14 January 2012

[review] qhemet biologics amla & olive heavy cream

Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Distilled Water,Organic Amla, Organic Brahmi, Organic Aloe, Methylsulfonylmethane, Vegetable Glycerin, Conditioning Emulsifier (Sorbitan and Cetearyl), Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexglycerin (a paraben-free and formaldehyde-free preservative), Essential oil blend

ahh, the crowning jewel of natural hair products. the creme de la creme for many a kink, curl, and coil. the piece de resistance for parched ringlets. the holy grail (or pimp cup?) for thirsty fros all across the land!

this joint right here is a classic.

y'all get the point. onto the review, lol.

you can snag yourself a 2 oz sample of this for $5.50, for the full 8 oz jar for 16.50. i can see how some might think this is pricey, so it's great that they offer a smaller size for experimenting. this is one product line that i feel can command this price and i don't think it's at all unreasonable. there's obviously a lot of quality production behind the entire brand, so i wouldn't mind paying that price, especially because the jar will last you the better half of forever.

i opted for the larger size for my first time because the value was apparent for me. i was fully expecting to want to marry this stuff.

it's been a long time since i've experienced anything as well packaged as qhemet's products, honestly, which makes this line such a treat. great packaging can make you excited about a product, makes you excited to use it. the labels are clean and informative, with all the information being well balanced and easy to read. 

even their jars are different. it has a great weight and i love the rounded corners (always a hit with me). i love the opaqueness of it, it gives the product a feel of exclusivity, of importance. whenever something is concealed you want to see more of it! like whatever is inside is precious, lol the plastic feels very sturdy and so far, qhemet has been the only one i've experienced with these specific jars.

i like to save my jars for my own forays into mixology and i'm kind of upset that i won't be able to keep this one, lol (i am selling my jar).

another hit, i love the fragrance! a very light citrusy scent. i love citrus anything and i adore how airy and refreshing this is. it's definitely one of the more unoffensive scents i've whiffed, so light that i couldn't imagine anyone having an issue with it. it plays the background extremely well.

in my opinion, fragrancing products is something that really requires some knowhow and finesse. i honestly think a lot of companies 'luck out' with their scents, and there are only a few lines i can think of where the scents are complimentary to the product, instead of feeling like a scented oil was added in at the last minute. smell goods are a sign of good craftsmanship!

qhemet is batting four for four now! the consistency of this is unlike any other product i've tried. first thing i noticed was the gloss of the product. incredibly smooth to the touch with an amazing weight, very rich, definitely a "heavy cream." there's a polish to it that just makes scooping it out feel so decadent. there's a smoothness to it that your finger feels like it's gliding across the surface. it's more difficult to describe since i don't have it with me at this moment, but it's definitely something to be experienced. very dense, but spreads throughout the hair easily and emulsifies beautifully in the hands.

aaaand unfortunately, this is where qhemet strikes out for me. :'( i've worked with this product several times over the past year and it just never leaves me with this mind-blowing moisture everyone else raves about. i tried it on wet, damp, and dry hair, over a leave-in conditioner, with a tiny amount, with a glob, etc. i know some use it as a deep conditioner, but i haven't tried it that way. i am more than pleased with my other dc's, so i wanted it to perform the way it was originally intended.

for the record, my hair smelt good at the very least but the results just weren't there for me to rant and rave over. i may give it one more shot, i may not. i love all the current products i use now, so i may just be time for me to go ahead and pass it on.

oh well, everyone's hair is different (but leave it to izzy to specifically dislike this!) so i can't be too upset. at least i can say i tried it so i can move on to other things.

customer service
since i ordered last year, i can't comment specifically on customer service, but the order proceeded as most do: smoothly and without a hitch. no complaints here.

will i be repurchasing? no. maybe i'll revisit it a few years down the line and i'll make sure i purchase the sample size.

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. :)