Sustainable Hair Care
January 29, 2018
I’ve been a Dove shampoo and conditioner lover for decades now. It’s always my go-to hair care brand and almost every time I’ve deviated from it, I’ve been disappointed and end up reverting back to Dove. The saying “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” definitely applies to me here, however, there is still a part of me that’s curious enough and keen to discover new products. I recently tried Function of Beauty, which, if you haven’t tried yet, I’d highly recommend you do even only once just for the experience. You get to customize your shampoo and conditioner to your exact hair needs. It’s a wee bit pricey, though, so not necessarily a product for every day use. An intriguing concept nonetheless.
Blu Babassu is another one of those newest hair care discoveries! Like Function of Beauty, Blu Babassu is cruelty, paraben, sulfate, and toxins-free. When Blu Babassu reached out and asked me to try their products I was, admittedly, hesitant. I had never heard of the Babassu oil before. My online research told me it is extracted from the nuts of palm trees and I immediately had frightening flashbacks to watching Leonardo Dicaprio’s Before the Flood where he heartbreakingly uncovers the truth behind greedy corporations wiping out forests across Indonesia to build palm oil plantations. (Here’s a sobering list of which everyday products contain palm oil).
I questioned Blu Babassu about the ethics of their production and was delighted with their response: they source their Babassu nuts from native women from the Amazon known as “quebradeiras” (translated into “breakers”). All nuts are gathered from the ground without harming the environment or bringing down trees. In fact, the areas where these nuts are sources are currently being threatened by deforestation from cattle ranchers and by buying nuts from the quebradeiras, Blu Babassu is helping to secure and protect these lands.
My heart could explode.
Nothing quite makes me prouder of our world than coming across people (& companies) who genuinely care for others and who are making every effort to thwart corporate greed and destruction of our planet by doing good for others. World WildLife encourages the responsible and sustainable production and use of palm oil which further validated my willingness to buy myself these products.
***Before I continue, I want you to know that this post is not sponsored. If anything, I should be thanking Blu Babassu for opening my eyes even further to such a corrupt industry. Because of this experience, I’ve gone down a few worm holes to understand the production and use of palm oil better. Now, let’s get into the actual product, shall we?
The very first thing I noticed was the delicious smell of the shampoo! Truly delicious! Blu Babassu’s slogan is that “#showertime is one of the most important parts of your day and the ultimate YOU time.” This clicked with me as I closed my eyes and soaked in the intoxicating smell.
The shampoo leaves your hair so clean it almost works too well! You know that squeaky clean feeling you get from a thorough wash after your hair has been beyond filthy? You get that feeling every time with this shampoo. Now, because of this and because I have very long and thick hair, I need to use a lot of conditioner to give me all that moisture I can get. I typically use a lot of conditioner anyway in my hair care routine so this isn’t solely due to Blu Babassu’s ability to leave my hair exceptionally clean. 🙂
Getting back to the Babassu oil for a second: It’s from the Amazon and is packed with antioxidants, especially Vitamin E. It’s considered one of earth’s most moisturizing oils. I can definitely attest to how deliciously nourished my hair feels after using this shampoo and conditioner combo. I’ve been using Blu Babassu as my primary hair care product for a couple of weeks now to really get a feel for the nourishment promised. I didn’t want to judge it based off of one use and I can truly say I’m loving this little introduction to my predictable hair care routine!
I now use Blu Babassu in between Dove washes and love knowing that I’m helping contribute to the sustainable sourcing of palm oil and prevention of deforestation in the Amazon.
Go check out their products and let me know if you give them a whirl!
Side note: I did an Instagram poll a few months ago asking if you guys were interested in my wavy hair tutorial (like in this post here) and I got a few responses but figured I’d throw it out here in case any of you missed it. Yay or nay?