Soooo…..maybe I should start off with the few positives there are about this product……
It smells good! Fresh and coconutty.
It’s nice and thick, easily spreadable, will last a while. I found that this product worked best for me when it came to twist outs and braid outs (which I very rarely do), it would provide enough hold to help the styles last for days afterwards.
Water, cocos nucifera oil/coconut oil, isopropyl palmitate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, stearyl alcohol, glycerin, steareth-21, dimethicone, steareth-2, fragrance, propylene glycol, polyacrylamide, methylparaben, C13-14 isoparaffin, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, ethylparaben, camelina sativa oil/camelina sativa seed oil, xanthan gum, oryza sativa bran oil/rice bran oil, laureth-7, hexyl cinnamal, benzyl benzoate, limonene, coumarin, methylisothiazolinone, benzyl cinnamate, citronlellol, geraniol, benzyl alcohol
Oh yes……the ingredients are without a doubt some of the worst within my little curly hair inventory.
And I can’t say that the outcome was surprising here, this was not a repeat purchase and it left me with more product buildup than I had bargained for.
I bought the coconut soufflé over two years ago now, when I was a little less ingredient-snobby and still getting my head around reading/understanding an ingredients list. I still hadn’t figured out what would and wouldn’t work for my curls.
Make no mistake, my hair felt uber soft on day one of my wash and go….although I have to add, quite weighed down. In the days afterwards, my hair would slowly start to dry out…..yet be left with a greasy sticky film coating my curls. My hair was incredibly hard to re-moisturise in the days afterwards due to this suffocating sticky layer.
Looking back at the ingredients with the years of wisdom that I have acquired in “natural hair world”, I can now see that this cream contains dimethicone (only to be used when heat styling, see here), C13-14 isoparaffin (I’m assuming a variant of mineral oil) and benzyl alcohol (probably one of the most drying preservatives/ingredients I’ve found in natural hair products).
This is definitely not a product I would pick today by any standards. I am not someone who strictly follows The Curly Girl Method by any means….but as my curls get longer….I definitely find myself adhering to the rules closer than I ever have before during my natural/healthy hair journey. My hair is much more likely to get weighed down these days and acquires product buildup pretty easily, therefore the Mizani Coconut Soufflé would be a total mismatch for me now.
I do think that this could work for some hair types. I can see it working for high porosity, coarse hair which probably needs the coating of silicones and isoparaffin to help lock in much needed moisture. This means that in theory, this product should work for anyone with damaged/chronically dry hair, especially those who have had the outer cuticle layer forcefully lifted or chipped away through chemical/styling processes.
In terms of price, this product is definitely on the expensive side. It’s £12.90 for a 226.8g tub, as found on FeelUnique.com (which is probably the cheapest place to purchase). Whilst this is a price I don’t mind paying for hair products, I do not think that the quality justifies the cost at all.
I’d probably give this product 3.5/10.
Have you tried this product before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
The Curly Cockney