weekly catch-up #5

2021 edit: i no longer subscribe to or support the “all-natural” label.

happy monday, crunchies!

i finally had a weekend to relax! what about you?

this catch-up is short and sweet!


i’ve been in the market for a natural eyeliner pencil, but they are crazy expensive. has anyone else noticed that? the ingredients in them certainly don’t command the prices that are charged for most companies. my DIY is fine (jojoba oil, iron oxides, raw shea butter), but i’m looking for the convenience and sharpness of a pencil. i found some pencils through Honeybee Gardens (also sold at walgreen’s). as far as the entire cosmetic line goes, the products are hit and miss with their respective ingredients lists. have you ever tried this brand? what are your recommendations?


SHEA MOISTURE BOGO. if you’re looking for a low-poo or a more natural alternative conditioner, lotion, leave-in, or shine serum, walgreen’s has a BOGO on shea moisture products right now, with free shipping on order over $25! please note that the ingredients list on these products are hit and miss. you’ll have to check each product! it’s annoying, yes, but great if you have the chance to snag some BOGO items!


safer SM products:

shampoo –

  • coconut & hibiscus shampoo
  • olive & marula baby head-to-toe wash & shampoo
  • red tea & babassu baby head-to-toe wash & shampoo
  • moisture retention shampoo raw shea butter
  • raw shea, chamomile & argan oil head-to-toe wash & shampoo
  • yucca & plantain anti-breakage strengthening shampoo

conditioner –

  • yucca & plantain anti-breakage strengthening conditioner

body wash –

  • olive & marula baby head-to-toe wash & shampoo
  • red tea & babassu baby head-to-toe wash & shampoo
  • olive & marula bubble bath & wash
  • lavender and wild orchid bubble bath & wash
  • raw shea, chamomile & argan oil head-to-toe wash & shampoo
  • african black soap body wash

lotion –

  • wild orchid body butter (contains canola oil – may be GMO)
  • coconut & hibiscus body butter (contains canola oil – may be GMO)
  • red tea and babassu baby lotion
  • olive & marula lotion
  • african black soap body lotion
  • raw shea butter lotion
  • raw shea, chamomile & argan oil baby lotion
  • coconut & hibiscus body lotion

soap –

  • three butters utility soap
  • argan oil and raw shea butter soap
  • african black soap
  • lavender & wild orchid raw shea butter soap
  • raw shea butter soap
  • coconut & hibiscus shea butter soap
  • olive & green tea shea butter soap
  • lemongrass & ginger shea butter soap

other (hair) –

  • coconut hibiscus kids detangler (not just for kids!)
  • smooth & repair high shine glosser tahitian noni and monoi
  • raw shea butter deep treatment mask (contains soy – claims non-GMO)
  • yucca & plantain anti-breakage strengthening styling milk
  • coconut & hibiscus moisture mist
  • raw shea butter reconstructive finishing elixir

other (skin) –

  • olive & green tea – bath, body, massage oil
  • coconut & hibiscus bath, body massage oil
  • lavender & wild orchis bath, body, massage oil
  • super fruit hand & body scrub
  • olive & green tea hand & body scrub
  • coconut & hibiscus hand & body scrub
  • lavender & wild orchis hand & body scrub
  • stretch mark butter – raw seha butter and cupuacu
  • shea butter beard softener & pre-shave oil
  • super fruit massage oil
  • raw shea butter infused with frakincense and myrrh

PRESSED POWDER BLUSH & BRONZER. my blush and bronzer are DIY, but lately the loose powder has been driving me up the wall (mostly because i’ve been clumsy haha). i’m working on a nourishing formula for each to share with you (completely customizable for shades) so you guys don’t have to pay an arm and a leg on purchaseable versions (if you don’t want to.) it’s been surprisingly tough to find a balance between a highly pigmented product and the perfect amount of moisture to keep it hard enough to stay compact, but loose enough to fluff under a brush. more to come soon!

LIPSTICK. if you have any all-natural lipstick recommendations, let’s hear ’em! i’m personally looking for a few new shades, and i know other crunchies could benefit from a lipstick talk, too! please leave your favorite brands and colors along with link s below!


HAIR STYLES FOR GREASY DAYS. i was thinking of making a video for different hair styles that can be done to help hide greasy roots, without the use of dry-shampoo. what do you think? i have my own personal go-to’s, but i’m not sure if they’d work for all lengths and hair types. if you have ideas, leave them below!

what’s up with YOU this past week/weekend? i want to hear all about it!


weekly catch up on AlmostExactly Blog

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23 thoughts on “weekly catch-up #5”

  1. Hi Alex! I don’t know if you’ll read this soon but I had a question on whether the new Shea moisture products, like the “African Water Mint & Ginger: Detox & Refresh Hair & Scalp Gentle Shampoo,” is low ‘poo??

  2. On greasy days I use to wear sidebraid a lot mostly because greasy braid is harder to get messy. Low messy bun is also good for me, it’s sort of ladylike. And when you accesorize your hair you hide your greasy roots even more, especially when you stick to ribbons, that’s my personal experience. The very best thing you can do is to take bobby pin, tie a bow on it and beautify yourself 🙂

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