Facing the dreaded shampoo conditioner foil packet and trying the Native Fig from Rusk

I know I have said this before, but I am not a fan of shampoo and conditioner foil packets. I can deal with them for serums, hand cream, well virtually anything else, but when it comes to shampoo and conditioner, they are a real pet peeve of mine. Not all of them split cleanly (and if you don’t split them the product either both squeeze out at the same time or you have to try and get the conditioner open after you’ve shampooed your hair which may or may not work depending on the shampoo. I always make some sort of mess with them. So not a big fan. But I went for it anyway.

Normally I like to give products a few weeks before I report back on them.  The Rusk Puremix Native Fig Replenishing shampoo and conditioner was a foil packet that came in my October Allure box. In addition to my bias against the shampoo conditioner foil packets,  I was very annoyed that the price of the box went up and then they put a foil packet in as one of the items.  And while I’m still kind of salty with Allure for that, I tend to like the Rusk shampoos that I’ve tried before so I wanted to separate to product from the box so to speak. 

Plus looking at the packet whenever I opened the hair care drawer just made me frown, so I figured I’d use it and clear it out of the drawer. I also noticed I had several foil packets for hair I haven’t gotten around to using (because I put them in the drawer and then forget them) so I may be making an effort to use them up soon just to clear them out. But for now there is the Rusk Native Fig. So let’s look at the products.  The shampoo and conditioner are sold separately, 12 oz bottles sell for$18 each and the 35 oz bottle costs $36. So a set of 12 oz bottles runs $36 and a set of 35 ox bottles will be $72. I know you can do the math yourself but as I tend to buy my shampoo and conditioner in sets, it helps me to see that. So, according to the product page…

Replenish your hair with this shampoo and conditioner. Made with vitamins C & E to cleanse and restore moisture levels. Vitamin-enriched and is infused with quinoa and refined oats to provide color protection and strength. Vegan and leaves the hair clean, healthy and glowing. Cruelty-free and is free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, silicones and artificial colors.

The sample foil pack had enough product for one use.  I remembered to cut the packages open before stepping into the shower so there was no frustration as wet hands tried in vain to tear slick foil.  Let’s hear it for thinking ahead. Yes, occasionally it does happen. I did almost loose the shampoo walking back to the bathroom as I held them a little tightly and it started to squirt out of the top, but I recovered.

The shampoo lathered up well.  It wasn’t an extravagant lather, but it did lather up.  And it rinsed off cleanly.  It was apparent that this was a shampoo that needs to be followed with a conditioner. It just didn’t have enough umpfh to carry through without it.  So I used the provided conditioner. 

Again it was single use. 

The conditioner went on well and again rinsed off cleanly. 

Both products had the same scent, which shouldn’t surprise me as they are part of a paired set.  But the thing is, the scent was barely there.  Just out of the package, I sniffed the product in my hand and could barely scent something that might have been fig-ish in scent. It wasn’t a non-scent, but it was so light that as soon as it was in the hair and mixed with water, the scent was all gone.

I am torn as to how I feel about that.  With my hair, I am used to smelling something from it throughout the day.  I am used to the scent lingering in my hair.  There are some hair care products that I simply won’t use because I don’t like the lingering scent they leave behind and others I really like because of the scent.  This left no lingering scent.  I kind of missed it.

But I got over it.

Normally I uses some sort of leave in conditioner (currently my favorite is the Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm from Percy & Reed.  It came in a subscription box and I have been hooked ever since). With this one day test, I used nothing else on my hair.  I used my Glov Hair wrap (love by the way, so fluffy and absorbent)  then removed it and let my hair air dry with no additional products.  When dry, I ran a brush through it.

The initial brush through

My hair is soft, shiny and glossy. The shampoo and conditioner worked really well with detangling and shine.  I was quite pleased actually.  As the day progressed however, I did notice I was getting more flyaways. Actually it didn’t have to progress too far, after about an hour after my initial brushing I was getting them. I decided to use a little of the wonder balm on my hands and then run it over the surface of my hair rather than all the way through it.  The balm worked perfectly to smooth down the fly aways.  Which is fine, with most shampoos I do the same thing. admitly with most it takes a bit longer for the flyaways to appear.  But this clearly isn’t an insurmountable problem.

Now the Rusk shampoo and conditioner are higher priced than many drug store shampoos.  They are not as expensive as some of the more luxury shampoos though.  I have been known to spend extra on shampoos before (one of my favorite spurges is from the Kerastase Genesis line, seriously even though it is kind of pricey if you are having issues with hair breakage, their serum fortifiant is absolutely amazing. You need so little that it lasts a really long time. It took me about a year to get through one of the 90 mL bottles. I highly recommend it.). I don’t mind paying more for really good product, but to get me to spend more than I would on a drug store brand, the shampoo has to be significantly better than the drug store standards. 

After about two hours

Two of my standard drug store favorites are the Suave Professional Rosemary and Mint ($3.99 for 28 oz or $7,98 for shampoo and conditioner) and the Tresemme Moisture Rich (currently the set of conditioner and shampoo is on sale together at $6.99 with each bottle being 28 oz – the sale is pretty standard for Target actually making it actually less costly than the Suave which always surprises me).

Does the Rusk surpass either of these products? I would say that it works better than Suave, but not as good as Tresemme.  So technically no, it doesn’t pass the test.  It is a good shampoo, but for the price it is not as good as some of the lower cost shampoo and conditioners that I use.  Would I use it again?  Yes.  I didn’t care for the lack of scent, but the products worked well.  They just didn’t work well enough to justify their price.

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