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Tropical Traditions Hair Oil Giveaway and Review 4/17/12


Hi, everybody it’s time for a giveaway. I’ve been testing and trying Tropical Traditions Hair Oil lately. So I’ve got a review and a hair oil giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a bottle of hair oil. Yay!

Best of all it’s open to both the USA and Canada.

I’ve been wanting to try Tropical Traditions Shampoo and Hair Oil and when I got the chance to review the hair oil I also bought their unscented soap bar to try as my shampoo. So I’m actually going to be able to review how they work together on my hair. :)

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Well, I need to tell you that I struggle with greasy hair. Very oily hair that feels sticky if it goes to long, but a dry scalp. Go figure. So I’m always worried about trying oil. I tend to stick to Macadamia nut oil on my ends because I don’t usually need anything else oiled.

But Tropical Traditions said that their hair oil shouldn’t leave build up (or an oily feeling on my hair). Basically that I shouldn’t worry it would definitely wash out.

First I tried just putting it on my ends and generally it worked well. Except if I didn’t wash it out my hair could look a little stringy, but since they tell you to wash it out that wasn’t unexpected.

Then I decided to take a giant leap and do a scalp and hair treatment. Talk about major leap of faith here! I’d done a coconut oil scalp treatment before and though it did make my scalp feel really good it took several washes to get the oil out. But I did it, let it sit for about 30 minutes and then washed it out with only the Tropical Traditions soap bar (I skipped my usual white vinegar rinse).

I liked how soft my hair felt, but my hair did it’s usual thing when I’ve tried oil treatments. Pretty up front but an oily dirty look in the back. Yuck. It’s taken me several washes for it to get better, but I’m wondering if it’s the soap bar’s fault. My hair just doesn’t seem to do as well with it so I’ll keep trying the oil.

I love the quality of the oil and I’ve found that it works great on my face! Hopefully I’ll be able to get it to work better for my hair.

My Mom on the other hand has more trouble with frizz and putting one drop in her hand, rubbing her hands together, then lightly gliding her hands over her hair tames those little hairs that stand up.

So my final thought is even though I probably won’t buy the hair oil I really like it for my face, but I think it’s different for each person so enter the giveaway and see if it works for you!

Thank you to Tropical Traditions for letting me try and review their high quality hair oil!
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[title]Hair Oil Giveaway[/title]

This giveaway is open in the USA and Canada. The giveaway will end on 4/23/12 at 12pm Eastern Time.

The winner will be contacted by email and asked to provide their name, telephone number, email address, and shipping address which will then be sent to Tropical Traditions and they will send you a bottle of their hair oil. Tropical Traditions and I will not share this information with anyone.

To enter the giveaway:

  • (required) Leave a comment on this page and tell me that you’ve subscribed to Tropical Traditions email Sales newsletter: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/subscribe_for_special_sales.cfm
  • (required) Tell me which scent is your favorite!

For bonus entries:

  • Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @troptraditions and @ttspecialdeals and leave a comment saying you did.
  • Comment on (up to 3) one of my other posts then post a comment here telling me you did.

For great ideas on how to use coconut oil head over here!

If you order by clicking on the link below and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

Special Price! – Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label – 2 pints – Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!

Nettle Infusion Recipe

Herbal infusions are helpful for releasing an herbs active ingredients. Which is one of the reasons they’re so good to drink. Now I’m not going to tell you I drink them all the time (I probably should), but I can tend to forget to make and drink them until I really need them.

But I really want to pay more attention to them and one of the best infusions is nettle. It can be helpful for energy, strengthening the adrenals, helpful for menstrual cycles, or as an antihistamine. And with spring coming on that last one might be the best of all.

I like drinking a nettle infusion when my sinuses are all stuffed up as it helps me be able to breathe (I’m a bit of a wuss when my nose is plugged).

Best of all infusions are easy to make.
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Mason Quart Jar (Affiliate)
1 cup of dried stinging nettle
4 cups of boiling water
a long metal spoon

Put the spoon and stinging nettle into the mason jar and pour the boiling water over it. Stir, remove spoon, and put on a lid. Let it sit for 4 hours or overnight. Drink it within 24 hours.

If you’re wondering about the spoon it will keep the mason jar from breaking.

You can easily double or half this recipe – the ratio is 1/4 of nettle to one cup of water.

If you’d like to order some nettle I would recommend buying from Mountain Rose Herbs (Affiliate).

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

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UK/European GAPS Online Store

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Recently I heard from Juliette who runs SpecialHealthStore.co.uk, and was excited to learn that readers in the UK (and Europe) can have access to GAPS products like:

So if you live on the other side of “the pond” check it out.

If any of my readers are from over in the UK would you mind sharing what places you usually buy GAPS products from? I would love to add them to my resource page (which I’m trying to grow).

This link is on my resource page along with may other ideas to get you started or help you on the GAPS diet Check it out, and come back Thursday for a simple muffin recipe.

Photo from thebadastromomer.

GAPS Safe Valentines Day Treats

Valentines day seems to always be about chocolates and candies.

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Sweets for the sweet they say.

But what can we do? Well, here are a few ideas that require ingredients you probably already have in your house (since you don’t have time to search for some elusive ingredient).

My favorite cookie idea is Pecan Shortbread. I wrote about it a little while ago and it’s still my favorite cookie and is quick and easy to whip up.

Another cute idea would be to make your own Marshmallows (if you have gelatin available) and use a heart shaped cookie cutter for a sweet idea.

Or for a lovely cake try Elana’s Orange Cake. Just replace the agave with honey.

I hope that you have a wonderful Valentines day!

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The 5 Things you Need Before Starting GAPSâ„¢

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After reading Kendahl’s helpful article “Before I Start GAPSâ„¢, What Should I do to Prepare?”.  I got to thinking about what resources I would recommend.

My resource page contains all these recommendations and others if you want more.

The #1 Thing you need is Dr. Natasha’s book. You need to read, and re-read it. Highlight it. Know it.

The second thing is something to make stock in like a stock pot or crock pot – stock is an important part of GAPSâ„¢ .

Third would definitely be a VitaMix blender for smoothies, mayo, and more.

Fourth, probiotics. Either BioKult, probiotic foods, or both. Remember to start slow.

Fifth, if you’re going on the Intro the 30 Days on GAPS Intro Handbook. Or for full try a cookbook from my favorite list.

(Amazon links are affiliate links to help keep Gapalicious running.)

This Post is Linked to Fat Tuesdays.