I hope that you all have enjoyed a Merry Christmas and are about to embark on a New Year. I wish you all good health, good wealth and tons of prosperity. I’m back to review a couple of items from two lines. One is Karens Body Beautifuls and the other is Oyin.

Ok let’s start with Oyin. Oyin Handmade is a product line that was created by Jamyla Bennu and her husband Pierre. They are the quirkiest couple and I love their youtube videos. I have tested out their products for a minute now and here are my reviews:

Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner: Oh how I wanted to love thee and at times I thought I loved thee but in the end you have to go. It’s a creamy conditioner filled with goodies such as coconut oil, organic aloe vera gel, glycerin, etc. I’ve tried it as a pre-shampoo treatment, a rinse out conditioner and a leave in and all of the results have been less than stellar. The reasons why are that #1 I can find a cheaper conditioner to use as a pre shampoo treatment, it tangled my hair something fierce as a rinse out and left my hair sticky and tacky as a rinse out. I’m sorry Honey Hemp but thumbs down.

Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade: The church can say AMEN on this one because I actually like it. It’s filled with goodies such as castor oil, organic virgin coconut oil, mango seed oil, hempseed oil, cocoa butter and broccoli seed oil. This is a great sealant for my damp hair. I will not and cannot use it on dry hair or else it will do nothing and the scent is heavenly. It lasts for quite some time and I could definitely see myself repurchasing this.

Oyin Funk Butter: Someone call Bootsy Collins and George Clinton and tell them to get their a$$ up in here because we need the funk (if you didn’t catch that then shaking my head, go on you tube and find some music from Bootsy, George and the Parliament). I have been on a quest for an all natural deodorant that would help keep me zestfully clean all day w/o worrying about the funk. Now I have tried numerous deodorants and they have all failed but my man Mr. Funk Butter is the truth!!!! The test for me that helped me to determine that this mutha sucka was a keeper was when I spent 1 1/2 hours in a hot and humid dance studio, shaking my groove thing and not once did I funk up. SAY WHATTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!  A little dab is all that you need with this product but it’s a keeper, I just wish I could purchase it locally.

Ok now it’s time for a review on Karens Body Beautifuls. I can’t recall where I heard about Karen, more than likely the hair boards but since I can be a slight product junky I ventured into her Brooklyn store sometime last year I believe with my mom to check it out. I can recall running into Karen and being blown away by her hair at that time. I mean it was like ridiculously pretty. I can recall that I had just gotten over a bad haircut and when I saw her BAA, I was like looky here girly who hooks your hair up to which she happily obliged. The store is quaint but it’s overflowing with so many products and at the time they were having a sale so I and my mother picked up some Hair Nectar. I can recall trying the Hair Nectar and not being too wowed at that time but then again I cannot recall the way in which I was wearing my hair (wash n go or twists/braid outs) so I really cannot remember why I didn’t feel that the products worked for me. My mother on the other hand loved it.

Fast forward to this year and the buzz for Karen was on the rise again and I decided that I was going to try one more time but this time I was going to go for something with more punch so I purchased the following: 2 Hair Milks, 1 Hair Nectar, Juicy Shampoo Bars and I received the Luscious Hair Mask for free (I happened upon another sale).

The first time that I tried the Hair Milk, I paired it with my Kinky Curly Hair Custard and my hair was singing for joy. The next time and the current way that I use it is mixed with the Elucence Leave In and sealed with the Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade. My hair is in total love, LOVE I TELL YA!!!!!!! Each night, I remoisturize with the Hair Milk alone and rebraid and in the morning, my hair is thanking me; as a matter of face I received a gift card from my hair to the Cheesecake Factory, SAY WORD!!! One major love about these products are the scents, there are so many to try but what I love about being in the Big Apple is that I can venture into the store and sniff for myself , cuts down on spending $$$. I am in love with the Lavendar Vanilla and Creamy Coco Mango.

Juicy Shampoo Bars: These bars are absolutely fantastic and I love that you just need a small amount. What I do is cut my bars into 4′s. I make sure that my hair is thoroughly drenched and then rub my scalp and strands with the bar. When I rinse it feels squeaky but when I add my conditioner I can literally finger comb my strands.

Hair Nectar: I haven’t tried it again as of yet because I’m still in love with my Hair Milk and I’ve been away so I’ll come back and update this when I’ve thoroughly reviewed it.

Luscious Hair Mask: I had been eyeing this product for awhile but was being a bit stingy because of the cost (it’s $25). Now when the sales clerk in the store mentioned that if I spent $60 that I would receive this for free, I was like okie dokie, let’s get it. I had read conflicting reviews on different sites so I wanted to put this Mask to the ultimate test; condition my hair after a henna treatment. The instructions are correct when it says that you do not have to use a ton (note: I have fine densely packed hair). I took a 1/2 teaspoon to each section of my hair, placed it underneath a shower cap and sat under a heating cap for an hour. When it was time to rinse my hair, it felt so freaking good. I’ve tried it numerous times for the past month and have received consistent results so it’s a product that I will probably stick with, it has replaced my beloved Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment.

I’m itching to try the Conditioning Shampoo but may have to wait awhile since the Juicy Bars will not be completed more than likely any time this year and I’m trying to hold off on purchasing items that I do not need at this time. At one point I was itching to try the Hair Butter and the Hair Cream but my hair is not a big fan of anything that has Shea in it so I’m holding off.

Ok my readers until next time.

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