First Impressions: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner and Mandarin Magic Ginkgo Leaf & Ginseng Root Hair Moisturizing Jelly

Hey y’all! Today I was having a craptastic day (it’s Tuesday, I always seem to have annoying Tuesdays), so I walked to Erewhon to buy some hair stuff and cheer myself up. I bought some Aubrey Organics stuff, and was going to work out anyways, so I decided to try them afterwards. Here are my initial thoughts:

Honeysuckle Rose Condish: Well, this smells like honeysuckle. I don’t usually like floral scents, but this is light and enjoyable. I’m not nomming, but I’m not like, ickeroo, over it either. So that’s good. I cowashed with it and well…it was…weird! The consistency is like lotion, and it doesn’t really lather like my other conditioners. It’s very thick and hard to distribute throughout the hair. I used two big globs of it as usual, but I felt like I was using too much. My hair felt good, but I think I’d have to use too much of this on wet hair to feel like I’ve gotten a good cowash in. After my shower, I used a nickel sized amount of my yummy CoCasta Oil from HairVeda and added more HSR for my leave-in. Since I was out of the shower, I was able to see how much I was applying better, and used MUCH less. The oil lightened it up a bit, and it did a pretty good job.

Then, I was supposed to be done for the night. My practical consumer was like, “Save your styler for tomorrow!” However, my PJ was like, “Use the Mandarin Magic. USE IT. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO. Just a glob!” My inner PJ won. 😉

Mandarin Magic Ginkgo Leaf & Ginseng Root Hair Moisturizing Jelly: The smell. Another herbal one, but not as strong as B5. They have similar consistencies, like jelly, or like a watered down version of rubber cement. Hmmm okay. I applied it over the HSR, and boy, was I really rubbing this stuff into my hair…Initially, it just seemed to sit on top of my hair and bead up. My hair was like, “What up? We’re good, don’t need you!” Heehee, Isabella is stubborn. I, however, am not so easily defeated, so I continued to rake, and it settled into my hair. After glob number one, there was some NICE curl clumping going on, but my hair still had a case of the frizzies. I shook out my ‘fro and walked away, letting my hair get used to the product for a bit…walked back after about 10 min and looked in the mirror. Hrrrm, Izzy was still frizzy. So, I added one more glob! Sometimes I think I use too much product for my short hair, but it is THICK and I don’t think products distribute well in my hair. Have you ever tried to use furniture polish on one of those old school wood pieces, with all those twists and turns and nooks and crannies? Yeah, it’s like that. Anywho, after that second glob, oh boy! It really cut down on frizz, and Isabella is super shiny! I think she is very happy! I will update once my hair is drier. I would love to try this stuff with my Creme Brulee and Elucence as my leave-in.

Some prelim pics:

We’ll see how it turns out. xoxo!

Update: So obvi, Isabella was flattened overnight, and when I woke up, she looked silly. However, with the AOMM, she was not as smushed as she usually is with gel (because of the stronger hold) I spritzed some water and Head Sprung on, and she began to come back to like. But sadly, my hair does NOT like absorbing water or leave-in spritzes…they sorta just sit on top of my hair in funny beads unless I run my hands over my ‘fro. I think my porosity is pretty low, which makes quick spritz hair refreshers a bit unrealistic. My hair looks good, it’s just not absorbing the water…sigh. No fault of the AOMM though! I think I love this stuff. I’ll use it a few more times this week before the final verdict.

One comment

  1. Izzy that’s funny. haha I like the commentary aspect in your writing. I was eyeing the Aubrey Organics at my local Sprouts. Because I saw it online, I thought that it would be one of those organic lines to be ordered from the net. WRONG!! It’s in the store. I would not say all of the products from this line though. I think your hair curls very well, Elle. Sometimes it takes awhile ( a good week or two) like Taren 916 said in order to really see the effects of the product. You are like me with the PJ need when you feel down. I do this also with clothes when I had more money. Then a part of me love testing what products really works for me. This is only how we women will know what works best for us. Like you also I cannot wait to try new products once I have them in my possession. I am like reading the bottle, smelling it, turning it upside down, and all the while smiling with anticipation. I just wished I had the type of hair to go to bed at night and wake with a TADAHHH curls are still there. *wishful thinking* I suppose.

    I was also thinking since your hair is still quite short that you may not need as much product. Then again it also depends on the substance within the product as you said about the HBR. The thicker the substance of the product one would wonder to go lightly for the first trial basis. Yeah your hair does look thick. I know I have really thick hair. Since it shorter too, I try to use small amount of the product but KCCC says for kinky coarse hair to use a lot. I smell one of the shampoos and was not thrilled about the smell. I love floral smells. 😉 It’s like one woman’s review on Mixed Chicks who said if it is ain’t broke, don’t fix it. She did not care for this MC line. Experimentation is fun with the hair.

    I have been thumbing through some older photos of mine tonight to put on my hair blog. To show the variations of how my hair looks from this plait out type of style. How I would typically wear it. Will get it up sometime this week. Over the weekend besides getting the KCCC line, I bought Nature Gate Aloe Vera shampoo and Conditoner. The Conditioner smells yummy to me like bubble gum. Plus an unrefined Coconut Oil that I will try over the weekend.

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