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.

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Kweenie says:
July 14, 2008, 11:25 am
I read all of these great reviews about the hair milk, so that's why I got it. Unfortunately, I couldn't get over the scent. Far too strong for me--maybe Lisa Price ought to make an unscented version for those of us that can't handle the smell. She does make some good products though.
Exquisitely Black says:
July 14, 2008, 11:35 am
I am still a Carol's Daughter fan, I'm proud of what she's built and love the idea of all natural products, but have pared down the list of products that I buy. I still love the Healthy Hair Butter and the Hair Elixir (but find other oils work just as well). Shampoo's - my hair hated them. Agree that the Black Vanilla conditioner smells heavenly, but didn't really do much for me in the way of real conditioning. The problem I have is price. I used most of her soaps and lotions for years, but lately, the price increases have sent me running. A former $8 bar of soap is now $12???? $30 for a tub of lotion?? I can indulge occasionally, but not that much and additionally, the bars, and even the liquid soap versions don't last very long. I wonder if adding the celebrity backers had anything to do with the price increases...
von says:
July 14, 2008, 11:55 am
I'm on the fence with them and know how it is when you love the hype around something and have to sit back and see if you like the product or jus have been feeding into a preconceived love for it. I like the black vanilla conditioner because of the smile, but i'm not sure that it has any notable effect on my hair. I bought the minty shampoo for dry hair and HATED it...turned into a weird consistency, I didn't feel like my hair was clean, and it just wasn't worth it to me. I still want to try out some almond cookie body products, though.
Jamerican Muslimah says:
July 14, 2008, 12:01 pm
I loved the Rosemary mint shampoo with sea moss even though I can't always afford it. (My husband joked that the mint smell unclogged his sinuses, lol.) But I was disappointed with the Black Vanilla leave-in conditioner. My locs still felt dry. I've gone back to using Taliah Waajid's products.
southernbella says:
July 14, 2008, 12:11 pm
With gas over 4 bucks i've taken off my "rose colored glasses" and have started to really see things for what they are... i just can't see spending my cash on a $16 hair product ..when the drugstore brand gives me the same results.. i think she's done an incredible thing.. i'm proud of my sister, but it's just not worth it for me..
laughing808 says:
July 14, 2008, 12:34 pm
I too am a fan of Carol's Daughter products. But as many have stated the increase in prices have lead me to move on to other products. I will continue to purchase the Hair Milk, I simply love the smell and what it does for and to my hair.
edessedesigns says:
July 14, 2008, 12:35 pm
Hi Bella! Great article! Your post could not have come at a better time. Hype is a funny thing--it gets you to throw all logic out of the door. I never got into CD's products--Too pricey and too popular. I know that sounds stupid but it's one of many rules I use when I decide whether or not to buy into the hype. A friend of mine ordered me some deep dish condish from Anita Grant and I absolutely LOVE it. It makes my hair super soft! If only she had a US store... That being said, Pantene does just fine.
tanya says:
July 14, 2008, 1:07 pm
I have to echo some of the comments of the other readers; I want to support CD and like some of their products, but not have been impressed to the point where I will buy them on the regular. Maybe these can be a once in a while purchase. Girl's gotta eat!
Nichelle says:
July 14, 2008, 1:08 pm
I don't have a problem with the price of Carol's Daughter products because compared to other non-drugstore products I use, the price is pretty reasonable. Companies base price (in part) on the ingredients used. That's what sets them apart. If you find a similar product giving you the same or better result, by all means go for it! I have not written about Carol's Daughter extensively, but I did, they were products that I genuinely liked. I love the Jamaican Body Punch body oil and the Unscented Hand & Body Jelly. Really love that stuff. I liked the Healthy Butter when I first went natural, but Miss Jessie's baby buttercreme and IC Fantasia Gel worked better. I remember Carol's Daughter from living in Brooklyn so I don't mind the hype behind their company at all. Like anyone else, you will like some things and not like others so I don't think it's fair to call them overrated. Just well-funded, marketed and distributed and I have not problem with that.
Nichelle says:
July 14, 2008, 1:09 pm
I don't have a problem with the price of Carol's Daughter products because compared to other non-drugstore products I use, the price is pretty reasonable. Companies base price (in part) on the ingredients used. That's what sets them apart. If you find a similar product giving you the same or better result, by all means go for it! I have not written about Carol's Daughter extensively, but I did, they were products that I genuinely liked. I love the Jamaican Body Punch body oil and the Unscented Hand & Body Jelly. Really love that stuff. I liked the Healthy Butter when I first went natural, but Miss Jessie's baby buttercreme and IC Fantasia Gel worked better. I remember Carol's Daughter from living in Brooklyn so I don't mind the hype behind their company at all. Like anyone else, you will like some things and not like others so I don't think it's fair to call them overrated. Just well-funded, marketed and distributed and I have no problem with that.
naturalmel says:
July 14, 2008, 1:09 pm
I am a Carol's Daughter stan for life. I only recently started using her products and reviewed them as soon as I had the chance myself. I think the trick to everything in life is moderation. Yeah, CD's products are a bit pricey but 1.) I promise YOU are worth it. 2.) mix it up, I still use my cheapo Suave for my initial co-wash and then use a small amount of the CD rosemary mint afterwords before deep conditioning with the tui oil and vanilla leave in 3.) listen to afrobella, try before you buy -- they JUST introduced the carols daughter at my local Sephora a month ago!! I have been doing the happy dance ever since. everyone's hair is different, just find what works for you :)
Nichelle says:
July 14, 2008, 1:10 pm
Sorry for the double post. I was trying to correct a typo!
Tamz says:
July 14, 2008, 1:14 pm
I tried the Black Vanilla Leave-In conditioner back when you reviewed the line, Bella. I loved how it made my hair look but I couldn't get over...the smell. Everyone raves about how delish her products smelled; and I figured how could you go wrong with Vanilla? But I hated the smell on my hair so I gave it away. Bella, do you no longer use Kinky-Curly?
Danielle J says:
July 14, 2008, 1:21 pm
I've actually never used her products though I've heard alot of positive things. I remember back in the day when she operated out of her bklyn home. I think as with any product, some things work and others don't. Each person has to decide what has value for them and what doesn't. I'm a bog Garnier Fructis conditioner fan.
warrior11209 says:
July 14, 2008, 1:27 pm
I love the hair milk - before I started my locs it really moisturized my hair. I have also used her loc butter- it is light and gives a nice sheen to my locs. THe vanilla leave-in conditioner , although it smells great , my locs are dry about an hr after I use it. The smell of the Khormet Amen line of CD products does not agree w/me either. I will still buy the CD products that work for me - next I may try her Hair Elixir and body products.
Patrice H. says:
July 14, 2008, 1:30 pm
For me, it's touch and go with Carol's Daughter. A lot of the products I used to love she no longer makes like the peppermint body scrub and body wash. She also used to offer a ton of different scents for her body products, but now there are only about six. I have to admit though that her hair products just don't do it for me. They're too watery it seems, and the scents are not very appealing-except the Tui Hair Smoothie. I'm proud of Lisa Price's accomplishments, but I miss the fact that she was a "best-kept secret." Now that she's gone "Hollywood," the products just aren't the same.
Nerd Girl says:
July 14, 2008, 1:46 pm
I bought the Mimosa Hair Honey a few years ago, but wasn't all that impressed with it for the price. I haven't tried anything else because of the price - my locs are cool with Suave shampoo and a little apricot oil - and the smell. The products smell too strongly for me - they are not offensive, just way too strong. I may reconsider and try the Hair Milk and Hair Smoothie on my daughter's hair - I am looking to try more natural products on her.
Dread Mama says:
July 14, 2008, 2:04 pm
I think if you're going to buy products and not make your own (my 1st choice) it is definitely worth it, especially for loose natural hair. I have locks and like Nerd Girl have found it to be so-so, but marvelous for my daughter's unlocked hair. I also miss the peppermint body scrub!
ceecee says:
July 14, 2008, 2:16 pm
hmmmm....speaking of Anita Grant is this going to happen to her when she makes it big? I guess I'm worried when someone starts something great everyone jumps on the boat but jumps right off when they start getting famous. Of course if you find something that works better for you, by all means use it. But if you're going to spend the same amount of money on Redken products why not keep supporting the "grassroots-now-turned-famous" products instead? Just a few thoughts, I don't want this to come across as sounding like I'm bashing anyone.
LL says:
July 14, 2008, 2:19 pm
I used to make the trip to her Harlem store like it was the Mecca. When she finally got a line in Sephora, I was sooo excited. But to be honest with you, I have kinda outgrown most of her stuff. The hair honey is good for double strand twists, but I am no longer a fan of the hair butter and milk. Just too many other products that are just as good for the same price or cheaper.
ChaudeTres says:
July 14, 2008, 2:28 pm
That Hair milk made my hair feel so soft but after 10 minutes, my hair became completely dry. I think I'm sticking with Miss Jessie's and OYIN
Get Togetha. says:
July 14, 2008, 2:52 pm
As with all products no shop has everything that will fulfill you own unique beauty needs Kiehl's comes close! LOL. But Bella; I don't see anything wrong with having love and admiration for a woman who has blazed a trail in your line of work. I love Carol's daughter's Shampoo and Conditioners. But they're lotions are way too oily for my skin and her Body Souffle's are disgusting. Doesn't mean I don't love Lisa any less; but you've have to separate the products from the person and tell it like it is. If the masses love it then she's doing the right thing; if a few sisters are salty cause they feel like she's blown up too big then they can start their own line or buy a better suited product. I'm proud of Carol's Daughter success. Lisa's story is nothing short of inspirational; she followed her passion and got the right investors behind her; a great accomplishment for any Black woman entrepreneur.
Monica says:
July 14, 2008, 2:53 pm
I have relaxed hair and I tried most of her products when they became available in my area. The same as with any line I tried, some things work for me and some don't. The things I like I will continue to buy and the things I don't I will edit out. Her pricing is reasonable considering where it's being sold. I think some are judging the line purely on not liking that it's become more mainstream. This is what happens when any line grows and it's unfair to expect differently. The best you can do is support our people by trying and giving their products a chance. After that, buy what works for you.
Ms Gee says:
July 14, 2008, 2:55 pm
Nope never liked the line. I'm a Qhemet fan/stan for now :-)
MCat82 says:
July 14, 2008, 3:01 pm
As a person who creates their own products I can attest that they are not cheap. I started making my own because I thought her stuff was priced too high for my budget. But, as I got to making my own I realized why the price was as high as it was. I love the hair milk but it has been priced out of my budget, I've also used one of the leave in conditioners and liked it enough, but it was kinda watery. I too love her entrepreneurial spirit but I believe she's gone too main stream for my budget.
edessedesigns says:
July 14, 2008, 3:04 pm
ceecee: Great post! I see what you are saying. When companies grow really big really fast (as with carol's daughter), ingredients start to change--USDA standards, cost cutting techniques, etc. From what I see, that may explain to some degree why the product changes and why people disconnect. The products become "just like everything else". Not because they are famous. It could happen to Anita when she becomes big, it all depends on what you sacrifice to meet the demand.
