Please don't call something 'organic' when it's not! RAWR! Green-washing aggravation aside, I did not like this product. I bought this during a drugstore BOGO and during a happy love affair I was having with cleansing conditioners. I've never used WEN, so I cannot compare - but if WEN is *anything* like Ren, I would NEVER purchase it!
Pricing: Pricing was very fair for the amount provided.
Cleansing: I cleansed with this as I did with other products I use to 'co wash' - dilute with water, massage very well. In doing this I found this product to be an effective cleanser.
Conditioning: This product was a terrible conditioner. I would have to fight my wide-toothed comb through my hair post-shower, all effort towards trying to detangle my poor strands.
The brightside: It smells really nice! And overall let my hair feeling very soft and smooth, you know - after the half hour I spent detangling!
Overall would not purchase again. I don't see this as a good fit for somebody who has hair similar to my own (very long, thick, coarse) but could be effective for somebody who's hair is thinner or less coarse.
Like another reviewer says, this has zero cleansers in it... So if you have oily hair, don't bother. It was great the first day after using a clarifier so that my hair would be rid of any left overs from my other cleansing conditioners. Every use after that slowly became more and more built up and greasy. I'm not sure what to do with the rest. I even tried using it as a leave-in conditioner just for the hell of it and as a condition to regular shampoo and it was still a greasy mess. I gave it one lippy only because it does control frizz.... by weighing down.
I went back to L'Oreal Cleansing conditioner. Wen is too expensive but to be honest I love L'Oreal's scent better.
I think this is a great product, but, then again, I haven't used shampoo on my hair in at least ten years. Before this product, I would use only conditioner, diluted, as a 'wash' for my hair. My hair is color treated, very long, thick, wavy and somewhat dry. I normally use only Moroccan Oil to style my hair, and a dab of Moroccan Oil Curl Cream or Ojon Restorative to tame frizziness. So, bearing that history in mind, I may have a somewhat different take on Renpure Cleansing Conditioner than some other reviewers because I'm not used to shampoo anymore. I haven't felt that squeaky clean feeling in years - and my hair has been happier for it. After using Renpure for a couple of months, I found that this product works best mixed with at least an equal amount of water, possibly even two thirds water and one third product. It really seems to be key in making it work well for me. I transfered some to an empty Renpure container (I save cosmetic containers because I make some of my own beauty products!), added water and shook it up to mix. Since I can't stand the tedium of pumping enough for my long hair (it takes alot of pumps to really get enough product!) so I just open up the bottle and pour it out. I kind of wish it came in a non pump bottle, but that's no biggie. I massage it through my hair and scalp, let it sit as I finish my shower and then rinse. Normally I add Moroccan Oil and let my hair air dry. I'm left with great body, beautiful waves and gorgeous, soft, shiny, lovely hair.
Let me start by saying that although I am caucasian (Irish-American), my hair is incredibly thick and very coarse. I home color it and heat-style, so it is dry and somewhat damaged. I bought this since I cannot bring myself to drop the money on Wen. This was $10.99/bottle at Walgreens, and I bought it during a buy 1 get 1 free sale. I have used Salon Grafix & L'Oreal Evercreme, and both were okay, but nothing really special. Although this contains a light 'cone (amodimethicone), it isn't loaded down with them like Hair One or the Lisa Rachel cleansing conditioners are. I have heard, from many Wen users, that Ren is the closest thing to Wen without actually buying Wen, so I was excited to try it. This morning I used the Ren, but I followed the directions for using Wen (off their website) - basically a wash, rinse & repeat cycle. I soaked my hair thoroughly with water and "washed" with Ren - pumped in plenty of product, massaged my scalp thoroughly for a couple of minutes & rinsed out, to remove all the product buildup, dirt etc. Then I added a second round of Ren as a "conditioner" - massaged it in & combed through with a widetooth comb, and let it sit on my hair while I finished my shower, probably 10-15 minutes. Rinsed thoroughly, added about 1/2 pump as a leave-in on my soaking wet hair, then towel-dried. First, the rosemary mint smells amazing, and it feels awesome on my scalp. The product itself is thick, creamy, and had plenty of "slip." I had no problems spreading it through my hair & detangling. I had NO issues whatsoever with tangling, contrary to all the online reviews stating otherwise. After the final rinse, my hair felt totally clean, even after 3 days of styling products, but also very moisturized. I could actually feel the beneficial oils, but my hair did not feel at all coated, waxy, or dirty. It just felt hydrated & soft. While wet, I could really tell a difference in my hair - it looked super shiny. After I blow-dried, my hair was nowhere near the usual poufy-frizzy mess it usually is. It is very shiny and soft. I think next time I would use a larger pump for styling/leave-in, as I do flat iron, and need a little additional product to avoid frizz/damage, but that's the fault of my styling methods, and not Ren. Overall I think this is a fantastic product for someone with hair like mine - thick, coarse, dry, and damaged. I can see this being too heavy for people with normal, thin, or fine hair. For me, it is a Godsend. I will definitely continue to use this and buy more!
