Product Review: Blensblend 3-in-1 Conditioner

I stumbled across this product one late night on one of the many natural hair message boards I follow.  What immediately grabbed my attention was the low-waste packaging the product is sold in. I did a google search for the product and my interest was immediately perked with the ingredients list of the conditioner. The owner Marina was sweet enough to send me a package of the Blensblend 3-in-1 Conditioner, Blensblend Hair & Body Butter and Blensblend Charmeuse Silk Sleep Cap.

blensblend 3 in 1 conditioner

Blensblend 3-in-1 Conditioner

http://blensblend.com/

8.5 oz $9.25

Ing: Purified Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Behetrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol (conditioning alcohol), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), (Vegetable) Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cetyl Alcohol NF (conditioning alcohol), Avena Sativa (Oat) Extract, Prunus Ameniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Benzoic Acid, Dehyroacetic Acid, Fragrance (Natural Essential Oils), Potassium Sorbate. Caprylyl Glycol and Sorbic Acid may be substituted for Benzoic Acid and Dehydroacetic Acid. *May contain trace amounts of Shea butter.

Blensblend 3-in-1 Conditioner claims to be a detangler, rinse-out and leave-in conditioner all in one.  Water based conditioner is formulated with Grape seed oil, BTMS, Cetearyl Alcohol, and Pro-Vitamin B-5.  It is also contains Oat Protein, which is an okay protein for my protein sensitive hair but other PS curlies need to be advised that while it is not a strong protein it is still present. I have used this product twice, once as a rinse-out conditioner, then again as a deep conditioner and a leave-in conditioner.

5 Things I Like About This Product

  1. The packaging. I mean it is the whole reason I paid any attention to the product to begin with. The flexible pouches mean low waste and they can be shipped in variety of ways which means diversity in shipping costs for the consumer. Win!
  2. The ingredients.  This product is very well formulated with quality, vegan ingredients. I love that it is free of mineral oil, petrochemicals, phthalates and as an added plus is not tested on animals.
  3. Super concentrated.  This product is very thick and you truly only need a small amount to apply to the hair. I used between a nickel to a quarter-sized amount per each quadrant of my head.
  4. Great for variety of hair types.  I don’t think this product will be an everything product for everyone, but I think everyone will use it for something.  For those with dry, thirsty hair it will work great as a leave-in to quench your curls.  For those who need a quick shot of moisture use as a rinse-out.  I really loved it as a deep conditioner; honestly it was so good I did not want to rinse it out.
  5. Great value. Just over $1 per ounce this meets my standard for boutique product.  Especially considering this product can be used for multiple types of conditioners it is a great deal.

I am very pleased with this product and I will be adding it to my list.  I will keep you guys updated on sales and deals so you can check it out.  One thing to note is to make sure you add the product to soaking wet hair, it is very concentrated and the water will help distribute it amongst your strands.  For me after I deep conditioned I only partially rinsed out the product and used the residual as a leave in to twist my hair with a little oil on top to seal in moisture.

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Products I’m Not Here For

So recently I have been using up my stash which includes revisting products I sent to the graveyard and finally trying out some I had been avoiding. Let me just say there has been a lot of apathy, so much so that I didn’t feel it even warranted a product review.  Then I saw this post by My Kinks and Curls about recent product disappointments and I thought it was a brilliant way to update you on how I felt.

Paul Mitchell The Detangler

Paul Mitchell DetanglerI picked up this product on a whim while visiting my aesthetician. I have heard a lot of naturals rave about the slip they get from using the product so I decided to check it out.

Nothing to write home about. The slip was average and it wasn’t a very good conditioner in my opinon. Good thing I grabbed this sample size on sale for a little over a dollar so I really don’t feel like I lost anything.

Nice & Curly Curl Me Up Curly Pudding

nice and curly curl me up curly puddingI received this product from my monthly Curl Kit subscription. My only disappoint with this product is as a curl definer.  In that avenue it fails, I have had similar wash-n-go using conditioner only so from a product that claims to be a curl definer I expect excellence.  However as a twisting cream it worked fine for me.  Also the MSRP is $5 so how can I be mad. It actually has decent ingredients list so I will pass this along to my SIL to use on my niece.

