At the start of my product junkie-ism (sp?), I was spending money like a Trump. Every few days a parcel would arrive at the post office for me and I would excitedly jaunt over there, ready to try out something new.
During one of my product hauls, I purchased Blended Beauty’s Soy Cream shampoo ($18 CDN) and Curl Quenching conditioner ($18 CDN). I had received samples from Honey Fig, which I used and liked. I thought they would be good additions to my ever-growing stash of hair products.
Here are the ingredients:
Soy Cream shampoo
Soy Cream Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua (enriched with/enrichi avec Aloe Barbadensis), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Glycerin, Capryl Isostearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Soy Lecithin, Cetyl Esters, Perfume, Preservative [Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate], Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Silk Powder, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein.
Curl Quenching conditioner
Conditioner Ingredients: Aqua (enriched with/avec Aloe Barbadensis), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Capryl Isostearate, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 20, Behenoyl PG-Trimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol (and) Butylene Glycol, Perfume, Preservative [Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate], Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Silk Powder.
*Bolded ingredients are coconut-based. Strangely enough, cetearyl alcohol hasn’t bothered my scalp. I was doing a bit of research on cocamidopropyl betaine and it’s known to be an irritant for sensitive people. Maybe it has more coconut oil in it or something.
Anyhoo… Blended Beauty products have a wonderful cherry scent – it’s sweet and yummy. It’s not powerful or overwhelming and it doesn’t linger, which is a bit sad. The shampoo came in a pump bottle, which unfortunately became very slippery in the shower. The conditioner was in a plastic jar that was not meant to be used in the shower. The last time I ordered, the packaging for the conditioner was in a pump bottle as well. Sadly, it was still slippery.
The shampoo cleans really well and doesn’t strip your hair. It’s sulfate-free and, as you can read in the ingredients, has a lot of protein. That can be a positive if your hair is weak from chemical treatments (relaxed girls) or over-manipulation (natural girls). If your hair is already strong, too much protein can make it a hard or brittle. That wasn’t the case for me – the proteins weren’t overwhelming. I washed once a week or so with this and my hair felt strong, soft and healthy.
Next up, the Curl Quenching conditioner. My hair instantly fell in love with this stuff. The conditioner is rich and provides good slip (easy to run a comb through your hair with conditioner in it). I liked the ingredients and so did my hair. This conditioner is too darned expensive to use as a co-wash conditioner – I’d be buying a jar every week. It remains a wash-out conditioner that I use after I co-wash or shampoo my hair.
After using both products, I had happy, strong hair with some curl definition. I was able to comb through it in the shower and that’s always a plus for a curly chick.
What’s my verdict? If I wasn’t allergic to coconut-based ingredients, I would probably continue to use the Soy Cream shampoo. It’s a good, solid shampoo that will cleanse your scalp of any build-up without drying out your hair. In my book that equals good shampoo. My mom now owns this one (and all my other shampoos that I’ve stricken from my regime) and she likes it too.
The Curl Quenching conditioner is still in my arsenal. Due to price, I use it every so often when my hair needs something thick and rich and I don’t have the time to do a deep condition.
The only con that I have for these products is price. Spending $36 in shampoo and conditioner PLUS shipping is hard on a person’s pocket. My advice is – if you don’t want to or can’t afford to spend that kind of money – don’t! There are cheaper alternatives that work just as well. Just because you’ve decided to be kinder to your hair doesn’t mean you have to spend a mint.