Winter weather takes its toll on our hair and skin, leaving most of us in need of extra hydration. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter and Olive Oil conditioners can give your hair that much-needed moisture boost. While I use these conditioners year-round as a once or twice weekly deep conditioning treatment, I’ve been reaching for them almost exclusively since temperatures dropped. CONTINUE READING…
When it comes to shampoo, I’m not too picky. I just want it to clean my hair without totally stripping it of moisture. And, of course, I don’t want animals harmed in its production. Two products that fit (well, actually – exceed) the bill are Nature’s Gate Biotin Shampoo and Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Shampoo.
I have long wavy hair. As most of us with curly or wavy hair can attest… dryness is the enemy. When curls and waves get dry, they usually also get frizzy. I personally like my hair to have texture and body – I prefer to work with its natural texture rather than against it. What I look for in hair products is mostly conditioning – something that can provide moisture and definition, without weighing my hair down or making it feel crunchy or “product-y.”
Olive oil and coconut oil are both amazing for hair, especially coconut oil. I use it as a deep conditioning treatment every week or so. I’m also a big fan of Palmer’s products and have used them as long as I can remember. So, while I was a little confused by the name (“hair milk”…?), I was interested to try these out.
The best way I can describe these is like a leave-in conditioner, but more hydrating. They’re not thick like hair masques – the consistency is actually relatively thin and lightweight. Yet they give your hair SO much moisture. If my hair looks dry or frizzy, I take the tiniest bit of this (think pea-sized amount) and run it through the ends and last few inches of my hair. This stuff really does tame frizz and leaves my hair feeling super soft, not greasy.
In terms of differences between the formulas, here are the ingredients lists for comparison:
Olive Oil Formula
Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Cetearamidopropyldimonium Chloride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Olive), Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Extract, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Keratin Amino Acids, Sodium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropyl Butylcarbamate, Yellow 5 (CI19140), Red 4 (CI14700), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090) (CI142090)
Coconut Oil Formula
Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Cetearamidopropyldimonium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hair Keratin Amino Acids, Keratin Amino Acids, Sodium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
So, as you can see, the oils are the 7th or 8th ingredients on the lists (meaning the formula contains less of them). The #2 ingredient in both formulas is shea butter, so I think that’s probably the products’ main conditioning source. Not a bad thing, as shea butter is extremely moisturizing, but it is surprising given how the products are marketed.
Overall, the two formulas are very similar. One difference I did notice is that the Olive Oil formula contains fragrance and colorants, which I don’t see in the Coconut Oil formula. I’m guessing the fragrance is because Olive Oil doesn’t really have a scent, while coconut oil does – which is what the Coconut Oil formula smells like. The Olive Oil formula is a light green color (because, you know, olive oil is green?) while the Coconut Oil is just white – so that would explain the colorants.
I love the smell of coconut oil, so I definitely prefer that scent. I’m not sure how to describe the Olive Oil formula’s scent, maybe slightly like baby powder? Regardless, it isn’t bad and I don’t mind it. I don’t really notice a difference aside from scent and color, they seem to perform the same. Between the two, I’d definitely go for the Coconut Oil formula, because I like the smell and that it’s colorant-free. Plus, because coconut oil penetrates into the hair cuticle and cortex, its arguably the best oil for hair.
Have you ever tried a “hair milk”? Any other favorite conditioning products?