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Rachel’s Review: Top 15 Drugstore Conditioners Continued: THE TOP THREE!!

• Sep 25, 2009

Beloved readers, we’ve come to the end of the list!

I hope you’re as excited as I am! If you didn’t see your favorite line in my list, don’t worry. Knowing me and my wandering ways, I’ll try it at some point. ^_~

Without further ado, here they are:


Egads! All caps in the title? I definitely

What does this conditioner have to do with scones? That: “OH, YEAH…That’s how I like it!” moment my tummy has when I eat a scone is what my hair has when I use this. See? They are totally related.

What? Don’t look at me like that, beloved readers!

Ahem, scone-lust aside, JASON continues to wow me with their AVEDA QUALITY for half the price. $10 to be precise. I’m back on a natural spin after the end of a fairly long affair with salon products. Scones….

Sorry! Back to conditioner! Okay, let me bake ‑I mean- BREAK this down:

It’s packaging…makes me snore! JASON, I love your recyclable, biodegradable plastics, textured bottles, great graphic placement and design, and wonderful font and font placement. Still…CAN YOU MAKE THE BOTTLE SEXY PLEASE?! Please? Pretty, please with Afrosheen on top?

Slap a push-tab top and inverted design on their too when you get a moment. It’s a pain to squeeze once it’s half empty. You’ve got to WORK that last bit out. That said, it is SO worth it.… Scones….

Fragrance! It…doesn’t really have one. Just that soft, herbally fragrance that’s big these days in “natural products”. The key word is SOFT. It is SUBTLE! It has a touch of sea air in every “plop” of conditioner. So, if you actually notice it…it smells really fresh and comforting. If you don’t notice it…well…who cares what it smells like? ^_^

The product itself is UBER thick and creamy. It spreads like farm-fresh, whipped, honey butter. It really clings to your hair, envelopes it and sinks in to truly nourish while washing so clean…you wonder if it really did anything beneficial for your hair. Then you run your fingers through your hair and apologize profusely to the bottle for doubting it. I know I did.… Scones….

Sorry…I’m going to stop doing that eventually, just bear with me.

It’s performance is a ten out of ten. This is a fantastic deep condition needing no add-ins. Really. ^_^ Great, no? It leaves hair soft, silky and supple without that “coated” feeling. It does make a great co-wash but I feel like I’m wasting it when I use it that way because it’s such a great quality conditioner.

Its ingredient quality is why I bought this. I can’t even describe how AMAZING it is. I feel like I’m robbing the store blind when I plunk down only $10 dollars for it!

See for yourself! Shoo!

Uses: co-wash, deep condition, curly pudding base, End protector/tamer, Possible roller setting aid diluted, shaving cream


Relaxed ladies: This will pamper your tresses, condition them lovingly inbetween washing out your relaxers and neutralizing, and may work as a roller setting aid if diluted. Great for adding to dry ends as a protector throughout the week too! Lay down those edges with this as well!
Natural ladies: Make detangling a breeze. Meet a great curly pudding base and leave-in. Your thirsty tresses with drink this in and reward you with soft, sheeny, coils!!
Texlaxed ladies: Same as the natural ladies if your texture is closer to “home” or see the recommendations for the relaxed ladies if you texlax to 3b and up.


I’ll stop now.

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract*, Emulsifying Wax, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Gel*, DL-Panthenol, Ethyl Panthenol and Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Stearalkonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Laminaria Saccharina (Hawaiian Sea Kelp/Algae), Cymbidium Grandiflorum (Orchid) Flower Extract, Hedychium Coronarium (Awapuhi) Extract, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui Nut) Oil, Plumeria Acutifolis (Plumeria) Extract, Natural Tocopherol (Vit E), Ascorbic Acid (Vit C), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract*, Stearyl Alcohol, Retinyl Palmitate (Vit A), Linoleic & Linolenic Acid (Vit F), Oxybenzone, Triticum Vulgare (Hydrolyzed Wheat) Protein, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane and Dimethicone, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance Oil Blend.

2. J/A/S/O/N 84% Aloe Vera Conditioner


I love this conditioner for detangling, especially. Its true strengths come out when it is used as a deep conditioner. This does NOT require add-ins (like honey, oils, silk amino acids, etc) to be effective. The product is so thick and creamy YOU CAN HARDLY GET IT OUT OF THE CONTAINER.

