I have always taken a liking to travel sized products. Why do you ask? It is a cheaper way to try out a product when I am not willing to commit to the full sized one yet. Plus if I do like the product, I am more than likely to use it when I travel.
I came about this conditioner after trying out the hand and body lotion of the same coconut line, and I was quite pleased. So much so I decided to give the conditioner a try. I went ahead and purchased it from the same place I bought the lotion, iherb.com. Without including the shipping, it cost me 2,84 euros.
After using up the first, I bought another one for myself and a friend. I do prefer to use a product more than once in order for me to develop a fair and solid opinion of the product. So here is my product review of the Desert Essence Travel Size Coconut Conditioner:
I bought this product knowing it was not marketed for kinky, curly-haired individuals. Also, it had an ingredient I was hesitant about. But I was genuinely willing to give it a try. The size and the formulation of the product impressed me. I was looking forward to using it for my half hour deep conditioning sessions.
Before making use of it, I always pre-shampooed and cleansed my scalp with a shampoo. Then I slathered it onto my strands starting from the raggedy ends to the roots. I put on a plastic cap and wrapped with an old piece of cotton cloth to activate my body heat. Then I rinsed it out an hour or so later.
So did it live up to my expectations?
- It had impeccable slip which made it easy to detangle my matted hair.
- It absorbed into my highly porous hair quite quickly.
- It defined my tight, kinky (4C) curls. Fourthly, it was light, it did not weigh down my strands since I am not too keen on conditioners that weigh down my hair.
- A little went a long way. I have bra strap length, medium volume hair, yet I used this for at least three deep conditioning sessions.
But, it had a strong fruity scent which at first was bearable. Then it got off-putting. To be quite frank, I prefer my products to be as fragrance-free as possible. Then there was the behentrimonium methosulfate, which I saw on the ingredient list even before I bought it.
When I saw that word sulphate at first, I began to freak out. The natural hair community has had most curl friends, including myself, afraid of the word. Let alone the ingredient. Other buyers online were not pleased with the inclusion of behentrimonium methosulfate. As I mentioned before, I was set on buying this product. I was not going to back down without doing my proper research. To come to my own conclusion on whether it was worth my coins or not.
At first, I did some basic research to find out what exactly the ingredient is and what it would do to my hair. According to Erica Douglas a.k.a Sister Scientist, we should not be quick to generalise sulphates. There are a variety of sulphates that have different reactions. Each serves a different purpose.
Take behentrimonium methosulfate as an example. This goes against what we curl friends believe about sulphates. This sulphate is a common hair conditioning agent made from non-genetically modified canola (rapeseed) oil. It is also known for its slip, moisturising, and detangling properties. This is why I noticed detangling my hair was a lot easier. It also does not cause build up. Neither does it coat the strands. It merely penetrates the hair shaft which is a big plus.
Be careful not to confuse it with behentrimonium chloride. According to the Natural Haven, they are both surfactants. But the methosulfate one is positively charged. While the chloride sulphate is negatively charged. I came to learn from a different source that the methosulfate is a lot milder and gentler than the chloride.
I delved more into my research because I was curious to know about behentrimonium methosulfate’s toxicity. One source [Natural Well Being] argued that if used topically it has no side effects unless one is allergic to it. There are others who beg to differ.
e should take into consideration there isn’t a lot of research to prove its toxicity. At this point, it still remains quite uncertain on whether it is toxic and if so, to what extent. With that said, after purchasing and using up the travel sized bottle twice. I can say I am ready to use this for my travels and also ready commit to the full sized version. It is a cute, inexpensive, yet convenient product that did wonders to my hair.
It comes in a recyclable polypropylene, one and a half fluid ounces (44 ml) bottle with a press cap. It reads that it is free of parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, phthalates, artificial colors, silicones, EDTA, glycol or petroleum-based ingredients. Vegan/wheat and gluten free. Cruelty free and biodegradable formula. No animal testing of raw materials or finished products. No phosphates. Manufacturing of the product supports wind power.
Nourishing for dry hair. Infused with Coconut Oil to provide intense moisture, smooth frizzies and restore hair’s natural lustre.
This product is generally best suited for three types of individuals.
- Those that desire or are in search of a holistic, organic based product that caters to their dry, thirsty strands.
- Those, like myself, who are not willing to commit to the full sized one just yet, and want to give this smaller sized one a try.
- Those jet-setters that are keen on packing light carry-ons and do not want to check in their baggage, neither do they want to exceed the number of liquids (depending on the airline) one is allowed to carry.
Directions of Use
After shampooing, apply conditioner to the ends of wet hair and work up towards the scalp. Distribute evenly. Rinse thoroughly. For best results use with Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo.
Water (aqua), olea europaea (olive) leaf extract*, urtica dioca (nettle) leaf extract*, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract*, cetearyl alcohol (coconut derived), behentrimonium methosulfate, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, caprylic/capric, potassium sorbate (fruit derived), citric acid, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, coumarin, limonene, fragrance (parfum)
- Abundant in slip
- Has behentrimonium methosulfate
- Marketed as product with organic, plant-derived ingredients (herbs, flowers)
- Strong, fruity fragrance