The Gardenia, both domestic and Tahitensis, is my favorite fragrant flower. Florida is rampant with them and the smell reminds me of springin the South. The lush, sophisticated and heady scent is what makes it a favorite floral note in most fragrances I’ve ever worn. So when I got wind that Wen Hair Care had come up with a Gardenia scent, I jumped onto the QVC website and scored myself a bottle.
Wen’s Spring Gardenia Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner is a limited edition fragrance. It is sold in 16oz bottles and comes with a pump to replace the cap with. The bottle is a boston round brown plastic and the product inside is white and has no perceived added color. At first whiff the smell is fresh and inviting but frankly it does not smell like the gardenia flowers I know and love. It smells more herbal than floral so that let me down a bit. Still it is a It is a very soothing scent and not jarring to the nose.
I first used this cleansing conditioner in Pennsylvania just to check the results but was more interested in what would happen when it was used in extreme temperatures. When used in Florida after swimming in a highly-chlorinated pool both to cleanse my hair and as a leave-in conditioner/styler, both my hair weave and natural hair at the temples and scalp were soft, moisturized and didn’t feel hard or brittle. Granted the humidity in Florida wasn’t nearly as oppresive as in the summer, ar around 50 – 80% humidity I didn’t notice any frizz or swelling even after walking around the Magic Kingdom at Disney World for several hours afterwards. I also tried this on my daughter’s naturally kinky-curly hair and the Gardenia cleansing conditioner not only left it soft and moisturized, but further defined the curl pattern of her hair when I used it as a leave-in conditioner. Very nice bonus!
As with the Tea Tree formulation (which I will review at a later date) I divided my weave hair into two sections and used approximately 5 – 6 pumps per section. I used one pump to distribute at my hairline and neckline where my natural hair sticks out. After working into the weave hair I used another 2 – 3 pumps per section to work into my scalp and inbetween the weave tracks. I left the product on for about five (5) minutes while I completed my shower and then using a genuine Denman (UK made, not Chinese) wide styling brush, gently detangled my hair from the ends to the roots. This helps to detangle curly hair and to further cleanse/condition the hair with the cleansing conditioner. I then rinsed the hair completely with warm water, towel dried the hair and then used another 2 – 3 pumps per section (2 sections) another one pump for the hairline and neckline.
There is no denying I am absolutely estatic about the results I’ve gotten with this Wen fragrance and the Tea Tree one (which I prefer due to my cranky scalp). While I’ve always loved the smell of Philosophy’s 3 in 1 Bodywash/Shampoo/Conditioner, the sulfates just stripped my hair. Carol’s Daughter’s Rosemary Mint Shampoo & Conditioner give comparable results but they are two separate products. This product is so wonderful to have on hand and importantly for travel I consider it a staple in my hair regimen. And if you are an impatient Type-A like I am and/or have squirmy kids this is one less step you need in order to wash their hair.
Wen Gardenia cleansing conditioner is a nice spring scent and I’m glad I tried it but it won’t replace my love for the Tea Tree formulation. It doesn’t give my scalp that cool tingly feeling like with the Tea Tree and I’ve also noticed it doesn’t keep my cranky scalp under control very well. From what I hear this is a limited edition scent for the spring season so if you’re interested in getting it please keep that in mind. Once the supply is all gone it’s all gone.
Retail price for a 16oz pump bottle is $40.00 USD. While the price does seem quite steep, remember this is a sulfate-free formula which is great for ethnic hair, and combines shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner & detangler all in one product. Wen does sell a separate replenishing mist in other scents but if you combine 4 parts distilled water (I prefer Fiji water) to 1 part Wen cleansing condntioner and put it in a pump bottle you’d essentially have the same thing. Mix 3 parts wate with 1 part Wen cleansing conditioner for a nice detangling spray.