Price: $22.50 (8 oz)
Where to Buy: NaturalistaCosmetics.com
Product Claims: Naturalista Cosmetics Leave-In Conditioner repairs, conditions and leaves hair healthy, vibrant and strong. When used daily, Naturalista Cosmetics Leave-In Conditioner helps bring your hair back to its natural balance. It is a light, easily absorbed formula that is an excellent daily treatment for relaxed, permed, tinted, dyed and chemically treated hair… is uniquely formulated to promote hair growth and prevent split ends, hair breakage, dry scalp and brittleness. This patent pending product provides super hydration that lasts for days! For best results, use when styling twists and braid outs on damp hair.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Aloe Leave Juice, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Panthenol, Vegetable Gylcerin, Vitamin E, Honey, Lemon Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Fragrance, Natural Preservatives.
To begin, I ordered during the BOGO free sale and at the time the Juicy Leave In Conditioner was priced at $17.50. Less than a week later, the price of the product went up to $22.50. As of last week, via the FB fan page, the price is scheduled to increase again. Padrica, the owner of Naturalista Cosmetics states the reason for the upcoming price increase is to help with providing man power so that her products can be created and shipped in a more timely fashion.
Better shipping is absolutely necessary! At the time I ordered this product, the shipping policy stated 5-7 days (not business days). I actually did not receive my product until exactly 20 days later. As of last week the shipping policy has been updated to reflect 7-10 BUSINESS days. Considering the new shipping policy, my order time was still out of compliance of the 7-10 business day.
When I first received the product I immediately noted the lack of product in the actual container. I was literally shocked! Not only was there a lack of product, but one jar was even more empty than the other. I definitely did not receive 8 oz worth of product in each jar.
The aroma of the product is very much like that of almond with a lingering scent of Shea butter. I don’t particularly like the scent of raw Shea butter so that was a turn off for me. The product itself is not hard like a butter, but more like a cream. The texture reminds me of Karen’s Body Beautiful Creamylicious, but not as thick and without the sticky factor. Note: A commenter, CrissyQ posted a link to her blog where she shows the consistency of the product she received and it looked quite different in texture, color and fill of the jar. See Here.
The soft cream texture can be attributed to the number of oils that are listed in the ingredients. I immediately noticed upon skin application that the product is very oil, but I also figured it would absorb nicely into my strands.
I began the use of the product on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair. I detanlged each section and added a dime-sized amount of Juicy Leave in Conditioner from root to tip and followed by braiding and then finger coiling the ends, all while my hair was still wet. It applied very smoothly.
By the time I got to the finger coiling, my hair felt like silk. I couldn’t wait for my hair to dry. My hair was so smooth and coils were very defined. I was impressed.
My hair actually took all day to dry and by the next day some parts were still slightly damp. I only figured that out as I un-braided my hair.
While un-braiding, I immediately noticed my hair was very oily/greasy. Although, initially I did note the product to be oily, I really thought the product would absorb into my hair but that was not the case. I took these pics immediately after I un-braided.
Notice all 5 fingers are covered in oil and this is a day after it has been initially applied. Let me also say, my hair was just as greasy on day 3. I also noticed grease on the headrest of my car later on in the week. Apparently it was so heavy that it could not be absorbed into the leather O_O
I really wanted to like this product, but for my hair, it just is not something that I can use, at least not on the length if my hair. Maybe I can on the ends only, in the winter time, of a protective style.
The oil is just too much for the density of my hair. I ended up washing my hair on Monday after work. I twisted with my usual, Qhemets Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee that I reviewed [+].
UPDATE: A couple months after this review was posted, I was contacted by Naturalista Cosmetics and we spoke on the phone. I provided them with additional feedback. I was told that there was going to be a change in the product recipe, etc. The owner also did not like that I was dissatisfied and offered to send me a replacement with their new formula. A year + later and I have yet to receive the replacement product that was offered to me.
What do you think I should do with the other unused jar of Juicy Leave In Conditioner?