Saturday, August 27, 2011
So, I received my shipment from the Pookalitas of Pooka Pure & Simple the other day. For those of you who don't know, Pooka is a handmade bath and body company that was created by four African American women. Read their story here. To my surprise, I was welcomed into the box by the most beautiful aroma! Pleasant aromas, bring a sense of harmony and serenity. Who does that?!?! The Pookalitas, that's who! What a GREAT first impression! From that moment, I knew that the products that were covered by the crinkled confetti and potpourri-ish aroma would be great. <3
Included in their hair care line, so far, are the Shea & Olive Hair Butter and the Nectar Hair Oil & Treatment. I found the hair butter to be lighter than expected--which is a good thing for me---with a very interesting aroma. Although the star essential oils are Rosemary (to stimulate hair growth) and Lavender (to soothe the scalp), I picked up a hint of citrus. At first, I used the Shea & Olive hair butter to "de-crunch" my hair after the style dried hard as a result of using too much [styling] product. My hair quickly became soft, well-conditioned, non-greasy, light-weight, polished looking hair. Now I use it to finish any style, not just to de-crunch. Sometimes I massage my scalp with it and it is very rejuvenating...Oh! Guess what?!?!?! It's great for your skin too!!!! Shea butter and olive oil are two of the most nourishing resources The Creator has given us. Applying it after my shower while my skin is still damp helps my skin to retain moisture and feel smooth all day.
The Nectar Hair Oil & Treatment was created to nourish your hair and scalp with a special blend of lavender, peppermint, and lemon essential oils. If you look closely, you'll find lavender buds floating at the top. It can be used as an everyday hair oil, hot oil treatment, or even *pre-conditioner (pre-poo). The first time I tried it, I used it as a pre-conditioner before shampooing my hair. In the end I'd achieved the softest, most defined curls I've had in a while. It came very close to the results I get when using coconut oil as a pre-conditioner. Hmmmmmm, next I'll try adding it to my conditioner and/or styling cream for extra conditioning.
The retail price for each of them separately is $14, but you can purchase the combo for $25. The beautiful ladies of Pooka Pure & Simple use quality ingredients--which produce quality products. Their products are packaged beautifully, smell delicious, and are multi-purpose (which in my book screams economical). I love it! Go Pooka!
*My pre-conditioning consists of applying a liberal amount of oil to dry hair prior to shampooing. I let it penetrate overnight or at least two hours if I'm unable to do it that way. I cover my hair with a plastic cap and cover the cap with a turban.