It could be glycerin, especially as we enter colder weather (many people do best with glycerin in moderate dews about 40-60). It could also be the difference in hold. I know many ladies who prefer harder hold gels (myself included) and Deva Light Defining Gel just doesn't work for that.

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Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel