow it (Peppermint)

I have developed a great love affair with castile soap. This is one product that I can not leave home without when traveling.

You can find out more about castile soap here. If you are looking to incorporate more natural products in your lifestyle, castile soap is a must have. And it pretty affordable and easy to find. They are popping up at drugstores and I have known to find some at Target stores. But of course they can easily be found at natural food stores and markets like Wild Oats, Whole Foods and Trader’s Joe.

Want to know more about Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps? Or interested in purchasing it online?
Click here.

Lather up, mamas!

Beauty Review: Citrus & Spice All Natural Body Scrub

FACT: Your Head Newb here is a fan of bathing.

Granted I hope you ALL like to bathe but what I mean is I truly enjoy soaking in a hot bubble bath after a sweat fest at the gym or particularly stressful day. As a matter of fact, as I type this post on my lunch break I am already looking forward to a nice warm bubbly.

But what can take an all ready blissful experience to the next level? An exfoliant to scrub off of those dead skin cells to reveal beautifully smooth and luscious skin. And not just an kind of exfoilator. Many contain hash ingredients that do more bad than good to your skin. Some are too harsh while others aren’t grainy enough.

Face it, finding a great exfoilator isn’t all THAT easy.

Let me introduce to you:

INGREDIENTS Ultra-Moisturizing, All Natural body scrub by M.B. Carey & Co. Ltd.

Everybody say “Ohhh” and “Ahhhh”! The line-up is as follows.

Citrus & Spice, Lavender/Mint, Patchouli/Pine – MSRP: $40.00 – 19 oz. /538.5 gm. Tub

Citrus & Spice, Lavender/Mint, Patchouli/Pine – MSRP: $6.00 – 2.5 oz. /70.8 gm. Jar

I used the Citrus & Spice and wa-wa-wooow….I would have never thought of actually using cinnamon in a scrub but it works out beautifully. I used it in a bubble bath and wanted to just sleep in the tub for hours. It was wonderful!


Is it just me or does this look….edible? Yum!


The scrub consists of only a few products: coarse sea salt, mineral oil, petrolatum, cinnamon, clover and Sweet Orange essential oil. I’m finding that using SALT in an scrub as far better than sugar because not only dissolves but it isn’t sticky. See the dissolving action?

SCRUB ALONE

SCRUB with a bit of water


I was a little weary with the scrub containing mineral oil as mineral oil can be a property that clogs pores. However, Mommy the herbalist said that its use in small doses is not harmful. I found that I didn’t even need to apply lotion after using it so I definitely understand its purpose in the scrub!

Overall: A+ from B. You too should pamper yourself with this and other wonderful products from M.B. Carey & Co. Ltd. Visit their website at:

Sound like a product that you would like to try? Tell me!

Stay beautiful!