Following my post on pics of sulphate free shampoos last week, I thought I would go back to the shops and see what petrolatum or mineral oil free moisturisers / leave in conditioners I could find. Once again I went to Clicks, Dischem and Checkers. If anything was out of stock on the day I went to the shop then it won’t be included in this post. I have found that when it comes to Clicks stores, look for hair products in the bigger branches. In Pretoria I go to the branch at Menlyn Park Mall because this is the biggest Clicks in my area. Smaller branches stock very few hair products.
There are more mineral oil free moisturisers than what appears in this post, I just focused on what can be found in the three shops I visited. I chose these shops because they are found in most towns in South Africa. I have to place a disclaimer though that all I did was look at the ingredients list to see if a product has mineral oil or not. I did not go through all the ingredients to see what else is in the product. I suggest that before you buy any of these moisturisers you make sure you are happy with the other ingredients the product contains.
In taking pictures it made me realise just how many curl / gel activators there are out there. Maybe I can find one to replace Scurl Activator Moisturiser which has been out of stock in South Africa for months.
I did not include braid sprays in my pics though many do not contain mineral oil and they can also be used to moisturise the hair.
Contrary to what the name implies, this is actually a moisturiser and not an oil! I came across it in Dischem though I know you can find it in Clicks too. It costs R65.95 (US$7.30). This is one of the moisturisers that I have.
2. Organic Root Stimulator HaiRepair Intense Moisture Crème and Anti Breakage Crème
If you look closely at the pic above you will notice that these are two different moisturisers. They both cost R65.95 (US$7.30). This pic was taken in Dischem though I think Clicks stocks this line too.
3. Dark and Lovely Ouchless Detangler
I had always assumed that this product contained mineral oil. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it doesn’t. This pic was taken in Dischem where the spray costs R29.95 (US$3.33).
4. Restore Plus Oil Moisturising Spray
I have noticed that a lot of oil moisturising sprays contain mineral oil. This one doesn’t. I did see though that the other sprays in the line do contain mineral oil so you have to be careful that you pick up the right one. It costs R18.95 (US$2.10) in Dischem.
5. Easy Waves Curl Activator Gel and Oil Sheen
This is a product I see wherever I go! I had never paid it any attention until now. It seems like it always comes in a banded pack so you cannot but the gel activator without the oil sheen. I guess the idea is that they are supposed to be used together. Both products do not contain mineral oil and the pack costs R17.95 (US$1.99) in Dischem.
6. Sofn’free Gel Activator
This one on the other hand I found in Checkers. I didn’t see it in Dischem. This might just be that it was out of stock. It costs R29.99 (US$3.33).
7. Motions Nourish Leave In Conditioner
This leave in conditioner is one of the products I just assumed contained mineral oil. It costs R29.95 (US$3.32) in Dichem.
8. Revlon Special Feeling Glycerine and Oil Activator Spray
Revlon Special Feeling has several products that do not contain mineral oil but I did spot one that has mineral oil so you have to check the ingredients list. I found the line in Checkers, each product costing R24.95 (US$2.77).
9. Revlon Special Feeling Gel Activator
This also costs R24.95 (US$2.77) in Checkers.
10. Revlon Special Feeling Super Soft Activator
I have included this even though I didn’t see it in Checkers. It may have been out of stock. I bought it in a shop called Sweet Penny. I haven’t tried it yet but what intrigued me was term ‘super soft’ in the name of the product. I want to try it on my daughters’ natural hair as well as on my 18 week post relaxer growth. I will write a review once I’ve tried it. In Checkers Im sure it would costs R24.95 (US$2.77) just like all the other products in the line. I paid R21.99 (US$2.44) in Sweet Penny.
11. Naturel Gel Curl Activator
I almost missed this product in Checkers because it was on the bottom shelf. Another gel curl activator though this time a bit cheaper at R15.99 (US$1.78).
12. Dr Miracle’s Leave In Conditioner
I found this product in Clicks selling for R69.99 (US$7.78). Yet another product I wrongly assumed had mineral oil!
13. Dr Miracle’s Daily Moisturising Lotion
This was on special in Clicks at R49.99 (US$5.56). I remember standing in the shop thinking ‘I’d like to try this product’! I didn’t buy it though since Id already bought the ‘super soft’ activator. I will give that a try first.
14. Curl Care Leave In Conditioner
So, on the contrary, I had assumed all Curl Care products did not contain mineral oil. I was wrong! Some of them do contain it though the one pictured above does not. It’s sold in Clicks for R79.99 (US$8.89).
15. Gentle Treatment Thermal Leave In Protection Spray
I almost missed this spray because there were very few other Gentle Treatment products in the shop. It’s described as a ‘thermal’ leave in but I decided to include it anyway for those who like to blow dry their hair. It was on special in Clicks for R53.99 (US5.99).
16. African Pride Anti Breakage Crème
I have this moisturiser and I like it! It was on a ‘buy 2, get 3’ special in Clicks. For the special you can choose any product in the line. It costs R29.99 (US$3.33).
17. African Pride Maximum Strengthening Moisturiser Lotion
This also costs R29.99 (US$3.33). I haven’t tried it yet. I’m not sure why though! I didn’t check how much the ingredients differ between this and the crème.
- Some pics of sulphate free shampoos (africanhairblog.com)