Taking care of your hair and skin could appear quite daunting at first, at least it did for me. For starters, everything from sulfate free shampoos and conditioners to facial cleansers and moisturizers seemed ridiculously overpriced. As a wavy girl trying to embrace her natural hair, I thought maybe I should just give it.
At that point, a friend advised me to start asking around for brands selling natural products instead of famous ones that cost a fortune and aren’t as good as everyone thinks. And so my search began, I raided the internet thoroughly and found these 5 life-saving stores.
- Black Lotus
Black Lotus started out 6 years ago as a group of natural products enthusiasts who believed in the power of nature. They are always eager to create skin and hair products that are 100% natural – free of chemicals.
I found out about Black Lotus through a friend who linked me to their Facebook page. I also asked her for help picking out hair products and she recommended the ‘Hair Conditioning Mask’. Personally, I don’t think you’ll ever find a hair mask as effective as this one; it really works miracles if your hair is weak, thinning or falling out excessively.
They also have a wide range of oils, creams, masks, scrubs, soaps, Sulfate-Silicon free hair products and even sun-screen. Oh, I almost forgot to mention how much I love their Shea Butter!
You can either find them at their Facebook page or make your way to their store at Point 90.
2. Nefertari Body Care
Nefertari, which literally translates to ‘the most beautiful of them all’, started out in 1998 when Dr. Mona Erian created the first product out of necessity. She made her first bottle of shampoo after her daughter had her scalp nearly burned because of one.
Neferatari was actually one of the first all-natural brands I found, everyone I knew seemed to rave about their products and how much it’s helped them.
For me, the oils are their top product. They basically have every single oil known to man, I’m pretty sure they might’ve created some of their own. Mixing their Pumpkin seed oil and their Peppermint oil is the fastest way to grow hair, believe me on this. Lavender oil is also a favorite.
If you’re into making facial masks, their Moroccan mud is an essential alongside the Tea Tree oil. This mask cleans my pores, blackheads, white heads and removes all the dead skin cells.
One of Nefertari’s perks is that their stores are practically everywhere, you won’t face any trouble finding their natural gems.
Imtenan today is a fine example of business growth; the company started out as a premium quality bee honey brand in 1982 and has since turned into Egypt’s first and largest Health chain stores. They have everything from natural foods, diet, energy, immunity and skin-care products, as well as nutritional supplements essential for various chronic medical conditions.
My essential skin/hair products from there include Castor oil, Eruca oil, Coconut oil and Jojoba oil. All of these oils are crucial on your journey to healthier and stronger hair.
Top tip: Apply the Castor oil on your brows and lashes whenever you can (using a mascara brush) in order to make them thicker or to fill any gaps, you can thank me later.
What I’m really grateful for, however, is their Aloe Vera Gel. I’m telling you that gel works miracles and I’m never gonna stop using it! I’ve struggled with stretchmarks for as long as I remember and only Aloe Vera succeeded in calming those red lines. After applying the gel on them daily for around a month (okay, not DAILY daily), more than half have turned silvery white and are barely even noticeable unless you’re really looking for them. The gel also works on getting rid of any acne scars and any dark spots on the body. It’s also perfect for your face in general if you’ve got combination/oily skin like me.
Imtenan products, very much like Nefertari’s, could easily be found in as store near you. Check out their products and locations here.
Bubblzz, the cutest entry on our list, offers a wide range bath and body care products. Since the brand’s philosophy is that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put inside your body, products are made from scratch and are formulated from organic oils, essential oils and aromatic fragrances and are free from harsh chemicals.
Their line includes soaps, lip balms, deodorants, face and body scrubs, shower gels, lip scrubs, lotions and hair care products.
Sick of your unhealthy, possibly cancerous deodorant? Bubblzz has a line of 100% natural deodorant that’s Aluminum, Paraben and Propylene Glycol free.
I haven’t tried their shampoo nor their hair growth serum yet, but I’m told they’re quite good for dry/damaged hair. Their bath bombs are a fan favourite as well.
5. Smack That Scrub
Having some trouble with your skin? Facing some ugly acne? sick of dry and blemished skin? Well, Smack That Scrub is your savior! These exfoliating scrubs are all handmade, Natural and chemicals free and guarantee smooth and glowing skin after use.
This online store only opened earlier this year in February, making them the youngest brand on our list. Their motto is that “All good things happen in the shower.”
If it’s a facial scrub or a body scrub, they have it. whether your skin’s oily, dry, normal or even a combination, Smack That Scrub has your back!
Additionally, the coffee-based scrubs target cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, and all your skin enemies, improve your skin tone, and leave your skin feeling softer than ever.
Have you already tried some of these brands? Tell us about your experiences in the comments! If you haven’t, which brand do you want to check out? Is there any ones we missed and wants us to check out?
This article was not sponsored by any of the aforementioned brands or stores.