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Nanette

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Since I already use the Ultimate Hair Butter I decided to try each product individually to see which I liked best. I have very fine, light colored hair. I used each butter before showering and left it on about ten minutes before washing off. The one that worked best was Cupuacu. My hair was soft, the curls were great and the top didn't flatten out. I would definitely use it again.
But my favorite is the Babassu oil. I put a small amount in my hair before putting mousse is my hair. I really like how it holds the curl and makes my hair soft.
The other butters and the Bacuri did not work well for my hair type. Thanks for the trial!
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Ok, I finally used all the test products! For the sake of science, I started off using each one individually, but the textures made that very difficult for 3 out of the 6 butters. However, crafty chick that I am, I found a second application for these beautiful products which I'll discuss at the end. But here's my review.

About my hair: I am a mixed-race Black woman with non-relaxed but color-treated hair. Let's see, whose hair looks like mine to give you an idea...? It's hard to pick a celeb to compare my hair to when everyone is rocking weaves now! This old photo of Alicia Keys bears a good resemblance to what my hair looks like when left loose to air dry, except mine is black & not as long or perfectly coiffed.

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My hair is thick, wavy in some places, curly in others. It's fine enough to comb through with a regular comb when wet but not straight like Indian/Caucasian hair. My natural color is off-black but I have it dyed black once a month with a demi-permanent colorant to keep the gray at bay. I had 4 inches of hair cut off for the summer, so my current length is about 2 inches below my shoulders. Left loose to air dry, my hair dries curly (& shrinks!) but tends to tangle/frizz at the ends. If I pull it back into a chignon, twists or braids & let it air dry, I'll have nice waves once I take it down. But because it's thick, my hair takes 2 days to dry all the way down to the roots unless it's very hot outside. Usually when I go to get it colored, I have it blown dry & flat ironed so I can wear it straight. My hairdresser says my hair is healthy for color-treated hair. And I oil my scalp (do Blackfolks still do that?) twice a week with a homemade blend of plant/carrier oils & essential oils to keep dandruff in check & to promote hair growth. (I want those 4 inches back ASAP!)   

1st Product Trial: I shampooed my hair then applied my usual a semi-homemade conditioner, a combo of SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (which has great, natural ingredients for a commercial product, at a good price -- check it out if you haven't already) mixed with Rainforest Chica's Ojon Repairing Hair Mask. I wasn't up for deep-conditioning that day, so I just combed it through then rinsed it out. Then I parted my hair down the middle & applied the brown Bacuri butter to one half & the Babassu oil to the other half. It was mad hot outside so I just let my hair air dry while I was running errands.   

My hair seemed to like the Bacuri butter better out of the two. I had less frizz at the ends on that side & my hair was very soft once it dried. But blondes prolly won't like it because of the dark brown color -- & that stuff will stain your clothes! The Babassu oil was a bit to light for me in terms of density & not emoillent enough. But I think the fact that it's a very light oil would make it excellent for Asian/Caucasian/Indian hair as an after-shampoo conditioner or something to use in the winter when you get flyaways from static electricity.

2nd Product Trial: The next week, after my shampoo & conditioner, I used the Cupuaçu butter on one side & the Ucuuba butter on the other side. It was cooler out so I put my hair in 2 ponytails & let it air dry over the weekend. I wasn't thrilled with the results from either of those butters. The
Cupuaçu butter was a bit too heavy for me, but I think I may have used too much. It's very emollient & seems like it would be good for coarse/kinky hair & esp. good for thinning edges/hairline & damaged ends. I think I would have had better results if I had melted it first instead of just rubbing it between my palms. But I had lots of problems with the the Ucuuba butter. It's hard & pebbly with a waxy texture & wouldn't melt in my hands. I had to melt it in a water bath. After putting it on my hair, it hardened up again & made that side of my hair stiff & waxy! The texture is close to beeswax but not as hard. I think Ucuuba butter would be good for creating dreadlocks if mixed with a bit of another oil. But it was a #Fail for my hair. I had to wash it out the next day & it was very difficult to wash out.

3rd Product Trial: I washed & conditioned my hair then used the Murumuru butter on one side & the Tucuma butter on the other side. The Murumuru butter was quite hard -- even in 80+ degree weather, it had to be melted in a water bath. And not half an hour after putting it into my hair, it had hardened again -- ugh! (I anticipated that & made no plans to go anywhere after completing my experiment.) It took nearly an hour to remove ig when I washed it out. But my hair really liked the Tucuma butter! Chrys calls both of these butters "vegetable silicone", but the Tucuma butter really lives up to that promise. Both butters are solid at room temp but the Tucuma is not nearly as hard, more like a very dense paste. It melts readily when rubbed between your fingers & left my hair smooth, moisturized & frizz-free at the ends when it dried.

