Product Review: Kiss of Joy

Where are all my sheabutter lovers?! This one is dedicated to you guys, and maybe we may be able to convert one or a dozen sisters.

I come bearing news; news about Kiss of Joy. Kiss of Joy is a New York based company that is “dedicated to creating a healthy line of products that heals and compliments a clean way of living. This is why we use only natural or organic ingredients that will further promote this mission. We currently offer a selection of Skin and Hair Care products that are meticulously handmade in our Brooklyn, NY Studio since 2014!”

Currently, Kiss of Joy has three products, viz Handmade beeswax lip balm, luxurious shea body butter, and luxurious shea hair butter. I have sampled all three products and I shall now share with you my thoughts.

Source: Kissofjoy.com

Source: Kissofjoy.com

Handmade Beeswax Lip Balm

Ingredients: Organic Beeswax, Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Avocado Oil, Essential Oil/Fragrance Oil, Coconut Oil

This was my least favorite product of the bunch. I have oily skin and oil tends to get absorbed from any and everywhere to my face. Using this balm on my lips, no matter how little the smear just seemed too much for my face to handle, which made me uncomfortable. Otherwise, it feels more natural than your regular chapstick and definitely can be applied smoothly to your lips.

Luxurious Shea Body Butter

Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil.

If you like the feel of shea butter but are not too keen on the smell, like me, this product has a somewhat reduced smell intensity. It definitely works to keep skin moisturized all day (and then some, if you are on of those that do not like to moisturize skin frequently).

Luxurious Shea Hair Butter

Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil.

Notice how the ingredients are almost identical to the body butter, sans the glycerin. There is a difference also in the way this butter feels compared to the body butter. It is a lot softer and very easy to apply to hair. It also gets absorbed a lot quicker than raw shea butter. Raw shea butter tends to change texture with the weather. However, I have found that this product stays relatively constant despite the weather. I have found it to be a great sealant in the winter or colder weather especially. However, it will not be my go-to in the warmer weather, just because of its richness and thickness.

In all, I will be replacing the hair butter, definitely. I like that the base of these products is raw shea butter and that these are as natural as natural gets. If you are curious and will like to try one or all three for yourself, check out their website. Oh! They have an appealing price point as well! I will not divulge that information so easily, click click and go see it to believe it!

I hope the week has been off to a good start. Tell us, what do you think about shea butter as a beauty product.

– MeeMee

xx.

 

In MeeMee’s Stash…

Hey Beauts!

How are our favourite readers doing today? Really, I wanna know. February is off to a great start, but can you believe it’s here already?!

So when AB waka passed  visited my apartment earlier in the year, she sneakily took pictures of all the products I had in the different places they were scattered in. And she looked me in the eye (actually she turned all of twitter towards my little chinco eyes) and insinuated that I am a product junkie! Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a product junkie, but the thing is I’ve always claimed that I barely have products to use and that I don’t seek out products. At all. Of the two, only the latter happens to be true. I barely seek out products. When I say that, I mean in terms of trying out new brands based on reviews or trend. I have staples that I replace when I reach the bottom of the container.

Anywaaayyyy…

I decided to gather all the products I have around the apartment and counted them. 33! Not counting empty bottles. I don’t know what is happening but I clearly share these products with my spirit twin sister or something. You see, the truth is that most of these products were either gifted to me or are inherited mementos from friends who moved away. So in actuality, I only spent money on less than half of the things in this stash.

So why am I telling you this pointless information?

Well, like I said, I have my tested and trusted products and I fear branching out. So I need your help. Because I want to help you too. Below is a list of all the products I own at the moment. I would like you to pick three products that you would like to read a review of for me. The products you pick will replace my staples until I can give you an informed and honest review of that product.

I attempted to do a little photoshoot of the products, but clearly photography is not my calling in life. So without further ado (why do we say this?) I present, MeeMee’s Stash!

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1. Cantu Sheabutter Leave-In Conditioner | 2. Eco Styler Firm Hold | 3. Eco Styler Maximum Hold | 4. Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La | 5. Moroccan Argan Oil | 6. Shea Moisture Strengthening Grow & Restore Edge Treatment | 7. TRESemme Extra Firm Control Non-aerosol Hair Spray | 8. Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier | 9. SheaMoisture Frizz-Free Curl Mousse | 10. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength & Shine Leave-In Conditioner | 11. As I Am Twist Defining Cream | 12. TRESemme Smooth & Silky Shine Spray | 13. Dove Heat Defense Protect & Shine Mist | 14. TRESemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner | 15. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturising Conditioner | 16. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Conditioner | 17. Wig & Weave System Herbal Freshner | 18. SheaMoisture Raw Sheabutter Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk | 19. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay | 20. LustraSilk’s Curl Pudding | 21. Organic Coconut Oil | 22. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Edge Control | 23. Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Penetrating Oil | 24. Hollywood Beauty Argan Oil hair treatment from Morocco | 25. Jamaican Black Castor Oil | 26. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Style & Shine Foaming Mousse | 27. Softsheen Carson Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator | 28. JessiCurl Confident Coils Styling Solution | 29. TRESemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Shampoo | 30. Trade Joe’s Shampoo | 31. Trader Joe’s Conditioner | 32. Tea Tree Oil | 33.Elma & Sana Moroccan Ghassoul Clay

There you have it. I appreciate your anticipated help with this. Quick question: what is the most random product you have in your stash? 

