Iyoba Organic Curl Cream

Several months back I attended the Natural Hair Freedom Brunch in Atlanta and received a gift bag with several different hair and body product samples. To be perfectly honest I am over swag bags, I don’t need any more products and I usually toss them in a bin of stuff I give away to friends and family or use on vacation.  While packing for one of my trips I wanted to take a travel size hair moisturizer with me and I grabbed Iyoba Organic Curl Cream. I had no expectations with this product; it was water based (moisturizing) and contained shea butter (sealing) and that was all I needed it to do.  After cracking this bad boy open I was presently surprised by its performance.

Iyoba organic curl cream

Iyoba Body Essentials

Organic Curl Cream

$12 / 4 oz jar

ing: spring water, irish moss, organic flax seed, oils of castor, meadowfoam seed, olive, organic shea butter, essential oils, peace and love. 

I am not a real lover of curl creams. I really only use them when twisting my hair which I have not done in months really.  My hair loves snotty mucilage gel for wash n gos and that is really where my heart lies as far as products go. We know that all curl creams are not created equal. For me to be a great curl cream it must be moisturizing, set and seal the curls, but not be too butter heavy. This Iyoba Organic Curl Cream is the stuff other curl creams aspire to be.

5 Reasons I Loved This Product

  1. It smells really good, the light sweet-citrusy smell reminds me of lemon cake but not overwhelming.
  2. It provides lasting moisture. I used this to style my hair into a puff and to put in some jumbo twists. My hair was so very soft I couldn’t stop touching it.
  3. The product seals the hair without leaving it feeling oily or coated.
  4. It has a bit of slip to it which is surprising. You can add this to dry hair after spritzing with a bit of water and lightly separate and detangle the hair.
  5. It actually defined my curls; not as well as a gel, but better than any other curl creme ever has.

I only received a small 2 ounce sample and I actually went to the website interested in ordering. The pricing had me rethinking my intentions. As much as I liked the product I am not paying $12 for 4 ounces, I will however keep an eye out for a sale.  After skimming the ingredients list I have to say the reason this product is so great is the irish moss. It is the only ingredient I have not had much experience with and I will be doing further research on products containing irish moss as well as adding it to my DIY projects and keep you posted.

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Product Review: Original Moxie featuring Knapsgirl

“All I need in this life I’m in, is me and my curlfriends” –African Proverb

All kidding aside I really do LOVE my curlfriends.  A few weeks ago I went on a mini-vacay to visit my curlfriend, YouTuber MonicaJoi aka Knapsgirl and of course we played in hair products.  Monica won a full-set of Original Moxie Natural Wonder products and we decided to give them a try.

Original Moxie

Natural Wonder Gift Set

Includes: Get Clean™ No-foam Shampoo (8 oz.), Intense Quench™ Deep Conditioner (8 oz.), & Everyday Leave-in™ Detangling Conditioner (8 oz.), Hair Bling™ High Shine Pomade (3 oz.), & Lux Locks™ Styling & Shine (6 oz.). 

$72 for the complete set

There are two videos that go along with this review, a before and an after, that are filled with lots of giggles and hilarity. Monica is a purest and refused to edit them so enjoy our ridiculousness.

Before Vid 

Get Clean No-Foam Shampoo: This was a strange experience for me.  This is a no-foam shampoo and it really doesn’t foam.  It feels like a moisturizer when you are applying it to your hair and it was honestly hard to tell if I had distributed it evenly or if it was even working.  After two washes I decided that it should be good enough. To my surprise it did get my hair clean and did so without stripping.  I would not recommend this if your hair is really gunked up with product, however as a daily or even weekly cleanser this worked great. It has a polite floral-nutty smell, hard to pinpoint but it was pleasant.  While the product did work, I give it a B grade, I would not purchase as I like the comfort of knowing my hair is clean and this honestly was just too subtle for me.

Everyday Leave-in Detangling ConditionerI used this both as a rinse out and a leave-in conditioner.  It did an okay job detangling my hair. There was not phenomenal slip but I was able to finger detangle without feeling like I would yank or break my hair.  Again nice subtle smell to it.  It worked much better as a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer than it did as a detangling conditioner.  Overall grade C, I would not purchase this again although it worked well as a moisturizer I prefer it to work better as a detangler.

Intense Quench Deep ConditionerEasily my favorite product in this line.  It did a great job conditioning and detangling my hair.  I will say that when I first applied it I thought I was going to hate it. The product is thin, like a leave in moisturizer, after applying it to a section of hair I allowed it to sit for about 10 minutes and that is when the magic happened.  Just goes to show a deep conditioner does not have to be thick or buttery to work well.  Overall grade A, however I would not purchase unless it was on sale because the price point of $17 for 8 oz it too rich for my blood.

Lux Locks Styling & Shine: This is a twisting cream that I used to twist my hair.  The product worked well, it was not too sticky or greasy easy to apply and left my hair moisturized.  I would not recommend as a wash-n-go styler it was not much of a curl definer.  The one draw-back is the smell. I don’t know if it is the neem, rosewood or what but the smell is strong and not my pleasing to me.  We mistook the scent for patchouli but it is not an ingredient listed in the product however it is in the same scent family.  Without the smell I would give the product a B for performance however the scent drops it down to a C.

Hair Bling High Shine PomadeI am not a real fan of pomades but I did like this one. It was not overly greasy and added a nice shine to my hair.  I did not care for using it to twist alone but it worked great when coupled with the Lux Locks Styling & Shine, so I would recommend using them together.  I can really tell the difference in softness and shine in the sections where I used this product. Overall grade for this product is a B, but like the deep conditioner it is much too pricey in my opinion and I would not purchase.

After Vid 

A quick shot of me and our camerawoman Nyra, before heading out for the night :)

I did get an AWESOME twist-out taking my hair down a few days later :)