Have you ever used Lotion as a Conditioner?

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I was browsing http://yournaturalhair.com and I came upon a post from Deborrah about using Aveeno body lotion as a leave-in conditioner for natural hair.  She was camping and in a pinch because her moisturizing spritz spilled out of her bag.  

So, she whipped out some “Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion”.  Oh yes she did.  And she says it worked like a charm and her hair was soft all day.  She added Aveeno lotion to water in order to thin it out, consequently making it more spreadable in the hair.

Its something to think about.  Many lotions use similar ingredients as some conditioners.

The Aveeno lotion she used has the following ingredients in common with some basic leave-in conditioners:
Water
Glycerin
Petrolatum (if its not a natural conditioner)
Cetearyl Alcohol (has conditioning properties)
Dimethicone (if its not a natural conditioner)
Oat Kernel Flour
Lavender, Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang extracts

But Aveeno is not the only lotion with similar or the same ingredients to some of the better store bought leave-in conditioners.

“Curel Moisture Lotion Fragrance Free for Dry Skin” has these ingredient in common with some leave-in conditioners:
Water
Glycerin
Petrolatum (if its not a natural conditioner)
Cetearyl Alcohol  (has conditioning properties)
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
Dimethicone  (if its not a natural conditioner)

Same goes for “Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion for Extra Dry Skin” which has these ingredients in common with some leave-in conditioners:
Water
Glycerin
Stearic Acid
Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride
Dimethicone  (if its not a natural conditioner)
Petrolatum (if its not a natural conditioner)
Cyclopentasiloxane (if its not a natural conditioner)
Glyceryl Stearate (has conditioning properties)
Cetearyl Alcohol
Fragrance
Phenoxyethanol

Oddly enough, “Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy, Aloe” lotion has these ingredients in common with some leave-in conditioners:
Water
Glycerin
Jojoba Esters
Cetearyl Alcohol
Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
Stearyl Alcohol
Vitamin E
Hydrolyzed Collagen

I’m not surprised that some body lotions can also double as conditioners too.  If you think about it, the ingredients in lotions are designed to soften skin, to treat dry skin and/or to provide a barrier to lock in moisture.  These are all qualities which great leave-in conditioners have as well.

I would caution, however, that you probably shouldn’t grab any ole lotion off the shelf and dump it on your head, though.  

Flip over the bottle and look at the ingredients.  If some/most of the ingredients look similar/same as some of the ingredients in your fav store bought conditioner, you may wanna take a day and test out a lotion+water leave-in mix to see if you’ll gain any softness or frizz control.

Have you ever experimented with using a lotion as a hair conditioner in a pinch?

Related:
http://yournaturalhair.com/aveeno-lotion-as-leave-in-conditioner-for-natural-hair/
http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/dove-cream-oil-intensive-body-lotion%2c-extra-dry-skin/ID=prod3946293-product
http://www.drugstore.com/gold-bond-ultimate-healing-skin-therapy-lotion-aloe/qxp138145?catid=182936
http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item.php?item_id=504