30 October 2014

Ann Bee's Naturals Seabuckthorn Rosehip Salve & Moroccan Silk Hair Oil

Ann Bee's Naturals is a small, family owned business making natural, non-GMO, eco-friendly products in Fair Hill, Maryland.  Ann Barczewski was inspired to start the company when she was unable to find daycare for her special needs daughter and transitioned to staying home with her.  The company, which began as a natural soap line in 2011, now includes over 100 products, including soaps, skincare, and bath and body items.  One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to feature smaller, independent companies making great, natural products, so when Ann reached out to me back in September, I was very happy to accept her offer to review some products.  After some deliberation, I settled on the Seabuckthorn Rosehip Salve and Moroccan Silk Neroli Sandalwood Oil.  


Seabuckthorn Rosehip Salve 
Multi-purpose salves always come in handy and I've found a multitude of uses for this one since getting my hands on it.  Along with organic seabuckthorn and rosehip oils, this 100% organic salve also contains organic extra virgin olive oil - infused with organic chamomile, lavender and calendula - and organic unrefined beeswax.  In the tin, it has a pretty solid balm consistency, but it's not at all waxy and the warmth of your fingers easily melts it into an emollient butter that's easy to apply.  It takes a couple minutes to fully sink in to the skin, but it's pretty light and not overly greasy.  The salve has an orange hue from the seabuckthorn and rosehip oils, but it rubs in clear and doesn't stain or color the skin at all.  It's great on dry skin and I love using it as a cuticle butter.  I've also used it in place of an eye cream, and while I didn't notice it having much of an effect on my dark circles, it did a good job hydrating and depuffing the area.    It also contains no essential oils so its scent comes only from the other ingredients.  To me, it just smells like a good, high quality, olivey olive oil.  


Moroccan Silk Neroli Sandalwood Oil
I've used straight argan oil in my hair for years, so Ann Bee's Moroccan Silk Oil, a blend of argan and macadamia oils scented with neroli and sandalwood essential oils, was one of the first products to catch my eye.  In addition to the oils, it also contains cruelty-free Tussah silk, which is rich in proteins and amino acids that condition and protect hair from moisture loss, while simultaneously strengthening and repairing the hair cortex.  I've never used a hair product with silk before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, and while I cant say I've noticed any results that I can attribute specifically to the silk, the oil leaves my hair feeling soft and touchable and works well to tame frizz.  Depending on the day, I sometimes find the scent a little overpowering, but if you're a fan of neroli, you'll love how this smells.  The sandalwood gives it a smidge of earthiness, but the predominant scent is definitely neroli.  

The oil can also be used as either a face serum or body oil, though I've yet to try it on anything more than my hair.  

The Bottom Line
I'm a fan!  Ann Bee's Naturals' products have great ingredients and are very affordable too.  Both of these ring in at under $15, and a little goes a long way, so I've barely made a dent in either one.  Whether you're looking to support a smaller business or just looking for some great products to try, this is a line worth checking out! 

* Press sample

8 comments:

  1. Would love to try this brand! I actually talked about the benefits of sea buckthorn on my blog. Great review!

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    1. I think you'd really enjoy Ann Bee's Naturals :) I'm a big fan of sea buckthorn - it's good for so many things!

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  2. The salve has a great combination of ingredients all of which are personal favourites so I could see myself like it :)

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    1. I think you'd enjoy it! Great, simple ingredients and works really well :)

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    1. It's such a useful product to have on hand! I really think you'd enjoy it :)

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