Indie Love: Spring Crater Lake Company Loot
True Lustre Conditioner
Roll on dry oil perfumes
All Tressed Up Shampoo
On April 29th, I received a fabulous package in the mail from the sweet & sassy Sharonn at Crater Lake Company. I rarely order bath & beauty products anymore because I have plenty, but I do make an expection for the Whipped Sugar Scrub at Mad City Soap and for hair care and perfumes from Crater Lake Company.
Sharonn re-opened this spring after being out of the US for a while and when she returned she debuted a product I knew I had to try: All Tressed Up, an SLS-free, truly good for your hair shampoo.
I always have a hard time deciding which scents to order, so I chose all new to me scents (if you know me, you know I am in love with Coconut Bavarois, the best coconut scent on the planet).
I've been meaning to post about my Crater Lake Company goodies, but I wanted to be able to try out the shampoo for a few weeks and each perfume so I can give you my opinion.
For my shampoo, I have been very loyal to In a Lather's solid shampoo called Shampoo That Rocks. It's a very good shampoo, but not offered in many scents. My favorites are Thai Coconut and Lemon Curd. I will keep this in my rotation, though. It leaves hair shiny and smooth. My hair is pretty dry, so I do need to alternate with something else. I use this on my boys as well.
That being said, I have a hard time resisting Sharonn's products, especially knowing how wonderful her silicone free conditioner, True Lustre, works in my hair.
I ordered 3 scents in the All Tressed Up Shampoo:
Vanilla Lace Cupcakes
Tea My Sweet
Orange Dream Cake
I'm only going to discuss the actual formula right now, as I am discussing the scents in depth down below when I review the perfumes.
I am extremely happy with All Tressed Up. It is very gentle and makes your hair feel clean and silky at the same time. If you've never used an SLS-free shampoo before, you will likely find this
thinner than your typical shampoo. Artificial thickeners are not used. It also will not lather as much as a shampoo full of sulfates. Keep in mind, though, that your cleansers need not lather to be effective. Typically, the greater the lather, the higher the concentration of harsh detergents.
All Tressed Up has been in my shower and used by me every other day since April 30th. I am very, very satisfied!!! I've been able to really test this out on its own and can say it is a fantastic product!
Ingredients and a brief explanation of each:
Purified Water, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (surfactant) , Cocoamidopropyl Betaine (Increases lather, may be sensitizing to some), Hydolyzed Soy Protein (humectant), Vegetable Glycerin (humectant), Sunflower Seed Amidopropyl Ethyldimonium (a conditioning agent), Fragrance and/or essential oils, Panthenol (vitamin B5, conditioning), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (safe, paraben-free preservative), Allantoin (soothing & protecting agent)
All Tressed Up surely hits a homerun when it comes to a great shampoo. I see this in other scents in my future!
I will briefly discuss the True Lustre Conditioner. I have gone back and forth trying to pick my favorite conditioner over the past year or so. I really, really adore Jojoelle's formula. I have also enjoyed Junket and Soul Mate from Cocoa Pink. I had been using those two, in alternating fashion, since I finished the last of my CLC True Lustre in Coconut Bavarois. I had forgotten how much my hair really, truly loves True Lustre until the past few weeks!
Here is what is in this:
Aloe Barbadenis Extract, Bethentrimonium Methosulfate (Anti-static and conditioning agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emollient, emulsifier), Simondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (AKA Jojoba Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii Seed Butter (AKA Shea Butter), Glycerin (Humectant), Quaternium-79 Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (conditioning, anti-static), Panthenol (Vitamin B5, conditioning), Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Allantoin (Soothing, protecting), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid (A safe, paraben-free preservative system), Fragrance and/or Essential Oils
I really adore True Lustre. As the name implies, it does leave a lustre to the hair, a very subtle sheen to make your hair look healthy as it gets healthy. The shea butter and jojoba oil in this help to nourish the hair and it really does this without weighing the hair down. It is silicone free, yet your hair will feel as though it has great slip to it.