Product Junkie Diva says:
July 14, 2008, 3:07 pm
Hey Afrobella I was so happy when I first learned about the CD line and I am still happy for the success that LP has experienced. She worked hard and deserves all of the press and money that she has received. With that said, all of her products may not work for me but they will work for someone out there. I continue to support her whenever possible by purchasing some of her new products. As long as a product works for me I will continue to buy it without looking too much at the price so if her products work for some people then they should give up the dollar bills :-). Thats just my 2 cents Love your blog and thanks for mentioning me in your well written post!!!! & Frugalista ROCKS..
bella says:
July 14, 2008, 3:24 pm
Tamz - I still have a LOT of love for Kinky Curly! the one product of theirs I absolutely can't do without is the Knot Today. But over time, I've learned to cut WAY back on my use of the custard -- too much gives me a sticky, sticky fro. As with so many products on the market for curls, less is more. I am cheering Anita on ALL THE WAY!!! Y'all know that's my girl. As a business grows there will be fairweather customers and those who stick by a brand forever. I am with ceecee -- I would always rather support the brand that I know the backstory behind, especially if it's a brand that's out there actively promoting black natural beauty. CD does that, and for that reason I'd be more likely to purchase anything made by them rather than (as ceecee said) Redken or Tigi or Aveda or whatever mainstream equally priced product is on the market. You do get what you pay for, so if you're looking for products that steer clear of "bad" hair ingredients like mineral oil etc, you're already venturing towards the over $12 a bottle range for some of these kinds of items. I understand where southernbella is coming from -- cost of living can kill your product junkie desires these days! But the great thing about CD is the try before you buy factor... you don't have to order a bottle of khoret amen online to be able to smell it and decide whoa! this is too strongly scented for me... you can go to the store, open the bottle, smell it, get a teeny tiny take home sample, and decide what you want to purchase for yourself. I love that. And I do really still love the brand!
The Frugalista Files says:
July 14, 2008, 3:39 pm
Hey Bella, Thanks so much for mentioning me in this post. Blog love! As for Carol's Daughter, it seems like she may need to do more product testing with real women. It's reading like she may be losing touch with her core audience. Part of supporting a business is letting them know what they are doing right as well as wrong. Great post!
nicola says:
July 14, 2008, 4:00 pm
I don't have problem with Carol's Daughter prices, many of her products are just mediocre to me, hence why people complain about the price. If she made a great shampoo or great conditioner, I would gladly pay 15 dollars for it.
sjay says:
July 14, 2008, 4:08 pm
The scents are too strong (my kids complained that I was "stinky" when I tried a dab of the Healthy Hair Butter on my freshly washed fro...) and a main ingredient in a few of her products is simply corn oil...meh...not worth it for me, at least.
Amn.eris says:
July 14, 2008, 4:21 pm
I have been a fan of CD since the first store opened on Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn. I will say in the past couple of years since the merging with Mary J.,the Smiths' et. al, I haven't spent as much money in the store. To me, the prices were a tad too much and I found that some products that I loved were no longer being sold. I haven't purchased the hair products in over a year, but I am still a serious fan of the face products for the winter.
Luvvie says:
July 14, 2008, 4:27 pm
My current hair regimen consists of STRICTLY Carol's Daughter products. Daily, I use the Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner and the Healthy Hair Butter. Sometimes I use the Hair Balm. My weekly shampoo is the Rosemary Mint Shampoo. I'm also a fan of the Tui Hair Oil. Carol's Daughter rocks in my book. I'm thinking of branching out and trying the Qhemet Biologiques line.
kei says:
July 14, 2008, 4:42 pm
i bought CR's hair milk, tui' hair smoothie, and some kind of shampoo about a year and a half ago to use on my natural hair. when i tried the shampoo, and tui hair smoothie, i was pleasantly surprised about how nice the product left my hair...then i used the hair milk. bad idea. it made my already dry, curly hair; even more dry. needless to say, the bottle of hair milk is still sitting under my sink. i should probably throw that stuff away...nonetheless, i haven't lost faith in carol's daughter products. i'm eager to try the bath salts and some of the candy paint lipgloss.
Mrs.Mckinzie says:
July 14, 2008, 4:42 pm
My hair and I love Carol's Daughter shampoo,leave in conditioner,and hair butter.I'm a customer for life,and so is my husband.
Zoe says:
July 14, 2008, 4:46 pm
I really believe in what CD stands for and, living in London, was excited to buy some of the line when I was in Brooklyn earlier ths year. Sad but true, I have two nearly unsued jars of CD product collecting dust in my bathroom because my hair HATES the stuff. I didn't have much luck with the unscented Miss Jessie's either. My go-to products are anything from Baltimore-based Oyin (love it!); Curls and/or Anita Grant, which is UK-based and I never would have known about it if it weren't for Afrobella! Thanks for the constant flow of beauty and hair tips - they're always insightful without ever pretending to hold true for everyone. Oh, Andrea over at flygirls.typepad mentioned a simple combo of aloe vera gel and jojoba oil and my hair is LOVING it. Maybe some of you will find it works, too? Peace.
Lourdes says:
July 14, 2008, 5:13 pm
I fell out of love with the Black Vanilla leave-in and Lisa's Elixir, but I still stand by Hair Milk. My can't-do-withouts are from different brands though: Curls Milkshake, Anita Grant's whipped butter and her Babbasu shampoo bars, and Creme of Nature conditioning shampoo. I use Miss Jessie's on occasion, but the price being what it is (and me living in London now), I save Curly Pudding for coil-outs only.
RockYourNatural says:
July 14, 2008, 5:14 pm
Hello Afrobellas. I've been reading this blog for a while now and wanted to finally add my 2 cents today. As an entrprenuer and natural product mixtress, I have always been inspired by the Carol's Daughter line. She gave me confidence in building my own handmade natural hair & skin product line. Natural ingredients aren't cheap and you truly get what you pay for in the beauty world. The drugstore brands are cheaper than the mostly natural brands such as Carol's Daughter because the drugstore brands use the cheap stuff. Just like food, the healthier it is for you, the more it costs. Unfortunate but true. I have much respect for Carol's Daughter. P.s. I just just started a new blog called Rock Your Natural at I invite all including the Afrobella herself to come check it out! It's new so just peep through to see what its all about! Love the site! Thanks!
Sofee says:
July 14, 2008, 5:18 pm
I recently bought a bottle of the hair exilir and I LOVE IT!!!!! It made my hair super soft and shiny without weighing it down. My mother has very dry hair so my next purchase will be the black vanilla LIC.
Bebroma says:
July 14, 2008, 5:32 pm
My mother absolutely adores the Mimosa Hair Honey. She has relaxed hair, and I got her off her petroleum/mineral oil grease habit and into this, and it has made a world of difference for her. She loves, loves, loves it. Her scalp is much healthier and her hair is thicker. I just use a dab of it to give a little shine to my fro or my girls' hair every now and then, but it's not a must-have for me. I tried their Groove perfume and I hated it, took it back. That being said, I don't think her prices are outrageous. You get what you pay for, and when you avoid stuff that's full of mineral oil/petroleum/alcohol, you're going to pay more. Compared to Paul Mitchell and the rest, it's about the same or less. And I am on a SERIOUS budget, so I can't troll products, but I still don't think her prices are unreasonable. What I love is Kinky-Curly. Like bella, I found that just a little custard goes a long way. My hair is only about 3-4 inches long and kinky, so I don't use the custard at all, but I use some on my daughters' hair when I first wash it for the gel factor, their hair is longer and more curly, and I think that product works best for them. But I LOVE the Knot Today and the pomade is fabulous IMO. I also really like Oyin Handmade. I like how you can get a jar of something for 10 dollars. Broke as I am, I definitely scrape jars and add water at the end and shake the bottle to get it all out, but I still believe it's worth it.
Kamika says:
July 14, 2008, 5:34 pm
I just purchased my first CD products about 2 months ago - Mimosa Hair Honey and Hair Milk. One of their stores just opened up in our neighborhood and I thought it would be a great opportunity since I didn't have to pay for shipping. I'm not really impressed with the line. The products just sat on my hair and after awhile they both dried my hair out even after using them both on wet hair. Another thing I don't particularly care for are the scents. Each scent I tried was a little to spicy for me as if they were all made from the same spicy base with a different scent added on top. I absolutely hate the Khoret Amen and the Caribbean Punch wasn't punchy enough. I may try the shampoo/conditioners and items from the makeup line.
Keanna says:
July 14, 2008, 5:36 pm
Well Bella's, this is my first posting ever! I had to respond to CD's products. Yes, they are very expensive and it really didn't do anything major (Khoret Amen- shampoo and leave in and daily oil this smell is gross) for this thick mane of mine. I am in desperate need of moisture, moisture, moisture. I have been using Carrot Creme for about a year now it softens my hair for a hour or so, which sucks! So if anyone can help a new Bella out with some tips I would luv u 4 life:) Peace
Bebroma says:
July 14, 2008, 5:36 pm
I also used to use Hair Milk and Hair Butter, but I found it too oily for my girls and just not working for me. Olive oil and coconut oil mixed together work better for us.
Tamra says:
July 14, 2008, 6:09 pm
I really hate to go here with this, but I was *really* into the CD hype initially; however, on at least two occasions when I ordered I was really bothered by the customer service. --The orders I speak of shipped almost at least two weeks past the order date with no indication whatsoever this would happen. There was no message about any backorder or delay. I had to call more than once to find out where the heck my merchandise was. I don't mind a delay, but I think it is courteous and just downright good customer service to let your customers know. The last time it happened I called to complain, but I feel like my issue fell on deaf ears because I never got the return-call I was promised. So, I won't order from them again. As a small business owner, I know what it means to give good c-s. As such, I'm very picky about receiving it. I cut slack where I think slack-cutting is due; otherwise, I take my business elsewhere. That aside, unfortunately (and this has nothing to do with the c-s issue) I've just not been able to find a CD product that works for me. I was excited to get the Hair Milk after all of the hype, but I ended up giving it to my husband too because I felt it dried my locks out. And, with the type of locks I have, I swear, somehow, I think it tends to make the little dead follicle-thingys at the base of my locks more visible when I use it--like super-duper white. I used to like the Rosemary Mint shampoo, but the way I go through shampoo (I can use half a bottle in one sitting), it just wasn't worth it. My 2 cents.
HeavenLeiBlu says:
July 14, 2008, 6:17 pm
I'm a former CD junkie, but over the years, they've lost my $$ for several reasons: *I've just altogether outgrown the need for some of their products *The ones I continued to get didn't work as they once did, either because of formula or production changes *The fragrances on some of the products are displeasing to my olfcatory palate, or nice, but too strong (can a sista get some unscented versions of some things?) *I've found cheaper or better performing alternatives elsewhere, or cooked them up myself *They just plain old stopped making the items that were my favorites. I've been a customer since the S. Eliot flagship store opened ( and brought many of my friends, family, coworkers, and strangers who would compliment me on the street into the fold, I might add!). I LOVE what Lisa and CD have done and evolved into, and there's an item or two I indulge in from time to time, as well as some new things I'm interested in trying ( candy paints, hello!), but I do think sometimes we all just get caught up in being loyal out of sentimentality instead of for the benefit we get from the brand.