Jamaican Mango & Lime Tingle Shampoo

Jamaican Mango Lime Tingle ShampooThis product does live up to its name: it is definitely scalp tingling and it cleanses the hair. So why am I not here for it? Well it is also pretty drying and the scent is SUPER STRONG my goodness. The smell reminds me of muscle cream, thanks to the heavy doses of camphor and menthol, and it left my hair feeling pretty tangled after use, DCing was a MUST. However it did calm the itch on my scalp, but next time I will just use ACV or a tea rinse.

Donna Marie Dream Curling Creme

Donna Marie Dream Curling CremeI am a huge fan of Donna Marie products, but this one…not so much.  I purchased this product a while back and it is taken me forever to use it up because well it is just okay. As a curl definer, the answer is no. As a twist cream the answer is just okay. I prefer other Donna Marie products for those tasks so this one continues to be pushed further back in the product closet. I am resolving to take it with me to the next hair meet-up and give it away to a natural in need. Sorry boo, but you’ve got to go.

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Elixir Spray

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Elixir SprayI love Shea Moisture as a product line they have great products at a reasonable price that are readily available, but this one is not for me. I got if for free at an even I attended and have been using it, but I do not care for it. Shea oil, the main ingredient, is much too heavy and greasy for my hair. It sits on top, never absorbs and is oily to the touch. No thanks. I have used it as a prepoo oil to help use up this bottle and it worked okay for that purpose.

So that is my list of products I am not here for; all tea, no shade. Have you tried any of the products on my list, what are your thoughts?  Also what do you do with your mediocre products? Leave a comment below and let me know.

AfroVeda Product Review

This will be a short and simple three in one review.  I had previously only tried one Afroveda product, Cocolatte Moisture Mask, which I liked a lot but found it to be a little too pricey compared to like products.  However there was a great sale going on at the site Naturally so I decided to check out some additional AfroVeda products.

PUR Whipped Hair Gelly, 8 oz $13.50 ing: aloe vera gel, Ashwagandha Herb, Amla Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Neem Leaf Extract; Nettle, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Mustard Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (organic), Vanilla Essential Oil.

This product is not a gel but a cream, reminds me of Curls Whipped Cream, and the product states that can be used on wet hair to define curls.  I tried it for a wash-n-go and it was a fail. My hair was soft and moisturized but the curls were not defined .  I used it as a twist cream and it worked fine however I did need to follow up with a sealant. Overall the product was just okay for me.

Curl Define, 8 oz $15.50 ing: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Milk, Water, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Nettle Leaf, Ayurvedic Botanicals of Ashwagandha Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Amalaki Herb and Neem Leaf; Bay Leaf, Horsetail Leaf Extract, Palm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, (an edible, natural, ultra-mild self-emulsifying wax), Aloe Vera Leaf Gel, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (a natural preservative), and love. Essential oil blend of Sweet Orange and Vanilla.

Again this product is not a gel either but more like a buttercream, reminds me of Donna Marie Super Buttercreme, and the product states that it can be used for braid and twist styles.  I used this product as a sealant for my twists on top of PUR Whipped Hair Gelly, I also used it alone and it worked well both ways.  I think the marketing is a little misleading because it is called Curl Define but it is not a curl definer. If you are looking for a nice whipped buttercream then this will do the trick.

Hemp Seed Lock Twist & Roll Butter, 8 oz $19.50 ing: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Milk, Purified Water, Hemp Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Ayurvedic Botanicals of Ashwagandha Herb, Amla Powder, Bhringaraj Powder, Brahmi Powder, Neem Leaf Extract; Nettle, Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Mustard Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (organic), Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate (an edible, natural, ultra-mild self-emulsifying wax), Sweet Almond Wax, Carnauba Wax, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate (a natural preservative), Essential Oil Blend, and love.

This product is accurately named it is a thick butter.  I did not use the product on my hair because I could not stand the smell of the product.  I cannot pin point the scent but it smells like earthy essential oils similar to patchouli, myrrh and the like.  I would not recommend this product as a loc butter unless you like thick butters.  For my son this product would result in build up in the hair.  I would use one of the others products listed about instead.

So those are my thoughts on these products from AfroVeda, so far the Cocolatte is the best thing from this company.  If you have tried any AfroVeda products and you loved them give me a recommendation on what you think I should try next. 

