I was happy to try the Maui Moisture leave in last time I shopped online =)
Price and Availability: The Maui Moisture product line is available at Ulta. This particular Shea Butter detangler is currently $8.99 and it’s a 236ml sized bottle.
Claims: Moisturized strands, mended split ends…a healthy glow. Nourished and softened strands for healthy looking hair. Deeply quench, reduce friction and breakage when combing (here).
About the Maui Moisture leave in: I was surprised to see that the first ingredient is not water, but aloe vera juice. I can’t remember trying aloe on my hair! It’s made in the USA .
The packaging is a plastic bottle ( PETE #1–learn more here) made from post consumer recycled product, with a flip top cap that can be twisted off. I haven’t had any trouble with the bottle leaking when stored on its side. And I must say I like the way the packaging looks; purple is my favorite color ^_^
It is meant to be applied to towel-dried hair and distributed throughout the hair with a wide-toothed comb; it can also be used on dry hair to “freshen hairstyle”.
My experience: The first thing I noticed was a lack of tropical or floral scent. From the brand name “Maui Moisture” to the look of the label, I expected a coconut type of fragrance, but it smells very much like castor oil. Not totally unpleasant, though, and for those of us sensitive to fragrance, that might be a welcome aspect! This leave in is very liquid-y and light weight; it doesn’t leave a visible or heavy residue on my hair.
But it also doesn’t leave my curls feeling very hydrated. I didn’t notice much help in the detangling department, either.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Stearalkonium Chloride, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Tapioca Starch, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).
I like that it doesn’t have the typical mineral oil, silicones, or parabens *thumbs up*!
Animal testing: no
Recommendation: For my Afro, the Maui Moisture Heal and Hydrate leave in just isn’t rich enough. This product might be more suitable for straight, wavy or fine strands that don’t need as much moisture as my super dry curls. I also am turned off by the presence of diazolidinyl urea as an ingredient; it may be a small amount, but I’d like to avoid formaldahyde as much as I can. So, it could be worth a try for you (especially with an Ulta coupon) but I’ll continue my search for my perfect natural leave in.
Have you tried any Maui Moisture products?