T.T. says:
July 14, 2008, 7:08 pm
I am on the fence with Carol's Daughter, but I do admit that I really like the Hair Milk. I have the Honey Mimosa and it's O-K, but I put so many products on my hair that I never know what works the best! LOL. But the Hair Milk does make my coilies pop. I do want to try to the I may be visiting Sephrora this weekend. And sense the CD folks are reading it...the headquarters are here in Austin, and much to my dismay, they infomed me that you guys will not let them sale your product in their store! :( What's up with that???? I can easily walk in there and pick out my products whenever I want to and would love to be able to get CD products there.
Jen B says:
July 14, 2008, 7:08 pm
I love the Healthy Hair Butter. I like that it moisturizes my scalp without being gunky and oily.
tuff-puffs says:
July 14, 2008, 7:19 pm
I learned from my unfortunate and expensive run in with Miss Jessie’s and Kinky Curly not to go for private brands that are the expensive new trend in natural hair care maintenance… I shop the local drug store/sally’s for new products that cost 2-5 bucks and am usually very satisfied with my selection. And if I am not happy with the product it is cheap enough not to bother me. As unsatisfied as I was with Jessie and kinky I could not bring myself to toss $100.00 worth of product so I had to find people to give them to. Sadly, this has stopped me from investing in CD.….
adrienne says:
July 14, 2008, 7:23 pm
I am very proud of LP has done. I started using her products when I was transitioning. I recently had my hair done by a curly hair expert and am just in love with how my hair looks and feels. To that end, I must say that I have stopped using the CD products and am now using the line recommended by my stylist. While I believe that CD products obviously work wonders for some, for me they just did not give me the desired effect for which I was seeking. I will probably give my CD products to family/friends, but much respect for LP.
Ms. Aja B. says:
July 14, 2008, 8:56 pm
As a bella with relaxed hair, I SWEAR by CD's Hair Balm and the "Kizzy Stay Put" Hair Pomade. They give my hair awesome shine without being greasy and heavy. I will continue to buy these products as long as they have them available. That said, I think my only complaint with CD right now is that several of their popular fragrances are becoming VERY difficult to find--even on the website. Case in point--my favorite fragrance is Mango Melange, and when I go to the store on 125th St. in Harlem, when I look on the website, when I go to Sephora--the body wash and soap are ALWAYS sold out. A friend of mine who loves the Jamaican Punch scent has the same complaint. The prices aren't horrible to me, since I love the products and--let's face it--I think we all are willing to spend money for items that we love. I used to religously spend money in Bath & Body Works. When I found CD, and their wonderful (albeit seemingly growing smaller) mix of fragrances, it was love twofold--great scents and a black-owned business to boot. Great post, Bella, and wonderful comments ladies! It was great reading the different perspectives on the subject. For me though? LONG LIVE CD! Just PLEASE keep the Mango Melange on the shelves for a sistah.
Tam says:
July 14, 2008, 8:57 pm
I really love this site and the feedback it inspires. I've tried various CD products and I've been underwhelmed. The Milk doesn't do anything for my hair and the Black Vanilla Leave In made my scalp itch something terrible--it was ridiculous. Now the stuff is sitting with the rest of my buy-try-don't like it-don't know what to really do with it items. Currently I'm using Beyond the Zone's Noodle Head for my natural. It works pretty good, but I'm certain I'll move on to something new. I may try some of the items mentioned by the other bellas. Until then...ciao.
J. Diva says:
July 14, 2008, 9:29 pm
You know, I have to come in and talk about hair for a minute. First, I have to say, bella, you got me into the creme of nature clover and rosemary shampoo. I love it!!! I've been transitioning to natural from relaxed and that combined with olive oil deep conditioning packets, my hair is getting back to that state from my youth. But yea. I went to the John Freida free consultation/styling thing they had touring the U.S. And I can say that I was already a fan of their frizz ease serum, however, when used in conjunction with the non-chemical relaxer creme, you can finger twist hair and let it air dry (well, she sped the process up with a diffuser to set it...but she let it damp dry), my hair came out in beautiful tiny spirals that looked almost like twists.
Starr says:
July 14, 2008, 9:51 pm
I think her products are overrated but what I've learned from trying different CD stuff is you just have to find what works for you. My first intro was with hair milk. I had a short fro (textured like cotton) and it was always dry and brittle. I started reading and hearing firsthand that hair milk was the truth and that I should try it because it wouldmake my hair soft and supple. That wasn't the case. My hair remained brittle but with a greasy film on top (however my friend still swears by it). Then, I tried the rosemary mint shampoo which was cool (nothing to rave about), but I use way too much shampoo at a time to keep shelling out damn near 20 bucks for suck a small bottle so I just stick with my castille soap. I also tried the mimosa hair honey which I didn't like in my hair but it works wonders in my niece's hair and finally, now that I have locs, I'm using loc butter which I love (and I don't mind dropping 15 bucks on it). As far as the body products I think her lotion is overrated but I absolutely love her body oils (ecstasy is my fav). So yeah, that's my long drawn out experience with Carol's Daughter products. I say just try different products and see what works.
LuckyAnaiya says:
July 14, 2008, 10:09 pm
I find it very interesting that this post came up very recently after a discussion was started on Natural Hair group on Facebook.I take it as a sign... Here is what I wrote: Hair Milk: Just kinda okay alone, too thin for me Kizzi Stay Put: Amazing smell works better when combined with Milk for flat twists Khoret Amen Leave-in: Dried out my hair Khoret Amen Shampoo: Only use it once a month and apply it only to my scalp. No issues- can be replaced with baking soda clarifier Lisa's Hair Elixir: LOVE IT! Not for a hot oil treatment, my hair hates it over night, but my edges have grown long and strong from applying this nightly with a massage. So only to my temple and hairline area and not my whole head. I feel guilty about this because my mother spent so much money buying it for me then shippnig it all the way to South Korea for me just for me to not use the products anymore. But out of guilt I have used them and finished them. Except for the shampoo. That's an emergency back up. My hair is not a fan of the products and I am glad I hear that I am not the only one that has dry hair AFTER using the LIC's. A lot of the products just really left me so dry and "crunchy". I agree Bella a little Elixir on my temples can go a long way but that is the only product I think I will repurchase. Maybe. But Aveda (Rosemary Mint condish for the cowash and Damage Remedy Intensive treatment DC oh and Sap Moss Serum for baggy method )has proven that it loves my hair and my hair loves it. It is worth the money to me CD unfortunately is not. I am still looking for a good moisturizer that also defines my curl pattern and I can flat twist with. That I can buy in a physical store. But to end my comment on a positive note I agree with all the sistahs out there who support LP in what she has accomplished and what she is currently doing. She presents a wonderful role model to those aspiring to go above and beyond with their companies no matter what industry.
texasladybird says:
July 14, 2008, 10:54 pm
Long time lurker here! I've been curious about CD products but never bought any. I'll cosign with those who said you get what you pay for when it comes to hair products. I have a relaxer and use Pantene, TIGI Bed Head and Tressame products on my hair; sometimes I spend a good grip (especially on the Bed Head stuff) but my hair is thick and shiny and I feel PREEEETY!
Maleficent says:
July 14, 2008, 11:07 pm
I've been a Carol's Daughter customer for coming up on 4 years now, and I agree with some of the other comments: When CD went mainstream, the product formulations changed a bit, and I tend to be less happy with them. For example, the body cleansing gels went from a thin, castile soap consistency to a thicker, goopier gel-lotion feel. I checked the labels on my old bottle versus the new, and yes, the ingredients changed. I used to love their pineapple-watermelon scent, the rose & honey massage oil, the baby-scented shea-butter based moisturizing oil, and the nutmeg nectar and Lisa's Ocean Rain scented body sprays and tiny roll-on fragrance oils (Ecstasy, Groove, Ocean, etc.), but as the brand went national, these products, along with Ocean body jelly, and many of the hair products and moisturizers, were discontinued or reformulated and retired. Boo. I bought the hair milk as what i thought would be a good moisturizer for my relaxed hair, but it tended to make my hair feel heavy and oily, as did the khoret amen smoothie. The leave-in conditioners tended to dry out my hair, and the shampoos didn't agree with me either. But there ARE a few CD products i will swear by: The Love Butter smells amazing, the Leg Gel is great, the Tui hair oil and Lisa's elixir oils have done my scalp worlds of good, and the bottles seem to last forever. The Marguerite's magic cream works great for me, and the Ocean and Groove fragrances still have people stopping me in the street asking WHAT IS THAT DIVINE SMELL?! All in all, it disappoints me that so many of the great CD products and scents have disappeared, but i chalk it up to the brand going mainstream. Now, instead of keeping a membership to and making my once-frequent purchases directly through the company, i just run into Sephora much less often, for my single-product Carol's Daughter fix. I still have major love for Lisa Price and her brand, though!
LuckyAnaiya says:
July 14, 2008, 11:10 pm
comment part 2.... you know I was thinking about it and Carol's Daughter came out at the beginning of what to me was the communal transition from relaxed to natural. I think that since the start of her company more women have gone natural and this is opening us up to more textures and combinations of hair types that is causing for more research. So for the constructive crit I have for those at Carol's Daughter listening....I say for the hair products research the different types of hair we have. Our hair is diverse as we are and I think that for the most part the products may cater to a certain type of hair texture. There are a lot of customers suffering from dry hair after using some of the products and we all know that moisture is the key to the health of our hair. I thnk that unscented products would be great too.
Sabrina97 says:
July 14, 2008, 11:28 pm
I STILL LOVE CD! I use the hair balm regularly and the black vanilla leave in almost daily. It's interesting.... our hair is all different, and what works for me (making hair soft, shiny, etc) might not work for Afrobella. I agree with her when she says try things out and that you get what you pay for. I looked at Ellin Lavar Textures and it's full of cones... go figure. I also use Pantene Relaxed and Natural and Curls Whipped Cream... maybe I should become a beauty blogger... this trying stuff is getting expensive. Thanks for our blog, Bella. It's always good to know that companies are listening to what their customers think and that your blog is the platform for that.
Sumatra77 says:
July 14, 2008, 11:59 pm
When CD first came out, I was in LOOOOVE... Now that I make a lot of my own products, I find her stuff to be too greasy. Depending on which Sephora you go to, the stuff is sometimes rancid and messy. I still use her loc butter because it makes my hair super soft and the two strand twists really fluffy, but because it's so heavy, it attracts a lot of dirt easily. The smell is also a bit overpowering. I love her almond cookie stuff, but too much of that can get overwhelming too. Overall, I really admire what she's done and will probably continue to buy one or two things from her, but I think that now that she is mass marketing, she should refine her core products and maybe introduce lighter scents and textures.
bella says:
July 15, 2008, 12:03 am
LuckyAnaiya -- thanks for reminding me about the Natural Hair facebook group!! I am a member but rarely visit -- just saw the thread you were mentioning. I'm off to read more. and I cosign with your comment part 2 -- products that address the variety of natural hair textures would be a good look for CD. And obviously, unscented products would be a smart move as so many here have expressed concerns about the scents.