I am really happy because I can buy my shampoo and conditioner from Crater Lake Company in coordinating scents and know that they work well together. With the exception of some coconut oil (and the hair oil recipe I posted last week), CLC hair care is all I have been using since the end of April, and with great results! When I got my hair cut on Saturday, even my stylist said my hair was in great condition.
Orange Dream Cake--This is fun and screams "summertime." In the scent description on the CLC site, Sharonn mentions orange zest being folded into the cake batter. This is accurate. If you took the best yellow cake scent ever and grated the zest of a sweet and juicy orange, you've got this scent. I was hesitant to try this and thrilled that I did. A few years back, Orange Juice Pound Cake scents were popular. This is nothing like that. This is a more mature orange--very true--sombined with the yellow cake. Lovely!
Violet Cream Puffs--This was another I wasn't sure about at first. I must confess that on its own, a Violet scent, wouldn't be one of my favorites. Combined with the exact scent of a cream puff from the bakery counter at my local Rubino's, though, it is heavenly! I keep reaching for this, much to my surprise. It is the perfect union of femininty meets bakery. Love it!
Vanilla Lace Cupcakes--I was telling one of my friends that I was planning a perfume order from CLC. She could not believe I have never tried Vanilla Lace Cupcakes before. Frankly, neither can I. I want you to think of the name "Vanilla Lace Cupcakes" in your head. Are you picturing a bakery treat? Something sweet with lots of icing? Now, take that mental image and toss it into the recycling bin, because that's not what this scent is about at all.
I have said it before and I'll say it again--I am not a fan of musk in general. Never have been. That being said, VLC is the perfect blend of musk--it is part of a beautiful blend of lilacs and jasmine, powder notes, and vanilla cupcakes. It is one of the most unique fragrances I have ever smelled. Unbelievably, it is not my favorite of the bunch, but it is fun and elegant rolled into one and one I will wear every now and then for sure.
Princess Vaniglia--Love it. I adore CLC's Buttercream Daydream, and this is it blended with Madagascar vanilla. I wear it often, as it is warm and creamy and oh so versatile!
Walking on Moonbeams--Once again, a stellar and utterly unique blend from Sharonn. It is scents like this that make her an expert at her craft. She truly could open a high end perfumerie and do so well at it. Her signature blends are just out of this world. Now, let's talk about this one. Let's suppose you have just taken an Angel Food Cake out of the oven. It's suspended on a cloud of homemade marshmallows. Yum. Then you garnish it with freshly picked white flowers which have been touched lightly with powder and a teensy hint of soft musk. The result--an intoxicating, beautiful scent. I think I'll use this up before any other (well, expect for my beloved Coconut Bavarois)!
Tea My Sweet--A delightful, happy spring and summer blend. This is another scent I almost chose not to try and am so thrilled I did. The Strawberry mentioned in the fragrance description left be in doubt, because berries do not work with my chemistry for some reason. I eat tons of berries and love how they smell, but they usually smell "off" on me. This is really nice. It's like the Sweet Tea I used to love in Savannah blended with hint of ripe strawberries and just a lovely sweetness (probably the cotton candy!). This is great. It's not for a serious occasion, but it wakes me up in the shower when I was my hair!
Island Temptress-- This is rather complex. Upon first sniff, I think, "Fruity. Sweet and fruity." Then after about 30 seconds, the scent evolves and is completely transformed into something else. I still smell the sweetness of ripe pineapple, but then a creamy vanilla laced with heady gardenias arrives. It is quite lovely. I have been wearing this quite a bit lately!
Apple Jumble Cookies--If you're looking for the best bakery apple scent on earth, look no more. To me this is the perfect blend of old fashioned butter cookies blended with warm Snickerdoodles and homemade apple pie. So, so nice!
As always, I am incredibly happy with this fantabulous treat from Crater Lake Company.
Great hair care. Great fragrances. Great everything :)
By the way, Sharonn has a blog called Scentimental Waxings, which is always fun to read!