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Which all Natural Conditioners Help You Stay Within Your Budget? Desert Essence of course!

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Like I always say a girl can’t have enough lip products and conditioner. I never shy away from adding a new conditioner to my collection because my hair drinks up conditioner like a person stranded in a desert would water.

I am very generous with the amount of conditioner I apply to my hair because my hair is very dry, brittle, and coarse (yeah, sucks but its nothing a bit of deep conditioning can’t fix). So I go through a lot of conditioner so I am always buying conditioner.

So because I buy a lot of conditioner I am always on the look out for cheap conditioners that get the job done just like any other conditioner can yet are cheap enough to stomach continuously having to buy. So when I find one that actually moisture’s my hair I jump for joy.

The particular conditioners this post really is about are the ones by Desert Essence. I purchased the Coconut Conditioner for dry hair about a month or so ago which costs about 9 bucks at my local Earth Fare and about 7 bucks on I herb. Their conditioners are a steal if you consider the prices of the likes of Rahua and Intelligent nutrients just to name a few.

The Coconut conditioner truly is like tropical paradise in a bottle because once you take one whiff of it, it automatically teleports you to an island somewhere where you can drink pina coladas. But in all seriousness it smells absolutely delicious and truly does moisture your hair with its semi thick very creamy consistency.

The squeeze tube it comes in is nice as well which makes it pretty easy to just squeeze out a good amount of product and then apply it. But the only issue I really have with this fabulous conditioner is that… Dun dun dun… (Pause for dramatics) it has fragrance in it (go figure) which is probably why this conditioner smells like heaven in a bottle.

Here are the ingredients: Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut Derived), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Canola Derived), Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Derived), Dehydroacetic Acid, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate (Fruit Derived), Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum).

With fragrance (parfum) being the last ingredient listed I don’t think it is the biggest thing in the world to fuss about but it still is something I’d just rather not see on any of my products unless it is a natural mixture of essential oils that the company has concocted that smells wonderful all at the same time.

As most of us know, a company can list fragrance as an ingredient and that one word could mean that there is an array of icky things present in a product just by listing the dreaded word “fragrance” in its ingredient list.

But lucky for others Desert Essence offers some other conditioners that don’t have “fragrance” in them for different hair types such as color treated, oily, normal, and fine hair. The other conditioners they offer are Red Raspberry, Italian Grape, Green Apple and Ginger, Lemon Tea Tree ( which are all in the photo at the top), and some more that can all be found at i herb.

But what do you guys think? Should the fact that the company uses fragrance in their Coconut conditioner for dry hair be a deal breaker even though its a pretty decent cheapie conditioner?

Like I stated earlier their other formulations for different hair types don’t have fragrance listed as an ingredient in their so what gives? Its just my luck that I find a pretty good cheapie conditioner for dry hair to add to my natural hair products collection yet it is slightly flawed.

They do have a Green Apple and Ginger conditioner for hair that needs volume which doesn’t have fragrance in it so I am going to try that out and hope that it moisture’s my hair as well as add volume.

I know there’s probably not many perfect products out there in such an imperfect world, but I am curious to know what kind of sacrifices some of you are willing to make to find pretty decent products that work good enough for you to keep around. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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4 Responses

  1. I’ve recently realized that I keep buying “Natural” conditioners that contain silicone. While it’s not the end of the world safety wise, they build up so quickly in my hair and make it stringy and the only way to get it out is a good old fashioned baking soda & apple cider vinegar cleanse! Other than the fragrance, the ingredients in this line look pretty clean though!

    • Audreiana says:

      Yeah I don’t think its the absolute worse thing since every other ingredient is great. I’m trying to be less anal about this whole natural beauty journey because I’m no Patricia Bragg and I’m definitely no purist lol

  2. Brooke says:

    have you tried coconut oil as a deep conditioner? I will use it as a mask, then shampoo. Leaves my hair super moisturized.

    I have the coconut desert essence shampoo and conditioner, I too struggle with “fragrance”, but I really like the results and the smell!! so good. I think I will email the company and see if they will disclose what they mean by fragrance. I do know it doesn’t give me a headache, which is something that happens with a lot of products that have fragrance in them.

    • Audreiana says:

      I haven’t tried it as a deep conditioner yet but I usually use it just to moisturize my hair, but I think I’m going to try that out under a hooded dryer and I’m sure my hair will be in love since it responds so well to coconut oil. But yeah, the fragrance in this conditioner isn’t all that bad or overwhelming, but if you ever find out what they mean exactly by “fragrance” let me know!

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