New Week!

I know that it’s been a while but it’s been a crazy few days. I started an awesome new job today and I discovered a few new products that I’m excited to try out this week as well. Another update: CurlKit sent me my replacement bottle of Karen’s Body Beautiful Leave In Conditioner so I can finally try it out. Hopefully it’s worth the wait and works better for me than Ori’s Essentials.

P.S. Am I the only person who didn’t know that Target has an entire section dedicated to natural hair care products? Seriously, they sell the entire line of Shea Moisture now and I almost fainted when I saw that they also have the As I Am line. Pinch me, I’m dreaming!

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Ori Essentials vs Shea Moisture

I spent the past week experimenting with Ori Essentials and Shea Moisture to see if there was a difference in my twist out results. For the first 5 days, starting on Thursday May 2nd, I used the Ori Essentials Leave In that I received in my CurlKit. For a quick over view of that product you can head of here to my review last week.

Ori Essentials launched their product line in 2012 with a large line of organic hair and body products. They teamed up with CurlKit this year and began selling their products in stores as well. To date, their website is not running yet, but an overview of some of their products can be found scattered throughout the internet.

Ori Essentials Leave In Conditioner

Ori Essentials Leave In Conditioner

The actual leave in conditioner is creamy with a light coconut scent. But once it touches water it becomes a bit runny and spreads easily throughout the hair. The instructions state that you should use a generous amount of product and I wound up using about a tablespoon amount on each half of my head. My hair was wet upon application which helped the product to spread evenly as I smoothed it in and finger detangled. I sealed with a mixture of vitamin E (yes that big bottle from the CurlKit ) and Castor Oil and put my hair into about 12 twists.

The next morning I undid my twists and my hair came out like this:

Ori Essentials Twist Out

Ori Essentials Twist Out

The curl definition is good but it’s not what I was really aiming for in my twist-out. Maybe I should have spent a bit more time fluffing but I have noticed issues with that as well. My hair refuses to stay fluffed at the crown! I get it nice and curly and in less than an hour it falls flat again. I know that there is no product that can fix this problem because my hair generally is thinner at the crown and curlier at the nape of my neck. The addition of a few hair curlers at night usually does the trick but that takes too much time and I’m just too lazy to do that every night.

My hair was relatively soft to the touch but not to the point that I’m used to feeling. Later at night when I would re-twist my hair, I had to go back and add more product because my ends felt dry again. I don’t have the time or patience to do that every night so I’m not sure if this is a product that I’ll use unless I run out of my staples.

On the night of Monday May 6th, I switched to Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, my general go to leave in conditioner. I finally finished off the first jar that I bought mid december and I use it at least 4 times a week, so this stuff goes a long way. It has a stronger coconut aroma and is creamy but it does not get runny when added to water.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

This product is the reason why I decided to stop being a product junkie. I add this onto moist hair, seal with my oil mixture, and when I take down my hair the next morning the softness and curl definition is out of this world! On this occasion I left my twists in for 2 days and took my hair down today. I did not re-moisturize my hair last night with water or leave in and today, my hair is still soft. The curls are immaculate and my hair is actually holding a bit of a fluff at the crown.

If I had to compare the two products, I’d say that Ori Essentials is good but not perfect. I feel as though I have to use too much of the product to get the intended outcome and it doesn’t maintain the softness integrity of my hair. So, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie wins this round! It spreads easier, provides maximum moisture, and helps to hold the curls of a twist out. I know that this product is intended more for wash and go’s than twist outs but I think that it works both ways depending on your own hair type.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Twist Out

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Twist Out

Curl Kit Contents

So I went through what was in the CurlKit for April but I really didn’t detail what each product is like. My bad on that one, sorry guys!  I’m going to give a quick over view on each product that I received and my thoughts on them.

CurlKit Haul

CurlKit Haul

First up is the Ampro Pro Styl Vitamin E, something that I just used yesterday actually. I had mentioned in my post on protective styling yesterday that it has a really nice smell to it. I found out that it’s because there is grape seed oil in the mix here! I also found out that a little bit goes a long way with this product. I used the recommended quarter sized amount and there was still oil on my hands afterwards. In my opinion, this is perfect for sealing in the summer time when butters are too thick.

Next on the list is the Ori Essentials Leave In Conditioner, which is also paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free. I know that a few people who had reviewed this in their April unboxing had a runny, almost curdled milk-like product. Mine actually came in the intended form and was very creamy. The thickness of the product reminds me of the Cantu Repair Leave In that’s been my staple since last December. It doesn’t have much of a smell to it but I’m fine with that. I really don’t want to overwhelm my hair with too many different smelling products so this might be a good choice if some of your other products have a strong scent. I haven’t had the chance to test out the actual moisturizing properties of this product yet but hopefully it lives up to the promise.

As for the Amazing Botanicals AloeMint Spritz, this product is basically all oil with the addition of water. You have to gently shake the bottle in order to mix the product correctly before application. I’ve applied this to hair sprayed lightly with water this morning and I haven’t really noticed a difference in the overall quality of my hair as of yet. I can’t really attest to the sealing qualities of this product but it might be something that’s good for summer time use. The mint scent is very light but I’m not sure how useful all of the other oils are in this product.