Moni says:
July 15, 2008, 12:06 am
I don't think the price of CD's products is the problem. The problem is that they either completely don't work for me or they're just ok and I have other products that do the job better (and sometimes cheaper too). I also don't like that the main ingredients are often cheapish oils (soybean or corn oil, as opposed to coconut oil or evoo) and they contain heavy fillers such as emulsifying wax or beeswax, which can cause buildup over time. I tried the hair milk, healthy hair butter, mimosa hair honey and lisa's hair elixir. The only one that actually worked was the healthy hair butter, but I have lots of products that work better if I'm looking for a moisturizer. Qhemet and oyin FTW! Qhemet's products moisturize my hair like nobody's business (and generally use better oils and no heavy beeswax) and oyin makes great conditioner (honey hemp) and styling products. Compared to these products, CD just seems like a cheap (expensive!) imitation. For those who are interested in trying CD products, I recommend buying them from Sephora. They have an excellent return policy, so if it doesn't work you can just take it back.
aliya says:
July 15, 2008, 12:46 am
I used to go to the Dekalb store ALL the time! I stopped going because they discontinued a scent I loved. I started with her hair products mostly. I kind of outgrew those but I'd always go in to get this body spray and I'd of course be tempted to pick up new products etc. But after they stopped carrying my body spray, I slowly stopped going. I think I even sent them an email asking to bring it back LOL! Inconsistency is the one thing that really annoys me about certain businesses. You get hooked on something and they take it away. I was really excited about her products though and really love her story. Carol's Daughter please bring back "N0. 1 The Beginning!"
Timah says:
July 15, 2008, 3:15 am
While my hair has been Au Naptural :-) for almost 3 years, it wasn't until the end of last year when I began my quest for natural hair products. I figured why not start with CD. I'm not sure if my hair has changed (texture, length, moisture requirements), but the products just aren't working for me any more. Last year I purchased the Saturday Morning set that included: Rosemary Mint Shampoo with Sea Moss, Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner, Tui Hair Oil, Hair Milk, Mimosa Hair Honey, and Kizi Stay Put Pomeade. I also picked up the Loc Butter. The only product I have re-stocked is the Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner. Maybe the VIC would be better marketed as a Hair Perfume with added conditioning agents? I have better results using a homemade water, veggie glycerin, and castor oil spritz. I still use the VIC, but only for the scent - I'm a Vanilla junkie. Also, in reading many of the ingredients in the CD products I wasn't sold on them being all that natural or any healthier for my hair than non natural products. The Loc Butter was a big No No for me. The beeswax made my two strand twists attract much dust and look very unkempt despite my best maintenance efforts. I've since learned to make my own natural hair products. They don't smell as heavenly as CD's, but they work wonders on my hair. I love the concept of CD and appreciate its roots, but I can no longer justify spending that much money on something that doesn't satisfy my needs.
N- says:
July 15, 2008, 3:16 am
I'm on the fence with Carol's Daughter. There are a couple of things that I love (Almond Cookie Sugar Scrub) but for the most part I find the products a little sub-par. I was especially disappointed with the hair products which I felt left my hair very oily. I do like what the overall product stands for but it just seems like there's a ton of hype surrounding it. Thanks for bringing this topic up--Good post! N-
tb says:
July 15, 2008, 8:50 am
Hi Bella, As a Brooklynite, I've been using CD for over 12 years. I remember Lisa Price vending at the festivals and when she opened the flagship store. I moved from NYC over 9 years ago and back then each and every trip I took home I made the trek to CD...and I hate that walk from the D train:-) I stocked up on my favorites and always found news beauty gems. Sadly, today, I don't buy as much of CD. Also, sadly she discontinued some of my favorite items. Lisa if you're reading: PLEASE bring back Empress Nemesia salt scrub and Cotton Candy body products. What I do still use is Groove perfume and body butter and Koret Amen hair oil, which has always made me locs feel and smell great. I've embraced Tui oil for the summer and the sage foot cream is marvelous. I will always love CD! I just miss my oldies but goodies.
Yolanda says:
July 15, 2008, 8:54 am
I recently began using CD's Hair Balm, Lisa's elixir and deep conditioner fot the hair. I have to say I love them all. I wear my hair in a natural fro' and need all the moisture I can get. All the products don't work for me, but I don't expect them to. I also use whipped creme from "natural curls, as well as their curls quencher. I have also tried "knot today", and "kinkly-curly" custard. I feel I have to switch up every now and then because my hair just gets used to the same product and doesn't seem to respond in the same way.
Em says:
July 15, 2008, 9:21 am
I love Oyin products , kinky curly curl gel, and sheago's stuff. These natural hair products use high grade shea butters and food grade oils. Carl's daughter uses soy oil, amongst other filler ingredients and I called the company to find out if it was organic/ non GMO. Did not get an answer about this. The prices don't reflect the quality of cheap ingredients. Something to consider when buying pricy hair stuff.
LoveIsDope says:
July 15, 2008, 10:04 am
I am not a brand-whore, per se. I just use what works. That said, there are a few Carol's Daugter products that I absolutely adore. The Hair Milk is a staple for me. I haven't found anything better to moisturize my rebellious curls. It's not too heavy or too thin, it has a nice neutral-ish smell and it works. Lisa's Hair Elixir is also a keeper. I love the smell (and so does the hubby) and smell is really important when you are rockin' a big fro. My husband and I both use the Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner (which is EXTRA funny because I'm black and he's white) and the Rosemary Shampoo is an excellent detangler. As far as deep conditioners (one of the most important steps in my hair routine), I've found other products that work better than CD stuff. To each his/her own though. Oh and I totally agree with you about Khoret Amen, Bella. That stuff smells like a musty forest.
Beth says:
July 15, 2008, 1:25 pm
Love this blog! Once I got interested in using natural products--I have sensitive skin, and have found that artificial stuff usually makes me break out--I became a huge CD fan, and one of the people who told friends and family about her stuff. Like many others here, I was one of the people who shopped at the original Brooklyn store before LP started hooking up Jada and Mary J. (remember those beautiful hinged mason jars everything came in?). Once it got pricier, I stepped away from the body products, and then only used the hair products, as they were the only thing that did the job on the various twist (comb, 2-stranded) and locked styles I've had for the past 9 years. However, once her stuff got pricier, and more natural alternatives became available, I lost my loyalty. Now, I make my own hair oil, which I use rather sparingly (once you are set up with a supply of essential oils, adding a couple drops of whatever you choose to the base oil of your choice isn't too pricey). As other natural bellas have said here, CD's prices aren't that insane in the context of natural beauty products, but since hair oil is so easy to make at home, I don't bother to buy it. I'm also on the the whole no-sulfates train, and have found that using shampoos w/o them (including my latest sampling of Chagrin Valley bar shampoos--the Anita Grant ones were just too pricey for me after shipping, and CV has a babasu bar as well) has made more of a difference for me than any conditioner. That said, I think I'd still be buying CD's hair stuff if I hadn't found other products that work better for my hair. My hair is type 4--kinky, locks easily, holds petite 2-strand twists easily, etc--actually seems to do better with stuff that isn't quite as heavy w/butters and oils, and has more water, aloe, honey, & other moisture attracting ingredients mixed in. In other words, Oyin's Shine & Define works better for me than CD's Loc Butter. CD's Hair Milk and Hair Balm does do wonders for my curly-haired niece, though. While we're talking natural hair and black businesswomen, does any one know what happened to "Inky Loves Nature?" I was hoping to try out the scalp butter, but it is no where to be found, the website is out of commission, and I haven't seen news of their officially going out of business.
A says:
July 15, 2008, 1:56 pm
I have used CD's hair products on my children since they were little. I have consistently used Hair Milk and the Vanilla leave in, in an effort to keep it pretty close to natural- i.e. no mineral oil, no vaseline... My children are mixed with lots of curls. My son has an extremely dry patch that is going to eventually have to be cut off... but not until he is talking :) All that being said, my daughters hair used to drink this up. it always looked nice and healthy. In the last couple of weeks, her hair seems to be drying up, and my sons is just in an out and out rebellion. I agree with most posters that some, if not all of the products need to be less scented. Khoret Amen should maybe be unscented... however I am wondering if the products just no longer work on them... any suggestions for something new and as natural as I can get... I am falling out of love with CD. I still love mimosa hair honey though. it helps with the sleek looks.
A says:
July 15, 2008, 1:58 pm
oh, and the new Tui hair detangler is a no go... it made my daughters curls go from beautiful ringlets to straggly z shaped curls- if that makes sense. I left it on very briefly...
SoFrolushes says:
July 15, 2008, 2:02 pm
My friend absolutely loves carols daughter products. even though one order was lost in the post to the uk some time agao she still buys. unfortunately they do not ship to the uk so I am unable to try them. My friend has friends and family buy her products when they go abroad - so they must be doing something. It would be nice if there was uk distributor though I know that means the price would be even higher as the pound is strong and companies never sell cheaply over here. there are not many people catering for us natural sisters outside the usa. thankfully anita grant has products but I have only one fave. I hope and pray one day I can try CD products unless I find something else or ebay.
Shones says:
July 15, 2008, 2:46 pm
Beth, I remember those hinged jars! There was something so sweet and quaint about them... When it comes to body products, cosmetics, hair stuff, I want value--the highest quality possible + the lowest price possible. I first bought Carol's Daughter body products at the flagship store in Brooklyn when I lived in the city several years back. I never really got into the hair products because I was loc'ed at the time and didn't want to put a lot of stuff in my hair. Back then a trip to CD was always "special" for me, kind of like boutique shopping... plus I felt warm-n-fuzzy knowing I was supporting a blossoming black- and woman-owned business. I pretty much alternated between CD and the Nubian Heritage store, which was just a few minutes away. Fast forward eight years. I'm no longer in the city, so I do a lot more product shopping online. Since January when I cut my locs and decided to go free-form natural, I've discovered many different hair and body products which I consider to have comparable (or better) value than CD. My Curls by Sisters Smith just arrived in the mail and I love it! I'm also fond of the Kinky-Curly line. I'm also making some of my own stuff now with the help of MotownGirl and so many other friendly naturals at various web boards. From a business AND consumer perspective, this is a totally different marketplace (but surely there are some well-paid MBAs at CD who have clued them in to the ins-and-outs of this already). I'm not just going to buy CD because of Lisa, lovely and brilliant as she is; there are many sisters and brothers with stories similar to her own making suitable substitutes. I do agree with some of the comments made already re: CD customer service, as it seems to have receded in recent years. I also wish they would bring back the Ocean body jelly -- my Mom adored it and I used to buy it every year for her birthday.
