Review: Bumble & bumble Creme De Coco Conditioner

Well hello lovelies! Welcome to another Friday review. This week I’m reviewing Bumble & bumble’s Creme De Coco Conditioner. Years ago I used the masque in the line and loved it, so I decided to give the conditioner a go, seeing as it doesn’t contain any silicones or mineral oils.
This is a very thick rinse-out conditioner. I’d like to say that a little goes a long way (especially as it’s so pricey), but because it’s so thick, you actually need a bit more in order for it to spread across the hair and to penetrate enough to assist detangling.
Like all of the Bumble & bumble products that I’ve tried, the smell is mild – a little more sweet than fresh like most of their other products – and not unpleasant.
The weirdest thing about this product is the texture. It feels like it coats my hair rather than sinks in, and it doesn’t make it feel as soft as I’d expect given the product claims. I find this strange because there are no silicones in the ingredients list, and it is packed full of plant based ingredients. Products with ingredients lists similar to this normally work really well for my hair – maybe because B&b is not known for its ‘natural’ products, the ingredients are further processed? I’m no chemist, so I can’t say any more than that.

    The Breakdown

Where can you get it? Mecca Cosmetica/Maxima

How much is it? $$$$

Eco-friendly? 4/10

Animal testing? I believe so.

CG friendly? 3/3

Colour safe? Yes.

Available internationally? Yes.

I hope you find this review helpful; let me know in the comments if there are any products you would like me to review in the future – or just say hi 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend!

Love and waves,
Astrid

Aussie Spotlight: Juuce

Hi lovely things! I’m back after the whole month of November away from the blogosphere. I completed NaNoWriMo last night (yay!), had the last month of school before the summer holidays and there may have been a small flare up of anxiety (nothing to worry about, I’ve got a handle on it now). So how was your month? If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you’re keeping warm, and if you’re down under like me, stay cool!

Earlier in the month, I tried a selection of products from Juuce by Hair Jamm. Originally I had wanted to try their Pure range, but I had difficulty finding it stocked anywhere, and it seems like the website does not ship or provide information on stockists.

This is the first salon range that I’ve tried for the Aussie Spotlight series, so I was able to try more than just a shampoo and conditioner. I also picked up a leave in conditioner and a curling cream as well as a treatment.

Let’s go!

Colour Vamp Colour Protection Shampoo
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This shampoo… to be honest, I ended up not being such a fan of this shampoo. It has sulfates in it, and it reminded me why I’m such a stickler for low sulfate shampoos. Every day that I washed my hair, it would be soft, but by the second day, it was a fuzzy mess.

Colour Vamp Colour Protection Conditioner
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This conditioner is sooo slippery. It was perfect for detangling knots and the comb would slip right through my hair. Granted, one reason it has such great slip, is that it contains silicones. I’m not sure if they also played a part in my fuzzy hair – but they most likely did not help.

Shock Treatment Intensive Repair Treatment
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On the days that I used this, my hair definitely behaved better – because it is a treatment as opposed to a daily conditioner, the ratio of synthetic to natural was a bit more balanced. And despite it being thicker, it also was great for detangling the knots in the more damaged sections of my hair.

Solar Enz Leave In Sun Protection
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This product appealed to me because of the sun protection claim, but I mainly purchased it because it was a leave in conditioner. This is a great softening leave in conditioner, and for those with fine hair that is easily weighed down, I would stay away from this because it will make your hair fluffy and without definition. But if you have coloured, especially lightened, hair, I believe this is a good product to layer under any defining products. However, it does contain silicones as well, so be careful if you want to avoid them.

Kinky Curl Enhancer This product was suggested by Laras 🙂
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This product I have actually used before. It was a go-to curl enhancer for me in the first few years of using the CG method. It does not contain silicones, so is safe if you’re a strict CG, and provides a nice, soft hold. And it smells like flowers – for some people it might be a bit too strong, but quite often I would get compliments on the smell. The consistency of the product is somewhere between a cream and a gel, and it dries into a cast like a light hold gel, that is easy to scrunch out.
Of all the Juuce products, this is the one I am most likely to repurchase.

