Thursday, 25 July 2013

Natural Hair Product Review: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Organic Hair Crème

Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Ethanol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Fair Deal Hemp Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Uses: Leave-In Conditioner.

Packaging:  There are two versions: lavender and peppermint. There is writing all over the packaging that informs you about how eco-friendly and fair the company is to its employees. The lavender comes in a purple bottle and the peppermint in a blue bottle. Both have a pump mechanism, which is very handy when your hands are slippery with hair oil. It can also be pushed down and locked to prevent leakage. The downside of this is that once you get close to finishing the product, it's difficult to get it out (and you can't decant it into a pot as it hardens when exposed to air). Another negative is that the label wraps around the entire bottle so you can't figure out how much has been used.

Scent: It smells like lavender yoghurt! The lavender is the strongest scent then there are tiny hints of coconut, which to me combines to smell more like Greek yoghurt.

Price: The cheapest I found this online for was £7.99 + £3.99 P&P from the Dr. Bronner site (in the US it’s $7.99, the UK is always getting ripped off!) and the same price from (but with free delivery). I bought mine from ASOS using my student discount, but they’ve either run out of stock or stopped selling it. For that price you get 177 ml (6 US fl. Oz.), which is not a lot, but you only have to use a small amount. Mine has lasted me for the last 4-5 months and I’ve been using it weekly.

Slip: Despite it containing so many oils there is very little slip (it may be because of the ethanol) so you can’t use it to detangle after you wash your hair. It took me about 3 or 4 uses to get used to this, now that I’m used to it I don’t mind. Unfortunately it also means that it doesn’t really help to control frizz.

Moisturisationess: Even though it has no slip, my strands stay moisturised for ages. I don’t even have to use oil and shea butter on top to keep the moisture in. I simply seal with oil and twist up my hair and I only have to spray water and apply oil every 1-2 times a week (as opposed to everyday) now that I’ve been using it.

Consistency: It’s very thin and watery, not sticky at all. Because of this it dries quite quickly compared to other heavier creams.

Overall Score: It loses points for the lack of slip, but wins me over because it moisturises and lasts for so long. It also helps that it supports Fair Trade and is eco-friendly. I give it...
 Mariama x

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