Shantise says:
July 15, 2008, 3:37 pm
I used to be in made love CD products. I went natural in Sept 07 and the healthy hair butter and hair milk helped greatly with the scab hair. But after my hair started growing out and my scab hair has gone my hair doesnt really like it at all. I realized when i stoped using her products and started using Oyin handmade I didn't have to wash my hair every three days. I have thick hair and washing it every 3 days was fine when it was only 2 cm longs but at 4-6 inches stretched thats a pain in my tush. It takes deep conditioning and pre-poo for me to have soft hair soo I dont need the butter anymore. My biggest turn off was when my Hair Butter melted in the mail! I did notice a big quality and texture differenence whn they moved to Sephora. it seems like the products are oilier but it could be do to my scab hair being cut off.
Beth says:
July 15, 2008, 4:59 pm
Hi A, You asked for some other natural beauty lines. I've tried these: Oyin Handmade Their products are definitely lighter than those from CD, although the range is much smaller. They also have unscented versions of a number of their products. The sampler pack is a good place to start if you're not sure where to begin; I found that helpful. My Honey Child These products are pretty pricey, but have high quality all natural ingredients, and all product ingredients are listed on the webpage--a number of places only list some ingredients online. The owner, Krika Bradsher, is known for her great customer service, and is also a natural hairstylist. She replies to emails quickly, and makes a point to answer all questions as best she can. (I ended up in North Carolina for 1.5 years as a result of the hub's grad school and went to her salon once. I try to do most stuff at home, but the service was good and the pricing was reasonable.) Chagrin Valley Soaps Shampoo Bars I ended up here after looking for a product comparable to the Anita Grant Babasu shampoo bars. I had heard great things about AG's shampoo bars, but, as I said above, they were just too pricey after shipping. When I did a search for "babasu shampoo bars," I ended up on a hair forum that had rave reviews of Chagrin Valley Shampoo bars. Anyway, CV also offers samples, so I am currently experimenting with a few different varieties (I plan on using up all of the samples I ordered--unless one really disagrees with my hair--before opting to pick one or try something else.) I followed their recommended method of using a baking soda cleanse the 1st time, and using a apple cider vinegar rinse after every shampoo, and so far I've been happy with them. The price point is also nice, and they have a ton of useful information. I haven't tried Anita Grant (, but have heard good things about them. Hope this helps!
LBellatrix says:
July 15, 2008, 5:00 pm
Oh Bella...pass those Khoret Amen products over here! In fact I just bought the oil as a reward for myself after busting my ass on a job in Chicago. I've always loved the scent...but seriously, this was the first CD product I'd bought in YEARS. I started using CD WAYYYY back in the day when Lisa Price first went online with her stuff. I'd already heard about it from NYC sisters who were getting it in the few local stores that carried it. The Healthy Hair Butter and Mimosa Hair Honey were my favorites but at some point I realized that I could make my own knockoff of HHB for less...and back then a small jar of HHB went for like $4-6 and I thought that was a lot! So I backed away from CD well before she went big. Then once I heard that the quality of the products had changed -- inevitable, no doubt -- I wasn't motivated to purchase it again. But like many others, I'm proud of her success!
HeavenLeiBlu says:
July 15, 2008, 6:32 pm
Oh I forgot to say which products I'd like to see revived- The body jellies, and I'd love to see the Baby Soft or Baby Love ( whichever it was, I long ago threw my bottles away) fragrance return -as a body jelly, a body butter, spray on fragrance, whatever, just bring it back!
Bebroma says:
July 15, 2008, 8:21 pm
A --- try equal parts coconut oil and EVOO on your kids' hair after you wash it, massage it in, then rinse it a couple of times with cool water. Like I said before, my kids' hair loves the Kinky-Curly line. Don't order it from them, though, their customer service is the pits and their shipping costs are crazy. I get mine from either or kristy's beauty online store. I also use a "no-poo" shampoo, and when I can't afford that, a teaspoon of baking soda to two cups warm water to wash their hair, ala Motown Girl. It sounds like my kids have hair kinda like your kids, but of course one person's HG is another person's nevah again. Kinky-Curly has been fabulous for my children, though, and I've noticed a big difference in their hair since I started using the EVOO and coconut oil, stopped the shampoo, and use Kinky-Curly.
conflicted says:
July 15, 2008, 9:09 pm
I love the idea of CD and REALLY appreciate that Lisa has made the attempt to address the hair needs of the truly underserved - the kinky type 4 hair type. I am simply sick of all the other natural products that are really geared to biracial or texturized hair and we are simply an afterthought. That has been the primary reason for my very expensive endeavor to support CD. However I am quite disappointed overall by the hair products. While the body butters are amazing each hair product has left me thinking "oh this would be so much better if....!" The fragrance is the first thing that has GOT to go. My partner wont even sleep next to me when CD products are in my hair! That goes for the hair elixir, and the nostril burning hair milk. As others have also said, the black vanilla conditioner smells great but what is it really - hair perfume? that ish is does not condition anything. The hair milk was initially great for my wash and goes (even as I would try to escape from myself with that awful smell). But the beeswax leaves the hair EXTREMELY dry and DULL looking. Who needs that? The same applies for the loc butter, hair butter and Marguerite's magic. Oh and hair mimosa is glorified HAIR GREASE, don't be fooled. Each product would leave me feeling more and more disappointed by the clear miscalculation of every formula. I am not going to say that other natural hair product lines haven't also let me down (ie miss jessies, oyin, curls, ashas, kinky curly, hair rules - insert them all here). But sadly CD is the only line that has been consistently bad. And that makes me sad. Because I want to love it so much. But unfortunately it seems natural hair is just another extension of the black hair industry, here to exploit us for our $$ and leave us dissatisfied. Lisa I hope you are reading these posts. They are a lot more representative of the TRUTH than those smug testimonials on your website. Your hair line is in TROUBLE and is in need of a major overhall. I know of no-one who has been satisfied by your hair products. A good business person listens and responds to the needs of her customers. The ball is in your court. Unless its all about the $$ and then you gotta do what you gotta do.
Marilyn says:
July 15, 2008, 9:44 pm
The only product from this line that I swear by and will continue to get as long as they make it is the HEALTHY HAIR BUTTER. Nothing else compares. It leaves my hair soft, sheeny and moisturized looking. Not greasy and soaks in perfectly. I can get a couple of good hair days out of it. I also like the CD Mimosa Hair Honey, but I can take it or leave it. Same with the Hair Milk. I usually use this on puffs that are dry and that I want to make bigger. The ingredients have most definitely changed somewhat, because it used to leave my hair feeling soft before the TAKEOVER. Once I run out, I probably won't repurchase. I would love to try her other stuff, but their out of my budget. I'm glad she's successful though and hope she CONTINUES to be, so that I can get my Healthy Hair Butter. LOL!
Tamra says:
July 15, 2008, 9:52 pm
Update... My mom, who had been using some of my old CD products that I handed off, said that the products have really dried her (natural) hair out--to the point where she thought it was breaking off. She's now using the Pantene line for women of color plus some kind of "loc and twist gel," and she loves them both. I hadn't mentioned anything about this post, oddly enough. She just mentioned it out of the blue--I swear.
ayomidejpw says:
July 15, 2008, 10:37 pm
I like Carol's Daughter's product also. I bought the the best tressed hair set. The Black vanilla Leave-In Conditioner was a waste of my time. No good, but I did enjoy the shampoo, the hair milk is okay nothing to get excited about, and I gave my cousin the pomade, it didn't really help my hair. I loved the oil, but the bottle was so small I had to buy the larger one and it is really expensive, for the price I can just use olive oil but I do love the scent. I do continue to buy the products but I mix them with other products. I will say the customer service is great. I was over charged and called and was told to send my bank statement and I was refunded my money. No hassle, I like that! and was sent a gift certificate, even though it is only for $15 there aren't any products that I use for that price, however I will still use it.
liz08 says:
July 16, 2008, 12:05 pm
What timing. I just purchased the Best Tressed Hair Set for $58. Expensive, but I've wanted to treat myself with her products for a while now. So far, I have tried Lisa's Hair Elixir and I feel relieved that other bellas have been less than impressed as well. I thought my hair was just weird. It's a bit drying for me. Such a contradiction - it's made of oils for crying out loud. I guess my hair just doesn't respond to the types/combination. Also, unlike your experience Bella, I've gone through a noticeable amount of the bottle already. I figured it was a hair drying problem and not a product drying problem. I will say that I love the smell. It's warm and refreshing at the same time - an odd feat. I've received compliments, and my boyfriend loves it! That's saying something, as he hates scented products. I don't know if I will be a returning customer, but we'll see. I want to try the Tui Hair Smoothie you recommended Bella. Marilyn, I'm thinking I'll try the Healthy Hair Butter as well.
A says:
July 16, 2008, 12:44 pm
Thanks for the recommendations! I will def. be trying a few of the lines products. I know I just have to try a little of this and a little of that until I find what is right for their hair. My sons is a bit dryer than my dughters so I have a felling the same product wont work for them both. I don't mind the expense as long as it works and doesn't have the mineral/vaseline in it... Anyone know where I can find good cocnut oil. The ones I glanced at in regular stores and at sallys had a mineral or vaseline base. I am guessing the internet is the way to go... thanks again everyone!
b. says:
July 16, 2008, 1:20 pm
A- In one word: grocery. If it's not stocked among the regular oils, go to the "international" section and you may see it. If there's a Whole Foods or other health foods store, get it there. A dab WILL do ya! I wouldn't mind seeing a redux of this topic concerning Miss Jessie's... Like many of you, I've tried a few small samplings of CD. In the end, when I saw a lot of soybean oil, the connection was made and I'm moving on. I'm mostly DIY when it comes to hair, but I'm slowly branching out to ready-made things again (trying to head off the product junky syndrome...)
b. says:
July 16, 2008, 4:47 pm
Beth, Good lookin' out on the Chagrin Valley Soap site! It looks GOOD. I may try it out...
