Yummy Product Nomenclatures

Hellur girls and boys! (Do any boys read this blog? There must be a couple. We see you! You should say hello some time, okay?)

So by way of a disclaimer, today’s post is only going to highlight a topic that I have often wondered about. I will present you with findings from my little research. However, I have no conclusions to make. Perhaps we can reach a conclusion together?

Hair products. When you see ‘shampoo’ or ‘cleansing’ attached to the name of a product, you know exactly what that product ought to do without reading the description, right? The same goes for ‘conditioner’, ‘leave-in conditioner’, ‘detangler’, ‘gel’, and even ‘mousse’. These terms point not only to the function of a particular product but many times, also to its look and/ or feel. And then you keep going across the hair product aisle and you start to see ‘butter’, ‘souffle’, ‘smoothie’, ‘custard’, ‘pudding’.

Have these earned their names or are manufacturers just slapping names on products because they so fancy?

When I think of butter, I think stick butter; or at least a type of hardened oil, hardened being the key word. Of course, cooking/edible butter can get soft in warmer temperatures. However there is a certain consistency to the softness… there is something thick and heavy about the way it feels, right? In the same light, custards and puddings are, to me, light and fluid mixtures. So translating that to hair speak, I would expect more effort to rub a butter between my palms, than to rub a custard or a pudding. In addition, because butter is hardened, heavy oil, I would not expect it to carry water. Conversely, I would expect water to be the first ingredient of a custard or pudding.

Apart from appearance and feel, I then thought that perhaps there are certain ingredients that are common to products to earn them the suffixes of ‘butter’, ‘custard’, or ‘pudding’. So I did a little research, using the product database of CurlMart.

I used the search terms ‘butter’, ‘pudding’, and ‘custard’ individually and randomly selected 8 products from each category for this little research.

Below are the most common ingredients found in:

Custards (Obia Curl Enhancing Custard, Miss Jessie’s Coily Custard, Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Mop Top Curly Custard, Design Essentials Natural Honey Curl Forming Custard, Milk + Honey Hydrating Hair Custard, Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Grow & Strengthen Custard)

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Water – 6

Vegetable glycerin – 5

Pectin – 3

Xantham gum – 2

 

Pudding (As I Am Cleansing Pudding, Carol’s daughter Hair Milk Pudding Style, Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding, Darcy’s Botanicals Organic Coconut & Aloe Moisture Pudding, EDEN Bodyworks Coconut Shea Pudding Souffle, Milk + Honey Tangle Free Pudding, Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding)

pudding

Water – 6

Ethylhexyl palmitate – 4

Glycerin – 4

Caprylyl Glycol – 3

Cetearyl alcohol – 2

Hydroxyl propyl starch phosphate – 2

Carbomer – 2

Oleth5 – 2

 

Butter (As I Am Double Butter Cream Rich Daily Moisturiser, Beemine Bee Hold Curly Butter, Blended Beauty Curl Styling Butter, Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, Carol’s daughter Healthy Hair Butter, Darcy’s Botanicals Eucalyptus Mint Herbal Scalp Conditining Butter, Milk + Honey Honey Butter)

Butter

Butter (Shea/Almond/Cocoa/Other)- 7

Water – 4

Behentrimonium methosulfate – 2

Cetearyl alcohol – 2

Beeswax – 2

One thing I find really interesting in these results is the butter. Almost all the products labelled ‘butter’ had some type of butter in its ingredients. And of the 8 products sampled, only half contained water. But going by the numbers, there probably isn’t any one ingredient or combination of ingredients that confer butter status, for example, to a product. Of course only 8 products per category is hardly enough to infer anything, but at least it’s a start. However, all of the products sampled have moisturising claims (even the ones without water… You know yourselves) and herald themselves as being great all-encompassing styling aids. (While there are products that expressly say they are best used for twist-outs or braid-outs, I am yet to find a styling aid that states that it is only good for afros. If you know of any, please let me know. My theory though is that lighter products should be for the fro, while heavier (butter) products will be perfect for twist-outs and braid-outs. I am yet to test out this theory.)

