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Beauty Obsession: Agasaya

A woman extracts argan oil from the kernels of the argania tree.

A woman extracts argan oil from the kernels of the argania tree.

Before I ventured into natural and organic products, I had a big problem with greasy hair. I had to wash my hair every day—if I didn’t, it was a greasy, stringy mess that second day. The third day? Even worse. (Here’s how I made the switch.)

This previous history with oily hair made me a little tentative to try argan oil, even though I had read about its smoothing and frizz-calming abilities, which are especially attractive this time of year. Summertime means humidity and humidity means frizz. But. BUT! It’s not like you have to use argan oil on your hair. It’s also a great body oil, facial oil, base for a facial mask (you can also add a few drops to your regular facial mask), and softener/moisturizer for tough spots like your heels. And that’s basically the only reason I agreed to try it, because I have graduated from greasy hair and I never want to go back there, ever. (Spoiler alert: I tried it on my hair.)

The barbary fig seed oil was different. I’ve been intrigued by this magical little oil for ages. It’s pricey for a reason. It’s difficult to extract from its plant, the prickly pear cactus; each seed contains only a tiny amount of oil. It’s like liquid gold for your skin (and beneficial to all skin types), packed with Vitamin E. This oil has more of the vitamin than any other oil on the market, which makes it a lot more potent.

Agasaya Argan Oil

What I tried: Organic Argan Oil, $45, and Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil, $98

First impressions: First up, the argan oil. It’s a pale oil, a light yellow shade. I tried it on my feet overnight (covered with a pair of socks), and loved how it softened them up. I smoothed it on as a body oil post-shower, and although it’s a lot more lightweight than the body oil I’d been using, it still left my skin soft.

In contrast, the barbary fig seed oil is sort of green-tinted (it looks similar to olive oil), but with a very mild scent. (I’m starting to realize that I spend a lot of time describing the smell of every product I try.) It took me a few days to figure out what the smell reminds me of, but now I’ve got it: like a (pleasant) combination of fruit leather and sweet hay. I like how my skin really soaks it in quickly—but I did notice that I wanted more than the two or three drops recommended to smooth all over my face and neck.

Agasaya Barbary Fig Seed OilWhat caught me by surprise: In the future, I plan to use the barbary fig seed oil in a targeted way instead of all over my face. That way I can focus it on the areas that can really benefit from that extra Vitamin E (like around my eyes and lips), and smooth on another oil all over my face and neck.

Now for the argan oil: of course I had to try it on my hair, right? As it turns out, I’m glad I did. After a little trial and error, I figured out that just two teeny drops on my post-shower, still-wet hair leaves my hair smoothed without feeling slick, and tames flyaways (even in summer heat). I can only use it once a week, though—any more than that, and I have grease issues. But the right amount leaves my hair feeling so soft, and it gives the slightest definition to my natural waves.

Bonus: One of the things I love so much about natural and organic products is the commitment to doing good that so many of these companies have. They really work hard to make the world a better place! Agasaya is no exception: this Canadian company stores their small-batch products in protective, dark violet glass. (Easily recycled or reused!) They choose their suppliers with care, and support women’s cooperatives in Morocco along with small, local producers. And their products are pure. There’s just one ingredient in the bottle of argan oil: organically farmed Moroccan argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil. That’s it.

Have you tried either of these luxe oils? What new uses have you found for them? —Aleigh


(Top image: Julie70; product images via Agasaya)

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Baby Love: 3Girls Holistic

Deborah Triplett Photography

Well. I certainly didn’t intend to take such a long break from Indigo+Canary, but I had a very good reason for my absence! The last several weeks of my pregnancy were a flurry of working, last minute baby shopping, and getting prepared (as prepared as possible, I suppose!) to welcome our little bundle to the world. And also a lot of complaining about how uncomfortable I was/fretting over feeling as if I’d be pregnant forever.

Our little miss arrived fashionably late, nearly a week past her due date! But I’m thrilled to introduce you all to Claudia Jeanne.