Where can you get Juuce? I got it from salonshoponline.com.au. I had trouble finding it anywhere else. I used to be able to find it at Price Attack and Hairhouse Warehouse, but this time around I had no luck, even online.

How much is it? $$$

Eco-friendly? 4/10

Animal testing? Yes (couldn’t find an indication otherwise 😦 )

Curly Girl friendly? No; 1/3

Colour safe? Yes

What do you think, readers? Will you try or have you tried Juuce? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Love and waves,
Astrid

Images come from salonshoponline.com.au
All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Aussie Spotlight: MooGoo

Well, it’s been a shamefully* long time since I last posted, hasn’t it? I’d like to say that I’ve been busy (to an extent, I have been) but really, there has been time for me to post; I’m just really good at procrastinating.
How have you guys been while I’ve been away? I hope the world is treating you well, and if you’re into Halloween, I hope you’re having lots of fun gearing up for it. I spent yesterday afternoon talking to Mum about Jack O’Lanterns and decorations coming up to the 31st, and I’ve been on a massive horror film kick lately too. Do you love getting the bejeesus scared out of you too?

Aaanyway, I’m getting distracted (this is why I should post more often, I’d be able to spread my ramblings out a bit) – do you want to read my next review of an Australian hair care brand? Of course you do – so keep reading to find out my thoughts on MooGoo 😉

Milk Shampoo
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This shampoo tricked me. At first, it felt kind of drying – my hair was squaky clean and I was worried. But after I applied conditioner and my hair dried, my hair felt very soft and less frizzy than usual.
By the third time I used it, my hair wasn’t feeling stripped and I wonder if my hair was simply adjusting to the particular combination of ingredients in the shampoo.
The best thing about this shampoo is what it did for my scalp; my scalp didn’t start to itch as soon and I managed to stretch my washes from every three to every four or five – pretty amazing to me!

Cream Conditioner
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MooGoo is one of my go to conditioners and my favourite all-rounder. I use it to co-wash, condition and as a moisturising and light leave in. And paired with the shampoo, it’s even better. I got multiple compliments on my hair while I was trying out the duo and my hair had less frizz than usual.
If I weren’t so keen to keep searching out and reviewing Australian brands, I’d want to keep going with these.
And, rumour has it, MooGoo is in the process of trialling an actual leave in conditioner! Exciting 🙂

Where can you get MooGoo? They sell online, have a search feature for stockists on their website, and ship internationally.

How much is it? $$

Eco-friendly? 9/10

Animal testing? No.

Curly Girl friendly? Yes, 3/3

Colour safe? No; I couldn’t find anything on the label to say so.

Have you tried MooGoo? Let me know what you thought in the comments, and if you have any suggestions for an Aussie brand to try out, add that too! Also, I’d love any horror film recommendations coming up to Halloween 😛

Love and waves,
Astrid

*I use that word lightly. Shame is a pretty strong emotion to feel about something that’s a hobby. But you know what I mean; colloquialism etc.

As with all my posts, opinions are my own and I purchased these products myself. The images come from the MooGoo site.

First Aussie Spotlight: Sukin

Hello chickens! How are you today? What’s the weather like in your part of the world? Here in Sydney it’s the first day of Spring, and the blue skies really showed off for it.

Now that the chit-chat is out of the way, let me introduce my first product for my Aussie spotlight series: Sukin! For this review I bought the Moisture Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner and the Protein Hair Treatment.

Moisture Restoring Shampoo
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On first use I found this shampoo to be quite drying – straight after applying it, my hair felt stripped and squeaky. This happened less and less as I used it and by the last time I used it (last week) I felt like my hair was getting moisturised. Whether this was due to me using the combination of their other products, or I was getting used to it, or maybe it was actually doing its job over repeated uses, I’m not sure. Either way, if you prefer a more luxurious texture to your shampoo, you might want to stay away from this one.

Moisture Restoring Conditioner
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I loved this! Out of the three products I tried, I noticed the most immediate results from the conditioner – and it’s the one I’ll probably repurchase. After the way the shampoo felt like it was stripping my hair, the conditioner just melted into the strands and they felt softer straight away. The first day testing these products I kept touching my hair because it felt so silky.