So my question still remains… how are these names given? By appearance or consistency of the product? Or are they just random fancy names given to the products?

I hope I have not just rambled on and left you feeling like “What did I just read?!”

If you use or have used products with any of these three names, did the feel complement the name? Did they act differently in their styling abilities? For example, do you find you get better twists out results with a butter, and a better, fluffy fro with a custard or pudding? I’m obviously interested in this seemingly non-existent issue. Please help a sister!

– Mee Mee

xx.

Product Review: Naturalista Cosmetics Juicy Leave-In Conditioner

Source: Naturallycurly.com

Source: Naturallycurly.com

Hello beautiful people!

My name is Marilyn and I am not a product junkie.

If anything, I lie on the other end of the spectrum. I’m not one for trying out new products except they’re free or I’m being forced to try them out. So when I stumbled on Naturalista Juicy Leave-In Conditioner it was both free and I was kind of being forced to try it out. I took what I believed was moisturised hair to Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks, to get Havana twists and so when she remarked that my hair was dry, I was quite surprised. In a bid to find a conditioner that would help lock in my moisture, she very kindly tried a couple of leave-ins she had, but my hair refused them all (so spoilt!). And then she opened up a new sample jar of Naturalista Juicy Leave-In Conditioner and the first thing that got me was the smell. This tiny jar of happiness smells completely like cake. I kid you not. If I hadn’t seen her unwrap it, it would have taken a lot to convince me that the jar didn’t contain cake batter. It’s creamy colour and mousse-like texture makes it even more like a dessert, than a hair product. But the aesthetics isn’t the only thing that this product is good for, no no no. In the hours I spent braiding my hair, this was the only product that managed to moisturise my hair! Imagine my joy when she offered to let me have the entire jar for keeps! This product made my hair so soft and in addition, the moisture really was maintained for almost an entire week! Can you believe that?! An entire week. Seven whole days! I think this product was made by angels… only explanation.

So what makes this Naturalista Juicy Leave-In Conditioner what it is?

This juicy hair dessert contains an impressive list of ingredients, viz. Shea Butter, Aloe Leave Juice, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Panthenol, Vegetable Gylcerin, Vitamin E, Honey, Lemon Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Fragrance, Natural Preservatives. One thing that jumps at me when I look at the ingredients is how simple they are; and how most of them are lone ingredients that I have either mixed with water for daily spritzing or added to my DIY deep conditioning treatments.

Is this product without sin then?

For me, this product is flawless (it really did wake up like this). However, because of its mixture and its consistency, it might border on being too greasy for some people, out of personal preference, and even because of their hair type and porosity.

Are you sold on this product and want to have a piece of the cake?

Sadly, I am yet to replace this product in my life! It just seems very evasive, which has made my hair and I very sad. However, I was able to find it still available here . I was interested in buying the 8oz jar ($22.99), but it is currently sold out. The 16 oz jar ($45.99) is still available though. On the website above, the product is being sold under its new name of Juicy Yummy. The 2 oz jar ($7.99) is available for sale here .

If you cannot tell by now, I’ll go ahead and say it. I LOVE this product and yes, it is probably the best thing that has touched my hair till date.

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts about it?

Have a brilliant day people!

Mee mee 

xx

AB says: You can get this in Nigeria from the Kinky Apothecary. 3,800 naira for 8 oz. Check the Where to Find Directory for contact deets x

Product Review: Africa’s Best Kids Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Shea Butter Moisturising Detangling Hair Lotion

Hey guys!!

Today I’m reviewing the Africa’s Best Kids Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Shea Butter Moisturising Detangling Hair Lotion. Yes, I’m thinking what you’re thinking- why so long though?? 😦

This is a leave-in conditioner I’ve used at different times since I went fully natural last year. It isn’t my Holy Grail leave-in, but it gives me good slip and decent moisturising. Also, it is relatively cheap and very very accessible to me, so it’s definitely a constant presence on my shelf. Like my back-up leave-in when I’m between leave-ins.