Product Review: Shea Moisture Curling Souffle

SheaMoisture

Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Souffle

12 oz, $11.99

Available at Target, Walgreens and CVS stores

I did not purchase this product, but was sent to review by the manufacturer.  Truth be told I met a company rep at a hair meet-up and was asked what I thought about their products.  I told them the truth: I didn’t really like them.  The products are shea heavy and contain protein two things my hair doesn’t care for.  However my daughter liked them on her hair.  The rep remembered my honest opinion and the week before the release of this product I was asked if I would like to do a review.  I was honored to be asked especially because I had a less than stellar opinion of previous products I tried.  She asked me to try it out and be honest so here is my review.

ing: Aqueous infusion of agave tequilana leaf extract and sugar cane extract, pectin, vegetable glycerin, Baobab pulp, Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Pro Vitamin B-5, Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, Vitamin E, Flaxseed extract, Hibiscus sabdariffa extract, potassium sorbate, essential oil blend. *note i used the common names as opposed to the scientific as I did not feel like typing them out*

Before the product arrived I read up on all available information including this article on naturallycurly.com which gave a rundown of each ingredients and its purpose.  I will admit that I was super excited after reading the ingredient list.  I often do an agave/coconut oil pre-poo treatment on my hair which always looks great and wondered why no one has used them together in a product. Genius!  I was also excited that there were no strong protein additives which would surely spell disaster for my hair.  Once the product was released I saw several reviews on youtube that called the product greasy, said it weighed down their hair and was too sticky.  I took all of these comments under review to the use of the product.

I applied the product to freshly cleansed damp hair.  Because others had reported that it was oily or greasy I opted not to use a leave in.  I divided my hair into 8 sections and smoothed a quarter-sized amount over each section to avoid it from weighing down my hair.  Admittedly the product is overly oily, sticky and could weigh your hair down if you apply it with a heavy-hand.

So this is me after application *shrug* it looked okay but nothing to write home about.  My hair was sticky/tacky feeling and so was the back of my neck where my hair was laying on it.  My hair also felt fairly oily, but did not look greasy.  My curls were not really defined or poppin just sort of there.  I decided to plop my hair up on top of my head and let it dry for an hour before heading out.  This proved to be golden.  After about an hour my hair had absorbed most the oil from the product and was less tacky though it was still noticeable.  I did like the curl elongation or anti-shrinkage results except for the front crown where I have wavy hair which just looked a little limp.  In defense of this product my hair in the front looks limp with most products due to lite curl pattern.  I did love the add’l weight the product provided which gave my hair good movement and body while maintaining volume. 

I opted to tie back my hair and went out to celebrate dinner with my curl friends.  I must say I received many compliments on how my hair looked.  The picture above was taken 4 hours after application: minimal shrinkage, light shine, and hang time.  My curls felt soft and maintained their “wet” curl pattern however the tacky feel was still present, now I know why others don’t use agave in products -_-

5 Things I Like About This Product

  • Awesome natural ingredients.
  • Once fully released the product will be readily available in most markets on the ground and has a fair price point.
  • The scent smells nice  but is not overbearing like previous products I tried from this line.
  • I was able to get 2nd day hair from a single application.  I put my scarf on at night, then in the a.m. I spritzed my hair with plain water and fluffed with my fingers.
  • It did not dry hard like many gels or definers.  There was no crunch at all, not even a crisp.

However There Are A Few Things I Didn’t Like Opportunities for Improvement

  • Less oil please!  I am medium porosity and am not a fan of most shea based products or heavy oils as they sit on top of my hair.  While this was the best experience so far I have had with this line it’s still is a little too oily for my liking. I think high porosity naturals will probably like the amount of oil.
  • Sticky hair is just tacky.  (Punny right?, lol) I love the way my curls respond to agave nectar, but I do not like the feeling of sticky hair.  It was still sticky on day two. I need less tacky feeling.

Final thoughts on this product is that I would recommend it to others.  As for me I would not purchase it again without the improvements listed above.  I suffer from hand-in-hair syndrome so prefer touchably soft hair over good looking hair.  However if I was in need for a good on the ground product for wash-n-go I would grab it in a pinch.