The other oil that came with this kit is the Honey Curls Hair Honey Oil Blend. And, oh boy, does it smell like honey. It’s subtle but it’s there. All of the ingredients are a series of essential oils and a few that I’ve never heard of, like karanji and borage oil. I haven’t quite figured out how to use it yet but I found this useful video on the Honey Curls website, as taught by an adorable little girl:

Lastly, we have the Naturalista Cosmetics Sweet Ambrosia Leave In Conditioner. This is the product that had the strongest scent, almost reeking of vanilla cake. I used it last night and the smell doesn’t last too long, although I wouldn’t mind if it did because I kind of like it.

naturalista leave in

It’s creamier than the Ori Essentials Leave In but it does not spread as easily, even when using a wide-toothed comb. Not sure how I feel about this one yet. My hair was dry when I woke up this morning and I had to refresh with my water bottle. It smells nice but that’s all that this product really has going for it in my opinion.

The samples of hair gel that came with the kit are things that I will not be using, like I said before I will be giving it to my mother. She’s just as much of a product junkie that I am and has no qualms about mineral oil in her products. So that’s it for my CurlKit review thus far. I haven’t gotten the Karen’s Body Beautiful yet but I’ll be sure to review that whenever it comes in the mail.

CurlKit

It’s finally here!!! After three long weeks of waiting my CurlKit finally came in the mail today! I did my first ever YouTube review that you can watch here. Unfortunately, one of the products that I was really looking forward to did not come with this Kit and I had to send them another email. Karen’s Body Beautiful Leave In Conditioner was listed in the kit content but was not in my box. Hopefully CurlKit can have that sent to me or else we’re going to have some issues.

I tallied up the full retail price of this box, minus the Karen’s Body Beautiful and here are the results:

  • Ori Essentials Moisturizing Leave In Conditioner (Full-Size)  – $13
  • Ampro Pro Style Vitamin E (Full-Size) – $5
  • Honey Curls Oil Blend (about 2 oz.) – $5
  • Amazing Botanicals AloeMint Spritz (about 2 oz.) – $4.50
  • Naturalista Cosmetics Juicy Leave In Conditioner (about 1.7 oz.) – $5.50

So, all together, minus the Karen’s Body Beautiful, my box totals to $33 and I paid $18. Not a bad deal price wise. I will be using the Vitamin E like a fiend in my hot oil treatments. It’ll also make a nice addition to my Castor Oil mix to help dilute it a bit. I have enough Leave In’s now to last me until mid-summer so that’s nice. Wash Day is coming up again so I’m excited to try out my new oils and share the results!

Exciting Week Ahead!

Just a few updates to catch up with before I start a new week. I’ve updated the Beauty section with a review the products I use on a daily basis for my skin regimen. Every product was paid for by myself and I do not sponsor any of the companies reviewed. The opinions expressed are based off of my own experience and may not be the same for everyone. You can read about my skin care regimen here.

I’ve also update my favorite make up products in my product reviews section. This week focused on a few foundations that matched my skin tone well, both partial coverage and full coverage. You can read more about my favorite products here.

Also, good news!!! I’ve been checking my CurlKit account all week and my April Kit finally made it to Pittsburgh (YEA!!). Now I’m just waiting for my daily mail delivery and I get to open the goodness! I’m hoping that after close to 3 weeks of waiting, everything is intact so that I don’t have to contact them again to have items replaced.

I’ll also do a review of my favorite facial masks and make up looks in celebration of Spring. Hey, look, it’s still cold in Pittsburgh so we’re celebrating spring a bit late, don’t judge. I’m just happy that I don’t have to chip  ice off of my windshield anymore.

Online Curl Subscriptions

So you may or may not have heard about this but they’re growing in popularity as we speak: Curl Subscriptions. Essentially it is an online club that users pay for by the month and in return club members receive a box of hair care goodies to sample. It seems like an easy and cheap way to please any product junkie. It seemed promising and I can’t pass up a good deal, so I decided to give it whirl.

After researching a few different companies, I selected a popular brand known as CurlKit. For $20 a month club members get a variety a products mailed to their homes and have their bank accounts charged on the 15th of every month. Other than raving reviews of their product sizes (they tend to give out more full size products than their competitors) they were also celebrating their anniversary. This meant TWO full size products in addition to the sample sizes of various other products. CHA-CHING!

But then I started following their Facebook page and the worrying is setting in. Looking through their news feed, I see countless comments about people receiving their April kit damaged or missing products. When I say damaged not I’m talking about just a dinged up box but having actual products damaged as well. More than one user has claimed that a leave in conditioner was completely empty, spilled throughout the entire box creating a gunky mess. Another user has claimed that one of the full-sized products that was supposed to come with the kit just isn’t there at all.

….Oh boy, here comes the drama.

Line after line of complaints about unanswered emails, poor customer service, and threats of canceling subscriptions. People still waiting for their April kit even though they had already been charged for the month of May! Needless to say, this is rubbing me the wrong way.

Now, I had signed up for CurlKit on April the 9th and my checking account was immediately charged the membership fee of $18 (I found a discount code). So it’s only been a little over a week of waiting and praying that my kit comes through intact –but I still have the jitters. So I decided to send a friendly email to the company asking for the status of my order. Because every time that I check online, it says that it’s still being processed. That was on Monday the 15th, so after waiting two days I decided to send another email on Wednesday. Later that night I finally receive a reply email…stating that they only reply to emails sent before 5pm Monday-Friday.

Okaaaay, that wasn’t the question that I asked you, CurlKit.

After receiving this email and seeing so many people claiming that they were already charged for May without receiving this month’s kit, I felt the need to cancel my monthly subscription. I’m still waiting for my kit to come in, eagerly waiting by the door and suffering disappointment whenever it’s just a Penny Saver. I hope that it’s worth the wait and I’ll do a reveal whenever it actually makes it here in one on piece.