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Rachel’s Review: Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner

• Jan 15, 2010

Rachel, our guest reviewer, waxes poetic on products every Friday.
Can’t wait till next week? Check out her blog http://littlegoldenlamb.



I have to say I’m pleased by the Giovanni line. The products do benefit my hair greatly, their scent is not something I would prefer but it is unobtrusive and they are not terribly expensive.

This conditioner is no exception.

It’s pearlescent, creamy, slightly tacky conditioner is not “custard-thick”, but is hardly runny. This has a light saran-wrap meets fresh citrus scent. I know that may sound unappealing, but it is not overpowering and while it lingers it does so in a very muted fashion. It translates to “fresh, bright and clean” in the hair.

This spreads easily, though I needed a copious amount to properly cover my dense, “thick-stranded” TWA (teeny weeny afro.) What I love is that once you work it into your hair it coats every strand, root to tip. It left my curls and coils saying:

I’m so happy and full of moisture! Look how fat and shiny I am! Bwaha!”

Yes. That’s exactly what they said. ^_^ Moving on…!

Adding a bit of water to this turned into a froth that was beneficial for finger combing, though one needs to proceed with caution if using this with a wide-toothed comb. It’s not a “melt-tangles like butter” conditioner. This rinsed away cleanly, leaving me without build up, which I greatly appreciated. My scalp felt moisturized and relaxed as well.

How did my hair feel?

Soft, fleecy, heavy and cashmere soft. I don’t ask my (natural) hair to feel silky. It’s not in its nature…no matter how much the media tells me EVERYONE’S hair should feel, to be “truly healthy”. However, when at its healthiest it feels EXACTLY LIKE EXPENSIVE CASHMERE.

THAT is the standard I hold it to and this conditioner helps me maintain that. ^_^

This is possible, not doubt, because of its fantastic ingredient list:
Aqua (Purified Water), Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Oil, Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Oil, Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Birch Leaf (Butela Alba) Oil, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis Flower) Oil, Clary (Salvia Sclarea), Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Coltsfoot Leaf (Tussilago Fargara), Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) Oil, Mallow (Malya Sylvestris), Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense) Oil, Soybean Protein (Glycine Soja), Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Stearalkonium Chloride, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Trace Minerals, Citric Acid (Corn), Sodium Hydromethylglycinate, Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Derived).

What I LOVE about this conditioner is that is has several oils in it. What I dislike is how they are misleadingly represented here. This conditioner is not terribly oily, or unstable as it would be if oil made up the percentage of the product this listing suggests (I’m on to you Giovanni!). That said, there is plenty enough in it and the cetyl alcohol and steralkonium chloride keep my mane in check. ^_^

This is a great co-wash conditioner and vehicle for protein treatments (by adding neutral protein filler or Aphogee Two Step, both of which I’ve reviewed). This can also be used as a leave-in for the thick-haired. I used it with good results (it can be dulling if applied with a heavy hand). It’s best applied to damp hair (20% wet, 80% dry for this little, golden lamb).

Fine haired ladies of all textures: You may find this a bit heavy. Be sure to rinse well and perhaps alternate it with a lighter co-wash if needed or whip just this out for the cold months. ^_^

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