I was recently fortunate enough to be provided with a free sample pack of natural hair care products from CUSH Cosmetics to try and review for the blog. This company is out of Frisco, TX (close to home), and their products are all-natural, so I was extremely excited when the owner contacted me about this opportunity! The owner, by the way, was very helpful, answering any and all questions I had, staying in constant contact with me throughout the entire process…wonderful customer service! Thank you, Toni!
The package I received included samples of:
Mango Babassu Shampoo Bar: this isa solid bar, much like a bar of soap,ingredients:Saponified oils of babassu (from Brasil), mango butter, extra virgin olive oil, and castor bean oil, aqua, rosemary essential oil, and peppermint essential oil.
HUILE SUPREME: a creamy conditioner, (huile is French for oil) ingredients: aqua, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifying conditioner), persea gratissima (avocado) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, mangifera indica (mango) butter, triticum vulgare (wheat germ) oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, hydroxyethyl cellulose, eo blend, glycerin, imidazolium quat, cocodimonium hydroxypropyl, hydrolyzed rice protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed silk protein, hydrolyzed soy protein, potassium sorbate , silver citrate and citric acid.
HYDRATE ME: a leave-in protein serum, ingredients: aqua, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, runus amygdalus dulcis(sweet almond) oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, mangifera indica seed (mango) butter, cetyl stearyl alcohol, panthenol, cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein, imidazolium quat, potassium sorbate, silver citrate; citric acid; vegetable glycerin, sodium hyaluronic acid, essential oil blend.
UNCOILED: a light conditioning detangler, ingredients: Purified Agua Infused With Honey; Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate; Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract; Plantago Species (Plantain); Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Water; Cucumber Extract ; Cetearyl Alcohol; Behentrimonium Methosulfate; Cetyl Alcohol; Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol; Glyceryl Stearate; Polyquaternium; Ricinoleamido-propyltrimonium methosulfate; Panthenol; Mixed Soy Based Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Potassium Sorbate; Glycerine; Silver Citrate; Essential Oil Blend.
MOISTURIZE ME: a leave-in moisturizer,aqua, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate (emulsifying conditioner), runus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, mangifera indica seed (mango) butter, cetyl stearyl alcohol, panthenol, cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein, imidazolium quat, potassium sorbate, silver citrate; citric acid; vegetable glycerin, essential oil blend.
Mango Pomade with Wheat Germ: for a moisturizing hold, Mangifera Indica Butter (Mango Butter), Cocus Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ Oil), Beeswax, Mixed Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Each product has their own unique smell, they are wonderful scents that linger but are not at all over powering. D kept opening each container to smell them, after each one saying “mmm, this one is my favorite”, lol.
When our package arrived we were in the middle of a protective style, so I waited until I took D’s small box braids out to try these products.Their detangler, Uncoiled, was put to the test! As we were in the final days of our box braid style she had gone swimming at her grandmas (when she is at her grandmas, they don’t do hair) and the braids unraveled a lot and the hair became tangled. I washed her hair with the remainder of the braids still in, applied some conditioner and some Uncoiled and began finger detangling. Much to my surprise the tangles came out with ease and not much use of a comb. I did use a rat tail comb to help get the braids out and a wide tooth comb to go through her hair once I had the braids out and the hair finger detangled.
Once her hair was down and detangled I added some Moisturize Me, her hair wash so soft and shiny. D wanted to wear her hair down and curly, after all it had been in those little braids for 2 1/2 weeks. I let her wear down for a little bit and after it dried it looked so good, we had to have a photo shoot!
I could tell her hair was getting some tangles, so before she went to bed I took some hair from each side and put it in pig tail braids to prevent further tangling. We got busy the next day, so she just wore the pig tail braids that day and the next day I took them down to style. I sprayed her hair with water and began to finger detangle, expecting to need more detangler. Again, to my surprise I didn’t have to add much more Uncoiled. For the most part the tangles slid right out, there were a few knots that I applied a small amount to, but adding the water reactivated the products that I had applied almost 2 days before! Before starting our next protective style I applied some of their Moisturize Me all over and began parting for twists and bantu knots. I used the CUSH mango pomade on each twist. Since this was a protective style I did not secure the twists with rubber elastics, so I put the remaining hair from two twists into a bantu knot and used a Goody Ouchless Cloth band.
The pomade held the twists well, she wore this as a style for 3 days. Then I took it down for a flat twist/bantu knot out, her hair was defined, shiny, soft and frizz-free.
The next time I washed her hair I tried out the shampoo bar. I had never used a shampoo bar before…so this was a first. I rubbed the wet shampoo bar in my hands, creating a lather, then applied it to her scalp. It is a moisturizing bar and it got her scalp clean without drying out her hair. As with any shampoo, I followed by conditioning her hair. I used the Huile Supreme, which was nice, thick and creamy. I used the Uncoiled to aid in finger detangling. This time I applied the Hydrate Me all over for moisture and let it dry. Her curls were defined and soft, not weighed down at all, in fact her hair was “big”, but not frizzy. D and I both loved it!
I did try the shampoo bar and conditioner on myself and daddy tried it too. The shampoo bar worked well for us both, but the conditioner was a little bit too heavy for my hair, (most of D’s conditioners are). Overall, I enjoyed my first experience with a shampoo bar. I completely fell in love with the Uncoiled detangler, it is the best detangler I have found for D’s hair, so I had to order a full size bottle! Shipping time was incredible, I placed my order and it was in my mailbox 4 days later! Also, the shipping is free for the month of June!
The giveaway portion of the post has ended as of June 22, 2011
And guess what..CUSH Cosmetics is going to give 2 of my readers a free Ultimate Curl Sample Pack! To be eligible for this prize you must be a follower of this blog! Then, visit CUSH Cosmetics click on “wall” and write on their wall saying you saw their products featured on Untrained Hair Mom and you would love to try them! or that you read a product review on Untrained Hair Mom and you are interested in sampling their hair care line!(or tell them something similar). You will have the next 2 days (June 21 & 22) to do this, one winner will be chosen each of these 2 days. If you would like extra entries, you can (1) send friends and family to CUSH and have them leave a comment on your behalf (1 extra entry per friend) (2) vote for me and leave a comment below to let me know, (1 extra entry per day)! Good Luck!