Product Review – Ori Essentials aka The Game Changer

As I continue to try the hair products received in my First Curlkit subscription, I decided to try Ori Essentials Moisturizing Leave-In next. I had never heard of this product or anyone using it but I kept away from reading the reviews before trying it for myself. I should also note that this was one of the two items of which I received a full-size. This gives the opportunity for some trial and error to see if I really like or dislike a product. Then when the May Subscription box arrived (more details to follow on new subscription boxes) with the full-sized Cleansing Conditioner; I thought this was even better since I get to try two of their products and share my thoughts.

Ori Essentials


There are also NO Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, Alcohol or Dyes.

Cleansing:  Purified Water, Nettles, Horsetail, Chamomile, Tea Tree, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polysorbate-20, Stearlkonium Chloride, Coconut Oil, Carrrot Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Fragrance and those long words again: Phenoxyethanol and Capryloyl Glycine and Undecylenoyl Glycine.

Leave-In: The first ingredient is purified water – yay! There is also glycerin,Coconut oil, Stearic acid, Avocado)oil, wheat germ oil, Grape seedoil, Nettles extract, Horsetail extract, chamomile extract, Aloe Vera, Panthenol, Tocopheryl, Vitamin E,  Fragrance and some really long words like: Phenoxyethanol, Capryloyl Glycine, Undecylenoyl Glycine,.


Cleansing: It has the same consistency as expected in a conditioner – thick.

Ori Essentials Cleansing Conditioner

Leave-In: It’s a bit thicker than the Karen’s Body Beautiful and Naturalista Cosmetics conditioner that I’d previously reviewed.

Ori Essentials Moisturizing Leave-In


Cleansing: I was wondering why I was craving banana ice cream all of a sudden – it was this product. I don’t know what is in it, but I wanted to grab my Magic Bullet and whip something up with a banana. Yumnom.

Leave-In: It isn’t a really distinct smell, just a nice combination of all the ingredients. It leaves your hair smelling so fresh and so clean.

How I used it:

Cleansing: It is meant to be used as a co-wash (conditioner wash) – which essentially means you do not use shampoo to cleanse your hair. This is mainly because shampoo tends to strip your hair and scalp of all moisture in an attempt to cleanse all build-up. So I wet my hair and applied a liberal amount and worked it through, then combed it out using a wide tooth comb.

Leave-In: As usual, I applied a leave-in then finger-detangled my wet hair (and kept a spray bottle handy). I then applied some of the conditioner to each section before I flat twisted.

Results and overall impression:

Cleansing: My hair looked and felt cleaner like the buildup was definitely removed, but it didn’t feel stripped like it would after using a shampoo. Not bad. I will definitely be using this again and I highly recommend it. This is especially good if you’re trying to revive dry, damaged hair.

Leave-In: The following morning, I noticed my hair looked VERY shiny. As I was undoing the first twist I noticed that not only did my hair feel soft but the curl was so defined. By the time I’d removed them all, I was truly impressed. When I say impressed, I found myself saying “Omg this is just as good as the Naturalista!”. And if you recall, I LOVE the Naturalista Juicy Leave-In and basically ranted and raved about it (I may have lost my mind a little on Twitter as well!). And just like that – the game changed. The one thing I did also notice is that it felt heavier on my hair so I wouldn’t be inclined to use it as often. It wouldn’t be necessary anyway, because even a few days later my hair still maintained the moisture from the first use.

Retail details:

Had it not been for Curlkit I wouldn’t have known anything about this product line, including the price. See there’s another benefit of trying out this service. It is however available on Curlkit for $13 for the leave-in conditioner and $12 for cleansing conditioner.

Have you ever heard of or used anything from this product line? What was your impression? Leave your comments below!

2 thoughts on “Product Review – Ori Essentials aka The Game Changer

  1. I always like reading about the products your try, and this one sounds like a real winner. I especially like that there are no parabens and dyes – a definite plus. Thanks for the review!

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