I love Trader Joe’s! I am just still in shock that I wasn’t up on Trader Joe’s hair care products YEARS ago. I guess since I don’t shop there regularly I wouldn’t have known, even though there is one literally 2 mins from my apartment but whatever lol
So I recently went there to grab a couple bottles of the Nourish Spa and Tea Tree Tingle conditioners since I was running low. And by the way, these and Nature’s Gate conditioners are my all-time fav cheapie conditioners. They are all less than $5, huge bottles and all natural! Can’t beat that! ((Herbal Essences, Aussie, Tressume WHO???)) lol So on my last trip I noticed a different line called Refresh, all the products have a yummy citrus scent and contain vitamin C, chamomille, herbal extracts and aromatherapy citrus oils.There is a shampoo, conditioner and body wash I think, but I of course, got the conditioner cause that is typically what us naturals go through the most right?! lol
Now, I can’t remember if it was there the last time and some how missed it but I saw the price ((($2.49 for 16 oz!!))), read the ingredients and put it in my basket lol (yup, along with the other two conditioners lol) …and YES, this conditioner contains those two parabens I mentioned in my review of the Nourish conditioner. Oh well!
The pure aroma of sweet orange, succulent grapefruit, tangy tangerine, and luscious lemon refreshes the body and soothes the mind. Trader Joe’s “Refresh” citrus products are created with pure Vitamin C, soothing Chamomile, and Vitamin B-5 to help keep hair soft and silky, pure herbal extracts to nourish the scalp, and pure aromatherapy citrus oils to refresh your senses and soothe the mind. We have developed this “premium” aroma-therapeutic line of cruelty free bath and body products to pamper without turning you into a pauper. Enjoy the refreshing aroma of sweet orange blossoms, tree ripe lemons, and succulent pink grapefruit in Trader Joe’s “Refresh” conditioner. Refresh, rejuvenate, and replenish with the crisp and refreshing aroma that lingers throughout the day. Enriched with the pure herbal extracts of chamomile, comfrey, lemon peel, sage, yarrow and pure jojoba oil, along with Vitamin B-5 and Vitamin C, this conditioner was developed to soften, nourish, and replenish your hair.
Botanical water extracts of chamomile, comfrey, lemon peel, sage and yarrow, cetyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, citric acid, jojoba oil, essential oil of sweet orange, panthenol (vitamin B5), ascorbyl palmitate (Vitamin A), essential oil of grapefruit, essential oil of tangerine, sodium hydroxide, methyparaben, propylparaben, fragrance.
Ingredient Attributes: silicone free, sulfate free, protein free, glycerin free
So out of the three Trader Joe’s conditioners, this would be the last on the list. I still like it but it won’t be the first one I grab. Here’s why, it doesn’t contain as much slip as the other two (Nourish has the most slip, then the Tea Tree Tingle), so I found myself using gobs and gobs of it just to ensure coverage. Good thing this conditioner is less than $3 so if I use it up, it’s nothing to just go grab another bottle from Joe’s!
It does a decent job of conditioning since my hair felt soft. I use this right after I wash and before I do a deep condition or ayurvedic treatment, to quickly close my hair cuticle after shampoo since vitamin C is acidic, similarly to apple cider vinegar. Another GREAT use is for is co-washing! The citrus and vitamin c do a good job of cleansing/clarifying because of the acidity and low pH. Vitamin C is also known to help remove mineral buildup so I always make sure I apply it to my scalp and scrub a bit.
The scent is obviously citrusy but not as strong as I would think it would be. It is actually quite light and pleasant. Nothing like Pine Sol or anything you would clean your kitchen with lol On the labels it boasts that it is aroma-therapeutic and all that but I wouldn’t exactly classify it that way since the scent is pretty light but it certainly is refreshing. I guess you can say it lives up to its name :o)
I am not sure if this is something I will always keep stocked up since I would prefer the other TJ’s conditioners but it would be something I wouldn’t mind grabbing every once and while (it’s cheaper than the other 2!), especially during the summer since that is when I tend to co-wash more often and the citrus makes me think of summer and spring :o)
— Has anyone tried this conditioner?!