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Rahua Hydration Shampoo + Conditioner Review



Hi everyone. Advance Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe we’re approaching the holiday season pretty soon. Time goes by so fast. Anyway, let’s discuss this haircare brand that I’ve seen a lot on Instagram lately. The Rahua brand of haircare has been popping out of several folks’ Instas and I must admit, the packaging has really caught my eye. I find its interesting bottles/design to be not quite the typical ones I’ve seen in most haircare products, not to mention its overall color and presentation. I honestly had no idea what this brand was all about, but I’ve read that its name is pronounced as Ra-Wa, a haircare brand based on the benefits derived from the Amazon. One of its main ingredients is Rahua oil, which is packed with omega-9 fatty acids that have long been used by indigenous women in the area. So the brand is all about sustainability, being vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, organic and plant-derived.


Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner


For this review, I decided to try the Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner, which are both winners of the Allure Best of Beauty 2019.


Hydration Shampoo (9.3 oz: 34 USD)


Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner


The main ingredients for this shampoo are the following: Morete Oil for conditioning and hydration, Sacha Inchi Oil for sun damage protection, Rahua Oil for strand strengthening/hydration, and also Mango sugars to facilitate more hydration. It is good for all hair types, and as you can see, it’s a shampoo that is meant to deliver hydration and moisture, thus, preventing frizz and adding softness and shine.


Now, for my experience, I find this shampoo to have a very pleasing sweet scent. For some, you may find this to be cloying, but I don’t. Something about the scent of this made me nostalgic about smelling some overripe tropical fruits (mangoes, guavas, etc) even including wild berries and burnt candies – a life reminiscent of being in a tropical island. Also, it’s the kind of scent that you may find at the spa, the type that may make you curious and wonder as to what that is. Anyhow, the texture of this shampoo is very light and you can tell that it’s all-natural just by feeling the clumps of its ingredients on your hands as you slather it all over your hair. I wouldn’t say that this is very creamy, it’s actually more like thick and whipped. It foams well, but not as foaming as most shampoos. It cleanses well too, but if your hair is oily, you may want to do two washes with this. After rinsing, this gives an overall clean feel on the hair, which doesn’t leave any residue but it’s not super moisturizing as well. In fact, this does seem to have a tiny bit of drying effect on my hair. I can understand why people say this leaves their hair dry as opposed to being moisturized because this is a natural shampoo and is very very light. So, this left my hair quite volumized actually. A similar product to this would be the Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo, seen HERE, which I also like. But if you’re looking for a really moisturizing shampoo, this may not be the one. I suggest you try the Kerastase Discipline Sulfate-Free Smoothing Shampoo, or the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo, and also the Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo (high-end), and the L’oreal Evercreme Deep Nourish Shampoo (drugstore) for the ultimate hair hydration.

FYI, I also have another shampoo+conditioner brand that I will be reviewing soon, and those seem to be quite very hydrating, so, stay tuned for that.





Hydration Conditioner (9.3 oz: 36 USD)


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This conditioner contains the same ingredients as the Rahua Hydration Shampoo above, only that the scent and the texture of this are slightly different. First of all, the scent is not that sweet compared to the hydrating shampoo, and second, the texture is more smooth and creamy.

This is a conditioner for all hair types and it’s doesn’t weigh down the hair. I love that this definitely adds moisture but it still keeps the hair light and clean. Also, this definitely prevents frizz while it also adds softness and healthy-looking shine. I would say that I like this more than the shampoo above because it doesn’t make my hair oily and heavy, however, the perfect combination of both this conditioner and the Rahua shampoo above actually made my hair look nice.


Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner review



So, bottom line, if you want an interesting haircare that is based on sustainability and is made of clean ingredients, with the effects of thorough hair cleansing (clean/volumized), and with a unique blend of tropical scents, though not necessarily very hydrating, then you will enjoy this Rahua haircare line. I do think that this is more of a Summer type of haircare, not just because of the scent, but also for its volumizing effect. For me, personally, I love the effect that this does to my hair, and since I tend to have oily strands, my hair looks very clean, volumized, bouncy, frizz-free and definitely lively with this one.