Overall Impressions: I think all of these gorgeous, natural butters have great potential as hair care products -- BUT they should be combined with other oils/butters rather than used alone. My fave everyday oil to give my hair some shine before I walk out the door is Chrys' Brazilian Bombshell Glossy Hair oil. It contains Murumuru butter, Pracaxi, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Pataua & Coconut oils -- 6 different oils! Because Mother Nature likes it when we combine her blessings to create new blessings. And Chrys has already done the work for us -- there are plenty of combination butter/oils at Rainforest Chica that you can order & use for great results on your hair. And I had no problems with the smell of any of the trial products. The Babassu oil has basically no smell. The others smell like the earth or the forest -- woodsy & natural. But 1o min. after applying, them the scent is gone. Thanks everso for giving us these butters to test, Chrys!  

And since I love coming up with new natural product recipes, I decided to combine the 6 butters from the test to make a skincare product. I'll post my results from that on the Skin Care forum.

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I should probably have done a better job warning my girls about overusing the butters and the ucuuba butter. When I told people to use each butter individually I should have added a note about Ucuuba.
Most people, including me, will use too much butter and oils on our first try with a new products. That is a message I will be sharing, start with very little and then add... Better than start with a lot, then there is nothing you can do besides washing it.
Also... Ouch, Ucuuba by itself is SUPER hard to wash off, since the melting point of this butter is super high, in order to get rid of it, we almost have to burn our scalps.
Ucuuba has amazing hair properties but needs to be used as less than 20%of the mix.

Good info to share BEFORE making people try it right? 



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2nd Product Trial: The next week, after my shampoo & conditioner, I used the Cupuaçu butter on one side & the Ucuuba butter on the other side. It was cooler out so I put my hair in 2 ponytails & let it air dry over the weekend. I wasn't thrilled with the results from either of those butters. The
Cupuaçu butter was a bit too heavy for me, but I think I may have used too much. It's very emollient & seems like it would be good for coarse/kinky hair & esp. good for thinning edges/hairline & damaged ends. I think I would have had better results if I had melted it first instead of just rubbing it between my palms. But I had lots of problems with the the Ucuuba butter. It's hard & pebbly with a waxy texture & wouldn't melt in my hands. I had to melt it in a water bath. After putting it on my hair, it hardened up again & made that side of my hair stiff & waxy! The texture is close to beeswax but not as hard. I think Ucuuba butter would be good for creating dreadlocks if mixed with a bit of another oil. But it was a #Fail for my hair. I had to wash it out the next day & it was very difficult to wash out.

Overall Impressions: I think all of these gorgeous, natural butters have great potential as hair care products -- BUT they should be combined with other oils/butters rather than used alone. My fave everyday oil to give my hair some shine before I walk out the door is Chrys' Brazilian Bombshell Glossy Hair oil. It contains Murumuru butter, Pracaxi, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Pataua & Coconut oils -- 6 different oils! Because Mother Nature likes it when we combine her blessings to create new blessings. And Chrys has already done the work for us -- there are plenty of combination butter/oils at Rainforest Chica that you can order & use for great results on your hair. And I had no problems with the smell of any of the trial products. The Babassu oil has basically no smell. The others smell like the earth or the forest -- woodsy & natural. But 1o min. after applying, them the scent is gone. Thanks everso for giving us these butters to test, Chrys!  

And since I love coming up with new natural product recipes, I decided to combine the 6 butters from the test to make a skincare product. I'll post my results from that on the Skin Care forum.

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My fave everyday oil to give my hair some shine before I walk out the door is Chrys' Brazilian Bombshell Glossy Hair oil. It contains Murumuru butter, Pracaxi, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Pataua & Coconut oils -- 6 different oils! Because Mother Nature likes it when we combine her blessings to create new blessings. And Chrys has already done the work for us -- there are plenty of combination butter/oils at Rainforest Chica that you can order & use for great results on your hair. And I had no problems with the smell of any of the trial products. The Babassu oil has basically no smell. The others smell like the earth or the forest -- woodsy & natural. But 1o min. after applying, them the scent is gone. Thanks everso for giving us these butters to test, Chrys!  

And since I love coming up with new natural product recipes, I decided to combine the 6 butters from the test to make a skincare product. I'll post my results from that on the Skin Care forum.


I have to say, I made a 8 oz spray bottle of that stuff and just use it from, literally, head to toe! LOL

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