Wow. I haven’t done a product review in a minute and this one is SUPER late for a ton of reasons which I’ll spare you for now, so… let’s get to it!
Many moons ago, I posted on Instagram that I tried a certain Rhassoul & Bentonite shampoo bar. I was soon after contacted by the creator of Naturalicious, Gwen, who saw this post and thought I might like to try her Rhassoul Clay product- Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment- seeing as how I had a decent experience with the shampoo bar from this other brand.
Although I expressed that I may not get to review her product right away, Gwen was totally cool with that and was happy to send along the product anyway. She asked if I considered my hair to be kinky/coily or curly/wavy. Here’s what I got…
How sweet… literally!
Product Claim (from the creator herself):
“it’s the only ready-to-use liquid Rhassoul Clay cleanser available (meaning, you don’t have to mix it up or do anything special to it; it’s ready to use right out of the bottle). It’s designed to allow you to wash, condition, deep condition, leave in condition and detangle all at once (hence the name “5-in-1″)”.
I’m all for shaving down my wash time any way I can, so a product that claims to do all the steps… I’m intrigued!
INGREDIENTS: Moroccan Lava (Rhassoul) Clay, Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinfera (Grape) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenoxyethanol
Even though I wasn’t going to be using it just yet, the first thing I did when I received the product was sniff it. I did not like the smell, at first! Howwwwever, when I went to actually use the product, I took in a good whiff again. This time, I was pleasantly surprised that it smelled a lot like chocolate! Ha!! It was only then that I checked out the ingredients and yup, Cocoa Butter is listed as the fifth element in the treatment. My nose must have been having a bad day that first time. LOL! If you like the smell of chocolate, you’ll like this.
The consistency is kind of on the thick, creamy side, not at all watery or runny, as you would expect with a clay.
After soaking my hair in the shower, I began by squirting about a quarter size amount of the product into my hand for my first section (I always wash my hair in about 6 or 7 sections which I twist loosely beforehand). I unraveled the twist and applied the Clay Treatment to my scalp first, massaging with my fingertips. The little granules of the clay had a nice exfoliating effect and I felt a slight tingle once I was done massaging it through. There was no lather or foaming, of course, which may be a weird feeling at first if you’re not used to it. I had used a couple “no-foam” shampoos before so I was cool.
I then applied more of the product to my strands, raking it through for complete coverage. Once all the hair was cleansed, I rinsed with cool(ish) water, once again raking my fingers through my hair to detangle and also to make sure the product rinsed out thoroughly. My fingers were gliding through with ease.
I can honestly say that while my hair was left feeling refreshed and thoroughly cleansed, it didn’t feel stripped of moisture at all. If anything, the Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment left my hair feeling softer, more moisturized and yet a little stronger at the same time… weird. Good weird. Although I’ve never really had an issue with the elasticity of my hair, that seemed to improve as well. While the experience was a good one and my hair felt great, I still applied a separate leave-in conditioner afterwards (on both occasions), just because it’s what I’m used to doing, not necessarily because I felt like I needed to.
Afterwards, I put my hair in a simple protective style of two large flat twists.
There was no trace of buildup whatsoever. My hair and especially my scalp not only felt clean but upon inspection, it was clean. With those granules and that exfoliating action, this might be a good wash to turn to if you’ve been using quite a bit of product and want to get all that gook out. I was able to finger detangle with no problem and my hair felt like I had just done a combo of a protein & moisturizing deep conditioning all at once. Basically, it did what it said it would and saved me some time to boot!
My issues with the Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment have more to do with the packaging than anything else. As you can see, the bottle is a matte white. Because of this, I can’t tell exactly how much product I’ve actually used or how much I have left. Also, for the thick consistency of the product, a squeeze bottle of this kind is probably not best. I had to do some shaking to get the product to the opening and squeeze with some- not a whole lot, but enough- force. Maybe a pump would be better? Not sure but I know the line is still rather new and all those kinks will be worked out as production continues to move forward.
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely! You have all the benefits of Rhassoul Clay without the mess of mixing. All the work is done for you and then combined with other amazing ingredients to give you a full washing and conditioning experience. If you’re looking for a wash day time-saver, this is it. Cleanse and condition in one step then style as usual. Who wouldn’t love that?!
In two uses, it seems just from the approximate weight of the bottle that I may have used a little less than half, maybe about a third. At $19.99 for a 12 oz bottle, I’d say it’s worth it simply because of the convenience to the consumer who doesn’t have to spend time gathering ingredients and mixing. Interested? Get yours here!
Many thanks to Gwen for sending me this product to try! I love it.
Have YOU tried Naturalicious Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment or Rhassoul Clay itself? What were your results? Share your experience below!