The Rahua Hydration Shampoo+Conditioner are currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Space NK, Net-A-Porter, Barneys New York, Harrods, and Dermstore


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Have you tried this brand already? What are your latest haircare finds?






Pantene Micellar Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Pantene Micellar Conditioner Gentle Moisturizing Milk, Pantene Micellar Shampoo Gentle Cleansing Water


I’ve been a fan of Pantene hair care products since my childhood years and even nowadays it’s still one of my go-to brands for hair care products that actually work and with such affordable price tags. I was so excited when they released their Micellar Collection and was determined to try them as soon as possible. I’ve been testing their Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner and I am so impressed! For such low price points, these breakthrough hair care collection from Pantene is totally worth the try. If you love using Micellar Water to remove your makeup because it’s mild and it can remove impurities from the skin without drying it, then you’re gonna love this particular collection of Micellar haircare.


Pantene Micellar Shampoo Gentle Cleansing Water


Micellar Shampoo Gentle Cleansing Water (10.1 oz: $5.99, 17.9 oz: $9.99)


This Micellar Shampoo lathers well and it has a nice light floral scent. The consistency is very much like a clear lightweight gel, and it is nutrient-infused with antioxidants. It has no parabens, dyes or silicones, and most importantly, this shampoo is gentle for daily use and it doesn’t dry the hair nor strip it of its natural moisture. This is great for any hair types, but also especially great for oily hair. For me, personally, I use this as a clarifying/cleansing shampoo in conjunction with my moisturizing shampoo. Though I also use this daily from time to time and noticed that this is actually gentle on my hair without any dryness noticed. I love this shampoo a lot since this thoroughly cleanses every strand of my mane and since it’s gel-like, it’s doesn’t leave any weight to my hair.


Pantene Micellar Collection Review


Micellar Conditioner Gentle Moisturizing Milk (10.1 oz: $5.99, 17.9 oz: $9.99)


This Micellar Conditioner also has a light clean floral scent like the Micellar Shampoo, but this has a creamy formulation. Even though it’s creamy, it still feels a lot lighter than most conditioners I’ve tried, and it’s also nutrient and antioxidant-infused. There are no harsh ingredients like parabens or dyes and that means this conditioner conditions hair gently while removing extra oils and impurities from the hair. I love how this leaves my hair looking well-cleaned, tamed and conditioned without making it heavy or oily, and for that, my hair still looks clean, bouncy and non-greasy even for the next day.


Pantene Micellar Conditioner Gentle Moisturizing Milk


If you love mild hair care products that cleanse the hair thoroughly from root to tips without the dryness, then I definitely recommend this Pantene Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner. These get a thumbs up for me. Not only are these gentle for everyday use, but these also make the hair look bouncy volumized and also, these smell great. On top of that, each bottle comes in an easy-to-dispense pump and with an affordable price tag. For those reasons, I recommend this Pantene Micellar Collection.


I will be investigating their Charcoal Collection as well and will update you guys pretty soon.


The Pantene Micellar Collection is currently available at Target, Amazon, and in most groceries/drugstores everywhere.



Natural Clean Haircare with Briogeo

Briogeo Haircare


Hey There! Summer’s really here at full force and my hair has been taking a lot of beating lately with all the heat and humidity. It gets oily rather easily not just with the extra leave-in products I’ve been putting on my it, but also due to the extremes of temperatures both inside my house and the outside elements, not to mention the dust and sweat that mixes in. It’s so annoying, and I find myself constantly washing my hair and making sure that it doesn’t get so oily. So far, my haircare products of choice have been holding up well and lately, I discovered some products that seem to solve my hair issues this season – The latest Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Superfoods ($48) which I use in conjunction with the classic Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo ($36) and the Rosarco Repair Conditioner ($24). You might be wondering, what’s the difference with each of them? and Why do I use them alternately? Oh, there’s a lot to love with these haircare products.