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Ingredients

Aqua (Water) , propylene glycol , PEG-150 Distearate , Cetyl Alcohol , glycerin , Polyquaternium-37 , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate , Dicaprate , PPG-1 Trideceth-6 , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil , DMDM HYDANTOIN , CyclopentaSiloxane , Cyclohexasiloxane , phenyl trimethicone , Lanolin Oil , glyceryl Stearate , Peg-100 Stearate , Acrylamide Copolymer , Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride , MEthylparaben , propylparaben , Stearalkonium Chloride , fragrance , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot) , Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter) , CI 19140 (Yellow 5) , CI 16035 (Red 40) , CI 42090 (Blue 1) , Hydrolyzed Glycine Soja Protein (Soybean) , Mustela (Mink Oil) , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Tocopherol , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil , Ovum (Egg Powder) , Lactis Proteinum (Milk Protein) , Mel (Honey) , Silk Amino Acids , Cholesterol , Zea Mays (Corn) Oil , Bht , BHA , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed OiI , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract , Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle) , Equisetum Hiernale Extract (Horsetail)

Worth noting:

  1. Water is its first ingredient
  2. No petrolatum or mineral oil.
  3. It’s got glycerine and propylene glycol (humectants)
  4. And it has a silicone (phenyl trimethicone) & parabens (methylparaben, Propylparaben)

Smell: I like it. Not strong, not too sweet, it’s just right.

Consistency: creamy. (it’s a lotion)

How I Use

I spritz my hair with water first. It’s easier for me to apply product on damp hair.

Then I apply the lotion and seal with olive oil.

Absorbency: this lotion doesn’t just sit on my hair. It disappears lol but for some reason (porosity perhaps), my hair doesn’t take it all in. Like by the next day, when I spritz water on my hair, there are still traces of it. So let’s say there are 3 days between washes, I’m heavy handed on day 1 and lighter with my application on days 2 and 3.

Cost:

I’ve seen it go for 800-1000 naira. Not bad at all for a 12 oz/355ml bottle.

One last thing:

The best thing about this leave-in has to be its accessibility. It’s available at 3 shops in my area, within walking distance. It’s really good to have one product I know I could always find.

Overall:

Good slip for detangling, and fair moisturising. This combined with the fact that it’s the cheapest and most available leave-in I have used yet, YES I will continue using.

By fair moisturising, I mean that my hair may still be soft at the end of the day, but I still need to reapply a little more lotion by the next day. Unlike with the Cantu leave-in for instance that I use only once in 3 days, with water spritzes in-between.

The Kids Organics line has a presence in Nigeria, so I’m sure this detangling lotion shouldn’t be difficult to find at your end if you’d like to try. 🙂

Oh and I almost forgot to mention- it’s for all hair types- natural and relaxed!

Have you tried this leave-in? Would you consider it now? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

AB

xx

PRODUCT REVIEW: CANTU SHEA BUTTER FOR NATURAL HAIR CREAMY HAIR LOTION

It’s a little hard for me to believe that last week was really just one week! The days were kind of ‘meh’ and I still haven’t found my school rhythm yet. My nose and its friends reaaaaaally hate the harmattan so they have been making me suffer for it since I got back. There’s one thing I was really excited about every day of the week though- how soft my hair was. In the last post, I shared my newest buy- the Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Creamy Hair Lotion, and I am back to tell you all about it!

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INGREDIENTS:

Water

Silk Amino acids (yayy Proteins!)

Glycerin and Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (humectants)

Shea butter

Mango seed butter

Oils: Coconut, Canola, Avocado, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Olive, Neem seed, Macadamia seed, Carrot seed, Macadamia seed, Soybean, Argan kernel

Extracts: Honeysuckle flower, sea kelp, Sage leaf, Grape seed, Nettle

Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium chloride, Glycol stearate, Polyquaternium-11, Cetyl alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

To be honest, I don’t know exactly what every single oil or extract does for the hair or scalp (I’m still a learner) but the necessary things are present, and everything comes together to  make a yummy formula that my hair loves! Humectants are substances that promote moisture retention. They keep your hair from losing moisture, and attract water in the atmosphere to your hair. So we’ve got- Water for moisture, humectants for moisture retention, and a blend of oils to seal in the moisture. Silk amino acids are a form of non-animal protein. They penetrate the hair to strengthen, rebuild and nourish hair without weighing it down or causing build-up.

