The best conditioner I’ve ever used

It isn’t Suave, it isn’t Paul Mitchell, or L’oreal and it’s not necessarily recognizable; although it should be as the company itself has been around since 1878. That being said The Grandpa Soap Company only came out with haircare just last year.

What drew me to try this conditioner at first was that it was made from pine tar. Something about seemed intriguing. I like the smell of pine and I figured turning the shower into a undersized, treeless forest for the duration of the conditioning didn’t seem like a half bad idea.

If you are thinking this smells like a Christmas tree, it doesn’t. That’s kind of what I expected. It smells earthy and possibly a little bit like bacon. It is a bit to get used to if I’m being honest, it’s a unique smell. I’ve never smelled pine tar itself, so someone who is familiar with it might say it smells just right.

Why do we use conditioner? Is it to coat the hair in something that makes it more manageable? Or is it to nourish the hair and the manageability is a byproduct? I used to not really care. As long as my hair felt better than it would had I skipped conditioning, it as far as I was concerned it did the job.  This product has changed my mind. My hair has never felt healthier. If you notice with most conditioners by the time the next day rolls around or whenever you wash your hair again it feels just as parched as before, you need the conditioner just as bad as you did the time before. I can tell that my hair is actually healthier for having used the pine tar conditioner even if I stopped using it tomorrow. This goes to show hair can be temporarily smoothed, but that does not mean it is actually in any better state.


I appreciate that The Pine Tar Conditioner moisturizes the hair without making it oily. You know the look that you get when you use too much conditioner and your hair looks flat, well that never happens when using this. I also appreciate that it isn’t overly expensive. I don’t want to spend 20 plus dollars for a conditioner, maybe some day I will want to, but that day isn’t today.

There are other hair conditioners from the same brand in other scents, such as Rosemary and Witch Hazel, which I would venture to guess are just as good. You can explore them as an alternative if pine tar isn’t your speed.


De-Stress and Relax

It’s pretty hard to be stressed in a bathtub. You can’t down a cup of tea as you would a glass of water or soda. There’s no point in flipping through pages of a book the way you’d flip through channels on the TV. Certain things take time and demand you to slow down and take a break. These are the things I find the best if you’re looking to de-stress and relax.

Some of these things work best before bed, others can be done at any point during the day. Everyone is different, these are just a few things that I do.

  • Getting outside and going for a walk can be really refreshing, if you want to get more out of it and make it more therapeutic try to notice small details around you. Look at the grass, the way the sun hits the street, see if you can hear any rustling of leaves or birds. You’ll find that the other thoughts going on in your head will be drowned out by concentrating on your surroundings.
  • I don’t know what it is about baking but I feel like if I can’t put thoughts together or I can’t get something done to be able to put something physical together (like a cake, or a meal if you prefer cooking) allows me to think better. It can also be helpful to “get lost” in the act of baking or cooking.


  • Showers are good, but baths are better for relaxing. In the shower your head tends to race, or you’ll hear of people talking about “shower thoughts.” A bath allows you to truly take it easy. You don’t need fancy products, but using good soap and epsom salt can add to it.


  • You may of heard of people describing drinking tea as an experience rather than just drinking a beverage. It’s true, if you allow it to be. Take the time to really enjoy what you are drinking and notice the heat from the tea. Caffeine doesn’t really do anything for me so I drink a lot of different teas, but if you’re aiming to relax anything herbal or caffeine free is very helpful.
  • Reading is a nice break from being on your phone or the computer. There’s no denying reading a book can take you back to something that isn’t as present as it once was.
  • Applying makeup and playing around with new techniques or styles is relaxing for me. It’s something creative I can rely on to improve my mood. Find something creative that allows you to go outside the lines of everyday tasks.
  • Meditating will take an overtaxed mind and let it breathe. I love meditating and being able to think more clearly. Not only will this clear your mind, it will also put things in perspective which will both de-stress and relax you.