Hello readers, what’s your quick pick-me-up?
Maple Holistics provided products in this blog.
I know we should know better than to put any worth into physical appearance, but I can see how treating oneself to something like a haircut or manicure can make one feel fancy and ready to take on the world. If you’ve got styling damage or don’t wash your hair with cold water like they say, you might be looking for a solution to dry hair.
Maple Holistics was cool enough to previously let me try their Winter Blend shampoo and conditioner, and I’m excited that they’ve reached out again to let me try their Silk18 shampoo! Like the Winter Blend, Silk18 aims to strengthen hair and are paraben and sulfate-free. Silk18 is different as it contains argan and jojoba oil. It gets its name from the 18 silk amino acids which are supposed to strengthen hair follicles dryness, damage, and even split ends and fallout!
The first thing I noticed about Silk18 is the scent. It is a VERY sweet vanilla smell. You know that kind of smell, right? I actually love more sultry vanilla scents, so fortunately, that sweet scent doesn’t stay with you and you go around smelling like a cake (although I guess some might like that 🤔) !
As for the actual use, I can’t really tell if it helps with split ends. I do have less fallout at least in the shower. I actually don’t think my hair is that dry, so it’s hard to say if it’s particularly moisturizing. But it definitely made my hair more sleek. Lately, my hair has been rather flat, so this isn’t really what I want. But perhaps this would work if you already have lots of hair and/or volume and want to make it more manageable.
Self Tanning Lotion
I was also able to ask to receive this Self Tanning Lotion (bloggers, get yours! 😆). I’ve tried similar products in the past and they did not work for me. They would have a slightest color on me after the first use and then nothing. I was much more pleased with Maple Holistics!
This lotion comes out in a caramel color. Like: it literally looks like if you melted caramel. But thankfully it is not sticky at all. You must rub it into skin in a circular motion for the color to best absorb. What I’m so pleased about is that the color is noticeable, but it’s still subtle. I mostly want tanning products to even out tan lines, since I’m already kind of beige. This is perhaps why other products weren’t as noticeable on me (I needed darker shades), but not only is it noticeable, it doesn’t totally wash away after one shower.
Additionally, keeping with Maple Holistics’s natural theme, it’s made with macadamia seed oil; shea butter; avocado oil; and mango, orange, and lavender extract. This is a slight citrus smell. My only problem is that is didn’t really absorb in the chest area which is a problem I’ve had with those other products and could be from my end as I didn’t really exfoliate and didn’t use a mitt.
Aside from the botanical ingredients, Maple Holistics also does not test on animals and has a recycling program for their bottles! They’ve updated their website since my Winter Blend post, so check them out!
Maple Holistics says the Silk18 should be fine for fine hair, so maybe I’ll try something different like using it to wash out a coconut oil treatment. What do you think? How can I pump up my hair!?