welcome to the first product review and second product giveaway at the NHP Blog! i’ve been using Bear Fruit Hair‘s Shea n’ Fruit Conditioner & Leave-In Moisturizer for the last few weeks, but before i get into the product, i want to talk a little bit about the company because it makes me feel all warm and tingly inside.
as you click around the company’s “about our products” page, you can tell that these folks really know their stuff; there’s plenty of information and things to learn about, from protein-moisture balances to humectants. and see that pretty super happy smiley lady down there at the bottom? that’s Marissa Swan, the company’s owner and a complete sweetheart. in our correspondence, she’s always sure to ask me how i’m doing, how life is going and all that good stuff when in theory, she could just be like, ‘push my products and leave me alone.’ i believe in good things coming to good people, and she deserves the success she’s found with her company!
she sent me two conditioners, one to try, one to give away. i closed my eyes and chose the one i was going to try and pulled the Shea n’ Fruit Conditioner and Leave-In. i love that lots of her products have dual usages–this one functions as a conditioner AND a leave in; the other product is a leave-in and moisturizer. the website says that it also tested well as a cleanser; i didn’t try it as a cleanser because my head is big, i have a lot of hair, and i’m very heavy handed with products. i didn’t want to use too much. i will though!
the packaging is very clean and simple, just what i like in a product; i don’t know why, but i always feel like a product with simple packaging on the outside also has good clean simple ingredients on the inside. this product is no exception–lots of yummy oils and fruit extracts.
i like this product best as a moisturizing leave-in. the texture is pretty thick, and since i detangle my hair while it’s wet and full of conditioner, i like to use one with a little more slip than this provides. also, i know that if i used it as a conditioner, i’d blow through the bottle in no time; its a little skinny. that thickness and volume is perfect for use as a leave-in though; it definitely does what it’s supposed to do (moisturize and protect), and i think it also supports and works well any other products your may use with it–not all products play well together.
i really like the scent too; very light, lemony, and slightly fruity–not all crazy and overpowering like some stuff.
would i consider this product a staple? i don’t know. i don’t feel like i can’t live without it, but it is a good sturdy standard to have around, and at only 11 bucks or so a bottle, i’d definitely replace it when i ran out. it definitely makes me want to try out some of Bear Fruit Hair’s other products, and i encourage you to do so! click here to look at the tons of stuff they have!
want to try a little something something out for free? i’ve got a bottle of Desert Castor Seed Moisturizer & Leave-In with your name on it! here’s how you can win:
1. follow me on twitter and tweet/retweet the following message: “I just entered to win a free moisturizer from @bearfruithair and @brokeymcpoverty! http://bit.ly/mY9MrM″ (my account is locked, but i’ll approve you!)
2. like brokey mcpoverty on facebook, then find the post that says “Like this post to win a free bottle of Desert Castor Seed Moisturizer & Leave-In from Bear Fruit Hair!” & like it
3. leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite type of moisturizer is. is it store bought? one you make yourself? share!
4. follow natural hair problems on tumblr, find the post announcing this review and give away, & reblog it
5. an extra way to win! subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the ‘subscribe’ box over there on the right hand side of this site. all subscribers are automatically entered in all giveaways!
you don’t have to do all three, but you get one entry for each that you do (just one each though! multiple retweets won’t get you multiple entries!) winner will be picked at random at midnight on Wednesday, August 31st.