Saturday, 25 January 2014

Organix Coconut Milk Self-Heating Coconut Oil (review)

Organix Self-Heating Coconut Oil
Organix offer an extensive coconut based range of products. This special ingredient is alleged to strengthen hair, nourish the scalp and speed up growth. Emphasis on 'allegedly'! This particular coconut milk product is an oil-based mask, but don't worry; because you wash your hair afterwards the oil shouldn't be a problem. It also includes egg white protein to “add strength and elasticity”. Lots of promises, then, but let's just get the result out of the way - it's disappointing.

And here's why: it's the sort of product you'd use instead of a traditional hair mask, but it doesn't work as well. That's the crux of the matter. It's not without benefits, my hair does feel stronger but it's not much softer or shinier. It's not even especially easy to use. OK, it's not rocket science, but trying to smooth this serum through your (dry) hair isn't pleasant, it's fiddly and time consuming if you have long, thick hair. Maybe it works better for short, fine hair? If you have experience of using this product, I'd love to know – please comment below!

So to the method. As explained in my How to Get the Best Out of Intensive Hair Treatments tutorial, there are different types of intensive treatments. This one you apply to dry hair and wash out. Organix claim you should apply a little oil to your hands, rub them together to get the heat (this works well enough!) and massage throughout your hair. Repeat until your hair is covered from root to tip. They suggest you leave it on for 3 – 5 minutes.

When I tried it for five minutes I barely noticed any improvement in my hair whatsoever. So then I saturated my hair in the serum, wrapped it in cling film (messy, but helpful) and left it on while bathing for half an hour. This does seem to improve the quality of my hair, but not by nearly enough as a regular mask tends to! It should work in theory, but it really is a disappointment.

Washing it out is a bit tricky, but two shampoos do the trick. Thankfully, it doesn't leave your shower tray or bath feeling like an oil slick so it's not a safety hazard. (I'd still be careful, just in case! It's still an oil!) Ingredients other than the coconut extract and egg protein include, unfortunately, propylene glycol, 'parfum' and BHT. It is, however, free from sulphates and parabens. A mixed bag, then.

While I've had success with other products from the Organix range, the smell is nice – even if it seems a bit artificial – and the bottle and dispenser are fine, it's not a good enough nourisher for me and combined with the not-exactly-cheap price are enough reasons I'd suggest you look elsewhere. Perhaps at a more traditional treatment you use instead of regular conditioner? These are, generally speaking, more reliable.

Easy to follow instructions and handy dispenser
Not especially natural

Doesn't really do anything

Not cheap enough for the performance

Dispenser is a bit leaky


Brand: Organix

Size: 118 ml
Price: £5.99 (£6.84/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone Copolyol, Fragrance, Silk Amino Complex, Albumen, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), BHT, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Courmarin

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