While you would imagine that the Blue magic coconut oil hair conditioner on the left would be better because it has far fewer ingredients, the first oil listed is petrolatum (mineral oil jelly). Coconut oil is the second ingredient but it could form 40% or 2% of the product, we simply have no way of knowing so if you are looking for the benefits that pure coconut oil provides, this is certainly not the best product to try.
On the other hand even though the Keracare hair butter lists shea butter as the fourth ingredient, this all natural oil does makes it quite high up the list of ingredients so this makes it a better buy. Bear in mind that this is a moisturizer rather than a pure butter so water, emulsifiers and preservatives will be added to the product. This will make for longer ingredient lists with possibly one or two red flag ingredients but even so, it is a better buy than the first product.
Yet looking further at the Double Butter Cream by As I am, it has very few ingredients majority of which are of natural origin so this makes it the superior product in this example. Unless you are allergic to one of the ingredients, this product is certainly of very good quality.
Now of course it’s not always practical to assume that all products featuring certain ingredients should have that ingredient show up first in the list to be considered good value for money.
Conditioners for instance are formulated with fatty alcohols and water as the main ingredients so with a shea butter conditioner, you will likely not have shea butter until much further down the list which is completely normal. The same goes for shampoos too, they may be enriched with oils and butters rather than made exclusively from them.
Have you figured out how to pick quality products yet?
Originally posted 2014-03-21 18:00:35.