Happy New Year and welcome back to another product talk. 🎊🤗 If you know me, you know how much I love testing out new products on my natural hair and of course sharing my experiences with you. Late last year, I had the opportunity of working with EDEN BodyWorks on their Lavender Aloe Campaign on Instagram. It is through this campaign I got to try the products in their newly launched line. However, the review in this blog post in unsponsored and all views are my own. Let’s get into it!
EDEN BodyWorks was one of the first brands I started using when my natural hair journey began in 2017. Their products are affordable and target a host of problems we naturalistas may face (dry hair, split ends etc.). The brand is also founded by a black-woman, so there’s another reason to support. The Lavender Aloe collection is their 7th collection designed for reducing the stress we feel when it comes to caring for our hair. Their tagline “Relax and Reimagine” runs true as we will see later on in this post.
With 7 moisture-rich products to choose from, the Lavender Aloe collection is made for ALL HAIR TYPES. Usually when products say this, I try to shy away from them because in reality they don’t always work for me. However as I said these products were gifted to create content for a campaign.
Lavender Aloe Collection:
- Lavender Aloe Moisturizing Cowash
- Lavender Aloe Anti-Breakage Deep Conditioner
- Lavender Aloe Moisturizing Leave In
- Lavender Aloe Smoothing Gel
- Lavender Aloe Growth Oil
- Lavender Aloe Hair & Body Butter
- Lavender Aloe Hydrating Refresher
For my campaign I used products above during my wash day and also to style my hair. Unfortunately, the line doesn’t come with a shampoo and I wasn’t keen on using a cowash at the time since I had just removed my braids. I felt like my hair needed a deeper cleanse than what the cowash would have been able to provide. However I did eventually test it out during another wash day.
Lavender Aloe Moisturizing Cowash
I haven’t used a cowash in a long while, but I wanted to test this product out so I gave it a try. I was a bit disappointed at first until I reminded myself that it was a cowash and NOT a shampoo. It didn’t lather as a shampoo would have or I found myself having to use a lot more than usual. However, it did what it said it would do in terms of moisturizing my hair, but it didn’t give that “clean feel”. I’m actually considering using this as a pre-poo next time around.
After checking out EDEN’s website, the product also says recommended for Natural (curly hair, wavy hair) and Relaxed hair (straight hair). Therefore, there is no surprise I wasn’t madly in love with this product. P.S. my hair is kinky in texture, high density and low porosity. Although the line says for ALL hair types, I figure there are particular products within that each hair type will benefit from.
On my second try, I found myself appreciating the product a little more. Prior to using I made sure my hair was drenched with water and to emulsify (rub the product between my hands) the product. When I applied it, I realized how soft my hair got and that I could detangle my hair fairly well.
Lavender Aloe Anti-Breakage Deep Conditioner
If you’re a naturalista and you’re not using Deep Conditioner, what are you doing sis? This has been one of my go-tos ever since receiving the package and using it for the first time. Detangling was a breeze especially after taking out hair extensions almost 2 months later. The product is a thick jelly-like consistency with a calming scent; it is also protein-free. Unlike the cowash, the deep conditioner is recommended for all hair textures (curly, wavy, kinky or straight).
Lavender Aloe Moisturizing Leave In
This is probably one of my least favourites products in the line. The leave in is very lightweight and may be better suited for finer strands. I felt myself having to use a good amount to even begin to feel any change in my strands. I used this as a base for my braid out, however I’m not sure how well it worked.
Lavender Aloe Smoothing Gel
Full disclaimer, I’m not really a gel person. Unfortunately, most of the ones I’ve tried before have resulted in crunchy and flaky hair. However, I’m willing to test this one out in another hairstyle, maybe a Wash N’ Go. I used this one to slick the front of my hair for two mini puffs, and it wasn’t bad. It’s designed to provide flake-free hold, smooth frizz and reduce flyaways.
Lavender Aloe Growth Oil
We’ve probably all asked ourselves the same question, “do growth oils REALLY work?” I know I have, and I don’t have an answer for you. This is most likely going to be my least used product in the bunch, or it’ll only be used when taking down styles. My scalp has a love-hate relationship with oil and I’m not trying to get on its bad side. Recommended tip is to use it for a hot oil treatment or prepoo.
Lavender Aloe Hair & Body Butter
A two in one product which is thick, creamy and moisturizing. I first used this for a braid out and although I didn’t the greatest definition/hold of all time, it did moisturize my strands. I also tested it out on my skin, but I’ll have to use it a few more times before giving my review.
Lavender Aloe Hydrating Refresher
Last but not least, a new type of product that I’ve never tried before. It’s meant to revive and moisutrize hair on day 2 or even after. I used this quite a few times when refreshing my hair in the mornings. Usually, I’d just use water in my spray bottle, but this is good alternative.
- Prevent bacteria and fungi from growing, relieves itching
- Reduce scalp inflammation
- Promote hair growth
- Prevent thinning
- Contains vitamins A, C, E and B12 known to strengthen hair folic acid to help prevent shedding collagen to repair sun damage
- Soothes skin inflammation (good for dry, itchy scalp)
- Adds shine to the hair
The products also contain Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Soybean Oil and Safflower Oil. Like most natural hair products, they are also free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, mineral oils or dyes.
Overall, I had a good time using products from this line and have added a few of them to my weekly routine. One thing I enjoyed the most was the calming, relaxing scent. Kudos to EDEN BodyWorks on development of this new line and I’m excited to share more styles and tips on my platform using products from this brand. P.S. All of the products listed above retail for US $9.70 on EDEN’s website.
Let me know in the comments if you ever tried this line before, or if you have any specific questions on anything mentioned.
Until next time,