Product Haul: Oils, Vitamins & Shea Butter! *Long & Pic Heavy*

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

One of my main goals for the last quarter of 2009 was to purchase some Multi-Vitamins and Fish Oils to implement into my day-to-day lifestyle, not for my hair, but for my overall health.

I didn't want a single, "one a day" style multi-vitamin tablet. I wanted something that would protect & nourish me throughout the whole day and something that's specific to my gender and age.

I paid a visit to Planet Organics Grocery Store (Toronto ladies, Hwy 7 & Bayview, Richmond Hill) and picked up a bottle of Progressive Women Multi-Vitamins for $29.

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This vitamin is specific for adult women and it's loaded with great stuff, here's a little rundown of what it contains:
  1. Free Radical Defence - a unique combination of antioxidants including beta carotene, vitamin E, coenzyme Q-10, selenium, zinc, glutathione, and green tea extract help to protect us from ongoing exposure to free radicals.
  2. Cardiovascular Protection - hawthorn berries, ginkgo biloba extract, coenzyme Q10, niacin and vitamin E promote and protect proper heart and cardiovascular function.
  3. Enhanced Digestion - betaine hydrochloride and the plant based enzymes protease, amylase, lipase and cellulase assist in the digestion and utilization of both the nutrients contained in this formula as well as in the food we consume.
  4. Balanced PH - highly alkaline green food concentrates such as spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, kelp, green tea and broccoli extracts have been added to help balance and restore a healthy ph level.
I will start taking the Multi-Vitamins this week and keep you all updated. In addition to the vitamins, I wanted more EFA's in my diet, although I eat an adequate amount of fish, I needed something more. I picked up some Udo's Oil 3,6,9 Blend.

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For those that don't know, essential fats serve many functions in the human body. If taken in the right amounts/ratios & sources, EFA's can help establish and maintain good health. The benefits of EFA's are as follows:
  • Increase energy, performance, and stamina.
  • Strengthen the immune system.
  • Lower most risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
  • Improve brain function: mood, intelligence , behavior, and vision.
  • Aid in weight reduction. EFAs help keep mood and energy up and suppress appetite, thereby aiding in weight loss.
  • Regulate organs and glands.
  • Speed recovery and healing. EFAs are necessary for cell growth and division. They form all cell membranes and regulate vital cell activity;
  • Support healthy child development.
  • Improve digestion.
  • Decrease infection. EFAs have anti-fungal, anti-yeast, and anti-microbial properties, helping to protect against infections.
  • Keep bones strong. EFAs aid in the transport of minerals that keep bones and teeth strong, helping to prevent osteoporosis;
  • Protect genetic material.
  • Ease PMS.
  • Produce beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Some of the first signs of EFA deficiency are dry, flaky skin, dull hair, and brittle nails.
There you have it! EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) are so essential. I purchased the Oil blend for $14.99. I will start taking it this week and provide you all with updates in a few weeks.

Moving on...

I stocked up on some Coconut oil for my Deep conditioners and Pre-poo Treatments. I bought 2 because one is specifically for my hair (Omega Nutrition Organic Coconut Oil), one is for my skin (Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil).

While at the Beauty Supply Store this weekend, I picked up some 100% Natural African Shea Butter for $7. I've always been curious about it but I never had the guts to purchase it since I don't know the best method or place to use it. So far I must say, I love the way it feels, it's EXTREMELY soft and moisturizing on my skin. Here are some pics I took:

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If you have any creamy delicious Shea butter recipes for your hair or skin, please feel free to share them!!


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  1. I have that exact same shea butter except i melted it and mixed it with coconut oil to make it softer and easier to use and my hair LOVES IT. I hope you like it too.

  2. you can mix shea butter with 100% aloe vera gel,olive, coconut and avocado oils. It's very good for hair hair and skin!HTH

  3. You can whip it with other oils and use it to seal during the upcoming winter months. I melt some down and add it to my DCs and for hot oil treatments. My skin LOVES shea butter. Gives my skin a glow and helps to eliminate any discoloration. IMO you should ALWAYS have some shea butter on deck..

  4. For a good shea butter mix, you should watch a video by nunaa on youtube. She's under the name nunaavane.
    I tried it and i must say it is awesome. I use it all the time now.

  5. Hey Sunshyne!
    My sister and I both do what "Garland" said above: We microwave the shea butter to soften it, then we pour some Vatika Coconut oil in and apply it to our hair. It works wonders!! I can only do it when I'm at home tho (since it's my sister's and that's where she is lol)

  6. I love using shea butter on my body and face at night. Being in Michigan, the weather can get kind of extreme and I when I put it on before I go to bed or before I step into winter weather, especially when its windy, I appreciate myself for it. I am going to have try it in my DC's. I always stock up on it when they have it dirt cheap during festivals here.

  7. God bless u 4 being able 2 stomach the taste of Udo Oil!!!lol...I tried it years ago and just can't do it but it's supposed to be very good for your health...good luck

  8. I put the shea butter in an empty bottle and add EVOO. Then I shake it up very well and use it to moisture my skin after I shower.

  9. question: you said you got one coconut oil specifically for your skin and the other for hair, why? is there s specific reason one is used specifically for skin?

  10. Where do you buy your vitamins? They sound really good and prolly way better for me than the Flintstone chewables I currently take. *hate taking vitamins*

    Wonderful blog!!

  11. Nice and very informative blog.Thanks for sharing.