Putting the P.U. in puberty Around the age of 10, you will notice that your sweet, little girl or boy may start to smell a bit worse for wear (and I don’t only mean straight after sport). A lot of tweens notice that they have a new smell under their arms and elsewhere on their bodies when they enter puberty, and it's not a pretty one. That smell is body odour, and everyone gets it. As you enter puberty, the puberty hormones affect glands in your skin, and the glands make chemicals that smell bad. These chemicals put the scent in adolescent! The best thing to do is to wash daily and start to wear a deodorant. The Motley Crew Body Wash, smells like coconut, foams easily and is perfect to wash away any dirt, as well as smell. Try getting your Tween to wash at night before bedtime or in the morning before school. Applying a deodorant daily, will also help mask the smell. If your child is a prolific sweater, then you may want to consider a anti-perspirant, which will control the sweat glands (however, be aware that these contain aluminium, which has been linked to certain medical conditions). The Motley Crew deodorant range is aluminium and paraben free, safe to use on children and comes in 4 great smelling fragrances. (Vanilla, Flower Powa, Cool Ctrl and Funky Fresh). They’re gently formulated and perfect to get kids started on a good hygiene path. Motley Crew products are available in selected Clicks store nationwide and can be found in the Hand & Body aisle or kids section. Not keen to leave your house? Then order online at www.clicks.co.za or here on our Shop Page.
Why buy local? Often we hear the phrase “buy local” or “support Proudly South African businesses” but do we truly understand what that means? And as the consumer, do you understand what it involves and costs to get a product on the shelf? Well recently, we at Motley Crew were approached by The Human Influence for an interview on exactly this. When we started up, it was important to us, to ensure that we sourced all of our ingredients through local companies and produced locally too. This supports the South African economy (although it is often cheaper to bring it in via China) Being a small business, also means that we don’t have the economy of scale that the big brands have (that means cheaper packaging, labels and production costs). On top of that, it costs a lot to distribute and get it into stores, run promotions and advertising, so that people even know you exist. So, why do we do it? We love kids and we love brands! It’s simple…..if we as parents couldn’t find any relevant products for our own Tweens, then nor could other South African parents! We want to offer something unique and desirable for Tweens (getting them to wash and take care of their skin is just an added bonus of course!) But enough reading….check out the podcast below for the full interview. “Thank you Stella, Luisa and Karen for identifying a gap in the South African market, creating a value chain that impact the lives of many and including all the kids that make up our wonderful rainbow nation.” Click on the link below to listen to the full podcast. Also available on iTunes and Spotify https://human.africa/humaninfluence/
How to tame you curly, frizzy hair Do you ever wake up with a flashing, worrisome thought? Like “Can I get away with my hair today, or has it turned into a frizz ball?” For those of you with hair that likes to twist, frizz, tangle, wave and bend; you know exactly what I’m talking about. Drying Do not, I repeat, do not attempt to put a dryer anywhere near your hair. You will end up looking like a lion, and not in a good way. Letting it dry naturally is always best, even if it takes hours. Ideally, don’t sleep on it while it’s damp. Detangle Use a Detangler like the Motley Crew Untangle my Tangle, and use your hand to scrunch up those strands of hair that are threatening to straighten or hang limp. Keep repeating this till it holds itself. This is best done while your hair is wet. Styling We all know that not all curls hold the way we would like them to and this is where you can cheat at little. Try using a small bit of the Motley Crew Strong Hold Hair Gel. Simply rub into your fingers and then scrunch the curls some more. Often treated or dyed hair tends to lose it’s natural bounce, so the gel helps it stay in place again. Loose ends If all else fails, take out the curling wand and fix up any strands of hair that didn’t follow the rest of your locks. Benefits of letting go The benefit of letting your hair go its natural, kinky way is you don’t have to keep fixing it throughout the week. In fact, often curls look their best on day three or four after washing. To keep it neat for the day ahead, I brush out any ratty ends, keeping my brush away from the root and mid-lengths. Natural is healthier Lastly, in a perfect world, avoiding hair dye and heat will do wonders to your curls. Protein treatments can also strengthen your hair and help keep the overall condition and shine. Curly hair isn’t built the same as its straighter counterpart. It is much weaker, and therefore needs to be taken care of. Make sure you condition it after every wash. We recommend the Motley Crew Head Rush Conditioner, which contains aloe vera and shea butter to keep it smooth and silky. Lastly, don’t forget to rock your curls!
