Product Review| Naturalista Cosmetics Juicy Leave In Conditioner

by West Parsons on September 17, 2011 · 27 comments

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PRODUCT SPECS

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.

THE REVIEW

Ordering Experience
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.

Product Experience
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.

From this pic you really cannot tell how oily my hair was, but know my neck and shoulders were both oil ridden.

To understand how oily my hair was I followed with a pic of what my hand looked like after barely touching  my hair.

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?

 

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Angelique September 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I had the same issues with the product and was very disappointed because I had such high hopes for it.

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westNDNbeauty September 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

You understand where I’m coming from.

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CJ September 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

You should use it as a foot cream.

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westNDNbeauty September 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I literally LOLed when I read that. Very creative! Prob would be super moisturizing.

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Imani September 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I think you should either give it away to the first person who wants it or at least let them buy it off you for a discounted price, lol!

Either way, this poor college student will happily take it off you hands! My hair loves oil so it might not be so bad.

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westNDNbeauty September 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm

College students are near and dear to my heart. I dunno how you guys sustain in a world full of product junkies. Think I might have a giveaway just for you guys in the near future.

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Imani September 18, 2011 at 1:00 am

Sounds great!

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Nortorious September 18, 2011 at 7:17 am

yea give away or try using it on your body maybe it will absorb better

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westNDNbeauty September 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

That’s a viable suggestion. Weather is getting chilli.

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crystal September 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

Glad you took the time to come and peek at mines. I think both suggestions are great! o and thanks for the shout out :) I have used it once, and so far I do like it, however my hair loves oils. I plan to twist with it tonight, keep them in for about 3 days and untwist , then I will give a review. A price hike? sorry, I will pass.

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westNDNbeauty September 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thank you for commenting. The way your jar looked was really surprising.

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Lacoya (thesupercoya) September 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Hey West!
I was reading your review and after reading off the list of ingredients (which is mostly oils), I figure that product should not be labeled as a ‘leave-in’. This product is clearly a sealant which is, of course, at the fault of the company for mislabeling it. A leave-in should first contain water, maybe aloe vera juice, perhaps some oils lower on the list, but this stuff is chock-full of oils first up. Perhaps you can try to use it as a light sealant on top of a creamy leave-in, and share your review with us then? Hope you have more luck with it!

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westNDNbeauty September 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I agree with you. It is definitely a sealant. I actually will try using the remainder of this jar in a few other ways and seeing how it does then. But you are right, this definitely can’t be used in the true sense of a leave in conditioner.

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Robin G. September 19, 2011 at 12:32 am

Donate all unused products to ColorMiNatural 17460 IH 35 N Suite 160-314, Schertz, Texas 78154
Please review; The Hairs a thought Naturalista Deployment Drive. [great site] For all our natural sisters who are serving their tour of duty and unable to obtain natural hair care products. By the way love your hair and blog page ..thanks for all the info.

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Louise September 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Your hair looks s pretty in the pics! With this product a very little goes a very long way and it is easy to over apply because you really need much less than you would expect. Try using 1/3 less of the product and you should not run into the “greasy” feel.

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westNDNbeauty September 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I will try that.

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kisha September 28, 2011 at 1:42 am

yea i seen crissy q’s review earlier too and it looked more like normal butter! do a giveaway for the 2nd jar (only cuz i wanted to try some) but dnt give up on it, try using less product. i know even with QB amla heavy cream, a little goes a loooong way and if u go overboard its easy to end up a greasy MESS!! i know from experience, esp when i did a QB amla/DB maddy vanilla mix. wheeew we, my hair was moisturized for days but i obviously used too much :7

from the ingred’s it sounds like it’ll be perfect for the winter time…but lmaooo@ the foot balm suggestion, lol.

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Tiera November 19, 2011 at 3:58 am

I happened to have most of the ingredients already. You can make this stuff at home. It’s nothing more than shea butter mixed with essential oils.

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Marcia November 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I purchased this product in the summer and I am SUPER disappointed. It just hasn’t worked for my hair. Like your contained mine wasn’t even close to full (who does that!!??) and the shipping took forever. I am talking like 5 weeks forever. Many many emails forever. It certainly isn’t a leave-in. I didn’t realize until I saw on youtube that it is not meant to be combed through…ummm a leave-in not meant to be combed through, and that was certainly NOT on the bottle. First time I tried to use it I ended up washing my hair out immediately. Super sticky. I tried it on dry hair and it was a disaster…super sticky.Sigh… okay I am just venting now…sorry.

I am new to your blog…I really like it!! Peace!

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Elle June 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Nicely detailed review – thanks! I was looking up info on this product.

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westNDNbeauty June 8, 2012 at 12:12 am

Are you going to try it out Elle? I remember speaking with the owner months after this review (and her comments) and she was going to send me another jar of the newly reformulated version, but like her Twitter giveaway winners, I never got anything. Womp. Womp.

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erica May 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I know this is a really old thread, i googled customer service reviews and came across this one.
I haven’t tried the products yet however, her customer service is still horrible. I ordered 4/12 and received 5/10 with no follow up on email inquiries I sent her asking about my product delivery. I actually received an email saying it was shipped on 4/29 but the shipping number never was updated. I checked again on 5/7 and it shows that it had just been received at the post office. SMH

Almost two years later and her customer service is still the same.

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westNDNbeauty May 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm

That’s really sad to hear, but not surprising. The owner personally called me and told me she would be sending a replacement product because the formula changed, etc. Still have never received anything nor has she responded to my e-mail.

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Alyca May 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Mail it to me. My 4c hair loves it.

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westNDNbeauty May 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm

lol girl it has been a while since this review.

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Gen July 10, 2013 at 6:22 am

Hmm this product worked great for me! U should try again and apply less product. Works best over a light leave in…I’d love to see results on ur hair :)

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