Review | Desert Essence Fragrance Free Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

So I’m currently sitting in a nearby Starbucks, typing out this post since the internet at my house isn’t working (financial reasons I don’t want to disclose). While that’s frustrating in itself, it’s nice to have a change of scenery every once in a while when boredom hits.

Besides, it’s not like I haven’t done it before. I just know how to adapt somewhat when certain things go terribly.

Other than that, it’s time for another review! This will be on the other two products I have from Desert Essence!

These are the Fragrance Free Shampoo and Fragrance Free Conditioner and they can be ordered from the company’s website or can be purchased from a nearby Vitamin Shoppe store for around $7.99 for both products.

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As I probably mentioned in a previous post, I won all four products of the Fragrance Free line from Desert Essence. A giveaway was hosted last year and I was the first of the selected five winners to win the bundle! These two products are the only two from the line that I haven’t reviewed yet.

So I’ve nearly used them up and I think these are great hair products! They’re definitely for the vegans and vegetarians since they’re wheat free, gluten free and don’t test on animals. Even though there’s supposed to be no fragrance of any kind, I could still detect a slight citrus scent from both products that was pleasant.

Starting with the shampoo, it lathers wonderfully! A little goes a long way to get a lather going and since there’s almost no water in it, the shampoo’s very concentrated (less is more!). I apply a small nickel-sized amount to each of my sections to get my hair and scalp clean. It does not strip my hair and I’m left with hair that’s ready for the conditioner.

As a side note, the shampoo is somewhat thick, so squeezing it from the tube can be difficult at times, especially if your hands are wet or covered in bubbles.

Moving on to the conditioner, this was a good product too! Getting out of the tube was super easy since the consistency is a liquid-like gel. It provides mostly lightweight moisture and with a bit of water, it gave me a little slip for me to detangle my afro with. However, my hair craves way more moisture and while this conditioner did good, it wasn’t quite enough for my hair.

By the way, both products contain Aloe Vera as the first ingredient! If your hair really loves this ingredient, it might love this duo!

Would I buy these two again? Probably not any time soon, but I might consider both a future purchase. But I really want to try other products, so I won’t be returning to Desert Essence anytime soon.

That being said, if you’re vegan, vegetarian or just like using cruelty-free products, put Desert Essence down as a brand to try!


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