Product Review: Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Mask

‘Ello baes!

It’s been a while since I did a product review, I have quite a few pending but I’ll get to writing them soon enough.

Indeed, all that glitters is not gold but in this world of hair products, I like to take my chances. I’m a big big sucker for attractive packaging and design. Carol’s Daughter products can be on the pricey end. But they LOOK like they’re worth it. After admiring them for a long time from afar, I finally jumped on their wagon despite the fact that from reviews on blogs and YouTube, it appeared that the products were either hit or miss. I prayed, crossed my fingers and bought. Yes, that serious.

I bought two products from them last Christmas: the Mimosa Hair Honey and the Chocolat Blow Dry Cream, but the one I’m about to review was given to me by my bestfren when I saw her like 1000 years ago. Jk. It’s been 6 months but still, same difference yo.

IMG_4539This Monoi Repairing Hair Mask was actually given to MeeMee by a friend of hers when said friend was moving. MeeMee had a whole bunch of stuff when I visited her. So much that though she had used this mask, she didn’t remember anything about what it felt like. Not a good sign but I gladly took it. It took me long enough but I finally used it. And now it’s done. And now I wouldn’t mind having it back. :'(

First things first. This mask costs $32 for a 7oz tub and I don’t play like that. So I’m telling you straight away right now that this is why I will not be repurchasing.

As you can see, it is more attractive than most, if not all the deep conditioners you’ve used so far. 😛

Full marks for packaging, 10/10.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Cetyl Esters, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccaride, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethiconol, Octyldodecanol, Ceteareth-20, Quarternium-91, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone.

Worth noting: Water is the first ingredient. Glycerin is a humectant, Fatty alcohols are very present here, and dear softening Behentrimonium Methosulfate. Though there are no mineral oils, sulfates, parabens or artificial colours in this mask, it does contain silicones.

Monoi, Monoi

This has Monoi oil in it, and it’s being marketed as the Monoi Repairing Hair Mask, so they made it smell “authentic”. How do I know?

Well. Monoi oil is coconut oil infused with the essence of Tahitian Gardenia flowers. Monoi oil is famously from Polynesia (more specifically the Island of Tahiti).  I’ve never been to Tahiti so I wondered: why does this smell so familiar? I googled it and it’s the same flower or from the same family as the white flowers that grew on a tree in my primary school. You probably know it.

Tahitian Gardenias
Tahitian Gardenias

Interesting stuff right?

Side note: I imagine Monoi oil would smell nicer in real life because of the coconut oil that’s the base. The fragrance of this hair mask was just about the Gardenias.

Anyway. On to the actual review!

I used this product two times before I wiped it clean. Though I don’t hate it, I’m not too big a fan of the gardenia smell. Not then, not now.

Product Claims:

IMG_4458As seen on the website:

  • Monoi Oil gently conditions your hair all over
  • Bamboo Water, the strongest plant on our planet, helps reinforce your hair’s structure
  • Hydrolyzed Silk helps fortify your hair against future damage

In almost all products I have come across (this one included), I consider claims based on natural extracts to be some kind of swindle lol just see where these extracts feature on the Ingredients list. Let’s leave it at that. This mask promises to repair hair, with 96% less breakage after one use. I wasn’t experiencing breakage before use, so I can’t tell you anything about that.

I can tell you though, that it is cream coloured, and creamy in consistency. It has really good slip. I was heavy handed with it in some sections and in others, less so. Both sides felt the same afterwards, so this means I could have been more miserly with this product.

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How I Used:

I actually didn’t read the instructions until I was about to throw away the empty tub. They say to wear for 10-15 minutes under the dryer, but I carried it for one hour, under a shower cap. My hair was super soft each time. My coils were hydrated and I know they’re happy when they’re showing a little definition, trying to clump!

The first time I used this product, I divided my hair into three so I could compare it to two other deep conditioners (my staple Nothing But Intense Healing Mask & a sample of the SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex Hair Masque) After the one hour, my hair felt pretty good all round! So yay to all 3 DCs!

For me, the test of a really good conditioner- especially deep conditioner is that I don’t need to use a leave-in after washing. The first time I used this mask, I didn’t have too much time so I just applied my leave-in for the week and went my way.

The second time around, I washed my hair in twists, so I still had a little product left in. I simply sealed my ends with Castor Oil and the rest of my hair with the Mimosa Hair Honey (also from Carol’s Daughter). The Hair Honey is a pomade, really just a semi-solid blend of beeswax and oils. 6, 10 hours later, my hair still felt wonderfully soft. I twisted my hair and it still feels pretty good now, almost two days after.

I quite like this hair mask. It’s pretty and nice and portable but, e too cost! I won’t be buying it again but of kurz, free gifts are welcome.  ^_^

I’m pretty pleased with Carol’s Daughter so far. I’ll review the Mimosa Hair Honey next week, and soon I’ll show you what I did with the Blow Dry Cream.

If you’ve used this product before, or anything from Carol’s Daughter, your thoughts are always welcome in the comments. And if you use any brands that decorate shelves better than Carol’s Daughter, please point me in their direction!

Love,

AB,

xx

0 thoughts on “Product Review: Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Mask

  1. AB, you’re too good! I’ve been cracking my brain trying to guess why the Monoi collection smell familiar! I saw the shampoo and condish on Konga, left the poo (most poos are alike IMO) and got the condish. Been sniffing it trying to see if it rings a bell. Now I know! Lol!
    Very detailed review as usual! 🙂

  2. Nice review…always great to hear comparisons. The conditioner is pricey and went through first tub fast. Easy to catch on sale for half the price….and extended my use….wouldnt change for anything. Ps breakage claim.. is very noticeable…a definite plus when necessary.

  3. Sounds fantastic but e too cost and like you said,I don’t mind if someone buys it for me.I am sticking to my “nothing but intense healing mask” for now

  4. SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex Hair Masque is the truth! infact that whole line is amazing in terms of hydration really need to try the manuka honey line to compare which is best since I’ve tried most sheamiosture lines ….also can’t wait to try nothing but intense hydrating mask too…..So many products to try I wish I could just get over this product junkie phase because my bank account isn’t smiling … carols daughter stuff are way too expensive I’ve only ever tried their transitioning kit which worked when my hair was still a twa but not now it is longer ….maybe one day in the future when I can afford it I will try their products till then student budget it is.

  5. Nice review. Carol’s Daughter’s products tend to be on the high end in terms of price. However, they tend to work pretty well. Thanks for the tip about testing and comparing products using different sections of hair. I’m using that method to test a product now and it’s really useful.

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