Monthly Archives: July 2011


Review: Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo

I’ve been raving about Giovanni’s Smooth As Silk Conditioner for awhile now, so when there was a twofer sale at Marshalls including the shampoo in the same line, I snatched it up. Here’s my review:

Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo $6.91

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau ((purified water)), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Extract (*), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Extract (*), Cymbopogon Schoeanthus (Lemongrass) Extract (*), Ginkgo Biloba Extract (*), Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) Extract (*), Salix Alba (Willow Bark) (*), Marcocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract (*), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract (*), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract (*), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract (*), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract (*), Sodium C14 16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Glycol Distearate, Amodimethicone, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Decyl Glucoside, Ethylhexyglycerin, Disteareth 75 IPDI, C11 15 Pareth 7, Citric Acid, C12 16 Pareth 9, Glycerin, Trideceth 12, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance with Essential Oils

Ok so this product freaked me out at first because it has A LOT of ingredients, the good news is I recognize most of them, Continue reading

savvy brown, soba noodles recipe

Simple Summer Soba Noodle Recipe

One of the things I can’t stand in the hot summer is a hot kitchen. So I’ve been looking for recipes lately that require very little use of the stove or the oven lately. I stumbled upon a few recipes making use of cold Japanese Soba noodles. Soba noodles are wheat and buckwheat noodles that look a lot like spaghetti, except they are darker in color, lighter in taste, and firmer in consistency. They can be found in the “ethnic” aisle of most grocery stores, or in an asian market, or right here in the Savvy Shop. In Japanese cooking, soba noodles can be served hot or cold, in soups, salads, or even as the main dish as with this recipe. Continue reading


Review: Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque

Well here’s a happy accident… I mistakenly bought this product when I was looking to buy Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Instead of taking it back, I decided to try it and talk about it. So here’s my review of Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque:


Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque $9.99 (12 oz.)

Ingredients: Deionized water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), argan oil, cetyl esters, sea kelp extract, panthenol (vitamin B-5), ammonium salt, essential oil blend, avocado oil, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower (and) lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, tocopherol (vitamin E), hyssopus officinalis extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf and equisetum arvense extract, soybean oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil.


The directions on this product state that it can be used as a deep conditioner, and that you should apply it to damp or wet hair, leave on for 5 or 30 minutes and thoroughly rinse. OR you can leave it in your hair and style as usual. Well, since I’m always trying Continue reading

savvybrown_indoor compost_bokashi

Composting for Dummies pt.3 : Indoor Composting

Believe it or not, you can compost indoors very effectively, and no it will not smell up your house or apartment. Here are two types of indoor composters to chose from:

Automatic Indoor Composter – This little baby works like magic. It can take all kinds of food, including meat, fish and dairy that other composters can’t take. It’s compact, can fit under a sink or in a cabinet and consumes and aerates large amounts of food rather quickly. You can have a full harvest of ready-to-use compost in as little as 2 weeks with this thing. It eliminates having to collect your Continue reading


Review: Karen’s Body Beautiful Hydrating Face Wash

I’d never tried any of Karen’s Body Beautiful Skin products before. So when I picked up Creamylicious and Butter Love the last time I was at the store, I thought I would try out some of the Face Wash and review it here.


Karen’s Body Hydrating Face Wash for Dry/Sensitive Skin $12.99 (4oz/120ml)

Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Vera, Saponified Coconut & Safflower Oils, Vegetable Glycerin, Panthenol, Essential Oils & Vitamin E

The first thing I noticed about this product is the consistency. It has a thick lotion-like feel, and reminds me of castille soap. The scent was the next thing that got my attention. It doesn’t have a fragrance, per se, but it did remind me of plain, frangrance-free Dr. Bronner’s liquid castille soap again. When I tool another look at the ingredients, I understood why. It has saponified coconut oil, (which is basically what castille is made of).

I substituted this cleanser for the black soap in my Morning Skin Routine. This product did a great job of washing my face, Continue reading


DIY Pebble Boot Tray

A boot tray is a good idea to keep water and snow from tracking across your floors, but why not jazz it up a bit with a Pebble Boot Tray? It’s DIY and really easy to make.  I saw this great idea on Pinterest and followed it over to Martha Stewart’s website. The stones allow the water, ice and snow to drip right into the pan, without leaving those icky white marks around the edges of your boots. Here’s her version… Continue reading