Monday, October 11, 2010

Karen's Body Beautiful Review

I definitely need a stamp on my late pass because I honestly don't know how I slept on Karen's Body Beautiful ( - I received a beautiful package chock-full of products courtesy of Karen's Body Beautiful and I couldn't wait to dive in and give them a test drive!

I'm still playing with the Butter Love [want to give a thorough review] and will give the shampoo bar a whirl next week so stay tuned for those reviews as well! 
The addition of Sweet Ambrosia made my hair fluffy & soft
Shiny hair after shampooing & conditioning
Here are the results: 

Karen's Body Beautiful Shampoo
Ingredients: Purified Water, Saponified Coconut & Safflower Oils, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera,
Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Panthenol, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils & Vitamin E
Price: $12.00
Product Claims: Designed for dry, color or chemically treated hair, Karen's Ultimate Conditioning Shampoo cleans and moisturizes your tresses without stripping them. Perfect for dry, thirsty hair.

This was one of my favorite products of the bunch. I absolutely loved this shampoo because it moisturized my hair quite nicely. Because this product was formulated without the use of surfactants and foam enhancers, the lather isn't like that of a commercial shampoo, however it still cleans nonetheless. If you use this product, you may think due to the consistency and low-lather that you will need to use more however that definitely isn't the case. A dime-size amount of this product is perfect for an entire head. 

Best used as:  A weekly moisturizing shampoo. This is perfect for those with sensitive scalp issues that need a sulfate free alternative, those that are transitioning and are in need of a sulfate free poo, and even those that want to take a more natural approach to haircare! 

Would I purchase? Yes, this product definitely rivals a few of my staple shampoos minus the surfactants and un-necessary ingredients.

Karen's Body Beautiful Conditioner
Ingredients: Purifed Water, Grapeseed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Wax, Aloe Vera, Peppermint, Yucca, Horsetail, Nettle and Melissa Extracts, Panthenol, Essential and/or Fragrance Oils & Natural Enzymes
Price: $16 8oz
Product Claims: The Deep Conditioner provides protection to thirsty, brittle prone hair with panthenol that seals the hair follicle. Best used on thick curly, coily, kinky textures.

Initially I was a little leery about trying this conditioner due to the consistency of it [thinner, lighter consistency]. However after applying it, my hair felt extremely soft and very pliable. Those that detangle with the aid of a conditioner would love this product as it detangles strands very well and has lots of slip. This conditioner seals the cuticles taming frizz while imparting noticeable shine! - I applied this to my hair, covered and left on for about 30 minutes without heat.

Would I Purchase? Yes, this product is well worth it's weight in gold. However I will more than likely reserve it for bi-weekly or monthly conditioning treats. I normally do this when I love a product but need to use it sparingly due to the price.

Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia [Formally known as Hair Milk]
Ingredients: Purified Water, Jojoba and Avocado Oils, Vegetable Wax, Panthenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Vegetable Glycerin, Wheat Germ Oil, Essential and/or Fragrance Oil, Natural Enzymes & Vitamin E
Price: $16 8oz
Product Claims: You're only a few dabs away from lush radiant and soft hair. Karen's Sweet Ambrosia moisturizes the detangles, defrizzes and defines your curls. 

Day 1: This creamy hair-milk like product has the consistency of a lotion or conditioner minus the greasy feel. Starting off well already. I added this to sections of my hair like I would a leave-in conditioner; being careful not to use too much until I get a handle on how the product works with my hair, so far so good. My hair absorbed the Sweet Ambrosia leaving my strands ultra soft and very manageable. - I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great, natural leave in, or even a product to help with the detangling process.

Day 2: Today would come the true test. I used Eco Styler Gel for my twist out and as many of you know, you need something very moisturizing underneath to prevent the stiff, crispy look. I un-twisted my hair the next morning and it was shiny, extremely soft and free of product residue! Throughout the day, my hair maintained it's soft texture even in 50 degree weather [that's pretty cold for a Los Angeleno].

Day3: I tried this on my 3 day old braid out to see how it worked as a moisturizer and I loved it. I decided to re-twist my hair for more definition so I used this as a moisturizer/re-twisting styler and it worked well. It is light enough for daily use and doesn't leave a tacky, sticky residue behind which is perfect. 

