I Really Wanted to Love: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

Thursday, January 27, 2011

So I've been trying many different products in my quest to figure out what works for my hair and subsequently, which of these products to put in rotation for my hair-care regimen.

There was one product that I got and tried fairly early in my transition because it seemed like I was seeing naturals across YouTube and the hair boards just singing its praises: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner (pictured left, click link to see product ingredients). Based on the super positive reviews I kept seeing, it seemed like this conditioner/deep conditioner could do no wrong. And even better, I could easily pick it up from my local Whole Foods. So just like that - this borderline product junkie was sold!

I was still transitioning the first time I tried it. I followed the directions and used it as a wash-out conditioner.....and my transitioning hair pretty much HATED IT. It had absolutely zero slip (compared to my holy grail love Kinky Curly Knot Today) when I tried to detangle my hair with it in (very bad idea - I tore out lots of hair that day), and I felt like I had to use a ton of it to make any real difference in how my hair felt. My hair also didn't really feel super moisturized after I washed it out, which was odd to me since it was marketed as a "moisturizing" conditioner. I was so disappointed because before I actually used it, it seemed to have [almost] every characteristic of an AWESOME conditioner - super thick consistency, very nourishing, yummy ingredients. I said "almost" because the smell was certainly less than to be desired but if a product is otherwise practically saving my hair's life and making it feel like heaven, smell is not a complete deal-breaker for me. Though this first try wasn't exactly a pleasant experience, I didn't want to give up on the product completely because I figured 1) Maybe I should try it again after my transition on completely natural hair, 2) I just spent $11 on conditioner so there is no way in hell I am going to let it go to waste, and 3) Maybe if I mix it with some oils I like the experience will be better next time.

Fast-forward a few months after my big chop, and I ended up trying a second time when I was completely natural. And my hair still HATED IT! Before writing it off completely though, I decided to try it for a third time as a deep conditioner - and this time I added oils to it. I added honey and olive oil (a simple, homemade conditioning combination that I know already works wonders for me) and deep conditioned with the mixture under my steamer for 30 minutes before rinsing out with cool water. The result? It was just OK...but for $11 a bottle "just OK" was not good enough for me. Plus, my thought is, if I spend that much on a bottle of conditioner and I STILL have to add things to it just to make it OKAY, then what is the point?

Final Verdict: I really wanted to like Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose since it seems like the free world does. But since it did absolutely nothing for me, I'd rather stick to my cheapie grocery store conditioner that works just fine for co-washes and hold out until I find that great, life-changing deep conditioner that is worth spending more $$$ on. However, I am still curious as to why this product did not work for me. I am sure the answer lies somewhere in the ingredients list with something on there that my hair just does not like - but at the moment I am unsure of what that is. If I had to guess - I would say maybe it is the Organic Shea Butter (which it listed as the 3rd ingredient down), an ingredient that my hair doesn't seem to be too crazy about.

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