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Meet the VBar Lady

For those that haven’t heard, The Confetti Collective was the first Arizona retailer to introduce the VBar, an all-natural feminine hygiene soap. If this is the first you’re hearing about this, where have you been? Read all about it here. We scored an interview with the creator of the VBar, Tanya Tibbs, and we’re bringing it directly to you so you’ll know how this product came to be, and why we know it to be a life-changer for women. Read on…..

Tanya Tibbs, CEO of the VBarLady Brand

  • *Tell us about the VBar. What makes it special?

The VBar is a holistic natural herbal approach to feminine care.

*What conditions can the VBar provide relief for?

The Vbar has been known to bring relief  to those suffering with  UTI, Yeast Infections, Vaginitis, eczema, acne, rashes, body odor, menopause night sweats, etc. just to name a few.

*What is your professional background?

I have over 25 years as a natural holistic hairstylist so I had gotten used to concocting products for my clients when what they needed wasn’t available.  The VBar was born out of necessity for an alternative to the products on the store shelves.

  *What does the VBar Lady brand encompass?

The journey thus far has encompassed multiple solutions to communities of young girls and women abroad. We have also created a bridge to a platform where women can talk about their most intimate issues;  we have been able to provide a place of support, education, and empowerment.

*What would you tell a person that is undecided about trying the VBar?

I would first ask if they are looking for a non-fragranced, natural, healthier cleansing product with results on contact. When they say yes, I would say the VBar is the answer!

*Where do you see your brand in 5 years?

I see The Vbar Lady Brand in  major department stores (Macy’s, Bloomingdale, Nordstrom’s) and international storefronts.  The VBar Mobile Truck will offer women free testing with an ob/gyn  in areas all over the country. We’re also working on building the VBar Nation along with our kids’ counterpart, VBar Nation Animated.

*When can our readers find out more about you and your products?

They can follow me on Twitter @asktanyasmart, IG @asktanyasmart,    and our website.

We are so grateful to Tanya for taking time out of her super-busy schedule to chat with us. We appreciate her showing love for us on the west coast. Who knows, maybe we’ll get her out to the desert for a visit in the near future 😉

Our visit to the boutique!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you ready to try the VBar? You can purchase your bar here.

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Rosemary for Hair Growth

Rosemary grows in bush form with long, thin needle-like leaves. The oil has been used as an antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant. It is known to relieve rheumatic and muscle pain, relax nerves, improves digestion and appetite and increases sweating (Source). When it comes to hair care, rosemary’s antiseptic and astringent properties clean the scalp gently, relieves irritation and increases circulation to the scalp which encourages hair growth.

Incorporating rosemary into your hair regimen is fairly easy, the dried herbs or the oil can be used in a variety of ways.

 

Final Rinse : Allow the dried leaves to steep in boiling water for at least 20 minutes and cool. Sift out the leaves and after shampooing and conditioning, pour your rosemary “tea” over your hair as a final rinse. (final rinse means don’t rinse it out) If you are so inclined, follow with a scalp massage. You can see Mo doing a final rinse with lavender and rosemary in this video.

Massage Oil : Mix a few drops of rosemary essential with a carrier oil (olive, jojoba, grapeseed, castor) and use to massage the scalp.

Moisturizing Spray: Add a few dried leaves OR a few drops of oil to your moisturizing spray. You may want to store this in the fridge to preserve freshness, and don’t forget to seal!

 

You can also add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner on your next wash day. We advise putting it in the bottle and potentially changing the composition of the product, simply scoop some out and mix before applying to your hair.

So, what do you think? Will you be adding rosemary to your natural hair care regimen?

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The Queen….as a Gladiator

I actually do know of one person that does not watch Scandal. If you are also in this number, call me when you’re ready to get spun up, we’ll have a Netflix marathon.20131120-184145.jpg

The insane popularity of this show becomes evident on every Thursday evening/night/late night/early Friday morning, Friday afternoon/Friday night and sometimes Saturday morning when all the people that DVR’d have a chance to watch that week’s episode.

