Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Carol's Daughter: Black Vanilla Leave in Conditioner

Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla (moisture and shine) 
Leave-in Conditioner

“For Dry, Dull and Brittle Hair” 

The product promises to:
Replenish moisture
Improve manageability
Adds shine

Made from Aloe, Pro-Vitamin B5 and wheat Protein

First impression and description of the product
The product is basically a tea like substance in a spray bottle. Atypical of what one expects from a leave-in conditioner. Unlike with most products where one needs to get under the packaging to see and feel what the product is this one is a straight up clear tea type of hair spray. 

First Use: This product for me is just not thick enough to use alone. I used it with one of my favourite leave-in hair conditioners and finished it off with the spray instead. If you are looking for a very light weight leave in then this may be a great product for you. However on my thick bush of hair it is just not enough. The water base would not give enough weight to my hair and so I did not even try to test it alone. 

The product has a very strong Vanilla fragrance as is clearly described on the container. It smells sweet enough to attract both bees and ants. Even though I felt that I needed to layer it with a conditioner I still liked it. It dried well and left a slight sweet smell on my hair. 

This product would be great for adding moisture with protective styles and braid or twist hairstyles. 

This product is available locally at za.strawberrynet.com at a cost of R229. It is as expected more pricy here than at the 11$ price I paid in DC. 

The Ingredients: 


Polysorbate 80- is a mild cleanser, emulsifier and binder used in hair as a conditioner. Its okay.

Glycerin- A humectant. A sweet water soluble substance derived from either animal or synthetic sources. It works to give slip on hair in the product it gives longevity by slowing evaporation. 

Panthenol (VIT B5) Is a hair conditioner. Is able to penetrate the shaft and give a soft feeling. it is a good ingredient. 

Sodium Hyaluronate and Sodium PCA-humectants. Both are ok items. 

Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract- is a common ingredient in perfume as flowers are fragrant.  

Salvia Officinalis (Sage) leaf extract- its a common herb and food flavour. its an ok item. 

Calendula officinalis flower extract- Marigold extract. It may have some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, ragweed sensitivity may lead to skin allergy with this ingredient. Its a cautionary item.  

Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice- is an anti-inflammatory for the skin. Its an okay item. 

Hydrolysed wheat protein- is an emollient and moisturiser. It is not advisable for those with wheat protein allergies

hydrolysed wheat starch and hydrolysed corn starch
Its a carbohydrate from various plant sources. Wheat, rice, corn tapioca and potato variants are common sources. In hair products they function as an absorbent which acts to reduce product concentration. It acts as a coating to hair and can give it a thicker feeling. Starch can have a non-slip feel and so alone it is not ideal for curls. 

Potassium sorbate- A mild food grade preservative. Is generally safe in cosmetics. 

Citric Acid- acid derived from fermenting fruit sugars. Used to adjust the PH to a more acidic level. Its has preservative and anti-foam and astringent qualities. Its an okay item.  

Caramel- heated sugar


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  1. Oh my gosh, there aren't many products that I can honestly say I hate. I'm a fan of Carol's Daughter products, but this Black Vanilla leave-in conditioner made my hair hard. Even when I tried to use a smaller amount it still felt like my hair had a hard coating of something on it, and I can't really understand it as it contains aloe and usually my hair loves aloe. But this is one product I won't ever purchase again.

  2. The crunch is due to the mix of sugar and starch in the product. The cast doesn't have a residue and it does break up easily. Part of the appeal to that kind of slight crispy setting is that it will help mould a thing like a braid or twist-out. But, I hear you. Some products can just not work or may do something that you absolutely don't like.