Are all hand sanitisers equal? We think not! By now we all know that the best and most recommended way to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria is to wash your hands. But in instances where you might not be near a bathroom or just want extra protection, hand sanitisers are the next best thing (or best additional thing) — especially as we're all trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When it comes to hand sanitiser, there are two types of people: Some of us have kept a little bottle in our bag for a decade, while others only associate it with hospitals and doctors. Either way, there are millions of hand sanitisers available on the shelves now – ranging from R30 for 250mls, right through to R175 for 250ml’s. Are some brands ripping you off or is there actually a difference in the product? The first thing you need to look out for is that it contains at least 60% alcohol in it! Look for one of these three active ingredients on the label: ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride. Those ingredients all indicate that the formula contains alcohol and so, you know, you’ll be covered. Other active ingredients, may allow the manufacturer to sell you a cheaper product but may be ineffective. Alcohol-free sanitisers (which are advertised for those with eczema) rely on other ingredients and are not effective in killing the type of germs that can cause norovirus and coronavirus. Beyond the alcohol levels, there’s not much to it really. Some will be fragranced, some will come in nice packaging and some will be produced by small, local companies – all, which will have an additional cost to the sanitiser. At the end of the day, which one you choose to use is your choice – as long as you are using one! Motley Crew Hive Five Hand Sanitisers come in a handy 250ml bottle (R79.99), which is perfect for the hand or school bag and a value size 500ml bottle (R119.99), which is perfect for home use. Find us at Clicks store or purchase directly from us here.
Vanilla of course! It wasn’t by mistake that we named one of our Roll-on Deo’s, Vanilla Sunshine! Given everyone’s passion for vanilla, it seems strange that “plain vanilla” means basic or blah. (Like who came up with that?) The truth is that plain vanilla is anything but dull. Kids (and well, us too) loved this smell so much we thought we’d give you a bit of insight of where it comes from. DID YOU KNOW? ….that vanilla originated in Mexico, where the Aztecs used it to flavour a chocolate drink named Cacahuatl. The Mexicans introduced Vanilla to the Spanish, who brought it to Europe in the 16th century. Cacahuatl became popular in Europe and it became a trend to spray vanilla on sugar and using it in sweets. Vanilla was cultivated in botanical gardens in France and England, but never offered up its glorious seeds. Growers couldn’t understand why until Charles Morren reported that vanilla’s natural pollinator was the Melipona bee, an insect that didn’t live in Europe. In 1841, on the island of Réunion, a 12-year-old enslaved boy developed the hand-pollination method for vanilla that is still in use today. Because this process is so laborious, vanilla is really expensive to grow. With 80% of the world’s production, Madagascar is the #1 vanilla producing/exporting country in the world. ABOUT THE PLANT Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world (after saffron) because its production is so labor-intensive. Vanilla is also the only edible fruit of the orchid family and there are over 150 varieties of vanilla plants. Each flower stays open for just 24 hours, after which, if not pollinated, it wilts, dies and drops to the ground. (What a waste!) FUN FACTS Just like grapes that make wine, no two vanilla beans have the same flavor, aroma, or color. Use vanilla to accentuate flavours in your food - add a few drops of vanilla to most recipes that contain fruit, vegetables, meat or fish. A few drops of vanilla will cut the acidity of tomato-based foods. Nearly 30% of Americans choose vanilla as their No. 1 ice cream flavor. Chocolate ranks second, with less than 10%. Vanilla is not only used as a food flavouring but also in perfumes because the aroma is known as calming, relaxing and sensual. AND Spiders don’t like vanilla. Use whole vanilla beans to drive away those eight-legged creatures…and apparently mosquitoes too! Sunshine enhances a positive mood, helps with depression and stress and provides us with valuable Vitamin D! So put Vanilla & Sunshine together and you are bound to have a good day!
Be Wise, Sanitise! With all that’s going on with the Corona Virus right now, people have gone made buying hand sanitisers! In fact, you will be lucky to find one in the shops right now! So, why does everyone want one? Well, hand sanitisers were developed for use after washing hands or for those times when soap and water are not available. They are gels that contain alcohol in order to kill the germs present on the skin. The alcohol works immediately and effectively in order to kill bacteria and most viruses. Benefits Hand sanitisers are convenient, portable, easy to use and not time consuming. Several studies have concluded that the risk of spreading gastrointestinal (stomach) and respiratory infection is decreased among families who use hand sanitisers. Commercially prepared hand sanitizers contain ingredients that help prevent skin dryness. Using these products can result in less skin dryness and irritation than hand-washing. Studies show that adding hand sanitizers to classrooms can reduce student absenteeism due to illness by 20 per cent. What's more, many kids think instant hand sanitizers are fun to use. Limitations Not all hand sanitisers are created equally. Check the bottle for active ingredients. The alcohol content may be in the form of ethyl alcohol, ethanol or isopropanol. All of those are acceptable forms of alcohol. Be certain that no matter which type of alcohol is listed, its concentration is between 60 and 95 per cent. Alcohol content of less than 60 per cent isn't enough to be effective. Alcohol does not cut through grime. All dirt, blood and soil must be wiped or washed away first if the alcohol in the sanitiser is to be effective. In such cases, hand-washing with soap and water is advised. Hand sanitisers are not cleaning agents and are not meant as a replacement for soap and water, but as a complementary habit. Sanitisers are most effective when used in conjunction with diligent hand-washing. The use of hand sanitisers is a habit that can help keep us all exposed to fewer germs, and therefore may decrease our chance of illness. Whether you are on the playground, using someone else's computer or visiting a friend in the hospital, take the time to rub some on your hands.
