Friday, August 21, 2009

Darcy's Botanicals Product Review

Many of you have been following my videos on YouTube and you know that since Kinky Curly raised their prices of my beloved Curling Custard, I am no longer purchasing or using the product. So I have been desperately looking for a product to replace it with, that gave me elongation, curl definition, moisture, & a firm hold without the crunchiness. I have tried many types of gels, and I think I have found my new love in curl defining products!!

These 3 products I am going to review can be found on Darcy' Botanicals at

Natural Coils Curling Jelly
Price: $12.00
Size: 80z.

Here is what the website had to say about this product:
Many of you beautiful naturals & curlys have asked us for a hair gel that would help to enhance and define your lovely coils:)

We had to release this sooner than expected due to popular demand!!!!

Our NEW Natural Coils Curling Jelly will give your natural coils & waves everything you have been looking for in a natural hair gel.

* Definition
* Softness
* Sheen
* Hold
* Healthy Conditioning
* No Frizzies
* Easy Detangling
* Affordable Price

Our Natural Coils Curling Jelly will not leave your hair flakey or dry:)

Product Information

Our Natural Coils Curling Jelly works to enhance & define your natural coils and waves while also giving you hold, softness, and healthy conditioning.

Distilled Water, Organic Aloe Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Coconut Cream, Organic Castor Oil, Sea Moss Extract, Organic Brown Rice Extract, Hydrolyzed Oats, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid and Fragrance.

Apply a small amount throughout wet or dry hair for hold or for an easy wash n' go style.

*Use to gently soften and detangle your natural hair .
*Use to help hold your coils & waves.
*Use to enhance & define your coils & waves
*Can use to do comb coils.
*Can also use to tame frizzies!

Price: $12.00
Size: 8oz


OK so here is what I have to say about it:

When I first received it I was a little disappointed because on the website the color of the curling jelly was a clear white color and kind of resembled one of myfavorite products which I won't mention here. So when I got it the color was a dark taupe color, not at all what I was expecting. The consistency was a little runny and goopy, again not what I expected. The scents was like fresh peaches, I am not a fruity smell type of person but the scent was light enough where it didn't bother me much. There is a lot of slip in this product which will aid in the application and should enable me to glide it right through my hair. It is goopy enough to cause my curls to clump but not super tacky. So I went and applied it to my hair in sections using the rake and smooth technique and what I found was that is made my hair clump and curl pretty easy. The application was quite easy. My hair got elongation and curl definition without feeling greasy or sticky. The plus was that my hair didn't take an entire day to dry, and after it dried my hair felt soft, moisturized, had sheen with no frizziness.

I was also able to get 2nd day and 3rd day hair from this one application. So all in all I am lovin this curling Jelly and will be using this again for my wash n go days.


Daily Leave-In Conditioner
Price: $12.00
Size: 80z

Here is what the site had to say about it:

Looking for something to help keep your lovely coils and curls in top notch condition?

Darcy's Botanicals NEW Daily Leave-In Conditioner will tame your frizzies, provide healthy conditioning, moisture, softness, and will make your hair easy to detangle!

Can apply a generous amount to wet hair. Use on dry hair to moisturize & maintain your hair styles.

Use as a daily or weekly leave-in to help detangle, moisturize, defrizz, and soften your lovely curls.

Distilled Water with Yarrow, Sage, Nettle & Lavender, Vegetable Glycerin, Avocado, Sunflower, & Sesame Oils, BTMS (a mild conditioning emulsifier), MSM, Guar Silk, a paraben-free preservative, and fragrance.

Apply a generous amount throughout wet or dry hair for healthy conditioning and moisture.
*Use to gently soften and detangle new growth while transitioning to natural hair .
*Use to soften & detangle your coils & curls
*Use it as a daily or weekly leave-in to naturally condition dry curls & waves.
*Use to add much needed moisture to parched curls.
*Use to condition locs, twists & braids.

