08 August 2009

[review] trader joe's nourish spa conditioner

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trader joe's nourish spa conditioner
purified water, organic rosemary oil, organic valencia orange citrus, organic mango, organic lemongrass, organic ginko biloba, organic echinacea, organic willow bark, organic sea kelp, organic chamomile flower, organic textured soy protein, organic lavender, organic grapefruit citrus, tocopherol (vit e), acetamide mea, cetyl alcohol, citric acid, methylparaben, propylparaben, botanical fragrance

i've had this since i was relaxed, but never had much to say about it until now. it worked nicely, sure; smelled nice and made my relaxed hair and new growth so soft. i had, in fact, bought it months before in preparation of going natural and saved it just for that. so when i finally did get to the bc, i was excited. i'm actually surprised that there's only about 40% of the bottle left! but i am very heavyhanded - i like to feel that every inch of my hair is coated, but i'm working on that. onto the actual review...

first off, you get a great deal. 16.9 fl oz for about $2.99 - that's a lot of product for only three dollars (I've had this bottle for at least six months now). even better - it's an organic product, and affordable one at that, so no one has an excuse that natural products are expensive. there are many organic products out there for great prices (some you can even make yourself), you just have to keep your eyes open. although, i can't help but wonder if those parabens are really necessary? those are the only few ingredients that make me look at this product a little sideways. but so far, my hair has been loving it, so i guess it's alright for now.

the scent is very clean and crisp. what's weird is that it definitely has that conditioner-y tinge to it, which can make you either like or dislike it, but you can also smell hints of the organic orange, chamomile and lavender. it definitely smells like the ingredients used, but it's not at all unpleasant. the more you sniff, the more you'll like it. very light and refreshing - good for co-washes in the morning. :) no cloying or overpowering scents and you can catch a slight whiff in the breeze that others are sure to take notice of. i like it.

i like thick products and this conditioner is thick just how i like it. it's not stiff thick, or so thick that i need to dilute it (though i could and still have a good consistency), but just thick enough for you to feel the weight of it in your hand. the formula is extremely creamy and smooth, a little like pudding almost, and i love that. thick and smooth? dream come true! it gives great slip and fills the shower with that signature clean fragrance. i feel as though my hair is really getting clean as i massage it in, and my curls are super soft and springy. i hope they never change their formula, like so many other companies do.

this conditioner doesn't make a good leave-in conditioner for me, though i'm not sure if it's because of the product itself or my chronic heavyhandedness. it does define my curls, but it doesn't leave them soft. they feel (and look) coated and when it dries, it even starts to flake a little. i may try again with using only a tiny bit of product, and if the results are the same, i'll just nix the idea of using it as a leave it.

verdict: i will definitely repurchase. this may even be a staple. :)


erika said...

I think it may feel that way because of the parabins.

Melyssa said...

possibly! although i haven't had any luck with using regular conditioners as a leave-in. they just aren't made for it!