Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner

This brand has been one I had been wanting to try for the longest time and I finally bit the bullet thanks to @brunnettewithbounce’s lovely review. 

As usual, a description of first six ingredients plus benefits are included below.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Gel
Certified organic. Benefits include improved detangling, moisture, scalp healing, remediation of dandruff, restoration of pH levels, decreased frizz, enhanced cellular regeneration, anti-inflammatory action for the scalp. 

Aloe vera gel smoothes the cuticle surface and also attracts and seals in moisture. Despite having a low amount of active ingredients on a molecular or weight basis(less than 1.0%), the specific combination and type of ingredients enable it to pack a significant punch.

Contains minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and other micronutrients that may be beneficial to the hair. 

Behentrimonium Methosulfate
Plant source: Shea butter. You’ve probably made it a general practice to beware by anything that contains the word "sulfate." Don’t be alarmed, there’s nothing harsh about this ingredient.

This is a real conditioner. It is a cationic surfactant—cationic means it’s positive. This is important because our hair strands have a slightly negative charge and we’ve all heard the saying that “opposites attract”. This simply means that it clings to your hair and lubricates your strands.

It is one of the mildest detangling ingredients around and helps provide slip in some of your conditioners. It does not cause buildup and is non-irritating to the scalp. 


Glycerin
Plant source: Coconut. It is an alcohol and is soluble in water. It can be used as an emulsifier for adding oils into a formulation. It’s frequently added to formulations for its moisturizing and viscosity-modifying properties.

It is a highly effective moisturizer and humectant for hair. Its thick viscosity and high boiling point are what make it an effective curl-definer and frizz minimizer (in the right climate).

Rice Amino Acids
Certified organic. It is a mixture of amino acids derived from the complete hydrolysis of rice protein. Hair conditioning agent that seals the hair cuticle to lock out environmental moisture that causes frizz.



Hydrolyzed Rice Protein
Certified organic. Contains both positively and negatively charged proteins. The positively charged proteins bond with the negatively charged hair structure and the additional negatively charged proteins repel each other via electrostatic forces to create a volumizing effect. It has been shown to significantly increase total hair volume by up to 32%. It also adds natural shine and highlights to hair. By increasing the ability of the hair to bind moisture, it leads to increased flexibility and tensile strength. Improves hair volume and manageability. Helps fortify hair to prevent damage. Nourishes hair from root to tip.

It is also an effective anti-irritant and leaves a smooth, dry feel on the hair. 

In vitro tests:
In laboratory tests, shampoo and conditioner with Hydrolyzed Rice Protein in the formula resulted in hair that had 12.3% more volume after 1 wash and 13.1% more volume after 5 washes. Placebo treatments showed just 1.3% and 3.3% volume increases, respectively.

In a second test, the treatment products gave a 15.6% increase in volume compared to baseline after 5 washes. A comparison product, which claimed to be volumizing, showed only a 3.4% increase in volume.



Nelumbium Speciosum (Lotus) Flower Oil
Certified organic. An oil expressed from the flowers of Nelumbiumspeciosum. Rich in antioxidants. Helps to increase the volume, strength, and elasticity of the brittle hair. 

I love that Innersense strives for toxin-free haircare and that they believe in choosing clean, pure ingredients.

This leave in conditioner spray is very lightweight. It’s infused with emollient oils, herbs, flower essences, and a touch of honey. I LOVE how easily it detangled my hair. I could tell that it boosted moisture to my hair. And as far as the scent, it smells really beautiful with a hint of lavender.

I prefer creamy leave in conditioners for my texture and have found that that is what works best for me. I’ve never had really great results using a spray leave in conditioner as a base product. I would have to use too much and for that reason it’s not worth it for me, however, this is PERFECT for refreshing my hair, reviving my hairstyle, and boosting moisture whenever my hair needs it.

If you’re transitioning and have extremely dry hair, I highly recommend this product for hydrating hair in between wash days.

Cost: $26/ 10 oz.

Protein Free? No

Curly Girl Friendly? Yes

Vegan? No

Shelf life: 12 months

No phthalates, ethoxylates, sulfates, silicones, 1,4 dioxane, parabens, petro compounds, propylene, butylene glycol, PEG, MEA, TEA, MIA, artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, gluten, GMOs. It’s also a cruelty free product. 

Where to buy: https://innersensebeauty.com/