Sorry for the late post, guys! I got home from the airport around midnight last night and woke up a little jet lagged. All morning I felt like I was slow-motion Karen, like my brain was moving at the speed of soup!
I took a nice, long shower to get my rear into gear and did much-needed post vacation beauty maintenance before heading to work. I used Volcanic Ash Exfoliator by MAC Cosmetics to exfoliate my feet and body (review to follow shortly!) and Bumble and Bumble’s new Creme de Coco Masque ($24) on my hair, a once-a-week moisturizing conditioner that’s supposed to make hair shiny, smooth and soft.
It’s the newest member of Bumble and Bumble’s Creme de Coco family and chock full of coconut oil, a common ingredient in beauty products for skin and hair. The folks at Bumble and Bumble say that Creme De Coco Masque takes coconut oil to the next level with “breakthrough Japanese technology.” I’m not exactly sure what they meant by that, but it sounds sufficiently awesome.
In a coconut and vegetable derived base, Creme de Coco also contains mango and shea butters, avocado oil, and botanical extracts of olive leaf, nettle, horsetail and mallow. I think it sounds like a yummy salad.
I returned from Hawaii with a tan, macadamia nuts, kona coffee … and dry, crunchy, damaged hair. Go figure. There’s a certain poetry to using a product filled with tropical ingredients to repair the damage done to my hair by sun and salt water.
A few years ago I went through a bout of extra crispy hair and tried Bumble and Bumble’s Deeep (with three Eees) Conditioner, another weekly hair masque treatment. I liked it and remember that it worked back then, so I was eager to try out Bumble and Bumble’s Creme de Coco.
Still in the shower after washing my hair, I massaged two silver dollar’s worth of Creme de Coco Masque into my hair, spending extra time to work the product into the dry ends. Directions on the bottle suggest leaving it on for at least seven minutes before rinsing, so, while I waited for the Masque to do its thang, I took the opportunity to exfoliate my body, because I’m all about multi-tasking.
The directions also say that to treat severely dry hair, you can wrap your noggin with a warm towel once you’ve thoroughly worked in the product.
The texture of Creme de Coco Masque is just slightly thicker than Bumble and Bumble’s Deeep Conditioner, which is quite thick, but it was still easy to apply from roots to ends. Coconut is either a love it or hate it scent, so be warned: this smells like coconut. And I also detected a very faint (almost imperceptible) fishy smell once it was in my hair. I may have gotten a bad tube — I don’t know.
Random coconut oil fun facts…
- Merchants in the South Seas and Southern Asia developed coconut oil into a commercial product in the 1860s.
- The Philippines is the world’s largest exporter of coconut oil.
- People in India and Sri Lanka use coconut oil to style hair.
- People in the Philippines use raw coconut oil as a fuel.
- In February 2008, a mixture of coconut and babassu oils partially powered one engine of a Boeing 747 during a biofuel trial sponsored by Virgin Atlantic.
After rinsing the masque out of my hair and air drying, my hair did feel a little softer (especially the ends), but the top layers actually seemed a bit frizzier than before. The ingredient list shows amodimethicone (a silicone commonly used to reduce frizz and boost shine) as the third ingredient. For some people, hair products containing silicones excel at taming wild hair, but, unfortunately, I’m not one of those people. For me, products containing a lot of silicones (usually listed near the top of the ingredients) bring on the frizz.
I think I might go back to my old school Deeep instead.
Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Masque
Price: $24 for a 5 oz. tube
Use: To make hair shiny and soft
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B-
There is one thing I really prefer about Bumble and Bumble’s Creme de Coco over their Deeep Conditioner. It doesn’t weigh my hair down as much as Deeep does, so if you’re in need of light conditioning, and your hair responds well to silicone products, then you may really like Creme de Coco Masque.
Coconut addicts should give this a sniff if for no other reason than the smell. Hopefully, ya’ll won’t detect the slight fishy scent that I did.
I hope your Tuesday went well. I’m so glad to be back at home, although I didn’t exactly jump for joy at the thought of going back to work. Got anything special going on tomorrow?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,