Review: Sukin Nourishing Conditioner

WHAT?

Sukin Nourishing Conditioner

SHORT AND SWEET

Good conditioner but not spectacular. The best thing about it are the ingredients. This is a very good product for those who want to use a conditioner which doesn’t contain -cones.

INGREDIENTS ON MY BOTTLE: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sesame oil, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Linalool, Limonene.

CURRENT INGREDIENTS: Purified water, Organic blend of aloe vera, Nettle, Burdock and Horsetail, Cetyl alcohol (vegetable), Cetrimonium Chloride (vegetable), Sesame oil, Glycerin (vegetable), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Wheat germ oil, Avocado oil, Jojoba oil, Rosehip oil, Vitamin E, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (suttocide) vegetable, Citric acid, Grapefruit seed extract, Tangerine essential oil, Mandarin essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Vanilla extract

SMELL

It’s orange cream citrus scented, with a slightly odd herbal undertone (according to the recipe I have).

HOW IT WORKED

The Sukin Nourishing Conditioner was pretty good. It was part of my #tjmaxxfind haul. My hair didn’t feel like straw and it wasn’t super dry afterwards. But it wasn’t the absolute best conditioner I’ve ever used either. For those looking for a natural conditioner, try this one. I’ve also used this as a leave-in conditioner. Pretty good!

Wet hair
This is a rinse-out conditioner according to the instructions. The ingredients, however, are very good. On my wet hair it works like a conditioner should. Sometimes my hair is a little dry right after using a regular shampoo. The Sukin Nourishing Conditioner helps to soften it up a little.

My version doesn’t have a super amount of slip. Just a note about that: some conditioners with a large amount of slip get that slip from film-forming ingredients. These ingredients can sometimes sit atop the hair and make it look dull.

I apply to wet hair right after shampooing. Based on the ingredients, you may want to try this as a co-wash for those who co-wash.

I also use this as a makeshift leave-in conditioner, meaning that during the final rinse I don’t rinse every last bit of it out. I keep a little of it in there to help improve softness.

WHAT’S IN IT?

Nettle, Burdock and Horsetail – These are great herbs for hair. Nettle is a great natural conditioner, Burdock and Horsetail helps with strength and natural sheen over time.

Cetrimonium chloride – Cetrimonium chloride is used as a conditioning agent. You’ll often hear it referred to as an “anti-static agent”. It’s a quarternary ammonium salt used to fight frizz and help condition. It has a positive charge and hair has a negative charge, which in theory means conditioners with centrimonium chloride should stay on the hair to provide extended conditioning.

Sesame oil – Sesame is a staple oil in Ayurvedic haircare. Along with other ingredients, it helps with maintaining moisture and provides temporary shine. Over time, it can allegedly help improve natural sheen.

Hydrolyzed wheat protein – Hydrolyzed wheat protein is wheat protein that’s been changed (hydrolyzed) so it can penetrate the hair shaft. It’s typically used to help fortify and strengthen the hair. It is also said to “add shine and smooths hair”.

Wheat Germ oil – Wheat germ oil is made from the “germ” of the wheat kernel. Wheat germ oil is said to be high in Vitamin E too. It’s used to help fight dryness. It’s also said to be good for sensitive skin.

Avocado oil – Avocado oil is an emollient which is said to help moisturize hair, along with other ingredients

Jojoba oil – Jojoba “oil” is a liquid plant wax. It absorbs well and is said to be similar to human sebum. It’s said to be over 70% Gadoleic acid.

Rosehip oil – Rosehip seed oil is a light quickly absorbing oil that is very high in fatty acids. It’s often found in high end products for the skin, by the way, because it penetrates well.

Tangerine essential oil and Mandarin essential oil – Both have a fresh citrus-like scent. Tangerine essential oil also contains linalool, thymol and limonene, while Mandarin contains a-Pinene and B-Myrecene.

SUMMARY

This is a very nice conditioner with a good short-ish list of ingredients. Switch to using this if you’re looking for a conditioner without -cones.

Pro
Nice ingredients
No -cones
Can be used as a leave-in (diluted)

Cons
Not a lot of slip (but that may be a good thing)
There’s an undertone herbal smell in my bottle of conditioner, which may annoy a few people

Related
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701258/CETRIMONIUM_CHLORIDE/ http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/learning-center/Cetrimonium_Chloride http://urbanbushbabes.com/all-about-different-types-of-proteins/ https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/wheat-germ-oil/profile https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/avocado-oil/profile https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/jojoba-oil/profile https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/rosehip-seed-oil/profile http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/mandarin-oil.asp http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/tangerine-oil.asp