Celebrating Natural Beauty With Heritage1933
Finding good beauty products is hard. And as a natural-haired, young black woman, the amount of options available that cater to my tone and texture (and actually work well) is slim, especially in comparison to mainstream brands. So, I'm always thrilled to uncover new beauty gems specifically made for women like me. Thanks to Curlfluence, I had the opportunity to try out a few products from a new black woman-owned beauty brand, Heritage1933.
Challenging the narrow perception of beauty, Heritage1933 formulates safe, natural, and non-toxic hair and skincare products to celebrate natural beauty for women and children. In fact, with every purchase, Heritage1933 donates free hair care to local shelters. Between the celebration of kinks and curls, and the heritage they represent, and the mission to improve the lives of women and children in need, I was immediately excited to support.
But First, Coffee
Naturally, I tried the "But First, Coffee" exfoliating coffee scrub first (pun intended). I'm obsessed with exfoliating my face, especially on the days I wear a full beat because it makes my foundation go on a million times smoother. My go-to is usually a homemade sugar scrub, but I'd always wanted to give coffee a try. First off, it smells like, well, coffee. It's like Starbucks for your face. (I enjoy the smell of coffee, so I love it.) According to the directions, you can apply the scrub on dry or damp skin, so I went with the latter (as I normally do). I gently rubbed the scrub across my face and let it sit for about five minutes.
Result: As I was applying it, I didn't feel like the scrub was actually doing anything, but lo and behold, once I rinsed it off, my skin felt amazingly soft. Even my problem areas, my nose and my t-zone, which are both characteristically dry and rough, were as smooth as a baby's bottom. Plus, although I used a pretty big scoop the first time, I still have plenty more of the scrub left to use, which means a little goes a long way.
Ms. Know It All
Next I tried Ms. Know It All, the whipped hair and body butter, featuring ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, avacodo, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, and more. I use oils like jojoba and grape seed on my hair and shea butter on my skin currently, so I was excited to use this mixture of my faves all in one product. I'd already co-washed my hair the day before trying Ms. Know It All, so I simply spritzed it with water and applied the product a few thick strands at a time, from root to end.
Result: I have 4A textured curls, and my hair is extremely dry. Seriously, I have to constantly re-spray my hair with water to even complete a wash and go because it dries too fast. (Which is also a reason why I don't do wash and gos in the first place, but I digress). So, while the butter soaked into my hair just fine, I didn't feel it gave my hair quite what it needed. My hair LOVES conditioning milk opposed to butter, so I wasn't completely shocked by the results. That's the beauty of natural hair, everyone's is different, even if you have the same curl pattern. However, because it's also a body butter, I experimented with it on my face. As I mentioned before, my nose and my t-zone are the driest parts of my skin. I usually use raw shea butter on my face, but at times it can be a bit heavy and greasy, so this whipped butter provided the perfect alternative. I took a bit and rubbed it into my dry spots, and wa-la! They became perfectly moisturized. So while I probably won't be using Ms. Know It All on my curls, I'll definitely use it on my face and body.
Because my hair is super dry as mentioned, oils are a godsend. I use oil on my scalp, to seal my moisturizer, to protect my ends, in my face scrubs, on my eyebrows, you name it. After seeing Heritage1933's O.M.G. seal and moisturizing oil in my box, I couldn't wait to bless my scalp with it. It's made up of olive oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, and vitamin E oil. ALL THE OILS. It comes in a bottle with a nozzle for easy application, which I truly appreciate.
Result: It was therapeutic to apply it to my scalp, and the peppermint really stands out in scent, which I love. A little does go a long way. I applied way too much (because I love hair oils and tend to go overboard), and it started dripping all over my face and neck, which wasn't cute. But that goes for any oil, really. The next day, I noticed my scalp still felt moisturized, which is probably due to the fusion of so many powerful oils. For that reason, I think O.M.G. is perfect for dry hair girls like me, or someone who needs oil in their life but not sure which of the many kinds out there to try.
Purity is a natural clay mask for your face, neck, and hair. It comes in powder form, so you simply add water and BAM. Issa mask. It has a soft, pleasant scent, which after reading the ingredients, I saw came from the lavender oil. I splashed my face with water first, then I patted the powder onto my wet face. It got a little messy applying it, so be careful because the powder can fly everywhere. It dried after about 20 seconds, and I could feel the tightness of the mask after about a minute or two. I let the mask sit for a little over ten minutes before rinsing it off with warm water and patting dry.
Result: This mask gave me the best results out of all the products, which says a lot since I enjoyed using them all. My face felt even smoother than it did after using the But First, Coffee scrub, and my complexion immediately looked clearer and more even, and my pores looked noticeably smaller. I stared in the mirror for the longest trying to figure out if my eyes were playing tricks on me. (They weren't.) A lot of masks feel good but don't actually do anything, so I'm shocked at the results of this one. I didn't even wear foundation for the rest of the day. I plan to use it a few more times to see if I get the same results, but as of now, it's a winner.
(Sidenote: I'm not familiar with using a mask on my hair, so I only tried it on my face, but I know many others do hair masking, so it's worth trying out for that purpose too.)
Overall, what I love the most about every product is the combination of natural, safe ingredients. From lavender oil to coconut oil, to shea butter and avocado, I didn't feel like I was using store-bought products. Instead, I felt like I was in a fancy spa using natural treatments. I look forward to incorporating these new goodies into my hair and skincare routine, and I'm excited to see what Heritage1933 formulates next. To try out the products I mentioned or check out others from the brand, visit their website at Heritage1933.com.
(Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Curlfluence to test and review. All views and opinions are 100% my own.)