Product Review| Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee

by West Parsons on July 3, 2011 · 27 comments

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*Updates since the original review are shared at the end.


Price: $14
Where to Buy: QhemetBiologics
Product Claims: Restores manageability, softness and elasticity to normal to very dry hair. Smooths cuticles, improves combing ability and reduces breakage.
Ingredients: Water, Nettle Extract (Urtica Dioica), Barley Extract (Hordeum Vulgare)…


Ever since Taliah Waajid changed the formula of her Protective Mist Bodifier, I have been in search of a moisturizer for the longest! On a whim, I decided to take a trip over to one of the natural health food store in the city which carries Qhemet Biologics.  I decided on the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee and another product of theirs.  I really didn’t have much expectations for the Ghee, besides, what the heck is “Ghee” anyway right?  Looked it up. Lol.

a kind of liquid butter, used especially in the cooking of India, made from the milk of cows or buffaloes and clarified by boiling.

I’m not sure how much of a help that was, but the product itself is much like the consistency of a really thick, solid-like lotion.  Though, it’s not runny like a lotion and it’s not hard/solid as shea butter. I also have the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream (AOHC) and I will venture to say, the ghee is slightly a bit more solid/stiff and is much lighter on the hair. About the scent, I prefer my hair products to smell perfumey but this smells like chocolate and I didn’t mind at all.

About the Ingredients
The first ingredient listed is water and of course, any moisturizer will have this as the first ingredient.  The next, nettle extract (urtica dioica) is actually from a plant, as kids in the islands, we were always told to keep our distance from.  Elders warnings never worked though. Lol.  Time after time, you would hear about someone running home with the itches because they came in contact with what we called ‘stinging nettle’. Believe-you-me, the stuff ITCHES! In health terms, this nettle helps to prevent hair loss. The third ingredient, barley extract may have some function for hair loss, but is also probably serves as a thickener for the product.My Experience
I first used this on freshly washed hair.  Can I tell you — The knots melted and The. Comb. Glided. I’ve experienced many products where hair was easily detanlged but the catcher was the fact that my hair wouldn’t feel moisturized after it dried. By golly I think I’ve found it! My hair was soft to the touch after it dried.  It wasn’t too greasy, but just enough moisture. I will say my hair took all day to completely dry though :/ Honestly though, I will sacrifice having a long dry-time for a good detangler and moisturizer in one.

Pictured: wet twisted hair with Coco Tree Detangling GheeI followed by using the Ghee on dry hair to help in stretching.  Just as it performed on wet hair, it also performed well on my dry hair (of course with a quicker drying time).  The cream melted into my hair with no remaining residue. It applies much lighter than the AOHC.

On my trip to Chicago, this was the moisturizer of choice.  The kicker was I didn’t even have to travel with it!  My hair was washed on Wednesday, stretched and styled on Thursday.  I went to Chicago on Friday and returned on Sunday. I wore my hair in a bantu-knot out.  I re-knotted once and the only thing I used was a dab of water on the ends of each section. That little bit of water some how seemed to awaken the product that was applied to my hair days before.  I literally was able to feel the product re-surface once my hair met the water.  I say that to say, there was no need to re-moisturize my hair beyond wash day, unless I simply just wanted to.

I think I’ve found a gold mine!  I really hope my hair does not acclimate to this product.  I like the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee so much I am buying my friend a jar and mailing it all the way to her in Nomads Land, but there is one problem, the shelves are empty at Return to Eden (the only Qhemet Biologics retailer in GA).

The photo above also displays the condition of my hair when using the Ghee alone after my Chicago trip.  My hair was washed on Tuesday, stretched and twisted Wednesday.  I added rollers to the ends on Friday and twisted it out on the same night. Note, the last time I used product on my hair was Tuesday.  As I write this review, it is Saturday and again my hair is still soft with no further product needed.

Dear Qhemet,
If you ever discontinue this product, please provide me with advance notice so that I may by up your remaining stock 🙂

What Qhemet product is your favorite?

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I no longer purchase this product due to my experience with the below detailed inconsistent performance.  As stated, I’m not the only one who has reported this.

UPDATE Aug 2012: As of lately my experience with this product has not been the best. Qhemet Biologics has transitioned this product into bottles and have also gone into auto production, meaning all of their products are no longer handmade.

A few months ago I purchased my first bottled version of the CTDG and the product left much to be desired; a few hours after application my was hair dry to the point where I needed to re-moisturize hours later and even still the dryness was not remedied. That was absolutely not typical in my previous experience with this product (as you’ve read in my original review). I purchased another bottle  a couple of months later and the product seemed to work just as I remembered.

I contacted QB about this variance in product performance and my first communication was never responded to.  A couple months later I spotted this thread on a hair board where others were talking about having the same experience with the CTDG and other products in QB’s line. Again I tried to contact QB about my concern:

WEST: Hi QB, In June I literally did a side-by-side with CTDG from one batch (purchased in March) and CTDG from another batch (purchased in June). Each product was on either side of my hair and they both performed differently. That was my confirmation [that there are variances beyond texture, scent and color from batch to batch].

I’ve messaged you on June 23 about my experience with the newly bottled CTDG through LHCF and I received no response. Just today I came across a thread on Naturally Curly where someone seems to be having the same experience as myself with the CTDG not working they way it previously did.

Has there been a change in the product?