I hope you have a wonderful February ahead and are able to live for today.

– MeeMee

xx.

 

Where to Find: Sheamapo!

Hey guys!

Do you know we have a Where to Find Directory on the blog? When was the last time you visited? Our directory, thanks to the collective effort of you beautiful people is a very helpful steady growing resource for anybody looking to buy natural hair friendly products, or to visit natural hair friendly salons in Nigeria.

Our latest addition to The Directory is Sheamapo!

Sheamapo is a small growing enterprise, here to satisfy your cravings for the organic stuff. They have a factory in Oyo State, but deliver nationwide. If you’re out of the country, holler at them still. They may be able to accommodate international requests! Buy Nigerian! 😉

You could get in touch with them for your:
– 100% unrefined Shea butter
– Organic Cocoa butter
– Pure Coconut oil
– Camwood powder (African sandalwood)
– African black soap base
– Henna powder
– Bentonite clay untreated
– Kaolin clay
– Neem oil unrefined
– 100% Moroccan Argan oil
– Sweet Almond oil

They also make their own unique products: Organic Hair Booster, Organic Honey Bar Soap and Organic Black Soap (in bar, liquid and paste form, whichever you please)

How to Reach Sheamapo:

Call: 0813 871 9973, 0805 319 9126
Email: badeji01@yahoo.com
Blog: sheamapo.wordpress.com
Facebook: Sheamapo
Twitter: @cleandave

Are you a natural hair friendly business? Do you own a salon or sell hair products? Are you a mobile stylist? We want to meet you as much as you want to meet us! Getting listed on our Directory is a pretty good way to put your business out there, connect you with prospective customers at NO cost at all! Do you know any good people that should be on the list but aren’t? Support them by leaving us a comment or a message and we’ll take it from there: thekinkandi@gmail.com 🙂

Love,

AB,

xx

I almost went to Sokoto

“Going to Sokoto to look for what’s inside your sokoto”

How often does it happen to you that you stress yourself, go all out trying to get something and then you realise that it was kind of right there in front of you- SO within your reach? That’s what it means to go to Sokoto (a state up North in Nigeria) in search of what’s right there in your pants (sokoto in Yoruba)

I was home in Lagos for Christmas and I knew I was low on coconut oil but I just told myself I’d sort myself out somehow in Abuja. Not a great idea. I’m not saying that there’s one Natural Hair shop on every street in Lagos. There are a few shops I know I could turn to for stuff. More are welcome 🙂 but let me just say, it seems to me that Abuja has got even less. I emailed one store and they didn’t have coconut oil. I emailed an Abuja naturalista and she told me that Bibi’s Naturals stock their coconut oil and other products at Ritemed Pharmacy in Wuse 2, but I got there and they were out. I looked at the label on another product and only the name of the brand was on it. No number, no e-mail nothing. Sigh. That was a very frustrating day for me, and a waste of cab money. Coconut oil wasn’t the only thing I went in search of (in vain) that afternoon but on the bright side, I was able to get new satin bonnets at Barbie’s Supermarket, Gudu. (I was directed here by same Naturalista 🙂 )

That was a week ago.

Yesterday, I was at SPAR (Park and Shop) because my friends wanted to get batteries and a drink. I walked past one of the shelves in the food aisle and I spied with my four eyes, COCONUT OIL! Balanced on the shelf with olive oil and soya bean oil and other cooking oil. I was so excited because 1. I’m not usually very aware of my surroundings- my eyes go over a lot of things yet I was able to notice this though I wasn’t looking. 2. It smells goooood, like coconut candy (the Parachute brand). 3. A 175ml bottle costs 375 naira at SPAR which is great because if I were ordering from Lagos (like I was going to do), a 100ml bottle (of fractionated coconut oil) would be 1,500 naira (excluding the cost of delivery) So I got two bottles- 350ml for 750 naira. Score! 😀

Lesson learnt:

Before you start being frantic clicking on that blog or online shop, try looking in the food section at any store near you. You might just save yourself some time, stress and money. This isn’t to knock any of the kinky stores though. Brands on the shelf are probably cheaper because they’re produced on a larger scale, with time saving equipment- enjoying economies of scale- basic basic, sha translating to lower prices, as against a small business. You get my point?

P.S. Coconut oil isn’t great for just hair, it’s also useful in the kitchen, and as a nice light body moisturiser.