05 December 2010

[review] christine gant sweet milk leave-in conditioner

ingredients: water, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, peppermint extract, horsetail extract,yucca extract, melissa extract,hydrolyzed wheat protein, panthenol, wheat germ oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e

i've been eyeing christine gant's products on etsy for a little while now and once i found out that she sold sample sizes, i went ahead and ordered! her products look very clean and professional, so i was excited to finally order. i've used up my sample, but made sure to save a tiny bit to have on hand while i type up this review. ;)

i was able to get a 2 ounce sample for $5.00, which was agreeable. you can get a full 8 oz for $12.50. and if you really love the stuff, you can purchase a 16 oz for $20. i think these are all very agreeable price points, and i love the variety of sizes.

customer service was polite. shipping was standard... it took a little more than a week to get sent out (which was noted in my invoice), and once shipped, it arrived within a few days.

while i would've loved to get my hands on that unique looking bottle in the photo above, my sample came in a simple clear bottle with a black cap. i love getting sample sizes because then i can keep the bottles to share some products with my friends, hee. what i like is that they even had a little mini label! i have gotten a lot of samples that were a simple, nondescript jar or bottle, so the label was a nice touch. one thing i really enjoyed was the font. very clean and subtly stylized. it agreed well with the minimal graphics and summery, grassy green.

the description lists the scent as a "Light Sweet Passion Fruit & Pineapple Fragrance."  i won't say i disagree, because i've never smelled passionfruit (i don't believe), but i am an absolute sucker for juicy pineapple fragrances! i'm assuming that the passionfruit is what i smell the most, with hints of pineapple at the end. i really liked this scent! very light and organically fruity without being sweet, perfect for summer. it is good for a whiff every now and then, although i will admit, using it consistently made me tired of the smell. i didn't enjoy it as much as the first time. now that it's been a week or so, the scent is back to being new and pleasant.

the consistency is very light. it wasn't as milky as the name would suggest, but still a very smooth texture. it slowly slips along the sides of my bottle to settle on the bottom. it was very different in that it kind of foams up once it's in your hair. when i first used it, i went to rinse it out because i wasn't sure if i'd rinsed all the conditioner out of my hair first, but as i used it more and more, i learned that's just how it worked. the foaming helped to distribute it throughout my hair.

this was marketed as a "detangler," and i wish i'd used it as such so i could comment on its actual detangling abilities. i was using it as a moisturizer, and i didn't like it for that purpose. it left my hair feeling very... light, and even a little stiff, which was new. it probably needed to be layered under a sealant. i did like the way it made my hair feel, but not enough to repurchase. i tried this as a moisturizer on dry hair as well and i didn't like the performance. didn't cut through my coils and springs enough to moisturize.

i can see myself revisiting this when i have longer hair, to really test out its detangling abilities. i would probably only use this as a leave-in after washing because performance falls flat as a moisturizer. and that's not necessarily a bad thing - i wasn't using it for its intended purpose, so that's not the products' fault, but this will not be a repurchase for me.

ftc disclaimer: i am in no way affiliated with this company. i was not paid for this review and the product was purchased with my own monies. :)


zainab1 said...

Great review...her products do look great. Thanks a bunch for sharing. Take care :)


Melyssa said...

thanks so much! you too! :)

BeesOHoney said...

Very nice review. I often find myself buying a product because of its packaging. Christine's sweet milk conditioner is no exception. I adore the simple design and the purity of its contents. I'm tempted to buy a bottle right now. The ingredients list is also alluring. Thanks for sharing.