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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Olive Tree Products Argan Oil Conditioner

I’m a big fan of Argan Oil in hair care products so this extremely large bottle of conditioner recently caught my attention.

What Goes into A Conditoner
Humectants ie glycerin and dipropylene glycol to help the hair retain water
Silicone and Natural oils to penetrate the hair to help it remain soft and pliable and have a healthy shine
Detanglers ie Cetrimonium chloride to give a postive charge to the hair to make it less static and easier to comb and less likely to tangle
Conditioners are normally acidic as this gives a positive charge which improves the hair structure
Ingredients of Interest
The first 8 ingredients are typical of most conditioner formulations and have the function of smoothing the hair shaft to make it easy to comb and have a healthily gloss as well as conditioning with the addition of panthenol.  It’s the natural ingredients that are of interest to me, namely:-
Shea Butter – this is an excellent skin moisturiser, not sure what benefit it will impart to the condition of the hair, but would help boost the thickness of the product
Argan Oil – also known as liquid gold and is well documented to be effective in improving the elasticity of the hair, hydrating it, is very good for taming frizzy, curly, rough hair by smoothing it and making it more manageable.  I’ve been using L’oreal Elvive Smooth Intense Shampoo with Argan Oil for over a year now and I have really noticed the difference reviving in the softness and better mangeability of my wavy hair.
Olive Oil – is the closest oil to  sebum, and therefore has the best compatibility with human skin, in hair care it would moisturise the scalp as well as benefiting the condition of the hair.

6 Weeks Later
I’ve used this pretty much every day for the past few weeks, and I’m not overly impressed.  I’ve used about 4-5 pumps at a time for my shoulder length hair and left it on for 2-3 minutes.  Some conditions massage well into hair and slightly change their structure, almost shearing with water.  I find those one give the best conditioning.  This conditioner does not massage into the hair and stays thick and heavy on the hair.  It rinses out fine, but still leaves my hair with some tangles that need a bit of effort combing out, I don’t think its’ made any significant improvement to the condition of my hair.  I think the problem could be the Shea butter, this is a vegetable fat with a waxy consistency and when I look closely at the conditioner I can see bits of wax in it, I don’t think it’s a good ingredient for hair care, and is reducing the benefits of the other ingredients.

Instead of tipping the remainder of a can of beer down the sink, keep it until next time you wash your hair.  Apply it after you’ve rinsed off shampoo, and leave it on for a few minutes and rinse off slightly.   Works brilliantly as a detangler, and vegetable proteins in the form of wheat, hops and barley contain proteins similar to hair proteins and are therefore nutrients that the hair can absorb in to improve condition and strength.
Value for money – paid £5.99 for a whopping 1000 ml bottle – which should keep me going for a while!
Distribution – I purchased in TK Max, the company – Olive Tree Products are based in California, so not sure how easy it will be get in the UK in the future
Effectiveness – not as effective as other conditioners I’ve tried
Pampering factor – leaves hair a bit heavy, and doesn’t remove tangles that well


  1. Loved the article. My hair is really dry and damaged, think it will be ideal. Babli

    1. Hi Babli, I'm not overly impressed so far, but its early days!

  2. both myself & mum bought this at tk max & thought it left our hair lovely & soft & shiny without any frizz. great buy

    1. happy that it worked out well for you - you may also like Inecto Coconut Serum

  3. I have afro hair and it left my hair lovely and soft!

    1. I'm glad its working better for you, as you get a lot of product in the bottle.

      Have a try of Inecto Coconut Serum reviewed here
      I really found this made my hair lovely and soft and excellent value for money.

      I also tried Inecto's Coconut shampoo but didn't like it.

  4. really nice......thanks for sharing such useful information about argan oil.If you want to know more about it you can visit argan oil conditioner

  5. This stuff works like a charm for me- I have it in the lemon verbena fragrance which reminds me of dumbledore's office! It's tart and sherbet-y and just plain gorgeous. But the product itself is amazing... I have very frizzy, bleached hair, that's very damaged and curly. I'll wack about 10-15 pumps (sounds like a lot but it doesn't dispense much) in my hair when wet and let it sit as I clean the rest of me, and then once i wash it out and my hair is dried, it feels like baby soft, absolutely frizz free wonderfulness. I love it!!! It's also worth mentioning that 100 ml is worth £59.99 and you're getting 1000 ml for like £6. What a STEAL!!!!

    1. Thanks for your comments, and I'm glad your liking its, its certainly value for money, pls also try Inecto's Coconut Serum, I was REALLY impressed with this one, in fact, I find I don't need conditioner as much.

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  12. i love the olive tree argan oil shampoo & condiontioer however tkmax are out of stock!!!! anyone else know were else u can buy from????? help

    1. I've only ever seen it in TKMax, there is another brand called Argan Oil in brown tubes in Savers, but its not that great. If you want something for frizzy hair - try Inecto Coconut Serum from savers - also reviewed by me.

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