You may have seen I made a recent trip to Paris. I love the city after visiting for the first time in January 2017 for the Maison et Objet trade show. This time I was attending an event at the Hotel de Ville, an amazing building in the heart of Paris which is the home of the Paris Council. After the event finished in the evening I was picked up by Kendy from Antonin B in a classic French Citron 2CV fitted with a see-through roof and taken on a whistle-stop tour of Paris by night! What an amazing experience, not only did I see the main Paris tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Paris Opera and the Sacré Coeur, but I also got taken to some of Paris's hidden treasures, like the old wall of the original city from the medieval times and some of the other very old buildings still standing. The drive through Montmartre (the largest hill in Paris at 130m) up to the Sacré Coeur was amazing even if some tourists felt our little car wasn't going to make it up the hill and that maybe we needed a push. What a perfect way to see Paris, in an old French car with a local French tour guide at night. I can't thank Antonin B enough for this lovely experience and it made my trip! Now let me tell you a bit more about this organic hair care band Antonin B.....
About Antonin B
Created by Kendy (my lovely tour guide) who from a young age was taught that she could rely on nature for almost everything. Every weekend, her mother and grandmother mother would take her to their family’s lands deep in the countryside. They would walk, pick fruits, listen to their stories and would always come home with fresh wild herbs that her mother would teach her to use for everyday concerns. After moving to LA to study and then to Paris, she felt that in order to live naturally you had to live in nature and city living did not provide an environment for living a natural life. Kendy then got involved in the world of hair dressing, only to be disappointed by the amount of toxic chemicals used in well known hair care brands. These chemicals not only affecting the user but also the stylists whose skin and respiratory system also come into contact with the chemical continuously through out their work day. She was also frustrated with the industry at making women feel like their natural hair was not beautiful and had to be endlessly dyed, chemically straightened or fitted with extensions in order to achieve societies perception of beautiful hair. She then decide to go against the normal and embrace her own naturally curly hair, wanting to nurture it rather than continually damage it. This led to the creation of her own hair care brand that connects with nature and aims to enhance your hair natural texture rather than alter it.
About The Products
Antonin .B brings together the love of purely natural traditions with the modern desire for innovation and maximum efficiency. They understand that you want products that work and want to provide them to you, by selecting high quality ingredients and following an important set of rules. They believe that you can have everything: significant results, pleasant scents, science and nature. Antonin .B is a young Parisian brand that is very attached to its roots. They have decided to embark on the organic beauty journey because we want to contribute to a vision of beauty that stands on 3 foundations: efficiency, pleasure and ethics.
- Formulas packed with active ingredients
- 100% of ingredients sourced from nature
- High concentration of organic ingredients
- An emphasis on ethics and solidarity
- Green science that respects everyone’s integrity
- No GMOs
- Pure ingredients with extraction processes that preserve their quality
- No protected or endangered species
- No animal testing (not even on the ingredients, not even through third parties),
- Formulations that focus as much on the beauty of your hair as its health.
Antonin B have created two amazing haircare products: Intense Honey Butter and the Desert Serum. I've been trying both of these products the last few weeks and have become a big fan. Just a small amount leaves my hair feeling moisturised without looking oily.
Intense Honey Butter
The Intense Honey Butter contains two humectants: organic honey and organic vegetable glycerin, which both attract the moisture in the air to bind it onto your hair, to keep it hydrated. Cocoa butter and wheat germ oil work together for softness and emolliency. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft and binds with your natural keratin. Castor oil promotes hair thickness and has a texture that keeps frizz down and enhances shine.The Honey Butter is infused with ylang-ylang essential oil to fortify and add shine; as well lemon, lime, palmarosa and Bourbon geranium to detoxify and purify.
Instructions: Take half a pea size of product. Emulsify it between the palms of your hands. Then distribute it onto the lengths and ends, avoiding the roots.
For thick or curly hair, proceed in sections.
