Loreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner Review and Why I’m Not Fond of It

Hello!

I hope things are sunny in your lives right now!  When I heard of the Loreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner from a comment on another one of my videos on youtube, I was absolutely intrigued and amused that Loreal had jumped on the cleansing conditioner bandwagon.

However, although this product does have some positives (like it did cleanse my hair nicely), I have two main reasons why I do not like it, and would not recommend it to most people (if not all people).

Watch my video below to find out more! 🙂

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: I bought this product myself, and am not affiliated with Loreal in any way.  I just wanted to see how it worked 🙂

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Wen Cleansing Conditioners Video: How to Know Which One(s) is For Your Hair Type

Hi everyone!

So I had a little time yesterday and decided to make a video on how to figure out which Wen Cleansing Conditioner is right for your hair!  This way, if you like watching videos for information, this will be perfect for you!  If you want to see this information in print form, you can also go to my blog post Wen Cleansing Conditioners: How to Know Which One(s) is Right for Your Hair by clicking here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below! 🙂

If you’d like to see more of my videos, please check out my youtube at http://www.youtube.com/sunnymothernature.  Also, check out my Twitter if you like tweeting! 🙂

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

What is Co-Washing/ Conditioner Washing? An Alternative to Wen and a Way to Healthier Hair!

Hi everyone!

So, here is a hopefully more detailed description of what co-washing is, and how to co-wash your hair that Romi Madia requested!

I decided to try doing a vlog on it, hoping that it will be easier to understand what co-washing is, if I can be seen while explaining it, instead of me just trying to explain through written words.

Let me know if you like the idea of me doing more vlogs, if you’d prefer just more blog posts, or if you like the idea of both!

I hope you enjoy!

Here’s the info that I put into the description box 🙂

Co-washing, aka Conditioner Washing, is cleansing your hair with conditioner, instead of shampoo.  Although it sounds like it wouldn’t work, it really does!  Co-washing does not strip your hair like shampoo does.  So, your hair is healthier, shiny, smooth, and soft!

The products that I showed in this video are:

*Suave Rosemary and Mint Invigorating Clean Conditioner

*Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Conditioner

I only use Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Conditioner as my co-washing conditioner anymore.  For the once every couple of weeks clarifying, I use the Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo.

The other conditioners I have used for co-washing that work include V05 Repair and Protect Strengthening Conditioner, V05 Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Conditioner, and Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner.

Link to my Wen vs. Co-washing posts: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/category/wen-cleansing-conditioners-vs…

If you have any more questions, or have any comments or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!  And if you like my videos and posts, please subscribe~ it makes me happy 🙂

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

FTC:  I did not receive any of these products from any company, nor am I being paid for this video/ including these products in this video.  I bought both of the conditioners myself, and the shampoo was a Christmas present from my boyfriend 🙂

The Different Perceptions of Co-Washing and Wen

Wen or Co-Washing?

In the past couple weeks, while I was talking to different people about Wen and Co-Washing, I began to notice a similar theme.  All of them seemed to be able to accept Wen more than Co-Washing, even after I pointed out that both work exactly the same on my hair, and the price of the two is essentially what is different. I think they believed me, but they were still not really convinced that it would be true for their own hair.

Which got me to thinking: Why does Wen have a more acceptable perception than Co-washing?

It seemed like an interesting question to me.  After all, to me, when I heard about Co-washing one month after starting Wen, I immediately thought that it was probably the same exact idea. 

But, did I start co-washing immediately after I heard about it?  No, I didn’t.  It took me six more months after that and spending lots of money on Wen Cleansing Conditioners to take the leap myself to finally try Co-washing. 

So, why is Wen more Acceptable than Co-washing?

I think it all has to do with how they are advertised. 

After all, Wen by Chaz Dean is advertised to be a Cleansing Conditioner.  With Wen, you don’t need shampoo!  That kind of comment, makes you wonder whether it truly works, but it is advertised that it is supposed to be used by itself, or with other Wen products.

How is conditioner advertised?  Use after your shampoo of the same brand! 

So, why wouldn’t someone question if Conditioner Washing really worked when we have been told all of our lives that conditioner was used for one thing, and one thing only~ to be used to moisturize your hair, after shampoo. 

Co-washing does go against everything that we are told about clean hair from when we are young. 

What happens to our hair when we normally shampoo our hair and then use too much conditioner?  We believe our hair will become oily, greasy, and weighed down.

