Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Body Bakery Cupcake Conditioner Review

During my last online shopping spree, I bought myself a couple of The Body Bakery products including their shampoo and hair conditioner. I actually had to battle with myself whilst choosing a scent for the conditioner because I really love mints and had already chosen the Body & Hair Icing in Peppermint Vanilla Latte scent but I was torn in wanting to try the Sparkling Fruit Punch scent due to a raving review I read somewhere (I don't remember where but I found it whilst reading reviews for other products). In the end, curiosity got the better of me and I chose to get the Sparkling Fruit Punch Cupcake Conditioner to pair with my Peppermint Vanilla Latte shampoo.

My pair of Body & Hair Icing and Cupcake Conditioner.

From the website, the cupcake conditioner is said to be made from luxurious botanical extracts combined with softening oils to create a superior conditioner for all hair types. Their deep-conditioning formula promises to hydrate and softens while leaving hair with an incredible shine. Oh, and it also doubles as a skin-softening shaving cream.

The Sparkling Fruit Punch Cupcake Conditioner.

The Cupcake Conditioner comes in a 12 fl. oz. clear plastic tub with a  pump on a white lid. The label holds the common trademark of The Body Bakery's product labels with the cute coloured lettering and the logo at the top. The scent is also printed on a separate sticker label and pasted on the right side of the front label. The back of the label holds information about the product, usage directions and list of ingredients.

Sparkling Fruit Punch!
 Product info and list of ingredients.

Directions to use: For daily use, massage into hair and rinse within 3-5 minutes. Once a week, use as a hair mask by applying conditioner to damp hair and leave for 15-20 minutes.

The ingredients listed for the cupcake conditioner is: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, PVP, Hydrolyzed Protein, Stearalkonium Chloride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle Root) Extract, Amica Cordifolia (Arnica) Extract, Betula Alba L. (Birch Sap) Extract, Cinchona Succirubra (Chinchona) Extract, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance.

The lid of the cupcake conditioner is quite interesting to me because there are three ways offered to get the conditioning paste out of the tub. The pump is relatively quite big and is placed in the middle of the white lid. From a bird's eye view, it kind of looked like a duck. 

The neck of the pump can be opened when twisted counter-clockwise revealing a small opening.

The whole lid also can be opened by twisting it counter-clockwise. I really liked the fact that the big lid can be opened because it could be a hassle to get the remaining of the conditioner out through the pump when it nears finishing. Very clever and convenient.
Convenient way to scrape out the remaining gunk.

I had a tough time raising the pump from it's locked position even though I had twisted the pump head counter-clockwise hundreds of time. I even tried to hold the middle neck and twist the small separator on top of the middle neck. After struggling for some time and feeling frustrated, I resorted to sought the help of my husband. We succeeded unlocking the pump by holding the small separator (I suspected it is the locking device of the pump) with a pair of pliers and gave the separator a huge twist and voila! The pump raised ceremoniously up! Actually, all the aggravation of unlocking the pump head was for naught because I end up opening the whole lid off every time I use the conditioner because I find it to be more practical and convenient. I didn't want to get some of the conditioner stuck inside the pump's suction straw.
The pump head finally unlocked.

The description for the Sparkling Fruit Punch scent is: A fizzing blend of strawberry, apple, peach and lemon, but to my nose it smelled like yummy orange vanilla cake. I really didn't regret choosing this scent because it smells really yummy and sweet. I guess the fusion of all those yummy fruits' scent together produced this sweet and fruity smell that I just can't get out of my head.

The Cupcake Conditioner's is white in colour and has a nice subtle shine to it. The texture is soft and thick almost like a creamy body lotion. 
Looks like body lotion doesn't it?

Spreading the conditioner over my hair is quite easy. It sank into my tresses as if my hair had soaked up all the moisturizing conditioner. When I first used the conditioner after shampooing, I felt that my hair wasn't really moisturized and I was so disappointed because I really liked the scent. The second time I used it, my hair turned out really soft and manageable. Surprise! Surprise! It was easy to comb through my hair without any knots and tangles. I guess the dryness from the first time use is due to transition from using my old shampoo and conditioner to The Body Bakery's shampoo and conditioner. The sweet fruity scent lingered for a very long time leaving my hair smelling nice and sweet for two days! 

I didn't use the Cupcake Conditioner as a shaving cream though. I was too happy with the conditioner making my hair soft and smelling so sweet!

My verdict: Now it's official! I am deeply in love with The Body Bakery's Cupcake Conditioner! I really love the sweet fruity scent it left on my hair and the scent satisfyingly lasts for a long time. My whole bathroom smelled like yummy and sweet orange vanilla cake every time I used it! The conditioner also deeply moisturized my hair saving it from dryness and brittleness until it is time to shampoo and condition again.  The only downside is that the price is really steep and the product runs out fast (with my usage anyway). If only they'd lessen the price or increase the quantity of the tub, I would be the happiest person on the planet. Would I repurchase? Definitely yes! I am eyeing to try the Peppermint Vanilla Latte Cupcake Conditioner next!

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