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About Safiya Elle


Since 2008, I have been embarking on a journey to all things natural. I'm completely chemical-free (body and hair) and because of this, I was able to avoid the big chop, restore my natural curl patterns, grow my hair to tail bone length and clear my chronic acne. Today, I'm an organic vegan, natural health expert, DIY herbalist, DIY beauty, blogger and shop owner. I enjoy helping others with starting and continuing their journeys to natural hair and skin care, and hopefully an overall healthy lifestyle. On my blog, I share health and natural beauty tips, as well as delicious smoothie and meal recipes (I'm all about flava!) that help to promote healthy skin, hair and body from within. Why not maintain our beauty, as well as our youth? Health is the answer!

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  1. Shawn B. says

    Question … is it only certain Bertolli olive oil that is not pure? I did the paper test that you posted in the article and Both of the brands I use lit up so fast I had to stomp out the paper on the ground. I tested Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil 1st This is what I cook with and originally used this on my hair. It’s still my backup should I run out of the main one I use for my hair. The paper caught on fire & the intensity was way more than I was expecting. My poor carpet is forever damaged. l0l

    So the next the next kind I tested was Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I had the exact same results as I did with Bertolli olive oil. I was more prepared for the flames.

    On the list Bertolli is listed as bad, but according to the test it as good. ?!?!Here is the pick of the Bertolli that I use.

    • Safiya Elle says

      I’m sorry, I put up the test wrong — we had actually placed the oil in a small bowl and lit it. Obviously it would burn a paper regardless lol.I will go back and have the article edited to reflect this. So if the oil stays lit, then it is authentic and if it doesn’t then it isn’t. This was a few years ago and I thought we used paper. Sorry!

  2. Shawn B. says

    Question … is it only certain Bertolli olive oil that is not pure? I did the paper test that you posted in the article and Both of the brands I use lit up so fast I had to stomp out the paper on the ground. I tested Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil 1st This is what I cook with and originally used this on my hair. It’s still my backup should I run out of the main one I use for my hair. The paper caught on fire & the intensity was way more than I was expecting. My poor carpet is forever damaged. l0l

    So the next the next kind I tested was Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I had the exact same results as I did with Bertolli olive oil. I was more prepared for the flames.

    On the list Bertolli is listed as bad, but according to the test it as good. ?!?!????????Here is the pick of the Bertolli that I use.

    • Safiya Elle says

      I’m sorry, I put up the test wrong — we had actually placed the oil in a small bowl and lit it. Obviously it would burn a paper regardless lol.I will go back and have the article edited to reflect this. So if the oil stays lit, then it is authentic and if it doesn’t then it isn’t. This was a few years ago and I thought we used paper. Sorry!

      Also I just looked up another way to tell — place it in the fridge and if it becomes solid then it’s authentic.

  3. Capri C. says

    I’ve read the original findings that this article bases it’s foundation on a couple of years ago and made the switch to the California brand immediately. Regardless if the paper catches fire, they don’t perform that same test when testing to see if the olive oil is in fact the real deal. I purchase the chefs size of the California evoo (via. walmart) and cook and add in hair mixes. It price is up there, but it truly will last you. So far, so good.

    • Safiya Elle says

      I wrote the wrong test — should be bowl. Light the bowl of oil and if it holds it shows that its authentic. Extra virgin oils were used in the past to light oil lamps before electricity, so this is a way to tell.

  4. Capri C. says

    I’ve read the original findings that this article bases it’s foundation on a couple of years ago and made the switch to the California brand immediately. Regardless if the paper catches fire, they don’t perform that same test when testing to see if the olive oil is in fact the real deal. I purchase the chefs size of the California evoo (via. walmart) and cook and add in hair mixes. It price is up there, but it truly will last you. So far, so good.

    • Safiya Elle says

      I wrote the wrong test — should be bowl. Light the bowl of oil and if it holds it shows that its authentic. Extra virgin oils were used in the past to light oil lamps before electricity, so this is a way to tell.

  5. Tabatha says

    I learned about the fridge test from Dr. Oz. i like that one better because I test it and if it doesn’t solidify then I take it back. It’s un-opened and they don’t have an issue with it. It is weird that the birth place of olives doesn’t make the mark. Also don’t buy Olive oil that come in clear bottles that’s an easy sign as well that it’s not authentic. You don’t want sunlight penetrating your oil like that.

  6. Tabatha says

    I learned about the fridge test from Dr. Oz. i like that one better because I test it and if it doesn’t solidify then I take it back. It’s un-opened and they don’t have an issue with it. It is weird that the birth place of olives doesn’t make the mark. Also don’t buy Olive oil that come in clear bottles that’s an easy sign as well that it’s not authentic. You don’t want sunlight penetrating your oil like that.

  7. Christine says

    Wow that’s crazy it’s like I always say our natural products for us is in our home lands where are roots were formed. Thanks for the info, you know it’s kind of upsetting to know that food companies do more harm then good, but good for the ppl who don’t get recognized

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