PROMISES

The Creamy Hair Lotion promises to:

Condition curly, kinky and wavy hair

Leave curls full of body and shine

Detangle and soften hair

I SAY

I just started using this product last Saturday (the 5th) but I’m pretty sure that it’s not too soon for me to declare it wonderful!! I am in love with it! I must say that it has lived up to all its promises. It gives me moisture all through the day, and so I haven’t had to spritz water on my hair as I had to do in the recent past, even with the really dry weather! I just patted my hair now and I’m so giddy about the way it feels. Haven’t had crunchy crispy hair since Saturday, and it is wonderful really. My hair loves this stuff! It has never felt this good! Soft, tangle-free hair cannot not look good!

HOW I USE-

I spritz my hair with water, work a generous amount of the lotion into my hair, and seal with coconut oil.

CANTU CREAMY HAIR LOTION v CANTU LEAVE-IN

October through December 2012, I used the Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream as a daily treatment. I was a little worried because I noticed Dimethicone on the list of ingredients and from what I’ve read, silicones are bad for natural hair. I used it anyway, and while my only problem was how it wasn’t easily absorbed by my hair, now that I’ve tried the Creamy Hair Lotion specifically formulated for Natural hair, I’m going to let my Leave-in sit in a corner.

  1. The Creamy Hair Lotion is better absorbed by my hair. Both products smell similar, but the Creamy Hair Lotion smells nicer.
  2. Both products have that Cantu Shea butter and other yummy goodies formula, but the Creamy Hair Lotion has “NO Mineral Oil, Parabens, Silicone, Phthalates, Parrafin, Propylene Glycol, PABA or DEA.” These substances aren’t the best for natural hair, so I’ve read. Silicones a.k.a. cones coat the hair, so when your hair needs moisture, it is unable to remoisturise until the cones have been shampooed out. When your hair is unable to re-moisturise, it is dry, and nobody wants dry hair. I will be discovering and understanding the science behind the substances as they affect (my) hair as I continue my journey. But clearly, my hair is responding better to the product without the “bad guys”.
  3. With the Creamy Hair Lotion, I did not have to re-moisturise during the day, my hair was soft till bedtime, till the next morning. With the Leave-in though, my hair was dry by afternoon, and I had to refresh with water in a spray bottle.
  4. It was a very hectic week I had, and I did not wash my hair till last night. I didn’t notice any build-up- until yesterday morning. Seven days? But with the Leave-in, I noticed build-up after three days on the average- so, I could def say the Creamy Hair Lotion is a lighter formula.
  5. The Cantu Leave-in from what I’ve seen in vlogs used to be (almost) solid. The new formula (the one I’ve got) is of the same consistency as the Creamy Hair Lotion.

DOWNSIDES

1. PRICE

I got my 408 ml/ 13.8 ounce bottle for 2, 300 naira from Casabella in Lagos. This is steep when you consider that it is almost twice the cost in dollars. I’m halfway through the bottle and I only used it for one week!  Import duties, profits or whatever they add, having to shell out 2,300 every two weeks isn’t going to be much fun- this price cannot be right.

2. Hand-in-hair syndrome. The fact that I can’t keep my hand out of my hair in a day. Still not used to this softness yet!

So that’s it. I know everyone’s hair has different needs, but I encourage you to add this product to your stash if it’s available in your area. If it’s as good to your hair as it has been to mine, you’ll be so glad you tried! My hair is still a teeny weeny afro, but this blogger here, Nia B, used the lotion to do a twist out, with really good results!

Have you tried the Creamy Hair Lotion? Or any new product you just discovered that you really really like? I want to know how it made your hair feel. Get at me!

xx