My daughter has my dream hair. The colour is exquisite: a light brown with hints of auburn that could never be achieved from a box. She has gentle curls in stark contrast to the stick-straight hair on her brother’s head and the random wavy kinks that I so often iron out of my own locks. But with perfect hair comes the need for the perfect maintenance routine!
I can count the times I’ve run a brush through my son’s hair on one hand; even during his Beatles phase, he never had any knots or tangles in his straight-like-straw strands. As for me, I’ve forgotten my hair brush at home on extended trips and not even missed it—there’s nothing my fingers can’t handle. Miss Cub, on the other hand, seems to wind up with a massive rat’s nest every morning and every evening. And while my son can skip the shampoo no problem, Miss Cub’s hair needs a good wash at least twice a week to deal with all the food that seems to wind up in there.
Quebec’s own Souris Verte has an Organic Shampoo with a no-tears, gentle formula that is now my favourite for my little girl’s curls. It has a gentle lavender and rosemary scent and contains no harsh synthetic fragrances or chemicals. It works well as a body wash, too. When I dump water over Miss Cub’s head to rinse away the shampoo, her eyes do not get irritated—it’s truly a no-tears shampoo! Souris Verte’s shampoo has moisturizing properties that leave hair soft and help prevent cradle cap, and the lavender naturally repels lice.
Even if we get through shampoo-time without tears, hair-brushing time more than makes up for it as I work through the knots in Miss Cub’s aforementioned rat’s nest. Thanks to Souris Verte’s Detangling Spray, hair combing has gone from a torture session to a minor annoyance. I used to use a diluted apple cider vinegar spritz on Miss Cub’s tangles, but it has to be rinsed out, and she winds up smelling a bit like salad dressing. Souris Verte’s detangling spray doesn’t need to be washed out and can be used on wet or dry hair.
Initially, I was using more spray than needed, and her curls felt heavy with residue once the detangling spray dried. Now that I’ve figured out that less is more, I’m able to work my way through the knots with fewer protests, and her hair is smooth and gently curly when I’m done.
Souris Verte’s organic arnica Magic Stick is a new staple in our first-aid kit. My son is a klutz like his mama and bruises easily. Any and all minor skin afflictions must first be treated with a kiss, then a dab from our Magic Stick! Arnica treats bruises, sprains, swelling, inflammation caused by insect bites and muscle and joint pain. In other words, we needed Souris Verte’s Magic Stick pretty much every day of summer vacation.
Souris Verte’s line of body care and first-aid products is entirely made in Quebec and is available from their online store as well as some Quebec-based retailers.
Souris Verte recently brought the handmade stuffies brand Les TrOnches under their wing, and Little Miss Cub loves the Ninja Cat that came with her Souris Verte goodies. At Souris Verte you can choose a gift that’s both practical and fun for the little mouse in your life!