Yoga Democracy

Let me start by saying I am NOT an affiliate or influencer for this company. Nor am I paid, or even telling them I’m reviewing their product. I’m not in this for free stuff. I’m just here to share an opinion.

My search for yoga pants brought me to a company called Yoga Democracy. So… this company is American made, and sustainable. Sold right? Yeah me too.

As expensive as they are, I made the decision to buy a matching set. I chose the Beeloved set shown in the images attached to this post (that’s not me wearing them by the way. It’s the image from their website).

Here’s a tidbit taken from their website:

“Zero waste and sweat shop free, our leggings are made from post consumer recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets sustainably sourced in the USA. All excess materials are collected and repurposed to create a zero waste, closed loop manufacturing process.”

Their leggings average about $78 per pair, their sports bras average about $48 per top. A lot, I know.

I can tell you that the leggings are pretty nice. They’re fairly comfortable and I had no issues picking a size that fit well. I’m 5’3 and 130 lbs and I chose a medium in a standard length, not the extra long.

Pros:

  • The material is pretty comfortable
  • Very breathable
  • Dries quickly
  • Designs are awesome
  • Sustainable, which is awesome. I love everything about the production process.
  • They’re comfortable for Pilates and Yoga
  • They don’t feel restricting

Cons:

  • A little pricey for the product… they’re good… they might not be $78 good.
  • I find myself pulling them up constantly throughout the day which is a pretty big negative for me. We’re paying good money for these.. I don’t want to have to fuss with them.
  • The material catches on leg stubble

The bra top I can do without.

Pros:

  • Good support for low key exercise.
  • Very breathable (its the same material as the leggings)
  • Dries quickly just like the leggings
  • Sustainable just like the leggings

Cons:

  • Super high neckline. I feel like it’s choking me.
  • It’s fairly hard to get on and off… I’m afraid it’s going to rip every time I try.
  • It’s too tight, even though I think a size larger would be too big. Especially if the material expands.

Conclusion:

I’d buy another pair of leggings. The bra top… I should have returned. The design needs serious work.

Update: I could do without the leggings as well. As much as I love the look, I am extremely annoyed by how often I need to pull them up. Maybe I picked a size too big? No idea… I might try again in a smaller size but if it does the same thing it will be a hard pass from now on.

Function of Beauty

I know you’ve seen it! It’s a custom hair care system…………… and it’s pretty cool.

So, everyone is different. Everyone’s hair has different properties. You fill out the hair profile, and it allows you to pick what you want your system to address.

My current blend is:

  1. volumize
  2. curl definition
  3. oil control
  4. strengthen
  5. lengthen
  6. Lavender

This is my second round with this brand. The first round would have gotten a different review from me. It was okay, but nothing above and beyond. This time, however, I love it. Love love love it.

My first set was slightly different:

  1. volumize
  2. curl definition
  3. oil control
  4. strengthen
  5. color protection
  6. Eucalyptus

So you can see the only thing I changed was the color protection because I’m letting my hair grow out and go back to it’s natural color for a hair donation. This change however has made a huge difference in the health of my hair. My hair is less frizzy, the waves and curls pop more (my hair is 1/3 straight, 1/3 wave and 1/3 curl) and it just overall feels better.

You also have the option of adding on a custom serum, leave in treatment or hair mask. I have the leave in treatment from my first round still in use, and I bought the hair mask this time which is a once a week thing.

So if I’m quite honest, I’ve lost my insert that comes along with it. I tried to keep it but it didn’t work. I have no clue where it went. When I find it I will update with some more details…

A few simple likes and dislikes:

  1. I prefer the eucalyptus to the lavender.. I love the smell of lavender, but I shower in the morning. Didn’t think about that when I changed it. Eucalyptus when used in aromatherapy provides stress relief. It’s a crisp scent that is very refreshing. Lavender has calming properties and is better for night time relaxing.
  2. The slight change from color protection to lengthen seemed to make a world of difference for my hair. Sometimes this is what you need to do if you don’t like a hair care product. Just change one detail. That one or two ingredients may be what makes or breaks how much you like your product.
  3. I love that it comes with stickers and you can decorate your bottles.
  4. I wish the natural fragrance selection was larger. Lavender and Eucalyptus are currently the only two available. There’s so many beautiful natural fragrances… I’d probably go nuts if they ever used Ylang-ylang. Even if I didn’t need a new set, I’d buy it just so I wouldn’t miss out on the fragrance option.
  5. You have the option of making your custom hair care system silicone free.
  6. It’s available in two sizes. 8 ounce and 16 ounce.
  7. It’s a little on the pricey side. The 8 oz set runs $39, the 16 oz set runs $49, and the add ons run $19 each which is all pretty typical pricing for a “custom” product. Customized products don’t run cheap.

If you’re able, I recommend giving this product a try. Start with the 8 ounce if you’re unsure and if you’re not happy you won’t feel like it was as much of a loss. Now that being said, the 8 oz set actually lasted me about 3 months (keeping in mind I currently have short hair and it was shorter when I used my first round). If you have long hair, obviously it won’t last you that long because you require more product but you can also extend the time your product lasts if you don’t wash your hair everyday. I do. I know some people might cringe at that, but I have very oily hair and no, it doesn’t get less oily if I don’t wash everyday. I’ve tried. And personally, I can’t stand dry shampoo.

Conclusion

I found this product to be worth it.

3 week update on my new formula

I’m growing out my hair for another donation and my hair stylist said my hair looks amazing. She said it’s super healthy and I can easily go another 6 months without needing a trim. No dead ends AT ALL after 4 months of not seeing my stylist (3 of those months being quarantine). My color is also fading out nicely and my roots don’t look terrible (when you donate your hair it can’t be color treated so you have to let that grow out as well). Now you’re probably thinking “well, you obviously just let it air dry every day”… ER.. wrong. I blow dry my hair at least 5 days a week, and I never sleep on it wet. One thing that I don’t ever do is flat iron, or use a curling iron.

So I’m super happy with my new formula, though I haven’t decided if I will try a new brand or not when it’s finished. We’ll see!

Extended Update

I found after extended use that my hair actually started to go downhill and I had to switch up brands. I do, however, still use my leave in and I do love that enough that I plan on buying another one.

I switched to Aveda, which was ok but not what everyone hyped it up to be and I’m currently using Viori.

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