Why I'm unexpectedly hooked on these products. Deets in post.

Why I'm unexpectedly hooked on these products. Deets in post. Why I'm unexpectedly hooked on these products. Deets in post.

Let me go put some oil in my hair and it will make it greasy and weigh it down and look like I haven’t showered in days—said no woman ever. But, that’s what I was thinking when I opened September’s Beauty Heroes box to discover Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil. (Also, I was thinking why can’t I get Uma Thurman out of my head…but that’s for another time.)

Oh dear, I thought. My normal to oily hair will never do well with this. Yet I braved the oil anyway so that I could report faithfully on this box, which incidentally I do here, so you came to the right post. I also less bravely test out the sidekick product, a brand new mask that’s making its debut appearance exclusively on Beauty Heroes: the Uma Brightening Face Mask.

Together they are valued at $100. Of course with Beauty Heroes you’ll never pay that much per box.

When you treat yourself—or gift someone you love, you tremendous person you—to a 12 month subscription at $450, it costs $37.50 per box. A three month subscription is $115 which comes to about $38.33 per box. So essentially you’re getting three months of full-sized products for the value of one or 12 boxes for the retail value of four. It’s a steal an absolutely amazing deal.

If you want to skip right over there now before September’s treats sell out, you can by clicking the box below. They’re only available until September 20th!

 

 

Aha! So you’re still here. That means you’d like to read on about the hair oil and mask and how they perform, so let’s get to it! Or you’ve zoned out on my page and have achieved a newfangled meditative state—way to go!

 

Why I'm unexpectedly hooked on these products. Deets in post.

Why I'm unexpectedly hooked on these products. Deets in post.

UMA Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil, $70

This is one of those “I didn’t think I would need this and now I’m hooked” kind of products. I just turned 46, and what can I say? The texture of my hair is changing, even though I don’t color it—and for those who do, a hair oil would be absolutely indispensable. Hair can easily become lackluster, dry, and brittle from a poor diet, heat styling, chemical dyes, extreme temperatures, chlorine, and hard water conditions.

Shampoos—particularly those containing surfactants, detergents, and emulsifiers like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), and Ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS)—can strip hair over time causing it to lose its health and shine. Oils protect strands and feed them, much the way they work on skin. But they have to be the right kind of oils for hair which can get tricky.

Ayurvedic formula

What’s outstanding about Uma’s hair oil is that it’s based on a traditional Ayurvedic recipe that has been passed down over the generations to condition tresses while still remaining virtually weightless. The company sources all its botanicals from the privately owned Uma estate, a 100-acre farm that crafts its own organic oils and has been supplying brands like Tom Ford and Estée Lauder for years.

Sourcing from a private estate means complete control over quality and processing so that ingredients are bursting with potency, rendering them more efficacious than plants, herbs, and oils derived from less optimum conditions.

This formula harnesses several key ingredients:

  • Yerba De Tago—deeply nourishes over-processed hair and prevents premature graying (hello, can I kiss the bottle now?)
  • Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry)—clarifies the scalp and stimulates new hair growth
  • Hibiscus—balances the pH and reduces frizz

 

The scent + texture

Have I mentioned how incredible this blend smells? It’s sophisticated in every sense. Not too fruity or flowery with just the right amount of yumminess to want to nestle into hair and sniff it all night. (Zesty citrus is my jam!) Oddly enough, it feels almost like a dry oil which makes no sense but it is the lightest, least greasy oil for hair that I’ve ever felt.

How I use it

I like to use a couple of drops warmed in my palms and then worked into damp ends after I shower to tame kinky strands. Then I blow dry and style as usual. My mane winds up looking glossy, smooth, and frizz-free. Prior to showering, I massage the oil from roots to ends too for a stimulating treatment that I leave on until washing out. By doing so, it locks in hydration that depletes during a long or hot shower or when using products that strip hair of natural oils.

As an overnight scalp treatment

The superpowers of this oil stand out when used as an overnight scalp indulgence. If you want glossy results, you MUST do this. The directions say to use five to eight drops (about a quarter of the pipette) but I have poor impulse control when I love a product this much so I used a bit more to cover the whole scalp.