8 oz. PET bottle

*Over 98% Natural

Here is how I feel about the product:

This leave in feel very smooth, a little watery but that actually worked to my advantage because It allowed me to evenly distribute it through out my hair. I ordered it in the Frankincense & Myrrh scent. I was expecting it to be a strong spicy scent, but instead it was a light scent, just enough to leave your hair lightly scented.

It detangled my 3c & 4a sections of hair like a dream and the sections that are 4b detangled just as easy. After it dried my hair was really soft and moisturized, and even gave me a little curl definition. So this leave in conditioner is a keeper!!


Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme
Size: 8oz.
Price: $12.00

Our hand whipped Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme is an all natural hair butter cream for moisturizing, styling and conditioning your natural coils.

It absorbs instantly into hair to replenish much needed moisture, provide softness, sheen & encourages health hair growth.

This highly moisturizing creme is very thick & concentrated so a little goes a long way. It is perfect for type 3-4 naturals:)

It has a very thick concentrated buttercream consistency with the sweet smell of gently infused African Madagascar Vanilla that is truly heavenly! Our customers love the scent. Many say it smells like vanilla ice cream, some say it smells like a sweet bourbon vanilla, depending upon how long we infuse the vanilla:)

Once you try it, you'll be hooked!

SPECIAL NOTE: We now use CANDELILLA WAX instead of beeswax in this recipe due to popular demand:)

8 oz. PET jar

*100% Natural
*100% Vegan

Product Information

Our Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme is a luscious blend of all natural oils that will provide healthy conditioning, add sheen, softness & moisture to your naturally curly hair.

Organic Palm Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Madagascar Vanilla, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Candelilla Wax, Organic Castor Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil and Potassium Sorbate.

*Use it as a hair moisturizer to naturally condition dry curls, locs & waves.
*Use as a styling butter for twists, braids, afros, and locs.
*Use to promote healthy hair growth
*Many of our customers also use it as a body butter!!! Works great as a multi-purpose hair & body butter:)
Here's how I feel about it...

This was a sample that was sent with my order. I was already using the AfroVeda products for my braid outs & twists outs and was completely happy with my results so when I got the sample of the the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Cream I wasn't that anxious to try it out. After about a week of having it I decided to try it. So I washed my hair and put in some of the Daily Leave In by Darcy's Botanicals since i like to layer products from the same brand. Then I sectioned my hair and put in some braids for a braid out. I let the braids stay in my hair over night like I usally do, then in the morning I took the braids out to reveal a beautiful braidout. My hair was soft to the touch and shiny, but it didn't feel as moisturized as when I use AfroVeda products on my hair. Through out the day I noticed that my hair frizzed up more than usual, and when I refreshed on 2nd day hair it was more frizzy. My hair was still soft but it didn't hold my hair as well as I would have liked it to. So this gives a good hold for the first day but not enough hold to be able to get more than 1-2 days out of it, and by the second day I needed to add more product so that I could get some moisture. I am used tonot having o do that with my AfroVeda products.

All in all I like these 3 products, especially in conjunction with with one another but I will only continue to use the Daily Leave In & the Natural Coils Curling Jelly for my wash n go days. The Madagascar Vanilla Styling Cream just didn't have enough hold for my hair for so I will continue to use my other products for styling for my braid outs and twist outs.


Sharonkay said...

hi from Sharon in Ohio. I have been watching your Youtube videos and really enjoy them a lot. I have been natural for 2 yrs and I am 47 yrs old. I have been thinking about trying the Darcy botanical line, especially the curling jelly. I am looking for something that is all or mostly natural that will give decent curl definition and that won't dry my hair our. I tried the Fantasia IC gel but did not care much for it. I also tried the Curls milkshake and liked it very much but it is a little expensive for me right now. I may give Darcy botnicals a try, but I would like to know if you have to use the curling jelly with another product or can you use it by itself?


CoilsKinksCurls said...

Sharonkay, You can use it on it's own but I would suggest that you use a leave in conditioner with it for extra moisture.

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