But, I am here to tell you (after Co-Washing my hair for three months now) that Co-Washing does NOT make your hair oily, greasy, or weighed downas long as you use the right conditioners and cleanse your hair once a month~ and these are the SAME conditions (no pun intended 😉 ) that Wen users need to follow as well

However, with Wen you use different Wen products. 

With Co-Washing, you may need to use one V05 brand conditioner, one Suave brand conditioner, and then, to cleanse your hair, either with a shampoo once a month, or (like me) Wen Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner once a month.

It’s really the advertising that gets to us that makes us wonder whether Co-Washing will actually work as well as Wen!  So, if you’re trying to decide between Wen Cleansing Conditioners and Co-Washing, pick which one truly works in your budget because both work! 🙂

If you would like more details on the differences between Wen and Co-Washing, please click on the link to go to my Blog Posts on Wen vs. Co-Washing here: https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/category/wen-cleansing-conditioners-vs-conditioner-washing-aka-co-washing/

If you have any questions, or comments, feel free to leave them below!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim 

Please Note: I am not affiliated, nor did I receive compensation or products from, Suave, V05, or Wen by Chaz Dean.  All of the Suave, V05 and Wen I have bought and a couple were bought by my family for me for presents, and one Suave was bought by my boyfriend. 🙂

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner Review with Sunny Mother Nature

Hello!

If you have read any of my other blog posts, you’ll know that I am co-washing (aka conditioner washing) my hair right now.  If you haven’t read any of my posts about it, co-washing is basically washing your hair with conditioner.  It does seriously work.  I have been using this process for 2 months now, and used Wen for 7 months before that.

Originally when I bought the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, I thought it would be my ultra-moisturizing conditioner for the ends of my hair and that it would not be good to use as a co-washing conditioner (for my roots).

However, it ended up being the complete opposite from what I thought! 

Here’s my Pros and Cons for this Organix conditioner:

Pros:

1. It works very nicely as a co-washing conditioner.  This conditioner is inbetween V05 (which is very drying/stripping to use as my co-wash conditioner) and Suave Rosemary Mint (which is very moisturizing as my co-wash conditioner).  So, it is perfect!  I end up using Suave two days in a row and then co-washing my hair one day with this.  This makes sure that my hair isn’t stripped and that it doesn’t get oily (buildup).  Yet, I can even use this conditioner two days in a row, even three and I do not see/feel the impact that V05 leaves.

2. It smells nice.  This scent is not like any of the other conditioners (co-washing or Wen I’ve commented on, in my blog) that have very earthy, natural scents.  Instead, this is much more a cologne scent.  The one vblogger I follow described it as smelling like Abercrombie and Fitch’s cologne.  I don’t know if this is true though because I have never smelled their cologne.  It is a sweet smelling cologne though.

3. No parabens.  Yay!

4. It has argan oil.  I absolutely love argan oil!  It’s just amazing to use on your skin and hair! 

5. Organix’s bottles are eco-friendly.  They are “manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin.  All labels are printed utilizing environmental inks and compostable label film made from annually renewable resource corn, not from petrochemicals.” (This was taken from the back of the bottle)

Cons:

1. It does not have organic ingredients.  Since the name of the brand is Organix, I thought that, therefore, they must be using organic ingredients as well.  However, when I looked at them at the store, I did notice that they are not organic.  So, do not get fooled by the brand’s name!  I personally feel that is very misleading on the company’s part.  However, it is always cheaper for the company to not be organic. 

Just in case any of you don’t know the difference between organic and natural (although this product doesn’t claim to be “natural” either) is the fact that with food, organic is ALWAYS certified (it has to be), while natural is NOT regulated!!  So, the reason why organic food is more expensive is because it costs them more to make it organic, they have strict standards they need to follow, AND the company actually has to pay the USDA to have them certify it organic!  However, with natural, the company can define “natural” as however they want it.  Natural means anything a company wants it to mean.  The product you will end up paying more for just a specific “word” on the label is “natural,” not “organic!” 

With cosmetics, it’s more complicated.  Organic in cosmetics still is better than natural.  Natural still has really no weight.  However, organic cosmetics and skincare, etc. are not regulated by the USDA really, like food is.  Just make sure that you trust the company and believe them when they state that their product(s), or some of their ingredients are organic!  Some cosmetic companies do say that they are certified by various organizations that they are using organic ingredients, or that they are organic.  Just make sure that you do believe that organization is valid.

