Thoughts on Nubian Heritage’s Indian Hemp & Hatian Vetiver Body Wash

Nubian Heritage Body Wash, Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver

Ingredients:

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil Soap), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Palm
Kernel), Glycol Stearate (Palm Kernel), Stearamide AMP (Palm Kernel), Cannabis
Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil (Certified Organic Ingredient), Butyrospermum Parkii
(Shea Butter) (Certified Organic Ingredient), Deionized Water, Essential Oil
Blend, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Sodium Lauroyl Hydrolyzed Silk (Silk Proteins),
Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver), Azadirachtin Indica (Neem) Oil, Lonicera
Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower, Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Japanese
Honeysuckle), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride

  After having pretty good success with the body lotion for this line, I decided to look into the body wash. I had been using Burt’s Bees’ Gud line to try and steer my way into a more natural based body wash but didn’t really like this particular wash at all. I have pretty dehydrated skin, and though my legs don’t dry out too often, I do have keratosis on my arms that I knew I needed to keep moisturized and felt like that moisturizing step needed to begin before putting on lotion. The Gud line didn’t provide that for me, so on to the next.

  Like the lotion, this body wash worked really well for my body except for my chest and back. The body wash definitely did not strip my skin, it even helped to calm down my keratosis, but I just felt like it was aiding my chest and back breakouts. There were several times during this past summer where my air conditioning broke and lead to 3 day periods with no cooling system at work. Because of this, I didn’t want to smear on lotions or body butters that I would sweat off immediately so I didn’t apply anything on after my showers. When I did this, my body felt very comfortable, not dry, and my chest and back breakouts started to look better. I realized that with this product, at least for me, you can’t layer on anything else if it’s in an area that is prone to breakouts. I think that this body wash either leaves an unnoticeable layer of misturization or film that’s enough by itself in problem areas OR the body wash just doesn’t clean off any extra layers of moisture that  I have slathered on from the previous day leading to clogged pores. Not sure which one of it is, but I just steared clear of using this on my chest and back. I also noticed that it caused similar types of issues to my underarm areas. I didn’t get breakouts but I would start to smell WAY faster and sooner than I ever have before. I think it’s, again, because it either left some invisible and unoticeable film or it just focuses more on moisturizing, not deep cleansing, so any deoderant or bacteria was not washed away. (When I say unoticeable film, I mean you can’t feel something greasy or slimy. It doesn’t feel like anything’s SITTING on your skin, but your body still feels moisturized or comfortable. And though I mention that I don’t think this wash deep cleanses, I do feel like it does cleanse.)

   The scent is obviously close to the lotion and I really enjoy it.  It looks almost like a pearly dark beige when squeezed out of the bottle and I think it’s wonderful if you don’t have problematic areas or don’t moisturize after showers. I even use it to shave and it works better than shaving creams that cause your skin to feel dry once they’re rinsed off. If anything, I can see myself buying this as a replacement for shaving creams. It is a bit pricier than other body washes, having cost me about 12 bucks, BUT this lasted me for at least 4-5 months (I can’t remember if I purchased it in May or June). I won’t be repurchasing at the moment only because I want the most simplistic body care routine and the fact that I had to use a different soap on my chest, back and underarms did not allow me to attain that personal goal.  I would definitely recommend trying it out, but just observe the areas that you tend to break out in if you are also putting lotion on after showers. In my book, this gets a 4/5.

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My experience with Nubian Heritage’s Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Lotion

So I think it best to begin this review by giving some semi-detailed insight as to how I eventually came about this product. As I’m sure most are now well aware , the natural craze within the beauty industry has sky rocketed. But I remember when this was not so- when the idea of going ‘natural’ was still new, when now well known natural brands were still going through their primary product packaging as they were introduced to the world…and even back THEN (4-5 years ago) the idea of natural was much more common than say 2005-06 (the earliest dates I’ve seen for forum posts about hollistic approaches and the like).

Anywho. So around 2007 I had searched around for a curly hair specialized salon to finally get my hair trimmed and shaped. I had not been to a salon, legitimately, for this type of service since I was a toddler. My mother was always the one to trim my hair after I washed it and that was all I knew. By 2007, at age 17, I then began to feel like I needed a little more oomph in my step and the rest was history. It initiated the interest in natural products for my hair and with the knowledge from that stemmed the intrigue of dabbling into organic and natural ways to treat both my facial and body skin issues. As of recently I have also branched into internal ways to be a cleaner eater and the introduction of fitness on a more serious level. It’s fascinating how much of a domino effect it all really is.

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One of the first ‘organic’, ‘natural’, or whatever they want to try and market it as, lotions I used was Jergen’s. They came out with I believe 2-3 different scents that were supposed to have oils as a main ingredient and as I was attempting to move on to products with less chemicals, I became a sucker. (Please note that the different Jergens Naturals scents may not have all been oil based. I can’t really remember much about the whole line they were trying to introduce. I just know I had it in my posession for about 24 hours and it wasn’t all that natural) I went to my local Target, bought one, came home and looked up reviews, (a totally backwards way of doing things) and read about the formaldehydes within the ingredients. I returned the lotion and did more searching. I had my eye on Nubian Heritage Hemp lotion for about 6 months before I decided to shell 9 bucks (on sale) for it and I finally purchased it January of 2012. To tell you the truth, I can’t even remember what I was using before but I know they weren’t as natural as this baby.

Ingredients:

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Deionized Water, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil*, Stearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernel), Ceteareth 20 (Emulsifying Wax), Castor Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Vegetable Blend, Carbomer, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vetiveria Zizaniodes (Vetiver), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Extract), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (*Denotes Certified Organic Ingredient).

The ingredient list is semi-hefty, but besides maybe the Carbomer (?) and the emulsifying wax, there is nothing in this list that is a chemical (to my knowledge).  I really love this lotion. It does have shea butter as one of the main ingredients and unfortunately it is too heavy for my breakout prone chest and back. Other than that, I use this on my entire body and it works great. The more you put on the silkier you will feel, but because of the price point I tend to only put enough to moisturize. The scent is awesome to me; definitely gender neutral but I do feel like it has a tiny hint of masculinity in the scent (but it’s not a masculine scent if that makes sense). So the biggest hits with this lotion for me is that 1. It calms down my Keratosis and 2. Diminishes stretch marks. Yup, it does both for me. After I moisturize my whole body I usually put a little extra on my Keratosis that I have on my upper arms and they are now about 95%  of the way smooth. I also make sure to apply some on my bum area, where I have stretch marks, and within 2 weeks tops I saw results. My marks aren’t completely gone because I stopped using the lotion half way through to try a different brand (I’m always trying things out and am too impatient to wait for each bottle to finish before doing so), but if I had used it all the way through, I’m pretty sure I would see bigger results.

I will note that I finally am about 2 applications away from done with this bottle,it being October, and the shea butter’s scent is starting to become a little more dominant. In the grand scheme of things, that took about 10 months to happen, you still smell the other notes in the fragrance, and if you use this lotion on a daily basis I think you’ll finish it up within 3-5 months. I will also note that this isn’t the typical liquidy ‘lotion consistency’, though I’m sure with a look at the ingredients you would already know that.

I have a stash of other things in my cabinet that I need to try out and then I intend to toy around with making my own body butters. But if that doesn’t work out, then I’m definitely going back to this brand and I’ll try out their other scents.

(P.S. I am aware that hollistic life styles have been around since the beginning of time and are still present in Eastern cultures especially. My initial paragraph is referring to the re-introduction of this lifestyle in commercial America)