Product Review: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

I think that having a good conditioner is probably the most important part of maintaining a head full of healthy hair. I go through bottles of conditioner like nobody’s business thanks to my super thick fro.  This is my second go round with the Trader Joe’s Conditioner so I’m a bit more comfortable sharing my impression.  Check it out!

Packaging: Overwrought package design can really irritate me, but thankfully Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle doesn’t hit that mark.  The packaging is simple and clean which I really appreciate.  However, the bottle is a bit of an odd shape for a conditioner (maybe a trapezoid?) but I also find it pretty easy to handle.  My main gripe about the packaging is that the font is a bit small to really encourage anyone to take time to read the ingredients and benefits of the product.  My eyesight has always been pretty solid and even I find myself squinting a bit when I want to check out the product’s benefits.  But, like I mentioned earlier, the unconventional shape allows for smaller hands to grasp it easily unlike something like Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner.

Consistency: I am consistently surprised by the consistency of this product. It has a lot of body which is both my favorite and least favorite part of this product.  It’s thick and creamy and the texture reminds me of the Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle which is definitely a good thing.  The only real downside to this is that it takes me a bit of coaxing to cover the length of my strands.  To help it along, after I smooth it on, I put some water in the palms of my hands and re-smooth.  That seems to get the job done!

Smell: So this smell is definitely not for the faint of heart.  The second ingredient is peppermint oil and this conditioner reeks of that menthol smell. It’s almost medicinal actually.  For me, it’s not my favorite part of the product but I don’t really mind it that much.  That being said, I think the scent is a big departure from many other natural products that have strong floral notes.

Price: This is where this conditioner really stands out. If you’re lucky enough to be near a Trader Joe’s then this is worth a shot while you’re stocking up on other items. For $3.99 you get 16 ounces of conditioner.  And did I mention the conditioner is all natural, organic AND cruelty free?  And again…4 bucks.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Overall Impression:  If you need a solid conditioner in a pinch then this is one to look for. Because of its great ingredients and exceptional value I have definitely incorporated this product into my winter regimen.  If you have a Trader Joe’s near you then it’s definitely worth a try!

Have you tried it? What do you think?

Product Review: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

If you know anything about me, then you know not only am I a self-professed product junkie, but I am a total conditioner junkie. Since I started growing out my fro, my quest to find the perfect daily conditioner has been long and hard.  Fortunately, I’ve had some good luck along the way and gotten a lot of recommendations from sites like Naturally Curly and Curly Nikki.  Today, I want to share with you a review of one of the best things on the market…Tresemme Naturals.

Packaging:  This is a product that really fits in line with its brand.  As you can see from the image above, the bottle is plain white with a simple leaf design on it. You can easily read right on the front that the product contains aloe vera and avocado, two products known for their moisturizing properties.

Consistency:  This is hard to describe.  I personally find the product to be a good balance of creamy and light but not too light.  The only thing that comes to mind when trying to describe Tresemme Naturals is Kinky Curly’s Knot Today.  I don’t know, it’s runny but not so runny that you have to worry about being extra careful when using.  I find the product easy to distribute through what feels like my 200 ba-zillion hair stands.  It also has a good bit of slip so that’s super helpful for detangling.

Smell: If you’ve ever tried any Tresemme products then you know they have this distinctive smell about them, at least I think so. I can’t even begin to describe what it’s like.  That being said, I think I’m pretty sensitive to smells and this I don’t mind at all.

Price: Like most drugstore products, the price differs depending on what store you get it from.  I shop at Duane Reade’s in NY and from what I remember this usually runs me around $7-8 and that’s for 25 ounces. So it’s a great deal especially when you compare it to salon brands.

Overall Impression:  I absolutely love this stuff!  For someone who still doesn’t know a lot of the science behind silicones and mineral oil and all that I managed to stumble upon this one which promises a lot AND delivers.  This is really the only product in my shower that I freak out over if I get below a half bottle lol.  For my fro, this product serves as a great rinse out (detanlging) conditioner and I usually leave some on when I apply whatever styler I decide to use.  I usually detangle with  loads of it in my hair, slip my hair under the shower stream quickly and apply a gel or styling cream to wet hair and I get consistently good results.  I don’t think I can live without it and don’t try and make me!

 Have you tried it?! Weigh in!