JustMe says:
July 16, 2008, 5:46 pm
I too have tried all of the CD products. I don't mind spending the extra cash if I can see the benefit and I don't waste the product. I usually use the Lisa's Hair Elixir at night if my hair and scalp need a "fresher". I can't say I can tell the benefits on my hair, but my scalp enjoys the "cool" feeling, so I will continue to use it. I've tried the conditioner, and its ok....I can't say my hair responded any differently to it than other creamy type conditioners. I have been trying to stay away from products that contain "bad" ingredients and as much as I like the smell of the Black Vanilla Leave In, I won't use it again because it contains DMD Hydantoin which is a formaldehyde releaser. I have a bottle that I only used one time that will go to waste as a result. I was surprised her products contained this preservative only because its been marketed as a natural product. Any way, I really like the Mimosa Hair Honey. At first I didn't until on a fluke, I discovered how to use it on my wash-n-go. After my hair is completely dry, I take about a pea size (or more if needed), rub it in my hand and "scrunch" the product on my coils/curls. The result for me is very smooth, frizz free, soft hair with a nice sheen.
veggeieater says:
July 16, 2008, 7:48 pm
When I first went natural I used many Carol's daughter products. I had the mimosa hair honey, the black vanilla leave in, hair elixir, hair milk, and the hair butter. The only one that I think I would revisit is the hair butter, but that would only be if I couldn't get my Qhemet! Looove Qhemet Biologics. I think that the hair elixir smells great, but I can do just as good with regular olive oil or castor oil. Hair milk=no. Made my 4B hair crucnhy, I just wanted a light moisturizer. Black vanilla leave in. This did nothing but smell good. I have had much more success with Olive Cream Conditioner and Detangler by Qhemet. This stuff works automatically!! Mimosa Hair Honey. This is ok, but overpowering scent. Amla and Olive Pomade by Qhemet is better, or coconut softee hair grease has done better for me. The INGREDIENTS don't justify the cost. CORN OIL?? BEESWAX? These are just cheap fillers that you can mask with good smells. I'm going to stick with Qhemet, and if I ever feel up to paying the shipping for Anita Grant, I will get that too. I've browsed many blogs and the overwhelming consensus is that Carols Daughter has REALLY BAD customer service.
Janelle says:
July 16, 2008, 7:49 pm
Bella, I swear you are really a friend in my head. I was just having a conversation with a friend (an actual friend...LOL) about Carol's Daughter. She was on the fence about their products. While I've tried a few products with positive results, I have recently sworn off ever shopping in Carol's Daughter. It's not because of their products (I heart the almond cookie line). It's because of the customer service or lack therof I experienced in their store in my beloved Harlem. I've had customer service issues with them before but my last visit took the cake. I wandered in there one weekday afternoon a few weeks ago. I was greeted by the security guard at the door. And that's it. Thre were 2 customers in the store when I walked in and four employees in the store. Since I was recently given some almond cookie products, I was in search of something for my hair and not my body. I wandered over to the hair care section (which is directly across from the counter). As I began to read the label on the Black Vanilla Leave in Conditioner, another customer entered the store. She too was greeted by the security guard but she also received "can I help you with anything?" from a store employee. While I did feel slighted, I didn't make a fuss because there were still 3 other employees in the store. The 2 customers who were there when I entered left so that left me, the other woman, the 4 employees and the security guard in the store. The other 3 employees went to the back of the store somewhere leaving the 1 employee to help the woman who came in the store after me. After about 10 minutes, someone finally came up to me and asked me "are you being helped?" I responded with a polite "No, and I have some questions about your hair products". She seemed a little taken aback (as she glanced at my blonde afro-curls) when she stumbled out, "I'll have someone assist you in a minute". That minute turned to 5 additional minutes of no assistance. Beyond upset, because the store is freaking empty, I walk over to the counter to place the armload of products I had questions about down. Out of nowhere, an employee appears, eager to ring me up. I stop him and inform him that I have been waiting for assistance 15 minutes in a store with more employees than customers. I went on to tell him, since no one took the time to answer my questions, I won't take the time to purchase these items, and proceeded to walk out towards the door. He made a comment about me leaving the products on the counter "like that". I was so furious I came home and wrote a letter about the lack of customer service in their Harlem store. Not in an effort for anyone to lose their job but hoping that additional training would be provided to their associates. I can understand that as an employee they may not understand my hair but they should know their product lines. To date, I have never heard back from anyone in the Carol's Daughter organization. So I've decided not to purchase anything from Carol's Daughter. It upsets me because my almond cookie soap is looking really bleak right now but I would rather do without than to be subjected to that kind of customer service again. I would love to sing their praises because like you, I admire how Lisa has turned a need into an empire.
Nicole says:
July 16, 2008, 9:10 pm
I really like some of her body products (fave scents: Ecstasy & Almond Cookie), but her hair products do nothing for me. I've been considering the hair smoothie, but if it just sits on top of my hair (rather than being absorbed) like the hair milk does, I'ma be upset. I support the sista for what she has done with her business, but at this point, her products are really interchangeable with other products on the market, so I don't feel any loyalty to the brand. Lately I've been in my kitchen mixin' up my own stuff...
Key from the City says:
July 16, 2008, 11:33 pm
I remember buying Carol's Daughter products at various street festivals and used Carol's Daughter products for years. Unlike most of you, I LOOOOVVVVEEE the Khoret Amen Oil(I like strong, spicy scents) and Healthy Hair Butter (though the texture can get weird-it seems to dry out even with the jar tightly sealed). I don't use them anymore because I make my own products but when I want to splurge, these are the items I buy. That being said, the customer service has always been an issue, especially at the Fort Greene store. My girlfriend and I went there before the Afro Punk festival and there was NO ONE in the store except the guy behind the counter. We walked in and did even get a 'hello'. Then we waited about 5 minutes at the register because he was on his cell phone and had his back turned to us. We gave up and left.
LoveIsDope says:
July 17, 2008, 8:40 am
Wow! I'm surprised to hear people's complaints about customer service in the stores. I've always had great customer service in the stores. I'd even go so far as to say excellent. Online is another story though. I had one horrific customer service experience with that and that was enough for me. No more online buying for this lady. I only buy stuff in person now.
antagonista says:
July 17, 2008, 2:23 pm
I love the Rosemary mint shampoo. That’s about it. The other products are disappointing to me. I bought the black vanilla mess and took it back!!!!!! Hated it! I tried ordering Anita grant products but that proved to be an arduous task so I gave up. I just buy oil and mix my own hair stuff. It's cheaper that way and I know exactly what I'm using.
Jenene says:
July 17, 2008, 3:40 pm
The smells are a little too strong for my tastes.
Kim Steverson says:
July 17, 2008, 10:26 pm
I was very excited about trying CD's hair products, as my mother and sister swore by the body products. I squealed with delight when I found their products at Sephora (I am allergic to shipping and handling charges)and I willing shelled out $100. My hair is about 2 inches long and wavy, so I justify all hair related expenses by emphasizing longevity. While I love the smell the shampoo was just, well . . .meh. I still have 90% of Khoret Amen leave-in conditioner because it turned by waves into a frizzy dry mess. I like the oil conditioner and use it as a treatment. I will stick to Terax. I love their Miele shampoo and hair treatment.
kmac says:
July 18, 2008, 5:49 pm
I was a stan and spent tons of money back in the day with CD. At the time the majority or her hair stuff just didn't work for me but i had a blast with the souffles and mango body butter. Most recently the prices have turned me off-its not 100% her- i do my own mixing. However she did discontinue body products i loved (mango body butter, ochun body butter) and somehow the quality seemed as thought it changed for a tad worse. Overall though i will continue to support her when i can find the funds.
naturelle wonder says:
July 19, 2008, 2:32 pm
Unfortunately I am not a fan of the Carol's Daughter product line. I am always on the look out for quality, natural products but after purchasing the HHB, Mimosa Oil, and Shampoo, I reviewed the ingredients to discover that they aren't as "natural" as advertised nor did they work on my hair (I'm transitioning to natural and have not had a relaxer in over a year). For example, corn oil is one of the first ingredients in HHB (not shea, or aloe, or glycerin, or mango, or illipe, etc). I have found several other product lines that work better and/or are cheaper than CD. If you like the idea behind CD but want more bang for your buck I would suggest Jane Carter Solution, Qhemet Biologics, Oyin Homemade, HairVeda, or
Linda says:
July 20, 2008, 3:56 pm
I love the idea of CD but her hair and skin products are laced with corn oil - why?! Also, since she has had the "star treatment" (I suppose Mary J uses the hair products to moisturize her wigs) a lot of CD products are full of synthetics and chemical preservatives - DMDM being THE most dangerous. Taken from: "An intense conditioning treatment. Benefits: New, bye-bye tangles recipe Rapa seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, Omega-6 and Omega-3 and slips through strands for easy detangling. Nutrient-rich oils of olive fruit and and sunflower seeds boost shine. Rich shea and cocoa butters provide moisture and protect hair from weather damage, dryness and brittleness. Fragrance cocktail of guava, mango and passion fruit; Tui Hair Smoothie transports you to a tropical island. " The ingredients for the khoret amen hair smoothie. "Ingredients Water, Corn Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Soybean Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Kelp Extract, Essential Oils of Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Bay Leaf, Cedarwood and Patchouli, Apricot Kernel Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Algae Extract, DMDM Hydantoin and Iodopropynyl, Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Lavender Extract, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl. Paraben Free. No Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Artificial Colors." No need for Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Artificial Colors when you got DMDM in there! DMDM hydantoin is a preservative that works by releasing formaldehyde into the product it's used in shampoos, cosmetics to prevent molds, mildews, and bacterial spoilage. DMDM hydantoin is also used to retard decay in dead bodies imagine what it will do for your hair - "new bye-bye tangles recipe" more like "bye-bye coily curls, whole head of hair and scalp recipe!" Like naturelle wonder I love me some real nourishment for my hair and scalp like Qhemet and my new love Anita Grant. These two companies have excellent - no - FANTASTIC customer service & mouth watering, moisturizing, curl popping products. I ordered from both and I have to say that even though Anita Grant's shipping is a lot it's worth it so I order in bulk. Qhemet is, well, worth every red cent!!! And not one bit of "star treatment" included - these are the only 2 lines for my hair.
flygyrl72 says:
July 23, 2008, 4:13 pm
Good looking out on the ingredients , Linda & Naturelle Wonder. I'll have to scrutinize more carefully in the future. That being said, I am a fan of Carol's Daughter, overall. I love the Mimosa Hair Honey, Healthy Hair Butter & the Black Vanilla Leave-In conditioner leaves my fro feeling strong & nourished. However, am really starting to dig Hairobics leave-in conditioner, it's pretty minty smelling, but it makes my hair so soft, not cheap though, at $15 a bottle & I go thru leave-in conditioner like crazy, so...I alternate between the Black Vanilla & that. I need to go get some of that Hair Smoothie stuff too, try it out & see how I like it. And since I'm big on scents, I like the fact that her products are scented. S'cool with me. Since I always go into Sephora to buy her products, I haven't experienced the bad customer service issues personally. But, I have heard things from a couple of girlfriends regarding the service they've received whenever they've ordered off the website. So, hopefully, Ms. Price will take heed, & tighten up on training the staff. I gained some product knowledge off of here, am going to give the Anita Grant line & Quemet a try. Peace!
Elizabeth Jote says:
July 23, 2008, 5:39 pm
I have very dry natural hair and found that the the Black Vanilla did nada for me but smell so good that I got compliments. They should re-brand it as hair parfum! The Hair Milk everyone raves about just made my hair greasy.I love the bath products and the face wash and moisturizer is amazing! My boyfriend hasn't had pimples for so long!I would not buy the hair products again from my experience. I would like to see: 1. A closer attention to formulas that follow our general natural hair type i.e. "recommended for 3's and 4's" rather than simply dry, normal, oily.CD is about getting to care for our hair so women should use the terms that suit it best. We are more diverse then that and a lot of the customers are NATURAL. 2. Less greasy definitions of moisture. We can do better then what's on the market. I know because I've seen it! Personally, I'd like to see how the unbeWeaveables ( who aren't rich and famous)handle all that grease in their hair when they can't wash it themselves!
