25 February 2011

[review] oyin handmade hair dew

ingredients: purified water, castor oil, olive oil, organic aloe vera gel, behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifier), coconut oil, olive squalane, optiphen (preservative), cetyl alcohol, and love!

oh my, oh my, oh my!

i mean… i really don't know what else to say when it comes to this product except OH MY! it's amazing! oyin has outdone themselves again. i'm already a stan for their conditioner, and now this!

it was so exciting to see they had come out with a new product… okay, not that exciting as i didn't even know they had come out with something new until i visited their store to take advantage of a sale around the holiday season. :P i had come to stock up on the 32 oz of the honey+hemp when i saw this. once i smelled it (heaven!) it was over, i had to have it. i know i'm a little late to review this, despite unintentionally buying it as soon as it was released, but i'm so happy to finally get to it! i have the bottle sitting right next to me and i am filled with an inexplicable sense of calm, happiness, and cookies. onto the review!

( p r i c i n g )
you can get an 8 ounce bottle of this creamy crack for $12, or 16 ounces for $19. once i finish up this bottle, i will definitely be going for the larger size. the prices on here are more than agreeable, everything about this product is damn near perfect. i noticed they didn't sell sample sizes of this and quite frankly, they don't need to - one try and i was hooked! i know a number of ladies have found holy grail status in this product as well!

( p a c k a g i n g )
packing on this is pleasant; before i found the opportunity to use this, i would find myself sometimes lovingly clutching my bottle… such was its allure! (I'm not crazy, I promise.) It's a narrow, semi opaque white bottle with a firm, solid feel to it. the standard black top sets of the white of the bottle and the lush blues and greens of the label just right. i really enjoy the "style" of this product. the label is a vibrant, lush green intertwined with a sunny, bright blue, fitting of the "dew" written on the label. it label is organized in the oyin way - a brief, delicious-sounding description, with the ingredients and website squeezed onto the bottom.

( s c e n t )
part of the reason i would pine over my bottle before i even used it was because of the scent, no doubt! oh my lawwwrd. even to this day, i don't tire of it! it's just so… goodness. oyin have truly outdone themselves this time - their scents have always been spot on, but this hair dew just takes it to the next level. the fragrance is a perfectly sweetened, golden brown, sugar cookie. just sweet enough to make you smile and fill your spirit with sunny, dewy joy, and tempered with the warmth of cinnamon and a sprinkling brown sugar and dash of vanilla. it really does smell like the perfect baked good, without the cloying, overpowering sweetness often found in  other products.

the scent lingers deliciously in your hair all day. when i tried this on a twist out, i would turn my head so the wind would blow the smell right back into my face. :P i've tried my best to do the scent some justice, but it's really something you have to experience for yourself!

( c o n s i s t e n c y )
this is advertised as a leave-in, but the consistency is a tad bit heavier than you'd expect. it's a little thick, without being dense at all. once rubbed between your palms, it takes on a very light texture and is a treat to spread through damp hair - yum! it doesn't slide around in the bottle at all, but leaves your hair feeling light, fresh, and moisturized. you literally only need a bit for moisture that seems to last all freakin' week.

( p e r f o r m a n c e )
my search for a water-based moisturizer is over. this product seemed to literally fall in my lap and now i can't imagine izzy without it! this makes a great moisturizer, leave-in, refresher, braid spray, anything! i haven't yet tried it with a gel over it, but i'm sure it would pass that test as well. what i love about this product is its versatility. the mixed with a bit of water, it makes a great refresher for even the most chronic of mashed fro syndrome. my hair feels soft, lush, and fragrant. ;)

it's light enough to avoid build up, but heavy enough to pack a moisture punch! the ingredients are simple and should agree with any head of hair (although i know some may be sensitive to aloe vera gel). and it has castor oil! my faaaavorite! really, this product just can't get any better for me. it's perfect. i can't see myself ever NOT using this and i have nothing but praise for this product, i love it!

( c u s t o m e r .service )
since i live in maryland, i just head on over to the baltimore store on saturdays when it's time for me to re-up. the staff is just as fabulous as their products. :) everyone there is so lively, bubbly, and helpful - it makes shopping there such a pleasure. i have never had a problem with their customer service - you can tell oyin is run by people who love what they do and have a good time doing it.

i am halfway through my bottle now and i can't wait to go back for that larger size! holy grail status!

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. :)


nappy headed black girl said...

A stellar review but lawd this stuff is too rich for my blood...

*off to ebay*

Melyssa said...

it is soooo worth it though! i barely reach for anything else.

i do wish they sold samples though, just so everyone could at least try to see that the price tag is actually a steal! ; )