I Tried Lush Hair Care (Again)

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I have switched to waste-free hair care! Two months ago, I picked up a Lush shampoo bar, and there is no going back. I have waited two (and a half) months to write this post, and I’m already on my second shampoo bar; I just wanted to give their products an honest try before talking about them here.

Even though I have known about Lush shampoo bars for a very long time, I didn’t first try them until just a few years ago, and then, I tried the wrong ones for my hair type. I chose two at random, basing my choice on the colour of the bars–I picked red and orange.

They both left my hair super dry, and I didn’t know to go back and ask for the right product–I figured they were all the same, which is not true.

This time, I asked, and the sales associate recommended the Godiva shampoo bar, their most moisturizing option, along with the Jungle hair conditioner (also a solid bar). All Lush shampoo bars, including the Godiva, contain SLS beads, the solid form of a cleanser commonly found in conventional shampoos, which means you can count on them to clean your hair just as well, and without leaving greasy soap residue. A Lush shampoo bar is not made of soap! This is an important point to note because I have seen natural body care brands that offer a “bar shampoo” that is essentially just a regular bar of soap.

They all also contain other essential oils and moisturizers, and the jasmine-scented Godiva also contains chunks of natural moisturizing butters for extra hydration.

My hair absolutely loved the Godiva bar, and I didn’t really need to top up with a conditioner–I found that doing that made my normally very voluminous hair look limp. I ran out after about a month of every-other-day hair washing, and I restocked with the citrus-scented Montalbano bar because their Godiva was sold out. I love the distinctive scent and colour of each bar; they make me feel super pampered in the shower, and like I’m not giving anything up for the sake of living a more aligned lifestyle.

If you are ordering online and don’t feel like popping by a Lush store, try calling a nearby store and explaining your hair type before purchasing. Talking to a sales associate is what made all the difference for me. With the Montalbano bar, I am back to using the Jungle hair conditioner, a luscious moisturizing bar that leaves the shower air around smelling like ylang-ylang, a subtly sweet scent. It’s made with cocoa butter and mashed avocados and bananas (which you can also smell–yum!) and somehow conditions my hair without making it greasy.

Before styling my hair, I usually also run some Queen Bee hair honey (also sold in a solid bar) through my locks with my fingers. My hair has never felt softer than it does with this hair care routine, and I can’t recommend Lush enough not only for products that perform but ones that feel so good to use.

 

Recipe: Creamy Vegan Coffee Ice Pops (Low Calorie)

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Summer is right around the corner! Even though today was windy and chilly, the weather has been trending towards the sunny and warm here in Toronto. So in honor of the slowly descending mid-spring, and soon-to-be-summer, I made these coffee ice pops.

love a good popsicle, and I love coffee. So combining the two came naturally! Usually, I’m partial to mango or strawberry-flavored smoothie pops, but these were so different—in a good way. They have a rich coffee flavour that, combined with the sweetness of the banana and dates, makes for a great low-calorie Netflix dessert option  (do you know what I mean?).

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Q & A: Coffee, Job Search, Our Planet, Cats and Dogs

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This is a fun “life lately” type of post made up of questions others have asked me lately.

In the last two weeks, I’ve been either on a or phoned into a half-dozen job interviews, and they’ve all had one thing in common: so many questions—which makes a lot of sense. In that time, I’ve also been asked countless questions from friends, prospective dates (hi, Hinge), my mom, and even my doctor. So today I thought of putting together a Q&A based on some of those questions. 🙂

Anything you’ve been asked lately that made you stop and think? Tell me, I’d actually love to know!

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Elliptical Cardio + Free Hand Weights and Booty Band (#2)

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When Aunt Flo visited two days ago, I had to take a day off from my workouts. This is a time during which some women actually feel best picking things up and sweating it out, but this time, I just needed to use the holiday to its full allowance and stay in bed a little extra.

By the time yesterday morning came around, my body really felt the effects of not having been exercised, and I could almost feel the pent-up energy in my muscles calling me to change into my workout gear and begin. I didn’t have a particular plan for what to do. I knew a good sweat and muscle resistance training would do the job of helping me to feel good and balanced once again.

Once I was ready and had drunk as much of my cup of coffee as possible, I headed for my workout. Even as someone who loves to exercise, I still face that nagging feeling that calls me to procrastinate on some days. Sometimes, if I’m going outside, it’s cold, or sometimes, if I know the workout will be hard (as yesterday), a little bit of dread creeps up.

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Blogging: How to Stay Inspired

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Daily blogging is one of those things that appears deceptively easy, especially for a “generalist” blog written without much specific expertise in the field needed, which is often the case for lifestyle blogs—but that’s true for many others as well, such as personal finance or hobby-specific sites. However, what you’ll find, as I did, if you actually try to put up quality content every day is that staying inspired with enough ideas to create posts that will genuinely interest you and your readers each and every day requires great time management, planning, and a strategic plan just to stay inspired.

Yesterday, I opened my WordPress editor to find that there was absolutely nothing left in my “inspiration tank.” I had already talked about most of what was a current lifestyle inspiration to me, and the other things I’d tried recently weren’t noteworthy.

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