I don't write reviews often but I had a feeling this product was getting overlooked due the the fact that it's not one of the well-known producers out there like Garnier Fructis, Loreal, Chi, BioSilk, Bumble and Bumble, Bed Head, Paul Mitchell, well, you get my point. They spend a lot of money on marketing, commercials and hence people try their product in droves.
I've done a fair amount of experimenting with products because I have naturally spiral curls and I'm always trying to keep them soft and shiny due to the fact that my hair make-up tends to be course, porous, dry and frizzy, just comes with the territory.
I've tried Carol's Daughter shine serum, and liked it, which is a macadamia oil based product, very light weight with a great smell, but I noticed that the smell changed after a day to something sort of weird. I liked that it's natural but I also wanted a serum that contained the two main ingredients in most shine serums: Cyclomethicone and Dimethiconol. Those are the key players in any serum and Carol's Daughter doesn't have them included.
I've also tried Phyto's Phytolisse Ultra Shine Smoothing Serum which is actually really good, but it also costs $30 for 1.7 oz! and contains some natural form of alcohol as well. That's why I kept searching.
I do like Ojon's shine mist, GREAT smell, but noticed that you do have to reapply to keep the shine. And at $28 for like 2oz, it goes way too fast.
I'm sure I've tried others not mentioned but...now lets get to PureShine Polishing Serum:
What I love about this product is that besides the first two main ingredients, Cyclomethicone and Dimethiconol every other ingredient is quality and well chosen. And it incorporates macadamia oil which I really loved about the Carol's Daughter recipe. It has NO ALCOHOL, which is key, so it won't dry the hair, it has aloe extract and grapeseed oil which is great for the hair AND even has silk amino acid which is great because hardly any shine serums have silk or hydrolyzed silk. I mean some do, like Biosilk and a few others, but they're pricey and usually have alcohol in them as does Biosilk. I've read a lot of labels, I'm even surprising myself with my serum expertise.
Okay, and to top it all off, it has a subtle, almost barely noticeable fragrance that smells very natural, faintly like a cross between a honeydew melon and a flower. It's awesome. I like that it's subtle because I use Aveda shampoo and conditioners and if you've ever used Aveda, their products smell AMAZING, so I don't want to put some other perfumy, fruity artificial scent on top of all that goodness. Plus I don't like artificial fragrances, they're too strong and just not my thing.
Lastly, you get a helluva lot of product for you buck, 6 fluid ounces. That's a lot, at a really great price. This bottle should last me a while.
You can get it at Duane Reade and most local Walgreens types of places.
Great product, really happy with it. Hope you love it as much as I do!
They have new packaging though so you may want to google it for an image so you don't go hunting for the old packaging. It's essentially a tall rectangular clear plastic pump container, not the short cylindrical one shown here.