Jonay says:
July 25, 2008, 12:25 am
I'm a little shocked that so many women are still in love with CD products, and a part of me feels that it is mostly hype. I have an issue with Carol's Daughter being played up as "all natural" when chemical preservatives ARE included in the hair products. DMDM hydantoin is included in most hair products, from Motions to the mess found in drug stores, I'm sorry ya'll but if I'm paying $20 for a product that is supposed to be ALL natural, I don't want to get anything less. I want a NATURAL product, not a product that is half way natural.I'd rather go to the grocery store and buy aloe vera gel and coconut oil to detangle my hair, than by a Carol's Daughter product that is far too expensive and not even 100% natural. I respect Lisa for what she is doing, but it's a shame that these products are looked at for what they STAND for instead of what they consist of. I purchased everything from the Hair Milk, Mimosa Hair Honey, Healthy Hair Butter, and the Khoret Amen Smoothie and none of the products did anything for my hair but give me a greasy feeling. I've started using Mineral Indulgence hair care product as their products are actually 100% natural. I'm also able to purchase samples, get products "unscented", and get MUCH better customer service. I'm glad that so many women have been able to find "natural" alternatives for their hair (even if CD isn't 100% natural), but ole' girl ain't gettin' a dime from me until her products go back to the way they were before....before she went "Hollywood".
Rhonda says:
July 31, 2008, 4:01 pm
I really do not care for the hair milk from CD- I bought it for my son, and although it works, the smell is terrible. I don't want to throw it away since it wasn't cheap, but I don't want my baby's head smelling weird, so in the bathroom cabinet it sits... However, I do LOVE CD's candy paint lip glosses- those are fabulous.
juicyjellee says:
August 2, 2008, 6:50 pm
I wish I would have found this site BEFORE I spent over $50 on CD's website last night. I definitely would have given it more thought. I purchased Lisa's Elixir, the Hair Milk, the Healthy Hair Butter, and the Black Vanilla Leave In Conditioner. I feel so apprehensive about their results now! I have relaxed hair but my ten y/o has natural hair. I've always kept her at the salon with fierce natural braids, but she wants to have a more freeing style. Her hair is long, thick, coarse, dry, and EXTREMELY kinky when wet or in the humidity. I choose not to relax her hair, so if these products don't work, I'm gonna be back at square one. ***************ANY SUGGESTIONS?*****************
b. says:
August 3, 2008, 10:36 pm
Howdy juicyjellee... Comb when wet AND with conditioner on it. I know this may sound so old school, but definitely give coconut oil a chance (or avocado, or both). I recently had good success with a mix some call "moeshealoe": shea butter whipped with coconut oil and a little aloe. Whip a little together and use a little bit on wet hair. As long as you're not heavy-handed the hair won't feel "greasy". Also look online for tips on washing/detangling in sections instead of all at once. Giovanni also has a GREAT leave-in conditioner. HTH...
juicyjellee says:
August 4, 2008, 2:27 am
Ohhhh...thanks so much b.!!! Girl, I've been watching this site like a hawk for a response to my inquiry!!!! Thanks a bunch sis!
Lea says:
September 5, 2008, 6:50 pm
I'm surprised no one else mentioned the Gelee de Soleil browning oil. Its my summer staple and give me the ultimate bronzed look. As I am not a fan of CD's fragrances, I love the scent of this oil. My skin looks sunkissed and moisturized after a day on the beach. And my tan lasts forever, to the envy of all of my girlfriends! It's definitely worth a try.
Theodore Anderson says:
October 7, 2008, 8:43 am
I talked to a bus driver and she told me that she try your product and I like to try some of your sample of your product on my client.
Naudia Robertson says:
October 9, 2008, 2:24 pm
I've been using only all natural products for some time now, and when I found my way to CD I thought I'd finally found something specifically for my hair that was also 100% natural. The website didn't list ingredients (big no-no for me) but I figured they were getting around to it and decided to email them and inquire about the ingredients of two particular products I was considering. The response was that this lady didn't have the products at her desk and so she couldn't answer my question and that I should go to a Sephora store to check the ingredients. Damage done, potential customer lost!! I replied that this was not half-a$$, but quarter-a$$ customer service and how dare they tell anyone to go to the store and see for themselves, perhaps I was asking them because there isn’t a Sephora store close to me and I’m not driving all over creation wasting my oh so precious gas just to see what’s in something! Sorry I can't give a product review but I wanted to let them know that the ingredients for everything need to be clearly visible on the site, and when someone asks a question please give a better response than ‘you’re on your own’!
BMW says:
December 11, 2008, 6:51 pm
I'm sorry I just don't think it's worth the money! i spent $60.00 on that stuff and was not at all impressed, I was actually very upset. I went back to macy's and she gave me all of my money back. I bhought it because my friend screamed about it for so long since and it does so much for her hair. I tried it and was like "womp womp" Some of the products even made my hair dry! I think it works great for certain hair textures, but not mine!
happy2ma says:
February 6, 2009, 1:43 pm
I really wanted to like the CD products, but I hate the scents! I rushed to sephora and all of the scents are way to strong and just not to my liking. I would like to see unscented or softer scents. I do not have allergies or anything by the way. Karen's body Beautiful is a good example of great scents. I do not understand the objection to price. CD has great ingredients and I am happy to support black business or any business for that matter that produces a quality product. (I save money by not going to the salon all the time so the $$ is an even wash). The
Lia says:
February 6, 2009, 8:22 pm
Hi Afrobella, As my hair is naturally curly I find Carol's Daughter products very appealing - although I use others as well. However, as I am from London UK, it is ridiculous that CD do not ship to the UK. They go on about the "support" from The Smiths and Jayz yet they can't ship to London in this day and age. Instead, I have come across people selling the CD products with a 200% mark up. By contrast Miss Jessie's ships to the UK.
nessie says:
February 19, 2009, 4:14 pm
Love what CD stands for. Love the products! However,customer service is a joke. While talking to them, I couldn't beleive I placed an order with a company who's employees couldn't give a crap about you or the money you spent. I should have just went to a street corner and handed $150 to a random person. Maybe I would have gotten a thank you. I will NEVER order online again. My 6 year old neice could provide better service! Get it together people!
Myrna says:
March 16, 2009, 2:10 pm
I've just had a texturizer put on my newly birth hair after chemo. (I had a short 'fro that I had been nuturing). Now, I'm in search for a product to keep my hair healthy. Carol's Daughter products were mentioned,and I rushed to a local Sephora store to make a purchase. Although I had done some research about the product, I was just as confused at the store as I am now as to which product to use on my "now" processed hair. Everytime I think I have it figured out as to which products to use, I read a review about how it works on natural curly hair. I ended up purchasing the hair milk during my visit to Sephora (the associate assisting me didn't have a clue about CD products). Needless to say, when I contacted a CD rep., I was informed that the hair milk is for curly hair. I'm confused and need help with my texturized hair care.
Ms. Clarkson says:
June 15, 2009, 11:33 am
Is it just me, or does it look like Lisa uses other products than her own? I mean, I have tried everything from that line Hair Milk, Black Vanlla Leave-in, Mimosa Hair Honey, ect and I can never get the results that Ms Lisa seems to achieve. I've never understood why people put up such a fus about there being corn oil in her products though. I mean, there are other ingredients in the product right? My motto is that if it just so happens that CD ain't workin' for me right now...though I do love me some Pearls and Almond Cookie. I have "tex-laxed" hair, and use the Mineral Indulgence line and LOVE their customer service, I swear they responded back to me right after I sent in my inquiry and helped me out (no attitude) along the way. THAT's how you do it! I use the Dress To Impress when I straighten (silky smooth) and use the Coily Locks moisture whipped for twist outs. I just think the Mineral Indulgence products work best on my hair, and from my experience their honey almond fragrance is similar enough to almond cookie for me to be able to resist buying from CD for a while. *sigh*
Diane says:
July 1, 2009, 11:43 pm
I have never thought her products were worth the price, but that may be because I make almost all of my own products. Also, the things that I did buy didn't do what I wanted them to do. The loc butter was a bit too greasy for me, plus the smell of the Mimosa Hair Honey got old quickly before the end of the day. Also, their customer service was absolutely atrocious! CD once carried a product called Honey Pudding. Now, I loved that one! It was extra rich, thick, and very moisturizing. I ordered the 32 ounce jar, which they inappropriately packed by stacking two glass jars ON TOP of each other. The smaller jar broke the top of the 32-ounce glass jar thereby pushing crushed and broken glass into the butter. I tried calling and e-mailing. After MANY attempts, they replaced my 32-ounce jar with a SAMPLE jar of butter. I got attitude big time from customer service, as if I was inconveniencing them!! That butter was NOT CHEAP and that was quite a while ago. I'll never do business with them again.
Diane says:
July 2, 2009, 2:00 pm
P.S. There are two other sites out there that may be of interest, too! Hairveda and Karen's Body Beautiful.
miss A says:
August 30, 2009, 9:41 pm
Hi Could u pls tell me where u found CD products in london? As i would like to try some! Great site by the way!
mimi says:
November 24, 2009, 7:18 pm
I started using CD when a friend of mine from ATL shipped me some of the products after raving about them. I was never really a fan of the smell of that first product, ironically, (I thought it wasn't strong enough!) the Mango Aloe Shea or MASH product, but after a few uses my skin loved it. I was a fiathful customer from 2001-2006. After the big change, and the price increase and the elimination of many of my favorite items, I am only an occasional user. I still support the CD vision, but for me aside from the Marguerite's Magic, there isn't really a product that she has that I can not find cheaper and better some place else. It is like being in a marriage that falls apart slowly over time. I am saddened, but it is what it is.
Cynthia says:
December 10, 2009, 12:09 pm
Love the products, but I just can't seem to get anyone to pick up the telephone so that I can place an order. I'm holding now and I've called twice and all I get is "we are sorry all of our representatives are busy." It will be a total of an hour shortly with no results. Must hang up now.
Gingerbread mama says:
February 7, 2010, 6:50 pm
I love Carol's daughters products. I'v been buying her products since, The early 90's. Everytime I'm in New York I still enjoy buying The Body scrubs. And by far is still the best. The only thing is why she has stop selling a lot of other terrific products, and scents. That is my only disappointment.
Natural Hair Journery says:
February 17, 2010, 5:53 pm
I use Carols Daughter products (Healthy Hair Butter/Hair Milk) and I think her products are ok. At first, I did not like her products, I felt like the above mentioned products were just way too oily for my fine 3c/4a hair texture. I have found that a little goes a loooong way with her products. As far as price is concerned, I don't find her products to be too pricey considering her products don't contain mineral oil, pertroleum oil, etc. There are "big name labels" that charge way more and contain mineral oils and other synthetic products. I would love to try other products that are truely all natural, but with shipping cost, having to wait, and then that added fear of a particular product not working for my hair, is keeping me a repeat customer of CD. So, as long as her products are in stores locally and continue to moisturize my hair, she will continue to have me as a customer.
