My Hair Saviour :Garrett Markenson

Reverie is a natural hair care brand whose products are carefully handcrafted in California with strong commitment to sourcing the highest quality ingredients that are both natural and innovative. The brand was created by Garrett Markenson, an innovator who while studying art in Florence, Italy got inspired and mastered the art of hairdressing. He created the brand in 2009 and since then it has reached a cult status among the natural hair care brands.

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I came across this brand while researching to change my hair products towards more environmentally safe and at the same time being effective. I care for my hair like I care for my skin. If you consider neck as an extension of your face and if you’re ready to spend $$ on the neck and eye specific creams then by no means treat your scalp as an accessory. A healthy lock of hair can instantly make you look younger. You can’t stop ageing so there is nothing which is “Anti- Ageing ” whether its face, neck or hair but you can certainly delay it. Ageing can result in thinner , greying and loss of hair. Though all of these can be genetic and hormonal but you need to take care of your hair both internally and externally if you want to maintain your fresh and youthful look.

Personally I don’t mind greying because it makes me look wiser 🙂 but my main concern is thinning of hair. I have used all kinds of shampoos and conditioners in the past , some of them have helped and some of them went right into the trash. But these two products from Reverie ” Cake Serum “ and ” Milk Conditioner” changed the story of my hair.

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CAKE : RESTORATIVE SCALP TONIC

It’s a hair serum that smooths, soothes, protects, and promotes growth. It’s a leave-in treatment which is suitable for all hair types and  is powered by active ingredients such as apple stem cells that have been shown to delay the aging of hair follicles and hydrolyzed protein from the sweet white lupine plant, which has a restructuring and regenerating effect. A blend of eight essential oils, including frankincense, sandalwood, and ylang ylang, complete this intensely hydrating formula.

Ingredients:  Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf/Flower Water, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Rosa Damanscena (Rose) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Resin Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Bourbon Vanilla) Bean Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Cymbopogon Martinii (Palmarosa) Leaf Oil, Myroxylon Balsamum Var. Pereirae (Balsam) Resin Extract, Cananga Odorate (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Potassium Sorbate.

How I use it : It has a watery consistency -almost like an essence. I use it after washing my hair and air drying when they are slightly damp or before blow drying. I also mist my hair in the night and use this through a pipette on my scalp and leave it as a overnight treatment.IMG_20160322_142802-02

My hair type : I have fine hair with oily scalp and dry ends. My main concern is thinning, hair fall and flakiness.

My experience : I usually avoid hair products on my scalp since they make it more oily and heavy and flat. But this serum is more of an essence. It gets absorbed almost instantly and somehow makes my hair  more voluminous. I have not experienced any flakiness throughout this winter and my hair look healthy and nourished. It has only mildly reduced my hair fall but somehow it has balanced the oiliness of my scalp. So my frequency to shampoo my hair has reduced from daily to three to four times per week which means I see less hair going down the drain. It smells of something like rose geranium and its almost like a perfume with absolutely no synthetic fragrance. I’m absolutely in love with this serum.

EXTRA TIP: This happened when I took this product to a cruise in December last year. To my horror I realized that I have forgotten to pack any mist or toner with me. But that made me understand how multi functional this serum is . Like necessity is a mother of… blah blah blah..to cut the story short I used this as a face essence and I can vouch for it that it not only saved my hair in the humidity but also my skin. My skin remained hydrated and I came back with the post vacation glow. I also realized how travel unfriendly this glass bottle with pipette can be. Just imagine me on the cruise’s small bathroom and trying to hold the bottle still and applying this on my hair at the same time. I have become wise since then and I always decant it in a spray bottle while traveling. I wish they come up with the spray bottle soon.

Will I repurchase : Yes, always .

Do I recommend it : Yes.

Do you need it : If you want a healthy scalp with good hair then Yes.

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MILK : Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment

Fueled by nourishing ingredients derived from coconuts, olives, almonds, and other natural sources, this leave-in conditioning treatment does more than tame frizz. The lightweight formula also protects and moisturizes, leaving hair soft, silky, and shiny without weighing it down. Suitable for all hair types.

Ingredients: Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Pentaclethra Macroloba (Pracaxi) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Sweet Almond Protein, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Butter, Cetyl Esters, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Laurus Nobilis (Bay Laurel) Leaf Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Bourbon Vanilla) Bean Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil,Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Vetiveria Zizanioides (Vetivert) Root Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Burmati (Lavandin) Flower/Leaf Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare Var. Dulce (Fennel) Seed Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Pca, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Pca, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Theronine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Chitosan Succinamide, Yeast Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.

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My Experience : It’s a very light leave in conditioner which doesn’t weigh my hair down and keeps my hair frizz free in the humidity of the South. I always use it before I air dry or blow dry and also on weekdays when the ends start looking dry. It’s a beautiful blend of Pracaxi Seed Oil with 16 essential oils which gives it a very unique herbal fragrance which not only me but my husband too is very fond of. Since both of us use this we go through it very fast. Thankfully , they have come up with the large salon size which I’m going to buy next.

Some facts about Pracaxi Oil – Pracaxi oil has one of the highest concentrations of behenic acid which act as a natural emollient or conditioning agent. It’s used for stretchmarks and bacterial skin diseases, some studies have also reported it as an effective insecticidal against the mosquito that carries Denge and Yellow Fevers( not the oil directly but by burning the oil containing candles or lamp). It is used as skin lightener for pregnancy mask and to reduce the appearance of burn scars.

I think both the products in conjunction has made my hair look more healthy and shiny and more vibrant. They also have a shampoo and conditioner in their range which I haven’t tried yet but it’s on my list.

EXTRA TIP: Mix your olive oil or any hair oil with this conditioner and keep it in hair for 30 minutes. Then use a shower cap to cover and use a steamer or simply a blow dryer for 5-10 min and then wash as you normally do. The result : Nothing but superb and softest hair.  Yes , you can thank me later.

Will I repurchase : yes

Do I recommend : yes

Do you need it : If you want a conditioner which not only hydrates but also nourishes and is free of silicone and other harmful ingredients then these are the products you need.

Price: 42$ for 100ml and 64$ for 200 ml.

Availability: Both are available through Beauteabar.com and  www.gmreverie.com

*Disclaimer:All products are purchased by me and this post is no way sponsored by the brand. The opinions expressed here are mine and not those of any advertiser, company, affiliate or group. Images used in my posts are protected by copyright, and any unauthorized copying, reproduction, republishing, uploading, posting, transmitting or duplicating of any of the material is prohibited without my express written permission. To obtain permission to copy portions of the blog, please send an e-mail to me at skinritualdiary@gmail.com.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Cat L says:

    Molly, I love the post as I’m a huge fan of your blog and always on the hunt for good hair products. I cannot say it enough: your honest opinions and recommendations are always spot on. I’m currently using the Briogeo Ginseng scalp treatment but as soon as that’s done, I’m picking up the Cake Scalp Tonic! It sounds like such a great product.
    ~ Cat L.
    http://www.catsdailyliving.com

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  2. Abby says:

    Found you via Cat’s blog- you are doing a great job- keep up the good work & thank you for the honest and complete product reviews.

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    1. Thank you so much Abby for the kind words and for reading my blog. It’s people like you who are so encouraging keeps me going. Thanks again!!

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