This is just glorious, my dears. Thick, creamy off white, it hugs your palm ‑even when inverted. The ingredient quality is on the level of Aveda products. There is in fact, hordes of organic aloe in it. The whole product line is natural/organic. The price is great -$7, for such quality ingredients and a truly good product. It’s fragrance is clean…pure aloe freshness! You can work it into a thick, creamy forth that coats every strand, soothes your scalp and makes you one happy camper. ^_^ Unless you’re like me and don’t care for camping. Then…you’re just happy. ^_^ YAY!

Relaxed cookies, this is FANTASTIC for your hair. A fabulous DC that doesn’t even need add-ins, though I’d suggest them.
Natural heart-throbs, meet your detangling comb/brush’s new partner in crime!! This provides a great deal of slip and over time, for me, it reduced tangles from forming in the first place. It’s a great curly pudding base and leave-in, just beware possible flakes or dullness from heavy-handed application.
Texlaxed covergirls, you can reap the benefits of all of the above.

Overall, you WILL see results with this conditioner, it truly does what it says it will do. The aloe is great for expanding my curls or keeping my previously relaxed and texlaxed hair plump and supple. I love this line! You won’t regret trying this! I certainly didn’t. ^_~

Shaving gel
Deep conditioner
Curly pudding base

This would not be a LittleGoldenLamb review without me fussing over the packaging. ^_~ This will be no exception. ^_^ JASON bottle are NOTORIOUS for making the last half of their contents near impossible to reach. The ONLY good thing going for it is the push tab. The shape, bulky design, boring white color and frustration-inducing-you-can’t‑squeeze-me-to-save-your-life-properties are somewhat balanced by its great layout, graphic use and font.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Gel *Certified Organic , Aqua Purified Water , Emulsifying Wax , Stearalkonium Chloride , Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract Chamomile Certified Organic , Stearyl Alcohol , Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract Marigold Certified Organic , Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract Horsetail Certified Organic , Cyclopentasiloxane , Dimethicone , Spirulina Maxima Extract Spirulina , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil Jojoba Certified Organic , Natural Tocopherol Vit. E , Lavandula Intermedia Leaf/Flower/Stem Extract Certified Organic , Retinyl Palmitate Vit. A , Glyceryl Stearate , Triticum Vulgare Protein Hydrolyzed Wheat , Vegetable Glycerin , Dl-Panthenol , Ethyl Panthenol , Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride , Benzyl Alcohol , Citrus Grandis Seed Extract Grapefruit , Sodium Benzoate , Potassium Sorbate , Fragrance Oil Blend

Here it is, beloved readers. My Number One Drugstore Conditioner (to date). I give to you:
1. Say Yes to Carrots Pampering Mud Conditioner

Much has been said about this conditioner and brand, beloved readers. I will attempt to add to the existing net-scuttle in an efficient and productive manner.


I LOVE THIS…save for one thing, that will (probably) keep me from repurchasing.

That would be the best way to sum up my feelings. The next few hundred of words will explain the aforementioned sentiment. Let’s begin. ^_^

I want to state what I DON’T like. That way, if you find it doesn’t bother you, you can rest assured in all the fantastical things I’m going to say about what it did for my hair and the delicious ingredients.

The scent; Like many who read reviews on this product, I heard many a reviewer note that the smell of this drove them from it. Sadly, I feel the same way. To explain, how the scent is…I will list several hints of things I smelled within its complex fragrance that DOES smell more or less like carrots…but not in a way I could enjoy:

Baby Powder, Freshly cut grass, Sea Salt, Soil after a summer rain, Orange Pith, Play dough

Together…it does read as “carrot”, but not at all in a way I found pleasant. This…is a time to be cheeky, beloved readers, giving this a sniff before purchase. I absolutely ABHOR doing it myself. However, the scent of this will make or break this product for you. I can say this because it performs BEAUTIFULLY! The question, is whether or not you’ll want to use it!

It lingers, I might add. For an hour or so at least. It lingered in the shower cap I used for my Cap n’ Go method for days (which I tossed).

There. Enough with the negative.