Misty says:
September 21, 2010, 11:55 am
I have tried several of her products such as the hair smoothie, the rosemary mint shampoo and conditioner. My hair smelled good but was extremely dry and tangled. I love the perfumes and lotion.
Lala says:
September 21, 2010, 8:31 pm
Wondering if this is a product placement/sponsored post? If so please alert readers to such. You have so many posts about CD that it just seems unusual to me that you'd be gushing on and on going from the manicure at the CD in Harlem to their hair products in general. I don't mind a sponsored post here and there. Hey, a girl's gotta eat. But please don't don't accept money and not let the people who trust your opinion know. You're a respected opinion leader, but this has also turned into your business. Just sayin.....
bella says:
September 21, 2010, 8:44 pm
Hey Lala, according to FTC rules and regulations, bloggers must disclose if they are paid or sponsored for anything. My disclosure page is right up there at the top. I have never been paid by Carol's Daughter to endorse or feature their products. If I did, I would disclose that because that is what I do as a professional. I like the brand - I always have - and I've reviewed Carol's Daughter products on this blog since 2006. Most of my reviews here are positive because I don't have the energy or desire to write negative posts bashing products or entrepreneurs. I suppose that could come across as "gushing on and on" to some, but I personally have always prided myself on honesty and positivity. And I will continue to do so. I had an amazing experience during NYFW and decided to share it with my readers. So sorry you read that and came up with the conclusions that you apparently have.
Mari says:
November 15, 2010, 3:23 pm
I used to LOVE Carol's Daughter products when they were just a hole in the wall shop in Brooklyn. Back then the products were homemade, all natural, and AFFORDABLE. Once CD got endorsed and moved to Harlem it all ended. When I stayed in London a few years back I couldn't leave without packing my Almond Cookie shower gel and body butter! Now I'm in college and off to Madrid for the Spring semester and I WISH I had some natural products to stock up on before I leave... but I have no where to turn. No student in their right mind should be spending more on body and hair products (that aren't even natural) than they do on souvenirs. If anyone can recommend a brand please let me know!!!
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November 18, 2010, 3:23 am
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teachermrw says:
December 12, 2010, 12:16 am
It would be GREAT, Bella, if you could do an interview with Lisa Price. And, perhaps, she can address these comments directly. BTW: I just purchased my very first Carol's Daughter product: Some of Marguerite's Magic. Can't wait to receive it. :)
Tonya Moore says:
December 12, 2010, 7:56 am
Hello: I use Carol's daughter product for my entire family and we love them. The healthy hair butter is great for the scalp - my hubby and daughter have eczema and it keeps any ich or irritation under control. It also moisturizes well and has shine. Great for braids, pigtail etc. When I take my daughter's hair down it stays smooth and soft and ready to ready to restyle. The scent is strong in the container, but smells fresh in the hair. Hair milk is great,I seal it with the hair honey or the balm. Good Luck!
Cafefoxx says:
February 22, 2011, 6:04 pm
I want to get my BF carol's duaghter products as a gift. She is studying in the UK. Where in the UK can I get the Carol's daughter products? I want to order on line and mail them to her. Please help.
herside says:
April 26, 2011, 11:18 am
I'm glad to hear I am not alone in this. I just received an order from Carol's Daughter and was shocked by the ingredients label. The integrity of the "all natural" brand is shot, and I sent correspondence to the company. At one time, she represented a God-sent source of education and help for our hair. What happened to "if you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin or your hair???" I am terribly disappointed and intend to check out the Mineral Indulgence products you mention here.
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MissKai says:
January 8, 2012, 1:34 pm
I heard of Carols Daughter back when the owner Lisa Price had the small shop in Brooklyn. I did not however use her products until recently. When purchasing a product based on reviews that you have take a chance. What appeals to another person may not appeal to you..and even more it might not go well with your unique chemistry! In my opinion that is the case with any prone to the store to smell and test it for yourself. I know that Almond Cookie is one of the most popular Carols Daughter scents.and read rave reviews about it for years prior to purchasing it for myself. I can honestly say that I love the smell of it, but it is not concentrated enough for me.I layer the scent by with the cleansing gel, Shea souffle cream.. and dry oil mist and the smell although nice does not last long on my skin. Some people have said that the Jamaican punch is too strong on the spice content..but I love it for that very reason and it smells good on me.I sometimes use it with the Almond Cookie.On the downside it , along with other signature Carols Daughter scents have been discontinued, so you may have to look for them online (Ebay..Amazon... I love the Reminisce 4 oil tin.. It comes with 1) Goddess Flower, 2)Amandeep-(1 of my personal favorites)3)Roses&Honey, and 4)Amaretto Truffle(yummy)... Other favorite scents are the Orange Ambrosia and Goddess Flower products! I have yet to try her hair products. Well... excuse me I tried a sample of the Hair Milk (which I got free when I purchased an Almond Cookie set)It smelled great! I will try some of her hair products! I say try the products with an open mind.If something doesn't work for you return it to store(see store policy first), give it to a friend.. family member that might enjoy it ( that way it isn't a total waste of money), or put it up for sale on online. (the product that you hate might be one that another person loves .. and they may buy it from you).
Denise Hart says:
February 19, 2012, 10:50 pm
I totally agree about the conflict of the brand being branded as all natural when it has chemicals in it that are dangerous especially to women of color. I have been using their facial cleanser but none of the hair products. Sorry Carol's Daughter, I expect natural to mean JUST that!
Denise Hart says:
February 19, 2012, 10:53 pm
Co-signing on Karen's Body Beautiful. Coco-mango is a soft subtle scent and you can get all of your products scented the same or unscented. Also, the hair mild from Karen's Body Beautiful is light but effective on my curls!
CherokeeGirl says:
March 28, 2012, 3:29 pm
OH NO...are you saying that Almond Cookie EDP has been discontinued? I could only find the roller ball on her site and feared this was the case :0(
Renee says:
April 24, 2012, 8:44 pm
I send a message on CD website asking what was the best products to use and they responded ASAP with a recommendation. I'm excited to be trying CD products. I don't care about the price... If the products are good quality then it's worth it for me. I am a true believer you get what you pay for.
Lolo D says:
July 1, 2012, 11:44 pm
Ive read so many reviews and things and as a chemist it's I want to make it known that NO organic or natural product on the market is free from synthetic chemicals or preservative from the oils t shampoos to conditions to the food we eat even down to the fresh fruits at h market. So I is safe to say even if you mix your own oils and make shampoos conditioners and treatments at home with eggs and mayo and virgin oils, your products will still contain some form and percentage of synthetic chemicals and jpreservatives out of your control because they are already present in your reactants. Check every line from cd to soft and beautiful botanicals, to curls, to motions, to as I am, to design, to influence , etc.
Jessie says:
July 26, 2012, 10:02 am
I do not believe the hype,i went to Tahiti a few weeks ago and talking to a gentleman who had lived in Tahiti for many years,told me all the major cosmetic companies are ripping off our products from the islands. "Our Monoi de Tahiti" which is protected by an appelation d'origin is found in many products these days and for over the top prices."Why do people beieve or this hype,when they can buy a simple bottle of Monoi de tahiti" from us here,with no rubbish inside and totally natural. Well he explained to me the Tahitians use this oil for everything and had done for centuries,for the HAIR,SKIN,MASSAGE,ECE when i got back home after a wonderful vacation i found the site he recommended, ,he said they were the only ones who really know everything about selling true "Monoi de tahiti" hair & skin products from the islands,and they also have many other natural products from around the world.
anjela says:
March 16, 2013, 10:05 am
Once I discovered Uncle Funky's Daughter and Qhemet Biologics products, I forgot Carol's daughter stuff existed! There's truly much better and less expensive products out there. I found Carol's Daughter products to be over-priced, too strong smelling, and when the products get old...OMG! That same strong smell turns to something rank and just an oder that no one wants on their hair. Plus, her products didn't do too much for my hair in terms of growth or thickness. They were greasy to me. I found better...
anjela says:
March 16, 2013, 10:17 am
Hey everybody! READ THIS CAROL'S DAUGHTER INFORMATION FROM A TRAINER IN THE COMPANY! We were RIGHT! She has sold out for the money, and her original products are NO MORE!!! PLEASE READ BELOW! " Re: Carol's Daughter Products?? Post by browncurlygirl on 13th March 2010, 12:42 am I was actually a Trainer for Carol's Daughter (Lisa Price trained me) and I know that the product line has changed. The line was specifically designed to be an all natural and healthy alternative to the hair and skin care products that are marketed to people of color. For Carol's Daughter, their greatest gift is their greatest curse. The fact that the line had grown by leaps and bounds in such a short period of time is amazing but the company had not been able to keep up with the demand for product. CD then decided to employ executives from Loreal and they (in an effort to increase profit and manage business better) decided to change product formulations to incorporate mass consumer appeal (thickening product) and maintain longer shelf life (adding preservatives). Anyone who has been a longtime loyal Carol's Daughter user should have noticed a difference in the products over the last year or so. They also have scaled back on the use of some of the richer and healther ingredients, all in the name of business. " says:
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Alicia Harrison says:
May 13, 2016, 11:35 am
I have a been a fan of Carol's Daughter for years and am thoroughly hooked on the Black Vanilla shampoo and conditioner. In fact I use quite a few of her products for skin and hair. However, recently I received a damaged shipment and found their customer service lacking. (And that's being nice.) Placed on hold for over an hour each time I call and it's almost impossible to get a response back via email. This has really put me off with her company. Customer service is the biggest part of any company that regularly deals with consumers. That is the only thing, albeit a BIG thing, that disappoints me with the company.
Arlena says:
July 16, 2016, 12:46 pm
Like you I fell in love with what CD represents. My first introduction to CD came in New Orleans in 2005 at the Essence Jazz Festival, when I received a free sample of Ecstacy. I did use it right away but when I did I fell in love with the scent. Therefore I purchased 2 16oz jars. I recently ordered an 8oz jar and I was totally disappointed. The scent has changed. It's more fruitie and the Egyptian musk scent is barely present. I wish she would go back to her original formula when refrigeration was recommend.
Theblackwriter26 says:
March 10, 2017, 8:50 pm
The price could come down a little, but I love to support black companies/black women/people of color companies. Her prices are really not the much different than some of the more expensive "mainstream" American brands. Glad CD is still around.
Kat says:
June 1, 2017, 10:53 pm
Sooo I just bought carols daughers to try and get my hair on a healthier note and so far all bad things that could've happened did happen. It commentary dried out my hair. It feels even worse. Ugh I thought it would work for be and now I'm stuck with my hair feeling nasty. I have such thin curly hair. I feel like I can't even use products made for natural girls. Just when I thought I found the best shamp and cond ever.


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