I purchased a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Coconut Hair Creme around last July, but I guess it got lost in the abyss that is my bathroom cabinet. I ended up giving it to Danielle at some point, and then it really wasn’t a concern of mine. I’m not sure what reminded me of it, but here I am with a very late review.
Ingredients (provided at drbronner.com)- “Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Ethanol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol.”
This product receives a hazard score of two in the Cosmetic Safety Database. For whatever reason, Avocado Oil is wrongly listed as one of the ingredients in the CSD, but this shouldn’t change the hazard score much (if at all). The only ingredient with a hazard score above a two is Ethanol, and it has a hazard score of five.
Here’s what the CSD has to say about Ethanol, in case you weren’t feeling up to clicking the above link:
“Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is considered broadly toxic and linked to birth defects following excessive oral ingestion. Potential risks from ethanol in personal care products are significantly smaller than the health risks posed by the consumption of alcoholic beverages.”
Some great things about this product:
1. It contains organic ingredients.
3. It’s cruelty-free.
4. It’s certified Fair Trade by IMO.
5. The bottle is 100% post consumer recycled content, and it’s a #1 plastic (easily recyclable).
Product Description (provided at drbronner.com)- “Certified by the same National Organic program that certifies organic food, our conditioning & styling crème provides light styling hold while making hair silky soft without any synthetic ingredients. Organic virgin coconut oil makes hair shiny & luxurious, organic jojoba oil imparts excellent manageability and feel, while the organic hemp oil moisturizes and softens hair.”
Performance– I used this hair creme strictly as a leave-in conditioner, and I never really noticed a marked difference in my hair after using it. It might’ve been a little shinier, but it also left it feeling slightly oily (which is why I never used this product for light styling, despite the bottle’s suggestion).
Scent– I smelled very little coconut and a whole lot of lavender and alcohol when I used this product. Looking back, my dissatisfaction with this product probably had a lot to do with the alcohol smell.
Rating– 5/10. I subtracted four points for the less than stellar performance and another for the one questionable (and smelly) ingredient. The reasonable price and other decent ingredients are worth at least five points.
Would I purchase this item again?– Probably not. Since I forgot about it and eventually gave it away, this product clearly wasn’t the one for me. I don’t mean to say this product is completely worthless; maybe I just didn’t/don’t have the right hair texture/type for it.
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