Product Review: Alaffia Coconut and Shea Daily Conditioner

OK folks, sorry for not getting to this sooner! Without further ado, I will now review my other favorite conditioner—the one that costs 10 bucks instead of a whopping (and, in my opinion, worthwhile) $28. Drumroll please…

It’s Alaffia’s Virgin Coconut and Shea Daily Conditioner! I’ve tried most of the Alaffia conditioners except the one for curly hair (though I bet it would be great for air-drying my waves), and while I think they’re all good enough, this is the only one I will purchase over and over again when I run out. I think it’s just fantastic.

I also love the company. I met Alaffia’s wonderful founder Olowo-n’djo Tchala last year, thanks to the natural makeup artist Jessa Blades, and knowing what I do about how he runs his business, and how much he gives back to Togo, where the shea is from, I feel great every time I buy one of his products. (I’d also like to give a quick shout out to the insanely rich shea butter cream, too, which soothed my friend’s horrible sunburn this summer after a day at the beach. It even prevented his skin from peeling altogether—and it was quite the sunburn.)

Anyway, I’d put off trying the daily conditioner because I assumed something “daily” would be really light on moisture. Not the case. We can thank the certified-fair-trade shea and the hair-friendly coconut oil for the insanely moisturized, high-shine hair I get when I use this puppy. Moisturized and bouncy. The butters don’t weigh down my rather heavy hair, which is miraculous, as far as I’m concerned.

I also like the smell better than the others. The one that smells like minty coffee is refreshing but the smell kind of went sour on my hair over the course of the day, and the honey conditioner felt a little perfumey for my taste. This one, however, smells juuuuust right to me.

Best of all it seems to work on all hair types. A girlfriend with long, thin, wavy brown hair likes it a lot, and so does an African American guy I know with short extremely tight curls. Could it be that it just works for everyone? Mais oui!

Let us know your favorite natural conditioners in the comments, and if you’ve tried any of Alaffia’s.

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27 Responses to “Product Review: Alaffia Coconut and Shea Daily Conditioner”
  1. justsayin says:

    Thanks so much for this review!!! Sounds fantastic!!! I’m wondering – do they carry it a Whole Foods?

  2. reese says:

    aubrey organics are my poos and conditioners of choice! i also alternate w/ j.r. liggets bar poo, apple cider vinegar, and coconut/olive/safflower oil. i have learned to tell myself to keep it simple, stupid. =] following my instincts on how often to wash as well, which has me down to about 3 showers a week.

  3. Siobhan says:

    Yep! That’s where I get mine. Enjoy it!

  4. Jill says:

    If anyone has used the curly variety, I’d love to hear about it as well. My hair is somewhere between wavy and curly, depending on the amount of effort I put into it, but it’s pretty fine, so if anyone could recommend the one that would be best for me, I’d really appreciate it.

  5. Paige Worthy says:

    I’ve become a big fan of the Desert Essence Organics line. I’m not sure where it falls on the No More Dirty Looks acceptability scale, but it’s paraben- and sulfate-free, and fragrance free as well if you pick that one.
    Their shampoo and conditioner are both fantastic.

    Available at Whole Foods and online: http://www.desertessence.com/

  6. Olivia says:

    I love Rahua Conditioner…but for shampoo…my favorite is Aubrey Organics….their shampoo is completely pure, yet it foams so well…it is amazing. I love it!!! I can’t wait to try this one though! I also like John Masters Organics and putting straight organic extra virgin olive oil in my hair once or twice a week for half an hour before I shower.

  7. Mimi says:

    I love Allafia products, especially (as Siobhan pointed out) for their socially conscious business ethics. I’m also a big fan of Aubrey Organics, especially the Rosa Mosqueta line, which works great for my sensitive & tendency towards dry skin & hair. Lately however, I’ve been using the Tate family line shampoo and conditioner, both of which are sooo clean, so gentle and you can use the former for just about anything (I mix a little conditioner with a teaspoon of baking soda once a week for a super gentle & moisturizing facial scrub). My usually boring & limp hair now gets rave reviews for being “so shiny” and “bouncy” and “really healthy” looking. Love the stuff, highly recommended!!

    http://www.ourtatefamily.com/product1a.html

  8. Marie says:

    I saw that shampoo somewhere recently and I wondered how it was! Now I know!!! Thank you for the awesome and wonderful review!!! I’m sure I will eventually buy it. I don’t know what it is about clean products, but I find myself insanely eager to try many of them out (never used to be like this).
    I recently just bought a bunch of natural shampoos and among them was Aubrey Organics ( I LOVE this company! Every product I have tried by them has surpassed my expectations. I have a feeling I will be a customer for life with them- regradless of the price tag) and I bought a couple of Desert Organics hand/body lotions for emergency situations (when I couldn’t make my own and I needed lotion NOW) and I bought their conditioner (unscented) as well to try it out….and I’m liking it. My biggest issue is that even though my hair is very thin and fine, I use more condition than shampoo. And I am continously amazed at the turn-around in my hair since I stopped using dirty products and switched to clean. There are honestly days where I ask myself why the heck I hadn’t done this sooner.

  9. ComaGirl says:

    You had me at shine.

  10. Rebecca says:

    What do you guys think about the Lavender in that as a phytoestrogen? I’ve been trying to steer clear of them as I have enough problems with my hormones….

