Product Review: Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Hair Smoothie

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A trendy staple of the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair collection, the Moisture and Shine Hair Smoothie claims to rehabilitate dry and dull hair with instant, deep moisturizing properties, guaranteeing improved manageability and natural shine. Does the Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Hair Smoothie live up to its promises? Un’ruly’s very own Remi Powell scours the web to find out!

the verdict

Ultimately Carol Daughter’s Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Hair Smoothie has been met with mixed reviews, but there’s one thing that everyone’s noticed – its scent. Users of this product really love the Black Vanilla aroma, repeatedly noting its luxurious smell and ability to not overwhelm the wearer.  While it appears this product is mostly effective for those with dry or damaged hair types, the hair smoothie also seems to work as a wonderful, deep-treatment conditioner for all hair types, including transitioners, natural hair (3A-4C), relaxed hair, color treated hair, “text-laxed”, protective styles, and even weaved hair. However, I can’t say the same for its detangling efficiency.  Some users commented that the hair smoothie really made it easier for them to unravel knots, but others claimed that the product made their tangles much worse. Some users also mentioned that the product’s consistency is “nice and thick,” so you don’t need to use too much when you put it in your hair, but others say they run out of it too fast. Despite the separation of opinion in detangling, there is a resounding, gleeful satisfaction on the smoothie’s shine and moisture properties.

In retrospect, I wish I knew about Carol’s Daughter BV hair smoothie while I was transitioning. I had a tough time moisturizing both my natural hair and my relaxed, and it seems like this product would have worked wonders for both textures! I’ve heard great things about Carol’s Daughter products, but haven’t seriously thought about purchasing an item, until now. It seems like the Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine would work as a great, deep treatment conditioner for my curls, especially if it quickly detangles. I’m also very pleased to see  the ingredients are a compilation of amazing, hair-friendly oils and am incredibly excited about the Black Vanilla smell, so much so that I can’t help but wonder if the rinse smoothie will work just as effectively as a leave-in conditioner… Overall,  I would rate the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine as a must try!

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  • Lavish black vanilla scent
  • Mostly natural ingredients
  • Amazing moisturizer and conditioner
  • Great for most hair types (preferably dry or brittle hair)
  • Adds shine
  • May help with detangling
  • Doesn’t leave any build-up

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  • Moderately priced
  • Contains cetearyl alcohol
  • Limited slip
  • Only comes in 8 oz.
  • May leave hair greasy and weighed down

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what the manufacturer says:

Replenishes moisture, improves manageability and adds shine!
No Silicones, No Parabens, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Colors, No Petroleum

For Dry Brittle or Dull Hair
To instantly fix dry, dull, brittle hair so it can have all the manageability, softness and shine you want, takes a deep moisture-balancing treatment. That’s why this intensely rehydrating hair smoothie is packed with a rich blend of Cocoa and Shea Butters and Pro-vitamin B5 to rescue and deeply condition your hair so it has a healthy texture with natural shine. Made to absorb into your hair quickly so you’ll notice an immediate difference.


what bloggers say:

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The Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie (BVHS) while wetter and less creamy in consistency, went on a little rough and didn’t give me the slip I crave. I was shocked considering that one of the first ingredients is amodimethicone (I was thinking it would behave like the Pantene DT Mask). I put on my plastic baggie and micro heat cap and went about my business for 2 hours. Finally, it was time to rinse. When I took off the baggie to assess the situation, I was very surprised to find that the BVHS, while still not very slippery, was soft and supple. It was much easier to work with and detangle under the water stream. Needless to say, I didn’t expect these results.

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I love this product. Out of all the hits and misses with the Carol’s Daughter line this conditioner is always the one I come back to, always. Her hair smoothies do not disappoint and are always tried and true. About the only thing that has changed with her product line is the packaging. She uses authentic ingredients in her smoothies that leave my hair super soft and with a great balance of moisture and shine. …Alone, this product does not provide the best slip for detangling. For curlies with tangle issues I highly recommend a detangler prior to deep conditioning. I expect my conditioner to help aid in the detangling process… this one does not do that. If you deep condition every week like I do, this little 8 oz. jar is just simply not going to last you that long.

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This stuff is thick. And if eight ounces doesn’t sound like a lot to you, don’t worry – you can apply this stuff sparingly and still get the most benefits from it. Frankly, this is the first hair product I’ve tried in quite a while that can successfully tame my thick, curly hair in a good and shiny way. (And I try a lot of different hair products.) After I’ve tapped my tub, I’ll gladly spend my own money on this hair product or any other from the Carol’s Daughter family, a home-grown company that began in a Brooklyn kitchen, and now has a huge following of Hollywood celebrities and non-luminaries alike. Lesson learned, but I’m happy to report that it works really well as a styling product on my thick and curly hair – wet or dry.

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what commenters say:

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I love the way my hair felt super clean after using this product. My last experience with this line of product left my curls feeling dry and brittle so I was a little hesitant to try the black vanilla hair smoothie. I must say I am happy with the results and wouldn’t mind using this again.


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I absolutely love the Black Vanilla Conditioner. It does wonders for my hair. But I was still looking for a deep conditioner. I would buy other products (Mizani, ORS, etc.) online and in beauty stores, but they dried out my scalp, tangled and/or weighed my hair down heavily. …This smoothie does EXACTLY what it says. After sitting under the dryer for 15 to 20 minutes, it detangles and makes my hair bouncy, shiny, and moisturized. Since using this smoothie, I’ve been getting compliments on how healthy my hair has been looking. So the search is finally over! I will continue to use this as my one and only deep conditioner.


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I am transitioning from relaxed to natural curly hair and I don’t think I could have done it without this conditioner. It has helped make my hair very soft and manageable. It also helped reduce the breakage I was suffering. I did notice it is much more effective when used with heat – I use a heat cap and condition for about 15 min – my hair was pretty damaged. I use it along with the Black Vanilla shampoo. I’m still on the lookout for finishing products to hold curl and add sheen but my conditioner is covered.


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 what vloggers say

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Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Amodimethicone, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol ( Pro-vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate ( Vitamin E Acetate), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aspartic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium-37, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)

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