Product Review: Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner

Oyin Handmade

Honey Hemp Conditioner

$12.00, 8.4 ounces

ing:  purified water, organic aloe vera gel, behentremonium methosulfate (emulsifier derived from colza oil), honey, virgin hemp oil, coconut oil, vegetable glycerine, hydrolized silk, citrus essences, fragrance, optiphen (preservative)

This is sort of a re-visit. I used this conditioner early in my natural hair journey. I remember liking it and I always made sure to keep a bottle on-hand. Well then life happens and it was pushed to the back of the product closet only to be re-discovered this past weekend. I was elated like I had been reconnected with an old friend I hadn’t seen since grade school and I couldn’t wait to use it again.

After cleansing my hair and scalp in the shower I applied a heaping dollop of the conditioner in my palm and smoothed it over my mane. The sweet floral scent brought back memories early in my natural hair journey when I was just trying to sort out fact from fiction and get to know my hair.  Whilst walking down memory lane I began to finger detangle my hair which was immediately halted with snap back to reality. Either a) my hair is a lot nappier then it used to be, b) this product does not have the slip that I remember, or  c) I used to be a lot rougher on my hair than I am now. Well the answer is d, all of the above *shock g voice*.  I had to grab the last of my tropical traditions coconut hair oil to provide some slippage to maneuver through a week’s worth of tangles.

5 Things I Liked About This Product

  1. All natural ingredients
  2. Oyin has great customer service and can be found at most natural hair retailers
  3. Its smells lovely (all their products do really)
  4. It conditioned my hair well and it was soft
  5. While it does contain protein, it is not enough protein to bother my protein sensitive hair.

What I sat down and realized is that this product was one of the first natural hair products I used so compared to the garbage that was out there this conditioner was heaven sent.  But that was 4 years ago. Since then I have found other products that I think are better suited to the needs of my hair.  This is not a bad product, not at all, its just that I have found things that give me the right balance of moisture, slip, softness that I require in a conditioner.  If I have to give this conditioner a grade I would give it a ‘B’.  However, I have plenty of ‘A’ conditioners in my arsenal so the B’s get bumped :)

I do like Oyin products (Juices and Berries, Greg Juice, Burnt Sugar Pomade and Funk Butter) and would recommend them to naturals looking for good products with quality ingredients.  But I am sad to report that the HoneyHemp Conditioner is no longer on my holy grail list. It will be missed.

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Product Review: My Honey Child Olive You Deep Conditioner

My Honey Child

Olive You Deep Conditioner

8oz for $18.00

ing: Distilled Water, Olive Butter, Olive Fruit Oil, Honey, Olive Leaf Extract, Soya Milk, Natural Yogurt Powder, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Seaweed, Jojoba Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute and Neroli Oil and optiphen.

I received a 2 oz free sample of this product from Lollie of Naturally, one of my fav natural hair product boutiques.  I have heard a little buzz about these products but had not tried them so I was very excited to see them included in my order.  The product has a standard look and feel comparable to most deep conditioners.  It has a subtle sweet-floral smell but honestly nothing really stands out about the product.

I applied the conditioner to cleansed hair that I allowed to air dry until it was almost completely dry (It was still moist at the roots but the ends were indeed dry) I wanted to get a feel of what the product would do on its own.  The 2 ounces sample was barely enough to distribute through my entire hair but I was able to make it work by scraping every bit from the jar.  I applied a plastic cap and let it sit for 10 -15 minutes. After which the product has completely absorbed in my hair.  My hair felt soft and moisturized, there was no visible build-up on my hair and I rocked my big fro to church.  When I came home my hair was soft but dry, though that is what I expected to happen because this product is not meant to be a styler, I just chose to use it as one.

My final thoughts are this is an okay deep conditioner. There was nothing amazing about it but it did work.  I think it had okay slip, the smell was fine, and it did soften my hair.  I was surprised that the protein (soy milk, yogurt powder) in the conditioner did not negatively affect my hair — my hair is protein sensitive if you did not know — but it was nice to know I was able to give my hair a shot of protein with no ill effects. Bottom line would I use the product again, sure. Would I purchase it, probably not. There was not enough wow factor for me and I prefer thicker, buttery deep conditioners.

Hairveda Moist Condition 24 7

Hairveda

Moist Condition 24/7

$8.99 for 16 oz

ing: Water, Coconut oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable oil, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Dimethyl Stearamine, Lactic Acid, Germall Plus, Fragrance

I love my curlfriends. One night while hanging with my girl Nu and talking natural hair products she asked if I had tried Hairveda products, which I had not, so she gave me the rest of her bottle of Hairveda Moist Condition 24/7 conditioner to check out for myself and review.  Nu has used several products in this line and she states that they are good products and that they are always having great sales.

I used this product three times. Once on my hair as a co-wash, once as a regular rinse-out conditioner and as a stand in for shave lotion.  It reminds me honestly of a regular drug store conditioner, no darts or laurels just average.  As a rinse-out conditioner my hair felt moist after using and I like that it rinsed clean.  As a co-wash I think it performed better, but not the best in the field.  My two main complaints about the product are a- it is very runny, i prefer my conditioners to have some thickness to them, and b- it has no slip, at all which I was very surprised by since coconut oil is so high on the ingredients list.

5 Things I Like About This Product:

  1. The regular price point is awesome at 50 cents an ounce you really cannot beat that with a stick.
  2. Simple, uncomplicated ingredients.  There are only 10 things in this conditioner and they each serve their purpose nothing extra.
  3. Silicone and paraben free.
  4. It smells nice like something tropical, but is not overpowering.
  5. Light enough for daily use or even to use multiple times a day which would be great for those working out regularly.

All in all I think it is a good product.  I would not purchase it again but I would recommend it for someone looking for a nice daily conditioner with good ingredients. Another plus is that the company offers salon sizes most of which qualify you for free shipping which is an awesome bonus.

 

 

Product Review: Pura Body Naturals Chocolate Hair Smoothie

Pura Body Naturals

Chocolate Hair Smoothie

8 oz, $14.00

Available online at PuraBodyNaturals.com

ing: Water, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ricinoleamido-propyltrimonium Methosulfate, Imidazolium Quat. Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Lecithin, Vegatable Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Silk, Cocoa Powder, D-panthenol Phenoxyethanol, and Capryl Glycol

My curlfriend Nu and I both purchased this deep conditioner on Black Friday.  While mine was safely stored away in my product closet awaiting its turn in queue, Nu calls me and announces,  “I think my hair got pregnant!”. Say what now? She said “I used the Pura Body Naturals deep conditioner and it made love to my hair and now its pregnant!”  Yes, it was that serious.  Ok with the gauntlet thrown down I made a date to be romanced by Chocolate Hair Smoothie that weekend.  How did it turn out? Well a lady never tells, but lets just say it quickly moved into permanent placement on my product shelf.

5 Things I Like About This Product

  1. First 5 Dream Team.  My hair loves water, aloe, BTMS, Cetyl Alcohol and butters.  Whenever I have encountered a product with these ingredients as the first five it has been love!
  2. It has protein but it doesn’t react with my protein sensitive hair.  However this does not feel or act like there is any protein in it for me.  My hair does not reap the benefits nor consequences of protein present and that is just fine with me.
  3. It has a great balance of moisturizers to emollients.  My hair feels soft and moisturized.  I can use it as a styler for a conditioner-only wash-n-go and my hair does not dry out after a few hours.
  4. It has good slip.  I have finger detangled my hair with this product and was able to slide out the knots and shed hair without ripping out the rest of my hair.
  5. It smells and looks darn delicious just like chocolate pudding.  I have been tempted to taste it.  However I have it on good authority that it tastes awful, but I won’t say how I know.

You may be wondering on this product compares to another popular chocolaty-delicious deep conditioner–B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Treat.  Well they do both smell and look like chocolate dessert and both have rich fatty ingredients however they are not equal.  BASK CBDCT has a butterier, thicker texture and should be applied to hair after emulsifying it a little in your hands.  PBN CHS has more slip, contains protein, and is light enough to be an everyday conditioner.  Both are absolutely great products but they are not exactly interchangeable.

Product Review: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner

Aussie Moist

3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner

8 oz, for $3

Available at local drug stores

ing:  Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Australian Sea Kelp Extract), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

LaManda taught me.  She really did.  My curlfriend LaManda does not stunt on what is popular, what ingredients you should/shouldn’t use or whether products are designed for “us” or not.  She is always willing to try something out and is always focused on the end result: what works.  So a couple years ago when I told her that I had yet to find a good deep conditioner that isn’t riddled with protein kryptonite that actually leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized she told me: You need to go get the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. I have been a believer ever since.

So let’s talk about the pros of this conditioner:

  • Its cheap. Not only can you pick it up for around $3 you can often find it on a BOGO sale.
  • Its widely available.  Walmart, Target, Kroger, CVS, Meijer, wherever you shop in your town you can find this item in the beauty aisle.
  • Its smells good.  It has a light tropical flower scent that is not too strong.
  • It detangles well.  Whether you finger comb, use a wide tooth comb or denman brush this is a conditioner you can detangle with easily.
  • It comes in a great bottle.  This is one of the few products that is contained within a well designed bottle.  It’s stored upright and squeezes from the bottom so no vigrous shaking to get the product out. There are also grooves on the side to act as grips to prevent slipping.

And now the cons. Or should I say cones? Yes this product contains silicones and they are very high on the ingredients list.  I could tell they were there by the amazing slip present, silicones are great for slip.  They also coat the hair which can be both good an bad.  By coating the hair they help keep the moisture in.  However that coating can build-up and prevent additional moisture from getting in.  So if you are a cone user you want to remember to use a good sulfate shampoo to make sure you are cleansing the hair of the silicones to prevent build up.  If you are not a fan of cones, well simply don’t use this product.

Product Review: Mozeke Carrot Protein Masque

Mozeke Products

Carrot Protein Masque

8 oz, $15.00

Available on MozekeProducts.com

ing: Distilled water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol,  Avocado oil, Jojoba oil, Flaxseed oil, Coconut oil, Shea butter, Banana powder, Carrot powder, Fragrance, Optiphen, Citric Acid, Buttermilk powder, Egg yolk powder, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Guar gum, and Yogurt powder.

OMG! I know what you are thinking, a protein conditioner? What the…. I know, I know.   I have talked before about my hair’s sensitivity to protein, meaning that most products formulated with strong proteins leave my hair a dry, brittle frizzy bird’s nest.  However, I ordered some products from Mozeke and I received this as a free gift, score! I was most interested to try this because unlike other products the protein in the Carrot Protein Masque (CPM) are located toward the bottom of this list meaning there wasn’t an egregious amount of protein. Plus, it is also formulated with a lot of moisturizing and fatty ingredients that I knew my hair would love.

After I applied CPM to my hair the heavens opened and my tresses were blessed!  Oh how excellent is the formulation of this product! {insert choir of angels} What I can tell you is that this is the best balance of moisture and protein in a single product.  CPM is a mixture of rich creamy perfection like a can of vanilla frosting.  My hair felt both soft and strong!  It applies on very smoothly and seemed to melt into my hair like icing on a warm cake.  For my medium porosity hair I am able to get 4 uses out of the 4 ounce jar which is on par with other deep conditioners I like.  It is scented to smell like a tropical treat, sort of reminds me of the smell of the old Bronner Bros Super Gro Hair Grease.

5 Things I Like About This Product:

  1. It’s a protein conditioner that is strengthening without leaving my hair feeling like straw!
  2. It’s a protein conditioner that is strengthening without leaving my hair feeling like straw! Okay I already said that, but it is worth repeating.  I have tried so many protein laced products and they normally leave my hair feeling awful, but finally someone got it right!
  3. It applies so easily into the hair.  Normally my hair likes buttery deep conditioners which require me to emulsify and work into the strands but this really melted into my hair.
  4. It has great slip!  Usually I need runny conditioner to detangle my hair, but this one worked just wonders softening the tangles and providing the needed slip to glide out the tangles easily.
  5. Excellent balance of soft and strong, my hair has never felt this good from just using a single product alone in one-step.

This is a lot of hype for one product, but I just have to call it as I experienced it.  After being abused by strong proteins or ignored by weak ones I have finally found the one product with protein that works for me.  Now the price is a bit high, but under $2 per application is a fair price for an awesome product in my opinion.  I will most assuradely purchase this product again.  On a positive note Mozeke holds several really awesome sales during the year so I will be watching and stock up then.

