Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Carol's Daughter

If Sephora is your second home like it is mine, you would have noticed Carol's Daughter products. I've wanted to try them since I've experimented more with silicone-free and natural products so this is actually perfect timing. I've been lucky enough and very grateful to test out and review some Carol's Daughter products. I felt like I received an early birthday gift stuffed with Carol's Daughter Hair Milk, Tui Hair Smoothie, Lisa's Hair Elixir and Lip Butter. The first thing I noticed was the strong fragrance of all the products except for the lip butter. If you've ever smelled any Ojon products, it's pretty similar in scent strength.

I used all three hair products together. I shampooed with Giovanni Tea Tree Invigorating shampoo. For my rinse out conditioner I used Tui Hair Smoothie. On the container it says you can use it as a rinse out or deep conditioner. I think with my hair type, using it as a rinse out conditioner would be too heavy but, definitely moisturizing enough as a deep conditioner. The hair smoothie smelled a little bit like the yellow Brach's Butterscotch hard candy. You know I like to eat so you'll have to get used to me using food as a point of reference. I can tell if a conditioner is moisturizing enough by how my hair feels after I rinse out the conditioner. I mentioned before that I can tell a conditioner isn't moisturizing enough if my hair doesn't make a squishy sound when I scrunch in products. It's like the back of my hair dries really quickly before I can even add in products, which I like to do soaking wet, if my conditioner doesn't do its job. My hair definitely squished when I was adding products to it after my shower. If your hair is crying for some moisture, this is the product for you but, may be a better deep treatment conditioner as opposed to an everyday (or whatever day you wash your hair) rinse out conditioner.

Ingredients for Tui Hair Smoothie
Water, Corn Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Soy Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Wheat Germ Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Fragrance, Chamomile, Marigolds, Lavender, Nori and Vitamin C, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl, Water, DMDM Hydantoin and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate and Phenoxyethanol. Paraben Free. No Petroleum, Mineral Oil, or Artificial Colors.

I scrunched in both Lisa's Hair Elixir and Hair Milk upside down. I think I was a bit excited and put too much of both the Elixir and Milk. When it comes to these two products, a little goes a long way. That's a plus for the wallet.

I skipped the gel because I wanted to see how the products would work alone. I noticed that the three products mixed together produced a piney, woodsy, minty, creamy, milky scent. Yeah, took me half a day to figure that out. It reminded me of the way a Girl's Scout Cookie aka Thin Mint shooter smells like. The scent though fades away and you get a subdued version as the day goes on which I prefer. I tried these 3 products with gel the next day and didn't like the way it turned out. I think your hair looks better as your hair dries when you use these products but, if you add gel it kind of freezes the way your hair looks in the beginning.

Ingredients for Lisa's Hair Elixir
Soy Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Corn Oil, Essential Oils Of Peppermint, Sage, And Rosemary And African Gold Fragrances. Contains No Mineral Oil.

Ingredients for Hair Milk
Water, Soy Bean Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil Or Lemongrass, Fragrance, Jojoba Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Vitamin C, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. Paraben-Free.

This is how my hair turned out with the products and no gel.

I know on some days, curlies out there with real tight curls prefer wearing their hair in looser waves. These products would help you achieve that looser wave pattern.

If you're looking for moisture and soft, touchable waves this is for you. If you're seeking more clumping, this won't do the job.

For those of you trying to follow the CG method, the Hair Milk, Tui Hair Smoothie, and Lisa's Hair Elixir are silicone-free.

I'm excited to try them out when I use heat styling tools. Heat styling tools dry out my hair but, I think these combination of hair products would give me better results. I'm hoping to try that out later this week.

By the way the lip butter is GREAT. I have very sensitive skin and eczema so I'm always wary of lip products I haven't tried before. Even some of my favorite brands, such as MAC, will give me a reaction if I overdo it. I've been using the lip butter continuously since I received it. I wear it all day and over night. It's light weight but very moisturizing. It has a slight scent but, not very noticeable. I LOVE this lip butter.

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MakeupByRenRen said...

i've always wanted to try carol's daughter...i love how it's available at sephora so it's easy to get

Janelle said...

When I worked at Sephora, a lot of people came in asking for Carol's Daughter. I never really tried the products myself, but I've always been intriqued. I'll need to try that lip butter. I have ezcema too. :(

I attempted the "CG Method" this weekend. Not a success, but probably because I didn't use the appropriate styling products. And I had some trouble plopping! I'll try again soon & let you know how it goes.

Linda said...

I've been dying to try Carol's Daughter. I'll probably pick it up next time I'm in Sephora.

Sarah S said...

Oooh, I am very tempted to try these, but I am really starting to love the kinky curly products. We just got a Sephora in our mall (hello civilization) too. How expensive are these? :)

A. Rose said...

I almost bought CD products last time I was in Sephora, but I stopped myself. Now I regret it... :(

I'm addicted to my Korres lip butter too!

A. Rose said...

BTW, try to get your hands on NYX Lip Gloss in Beige (NOT at all beige). It pairs beautifully with Strayin' lipstick.

DeeDee said...

When I found out Sephora sold CD's entire line, I almost lost it. I love CD's Black Vanilla line. Especially the Leave-in. Would love to try more products for the Tui collection, but I didn't care for the Tui L.I.C.

Girl with Curl said...

MakeupByRenRen: If you're looking for moisturizing hair products, this is definitely moisturizing.

Janelle: Let me know if you try the CG method again and how it goes.

Linda: It's a really good line if your hair needs moisture.

Sarah S: The Tui Hair Smoothie is $19, Hair Milk is $12-$18, and Lisa's Hair Elixir is $19.

A.Rose: Lip butters are great. I like body butters too.

I have to add Beige l/g to my wish list.

DeeDee: I'm really liking the Hair Milk.