I don’t mind splurging on skincare, but haircare? Not really worth it. I mean, hair is dead, so you can’t really nourish or revive it. It’s all about making it look presentable, and cheap conditioners do that as well as more expensive ones.
In fact, more often than not, they use the same ingredients, so finding a dupe is sooo easy. If you can’t be bothered to look for one yourself (I know, the search can be boring), just grab a jar of L’Oreal Nature’s Therapy Moisturizing Creme.
It’s very similar to Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner. Take a look:
Don’t let the name fool you. This alcohol is one of the good ones. It belongs to the fatty alcohols family, which means that it’s derived from natural fats, such as those in coconuts.
Far from being drying, fatty alcohols, including cetearyl alcohol, have emollient properties that make hair soft and smooth. They work by helping cuticles lie flat on the surface of the hair, which also imparts shine (smooth surfaces better reflect light).
In conditioners, cetearyl alcohol is also used to thicken the formula and form emulsions. That prevents the oily and liquidy parts of the formula from separating.
This is another conditioning agent. Derived from colza oil, which is in turn made from the seeds of turnip, it softens, smoothens, and detangles hair. Because of its waxy texture, it’s also great at fighting static hair. And, contrary to what you may have read on the internet, it’s perfectly safe and non-irritating in concentrations of 5% of lower.
Like all silicones, amodimethicone stirs up all kinds of emotions in people. Some think silicones are the devil and avoid them like the plague, while others adore their conditioning properties and couldn’t live without them. I fall in the latter camp. Silicones detangle my super knotty hair quickly and pain-free. What’s not to love?
Amodimethicone does a lot more, though. It creates a protective layer around the hair shaft, keeping moisture inside our locks. This barrier also protects them from the heat damage caused by blow dryer and other styling tools.
Amodimethicone helps cuticles lie flat too, which helps with detangling and shine. Because it has a high refractive index, it makes hair look so glossy. In this department, it works much better than other conditioning ingredients, such as fatty alcohols
What else do I need to know?
Not much, really. Although both formulas pretend to be natural, they really aren’t. The only natural extract in L’Oreal Nature’s Therapy Mega Moisture Nurturing Creme is sunflower seed oil!
Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner contains both olive oil and avocado oil, both of which are very moisturizing. But, they’re present in tiny amounts, so they can’t really do much.
It’s the synthetic ingredients mentioned above that do all the work and condition your hair, leaving it softer, shinier, and easier to style.
Where can I get them?
L’Oreal Nature’s Therapy Moisture Nurturing Creme is available at Amazon. The jar will set you back only $10.52. Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner can be purchased at Nordstrom for $30.00. A smaller version, which contains only 2.5oz of product is available for $7.00, but will last you a lot less.
Is L’Oreal Nature’s Therapy Mega Moisture Nurturing Creme A Dupe For Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner?
Yep. There are slight differences in texture and scent, but the bulk of the formula is the same, so the results are the same: soft, shiny, detangle locks.
Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner Ingredients
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Trideceth-6, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Lanolin, Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cetyl Esters, Methylparaben, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Dimethyl Tin Dineodecyl Ester, Fragrance.
L’Oreal Natures Therapy Mega Moisture Nurturing Creme Ingredients
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Sodium PCA, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Trideceth-12, Sunflower Seed Oil, Chlorhexidine, Dihydrochloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Yellow 5.
Have you tried these conditioners? If so, which one is your favorite?