I’ve been to London a few times before moving here.
Every time, I’d pencil in two or three hours for a little visit to Primark. The bargains there are incredible.
Never mind the shop’s so crowded you can hardly walk. Or that people are throwing clothes on the floor. Or that you can’t try on the clothes, which already look old and tattered after one year, because the queue for the dressing room is longer than the Chinese wall.
You forget all that when you only have a chance in a few years to buy an entire new wardrobe for less than the cost of your hostel bill.
But when you move to London, it’s a different story. The first time you head there, you’re so happy you can now buy a new wardrobe every month. The second time, you’re mildly irritated by the all the chaos. The third time, you vow never to set foot in the damn building again.
These days, you couldn’t pay me enough to clothes shopping at Primark. But beauty shopping? That’s a different story, my fellow beauty addict.
If I ever go to Primark now is to stock up on a few beauty essentials, such as shampoos and conditioners. My latest finds are Creightons Creme De Coconut & Keratin Moisturizing Shampoo & Nourishing Conditioner.
Creightons Creme De Coconut & Keratin Moisturizing Shampoo
First things first. There really isn’t that much coconut oil (or keratin, for that matter) in this shampoo. But that little is enough to make it smell like a tropical paradise.
Every time I open the cap, I feel like I’m drinking a coconut juice while relaxing on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean rather than just washing my hair back home in my bathroom (that’s not as glamorous, is it?).
Plus, it lingers, so my hair smells great all day (and remind me that I need a holiday).
It cleans quite well too. I have to say, it’s not the strongest shampoo I’ve tried. If you have lots of product build up, you may have to use a generous dose to get all that gunk out of your hair.
I don’t have to deal with that, but my mane produces way too much oil and the gentle combination of sodium laureth sulfate and cocamidopropyl betaine (two surfactants that allow water to mix with oils and dirt so they can be rinsed away) is enough to carry them down the drain. And thanks to hydrating glycerin, my hair doesn’t feel dry afterwards. In fact, I’d say it’s pretty soft.
Its texture is on the lightweight side, but by no means runny. I like that.
Creightons Creme De Coconut & Keratin Nourishing Conditioner
Same thing. Little coconut oil, but it makes it smells tropically amazing.
Another thing it has in common with the shampoo is the texture. It’s quite lightweight so it doesn’t weight my hair down.
So, what makes it work? Cetyl alcohol, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine and cetrimonium chloride, three conditioning agents that coat each hair strand, making your locks softer to the touch, easier to style and shine as brightly as tropical sun (seriously, I need a holiday right now).
Basically, it does everything a good conditioner’s supposed to do. Maybe a little too well. I don’t know why but, since I moved to London, I can only use the tiniest amount of conditioner. Anything more than that will turn my hair into a greasy mess.
So, if you have oily hair and live here, too, you’re warned. But if you have dry hair, you’re gonna fall in love with it. Especially if you’re nuts for coconuts (sorry, I just had to say that).
Lame jokes aside, if you like the sound of these, you know what to do. You’ll find them lurking on the Primark shelves at just £1.00 each. Now isn’t that a good reason to venture inside that crazy place?