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Product Review: Elasta QP Mango Butter

12 Sep

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Per Elasta QP: Moisturizing butters of olive oil and mango produce this intensely rich thermal protecting treatment. Use daily for softer fuller looking hair. Intensely rich thermal protecting treatment. * Penetrates, protects and remoisturizes, leaving hair strong and healthy* Olive and coconut oils target dry ends and help prevent damage* Shine-enhancing, non-greasy formula.

Directions: Apply daily to target dry ends and help prevent breakage.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Capric Caprylic Triglycerides , PEG 75 Lanolin , Behentrimonium Methosulfate , Cetearyl Alcohol , Ceteareth 20 , Cetyl Alcohol , Dimethicone , Phenyl Trimethicone , Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter , Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Retinyl Palmitate , Tocopherol , Ascorbic Acid , Biotin , Linoleic Acid , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Fragrance , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , Hydrolyzed Silk , CI 19140 (FD&C Yellow 5)

Scent: I am not too keen on the scent of this product, it does smells like mango, although not a mango I’d like to eat.

Availability: On the ground and online. This product is available in most beauty supply stores as well as Walgreens online and in Walgreens brick and mortar store.

 Price: Varies depending on where you purchase but somewhere between $3.99$6.99.                                                                                       

 Don’t Believe the Hype? Believe it.

 Final Thoughts: I received this product in the May curlBOX and I have to admit I rolled my eyes at the sight of it and thought, “Come Son!”  I’d tried this product back when I was relaxed and did not like it one bit my hair it left my hair feeling greasy and weighed down. In spite of this jar toting itself as, “New and Improved” I shelved it. Fast forward to July and I am rifling through my product shelf looking for a pudding or a butter to twist my hair with. I instantly see this product and although I am a bit weary I decide to give it a shot, reminding myself that  relaxed hair isn’t natural hair. I opened the jar and instantly noticed while the scent was familiar the consistency of the product seemed lighter. I used it over my trusty Curl Junkie’s Smoothing Assurance Lotion and lo and behold butter soft twists! I was shocked my hair felt moisturized but not greasy and the definition of my twist out was EVERYTHANG! I have continued to use this throughout the summer and for its price and efficiency, will definitely keep a jar or two on the shelf. Please note- while I have used this product for twists with great results I have never used it daily as a moisturizer or as a thermal protecting treatment perhaps when the winter comes I may explore its other uses.

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Product Review: Curly Kinks Test Whip

9 Aug

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Per Curly Kinks:  A rich creamy styling souffle’ made with Illipe Butter, Cupuacu Butter and infused with Burdock Root. Will add shine, smoothness and moisture while giving the hair a soft medium hold making it perfect for twists, twist outs, braids, and even wash n go styles on some textures. Will not leave hair greasy or weighed down but will give a soft moisturized feeling. The natural nutty scent of the cuacu butter is blended with a light warm creamy scent.

Ingredients: Water, Burdock Root, Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose, Cupucau Butter, Illipe Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Emulsifier, Panthenol, Apricot (Prunus Armeniaca) Kernel Oil,  Brassica oleracea italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Agave Nectar, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Citric Acid

Scent:  The scent of this product is light, slightly nutty, overall it is  very pleasant.

Availability: Online at CurlyKinks.com

Price: Variety of sizes and price points: 2oz. (sample size) $5.00, 8oz. $15.00, 12oz. $19.00, and 16oz. for $23.00.

Don’t Believe the Hype? Believe It!

Final Thoughts:  First off can I just say how much I love that this company offers its products in  a variety of sizes at different prices. I bought the 2oz. sample size  and after using the product was really disappointed that I hadn’t bought a larger sized container. I really, really like this product. The consistency is light and it boasts 97% natural ingredients. I used it over Curl Junkies Smoothing Lotion for a twist out on Lola (the twist out I’m rocking in the Natural Hair and Neons post).*  My hair had great definition. I loved that it  was soft and moisturized and not greasy or weighed down. The product is only available online and it did take  a few weeks to receive my order after I had placed it.  I think the longer shipping time may have been mostly due to the product being new and in high demand, either way it was definitely worth the wait. I am definitely going to purchase a larger size of the product very soon.

 

 *Since I had only purchased the 2oz. sample size I wasn’t able to twist my all of my hair with the product. I used Elasta QP Mango Butter when I ran out. While both products gave me good definition, I felt the test whip let my hair a bit softer and more mositurized.