Friday, January 1, 2016

Carol's Daughter Natural Hair, Body and Skincare Products Review

Many of the beauty bloggers and vloggers I follow have had really good things to say about products from Carol's Daughter.  This company has been around for quite a few years and specializes in hair, body and skincare items.  Their hair products are known for being particularly effective in dealing with problems associated with ethnic hair.  Since my hair shares many of the same challenges, I thought I'd give them a try.  

Here's a look at my first order from Carol's Daughter.  I'd read that they have some amazing scents so decided to focus on the Black Vanilla hair care line and the Almond Cookie body collection plus a couple of other signature products.

The main reason for this order was my desire to try the Black Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner, both of which are specially made to handle dry, dull and brittle hair. The shampoo is sulfate-free...a big plus!  The conditioner claims to instantly improve dry hair by 80%; that's a big claim but I have the hair that can prove or disprove it. These products have an amazing light and fresh vanilla scent.

Another Black Vanilla product is an 8 oz. Hair Smoothie which is a deeply hydrating once-a-week treatment that you can massage in to wet hair and leave on for 5 to 7 minutes or use with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer for 5 to 7 minutes.  This also has that lovely warm vanilla fragrance and contains lots of good-for-hair emollients.

From the Almond Cookie line, there is a 12 oz. bottle of Cleansing Gel, also sulfate-free.  This contains rich ingredients, nourishing vitamins and anti-oxidants to leave you with soft, hydrated skin.  The intoxicating scent blend contains sweet marzipan, tonka bean and vanilla.

Another Almond Cookie product is this Body Butter for extra dry to very dry skin.  This may provide more hydration than my skin really needs so I'll start off by confining it to elbows, knees and heels.  This one is currently sold out but judging from the reviews, it's popular enough that it will probably return.

There is more Almond Cookie goodness in this Shea Souffle which helps heal dry skin, rather than just hiding it.  This is a deeply hydrating body butter and gets great reviews, most of which mention the incredible (but not over-powering scent) and all day skin softening.

Since I use a leave-in conditioner every time I style my hair, I decided to try the Monoi Repairing Leave-In Conditioner.  Manoi oil is made by soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias in coconut oil; it does have a lovely gardenia scent!  At 4 oz., I believe this is a trial size.  It contains no alcohol, parabens, petroleum, mineral oil or artificial colors.

I also purchased a Monoi Body Repairing Transformative Bi-Phase Tonic.  This is partly a toner and partly a serum mist.  It comes in a spray bottle and the idea is to spritz it on your skin to help smooth, soothe and rejuvenate.  Some reviewers mentioned skin issues which were calmed with this product.  

Carol's Daughter included a couple of logo gift boxes, a nice touch!  I don't know if this was because of my order's proximity to Christmas or if they do this with all their orders.  Anyway, it makes it very easy to gift these products.

While my order certainly doesn't cover all the product lines offered by Carol's Daughter, I think it is representative of some of their signature lines and products.  I have not given everything a trial run yet but judging from the scents and ingredient lists alone, there won't be any problem making these natural products part of my daily routine.

Now is a great time to shop Carol's Daughter because many of their products are on a post holiday 60% discount.  For the next couple of days (until Jan. 3rd, I believe) you can get a FREE 4 oz. Manoi Shampoo or Conditioner with any $30 purchase.  A $25+ order gets free shipping.  If you really enjoy these products, you can become a member for $5 and get access to all sorts of special deals and promotions (today's member deal is 20% off site-wide).  Last, but certainly not least, is eBates....where you can get a 5% rebate on any Carol's Daughter order.

Best wishes for 2016!


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post does not contain referral or affiliate links.

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