This is how the story goes: my sister and I went to The Ex (annual fair in Toronto) and there were a slew of people hawking skincare and hair care products. Most I wasn’t interested in, but we did test argan oil. Didn’t like the vendor, but loved the oil. It didn’t feel oily or greasy; it absorbed quickly and left a sheen on my skin.
The next week, I was looking around Shoppers, because I truly am addicted, and I saw Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil restorative conditioner for $7.99. Woo hoo! I had seen the Live Clean brand and I had been intrigued by it. For whatever reason, I wasn’t intrigued enough to buy it – until I saw the bottle with argan oil.
Here are the ingredients:
Aqua (Purified Water), with Argania Spinosa Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Cetrimonium Chloride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cera Alba, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol/Polysorbate 60, Quaternium-18, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol, Parfum, Citric Acid (*Certified Organic)
First try: As always, I was excited to try my new product out. I was using it as my wash out conditioner. Because argan oil is the third ingredient, I expected a lot of slip. I washed and put the conditioner in. I tried to comb my wet, fully conditioned hair with my wide-tooth shower comb and, folks, there was no slip – none, nada, zilch, zero, rien. With argan oil, which had felt so sweet on my hand, I thought I’d be in slip heaven! Not tugging and battling with my hair as it curled up on itself.
Some days later, it hit me: argan oil is neither oily nor greasy – it wasn’t slippery on my hand, why would it be slippery on my hair? The oil is quite dry – that’s not bad for skin or maybe some hair products, but for me – a sister with a head full of kinks, coils and curls – that ain’t doing a danged thing besides helping me leave bunches of hair in my comb and brush.
Yesterday afternoon, I decided to do something different with this conditioner. I know it was only $7.99, but we’re trying to get out of a recession and every cent counts! I added some castor oil, olive oil and Kemi Oyl and shook the conditioner until everything mixed up nicely. I co-washed with Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship conditioner, then used my pumped up Live Clean conditioner.
Slip!! Lots of it! But, sniff, that was solely because of the oils I added, not the conditioner and not the argan oil. My hair came out great – no tangles, smooth, good clumping – the whole nine!
But I didn’t need to spend money the Live Clean conditioner to get that effect. My oils did it for me… so what’s the point of buying some fancy argan oil conditioner to have to kill it with additional oils to get the right effect? It makes no sense.
So, unfortunately, once this bottle of Live Clean is done, I won’t be purchasing it again.