Beauty and the Beast


“Beauty” (me) met the “Beast” (gym) at 5:55am when I hit that elliptical machine and I swear I would not have made it through the workout OR to work without two things: Kanye West’s “Monster” track from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy OR the Burt’s Bees Pomegranate & Soy Shampoo I used to wash away the proof of my workout! Seriously, I felt like a “Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” after exercising to Kanye’s sweat-inducing, synth-heavy, hard-core track that included raunchy and braggadocios lyrics from Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver, and Nicki Minaj hat kept my energy level high and caused sweat to soak my clothes. After all that exercising, I headed home and into the shower. My locs needed a good scrub so I reached for some newly purchased Burt’s Bee’s Shampoo ($7.99 at most mass market/grocery/drugstores). I’d not used that particular product although I had used a Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar from Burt’s Bees.  If you’re not familiar with the company, Burt’s Bees creates and promotes natural products that are good for you AND the environment. All of their products are paraben, sulfate, petrochemical, and phthalate-free, which is great for folks who want to avoid harsh chemicals. The shampoo lathers well, and doesn’t leave a buildup. It didn’t have an extremely “fruity” smell that I would normally associate with any shampoo that lists “pomegranate” as the main ingredient. Now I have to warn you: this shampoo is not a moisturizing formula, and I had to follow-up with conditioner after rinsing away the shampoo. If you’re looking for a shampoo that provides moisture, this one may not work for you. Overall, this shampoo did the job. My locs were gleaming and really felt clean. So here you have it folks.  Beauty beat the Beast’s behind thanks to Kanye (friend in my head) and Burt’s Bees!

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