Once my hair was coated, I used fingers to massage the blend into my scalp for 2-3 minutes in circular motions, as per the recommendations, and then brushed/combed the oil through to the ends. I left this on overnight and washed out the next morning. After one use, my locks were glossy, voluminous, and had the bounce I’d normally get after a fresh haircut. Wow! I can’t remember the last time my hair had this much luster. I hope to repeat this once every week to notice continued improvements.

I find it hard to resist massaging a few drops of oil into my hair every night prior to bedtime and this seems to be working wonders too. Though with other oils, I’d normally have to wash this out before leaving the house, I do not get that oil slick at all and can skip the shampoo. I am pretty sure that I’m noticing a change in the volume and thickness of my hair, so I’m not reaching for the volumizing spray as often AND I’m secretly using a drop on my eyebrows too. Shhh…don’t spill my beauty secrets.

It may sound indulgent to splurge on a hair oil but from what I can tell, this bottle is going to last for a while and is already mending and preventing a host of damage after a few weeks of use.


Full list of ingredients

Essential oils of Grapefruit, Lemon, Cypriol, Hibiscus, Yerba de Tago in a base of Grapeseed, Indian Gooseberry, Moringa and Jojoba oils


Why I'm unexpectedly hooked on these products. Deets in post.

Why I'm unexpectedly hooked on these products. Deets in post.

UMA Ultimate Brightening Face Mask, $30 (full size $70)

It was love at first use with this mask. Don’t think I was not surprised because I was. Typically, I try a mask and think it’s ok after one use. Very few blow me away like this one did—but my skin felt soooo soft and brightened after the first application that even I, the mask jaded, was convinced that this is a total winner.

There is much to be smitten about too. Bentonite clay is an ancient remedy that draws out toxins and one of my favorite clays. The formula is enhanced with traditional Ayurvedic magic:

  • healing aloe vera
  • anti-bacterial and moisturizing honey
  • calming rose water
  • exfoliating and skin-lightening papaya
  • pore-shrinking tomato

This mask can be left on skin for at least seven minutes and more and it can be applied to the neck too. UMA also recommends following up by rubbing an ice cube over skin immediately after use to optimize the effects of the mask. Not only is an ice cube a super duper hack to stop a blemish in its tracks (as per the skincare advice here), it’s also incredible at shrinking pores to a minimum, as I quickly discovered today when I did it. Voila! Instant skin boost.

Again, the scent is outstanding if you can imagine a mask laced with warming cinnamon, toning saffron, and heady sandalwood. Truly, it’s insanely good.

The full-sized mask retails for $70; this smaller version (0.7 oz) costs $30. I find it to be an ample size for trying it, plus getting plenty of applications out of it too. Even after a few uses it hardly looks like I made a dent. A little goes a long way.


Full list of ingredients

Saffron, Sandalwood, Orange Peel, Papaya, Tomato, Cinnamon, Neroli, Rose and Almond Extract in a base of Bentonite Clay, Aloe Vera, Honey and Rose Water


Where to unlock the deal

Once again, Beauty Heroes nails it with a winning product selection. Hop on over to Beauty Heroes to unlock this month’s discovery deal now! You can also head straight to the Beauty Store to purchase Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil by Uma Oils and the Ultimate Brightening Face Mask on their own—which I absolutely will be repurchasing when I run out because I do not want to be without these now.

Gift with purchase ($40 value)

Each month Beauty Heroes offers a gift with purchase from the Beauty Store and September’s Love More promotion is a complementary Discovery Set by Uma Oils ($40 value) with any purchase in our Beauty Store over $125.  This gift with purchase is available to members and non-members who shop with Beauty Heroes. No code is needed, this gift with purchase automatically accompanies qualifying orders.

The gift is such an opportunity to try out other Uma Oils products, which I am eager to do based on my experience with this duo.

You can also grab August’s Beauty Heroes for the reduced price of $45, while supplies last. My full review is here, in case you want to learn more about this fabulous can’t miss offer. (I’m thinking of getting one myself!)

 

Beauty Heroes September '16 Discovery Box

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