Queen Latifah recently had an office “Scandal” of her own, just in time for Kerry Washington’s appearance on her show. Post-its are very serious business over there…..

 

Click here to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super-Charging your Shea Butter for Winter

Shea butter is a textured hair-haver, dry skin sufferer’s dream. It comes from the nuts of the Karite tree in Africa. In its natural form it is sold as raw or unrefined shea butter, and is often seen in white or a yellow color (the butter color depends on the nut from which it comes or the length of the extraction process). Shea butter contains Vitamin E, which is known for  reducing wrinkles and stretch marks, age marks and diminishing skin discoloration.

For those that live in exceptionally dry climates, or to prepare the skin for harshly cold weather, consider ramping up the effects of your shea butter with a few extras. Here’s what I do:

Slowly melt your shea butter in the microwave or in a double boiler.

Add your selected oils. I use jojoba and vitamin E.

Add vegetable glycerin (not ideal for the hair in dry weather, but is wonderful mixed with a skin moisturizer).

Stir.

Stir.

Stir some more.

I understand that I could use a hand mixer, but I’m working on my biceps 😉

Shea butter mixture

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re finding that the harsh, cold, dry air is making your shea butter work extra hard, give this a try and let us know how it works for you!

 

And remember, Be Exclusively Inclusive!

 

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Natural Hair Care Lingo that Will Make you Sound Smart

natural hair phrases and acronyms

Lingo

To the average non-natural social media user, we curly heads speak(write) in a different language. If you are new to the club, welcome! Check out the most-used lingo and acronyms below, and don’t keep it to yourself!

Each one teach one!

  • ACV : Apple Cider Vinegar; used as a clarifier to remove product buildup from hair and scalp
  • APL: Arm Pit Length
  • ASL: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (foaming agent in shampoo, known to strip the hair and dry the scalp)
  • AVJ: Aloe Vera Juice
  • AVG: Aloe Vera Gel
  • BC: Big Chop
  • BSS: Beauty Supply Store
  • CGM: Curly Girl Method (no cones or sulfates)
  • Cones: Silicones
  • DC: Deep Conditioner/Conditioning
  • EL: Ear Length
  • MBL: Mid Back Length
  • BSL: Bra Strap Length
  • JBCO: Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • PJ: Product Junkie (see Instagram post)
  • Poo:  shampoo
  • Pre-Poo : Pre-shampoo moisture treatment
  • SLS: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (foaming agent in shampoo, known to strip the hair and dry the scalp)
  • NL: Neck Length
  • EVCO: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • TWA: Teeny Weeny Afro
  • PS: Protective Style
  • LoD: Line of Demarcation
  • LOC: Liquid, Oil, Cream
  • EO: Essential Oil
  • #DH: (insert number of days) Day Hair (2nd Day Hair, 4th Day Hair….)
  • This list is by no means inclusive, but this will get you started so you’ll be “in the know” when participating in social media conversations 😉

To Your Beauty (and being in the know)

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VBar? What the Heck is That??

I’m SO glad you asked 😉VBar Feminine Hygiene Soap

The VBar is an alcohol and fragrance-free feminine hygiene soap that leaves the user feeling clean and refreshed without disrupting the natural pH balance of the vagina (pH imbalance leads to yeast infections)

The soap contains glycerine, which is a known humectant, and goldenseal. Goldenseal has been used to treat colds and other respiratory tract infections, infectious diarrhea, eye infections, vaginitis (inflammation or infection of the vagina). It is also applied to wounds and canker sores and is used as a mouthwash for sore gums, mouth, and throat. Clinical studies on one of the compounds found in goldenseal – berberine, have shown that direct contact helps stop bacteria and some types of fungus from growing. (Source)

The National Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is funding research on goldenseal, including studies of its antibacterial mechanisms and potential cholesterol-lowering effects (Source).

Women that have suffered from a wide variety of  issues including, persistent odor, chronic infections and irritation, dryness and discharge have seen relief from using the VBar. We are pleased to introduce this product to Arizona and the western US as a holistic alternative to feminine hygiene.

What are you waiting for? Order your VBar here.

 

Be Exclusively Inclusive!!

 

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