Reviewed by Alison
I received my box of Motions Marula Natural Therapy products a few months ago and was excited to be able to try them. I had been looking for something, well, oily to moisturize my baby-fine, naturally-blonde-but-highlighted aging hair.
The line's Strengthening Shampoo and Strengthening Conditioner (around $8.99 each) had a pleasant consistency and fragrance, and it also lathered well. I noticed right away though that they left a waxy feel on my hair which was a bit disconcerting. Upon review of the ingredients I found that the conditioner lists glycerin as the 3rd ingredient, after water and something called"caprylic/capric triglyceride." Marula oil, the signature ingredient, is 14th on the list and immediately after fragrance. The ingredients in between are chemical names that I don't recognize.
Curious, I started to look at the ingredients in the other products. The Hair Strengthening Moisurizer lists its top 3 ingredients as water, mineral oil, and lanolin. While the top 10 ingredients include shea butter and marula oil, they also include petroleum, glycerin, and paraffin. Hmmm . . . . no wonder my hair felt waxy - I was a walking candle!
At this point I realized that these products were not for me and I stopped using them. While there seem to be small amounts of good things like shea butter and marula oil, the primary ingredients are not anything I want to put on myself. I will go back to my messy-but-effective deep conditioners of olive oil, jojoba oil, or pure shea butter under a shower cap for 30 minutes to keep my hair in shape.