I received 2 products from Raw Gaia to review for you lovelies. Shikakai (aka 'fruit for the hair') is made a small shrub-like tree called 'Acacia Concinna'. It is wild crafted in Central India where it is warm and dry. When harvested, the fruit pods, leaves and bark of the plant are sun-dried and powdered. The Shikakai Hair Wash is a natural shampoo powder that works especially well for dark hair as it darkens the hair slightly. It would be excellent for me in the winter months but not in the summer, the red and blond are fierce in my hair in the summer months. The powder doesn't strip away the natural moisture of the hair. Because of this there is an adjustment period needed if you are transitioning from chemically laden hair products. I found that near my I had oil from the my scalp that was slowly working its way down the roots. This was great at the tips because it was drying out horribly. It was actually quite soft and beautiful near the bottom where it was a little more balanced. I would to set aside a week or more where I didn't need to go anywhere to allow my hair the time to balance out its natural oils. It was very strange for my hair to feel both clean and oily at the same time. Otherwise the product was amazing at taking taking care of the odd flaky or dry patch and did a remarkable job at detangling my hair.
Moroccan Lava Clay (aka Rhassoul Clay) has been used for over hundreds of years to exfoliate, cleanse and detoxify the skin. It is high in minerals and has the ability to draw out excess oils from the skin. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti microbial and antiseptic properties. On a normal day, I have combination skin. My cheeks, nose and chin are normally oily and my face gets a little dry around my eye brows. I added water with water As soon as the water hit the powder it was like cotton in my palm, although that changed as soon as it was mixed properly. I applied it to my face and I took care to keep the mask damp. After leaving it on for the allotted period of time, I rinsed it all off and found my skin felt tremendously soft and smooth. This mask is incredibly versatile and can be used as a face/body mask or face/body cleanser by adding additional water until it is the same consistency as liquid soap. It can also be used as a shampoo/conditioner and I have yet to try it this way although I am extremely intrigued. I have long hair so it recommended that I utilize between 50 - 100g and that the consistency should be similar to a standard shampoo. I can optionally add 1tsp of rosehip or olive oil for added conditioning. Raw Gaia offers many great products; but the one important thing to remember is that your skin/hair will need to detoxify and balance if you are transitioning from the chemical world.
Disclaimer: I received these products for the purpose of my honest review. All opinions are my own and based upon my own experience. Your experience will vary.