25 October 2009

[review] trader joe's tea tree tingle conditioner

trader joe's tea tree tingle conditioner
water, tea tree, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, cetyl alcohol, vitamin e, trace minerals, citric acid, sodium hydroxymethylgycinate, grape seed

so trader joe's is pretty much one of the coolest places on the face of the earth. so much stuff and so cheap. i picked this conditioner up on a whim maybe two weeks ago. i had heard a lot of things about the shampoo, and i already loved the nourish spa conditioner, so i decided to try this. i didn't have any conditioners that tingled - so why not? the price was right, as always - 2.99 for 16 oz of product. i was trying to convince myself not to buy any more products, but for some reason, i was on a mission to get this. i was able to mitigate my guilt once i realized i was three months natural on that very day - shoot, my hair deserved it.

first, packaging. from the jump, i liked this bottle a lot more than the nourish spa one. nourish spa is kind of flat and awkward for me to hold, and i don't like squeezing it. the ttt bottle, however, is in a shape that vaguely reminds me of a pyramid. cute. comes in a kind of frosted white bottle, like the nourish spa, but with rich dark brown and vibrant sage brown writing and pictures. i like the colors - especially the green. i might like the brown more if it had a little bit of red to it, but oh well - the colors aren't what i'm reviewing.

as soon as you pop the top, your nose is hit with the strong peppermint oil. i hate peppermints. i hate the mint candy, i hate the gum. luckily, though, i wouldn't be eating the conditioner, so i could appreciate the smell this time. i was excited to feel the tingle on my scalp; a good whiff already had my nose hairs tingling. so the scent is as complex as a regular peppermint - strong, tingly, with the tiniest hint of candy at the very end. pretty straightforward.

i decided to wash my hair in the morning, but that resolution lasted all of five minutes as i hopped into the shower with the conditioner. one of the first things that jumped out at me was the lather - for a conditioner, the lather on this thing was ridiculous. instant winner. the tingle wasn't as strong as i expected, but definitely pleasant. it was light, and made my scalp feel so cool and invigorated. the slip was crazy and i couldn't stop massaging it in - the more i massaged, the more tingle i got and i liked the tingle. a lot.

my hair was clean without being stripped, and i loved how light and cool my scalp felt. the scents from my conditioners never last long - although i'm not sure if this is because my hair is not long enough for me to sniff (yet) or because i put a moisturizer and gel on afterwards. but i wouldn't mind for my hair to smell minty - it would keep me awake in class all day.

i don't think i'll be experimenting with this as a leave in, solely because i don't know if i could stand to go around tingling all day long. but would i repurchase? most definitely. once i get through about 50-11 other conditioners first...