Coconut Makes Me Happy

When it comes to beauty products—especially shampoo—I’ve long been a fan of anything and everything that smells like coconut. When I was in grade school, a friend of mine always had the most amazing-smelling shampoo in her shower … I used to love spending the night there because inevitably, it meant I would get to use her shampoo. I have no idea what the brand was and it never occurred to me to ask, but to this day I still remember the pure joy and utter excitement I’d get just knowing I was about to be transported to someplace magical, all because the shampoo smelled so damn good.

And so, I’ve been trying to replicate that scent ever since. Here are a few of my all-time favorite hair products that make the cut, so to speak.

61HmI0MOORL._SX425_Organix Coconut Milk: shampoo, conditioner and their spray-on hair shine. This was the first brand I ever tried and one of the first to get on the coconut milk bandwagon so to speak. The smell is right on and the product is lovely.

724742008550-1Alba BOTANICA: Hawaiian shampoo and conditioner. Love this stuff … especially love the bottle design. Makes me think I’m surrounded by a sea of hibiscus.

 

IMG_6646Not Your Mothers BEACH BABE: texturing dry shampoo. I don’t use this very often but keep a bottle in my cabinet for the days when I sleep in a little bit too much to wash and style this mermaid hair of mine. It’s the best dry shampoo on the market. Absorbs oil and keeps my hair looking fresh all day. It can also be used as a volumizer … which this mermaid doesn’t need but if you have fine hair, give it a whirl ; )

ede86b0340867414a2fe473cbd0cfddcSun Bum: beach formula shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner and sea spray. The sea spray is a bit heavy, and it took a few uses to learn just the right amount to spray … but I follow up the Herbal Essence coconut oil-infused crème.

IMG_6641And in my shower now, Herbal Essence: coconut milk shampoo and conditioner … and on my counter, their coconut oil-infused crème. I just started using the crème … and now, if I inadvertently forget to put it in before blow drying my hair, I stop cold and put it in. It truly is the bomb!

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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