Briogeo Rosarco Repair Conditioner


Let’s first talk about the Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo (16 oz: $36). It’s the first Briogeo haircare product I purchased and I really love it. I like its milky fruity coconut-ish scent and it’s really a moisturizing shampoo that won’t weigh your hair down. Its consistency is not thick and it feels really good on the hair. It lathers well and it’s mild to use every day. I also like that it’s nourishing to the hair and it prevents further damage. It’s a great lightweight hydrating shampoo for those who’ve had chemical treatments done on their hair, and also, I really like the fact that it comes in a large easy-to-dispense container which makes it easy and practical for me to use and I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. Next up is the Rosarco Repair Conditioner (8 oz: $24) which was on my wishlist for some time and I’m really glad that I purchased it because just like the Don’t Despair, Repair Shampoo, this conditioner smells great! You could sense the blend of Argan, Rose, and Coconut in this conditioner and it also delivers and restores moisture to the hair without making it oily or heavy. My hair feels smooth and soft with this and I feel like this is such a good everyday hair conditioner for any hair type. It can even make my hair withstand a moderate intensity of heat and humidity without using any leave-in treatments.


I could have stopped there and just be completely satisfied with those two Clean-certified Briogeo haircare products above, but with the release of the new Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Superfoods Hair Pack $48 ($56 value), I feel like I’ve got to try it because it also has the Clean seal from Sephora and I’ve been loving some clean haircare products lately especially the ones made by Briogeo. Another reason I wanted to try this pack (or you can purchase the shampoo and conditioner separately) is the fact that the packaging looks cute and who doesn’t love an apple-scented shampoo and conditioner? This haircare pack looks fresh and yummy and I wanted in on my hair. LOL


Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo


When I first tried the Be Gentle Be Kind Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo (12.5 oz: $28) I was blown away by how good it smells. And yeah, it really does smell like green apple and it has a lightweight consistency, almost like a gel. It cleanses my hair very well without adding any weight. I was actually quite worried that it might leave my hair dry, but nope, it just cleanses it well and it cleanses thoroughly. I love the fact that it’s six free, which means there are no harsh silicons, parabens, etc., and it’s also cruelty-free. The same is true with the Be Gentle Be Kind Kale + Apple Replenishing Superfood Conditioner (12.5 oz: $28) which also has a strong yummy green apple scent. This conditioner feels creamy and it delivers moisture to the hair without making it too hydrated, oily, or heavy no matter how much I put on it. It’s nice to know that it’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants which is really a big help for the hair especially at this season and it’s great for protecting the hair from breakage while nourishing it deep to the strands.


If you ask me if there’s a big difference among the Briogeo Clean haircare products reviewed above, I think that the difference is subtle but it matters a lot as to what you want in a haircare product. Personally, I feel like if I’m gonna be staying indoor with a strong AC blasting constantly on my hair, I’m definitely gonna be using the Don’t Despair, Repair Shampoo, along with the Rosarco Conditioner just to keep the moisture on my hair. But if I’m gonna be out and about running errands and walking under the sun, then I’ll reach out for the Be Gentle Be Kind Superfoods Haircare.


Overall, I definitely recommend these Briogeo Haircare products and I think they’re great for cleaning the hair every day without being harsh. Check out my hair below. (P.S. I definitely need a haircut, I know, LOL…)

briogeo don't despair repair super moisture shampoo


Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Kale + Apple Replenishing Superfood Conditioner review


The Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Moisture Shampoo, Rosarco Conditioner, and The Be Gentle Be Kind Superfood Haircare are currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Revolve, QVCJCPenney, Dermstore, Bloomingdale’s, & Anthropologie



Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Superfoods Hair Pack