Would I purchase? Most definitely, I would add this to the rotation of moisturizers and leave-in's. 

Best Used As:  Leave-In Conditioner - Moisturizer 

This product was sent to me for review by Karen's Body Beautiful. In order to maintain the integrity of MTM, all samples sent by PR are for consideration only. This allows me to share with you products that work well for me and are worth spreading the word about. If you would like to read my entire policy regarding product reviews, please read the Editorial Policy by clicking {here}.

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  1. I really want some of the sweet ambrosia! sounds completely ace :D Great reviews as always


  2. I am still transitioning, but I have heard great things about her products and I want to give some of her products a try. Great review!

  3. I've been using the hair milk/sweet ambrosia for more than two years and love it. Before I used Carol's Daughter Hair Milk for a daily moisturizer, but found that the change in formulation caused it to be a bit oilier, which is just not for me everyday. I love KKB's hair milk because it's not thick, and like you said leaves your hair soft and moisturized.

    Also, I've been using her juicy shampoo bars for about a year and I love it. They're moisturizing and aids in my detangling process. A little goes along way, as I've been using the same bar for about six months.

  4. @anonymous above about I went to get a sample of the hair milk from sephora and they gave me a quarter size of both the shampoo and conditioner. Might as well buy it if thats the sample i get. ( cant you tell Im cheap lol)
    @moptop....I would love a tutorial of the press. I want to know the proper way to do it before my one year naptural anniversary when i plan to straighten it..plllleeeaasseee : )

  5. KBB Hair Milk is the only leave in I use! Like Anonymous, when CD changed I found KBB and haven't looked back or elsewhere since.

  6. so happy to see love for karens body beautiful! i live near the shop in brooklyn and the women in the shop (including karen and her adorable daughter) are radiant and welcoming.great to see support for a wonderful, woman owned, black business!

  7. Glad to know you've been introduced to some of the best natural hair products around. I learned about KBB products from longhairdonttcare2011's You Tube channel last year. I have been hooked and grateful ever since! Iknow you will too! :)

  8. I love your lipstick....what kind is it!!

  9. I love your blog, its very informative and professional and you post regularly. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate all the work you put into it, it has helped me tremendously. I've heard a lot about KBB products and will probably try them in the near future because of all the positive reviews I keep reading. Keep up the great work and I will continue to follow your blog!!

  10. I may be wrong but I think saponified oils are considered "soap", which is a surfactant, pretty similar to, if not, castile soap. I actually saponify olive oil to make my own all-purpose soap, used in everything from household cleaners to toothpaste, to moisturizing shampoo and body wash.

    I am so impressed with her ingredient list and am really tempted to order something, though I don't know what I could possibly "need", :)

    Anyway, love this blog!

  11. oooh... that conditioner sounds divine! i've been transitioning since last Christmas, and I've been feeling sort of blah about my conditioners recently. thanks for the review.


  12. @Jasmine, you can purchase her product online at
    I've been using her products for about a year, I love her herbal conditioner I use it as a leave in, and I love her body butter it's whipped shea and smells like heaven (vanilla latte)

  13. hey, i just realized they're right here in Brooklyn... I'm gonna stop by this week and get some stuff!

  14. KBB sweet ambrosia has been the best find EVER for my kinky coils...I use that for softness and paul mitchell's super skinny serum for shine. Once-a-week, I condition my scalp with olive oil since I have very kinky, thick hair and very dry scalp. If you cover your hair at night with a conditioning cap after applying the sweet ambrosia, the softness you have in the morning and all day is divine (I also tie with silk scarf to keep conditioning cap in place). I recommend this for women with 4C kinky curls

    I haven't tried the shampoo and conditioner yet...been using pantene...but sure will now. Great store and spa here in NYC!

  15. Woww!! i think we have the same hair nature (im french maybe i made mistake in my sentence!)

  16. I'm so glad to have found this AWESOME blog! I've been growing my hair out from the Halle Berry; short, shaved in the back hair cut. Very nice, but difficult to upkeep since I just moved to another state a year ago and have YET to find a hairstylist; therefore, I've been wreaking havoc on my own hair! Not good. I just ordered the sample kit of Karen's Body Beautiful so I could try a couple of different products at once and see what works best. I really wanted to try that Juicy Shampoo bar, so I can't wait until it arrives. Again, great blog!


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