Price: $12 for 8 oz
Purchased At: Darcy’s Botanicals
Promises: This is a super concentrated moisturizing cream that is loaded with natural oils and butter. Leaves hair soft & silky with beautiful sheen.
Directions: Apply just a small amount throughout damp or dry sections of hair for healthy conditioning and moisture. Use to gently soften and detangle. Use it as leave-in to naturally condition dry locs, curls & waves. Use to add moisture. Can also use as a deep conditioner. Can also double as a body butter/whip!
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, BTMS (conditioning emulsifier), Olive Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Wildflower Honey, Candelilla Wax, Cetyl Esters, Panthenol, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (a paraben-free preservative), Vanilla, Coffee Oil, and Cocoa Absolute.
My Assessment: I purchased this moisturizer during Darcy’s Botanicals Black Friday Sale and have been using it in 3 different ways (in order of preference): (1) to moisturize my hair, (2) as body lotion, and (3) as the third step in the L.O.C. Method.
As a moisturizer: when I first took off the lid for this moisturizer, my first thought was “oh no, it’s way too thick for my hair,” but thankfully that wasn’t the case. In the jar it looks fairly thick but when it’s scooped out it has a nice, light fluffy consistency that spreads well and absorbs well. Even though it contains sweet almond oil, olive oil, palm oil, and coffee oil, it doesn’t feel like there’s a drop of oil in it after I’ve applied it to my hair and hands.
When first applied it doesn’t seem like it’s actually going to moisturize but every time I use it, it’s as though it just needs a few moments to sink in and then I get softened hair that isn’t weighed down even with daily use. I haven’t been using it as my main moisturizer but instead more of like a refresher (because I moisturize and seal before bed), applying it in the morning to the length of my hair when wearing my hair in a ponytail, on my ends before bunning, or even when I wear my hair down.
As a body lotion, it sinks into my skin and like my hair, it doesn’t leave any residue, just soft (ash free lol) skin. It’s also been working well as the third step in the L.O.C. Method. It’s light enough that it doesn’t weigh my hair down after sealing with an oil and just thick enough to be a second sealant, however, I like it more as a moisturizer (e.g. used as step 1 for regular moisturize and then seal routine).
I haven’t tried to use it as a deep conditioner (and will not) because I’m just not up for testing it out as a DC… I guess I don’t trust it as a deep conditioner because its consistency is so thin when applied to my hair. As for the scent, it’s very cocoa-y but does not linger, both on my hair or skin.
In comparison to Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme: this moisturizer isn’t as moisturizing and I probably will not repurchase (except maybe during one of DB’s bigger sales) because it’s not something I need but it’s nice to have because it’s a good moisturizer, light, and doesn’t make my fine strand clump together.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”