Product Review: Komaza Care Olive Moisture Mask

Komaza Care

Olive Moisture Mask

16 oz, $16.00

available online at KomazaHairCare.com

ing: Distilled Water, Dipalmitoylethyldimonium Chloride (A derivitive of Palm Oil), Behentrimonium, virgin olive oil, olive butter, aloe butter, soybean oil, coconut oil, polyquaternium, quaternium 87, jojoba esters infused with nettles, horsetail, rosemary, peppermint, marshmallow, xanthan gum, pro vitamin B5, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B6, allantoin, honey, inositol,citric acid, rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, Polysorbate 20, cinnamon cassia, potassium sorbate.

I purchased this conditioner a while back.  I liked it enough to add it to my holy grail list but I never actually did a review on it; shame on me.  So here it goes.  Now the #1 reason that I purchased this product is because I was looking for a good deep conditioner without strong proteins.  My hair is protein sensitive and a lot of deep treatments contain too much protein for my hair’s liking.  I like this conditioner, I think it does a good job and the price point of $1 per ounce is a great for a boutique product.

I think the product works well as a classic deep conditioner, however on a tip from vlogger Makeupanbeautyjunkie I decided to use it as a DC while steaming.  This made it work even better!  The overall grade of this product for me with steaming is a B+.  Things that I feel could be improved would be to put the product in a bottle instead of a jar because it is not thick enough to scoop out.  Also because it is a runny conditioner I feel that it should have more slip. The slip is just average and I would not detangle with it alone.  I also think it could stand to be a little bit thicker and I would love to see the addition of cocoa butter or similar ingredient.  Check out my complete YouTube review below:

Product Review: B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Treat

B.A.S.K.

Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat

8 oz, $20

available online at baskbeauty.com

ing:  Distilled Water, Prime Pressed Cocoa Butter, Virgin Coconut Cream, Kukui Moluccana Seed Oil, Agave Nectar, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Raw Cocoa Powder,Amalaki Fruit Powder, Cetyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin.

I purchased this product on Black Friday 2011 and have used it 3-4 times.  Why am I just now reviewing it? Well first of all my life is hectic and I am not exactly timely with my postings.  Secondly, my curlfriend Tanya called me with a hair emergency stating her hair was dry and matted and she needed a heavy hitting deep conditioner.  So what did I do? What every good curlfriend would, I gave her the best DC in my arsenal!  Unfortunately that jar is now empty, so I felt it was about time I did a review.

B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark (pronounced kuh-cow) is truly everything to me. So what is so special about this DC? Well for starters it looks and smells like chocolate mousse.  It is incredibly thick and creamy and really coats your hair in goodness when you put it on.  And while you will be tempted to put it on by the palm-full, that was not necessary for my medium porosity strands.  I used two fingertips-full of product per each quadrant of my hair.  On top of the aromatic goodness of hot chocolate, my hair always feels so soft after using it.  I have used it as just 20 minute DC, an overnight DC and a conditioner-only wash-n-go and every time I have loved the results.  Yep it is that good!

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. It looks, smells and feels just divine.  You will me tempted to eat it.  I sure if you did you wouldn’t die or anything but I wouldn’t recommend it.
  2. Great value.  For my entire head I maybe use about an ounce per application.  Which means mathematically each application costs me about $2.50.
  3. No matter how I have abused my hair, this product always brings it back to a happy place.  It feels soft and fluffy after every use.
  4. Concentrated with quality ingredients that my hair loves!  Not too buttery, not too runny, not too thick, it is formulated just right.
  5. Great customer service.  My package was mis-delivered by my shoddy USPS worker and was never recovered.  I wrote the company to see what they can do and she shipped my out another package at no charge via priority mail!

BASK Beauty products are really like special treats for your hair.  These are products I use  when I really want to spoil myself.  The price is a little high, however they are made with great quality ingredients and are worth every penny!  I have purchased 5 products so far and I have only been disappointed with one which was just that I didn’t like the scent but it worked just fine.  I must also say that the company has excellent customer service. She is very responsive to her customer’s needs and is truly a sweetheart.