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A Surprising Cold Sore Remedy: Akamai Multi-Use Products Review

Akamai multiuse mineral skincare Essentials Starter Kit review
Akamai sent me products for review & this post contains affiliate links. 

Let me start off this review by saying that I don't like multi-use products as a rule. I find that in almost all cases, they serve one purpose really well and disappoint in other categories, so my normal beauty/personal care routine contains distinct products for distinct uses (with the exception of my SW Basics Cream, which I use for lots of things).

So when Akamai reached out offering products for review, I planned to find the best use for each item rather than make it work in all the ways described on their site. EcoCult and Temporary-House Wifey reviewed their lineup about a year ago with mixed feelings, but I wanted to test the products myself and see what I could discover.

Akamai's Philosophy

Akamai's overarching philosophy is what I would describe as effective simplicity. As their multi-use premise would suggest, they're interested in making personal care easier, reducing overall steps and products required, and ensuring that products are healthy and nourishing.

The majority of Akamai's products contain minerals in an effort to support the body's microbiome, which is vital for total body health,  and several contain fulvic acid. I actually had no idea what fulvic acid was before using these products, but it turns out it is used to treat some serious medical conditions, like cancer and Alzheimer's, and chronic condition like fatigue. According to WebMD:

Fulvic acid might have various effects in the body. Fulvic acid might block reactions in the body that cause allergy symptoms. It might also interrupt steps involved in the worsening of brain disorders such as dementia. Additionally, fulvic acid might reduce inflammation and prevent or slow the growth of cancer. Fulvic acid seems to have immune-stimulating and antioxidant effects. 

Note that pregnant and nursing women and people with auto-immune disorders should be cautious, especially when ingesting fulvic acid.

My Review 

The rundown of what I received:

The Toothpaste

I didn't like this toothpaste as toothpaste because it tastes weird and leaves a gray stain on your toothbrush and in your sink. 

BUT, it's an effective cold sore remedy. Due to some major stress I've been experiencing recently, my immune system was suppressed enough to bring on a cold sore, which I haven't had since high school. I hadn't had luck reducing the soreness or cracking and then the Akamai brand rep randomly suggested that this toothpaste could be used as a salve on cold sores. Within two days, I saw significant improvement in the sore, and my lip has finally started to heal after two weeks of no improvement.

Best use: Cold Sore Remedy

The 3 in 1 Bar

I haven't had much luck with shampoo bars because the oils weigh down my super fine hair, but this is a decent shave bar and soap, though I will say it's super creamy, which might not be everyone's cup of tea. 

Best use: Shave bar or travel product

The Skin Fuel

I didn't notice an improvement to my skin when using this product, but it's decent as far as serums go. Perhaps with more use, I'll notice a change to my skin. And if this was your first foray into skin oils, I think you'd see a benefit. 

Best use: Facial Serum

The Mineral Complex

I have not yet used this product because I want to make sure it won't cause adverse effects in my system. Though I don't have IBS or other diagnosed digestive issues, I have always had a sensitive stomach, especially when dealing with high anxiety (as I have this month, no thanks to the news). I may play around with it once my immune system finishes fighting the cold sore and spider bite.

These products would be best for...
I think Akamai products would be best suited for low maintenance men (not to be too gender essentialist, but there's definitely a difference in how men and women are socialized to use skincare products), people who are just building up a personal care arsenal, or those whose alternative to this would be no personal care at all. These are quality products and I'm intrigued by the mineral complex, but they aren't tailored for specific skin or hair types, which limits their efficacy a bit. 

Let me know if you have any questions!

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The Henna Experiment: Dyeing My Hair with Henna + NUMI Organic Rooibos Tea

dye your hair with henna and rooibos tea Numi collaboration
Special thanks to Numi Organic Tea for sponsoring this post. All opinions (and results) are my own.

The last time I dyed my hair with henna, I was intrigued by the instruction booklet's suggestion to use hot tea instead of water to alter the final color: black tea to reduce the red undertone, red tea to enhance it. I stuck with regular hot water that time around, but I made sure to stock up on tea for the next time. And that time is now!

As I discussed in my last post on the subject, henna has been used as a natural, organic hair dye for centuries. It's known for it's thickening and conditioning properties and, of course, its distinctive red tone. Since I've been hankering for a new hair style (you may have noticed I'm growing it out), it was the perfect time to make a statement, so I decided to add red (or Rooibos) tea to my henna powder for vibrant red hair.

I chose to use Numi Organic Tea because of their commitment to fair trade practices, sustainable infrastructure, and quality. They kindly sent me a range of teas to select from for my little experiment and I decided to stick with their traditional Rooibos. Numi tea is really delicious - unlike many grocery store brands, they use full leaf tea in their bags for a richer flavor - so I made sure to use every last drop of it by drinking what I had leftover from the dye process while I let my hair steep. It's not every day that you can say you drank your hair dye or dyed your hair with a beverage. The efficiency freak in me feels quite satisfied, so I'm coining a new term for this process: tea-fficiency.

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The dyeing process is actually quite simple. Don't let the plethora of preparation materials intimidate you.

You'll need: 

Two tea bags, a plastic spoon, a glass or plastic mixing bowl, henna powder (I purchase mine from Whole Foods), gloves (definitely use them - I didn't and now my hands are orange!), a plastic bag or shower cap, and a towel.

Make sure you're wearing clothes you don't mind dyeing and avoid metal utensils and bowls, as henna reacts with metal.

For bright red hair...

  1. Make sure your hair is clean. It may be damp or dry.
  2. Pour boiling water over two Numi Organic Rooibos tea bags and let steep for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add a few tablespoons of henna powder to a glass or plastic bowl. You can always add more if you run out during application.
  4. Add tea until mixture takes on the consistency of yogurt.
  5. Put on gloves and apply mixture with your hands, making sure to cover each strand from root to end. Make sure to cover counter tops and surfaces, as henna can and will dye ceramic tile and other materials. 
  6. After a thick coat has been applied to your hair, wrap a plastic bag or shower cap around your head, then wrap a towel over that. 
  7. Wipe off your ears, wrists, forehead, and neck to keep henna from dyeing unwanted areas. 
  8. Brew yourself some extra tea to sip as you sit in a warm place (I sat in my back yard) for at least an hour. 
  9. Wash your hair thoroughly, first with warm water, then with 1-2 rounds of shampoo. Finish with conditioner, then rinse with cool water.


Henna is heat reactive, so it's important to apply the henna while the tea is still warm, adequately cover your head to close in heat, and find a warm place to let it do its work.

The Result:

  red tea and henna hair dye with Numi
Before and After

red tea and henna hair dye with NumiNumi Tea DIY henna

The interesting thing about henna is that it will actually get brighter in the hours after you finish dyeing your hair as it continues to react to heat. You can expect your henna to last 4-8 weeks depending on how frequently you wash your hair. The color will fade back into your regular hair color over time.

I LOVE the result of my Henna + Numi Rooibos Tea experiment, and judging by the incessant compliments I've been getting, so does everyone else. The red is quite assertive without looking alien. Keep in mind that your results may vary depending on your base color, but the tea should deepen your red tones all the same.


For more creative uses for tea, check out the Numi Tea Garden Blog. 

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