Haul: Drugstore Haircare!

Friday, January 13, 2012

I love haircare probably more than any other type of beauty product, so I'm a little surprised that this is my first time hauling them. I popped into my local Duane Reade a few hours ago to pick up some dental floss and Kleenex (exciting, right?) when I saw that Organix had launched two new lines. I wasted no time gathering them into my basket, and from then on it kind of turned into a hair shopping spree. These are my favorite types of products to test out, so I'm sure you'll be seeing them in review posts soon!

Batiste Dry Shampoo Dark & Deep Brown: Dry shampoo is undoubtedly my most-used most-loved beauty product, with my all time favorite being Batiste's original formula in Blush (or possibly Fresh--when I can find it!). I knew they did colored ones akin to the Bumble and Bumble "hair powders" but I'd never seen them before now. This bottle was the last on the shelf so naturally I snatched it up, despite my reservations about what color the powder might actually be. There's quite a bit of difference between dark and deep brown, so I'm curious to see how this blends into my almost-black hair. 

Not Your Mother's Beat the Heat Thermal Styling Shield Spray: What a mouthful! I've never heard of this brand before, but I ran out of my Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray a while ago and have been naughtily curling my hair without protection ever since. Most heat protectants tend to leave my hair a bit sticky which is why I don't particularly like using them, but I know how bad it is to go without, so hopefully this formula will be better. 

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner: I went a bit Organix-happy today because even though I don't think their products are extraordinary, there's something about the brand that never fails to sucker me in. Maybe it's the packaging, all their delicious scents (I'm partial to passionfruit guava), or it might just be how much fun their bottles are to read in the shower. Whatever it is, I should know better. I saw that they had a new macadamia oil line and instantly freaked because two of my favorite haircare products are made by the Macadamia Natural Oil brand (link to their website here)--the healing oil treatment and deep repair masque. Clearly, Organix is doing a bit of coattail riding, as they are with their Moroccan Argan Oil range. I didn't get the shampoo because my oily scalp can't handle hydrating formulas, but I'm out of conditioner and am excited to give this a try.

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask: I like to always have a cheap deep conditioner on hand for these dry, winter months, and I enjoyed the Morroccan Oil version of this mask (post) so I'll probably like this one as well. I can't do much comparison as of now, obviously, but this one seems to be quite a bit thicker. By the way, I think it's interesting how Organix has tried to mimic the clean, fresh, Macadamia Natural Oil scent--there's definitely some similarities, but the former have turned out a bit too fruity, almost like strawberries. 

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Dry Styling Oil: I'm all about the hair oils, and while I didn't like Organix's Moroccan one, I'm hoping this one will be better. This is really a product that I bought to experiment with, as salon oils are expensive, and it would be terrific if there was an equally good drugstore alternative. I'd also like to do a Organix/Macadamia Natural Oil smackdown review post at some point, comparing each brand's oil and mask. It'll look a little something like this...

Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Dry Styling Oil: I wasn't kidding about my obsession with hair oils! This is the other line Organix released, and while I was tempted by their conditioner and mask, I tend to prefer hydrating products over repairing ones as they're obviously better for restoring moisture. To be perfectly honest, I only bought this oil to compare it to the above Macadamia one. I have a sneaking suspicion that Organix recycles the same haircare formulas over and over again, only changing up the scent and marketing that product under a different range. I really want to compare these two oils to see if I'm right and the only distinction is the fragrance, or if there actually is some difference between the two. We'll see how it goes!

I have to say, I'm really impressed with how quickly drugstore brands are catching up to salon haircare. Two or three years ago, you couldn't find inexpensive oils, or really any sort of specialized hair product apart from the basics--shampoo, conditioner, anti-frizz creams, mousses and hairspray. These days, most high-end hair products have a cheap drugstore alternative meant to do the same thing. Whether it works as well, though, remains to be seen!

Can't wait to wash my hair and play with my new goodies!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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  2. --> was trying to subscribe to the reply, sorry about the blank comment. here's what it said:

    I saw these in Rite Aid today, and I almost bought the Organix oils... let me know how they worked out?

  3. very informative post.

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