As we become more conscious about the products we use, especially those for our face and body, we are turning more often to organic and natural items. Right now, the hot item is bamboo.
You might not know that bamboo is actually giant grass. In fact, it’s the fastest growing member of the grass family – and also the largest. Some species can grow nearly 40 inches a day and there are whole forests of bamboo covering thousands of acres in Southeast Asia.
The stems are hollow and the harsh fibrous woody substance is absent, which means that it can be used for a variety of health and beauty products, like those listed here.
SHAMPOO IN SHINE
Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Shampoo leaves tresses with a gorgeous sheen. The organic bamboo extract gently cleans and moistures for stronger, more radiant hair. It’s free of sulfates and sodium chloride and it’s available at JC Penney for $20 per 8.5 ounces.
MORE BOUNCE FOR THE OUNCE
Also at JC Penney, you’ll find Alterna Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast. This is a quick and easy way to increase volume in flat or thin hair. The lightweight yet strong-hold formula lifts from the roots for an all-day or all-night volumizer. It’s never stiff or sticky. It retails for $24 for 7.3 ounces.
SAYONARA TO SNAGGLES
One more item from the Alterna line of products is the Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist. This nourishing mist is perfect for fine or medium hair. Use it before styling to protect your tresses from the damaging heat of dryers or hot irons. Just a few spritzes will add shine and reduce frizz. It’s $24 for 4.2 ounces at JC Penney.
SINK YOUR TEETH INTO IT
The PMQB17-2 All Natural Bamboo Comb is made of high quality bamboo with a comfortable design for easy handling. This 6.5-inch comb is gentle for untangling children’s fine hair. The clever comb helps stimulate circulation while reducing static. It’s naturally anti-bacterial and it’s a steal at only $12.99 from Amazon.com.
You’ll see how gentle bamboo can be with Lather Bamboo Crème Moisturizer. This vitamin-E enriched lotion contains an aromatic blend of oils and emollients, including avocado oil and shea butter, plus tangerine, orange and cedar wood oils to lightly scent the skin. You’ll feel soft, silky and hydrated. It’s $18 from Amazon.com.
BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL
The Black Therapy 9 Bamboo Charcoal Soap contains bamboo charcoal and eight other ingredients to exfoliate and deep clean your skin. There are no artificial colors or fragrances in this unusual bar of soap. Because it’s all natural, it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and non-allergenic. It’s sold by the C60 Bamboo Carbon Company through Amazon.com. It’s $19.95 for a 3-bar pack.
Treat your face and body to a unique blend of Japanese powders and C.O. Bigelow’s exclusive complexes with their Rice & Bamboo Gentle Dermabrasion #1678. This creamy extra-gentle formula visibly improves tone and texture by exfoliating dull surface skin and removing pollutants to reveal a new layer of dermis. It takes one minute to feel fresh, radiant and rejuvenated. You’ll positively glow. It’s available from www.bigelowchemists.com or Amazon.com for $18 per 4 oz.
Formulated with Dead Sea minerals, organic plant extracts and exotic oils, Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash – with Bamboo & Pansy from Ahava’s line of cream washes — is perfect for dry skin. The bamboo and pansy extracts energize skin while moisturizing and stimulating collagen production. It leaves the body clean, fresh, smooth and refreshed. It’s $32.94 from Amazon.com.
FRESH AS A RAINFOREST
Light, fresh and fragrant, Bambou Gentle Fragrant Water Spray transports you on a timeless journey to China. Your senses will embrace the delicious scent of fragrant and tender bamboo shoots for a blissful and sensual experience you can embrace daily. Feel fresh and genuine with only a tiny bit of this Roger & Gallet fragrant water spray for women. It’s $22.19 for 3.3 ounces from www.fragrancenet.com.
A BRUSH WITH DESTINY
Bamboo is the latest craze for brushes. So check out model Lauren Hutton’s dynamic Double-Ended Bamboo Brush Set. This set of four brushes gives you eight different ways to apply makeup, blush, eye shadow or shimmer. Made with sustainable natural bamboo, the set comes in a handy wrapper so the brushes won’t get lost in your purse. Each brush is color-coded to go with Lauren’s line of makeup – or use them with your own for the perfect application. The set is valued at $60, but sold for $29 at www.laurenhutton.com.
OTHER PRODUCTS TO CHECK OUT
If you find you like the way bamboo feels on your skin or hair, check out these other items. All are available at Amazon.com.
Mary Kay Lotus & Bamboo Shower Gel, $6 for 6.5 oz.
Sexy Bronze Tan ‘N Go Golden Glow Self Tanner Natural Bamboo, $14.99 per tube
EcoTools Bamboo Sleep Mask, $8.95
Bamboo Kendi Intense Moisure Masque, $24 for 5.1 oz.
Zia Skin Basics Bamboo Exfoliants, $18.68 for 6.7 oz.
Bamboo Fabric Bath Glove, $7.99 per pack
Body Buff, Bamboo & Wine, $20 for 16 oz.
Clarity RX Get Clean Crushed Bamboo Exfoliator, $22 per jar
Lather Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub, $38 per 8 oz. jar
And try these, they’re sold nationwide at pharmacies and supermarkets:
Softsoap Cherry Blossom & Wild Bamboo Body Wash, $4.49 for 18 oz.
Garnier Herbashine Color Crème With Bamboo Hair Color, $7.99