Edit: Just used Ren for the 2nd time (I wash my hair about twice a week) & wanted to update. Used same method as last time, except used 1 full pump as a leave-in. My hair looks & feels amazing - even better than the last time! After blowdrying, my hair was completely smooth, sleek, & frizz-free - something that hasn't happened for me in YEARS. I barely had to use my flat iron at all. Ren has literally transformed my frizzy, dry, parched hair. It can leave your hair feeling coated, but I find that if you shampoo every few times, and use the Ren as a conditioner after, it works just as well. continued >>
This stuff is garbage!!! I've been using Wen for 4 years & nothing compares to it. My hair felt so dirty after using it that I actually used shampoo to wash it out. It has no cleansing agents in it, too many oils. It feels like you put wax on your hair. And Wen is cheap cuz you don't need styling aids. I threw it right in the garbage! Don't waste your money. Use it on Wen. If you can't afford Wen then try hair one at Sally's, or Loreal creme cleansing conditioner or any sulfate free S/C. But I have the best hair of my life since using Wen. Nothing can ever compare continued >>
I spotted this on sale (buy one, get one free) at my local Rite Aid, and I thought I'd give it a try. It's a sulfate-free, non-lathering, cleansing conditioner much like Wen Cleansing Conditioner but at a 1/3 of the price. This smells good, and the price is right, but that is where the good times end. I had to use way more than the 10-12 pumps recommended in the directions, and I have short hair. After I rinsed, my hair felt tangled. So, I used a little of the product as a leave-in conditioner as recommended in the directions and blow dried my hair. The results were a tangled mess that felt heavily coated. My hair also looked greasy within 24 hours. This might work for someone with very coarse hair, but it was a disaster on my medium fine hair.
I picked this up after trying several other cleansing conditioners (first Wen and then L'Oreal Everpure). Wen is absolutely my favorite, but at $30 for 8 ounces, its pretty unreasonable to use on my long, thick hair (it would take about 1/8 of the bottle to get it to completely clean my hair).
Overall I think this is a pretty decent product for what you pay for ($10 for 16 ounces, I still use the same amount as Wen, but it is significantly cheaper per use). However, it DOES NOT REMOVE PRODUCT BUILDUP OR OIL. Therefore I only recommend this if you have drier hair and don't use styling product. If you're trying to cut back on shampooing this is an excellent transitional product.
Since using it (about 2 weeks) the texture of my hair has improved tremendously. I no longer have any fly-aways, wispies, or frizz. My hair looks gorgeous air-dried. It smells fantastic and certainly leaves my scalp feeling clean, moisturized, and slightly tingly. I will definitely repurchase since the price is too great to pass up!
I saw this at RiteAid and was thrilled to have another drugstore option in the cleansing conditioner line-up. This also does not contain menthol or wheat so I was intrigued by this but this is how it broke down for my fine slightly wavy color treated hair:
Pros: Minty smell. Smells a lot like Wen aloe. Easy to spread through hair. Easy to pump out of container.
Cons: Although it spread easily through my hair, it didn't feel like it was cleansing at all. And I was unable to get any creamy lather like other cleansing conditioners by adding water and massaging. I tried for many minutes and gave up and then tried to rinse. My hair felt coated with a waxy coating. In 3 hours I had welts along my hair/neck line. Also this did burn my eyes and they say on packaging to avoid eyes--how to do this? By early evening I could not wait to wash my hair. I used a clarifying shampoo twice to remove this coating from my hair--something I never use in multiples--but I did get it all out. Thank God because in that short time there was some serious buildup.
If you have coarse, dry very curly hair you may like this but nowhere on the bottle do they say it is for a hair type. In fact they show a model with fine hair with before and after photos. I would never use this again: I would rather use the cheapest shampoo on the planet first.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Sorbitol (Sugar*), Acrylamide/Sodium Acrylate Copolymer, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut*) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower*) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary*) Leaf Extract, Amodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Psidium Guajava (Guava*) Fruit Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Red Seaweed*) Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Red Alga*) Extract, Sargassum Filipendula (Brown Seaweed*) Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter*) Oil, Hydroxypropyl Guar, PEG-5M, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride (Palm Oil*), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance. (* Derived Source)