QB: Hi West! Sorry for the oversight and thanks for resending the question. I’m glad you got the results you were looking for from the bottle you purchased in June. We haven’t changed the formula but slight differences may occur from batch to batch.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Kind Regards,



destine2grow July 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Thanks for the review! I really need to try this product! I like the BRBC and love the OHHB! I have never tried the AOHC I think it will be to heavy for my hair! You can really see how moisturise this product left you hair and the kicker is you can go days with out re applying and your hair still remain moisturise! I will definitely pick this up when she has another sale!

Angie R July 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I love this product and the BRBC from QB. And I can purchase QB locally, a huge plus.

MMM July 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I really want to be in love with Qhemet but for some reason their products hate me. When I had more relaxed hair the heavy cream was great, but now that I am mostly natural the heavy cream sits on my hair and it does not moisturize or seal in the mositure from my DC sessions. I am wanted to try the ghee but I am not a cocca scent lover. I was thinking of giving them a few more tries and but the honey hydrating balm and the new twisting cream.

I also buy it semi-locally at Return to Eden! I will make sure to call ahead before I make the drive!

westNDNbeauty July 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

The AOHC is also really heavy for my hair as well, but this CTDG is just right! I actually ordered a few more things from their line and maybe I’ll be able to share my opinion of those too.

Also, I asked QB when Return to Eden will be restocked with CTDG and she didn’t have a specified near future date. Only thing they will be getting is the AOHC. That’s why I just went ahead and ordered 3 jars online instead.

Whitney July 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I love Qhemet Biologics’ products! My favorite product is the Amla and Olive Heavy Cream. It keeps my hair moisturized for DAYS. A close second is the Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee. 🙂

Maria Scott July 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

I have been using Qhemet products for a year now. I love the Ghee and the Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm (my staple). I use the OHHB for my twists!

vonnie July 4, 2011 at 1:16 am

omg, that sounds like HEAVEN! i want some of it badly and will have to scoop it up 😀 sounds perfect


Sis Tasha July 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

Awe I wish I’d known you were coming to my city I would have love to meet you in person. I love your vids and all the information you provide. I watch every one of them. I’m relaxed but I am very curious to see my hair in its natural state. So while I decide on what I’m going to do I watch naturals to get tips advice and styling techniques. I’m glad you found a staple product. I wonder will it work on my relaxed hair??? Well again thanks for sharing and HHJ 🙂

Michelle July 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

LOL at your letter to Quemet. I will have to try this but I must say in getting over my PJ-ism it will have to wait. My hair actually really loves Jane Carter’s Nourish and Shine.

Glenda July 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I love these products. Cocoa Tree and the Castor and Moringa Serum are great. I use the AOHC for DCs and the Moringa Tree conditioning ghee is wonderful for detangling my hair.

Debbie F. November 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Hey I searched out this post because I remember you raving about this product before. I didn’t use it when it was in the jar but in the newer bottle. The first bottle I got, I wasn’t blown away but I thought it was ok. I didn’t use it as DT but a leave in because my hair is very dry and people said it was amazing form moisture.’

Anyway, second bottle I got, I noticed the product was more watered down and not as thick but I had found a way to use it that my hair really really liked. I ordered a 3rd bottle 2 weeks ago from Sage and the first thing I noticed is that it was even MORE watered down/liquidy and that the strong cocoa butter scent was gone. I still have a bit of product left in the second bottle so I could easily compare the two. Then I put it on my hair and it was just CRAP…did nothing for my hair but make it drier. Luckily I still have product left in my second bottle and after washing out the crap from the third bottle, reapplied what was left and my hair was soft and moisturized again.

I’m pretty much done buying that product especially since it’s almost 20 DOLLARS for an 8oz bottle. No m’aam I’m done. I’m bummed because I’ve had a really really hard time finding a leave in and thought I had found the one but I guess not. Anyway just wanted to share my experience. Thanks for talking about this.

Debbie F. November 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I was planning to write a review on NC for the product and will just tell this experience so more people can think twice before spending so much money on this product. Looking at the first picture you posted of the product I know my hair would have loved it. It’s so watery compared to the texture in that picture.

I was also wondering if you know of any conditioner with similar texture (or not) that doesn’t have proteins, coconut oil, avocado oil or aloe vera juice or gel? Yeah my hair is really, really picky and now that this product is useless I’m back out hunting again…*sigh*

westNDNbeauty November 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience. I currently use Pura Body Naturals Murumuru Moisture Milk. I don’t believe it contains any of the ingredients you listed 🙂

Debbie F. November 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I already tried that product and it left my hair really dry since it has avocado oil. I was able to pass it on to my mom and her hair loved it lol….thanks for the recommendation 🙂

Deann Parsons July 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

Hi West,
Are you still using the Coco Tree Detangling Ghee? I think I am getting a good hang of handling my TWA but my daughter’s hair is another story altogether. She has super dry hair and I have yet to find products that detangle and moisturize it adequately. Any suggestions?

westNDNbeauty July 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Hey D! I’ve tried the CTDG twice since the update to this post and still have not achieved the results pre-mass production. You should try Pura Body Naturals sapote lotion or murumuru milk paired with the cupuacu butter. I think Claudies has a moisturizer that works well too. Just make sure that you are sealing with a heavy butter after you moisturize. Consider keeping her hair in protective styles to help maintain the moisture.

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