2. It has added coloring to it.  This may not be a negative for some people.  However, ever since I worked at a small animal shelter and we were ALWAYS told to never feed the animals any food donations that had red dye in them, I have been very suspicious about food dyes and food coloring.  This is especially true when I feel that the added color/dye is unnecessary, like it is in the Organix Argan Oil conditoner.  The V05 and the Suave Rosemary Mint do not have this added in, so I don’t see why Organix needed to add it.

3. It has parfum as an ingredient.  Basically, anything that has “parfum,” or “fragrance” as an ingredient is allowed to hide hundreds of other ingredients behind that one listing.  Having allegric, or skin, reactions to a product with “parfum” on it?  Good luck finding out what the ingredient you need to avoid is.  Both V05 and Suave do have parfum on their ingredient listings too, sadly.

4. This conditioner was not moisturizing.  Although this conditioner works amazingly as a co-washing conditioner, I did not originally buy this conditioner to use it in that way.  So, anyone who buys this thinking it will add moisture to her hair will be disappointed.

5. It is somewhat expensive for a drugstore brand.  This conditioner was around $7 or $8 when I bought it (I’ve had it for a month now, so I don’t remember).  So, it will probably range from $6 to $11 in drugstores and grocery stores.  To me, compared to V05 and Suave that are $1 and $2, respectively, it is expensive.  However, that may not be considered an expensive drugstore brand by you.  It just depends.  However, to me, if I was going to spend that much on a drugstore conditioner, I would rather spend a couple dollars more and get an organic conditioner.

A Thing I’m unsure of:

1.  It claims it has Organic Argan Oil in it.  Although this should definitely be a positive, it is only stated once on the back of the label.  Other than that, it does not state that it’s organic in the ingredient listings, or anywhere else.  So, I’m unsure about this.

In conclusion, I do really like the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil.  It works very nicely as a co-washing conditioner and has argan oil in it.    So, I do recommend it especially for co-washing.  However, if you wanted to use this to moisturize your hair, I would say pass on this conditioner.  It dried out my ends instead of moisturizing them.  This makes it good for co-washing, but not good as a normal conditioner.

However, I would probably not repurchase this, personally, because of all of the Cons I listed.  The Cons really outway the Pros for me.  Yet, that may not be the case for you!  If the cons are not an issue to you, then go ahead and try this conditioner!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below!  🙂

Have a sunny day everyone!

~Kim

UPDATE: I wanted to add the ingredients listed on the bottle before I recycled it, so that you could look at them and decide for yourself 🙂

Ingredients: DI Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Argania Spinoza (Argan) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Leaf) Extract, Panthenol, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchlorothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Red 40, Yellow 5.

Please Note: I am not affiliated with Organix, V05, or Suave.  None of these companies gave me products to review, nor are they compensating me for my review.  I bought all of these conditioners myself.

Conditioner Washing (Co-washing) Vs. Wen Cleansing Conditioners by Sunny Mother Nature

My Wen by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners

My Co-Washing Conditioners

Hello!

Ok, so here is my final thought after using Wen Cleansing Conditioners for 7 months and then trying co-washing for 1 month and 3 weeks.

I’ll start with Wen first because I tried this one first.

Pros:

1. Wen conditioners do what they say they will. They add body, shine and sheen to your hair, while it’s moisturizing your hair. The Wen Lavender Cleansing Conditioner especially did not weigh down my hair (the Lavender is meant to moisturize while volumizing). Also, it does not strip, or damage your hair in the process.

2. It detangled my hair!! This may not seem like a huge pro to some, but this was the whole reason why I even decided to finally try Wen! My hair was so tangled I had to use detangler 3-6 times a day and just drench my hair with detangler. With Wen, I never had to touch detangler again! My hair doesn’t even get tangled anymore except for those days where I’m walking through 20+ mph winds to class.

3. It smells amazing! So earthy and it just gives you that sense of being at a spa every time you cleanse your hair. Now granted, not all of them smell amazing. The Cucumber Aloe and Tea Tree ones don’t smell as good. But, Lavender, and Sweet Almond Mint? Oh I love these two!! They smell sooo good!!

4. It is a really thick and creamy conditioner. It is really a nice conditioner. It doesn’t feel greasy, or slippery in your hair. It just feels good in your hair!

Cons:

1. It is expensive. It’s pretty steep at $28 for 16 oz. or around $45 or more for 32 oz. Especially for how much product you need to use per cleansing (I would go through a 16 oz. bottle a month), it does rake up pretty quickly.

2. It did leave some sort of build up on my scalp. (I think this was because I have hard water, not really a fault of Wen’s).