Protein Hair Treatment
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This treatment comes in sachets and to me, one sachet didn’t feel like enough even though my hair is short. I know that protein treatments aren’t supposed to feel as moisturising as, well, moisture treatments, but because it didn’t spread very well I felt like I needed more than the single use sachet. I think I noticed the least difference from this product. However, I did not leave it on for the full fifteen minutes (I really don’t like getting my head wet twice on a wash day), so that probably affected my results.

Where can you get Sukin? From their online store, Priceline, other chemists and online retailers. They don’t ship internationally from their website, however some of the other online retailers they list are international sites.

How much is it? $*

Eco-friendly: 8/10 I couldn’t find anything saying that their packaging was recycled although it is recyclable and they are a carbon neutral business.

Animal testing? No

Curly Girl friendly? 3/3 No sulfates, silicones or drying alcohol.

Colour safe? No. I couldn’t find any mention of whether these products help with colour-fade and damage.

I hope you found this review helpful! Do you have any suggestions for what Australian brand I should try next? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂

Love and waves,
Astrid

*$: under $10
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All pictures are from the Sukin website.

What the Heck is Co-washing?

Good afternoon readers. What’s the weather like in your corner of the world? Today is a lovely winter day in Sydney – dry and sunny. My finger tips are still cold, so I’m not being fooled into thinking it’s spring just yet. Which brings me to the point of this post: co-washing or conditioner washing. I tend to utilise this method of cleansing the hair more often in winter, especially when I have coloured hair.
Co-washing is a way of washing the hair using only conditioner. It was first mentioned by Lorraine Massey in her book Curly Girl: the Handbook. Then it was made even more popular by NaturallyCurly.com; many of the users of the site swear by co-washing. It’s where I first heard of it six years ago. At the time I had awful blonde foils throughout my hair (not to say that blonde foils are all bad – but I didn’t know what to ask for and the hairdresser did not do a consultation with me beforehand), and I was still using strong sulfate shampoos. I had never had any advice on curly hair beyond ‘no brushing’, so I was eager to try anything.
From day one, my hair was so much better. Suddenly I was getting compliments on my hair, and it wasn’t even straightened. For about six months – over the cooler half of the year – it worked. Then the weather started to warm up and my hair got a little bit oily – but by then I knew about sulfates and knew to avoid shampoos with the strong stuff. Over the years I’ve switched back and forth between co-washing and using low-sulfate/sulfate free shampoos. And my hair definitely thanks me for it.

So how do you do it? The usual way is to use a light conditioner – or cleansing conditioner – to scrub at your scalp. The friction is really important to the cleansing – just make sure to use the pads of your fingers and not your nails. Rinse well and follow with more conditioner on you mid-lengths and ends – most curlies like to use a heavier conditioner for this step.

Why does it work? Well, I’m not a scientist, but I’ve done a lot of reading and the small amount of hairdressing training I’ve had has also informed my hypothesis as to why it works. The hair shaft has a cuticle that either lays flat – healthy and low-porosity hair – or stands up to varying degrees – damaged and high-porosity hair. Things that open the cuticles of the hair are heat, physical manipulation, shampoo, colouring and perming/relaxing formulas; and water. So curly hair – which is usually dry as it is – will have the cuticle opened just by the water, so the conditioner will soothe the cuticle, while attracting oil and dirt and removing them.

What else should you know? This shampoo free method is very gentle, so there are some ingredients that you’ll need to avoid. These are insoluble silicones (ingredients ending in ‘-cone’ and ‘-xane’), polyquaterniums and mineral oil. These ingredients tend to build up on the hair when you don’t use a shampoo to remove the build-up regularly.

My favourite co-wash conditioner is Moogoo Cream Conditioner:
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It’s light enough to clean my scalp, but rich enough to moisturise the rest of my hair as a rinse-out conditioner. I also like to use it as a leave in.

Some further reading:
NaturallyCurly.com article on the No Poo Method
Waterlily716’s video on conditioner washing
Jillipoo’s post on silicones, polyquats and soap in hair products – while you’re there look around, she has some excellent curly hair thoughts and advice.

I hope this post was helpful to you guys. Have you ever tried this method/would you be open to trying it? Let me know in the comments.

Love and waves,
Astrid