  11. plant deva says:

    Source:

    Alleged Estrogenic Effects: Lavender Oil Goes Tits-Up:

    http://www.cropwatch.org/nlet4art1.htm

    “So…. any estrogenic activity of tea tree & lavender oils is not much supported in the literature by historical or anecdotal observations (apart from some very loose association with lavender), and no active substances found in lavender & tea tree oils causing these alleged associations readily spring to mind. It will be interesting therefore to see if the findings of Henley & Reiter can be independently confirmed with pure essential oils 100% derived from the named botanical source, and a direct biological mechanism derived for the process. Further, since other common natural phytochemicals such as linoleic acid have also been suggested as weakly estrogenic agents, it will be interesting to see how widespread the causes of this medical phenomena might potentially be – we are aware for example of the use of the seeds of Black Cumin Nigella sativa L. to plump out women’s breasts in Egyptian times (Genders 1986), but we have no information on whether the essential oil of Black Cumin has similar properties.”

  12. Andreína (andre) says:

    for Jill–

    The 1st product I tried from alaffia was the curl activating cream… I love it! it does not leave my curls sticky or crunchy, the waves are super natural, it gives me frizz protection, and it smells fantastic!
    After that I purchased the Deep Conditioning treatment, which I love (but I have more wavy than curly hair, and its super hydrating for me… I use it twice a month) and My fav shampoo is their everyday shea moisturizing shampoo unscented (even though it does smell delicious!).

    i love alaffia… they’re a great gift idea for someone you love or yourself!

  13. Katherine says:

    I was very intriqued with this company since it is a fair-trade product and its natural. Contains loads of shea butter and coconut oil which you can’t find at a decent price these days and it really seems to sink in my hair without weighing it down. Has a gorgeous lemony smell and rinses clean. I bought my bottle for less than eight bucks and it was worth every penny. The bottle is sometimes difficult to use so I just unscrew the top and pour into my hands. Highly recommended.

  14. Shelly says:

    I just started cleaning up my beauty products and I’m struggling trying to replace all my old nasty stuff. I’m having a hard time with the no shampoo thing. The smell of vinegar (which I have been using as a rinse) is always lingering. It’s driving me a little nuts. I was thinking about trying Alaffia’s shampoos. So I was wondering why you don’t use their shampoo if you use their conditioner?

  15. Tina says:

    I just tried this conditioner and yes, it feels wonderful. However, I noticed in the ingredients list that it contains fragrance. Boo.

  16. Leslie says:

    I went to the local co-op today and found this product. Both the shampoo and conditioner have fragrance listed as an ingredient! I’m wondering why No More Dirty Looks is featuring this as a suggested product when it contains one of the blacklisted ingredients…. Did the girls from No More Dirty Looks contact the makers of Alaffia and find out that their fragrance blend is non-toxic? Also, I can’t help but notice that many of the products recommended in the book contain blacklisted ingredients. For instance, most all Dr. Hauschka powder makeups contain talc. Is No More Dirty Looks suggesting that it’s okay to use these ingredients in moderation, was this a mistake?

  17. RJ says:

    Hi-
    I was wondering if you are familiar with the Coconut & Shea Shampoo? As with most of their products that I’ve seen, the ingredients seem to be spot on, until I get to the ambiguous panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) and the \fragrance\. These two things seem to be the only gray areas in the list of ingredients. Depending on the panthenol source, this could be a negative. The same being said for fragrance. It does not list the fragrance source.
    Thoughts?

  18. Hello to all! We wanted to take the time to address your concern about the fragrance used in this particular shampoo & conditioner.

    The fragrance that we use comes from a trusted source and is derived from synthesized oils. Since the natural oil of coconut is very light in scent, in order to get a stronger, more desirable coconut fragrance, we found a source that can provide this synthesized scent.

    With that said, we did remove the fragrance from our products once, due to concerns such as yours, but received many more complaints that the scent was no longer strong enough. Receiving many emails, phone calls and returns on the products, we in turn reformulated the product again to meet consumer demands.

    We only use a fragrance in a total of 5 of our Alaffia products (they are all labeled with the “Refreshing Coconut” scent) and we do not use fragrance in any other products (not Everyday Shea or Beautiful Curls either). The rest of our products are naturally scented with essential oils or they are completely unscented (no added essential oils).

    We hope this addresses the concern and welcome anyone to email us with any additional concerns.

    Alaffia Customer Service
    service@alaffia.com

  19. Pia Z says:

    I have long and wavy hair. I do not play with my hair a lot and spend very little time on it. The Shielo Hydrate conditioner helps me in that.

    After using Shielo’s conditioner my hair is so manageable that I do not have to blow dry my hair even and they are so soft, smooth and silky all day long, Using this conditioner can reduce your visit to a hair salon so often and you can still look beautiful.

    Its smell is great too and its long lasting. Shielo has different shampoos and conditioners for different hair types and so everyone can find one suiting their hair needs. It also makes the hair less frizzy and what I do is I do not wash it out completely from my hair. I would definitely recommend thsi conditioner to anyone who wants a quick, easy and affordable solution to make theri hair soft, smooth, silky and manageable.

  20. Katie Sooz says:

    I have used the leave in conditioner [for curly hair i believe] by this company, and i have found that it weighs the hair down a bit. For me, that is not a bad thing because i have very \fluffy\ hair, so the more control I have in it the better. My hair type is wavy/curly and medium thickness. DO NOT put this product next to your scalp…it will appear that your hair is greasy when it is not. I learned this the hard way :/ But it works well for the shaft and ends of your hair. Helps form curls, too.

  21. Annie says:

    I just bought the shampoo and it weights down my hair a lot I’m about to return it. My hair looks gross, I think the shea butter is too much, almost like putting lotion in your

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