A USDA Approved Frizz Fighter


There are organic fans. And, then there are those excitably organic diehard nerds (like myself) who'll look high n' low for as pure as possible products and then obsessively pour over every aspect of the product's features looking out for rare or precious USDA approved ingredients. With bold colours, modest prices, and certified organic ingredients that meet with the USDA stamp of approval, look to Balanced Guru.

The brand is the next generation of organic beauty products as we know it; Balanced Guru is a fast emerging wellness line that was recently launched stateside that is actually certified organic to the USDA’s food-grade standard. Yes, good enough to eat. And, you know what they say – what you put on your skin is as good enough as eating it.

What I like about the firm's philosophy is how the founder – Paola Pinta – believes one’s physical health and well being are extremely connected to your emotional health; something I’ve recently started working towards as well. In addition to drippingly graceful oils from sustainable farming, the brand uses already recycled packaging and biodegradable labels to waste not what you want not. Frankly, what impresses me most is the lack of ostentatious greenwashing; none here as the oils in Balanced Guru are distinctively curated in their holistic ways.

Try the No Frizz Oil ($25), which uses the prized Tamanu oil to regenerate, strengthen and protect overstyled locks. Or, just those heads, which have the unruly strands that need care. The Europeans, Filipinos, Jamaicans, and Fijians have used Tamanu in sap form to help heal up skin from chemical burns, dryness and even physical conditions such as hemorrhoids.  Because Tamanu is used on damaged skin, it’s a welcomed addition to African-American and Latina hair care or for others who chemically or heat-straighten their hair.

Tamanu acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic making it as must have for the curly hair care arsenal. Those of you with kinky, curly and wavy hair who seek natural ingredients to help with wayward strands or to stop breakage, Tamanu shows wide promise.

Scented with the crisp blend of all natural Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Arnica essences, the feathery light frizz tamer is also perfect for people like me who get split ends. I used a few drops of the oil after washing on the ends. Adding to the ends while hair is still damp is the key to seal in moisture and keep them from getting frayed. Considering a few drops of this grassy lemon elixir are needed, a 1 ounce bottle should last me a few months. When used as a 1-hour hair mask, it did wash out with one shampoo rinse easily. Worth the buy at this price.

For the body, consider the Drop Dead Salt Scrub ($40). With high time summer, you ought to be exfoliating at least 1-2 a week, and using an oil-based scrub helps you get a two-in-one deal as the oil coats the skin enough to give you moisture.

This mineral rich exfoliator uses real Epsom salts (made up of about 10% magnesium and 13% sulfur), which I haven’t seen any other brand do. When the scrub is used in a bath, you’ll get a good gritty slough and have dissolve in a bath to replenish the body's magnesium levels. Vitamin-rich Sesame and Sunflower oils will also lock in moisture after a quick rinse.

The scent is the surprise here. I immediately fell for the cheery breeze of Lemon Verbena, which is blended with the tart slicings of Sweet Orange, Mandarin and Bergamot. But, give it a good rubdown and sniff a little deeper to make out the stealth bite of Vetiver. The effect is sheer but sparkling. And, quite different from anything else I’ve tried. It's oils do settle, so be sure to mix them up for good fun.

Simple pleasures that do so much more than just give moisture.

Price: $$
Scent Classification: Citrus
Viscosity: Ultralight viscosity