Most of you who’ve been reading Afrobella for a while now know — I love me some Carol’s Daughter. I love what the product line stands for, and I’ve openly admired the efforts of brand creator Lisa Price even in my earliest days of Afrobella, in fact, Lisa and I met almost two years ago when Afrobella had just, just begun. I was SO excited. Her story — from stove top stirring to the shelves of Sephora — inspired me to dream that someday my little new blog could be bigger than I ever thought it could be.
I fell head over heels for most CD’s hair and body products as soon as I tried them (with the notable exception of Khoret Amen anything. That smell is not my fave, to say the least). But the Black Vanilla Leave In conditioner was an instant fave, and the Hair Milk remains one of my go-to styling products. Since then I’ve tried and loved many more CD products — I use the Gelee de Soleil browning oil every time I go to the beach — it’s the sexiest sunscreen out there, IMO. Keeps the legs shiny shiny and protected, too.
The latest object of my Carol’s Daughter affection is the Tui Hair Smoothie, it left my hopelessly tangled coils smooth, soft, and smelling like a tropic dream. My husband didn’t want to get his nose out of my hair, I swear! An 8 oz tub is $19. And these things are flying off the shelves like hot cakes. A recent trip to my neighborhood Sephora revealed a CD section mostly depleted of their hottest products. Carol’s Daughter is doing big biz these days. So when I read a review titled Not Anymore on one of my new fave beauty blogs, Product Junkie Diva, it got me wondering — do I see this brand through rose colored lenses because I love what CD stands for, or do I stan for these products because I genuinely adore them?
Product Junkie Diva’s post begins by saying, “I am sure you have been there before, the point where you realize you no longer like a product that you once enjoyed. My latest “I don’t like you anymore” product is Carol’s Daughter Black vanilla Leave-In Conditioner for Dry Hair,” and the comments revealed a range of products that had fallen out of favor with the beauty loving crowd — some of whom admitted that they were never fans of CD to begin with. After reading all of them, I had to question — is Carol’s Daughter really worth it?
Well, it ain’t cheap — but you don’t walk into Sephora expecting to find cheap cosmetics to begin with. I was skeptical when I first bought a bottle of Hair Milk (which I believe was $16 for 8 oz a few years back). But my curls loved it like no other product, back in those early days of my transition. As a bella who indiscriminately switched between drugstore-quality petrolatum and mineral oil-laden products and all-natural, often pricey, sometimes unrefined hair treatments, I was thrilled to find a high quality, mid-priced, beautifully scented hairdress laden with the oils I knew I should be using on my natural tresses. It remains a keeper.
Even though the 8 oz bottle has gone up two bucks, I continue to repurchase whenever I run out of Hair Milk. But is it my ultimate, if I was stuck on a desert island and only had one product, product? No. But it’s definitely my I’m going on vacation for a week and need some good moisturizers to keep my fro looking fly product. It’s in my top five hairstyling faves right now, alongside Miss Jessie’s, Curls Milkshake, Creme of Nature, and the latest discovery that will be the focus of a big upcoming review. Keep your eyes peeled, bellas — it’s coming soon!
I still also regularly use Lisa’s Hair Elixir, especially on those days when my hair is extra-dry and feels brittle and hard. This minty-fresh hair oil makes my scalp feel refreshed, and it gives my hair just the right amount of moisture, especially if I slather it on right after a shower. My bottle has lasted me over a year — a little goes a long way with this hair oil. Will bellas who love mixing their own hair oils agree with me that it’s worth it? Maybe not — but I am not a hair-product chemist, as much as I’d like to be, I tend to go for convenience. Hair Elixir FTW.
If you’re a bella on an especially tight budget, I can see where some Carol’s Daughter products might not seem worth it. I’ve retired my bottle of Rosemary Mint Shampoo with Sea Moss — my curls didn’t love it as much as I hoped they would. This shampoo had the same clumping effect as Aveda’s Rosemary Mint shampoo to me, and my hair kind of hates both of them. So this seems to be an ingredient thing for me to take note of. I love the smell of Mimosa Hair Honey, but it isn’t a crucial part of my hair care regimen. I like this product, but I don’t love it and need it. I do like how it melts in my hand and into my hair — bellas with relaxed hair who need a good shine product for their ends would most likely love this stuff more than I do. And the Black Vanilla leave in that PJD mentioned still smells like heaven to me, but over time, my year-old bottle isn’t quite as nourishing to my hair as it used to be. Now I use it just as a scented refresher for any dry looking curls after I’ve applied a thicker moisturizer.
In my opinion, Carol’s Daughter still rocks. I still love what Lisa Price has done, and I’ll certainly always try my best to review their newest additions to the product line. But for any bella who isn’t sure if it’s worth it, take my tidbit of shopping advice — read lots of reviews, and don’t buy online if you don ‘t have to! Get yourself to a Sephora, where any well-meaning salesperson can squeeze out some product into a little jar for you. I’m a big believer in try before you buy, and it’s great that CD is at the stage where they can compete with the big dogs in a store that does that.
What say you, bellas? Are Carol’s Daughter products overrated, or just fine?
** PS — I discovered Product Junkie Diva’s blog thanks to my homegirl Natalie the Frugalista! Thanks, girl!
** PPS — I wanted to let you all know, the folks at Carol’s Daughter are reading this! So if you have any constructive criticism or advice, definitely share it in the comments. Also, Carol’s Daughter isn’t only at Sephora — Lisa Price will be on the Home Shopping Network next Monday and Tuesday. Tune in to see her discuss the brand in person.