I am constantly looking for a conditioner that can tame the frizzy layer on top of my curls without making my hair flat. The winter proves to be an especially trying time for my coarse hair, often leaving it both frizzy and lifeless. I've tried virtually every curl product, from drugstore brands to truffle oil, but MoltoBene's Clay Esthe Pack is one of the few that's made a noticeable difference in the look and feel of my hair.

The Clay Esthe Pack, which functions as a deep conditioner, has a similar look to mashed bananas, but goes on smoothly, thanks, in part, to the squalane in the formula. Squalane, a moisturizing ingredient found in a number of cosmetic, skin care, and hair care products, works as an effective hair conditioner, is generally thought to be non-irritating, and has been proven to inactivate chemical carcinogens over a period of time.

Other conditioning ingredients include sage leaf extract, an antimicrobial skin conditioner that has received a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) rating, and birch bark extract, an anti-inflammatory agent which can help to repair skin.

The paste-like formula is thicker than that of your everyday conditioner, but with a thorough rinse, it won't weigh down hair. Despite the Play-Doh-like smell of the product in the container, the conditioner left my hair smelling clean and fresh, while making my curls shiny, bouncy, and incredibly soft.

My only wish is that MolteBene would reformulate Clay Esthe without behentrimonium chloride, a toxic compound and concentrations of .1% and higher have been shown to damage the eyes by causing tissue death of the mucous membranes. It’s also highly flammable, and irritating to the skin.

Ingredients in Clay Esthe Pack

Water, cetearyl alcohol, cyclomethicone, behentrimonium chloride, dimethicone, squalane, glyceryl stearate, PPG-9 diglyceryl esther, isopropyl alcohol, C-12-18 alkyl dimonium chloride, fragrance, methylparaben, polyethylene, propylparaben, propylene glycol, iron oxides, titanium dioxide sinter, tanakura clay, butylene glycol, hydroxypropylcellulose, sea salt, tocopherol, panthenol, retinyl palmitate, peanut oil, ethylcellulose, hydrolized silk, equisetum arvense extract (field horsetail), nettle extract, birch bark extract, coltsfoot flower extract, menyantes trifoliata leaf extract, rosemary, achillea millefolium extract.