Monthly Archives: March 2011


My Weekly Hair Reggie

I’ve received a few emails asking me what my Hair Regimen is. This post outines my weekly hair regimen through this past winter season. As it warms up, (which I hope will happen soon) I might wear the twists less often, but we’ll see. As always, I don’t use anything in my hair or on my skin with parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, or sulfates. I try to stay away from cones too and I rarely dry my hair with heat.

Savvy Brown’s Curent Weekly Hair Reggie

  1. Wash hair in sections with Bee Mine Rhassoul Clay Clarifying Bar
  2. Detangle my sopping wet hair section-by-section with Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner and a few drops of Vatika Oil, using a wide-tooth Shower comb Continue reading

Desert Essence Body Lotion Review

A reader asked me once if I could recommend any healthy hand or body lotions. At the time, I couldn’t because I usually make my own Whipped Shea Body Cream and use it on my skin. I was out, however, and I decided to pick up some Desert Essence Organics Coconut Hand and Body Lotion. I was excited because the product has no: Parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or colors, silicones, EDTA, glycol or petroleum based ingredients.

Desert Essence Organics Body Care Coconut Hand and Body Lotion 8oz. $8.00

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract (Passion Fruit)*, Hibiscus Rose-Sinensis Flower Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Stearic Acid (Vegetable Derived), Glyceryl Stearate SE (Plant Derived), Coco Nuciferea (Coconut) Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Better*, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Mineral), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Potassium Sorbate (From Fruit), Dehydroacetic Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)*Certified Organic

The consistency of this lotion reminds me of a nice thick, leave-in conditioner. Continue reading


What is Quinoa?

We’ve been eating this grain for quite some time at our house. It’s actually a very versatile food, a great source of protein, and a lovely way to stretch your food budget, if you’re trying to have one or two meatless nights a week.

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH), originally came from the Andes of South America, 3000-4000 years ago, where the Incas deemed the crop sacred. Although it looks like and is commonly eaten as a starchy grain, Quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables such as spinach and swiss chard.

The great thing about Quinoa is that it is full of essential amino acids, and holds about 8 grams of protein in a cooked half- cup. Many vegetarians and vegans make quinoa a staple in their diets because of it’s high protein count. It is also a great source of B vitamins. It’s wheat-free, gluten-free, and can be substituted for just about any other grain in recipes.
Uncooked Quinoa looks like this… Continue reading


The Glycerine Dilemma

Since I grew my hair back in a few years ago, I’ve read on various sites, forums and blogs about people who praise and curse the use of glycerine in their hair-care products and recipes. I believe the debate is centered around using the product in cold weather vs. warm weather. I personally use glycerine in my hair year round, and I will explain how later on in this post.

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Review: Method Smarty Dish Dishwashing Tabs

For those of you who are not keen on making your own dishwashing powder, or have allergies that prevent you from using powders in general, this product is probably for you.

Method Smarty Dish Dishwasher Tabs $5.99 (20 tabs) Freeclear (no Fragrance)

Ingredients: sodium disilicate, hydroxypropyl- methycellulose,2-methyloxirane; oxirane, sodium citrate, imino disuccinate, sodium carbonate peroxide, organic acid salts, tetra-acetyl ethylene diamine, protease, amylase, sodium polyaspartate

This stuff cleaned everything from the glassware to the ceramic plates (which had crusty food on ‘em) and even 1 of my small pots really well. I did add vinegar (as I usually do), to the rinse dispenser. The clear glasses didn’t have any film on them and the cermaics were squeaky clean! Continue reading

Hair Product Review: Hairveda Almond Glaze Review

I stumbled on this item a few weeks ago when I ran out of Bee Mine and I desperately needed to wash my hair and put my hair into two-strand twists. I really like it, and the price is great!

Hairveda Almond Glaze (6oz.) $8.00

Ingredients Include: Sweet Almond Butter, Sweet Almond oil, Ricinus communis Seed oil, Beeswax, L. Laurate, Copernica Cerifera Wax, Fragrance. 6oz.

I washed my hair, and did my tea rinse, then towel dried my hair so it was just damp. Then I put my hair in medium-sized two strand twists all over. I‘ve been really into protective styling lately, and just pulled most of it back in a barrette at the nape (now that it’s long enough), and left a few twists out for “bangs” at the front. Continue reading