I love discovering local purveyors of natural health and beauty products, so I was thrilled when Michael Wood, the founder of Y-Y beauty products contacted me to let me know that his natural hair and skincare products are now available at the new Parlour salon on U Street.
The haircare line is free of sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals and animal by-products and are infused with ingredients from the African Baobab tree. The tree is best-known for its high vitamin C content, while its seed oil contains palmitic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid, all of which have moisturizing properties.
“Generally speaking we can say that the overall hair care line is over 90% natural, skin and body care over 95% natural, and the candles are 100%,” says Wood. The styling products contain more synthetic ingredients for the “hold” so, they are in the low 90% natural range. His company has also signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, agreeing to avoid ingredients know to be harmful.
I’m already a fan of the Savannah Facial Toner, made with aloe, cucumber, chamomile, geranium. and rose water. A spritz on a muggy July day in DC is refreshing and made my skin soft and dewy.