If you don’t see your favorite brand listed, please don’t feel slighted. I haven’t tried everything…yet. ^_~
I don’t shy away from silicones and the like, though there are some more “natural” offerings here.
I mention Biotin and humectants in these reviews. For my beloved readers, who may be unfamiliar with those terms, humectants are ingredients that promote the retention of moisture in the hair or skin. Biotin is a necessary nutrient for healthy skin and can help thicken hair when taken internally. In my experience, it adds a strengthening or thickening/coating effect when applied topically. In my review of biotin a mention a couple important tips for using it effectively as a topical treatment; as it can cause break outs when taken internally at high dosages in some individuals.
Sigh. The Midwest. Sigh.
OH! Product review! Right! Beloved readers, I’m on it! ^_^
Let’s begin from the outside. I love the font, roundness, and little round gold cap. I prefer inverted designs. Why? You get all the product you pay for much more efficiently. The shape of this is a pain for slippery hands to hold when you’re trying to squeeze out and shake down that last ounce.
The bottle…they would have done better with a creamy color. Stark white with their plain font and bottle design just…isn’t sexy. Paul Mitchell is the only brand that to me, has mastered making a white bottle with colored font look as cool as I want to feel for using their product. Especially, having forked over my hard earned money.
I KNOW. The product! I was getting there. I didn’t forget, tee hee!
The fragrance is to die for! It’s the thing I
The product itself (see I got around to it! ^_~) is THICK, THICK, THICK. It sticks to your palm while inverted, ladies. It’s a buttery gold/off-white color that looks just as tasty as it smells. This makes you feel like you’re being spoiled. It spreads BEAUTIFULLY. It clings to and caresses your hair and while letting itself be drawn in deep. Result? Velvety soft hair with no build up!
Price? $7-$8. For the quality this really isn’t bad.
Ingredient quality? I still don’t think you’re REALLY getting enough of what it markets to get THAT giddy over. However, whatever you get, in whatever concentration it’ll “do your hair right”!
Relaxed ladies: This is a great co-wash and deep condition (with more humectants added. See above).
Natural ladies: THIS COULD BE YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND! Curly pudding base, leave-in, leave-in spray base and co-wash! BAA!
Texlaxed/texturized ladies: How many uses you get with this depends on your texture -but whatever it does for you, you’ll be happy! ^_^
Di Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol, Silk Amino Complex, Coconut Milk, Egg White Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
(Sulfate Free ~ Not Tested On Animals)
Organix, Organix, Organix…why put a product that makes me so pretty in such an UGLY bottle?! The gold on gold tone idea was sumptuous and elegant…but your execution was pitiful and tragic. Even the normally cute font looks out of place. Add in your bulky design and all I can do is sigh and shake my little golden head in pity. Ah, well.
On a happier note, beloved readers: I It is one of THE BEST drugstore lines of the many I have tried and it is my “safe” brand.
The product itself is a greyish, off-white. It put me off at first glance. It’s devilishly thick, almost too thick if that’s possible. It takes a bit of effort to spread. Evidence of ample (or at least worthwhile) amounts of shea butter methinks.
Then came the fragrance. Not that manufactured, sweet, shea-butter-chemical-cocktail substitute we are used to as consumers. It is a delicate, yet rich, transparent smell. You get it toward the end of each breath without practically tasting it like most fragrance in products. It’s just heavenly! If only it would linger! Organix -MAKE PERFUME, PLEASE!
Enough waxing poetic…I’m sure you want to know what I didn’t like. Well…I like everything about this but the bottle. Really…no complaints. Well…I DO wish that lovely scent lingered. Does that count?
Price? $6-$7. A steal for the ingredient quality.
curly pudding base
Relaxed ladies, this is a wonderful DC base for you. A little honey/agave/molasses/etc. and you are Gan-Gan-Good-To-Go-Go! Also makes for a LUX co-wash on straight, chemically-altered strands.
Natural darlings, you’ll have the most uses for this. Meet your possible Holy Grail leave-in, deep condition base, and co-wash! As well as a great curly pudding base!
Texlaxed/texturized lovelies, you’ll either reap all the benefits of the relaxed and natural ladies, one or the other, or a mix depending on your texture (mainly how loose it is).
Di Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol, Silk Amino Complex, Yogurt Protein Extracts, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone
For me, beloved readers, this beat a Joico conditioner and a handful of Redken conditioners hands down. My scalp tingles, it’s healthier and supple, no longer itchy. My hair is strengthened, but so smooth and soft!
The product itself is so terribly thick and creamy it almost won’t come out of the bottle.
It’s fragrance is a lovely herbal, yet pleasantly sweet smell (it doesn’t linger) and is ORGANIC in origin -all essential oils! No mystery chemicals!
This conditioner is made of fabulous ingredients, not very expensive and a little goes a VERY, VERY long way. I’m just so very impressed by this!!! Amazing!
Biotin, is of the bio-active variety. It gets right to work! I stopped taking biotin internally because of breakouts, this is the perfect way to get the benefits without the need to break biotin capsules into your conditioner.
The price is fantastic as well. Only $7 for amazing ingredients.
It’s a luxurious co-wash for all textures and chemical states. Natural ladies, this is a great way to keep supple strong napps, kinks, clouds, corskscrews, waves and curls without protein overload.
This is a fantastic deep condition when you need to give your hair a protein boost without fear of breakage (though fine-haired ladies and the protein sensitive should keep a moisturizing co-wash handful). Add extra humectants to get the best of both the protein and moisture worlds. Baa! Translation: I LOVE THIS! YAY!
Caution: If you don’t like a tingly, relaxed, soothed, and revitalized scalp via menthol…don’t use. Then seek professional help. LOL. ^_^
Aqua (Purified Water), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Hydroflorate, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Extract, Biotin, Emulsifying Wax, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Extract, Steralkonium Chloride, Anthemus Nobilis (Chamomile ) Extract, Stearyl Alcohol, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Gel (Aloe Vera), Cyclopentasiloxane (and) Dimethicone, 22 Keratin Amino Acids, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Oil, Tritcum Vulgare (Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein), Glyceryl Stearate, Planthenol-3 (Plant Phospholipids, FL-Panthenol, Ethyl Panthenol, Steardimonium Panthenol), Natural Tocopherol (Vit. E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vit. A), Cholecalciferol (Vit. D), Linoeic & Linolenic Acid (Vit. F), Oxybenzone, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Menthol, Essential Oil Blend.
Baa, baa, baa until next Friday. ^_~
For part 1 of this review featuring picks 13 through 15, click here.
For part 2 of this review featuring picks 10 through 12,
Stay tuned next Friday for the next four items in the countdown. And if you can’t wait till next week to see more of Rachel, check her out at her blog: http://littlegoldenlamb.wordpress.com/