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Old 07-25-2006, 02:23 PM   #1
 
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Default Agave Nectar instead of honey

There have been several threads lately about honey and molasses, so I thought I'd throw this into the mix!

I noticed bottles of agava nectar next to the honey and other sweeteners at the health food store several months ago, and I remembered it being one of the key ingredients in Kinky Curly Curling Custard -- my hair loved that stuff, but it made me itch like crazy so I had to stop using it. Anyway, I picked up a bottle and ended up putting it aside, but I recently pulled it back out and have been using it for several weeks now.

I really love this stuff. It's much more liquid-y than honey or molasses, so it's alot easier to mix in with other styling products, and it doesn't make my hair feel sticky at all. It also doesn't make my hair take a really long time to dry the way honey can sometimes do. In fact, I haven't noticed any difference in drying time at all. What I have noticed is that it boosts the hold of whatever styling product I'm using, and it makes my hair shinier. Oh! And no, I haven't noticed any changes to the color of my hair (which is dark) since using it.

I mix 2 or 3 drops in with whatever gel I'm using. If I accidentally use a drop or two too many, it's no big deal the way it would be with honey. I don't know if it makes a difference, but the brand I'm using is called Madhava. If you click the link, you'll see more information about agave nectar than you ever wanted to know! There's actually some pretty interesting stuff in there.

Anyway, if this has been discussed before, my apologies, but I hadn't noticed anything on it before. Hope this helps someone!
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Never used it on hair, but it's way healthier to use as a sweetner than honey. The health properties are different so I don't know if you can get the same benefits for hair. I will test it out.
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:34 AM   #3
 
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This is intriguing. No, I'm pretty sure I've never seen anyone mention agave nectar before.
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:39 AM   #4
 
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RealRedNCurly, I did notice the health benefits for those who have blood sugar concerns, interesting stuff. One other thing I really like as opposed to honey is that the agave nectar has a very long shelf life (3 years I believe), and it doesn't crystallize at all. Mine is still as liquidy as when I first bought it in the fall. Please let me know what you think after you've tested it.
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agave nectar is also a honey subsitute for vegans, I believe...
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:56 AM   #6
 
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Hmm, this does sound good. I love honey, but hate the way it's lightened my dark hair. And molasses I can't get past the smell, and the way it seperates in the water. Does anyone know if you have to get this at the health food store, or can you just get it at the regular grocery store?? I don't think I've ever seen it...
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:19 AM   #7
 
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SpaghettiHead, I haven't thought to look for it in the regular grocery stores, but I will next week when I go back "into town" unless someone else answers you first. Do any of the grocery stores in your area have a "natural foods" section? I'm thinking that's where it will be in my local groceries.
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Yea, they do. I need to go to the store this weekend too, so if I remember to, I'll keep my eye open for it!
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:14 AM   #9
 
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Count me in on the "looking for it" team. I like Kinky-Curly Curling Custard and I'd been wondering about agave for some time. I've never seen it anywhere. I don't go to Whole Foods all that often, but I'll look around...it is SO hard to find anything in that store.
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:20 AM   #10
 
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We're finally supposed to get a Whole Foods here in Richmond sometime in 2007. Is it really organized that badly? The agave nectar should be with the honey and other sweeteners, but I guess they could put it somewhere weird.
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:12 AM   #11
 
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I've only ever been to the WF here in Madison, WI so I don't know about bigger cities. Here, the parking is a nightmare, the aisles are very narrow and I'm not sure what kind of logic is used in arranging food. I think it's the "make you run around like a headless chicken & buy a little of everything" logic.

Weird product placement like breakfast bars are not in the cereal aisle, but in the chocoate/cookie/cracker aisle. ? Health bars on the other hand are in the tea/fruit juice aisle. Coconut oil is in the cosmetic oil aisle, the hair care aisle, AND in the cooking oil aisle. Cheese is scattered everywhere...in fresh produce, bread, and of course the cheese area. I've never seen honey anywhere, but I get fed up at WF really quickly! We have a lot of local honey producers and I get it elsewhere. I have searched WF extensively for coconut milk, no joy. Their selection of "ethnic foods" here isn't too hot.

Sometimes WF has good sales on natural cosmetic brands like J/A/S/O/N and Nature's Gate.

Sorry for derailing the thread.
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I've also been to the WF in Madison, and I completely agree with Castella. There is no rhyme or reason there. You really have to wonder what they're thinking. I hear we're getting one here in Milwaukee. I'll check it out to see if it's the same way.

Anyways-I'll have to check out the agava nectar. Sounds like something I'd like to try.
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What does it taste like?
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Quote:
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What does it taste like?
For some reason this just struck me as hilarious!
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What does it taste like?
For some reason this just struck me as hilarious!
Well, they said it could be used as a sweetener
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internetchick, I have the light version (haven't tried the "amber" one yet), and it's kind of hard to describe the taste because it's really very light. It doesn't have a strong flavor like honey and molasses, it's just a nice, pleasant sweetness (gee, isn't that helpful, lol). Maybe the closest thing I can think of is something like sugar-water, but not quite as intensely sweet.

Castella and Fermunney, thanks for the info on Whole Foods...it'll be interesting to see if the one here ends up being organized like that.
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internetchick, I have the light version (haven't tried the "amber" one yet), and it's kind of hard to describe the taste because it's really very light. It doesn't have a strong flavor like honey and molasses, it's just a nice, pleasant sweetness (gee, isn't that helpful, lol). Maybe the closest thing I can think of is something like sugar-water, but not quite as intensely sweet.

Castella and Fermunney, thanks for the info on Whole Foods...it'll be interesting to see if the one here ends up being organized like that.
Thanks, it sounds like it would be perfect for tea
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Exactly! Dissolves easily and wouldn't interfere with the flavor of the tea.
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Old 08-03-2006, 07:59 PM   #19
 
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Whole Foods has Madhava agave!

They had the amber, light, dark and organic. Believe it or not, it was next to the honey (which was next to a gratuitous extra stand of olive oil, enough with the olive oil, it's in every aisle).

I'm glad it has a long shelf life, because of course since I found it, I had to buy some, but I have no idea what I'll do with it. Wait, try it instead of honey on the hair, that's right!
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Can't wait to hear what you think of it, I've been curious to know whether it will work as well for other hair types. I'm still loving it and add a few drops to whatever hair products I'm using on any given day. Please let us know your results when you've had a chance to try it.
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