Hi S&SR Readers,
Sometimes a girl needs to chat with her readers. Well, in this case, more like rant. I have an on going love hate relationship with the San Francisco based "Yes to Insert Fruit of Vegetable" brand products*. For instance, I love the Yes To Cucumber Facial Wipes. I also like the Yes to Cucumber Shampoo (the original formula). In general, I love how few ingreditents there are in this company's products. I love that they try and be as paraben-free, non-comedogenic, and natural/organic as possible. That being said, they are not perfect.
I have recently found the Cucumber-Mint Lip Balm to be about 3 of 5 stars. It was ok, not amazing. I have yet to try the Cucumber facial mask that also came in an on sale gift pack.
Now, for the negative perspective. I hate that they are constantly changing their formulas. For instance, there is the original Yes To Cucumbers Shampoo and Conditioner. The Shampoo I love, but they have recently altered the formula and I'm not sure how it is going to go when I can't get it on amazon anymore. Also, the Yes to Blueberries Voluminzing Shampoo and Conditioners (which I know a friend of mine is liking) have now been replaced with "repairing" blueberry formula. WTF guys?!
There are also simply PRODUCTS I HATE:
Yes To Cucumbers Conditioner (Original Formula):
This contained Sodium Hydroxide. This is lye. It is used in chemical relaxers to make curly/frizzy hair straight. It can burn and cause permanent damage to the skin. Though it is one of the last ingredients in this conditioner. It made my hair feel really soft, but was damaging it to do so. Not cool. What do I do with it? I shave my legs with it. I would love to see my leg hair be softer and fall out more easily. Is it the best for my skin? Probably not, but at least I'm not wasting money. Plus, I will not be repurchasing, so how much damage can one bottle for shaving do anyway =P ?
On this note, I am happy that they have changed the Yest To Cucumber's Conditioner Formula. I will be trying this soon. It seems to contain mainly stabilized natural oil. There are some reviews that it makes hair super greasy. I hope this isn't the case. Otherwise, I'll be set for leg shaving for the next 2 years....
Yes to Tomatoes Facial Cleanser:
Supposedly tomatoes help fight acne. Not in this cleaner. It was terrible. It made me break out and look like bees had attacked my face. It left tons of make-up on my skin after 2 through washings. I looked like a racoon. Lastly, it lathered as well as water from a puddle. If I wanted to look like nature attacked my face, I would have gone camping without a tent and covered in honey.
Yes to Blueberries Repairing Shampoo (New Formula):
I was curious about a repairing natural shampoo since I love the cucumber one. In my obsessive label reading, I some how missed that this isn't sulfate free! I just assumed because, it's a Yes To Editble Things brand shampoo product! How could I have missed Lauryl or Laureth Sulfate? Because it said "Coco Sulfate." Aw, I love coconut oil, so how bad can coco sulfate be? After a bit of research I found out that:
"The difference is really one of purification. Coconut oil is made up of a
wide range of fatty acids. They can have as few as 8 carbon atoms and
as many as 20. The majority of the fatty acids are of the 12 carbon
variety. That means 45-50% of coconut oil is a fatty acid containing 12
When manufacturers make their sulfate detergents they
can take pure coconut oil and run the "sulfating" reaction to produce
However, this material doesn't foam as well and will vary depending on the quality of the coconut crops harvested that year.
Lauryl sulfate is really just a purified version of the same material.
In this case they take the coconut oil and remove most of the non-12
carbon fatty acids. Their starting material is then about 80% C-12
instead of 45-50% C-12.
Ultimately, both products are primarily
C-12 or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate so they get the same CAS number. However,
pure SLS is more efficient and of more reliable quality so most
manufacturers use this."
While somebody's re-posting of information on their livejournal is not a very reputable source of information, I found it to be the most clearly written explanation. Needless to say, I find this to be very disappointing. I have to walk back to the drug store and return it. *sigh*. That being said, I am quite excited to try the Yes to Blueberries Conditioner.
If you can't tell, I have been on the quest for a perfect "frequent" conditioner. I love my Aussie 3 Minute Miracle for deep conditioning. And I still like my Paul Mitchell Thickening Conditioner as a light conditioner. I'm still liking my leave in conditioners as well. But I have been displeased with all of my attempts for a regular conditioner that is gentle, affordable, and effective. My Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Conditioner seems to have a few too many silicones for someone who likes using shine serums (basically concentrated silicone.) And other attempts have been underwheming.
Leave a comment below if you are interested in knowing of how my Yes To Cucumbers Conditioner (New Formula) and Yes to Blueberries Repairing Conditioner turn out.
*I am not paid or contacted by any of the companies mentioned in this post. These are my honest feelings and opinions.
Shine & Sparkle!