Ingredients list: Theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter*, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil*, Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Mel (honey)*, Vegetable glycerin*, Coconut Alkanes (and) Coco caprylate/caprate, Cera alba, Tocopherol, Cananga odorata (Ylang-ylang) oil*, Citrus limonum (Lemon) oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) oil*, Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa) oil*, Pelargonium rosae (Geranium) oil*, Benzyl benzoate°, Benzyl salicylate°, Citral (geranial and neral)°, Citronnellol°, Eugenol°, Farnesol°, Geraniol°, Limonene°, Linalool°.
*ingredients from organic farming
°components naturally present in essential oils. 100 % of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 82.20 % of the total ingredients are from organic farming
Antonin .B has pulled together, from the botanical realm, over a dozen of plant based oils and extracts to do just that. The Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum is a featherweight cocktail of premium organic botanicals. It is formulated to deeply penetrate your hair and makes it stronger, softer and healthier without weighing it down. It nourishes and rejuvenates dry and colour treated hair by replenishing its natural lipids. By smoothing the cuticles on your hair shaft, it combats frizz and porosity which helps maintain moisture in your hair. The Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum is particularly suitable for dry, colour treated or chemically processed hair. It is also ideal for blow dries and heat styling. The list of ingredients reads like a high-end face serum and that’s because we respect your hair. Desert date, kukui and hazelnut provide a fluid and penetrating texture with vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants to build up your hair’s resilience to the elements. Borage is very rich in Omega-6 fatty acids. It is anti-ageing and keeps moisture levels high; while Brazil nut brings minerals, including selenium, to seal your ends and prevent splitting. Jojoba balances your scalp’s production of sebum and coconut oil enhances the formula with its special affinity with your hair’s natural proteins. Safflower is light and provides its own grade of natural ceramides. Broccoli and Abyssinian oils are nourishing and wonderful organic substitutes for silicones. They both provide a pleasant gliding texture and boost your hair’s shine. In order to make the formula even more efficient, they have enriched it with wheat-sourced ceramides that penetrate the hair shaft in order to fill in the holes and bruises left by chemical processing and heat styling. The Serum is infused with ylang-ylang essential oil to fortify and add shine; as well lemon, lime, palmarosa and Bourbon geranium to detoxify and purify.
How To Use:
Every day leave-in
Depending on the length, thickness and texture of your hair, you will need an average of 2 to 4 drops per use. Warm the drops between your hands and apply to your hair, insisting on your ends.
If you have very fine or thinning hair, avoid your roots.
Distribute about a dropper full of Desert Serum throughout your hair (preferably slightly damp hair). Leave to deep condition overnight or under a heating cap. Then shampoo as usual.
Blow drying tip
Distribute 2 to 3 drops of the Desert Serum on damp hair. Proceed to blow drying. Use hair straightener if desired. Then apply 1 to 2 extra drops to entire head for more shine and a longer lasting blow dry.
Ingredients: Balanites aegyptiaca (Desert date) oil*, Brassica abyssinica (Abyssinian) oil*, Bertholletia excelsa (Brazil nut) oil*, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil*, Corylus avellana (Hazelnut) oil*, Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Borago officinalis (Borage) oil*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Coconut Alkanes (and) Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil*, Triticum vulgare (Wheat) flour lipids, Tocopherol, Cananga odorata (Ylang-ylang) oil*, Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) seed oil*, Citrus limonum (Lemon) oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) oil*, Cymbopogon martinii (Palmarosa) oil*, Pelargonium rosae (Geranium) oil*, Benzyl benzoate°, Benzyl salicylate°, Citral (geranial and neral)°, Citronnellol°, Eugenol°, Farnesol°, Geraniol°, Limonene°, Linalool°.
*ingredients from organic farming
°components naturally present in essential oils which give them their characteristic scents
100 % of the total ingredients are from natural origin
79.40 % of the total ingredients are from organic farming
It only takes 3 drops of this serum to bring vibrancy back to your hair. The Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum is a lightweight yet powerful combination of exclusive botanicals and green innovation. It is particularly suitable for dry, colour treated or chemically processed hair.
I hope you give this hair care brand a try, especially if you have dry curly hair like me, it can really give your hair a moisture boost and define those curls! Check out their Instagram @antoninbparis for more inspiration!
Hope you are enjoying the holiday season and are ready for the New Year!