How to get rid of those nasty knots? If using a conditioner is just not enough to get the knots out of your child’s hair, then you are in need of a detangling spray! A detangling spray basically works as a leave-in-conditioner that smooths your hair by coating it with an oil or polymer and/or by acidifying it so that the hair's surface tightens up, smoothing the scales on the hair's outer surface or cuticle and imparting a positive electrical charge to prevent the static that can worsen tangles Most detangling sprays can be used on wet or dry hair and won’t leave your hair feeling greasy or weighed down. So, here’s how you tackle the knots: Get a comb or hairbrush that can be washed with soap. Otherwise, your fingers will also do. Apply a generous amount of detangler to your hair. I said generous, it should be really smooth and wet. Use more during the next steps if necessary. Start untangling from the bottom / the tips. Use your fingers to gently unravel knots, try separating strands even if some knots remain. Use a comb or brush to comb single strands, starting with short strokes at the tip, working upwards with longer strokes. Ideally you will be able to unravel smaller tangles this way. If you have tight knots that don't come out easily, leave them for the moment. Make sure they are well-oiled. Once they have soaked some more, try again! When all the knots are out, brush thoroughly from root to tip. To avoid knots, try not to kneed your hair while washing but rather work on lathering it up with circular motions and then rinsing from top to bottom.
Is it time for your child to start wearing deodorant? You may want to keep your child a baby forever, but kids grow up fast. In the blink of an eye, they’re starting kindergarten, learning how to ride a bike, and before you know it, they’re going through puberty. Kids start puberty at different ages, with many girls beginning between the ages of 9 and 13 and many boys between 10 and 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source. Puberty causes undeniable physical changes in your child, one of them being a distinct odour coming from your child. Just about every parent expects their child to start wearing deodorant by their teenage years. But some children develop body odor at a much younger age. It’s not uncommon for a parent or child to start thinking about deodorant as early as 8, 9, or 10 years old. You may feel your child is too young for deodorant. But the truth is, there’s no specific age for a child to start wearing deodorant. Each parent and child have to make a decision together based on what they feel is best. Deodorant vs. antiperspirant Some people use these terms interchangeably, or feel that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing. But there are clear differences between the two. An antiperspirant is a product that stops perspiration, and a deodorant is a product that eliminates odour caused by sweat. Since sweat is usually the underlying cause of body odour, you may look for products that only control perspiration. Although an antiperspirant can be effective, some people are concerned about potentially harmful side effects of these products. Side effects of antiperspirants If you check the label of antiperspirants in your bathroom or on a retail shelf, you’ll find brands containing the ingredients aluminum chloride or aluminum zirconium. These ingredients work like a plug by constricting and stopping up sweat glands. If applied daily, your child may stop sweating completely or only sweat a small amount. While aluminum-based antiperspirants are effective against sweat, it’s been suggested that aluminum and other ingredients founds in antiperspirants (parabens and propylene glycol) might be linked to an increased risk of some medical problems. If you’re concerned about these ingredients, you can skip the antiperspirant and choose a gentle deodorant for your child or tween. If you need a product to mask your child’s body odour, and you prefer a product that doesn’t contain parabens, or other similar ingredients, then you might want to try the range of Motley Crew Roll-on Deodorants. They are PH balanced, paraben free and endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, plus they come in some amazing scents. Motley Crew deodorants can be found at selective Clicks doors nation-wide or bought online at www.clicks.co.za *support local Benefits: pH Balanced Beauty without Cruelty Paraben Free Recyclable Packaging
Why your Tween should be washing her/his face? We all make our kids wear sunscreen right? But how many of us check that they are washing it off afterwards? What about when they have been playing sport and are all sweaty? Here are 5 good reasons, why kids should wash their face every morning and evening: Clear the dirt Washing your face removes dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris. During the day, your skin builds up bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and dead skin. If you go without washing your face, your skin will continually be covered with dirt and grime, which can lead to blocked pores and blemishes. Regenerate At night your skin gets rid of toxins through the skin, which it struggles to do, if there is a dirty layer on top Hydrate Regular facial cleansing (along with the use of a gentle moisturizer) is also an important factor in helping the skin maintain a proper level of hydration. Dehydrated skin looks and feels rough. Cleansing helps manage PH levels of the skin; enabling sufficient water and product retention. Maintain Clean Skin Tiny glands under the skin produce oil called sebum to protect the skin from the dangers of the outside world. These glands use hair follicles within the skin as a pathway, allowing the oil to reach the skins surface (outer layer) to form a barrier that prevents the penetration of bacteria or other harmful agents. Excessive dirt build up on the surface can cause blockages of the follicle, trapping sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells. The lack of sebum on the skins surface allows bacteria to penetrate the follicle causing inflammation. The final result is acne. Regular cleansing is essential to keeping your skin looking radiant, healthy and maintain proper pore size. There is a reason they say “you are never too young to start investing in your skin”!
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