29 October 2009

[review] lustrasilk shea butter cholesterol plus

lustrasilk shea butter cholesterol plus
water(aqua), stearamidopryl dimethylamine, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, shea butter, mango seed butter, cholesterol, soybean oil, safflower oil, wheat germ oil, aloe vera extrect, fragrance, vitamin e, methylparaben, propylparaben, phosphoric acid, sodium chloride, dmdm hydantation, disodium edta, yellow #5, yellow #6.

i am just on a roll this week! ha ha!

alright, so, this review is long overdue, seeing as how i tossed it maybe a month ago, but i feel as though i need to review it so that i remember just how much it sucked.

that's right - this "conditioner" is some ish. i'm glad it wasn't anymore than $3, which is really good for 20 oz, so at least i didn't spend a lot of money on this. i bought this based on a long thread of rave reviews on lhcf (i am going to go broke, listening to them). it comes in a standard jar, colored with some funky orange on which the gold label has absolutely no place.

upon opening it, i realized one thing: it smells badly. like fluoride at the dentist's office. i can't stand the taste or the smell of that stuff (fluoride), but i decided to try it anyway - after all, so many people had liked it. besides, i would be washing it out anyway, so i could deal with it. but, no, seriously, i shouldn't have bought it in the first place, especially when the smell made me sick.

consistency wise, it's a cold and clammy gloop that is really runny. it was hard to scoop out of the jar and spread without wasting; it was so thin, it spilled a lot. not that i cared after a few uses.

i tried it as a leave-in, as a deep conditioner, as a rinse out conditioner and the performance was all the same - subpar. so many ladies had raved about how it defined their curls, made their hair soft, etc. but for me, conditioning with water would've been more effective and at least that wouldn't have stunk. my hair didn't feel soft or strong, or special at all. after two months of trying to work with it, i chucked it in the garbage.

so, would i repurchase? i think you know the answer to that one.


Anonymous said...

I can't believe I'm the first to comment on this great review of a hair product.

Izzy said...

why you gotta be anonymous AND sarcastic? lol...

BlackMasterPiece said...

I've never heard of Cholesterol being too thin and runny, I wonder if you got a bad batch?

I see you used the Lustrasilk I personally I love the LeKair Shea Butter Cholesterol myself it has a super thick rich consistency but the thing I came to realize is, it only works for me if I put a generous amount on and sit under the dryer with a plastic cap or plastic bag for at least 15 minutes, ideally 30.

Just letting it sit on my hair didnt do much of anything for my coils but when the light went off in my head and I tried it with heat....WOW that was the first time I saw my braids "hang" and look ready to unravel because they were so soft.

You may wanna give that a whirl :)

Izzy said...

Bad batches do happen. But if they all smell that bad, then I'm not even going to bother. If I see it, I'll take another whiff.

I did have some Queen Helene's cholesterol that was niiiice and thick. I think I've chucked it, though, because it had been sitting for at least a year. Not sure how my hair now would like it, and I won't be buying any more products for a while.

And I rarely do anything with heat (other than body heat). I may try a hot towel when my Hairveda DC comes in.

Thanks for the tip! :)

BrandNew said...

Great review. I tried this DC and my hair didn't like it either. I will never repurchase it.

Stacey said...

I don't enjoy this as a conditioner at ALL, but as a styler... I'm still looking for an all natural alternative to do what this can do without the stickiness or crunchiness of gel. Hell, even non-natural products can't do it.

As a DC though, I's pretty much useless.

Oh and it seems to come in two forms (no one knows why). The thicker, more orange stuff smells amazing. (works better for shingling too.) The thinner, paler, creamier looking stuff is rather bland smelling. Isn't that odd?

Izzy said...

girl, i am a gel junkie! hang out on my blog, you're sure to find something that might work for you. :)

and two forms? does this mean i'm going to have to go through the store, sniffing all the jars? LOL. no, thanks!