An EXCLUSIVE Discover Beauty Product Review

By Lauren Salapatek | 07/20/2010 12:00:00 PM

 

So what does it take for a product to be chosen for Discover Beauty at Cosmoprof North America 2010?
According to a previous interview I had with Daniela Ciocan, director of marketing for Cosmoprof,
there are specific things both she and her team look for in new brands. She said:

“I get a group of individuals together and we look at the concept of the brand, why it’s unique: Does
it have a special ingredient? New technology? We look at the packaging: Is it eye catching? Done
properly? Finally we look at the quality of each product and the readiness of the brand. Can the brand
support a retail launch?”


All of these factors came into play when the Discover Beauty team unearthed the new Discover Beauty
products that have been on display this past Sunday and Monday at Cosmoprof. In a previous blog,
(click here to see the blog) I included a line-up of the hidden gems the team chose from across the globe
…now I can actually tell you what they are like! I got to try out FOUR of the EXCLUSIVE Discover
Beauty lines! See how they work and why they are considered, beauty’s new “hidden gems.”

 
 A selection of the Discover Beauty products showcasing this year at Cosmoprof North America 2010

Amazon Beauty—RAHUA Hair Care USA—(If you still want to stop by, they are at Booth #A20334)
Just to refresh all of you, this line is a transformative hair treatment collection that combines an exclusive
extract found in the Amazon with organic and 100 percent natural/vegan ingredients. The collection
includes a shampoo, conditioner, finishing treatment and elixir.

 
So what is the secret ingredient? It’s right in its name! The rare rahua nut rejuvenates lifeless, damaged hair while being gentle enough on color-treated and processed hair. (It also contains Palo Santo Oil) which penetrates deep into the hair’s cortex to repair and rebuild hair strands.

I tried both the shampoo and conditioner combination and they worked beautifully together. The scents of both products are subtly earthy and smell “rainforest grown.” After blow drying, my hair felt less weighed down, bouncy and shiny. The conditioner you want to leave in for three minutes to get a fully conditioned result. These are great products for environmentally/vegan conscious individuals who are looking not only for the right ingredients in their shampoos and conditioners, but also for results. Rahua.com
(Left to right) Amazon Beauty's Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner
 

Barista Bath and Body—USA—Booth #A19320

This is the first product line to extend the delights of coffee beyond your morning cup of Java. If you
like the smell of coffee, this is the line for you! But don’t worry, it’s not an overpowering coffee smell;
it’s very subtle when you actually use it on your body or in your hair. When I used this line I instantly
thought that if this were a product offered in a salon, this would be great to use on early appointment
customers! It will awaken their senses while delivering brighter, shinier hair with body and fullness.
 Barista Shampoo: Made with organic coffee (like all of the other products in this line) this shampoo removes impurities and build-up. The coffee bean when applied to the scalp invigorates the scalp to help support natural hair growth. The shampoo itself smells like a freshly brewed cup of coffee (with a hint of sugar). But when washing with it, it will only leave a hint of coffee smell in the hair. While walking around during the morning hours, I felt like I just came out of a coffeehouse, without drinking any coffee!




(Left to right) Barista 'Triple Shot' Body Wash, 'Perk It Up' Shampoo, 'Soothe Those Jitters' Conditioner, 'Room for Cream' Lotion
 

Barista "Soothe Those Jitters" Conditioner: This conditioner has just the slightest hint of coffee scent—definitely not as strong as the shampoo. It moisturizes very nicely with its blend of organic ingredients including aloe, lavender, chamomile and coffee extract. To best use the conditioner, massage it towards the scalp and let it sit in the hair for a few minutes. The conditioner provides optimal pH to close the hair cuticle and seal in moisture—and it won’t weigh hair down.

Barista "Triple Shot" Body Wash:
This is a hydrating combination of organic coffee and vitamin E, which energizes as it exfoliates. The coffee smell like the other products is very subtle but it leaves skin soft and smooth afterward.

Barista "Room for Cream" Lotion:
To top off an all-about-coffee cleansing routine, slather on some of this lotion, which has a very unique combination of smells. It’s a combination of shea, cocoa and mango enriched with vitamin E to nourish the skin. Very soothing, and it compliments the coffee shampoo, conditioner, and body wash nicely. The lotion comes out very thick and creamy so it will leave your skin moisturized, but not oily.
 
 Peter Lamas—USA—Booth #A20308
Created by Peter Lamas, these products are natural, organic and free of harmful chemicals. I got to specifically use Peter Lamas’ shampoo, conditioner (which is actually what I’m wearing in my hear today) and moisturizer; they all smell divine! This line of products combines Certified Organic botanicals, herbs and vitamins to heal, not harm.

The shampoo, which I would say was my favorite product out of the entire line, worked very efficiently. I used only about a quarter size of the shampoo, put it in my hair and I could completely lather my entire head. Usually, I feel like I need to reapply shampoo because I have such long hair, but a little bit does go a long way with this product. 
 (Left to right) Peter Lamas Chinese Herbs Regenerating Scalp Serum, Ultra Smoothing Shampoo, Ultra Smoothing Conditioner, Sample Moisturizer
 

Here are some features and benefits of the shampoo and conditioner:
Avocado: Rich in protein and vitamins A and E; this helps moisturize the hair and scalp.
Lauroyl-L-Arginine: Improves smoothness, helps provide a moisturized feel and control of dry, damaged hair.
Olive Oil: Infuses moisture directly into the cuticle, providing shine and elasticity
Biosaccharide Gum, Proteins, Amino Acids and Panthenol (vitamin B): These help fortify the hair cuticle, preventing future damage and frizz.

Peterlamas.com

 TouchBack—USA—Booth #A19312
It’s real hair color…in a marker! If your clients want an instant touch-up without going in for another coloring, this product will help hair look refreshed.

All you do is apply the TouchBack marker to dry hair. For resistant gray hair, hold the marker on the hair for a few seconds to deposit additional hair color. Mousse, gels and other styling products can be used prior to applying TouchBack and hair spray can be used over it. It includes a special comb for use at the temples and hairline. Slide the comb under the hair, as close to the scalp as possible, then apply TouchBack and shampoo out. This product does not flake or rub off because it bonds to the hair.
 TouchBack Marker (top), TouchBack Eyebrow Markers in Dark Brown, Light Brown, Auburn and Blonde, TouchBack Comb (bottom)
 

TouchBack also has eyebrow hair colors too! They come in all different shades like dark brown, medium brown, auburn and blonde. So now your clients’ graying eyebrows can match their hair color! Touchbackgray.com

If you are at Cosmoprof this year be sure to stop by these booths and check out these products! Also, be sure to stay updated on the rest of the Cosmoprof show by reading MODERN's exclusive blogs, given to you LIVE from the show floor by our editors!

For more information on Discover Beauty 2010 visit Discover Beauty's website.

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for modernsalon.com, salontoday.com and firstchair.com. As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

You can find Lauren on Google+ or e-mail her at lsalapatek@modernsalon.com.

 


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