3. It didn’t get rid of my flyaways. Others said that Wen got rid of their flyaways. Although Wen did leave my hair soft, moisturized, detangled, and shiny, I still had HUGE amounts of flyaways like I did when I used shampoo and conditioner.

Now for Conditioner Washing (aka Co-Washing).

Pros:

1. It cleanses my hair just as well as Wen. Now, the process is different than Wen’s, but it works just as well. Co-washing my hair worked just as well when I used Suave Rosemary and Mint Conditioner and when I used V05 Strengthening Conditioner, or V05 Tea Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner.

2. It’s cheaper than Wen. Much, much, much cheaper. I spend about $2 for 14.5 oz, or $3 for 32 oz for Suave Professionals Rosemary and Mint. For V05, I spend less than $1 for V05 Strengthening, or for V05 Tea Therapy Revitalizing.

3. Suave Professionals Rosemary and Mint Conditioner almost acts like Wen! The Rosemary and Mint Conditioner is really similar to Wen because you can use this conditioner on both your roots and your ends!! I LOVE this conditioner! Out of any conditioner I’ve tried, this one is definitely the closest one to Wen in the fact that you can use it both on your roots and your ends, like you do with Wen! (look at Con 1. though)

4. When I use Suave Rosemary and Mint Conditioner, my hair just feels extra silky and is detangled! Whenever I use this conditioner, I never have to worry about my hair tangling.

5. The Suave Rosemary and Mint smells wonderful! This is the conditioner also closest to the earthy scents that Wen has. It doesn’t mimic any of Wen’s scents exactly, but it still gives a similar spa-like experience. Not overpowering, or strong. Just wonderful.

Cons:

1. You really need to switch up which conditioners you use. I don’t feel like I could use just the Suave Rosemary and Mint Conditioner as my only C0-washing conditioner. It’s just too moisturizing. Yet, I can’t only use one of the V05 conditioners either because they strip too much moisture out of my hair. So, I like to do 2 days (and I cleanse my hair every day) of Suave followed by 1 day of V05. Then, 2 days of Suave, etc.

2. You do have to use shampoo once a month. Personally, I would prefer a hair regime where I did not have to use shampoo at all. But, with co-washing you HAVE to use shampoo at least once. Otherwise, your scalp will begin to look oily.

3. It leaves my hair with major flyaways.

4. When I use the V05 conditioners, I sometimes have tangling. I have to be extra careful to moisturize the ends of my bangs and the hairs at the nape of my neck. Otherwise, my hair becomes really dry and tangled in some areas.

5. The V05 Conditioners have really strong scents. I am very particular about scents (I have probably the strongest sense of smell out of everyone I know. I’ve had this strong of a sense of smell for at least 3 years now). So, when it came to looking for conditioners to try to co-wash with, I was that random girl smelling tons of conditioners in the hair aisle of the grocery store. The V05 conditioners aren’t the worst smelling conditioners out there (I would not have bought them if they were) but they are stronger than I thought they were when I bought them.

Conclusion:

I really do love them both! Yet, it was because of Wen’s price that I tried Co-washing. I wouldn’t have even strayed from Wen if the price was a little bit more reasonable.

However, Conditioner Washing really is just as nice as using Wen, especially on the days when I use the Suave Rosemary and Mint Conditioner!!

So, try Co-Washing! It is a much more affordable way to “wen” your hair and make your hair softer, silkier, shinier, detangled, and more moisturized! Co-Washing and Wen Cleansing Conditioners are very similar, and I feel that I do get essentially the same results with either one.

However, if you have the extra money, or just really want to splurge, I would still say to try Wen Cleansing Conditioners! They are awesome and I love the Lavender and Sweet Almond Mint scents!

If you have any questions about Wen, or Co-Washing, please leave a comment below!

Have any of you tried Wen, or Co-Washing? What did you think of it? Leave a comment to let me know what you think! 🙂

Here’s a picture of me/my hair (please excuse the odd expression.  My throat is feeling weird~I don’t know if I’m getting sick or not 😦 )  I wanted to show you a photo of my hair so that you could see what it looks like using Co-Washing. 🙂

On my hair in this picture (I took it this morning) I used:

~Suave Rosemary and Mint Conditioner (for cleansing my roots and my ends, as well as a quarter-sized amount as my leave-in conditioner)

~Wen Styling Cream (this is my heat protectant)

~3 drops of Josie Maran Argan Oil (on my ends)

And I blow-dried my hair today, like usual.