Package design: If you read my blog regularly, beloved readers, you know that I am one for a pretty package (all jokes aside). I like that yes to Carrots has a definite image. I don’t care for the color, font, graphics or layout…but, I love how well they are put together, even if they are not my taste. Congrats Yes to Carrots. ^_^ The bottle, I detest save for two things:

1. The label peels off easily making it FANTASTIC to holding any other beauty stuffs
2. The push tab

I would love to see some curves and an inverted bottle design (keep that push tab, though!) The product itself, I should add, is a light tan/orange color and spread decently. It’s very, very runny! When rubbed vigorously (which may lead to tangles, beware) it creates a great froth. This froth…is not necessarily enough for detangling depending on your hair texture. I will return to this a bit later.

The performance of this is nothing short of miraculous. Satiny soft, CUSHY, sheeny, SILKY coils were my reward for persevering through the scent of this product. My hair had a lightness to it that was terribly pleasant to feel on my fingertips. It didn’t feel coated as this conditioner has a teeny-weeny amount of silicone. My scalp felt quenched and relaxed.

Bravo, Yes to Carrots. ^_^

This product owes such a great performance to its quality ingredients. Just look at them! This ingredient list is pure poetry, beloved readers:

Spring Water and (Dead) Sea Water , Silt (Dead Sea Mud) , Magnesium Chloride , Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Extract , Cetrimonium Chloride , Jojoba Oil , Olive Oil , Calendula officinalis Oil , Almond Oil , Carrot Seed Oil , Carrot Juice , Organic Extracts of: Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Melon, Orange & Honey , Fragrance , Dimethicone , Wheat Germ Oil , Imidazolidinyl Urea

I have a hunch it’s the magnesium chloride doing most of the conditioning/softening. The silt probably lends itself to the light/clean feeling this leaves you with as would any salt content in the sea water. I’m not convinced there’s enough of all the extracts listed to really make a difference. I adore Yes to Carrots for including dimethicone (with which I have a <3/hate relationship)…at the bottom of the list.

I mentioned earlier, I would return to its “frothy” effect and if it is enough for detangling.

Natural heart-throbs…this is going to be a texture issue. While all natural textures could benefit using this for a low-cone, low-poo regimen, you may have to use such a large amount to get enough lubrication for your strands to detangle…this may not prove to be worthwhile as a co-wash. HOWEVER, add some honey and more oil (I use coconut or olive oil) and your hair will think you are the best-thing-since-sliced-bread. Tight 3c and below ladies, past the TWA phase may find this requires copious amounts to enjoy its benefits. Try it in a diluted spritz as well, beloved natural readers.

Texlaxed cover girls, this product will do fantastically for you as well, yet, texture is still the main issue for you as well. “Lightly texlaxed” ladies who still sit in the tight 3c to 4b range may do best with this as a DC base. Looser textures (natural or texlaxed) will benefit from this as a co-wash and DC base.

Rexlaxed lovelies, particularly the bone-laxed will have a pleasant little shower-party with this as a co-wash and DC base. I used this while bone-laxed as well with fantastically light, soft, silky hair as a result.
This is also great for shaving, I might add.

I had dulling when I used this as a straight-leave in, but I can be heavy handed. Some textures may in fact love this as a leave-in. Just apply it with a light hand and keep an eye out for a lack of shine or teeny flakes.

There you have it, beloved readers. My Top 15 Drugstore Conditioners to date. I hope you find one (or more of them) makes your day, as much as they did mine. Until next time!

Baa, baa, baa! ^_^

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12 years ago

Oh Rachel, how I will miss our “My Top 15 Drugstore Conditioners” Friday’s together. At least I won’t spend anymore money!!!! (For now). I of course bought a bottle of Yes to Carrots to do my hair tonight…it’s like a whole new head of hair. Definitely a keeper. Thanks!!

12 years ago

I was very excited when this conditioner came out but was hesitant about one of the ingridients.
This product contains Imidazolidinyl Urea a cosmetic persevative, which is a formadehyde releaser. I am just a little concerned about that.

Josephine Bea
Josephine Bea
12 years ago

I LOVE the Jason range for hair. They’re just great value and so luxurious.

12 years ago

Thanks! I will recommend this to all my friends.

12 years ago

I love the Yes to Carrots Pampering Hair Conditioner. I started using it after I read your review. I have always been curious about the Yes to Carrots line. It works so well with my hair that I have replaced my Olive Oil Replenishing Pak (which used to tangle and shred my hair terribly). I add Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Hair Elixir Oil to the Yes To Carrots, put on a plastic cap, and sit under the dryer for about 15min once a week! It makes my hair happy!

11 years ago

I love the Yes to Carrots Pampering Hair Conditioner! I use it as a leave in and my hair loves it!

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