Now that she’s nearly a month old, I’ve had some time to spend with the baby products I’d received during my pregnancy, and I’m launching a new feature: Baby Love. They’ll be my reviews of baby products so that they’re easily searchable and won’t get lost amidst my Beauty Obsession posts. (And don’t worry; I have plenty of those on the way as well!)

First up: a trio of products from 3Girls Holistic*. Read on for my review (and be warned: if you’re squeamish about new mama topics—like breastfeeding!—you may want to skip this one).

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2013 Black Friday + Cyber Monday Beauty Sales

I can hardly believe it—tomorrow is Thanksgiving! If you’re like me and completely behind on your holiday gift shopping (or just looking for some deals), take advantage of these upcoming sales on some great, natural and organic beauty products. (Psst…there’s also a little giveaway in this post—scroll to the bottom to enter.)

If I’m missing a sale, let me know! Send me an email with details or leave a comment on this post and I’ll add it right away. Happy shopping!  —Aleigh


Beautorium

Black Friday deals: Spend $60+, save 10% (code “SAVE10″), spend $100+, save 15% (code “SAVE15″), spend $200+, save 20% (code “SAVE20″)


Blissmobox

Monday, December 2nd enjoy 20% off ALL blissmobox gifts with code 20off


Dr. Sponge

20% off with code THANKYOU through December 1


Forager Botanicals

15% off on Monday, December 2.


Juice Beauty

Free full-size Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer with $50 purchase. Promo code: BFS13


Leaf People

For Small Business Saturday (11/30): 20% off storewide; free shipping on orders over $75 with code SBSAT2013.


Love Beauty Alchemy

Free shipping on all orders + a coupon for a complimentary hydrating botanical toner with any future purchase through Cyber Monday.


MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Starting on Black Friday, buy one, get one free on all products site-wide, plus 50% off all products on Cyber Monday when you use the code CYBER13 at checkout.

BONUS: MyChelle is offering a holiday giveaway for Indigo+Canary readers! Enter below to win the All/Combination Daily Basics Kit, including Fruit Enzyme Cleanser, Perfect C Serum, and Pumpkin Renew Cream. Scroll to the bottom of this post for details. Winner will be announced December 6. Good luck!


Nature of Beauty

20% off on Cyber Monday only with code CYBER20


Naturopathica

30% off with code 30NOW


Osmia Organics

One-day site-wide holiday sale on December 2.


O&N Collective

Buy two or more of O&N Collective’s exclusive Tata Harper Holiday Beauty Survival Kits (which look fabulous!), and get 15% off with the code HOLIDAY15.


Pangea Organics

Buy one, get one free on all items (!!) + free shipping on orders of $100+, ends at midnight on 12/2. No code necessary.


Pure Citizen

10% off everything with code THANKFUL


Splurge Skincare

15% off all scents of “The Rub” sugar scrub on Black Friday and Cyber Monday through Splurge’s OpenSky storefront; 15% off total purchase with code THANKFUL on their site.


Vapour Organic Beauty

30% off everything (excluding samples) through Monday with code blackfriday13.


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Indigo+Canary in Health magazine

A few months ago, Health magazine reached out asking for some quick, easy beauty tips. Always happy to spread some natural beauty love, we shared several of our favorites.

Well, two of our tips made the November issue! Pick up your copy and flip to pages 33 and 34 to spot us.

(And if you’ve found us through the magazine, welcome! You can find out more about the dry brushing technique here and here.) —Aleigh


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It’s coming…

It’s official: I’m working on our annual natural and organic beauty holiday gift guide! The holidays are going to be extra-special for me this year, so I’m working to make sure our third annual Holiday Gift Guide is, too.

Yes, I realize it’s only September. In my defense, it takes weeks to put this guide together every year, and I’ve got big plans!

I’d love your feedback. What gifts stump you every year? What do you look for from our gift guide? What have you found helpful in the past? —Aleigh


(Image: Osamu Kaneko; Text added by moi!)

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