A couple of weeks ago, I was meeting up with my sister and some friends for dinner on a temperate Friday night. The restaurant was north of downtown. Seeing that I had a transit day pass, I was able to roam up to North York Centre subway… up to the famed HoneyFig store (4967 Yonge Street, (416) 226-2100 or 1-888-82-HONEY).
I had been ordering products from HoneyFig for a good two years — especially when I first went natural and had NO clue what products to use. I’ve ordered Miss Jessie’s, Blended Beauty, Ultra Black Hair, my Hair Therapy Wrap and Oyin Handmade products — with plans to pick up some other things over the next few weeks.
I was planning to head to HoneyFig once the weather got warmer with a friend, but the opportunity presented itself a little earlier than was expected. About 35 minutes from the heart of downtown Toronto to the store on Yonge St. north of Sheppard. I was excited to finally get there.
I walked about seven minutes from the subway to the store on the east side of Yonge St. Although the weather wasn’t too cold, that walk froze me, so I was happy to get into the warm, relaxing store. Painted in greens, there were products to the left of me and products to the right of me. The first thing I saw was a wall full, FULL, of Carol’s Daughter! Now I recently did a review of the line’s Hair Milk and Lisa’s Hair Elixir, but there were a few things that I wanted to try: the Tui Hair Smoothie and the Black Vanilla conditioner. I wonder why they don’t sell them through their website… but HoneyFig did say there is more selection at the store than online.
Of course, the full Miss Jessie’s line is there — including their new Super Sweetback Treatment (which is now available online). That intrigued me because I do like MJ’s Rapid Recovery Treatment. If that product floats my follicular boat, this new product may make be yell from the rooftops. Of course, the price ($54 for 18 oz), to me, is absolutely ridiculous. When they start selling the 2 oz, I may check it out. The back wall was full of Blended Beauty, Donna Marie, Komaza Care, Kinky-Curly and Jessicurl. Beside that display I saw Darcy’s Botanicals and Fabric products.
So you understand, I was in hair heaven.
As some of you know, I’ve been on a spending fast. I read at Knaps that to control your product junkie-ism, buy yourself one product per month or every other month. When I decided that I was going to head to HoneyFig, I saw that I would allow myself to buy one product.
In a store of hundreds.
What is a natural girl to do? The salesperson who was in the store asked me if I was OK and when I said I was, she encouraged me to look around. I checked my watch — I only had 20 minutes to figure out what I was going to buy before I had to head down to the restaurant.
Darcy’s Botanicals looked interesting. I picked up their Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme ($22 for 8 oz) and I smelled it. Let me tell you, online shopping does nothing for the experience of actually holding, smelling and rubbing product into your skin. I wanted something moisture-rich, so as I looked around I saw a new product: Darcy Botanical’s Avocado and Honey Cream ($20 for 8 oz). It’s supposed to be good for 4A/4B kinks — the majority of what’s on my head — and for twisting. I held onto to that.
For a while now, I’ve been looking at Kinky-Curly Curling Custard ($28 for 8 oz). I was hoping to get my hands on some when I was in New York City, but I never could get to the Whole Foods. I want to try it, but the problem is that I’m not wearing my hair out right now because of the winter weather. So, did it make sense to buy the Curling Custard right now or wait until the spring when I’m planning to wear my hair out and curly?
I went with the Darcy’s Botanicals Avocado and Honey Cream (review to come).
I left with my purchase — HoneyFig donated 5% of the purchase price to Haitian earthquake relief, so not only did I get to indulge my product junkie-ism but I was able to donate to a good cause.
I will definitely be back at the HoneyFig store when it warms up to try out some other products and see what other conditioners, moisturizers, styling products they have. My readers, have any of you ever visited the HoneyFig store? If you’re not in the Toronto area, what’s your favourite beauty supply store?