You can’t beat summer in California. After living abroad in London for almost seven years, I am excited to be back home, living in Malibu, and enjoying a relaxing summer with my family. But while I’m a California girl at heart, I’m also a travel girl, constantly dreaming of my next vacation and reminiscing on past travels. When I think of my time living in Europe and all the incredible adventures I had there, one of the trips that comes to mind is a magical trip I took to Morocco. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Herbal Essences Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner to share all about one of Morocco’s oldest beauty secrets – Argan oil.
I can still smell the herbs and spices and hear the lively music as I walk through the souk. I can feel the sun on my back and the warm wind in my hair. Brightly colored rugs, and pottery line the streets beckoning me to bring something home to remind me of my days in Marrakech. Arriving in Morocco was like stepping back in time. I embraced the moment, exhaled all my preconceived notions of what Morocco would be like, and breathe in the bustling, beautiful chaos that welcomed me to this vibrant country, rich in culture, history, heritage and secrets.
Now a highly sought-after ingredient in the Western World, people in Morocco have been using Argan for its beauty benefits since ancient times. Derived from fruit of the native Argan tree, Argan oil is exceptionally rich in natural vitamins and essential fats. Argan trees are native to southwestern Morocco and usually live to be around 200 years old. Here you can find goats climbing into the trees (which grow to over 30ft high!) just to get a taste of Argan fruit. Check out Ellen DeGeneres Show’s latest video about this phenomenon!
Now, people are continuing to incorporate one of Morocco’s oldest secrets into their daily beauty routines. In partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Herbal Essences recognizes and appreciates the benefits of Argan, and has incorporated this magical ingredient into its bio:renew collections. Here are a few of the reasons why I love Herbal Essences bio:renew Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.
As you can already tell, I love Argan. In Morocco, Argan oil is used to dip bread in or to drizzle on couscous or pasta. Argan oil is also used for beauty products. Since the ancient times, Argan has been a popular beauty ingredient due to its hydrating and softening benefits. Herbal Essences recognizes these benefits, specifically in haircare, and believes it should be accessible to all women; thus, the brand created the bio:renew Argan Oil Collection, which helps repair hair and adds silkiness and shine. This amazing collection contains real botanicals, including Argan, that are authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
ENDORSED BY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW
While living in London I fell in love with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew known as “Kew Gardens,” and spent many afternoons walking and writing in these expansive gardens. Sprawling across 326-acres, just outside London, Kew Gardens is a 250-year-old, world-famous botanical garden and scientific institution dedicated to plant science, herbal medicine, and conservation. The collections at Kew include over 28,000 different types of living plants, 8.3 million plant and fungal species. It also has 40 historically important buildings and was deemed an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
I love that the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has endorsed the real botanicals used in Herbal Essences bio:renew Collections. So, what does it mean to have real botanicals endorsed by Kew? It means you can trust that the botanical ingredients in the Herbal Essences bio:renew Collections are of high quality and potency, verified by the botanists at Kew Gardens. You can be assured you are getting high quality botanicals in every bottle.
90% NATURALLY DERIVED
Herbal Essences celebrates the diversity that nature brings, and proudly offers their bio:renew Collection which is 90% naturally derived. 90% naturally derived means that plant derived materials, mineral derived materials and water, all of which undergo limited processing, make up at least 90% of each bio:renew formula, including Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Herbal Essences considers an ingredient to be naturally derived if it occurs in nature and has undergone limited chemical processes or other processes which modifies it from its natural state. To put it simply – Herbal Essences bio:renew Collections are all about nature and being free of bad stuff.
THE ANTIOXIDANT HISTIDINE
The core ingredient in Herbal Essences bio:renew Collections is the antioxidant Histidine. Histidine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein in our bodies. Similar to how superfood works, the Histidine in bio:renew purifies and protects hair from the inside out by trapping, neutralizing and removing the build-up of free radicals that destroy your hair. Everyday factors such as pollution, coloring, sun exposure, and hard water wreak havoc on your hair, but after 21 days of using Herbal Essences bio:renew Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner your hair will be completely transformed with the help of the Histidine, which revives dull, lifeless hair with every wash.
THE SCENT EXPERIENCE
I love the intoxicating smell of Herbal Essences bio:renew Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Exotic spices reminiscent of Morocco, mixed with citrus notes, and creamy vanilla will take you on a sensory getaway. I might be staying in California for the summer but every time I fill up my outdoor bathtub, and take a relaxing soak, with Argan Oil Conditioner in my hair, I feel like I’m across the world on a relaxing, luxury vacation!
PETA CRUELTY FREE AND FREE OF PARABENS, PHTHALATE, & COLORANTS
I love that all Herbal Essences products are PETA Cruelty Free, which means none of their products are tested on animals. Herbal Essences Argan Oil Conditioner is also free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalate, and colorants. I have highlights so I also love that Herbal Essences is color safe and made with pH-balanced conditioners, crafted to be safe on color-treated hair, while smoothing and repairing damage.
WAVES OF CHANGE BEACH PLASTIC BOTTLES
As an avid surfer, a mom, and someone passionate about living more sustainably, I was excited to see that Herbal Essences partnered with TerraCycle to create special Beach Plastic Collections earlier this year. While this program has ended, Herbal Essences has continued its partnership with TerraCycle to create the Take Back Program! This is a free recycling program that allows you to mail in used Herbal Essences packaging for it to be recycled properly. It’s up to all of us to protect our earth for future generations so it’s great to see Herbal Essences striving to incorporate sustainable practices.
HERBAL ESSENCES BIO:RENEW ARGAN OIL SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
After years of spending a great deal of time in the sun and saltwater, my hair was dry, frizzy and damaged. But now, thanks to Herbal Essences bio:renew Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, my hair is soft, shiny and healthier from root to tip. Inspired by nature, and crafted to smooth and repair for beautiful hair, the bio:renew Collections allow you look great and feel good about choosing Herbal Essences. Beautiful, healthy hair – now that’s something to smile about!
This article was sponsored by Herbal Essences, but We Are Travel Girls only endorses products we have used ourselves and we truly love.
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