02 August 2011

[review] jasmine's shea butter cream rinse leave-in

Ingredients: Aloe Extract, BTMS(Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Glycerin, Quaternium-79 Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Vitamin E, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid(food grade paraben free preservative),essential oils

i'm sitting in the comfort of my home while my hair is being braided up, so i'm going to try and focus long enough to get some reviews done. i no longer have this product on hand because i used it all up, but i remember it well enough to get this review out. 
[ pricing ]
pricing on jasmine's products has always thrown me a little bit because she has both a website and an etsy. i first ordered from the website, where i got 8 oz for $14, which isn't disagreeable but is too much, especially considering that she sells the same product on her etsy for anywhere between $6-8, which is excellent. i'm not sure why the price varies, but they're more than affairdable. on her etsy, she also offers 16 oz sizes for $13-14 which is another great price point!

while the lack of consistency between pricing can be a little confusing, i think the prices are extremely affordable, as they should be considering she uses a base. now, i'm not sure if she doctors her version at all, but a google search of her ingredients list reveals a wholesale website where you can buy the formula by the gallon. 
[ packaging ]
the bottle that this comes in is a clean, nondescript clear plastic bottle with a white flip cap. the label contains a good amount of vital information for its size and flows nicely. the light forest green isn't my favorite since i don't feel the berry/red (i can't exactly tell from the etsy picture) compliments it particularly well, but it serves it's purpose just fine. 

i love that this comes in a bottle for easy dispensing because it seems a lot of companies like to put thin products in jars for some odd reason. i was able to clean this bottle with no problem, lol. i got every drop!
[ scent ]
i ordered my leave-in in chocolate vanilla sugar, or something like that, and when i first ordered, i LOVED it! one of common compliments about jasmine's is that she offers a huge selection of scents and most (if not all) of them smell great! while sitting at my desk, i would often reach for the bottle for a quick whiff or two.

the name of the scent isn't ambiguous so i won't spend much time describing it, although it was delicious! one thing i did notice though is the more i used it, the more i began to notice a definite "fake" undertone that often accompanies cheap, super-sugary scents. you definitely want to use a light hand with this because it was one of those very bold, saturated scents. i got a comment from a friend that my hair smelled good, but it was too strong and i agreed with him. the more you apply, the more overbearing and loud it becomes.
it's very easy to overdo sweet, dessert-themes scents, but i would love to try a citrus scent from her, it feel as though it'd be delicious! 
[ consistency ]
i love the consistency of this leave-in! it's thinner than oyin's hair dew and slips around in the bottle fairly easily. it's so lightweight and you only need a small amount per section. it would make a great summer time leave-in, but performed excellently in fall and winter for me. i was so happy!
[ performance ]
pretty sure i raved about this product to everyone the first time i used it. i'd been looking for a new water-based leave-in and this arrived right on time. it moisturized extremely well, even without sealing afterwards. i used it several times a week and didn't get any buildup. i wish i knew how it played with gel, but since i wasn't using gel at the time, i can't comment. i feel like it'd be a great combination though!

i did notice that my hair took a while to dry while using this, but that was probably my fault more than the product. i didn't seal, was really heavy-handed, and it was cold out. i'm sure if i were to use a lighter hand, i wouldn't have any trouble with drying time.
[ customer service ]
ordering from jasmine's was standard fare. my only complaint is that when i place my order, didn't receive any kind of shipping email afterwards, nor do i believe i got a tracking number. i also don't feel as though products made from bases should take more than 3-4 days to ship.  my order took about nine days to process, while typically receive my orders in that time. 

obviously, i can't speak on what's happening behind the scenes at jasmine's, but going a more week without any kind of update about my order isn't professional and leaves me a little on edge. when i emailed my concerns, i was emailed back the next day with reassuring information that my order was not the way. i do feel that two weeks is a bit long for products made from bases. 

but overall, i loved the product when i first purchased and would definitely see myself purchasing this again, from jasmine's and not the wholesaler's. i love to support my sisters and wouldn't mind waiting two weeks for my product, although i do feel that time should be cut in half.

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. :)