I was sent some Carol’s Daughter products by a very nice PR lady about a month ago, and I have taken my sweet time trying them and reviewing them. Finally, I’m ready to come clean with my true feelings about the products I tried.
Bellas, I love what Lisa Price has created. More power to her, for creating a quality line of products for natural beauties. I adore the Hair Milk – Lisa was right when she advised me to spring for the $16 bottle as versus the $10 bottle. I use Hair Milk almost daily, and if I’m not using that, I’m using Lisa’s Hair Elixir which I also love.
I’m alllll about the Almond Cookie, and now, finally I understand why Lisa urged me to get the Black Vanilla Leave In Conditioner; the smell of that product is heavenly. Especially when I compare it to the Khoret Amen. Let me backtrack a bit.
At the Mary J. Blige event I spent a great deal of time in the Carol’s Daughter aisle, smelling stuff and rubbing lotions on my hands. Jamaican Punch was too sweet and Kool-Aidy, I wasn’t feeling the Ocean. But the Khoret Amen appealed to me. I believe I said it smelled “like I died and went to ylang-ylang heaven” at the time.
Initially it smelled strong and unique, “sensual and woodsy” like the container said. I thought I could get down with Khoret Amen. I was wrong.
Sense of smell is such a subjective thing. What one person thinks is delicious-smelling, another person might find stank. Body chemistry definitely plays a role in our olfactory interpretations. For example, mi amiga Motown Girl describes the Hair Milk as “very stinky,” but I love it because it reminds me of Indian delicacies. Another case in point, the review at the bottom of this Amazon listing for the Khoret Amen Hair Oil. That lady loves the scent. For me, Khoret Amen had an attractive scent in the bottle. Then I put it on my hair and that was an entirely different story.
Sephora lists the ingredients for Khoret Amen as including lavender flowers, sage, ylang-ylang, clary sage, and bay leaf. The Carol’s Daughter site adds blue malva, cedarwood, and patchouli. On me, it smelled a lot like Vetiver, the grass root that my mother keeps little ribbon-tied bundles of in her closet instead of moth balls.
Vetiver is used as a base note in many popular scents, so some of you are probably familiar with it and enjoy the smell. (Also, vetiver is often used in witchcraft. Which reminds me, happy halloween, everyone!) To me, it takes me back to being six and playing with my dolls in my mother’s closet. I’ve never cared for the scent.
On my hair, woodsy = funky = bad. And it failed the husband smell test; he was like “Ick! What did you wash your hair with?” Not a good sign. So I have to say the nay-no to Khoret Amen not for the quality of the product – the Hair Smoothie isn’t for traditional in-the-shower conditioner use. It worked great when used with my steam cap, and made my curls coily and happy. The leave-in worked well enough. But I won’t be buying Khoret Amen again. It doesn’t mesh well with my chemistry.
Hey Carol’s Daughter, why not make an Almond Cookie hair smoothie, oil, and leave-in? That would be delicious!