If you would like to read more of my blog posts on Co-Washing vs. Wen, please click the link to go to my Wen vs. Co-Washing Category : https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/category/wen-cleansing-conditioners-vs-conditioner-washing-aka-co-washing/

Or, you can also click on the “Wen Cleansing Conditioners vs. Conditioner Washing” on the right side of the page under Categories.

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Have a sunny day everyone! 🙂

~Kim

Please Note: I am not affiliated with Wen by Chaz Dean, Wen Cleansing Conditioners, Suave, or V05, nor did any of these companies send me free products, nor are any of them compensating me for my review. All of my Wen, Suave and V05 was either bought by me, or were gifts from family (and one Suave was from my boyfriend). I did this review to hopefully help others find happiness with their hair! 🙂

Blog Post Preview: Wen Cleansing Conditioners vs. Co-Washing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi everyone!

So, I started using Wen By Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners in July of 2010 because my hair was becoming more and more tangled and dry. It was so tangled by last Spring that I would have to drench my hair with detangler 3-6 times a day and attempt to comb my hair. Wen was my last resort. Between then and a little over two weeks ago, Wen was the only thing I used on my hair (I used the Wen flavors- from favorite type to least favorite-lavender, sweet almond mint, tea tree, and cucumber aloe). I have not shampooed my hair since July of 2010 (although it was shampooed once in August when I got my hair cut).

I did really like Wen, but there were things about it that I felt made it that I could no longer justify the price IF there was another less expensive alternative that worked the same as, or better than, Wen.

This is what then lead me to try the idea called Conditioner Washing, aka Co-Washing.

The idea is basically the same as Wen Cleansing Conditioners, but instead of buying a specific kind (like Wen) you buy a cheap conditioner and massage it into your scalp(much like Wen) but then use a better quality conditioner on your ends. You massage the cheap conditioner on your scalp for about 3-5 minutes, rinse it out, then put the better quality conditioner in your hair from the middle of your head through to your ends and leave in for a couple of minutes, then rinse out.

I am going to do a full review and comparison between Wen and Co-washing in about a month, after I’ve been non-stop co-washing for 1 1/2 months by then. I don’t want to give a review on co-washing until then.

Stay tuned! 🙂

If you want to try Wen, the places I recommend ordering it are at QVC at www.qvc.com
or at Chaz Dean’s Studio’s website, www.chazdean.com

Both of these places you can order just a one-time shipment, but the more awesome thing is that you have 6 choices of flavors to choose from. Each “flavor” is meant for a different hair type/hair problem. Sweet Almond Mint, and Pomegranate are the two universal ones for all hair types. My favorite is Lavender which is volumizing and the 2nd most moisturizing flavor.

If you want to try Co-washing, the cheap conditioners other people online have recommended are Suave Milk and Honey, VO5, or Suave for Men Strengthening. I could not find either of the two Suave ones, so the ones I’ve been using are Suave Invigorating Clean with Rosemary & Mint, and VO5 Strengthening.

If you would like to read more of my blog posts on Co-Washing vs. Wen, please click the link to go to my Wen vs. Co-Washing Category : https://sunnymothernature.wordpress.com/category/wen-cleansing-conditioners-vs-conditioner-washing-aka-co-washing/

Or, you can also click on the “Wen Cleansing Conditioners vs. Conditioner Washing” on the right side of the page under Categories.

Have a sunny day and check back for a full review in a month! 🙂
~Kim

UPDATE: I forgot to mention but you definitely want to have a hair clip to hold your hair up when you are in the shower, whether you are using Wen, or if you’re co-washing.  I used it to hold up my hair after I massaged in the Wen and before I rinsed it out, as well as after I rinsed out the Wen.  When I co-wash, I use it to hold up my hair while I leave my good conditioner on my ends for a couple of minutes, as well as after I rinse my hair I like to use it to keep my hair up off of my back.

Also, I originally believed that shampooing your hair about once a month was optional with co-washing.  It isn’t.  You definitely want to wash your hair about once a month with shampoo.  This does not apply with Wen Cleansing Conditioners.  You do not need to shampoo your hair while using Wen.

Please Note: I am not affiliated with QVC, Chaz Dean, Wen by Chaz Dean, Suave, or VO5; nor was I given any of these products. Most of my Wen, Suave, and VO5 I bought myself, but some were gifts from my family, and my boyfriend did buy a Suave for me. Part of the reason I’m trying co-washing is because of how much money I’ve spent on Wen.