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When I recently ran out of conditioner, Truth in Aging kindly sent me a full-size bottle of Get Creamed Body’s (GCB) Naked Decadence Salon Quality Conditioner ($20) to try. This conditioner had a lot to tackle; not only do I have difficult hair, I’m also extremely picky about my hair products’ performance (it needs to feel good, smell good, make my hair look good, and not break the bank). I had extremely long hair (about the middle of my back), which I recently cut to about shoulder length (and tried the product on both lengths). It’s wavy but the texture is easily weighed down to limp. Also, I have roots that go greasy and flat in about a day with dry and rather fluffy ends. I do not like to style my hair but still want it to look good with an air dry and some mousse for shape. My hair is not color treated. It’s also important to note that my hair LOVES to get tangled. I have to say, even with all of these challenges stacked against it, GCB’s conditioner delivered!
GCB is a fairly small product line based in Vancouver, Canada, which is committed to providing “a natural, healthy, and luxury alternative to the chemical-laden formulas currently found on most store shelves.” Its commitments include (but are not limited to) local production, using pared down and recyclable packaging, and not testing on animals. From the products I’ve checked out on the Get Creamed Body website, the ingredients list seems to be very good. The hair products (a shampoo and conditioner duo) are formulated without SLS or other sulfates, parabens, phthlates, dyes, or perfumes and are chock-full of goodies (see the full list below). Small concerns on the ingredients list, for me, include cetyl alcohol (because it can come from an animal or plant source and it isn’t specified here. I prefer not to have animal-based ingredients in my products), and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (given a score of 4-6 by EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database for being toxic when inhaled and is therefore prohibited for use in anything intended to be aerosolized/inhaled).
While the product packaging doesn’t exactly shout “luxury,” the product inside lives up to the label. The conditioner has a fairly thick texture – not so thick that it can’t be worked into the hair with ease – and features a delightfully unisex scent composed of essential oils: lavender, peppermint, and rosemary (GCB considers one of the benefits of its products to be aromatherapy). I wash my hair daily and use about a nickel’s size worth from my ends into my scalp, comb it through, and then allow it to sit while I finish my shower.
After rinsing, my hair is left very lightly fragranced and in perfect condition. This conditioner somehow seems to define my waves, balance out my dry and greasy spots, and my hair remains fairly untangled and full of volume throughout my day. Even though I consider $20 expensive for a hair care product, I am so pleased with this conditioner’s performance that I will purchase a bottle after my sample runs out. In fact, I just took the plunge and ordered the complementary shampoo (which ran me about $28 with shipping and tax). GCB does offer a trial set of the shampoo and conditioner in 60-ml sizes for $12 for those of you who are intrigued but hesitant to buy the full-size products. I would highly recommend you check them out.
Ingredients: Aqua, Organic Ginseng, Organic Aloe Vera, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, Sage, Organic Nettle Leaf, Jojoba Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Hydrolized Wheat Protein, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Oleate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Pure essential oils, Sodium Salt Glycine