Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Carol's Daughter Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum

Looking for a great style finisher and frizz fighter that doesn't weigh your hair down? Hair oils might be the just the answer. Not "new" by any means, these oils seem to be quite trendy at the moment. Their claim to fame? No silicones to excessively coat and weight hair down. Also, since they are concentrated oils, a little goes a long way. 

I tried Carol's Daughter Monoi Oil as I was interested in hair oils, but found that Mom's neem (Dabur brand) was too little actual neem oil, and too many fillers. Here's the Carol's Daughter claim:
This lightweight, silicone-free, miracle oil reverses and prevents damage to even the most distressed hair caused by heat-styling, color-treating and chemical straightening.
Plus, No Silicones, No Parabens, No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Colors
Protect your hair from all damage. Its strengthening power comes from Monoi Oil – a sacred Tahitian blend of the Tiare Gardenia Flower and Coprah Coconut Oil. This silicone-free, restorative oil rebuilds your hair’s structure from the inside out for true repair that doesn’t wash away or weigh hair down like silicones do. It’s also blended with Mirabelle Plum Seed Oil to restore health and Kukui and Rose Hip Seed Oils to reduce frizz and boost your hair’s natural shine. Take your hair to its maximum strength and length – no matter what you do to it.
Now, I'm no cosmetic chemist, but you could say I am a skeptic when it comes to these product claims regarding rebuilding or repairing hair structure. Let's ignore those claims, and focus on frizz reduction, increased shine, and lightweight definition. For these claims that I could actually observe, I thought Monoi oil worked quite well. I found that about 2 pumps of Monoi Oil was sufficient to act as a style finisher and to tame any frizz after styling. The product could also be used on wet hair before blow-drying or air-drying.

However, it seems like my poor product packaging luck continues. This product only dispenses when the bottle is on a flat surface; making it very akward if not downright impossible to get a small amount in one's palm. I either ended up getting no product, or way too much product. I purchased this product twice from Sephora. The second time, I ended up decanting it into a Nalgene Flip-top Leakproof Travel Bottle. The travel bottom worked like a charm and did not leak all over my toiletry bag. However, the Nalgene bottle isn't the subject of this post. At $30/1.7 oz, I feel like the Monoi Oil ought to properly dispense from its own container. Though I was satisfied with the performance of the oil itself, I will be testing out other hair oils in hopes of finding better packaging.

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