Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Review: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Line + Hair Milk

I have been wanting to try Carol’s Daughter products for a while but the prices turned me away. So when Lisa announced that she was bringing her products to Target I was all on board because Target is the spot to be for me!

Hair Milk Leave-In Moisturizer:  Price: $6.50 for 2 fl oz., $12.00 for 8 fl.oz


  • First 5 Ingredients: Water, Soybean Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, and Shea Butter
  • Claims: Dry hair = frizzy curls! So, protect your hair from unwanted situations – breakage, thirst and unmanageability – with this fan-favorite leave-in moisturizer. It has all the goodies you know and love, like Shea Butter to intensely hydrate curls, coils, kinks, and waves, plus Soybean Oil to soften and strengthen it too. We’ve also added Agave Nectar to ensure that your hair keeps moisture locked in and is extra healthy. This rich cream quickly and easily absorbs into your hair, leaving it glossy, nourished, and frizz-free.

I really like this moisturizer. Its light and does not weigh your hair down and I like that its not oily. Using this moisturizer,  I get at least 2 to 3 days of moisturized hair before I have to reapply the product. It says to use it in soaking wet hair but I like to use it when my hair is dry. Either way I get great results with this. For my ladies who don’t like overpowering scents no need to worry, although I cannot describe the scent it is very light and it does not linger. As far as the claims of leaving your hair “frizz-free,” I don’t really suffer from frizzy hair. I purchased the 2 fl. oz product but I plan on buying the larger one when I am done with this. I also notice when I blow dry or flat iron my hair it seems more shiny.


The Black Vanilla line is based around providing moisture and shine to dry and brittle hair. I purchased the Black Vanilla Conditioning Set that came with the Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Smoothie for $36. This set claims to improve dry hair by 80%.


Black Vanilla Sulfate Free Shampoo:  Price: $10.00 for 12 fl.oz

  • First 5 Ingredients: Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-2 Cocamide, and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
  • Claims: Deeply moisturizing sulfate-free and color-safe, the Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Sulfate-Free Shampoo gently cleanses and restores your natural moisture without adding weight to your hair.

This is actually the third sulfate-free shampoo that I have tried. The first one being Organix Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo which was a disaster by itself and no better using it in a co-cleanser mix. This sulfate– free shampoo turned out pretty well and provides more moisture than my Organix Coconut Milk sulfate –free Shampoo. I was relieved that it  did not strip my hair at all and the scent is lovely. Not to mention, the pump makes it really easy to use in the shower and delivers just the right amount of product. 

Black Vanilla Conditioner:  Price: $12.00 for 12 fl. oz

  • First 5 Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Amodimethicone, AMP-Acrylates Copolymer,  and Ascorbic Acid
  • Claims: The daily Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hydrating Conditioner is a rich hydrating recipe that takes dry, brittle and unmanageable hair and leaves it detangled, soft and easier to style. Perfect as a co-wash for those curly girls out there.

I love conditioners. I really like this one because it has a nice slip to it and helps me detangle my hair while in the shower. Its slip is not as good a my beloved Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch Conditioner but it gets the job done. This also has a pump as well which makes it easy to use.

Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie: $14 for 8 fl.oz

  • First 5 Ingredients: Water , Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, and Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Claims: The Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Smoothie is a deeply moisturizing hair treatment that instantly takes hair from dry,brittle and unmanageable to conditioned, smooth and soft.

Deep conditioning your hair as the most important part of Wash Day and you can never have too many conditioners! This is definitely the all-star in the Black Vanilla line. It has a thick creamy consistency. The convenience of the jar makes it easy to scoop out the product. It penetrates my hair immediately and delivers moisture on contact! I use about a dollop  for each of the four sections of my hair so you do not need to use a lot to get great benefits. I also tried this out on my mother who has low porosity hair that is really hard to moisturize and it has been working great for her. If you try any product out of the Black Vanilla line put this at the very top of your list!

Notice any difference using the conditioner vs. the hair smoothie? Of course the hair smoothie is much thicker than the conditioner, but as far a delivering moisture, not really. They are both extremely effective. If your hair is in extreme need of moisture I would definitely recommend using the hair smoothie. But using the conditioner as a deep conditioner is not bad either. I have noticed that the regular conditioner has a bit more slip than the hair smoothie.


  1. Great overall review of the products! I could not decide which one I wanted to try first, but was eyeing the Black Vanilla line. Now I'm sure I'll be trying that Hair Smoothie first, as conditioners are my fav to purchase and try out. Thanks!

    1. Trust me, you cannot go wrong with the hair smoothie