Monday, November 14, 2016

Product Review: Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Oil Heavy Cream & Aethiopika Hydrate and Twisting Butter

Amla and Olive Oil Heavy Cream

Price: $21.00 (purchased through Sephora)

Size: 8.9 oz


Which hair type is it good for? 
✔ Tightly Coiled 

What it is:
A nourishingly rich blend of old world oils, organic herbs, and natural humectants that leaves kinks and coils extra soft and supple. 

Key benefits:
- Moisturizes hair
- Reduces breakage
- Nourishes the scalp 

If you want to know more…
This unique blend of castor oil, olive oil, and Ayurvedic botanicals instantly softens the driest kinks and coils. The rich cream contains amla, Brahmi, and African aloe—premium Afro-Indian botanicals used for thousands of years to nourish the scalp and strengthen hair. MSM sulfur nurtures follicles and encourages healthy hair growth, Mediterranean olive oil delivers emollience and lubricity, and vegetable glycerin and pure African castor oil lends sheen, softness, and lasting moisture. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
This product is 100 percent vegetarian and does not contain mineral, silicone, protein, or gluten


Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil & Olive (Olea Europa) Oil Blend, Aqueous (Distilled Water) Botanical Infusion Of Organic Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla) Extract, Organic Bacopa Monniera (Brahmi) Extract And Organic Aloe Ferox (Aloe Africana) Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Sorbitan & Cetearyl Monoesters (Vegetable Emulsifier), Citrus Limon & Citrus Aurantium (Essential Oil Scent), Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin (Food Grade Paraben-Free And Formaldehyde-Free Preservative)

Aethiopika Hydrate & Twisting Butter

Price:  $18.00

Size: 5 oz


What it is:
A thick, dense moisturizing butter formulated with olive and rice bran oils and mango butter. 

What it is formulated to do:
This luxurious hair butter is designed to moisturize dry, coily hair while providing a soft, natural hold for styling. Use this semi-firm butter to soften and maintain twists, braids, and loose hair and deliver a smooth hold for twist-outs and braid-outs. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates 
- Phthalates 

What else you need to know:
This product can also be used as a moisturizing body butter.


Olive (Olea Europa) Oil, Mango (Mangifera Indica) Butter and Rice (Oryza Sativa) Oil Blend, Behenyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Soy (Glycine Soja) Extract, Plant (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax.

Initial Reactions:

So when I first got a glimpse of these products, the packaging is really nice and tight. No sloppiness and everything was sealed up tightly, especially the Heavy Cream. I think the Heavy Cream was a pretty nicely sized product but for $21? I'm sorry but for a price like that, I need something to be coming in BULK like 32 oz and up lol.


So, starting first with the Amla and Olive Oil Heavy Cream, for some reason I was expecting it to be thick like a whipped shea butter but it turned out to be.... exactly what it's called. A "heavy cream". The smell of it is really nice! It reminds me of like... a very faint very subtle scent of key lime pie, it's just a very sweet, cake-like scent. It's consistency is very creamy, it rubs in very easily but also pretty dense at the same time.

Now moving on to the Aethiopika Hydrate & Twisting Butter. I wasn't expecting it to be as hard as it turned out to be. This is like a true hard, raw shea butter type of product which in itself is good. But I haven't used near-raw shea butter in YEARS since I've been adding more water to my hair's regimen so this product kind of took me aback on that one. Not that it turns me off, this product actually comes in handy just in time for the cold, winter months ahead. But after that, it probably won't get as much use during the warmer months (unless it's really THAT good! lol).

The smell of this is... not as lovely as it's counterpart. It smells like.... either makeup or..... not really laundry. It doesn't have a laundry scent, but like a clean scent but with some fakeness rolled into it lol. The closest I can liken it to is makeup, you know how makeup seems to have that weird, indescribable scent? That's what this product smells like.

While it does melt in the palm of your hands, like raw shea butter, it takes a little oomph! to rub in completely. You won't leave your bathroom without burning a few calories if you're styling with this product in my opinion lol.

Normal Routine:

So my hair, as any other wash day, was still sopped in deep conditioner and trapped in a humid plastic bag prior to my installing small-ish twists with these products.

I first applied the Heavy Cream thoroughly to my hair and ends and then sealed that in with the Aethiopika Butter before twisting my hair up.

The products melted in my hair very nicely, even the Aethiopika butter after you melt it in your hands enough and it was easy for me to twist my hair in. I feel like, because the Aethiopika butter is stickier than the cream and doesn't slide into my hair like the cream does, it made a few of my strands stick to my hands more and maybe that's why I felt like I losing so much hair. Maybe when using this product, I have to be a little lighter with my manipulation since this product is more butter based and not water based... you know?

Finishing Up:

After finishing twisting up my hair, I applied an oil mix to my scalp which consisted of avocado oil, castor oil, and spearmint oil and lightly massaged it into my scalp. Here were the finished results...

Final Thoughts:

I'm so close to SOLD on the Amla and Olive Oil Heavy Cream moisturizer! I love the smell, I love the consistency, I love the way it sinks into my hair, I love the sheen it gives my hair, I love how soft it has made my twists feel and everything else!

What is not selling me is that PRICE. Twenty one dollars ya'll!? That could easily be used for toll money lol.

And not only is the price not selling, me the SIZE that COSTS $21 is also not selling me. I think it's a really great product, but the only thing that could either sell me or stop me is the usage. Sometimes, my mind can be changed is the product can be stretched over time. But I feel like, even with this product, I'll be remoisturizing at least every few days which will increase the usage to more frequent which in turn, won't last that long.

Now as for the Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist Butter, I'm very very neutral on this one. Reason being is because, I don't seem to use butters like this anymore. Not this rock hard anyway. Now back in the day? This butter would've been my SAVIOR since I was just so pro-butter! I was like the Butter Queen lol. I used butters for everything in my hair from mini twists, to yarn braids, to braid outs and twistouts... EVERYTHING. This Aethiopika butter would've easily been used up back then.

The most that I used butters for were to seal in moisture but I stopped doing that after awhile when I noticed how greasy it would make my face in the summer time and also, they wouldn't really hold my styles together.

Which is why I say I think this product will get it's most use from me during the winter months and probably not so much come the summer time.

This one is about the same as it's counterpart when it comes to price and size. $18 for 5 oz? Yoooo. But since this is SUCH a heavy product and you literally use like a dime-size for your entire HEAD, I'm sure this will last and get a LOT of usage and I don't think this is something I'll have to purchase frequently. So for me personally, this was a pretty okay price. Reasonable? Not really. But considering I may or may not use it a lot and even if I do, it probably won't run out that fast, I think this is a pretty well priced product.

What I also like about these products is that they can be picked up in a Sephora store so I won't have to wait around for shipping... but, I like all the goodies that I get from Sephora online so I can't say I won't be ordering through the web anymore lol!

So far, Qhemet Biologics gets a thumbs up from me!! Very well made products in my opinion and suited for people with tighter kinks and coils. I think ladies (or gents) with looser hair textures and less density then mine will probably feel these products are too heavy. You may be able to get away with using the Heavy Cream in bits and pieces, and with that being said you may get more bang for your buck since you don't have to use as much.

But yeah, I dig them! Are they repurchase products? Yeah, but only when I have the money to splurge.

♥ Keep calm 'n coily ♥

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