Soultanicals

Don't get me wrong -- all of the small businesses I feature are phenomenal. But I have a soft spot for a few businesses in particular; and Soultanicals is one of them. 

Soultanicals owner and creator Ayo Ogun-McCants adiates love and positivity, and those vibes spill out of every product in her hair, bath, and body line. Inspired by her love of cultures, traditions, and the natural richness of African design, the Soultanicals line features products with botanical ingredients, bright designs and fun names, inspired by Ayo’s own earthy, fun, and afro-original nature. Soultanicals products are made for naturals of all textures and lengths who want to experience high-quality handmade natural products, while promoting self-love and wellness.

A little over a month ago, Ayo reached out to me about sampling some Soultanicals products, and I couldn't be happier. It was perfect timing -- I had just seen my hair crush HeyFranHey raving about the line, and I was looking for more high-quality businesses for the 2nd round of my small business features. Ayo provided me with some amazing products to try out: Curl Blaze Hair Glaze, Knot Sauce Coil Detangler, Honey I Shrunk the Frizz Strand Poo Bar, Fluffalicious Curl Nutricious, and Knappylicious Kink Drink. Of all the products, Curl Blaze Hair Glaze, Knot Sauce Coil Detangler, and Fluffalicious Curl Nutritious were my absolute faves. But in totality, all the products were AWESOME. I could go on and on forever...but for the sake of time, let's explore my favorite Soultanicals products!

Curl Blaze Hair Glaze

Product Claim

Slip into natural hair bliss with this moisturizing, shine-enhancing and oh-so-curlicious plant-based hair gel. Define with blue malva & marshmallow root, acacia honey and silky smooth plant gum to create a ph-balanced, frizz-free, hydrating experience- certain to hold your curls in heavenly cloud 9. Awesome slip & Crunch-free.

WARNING: Extremely Curl Reactive!

Top Ingredients 411

Ingredients List

  • Distilled water Infusion of Blue Malva and Marshmallow root
  • Aloe Juice
  • Vegetable Glycerine
  • Guar Gum
  • Panthenol
  • Sclerotium gum
  • Sodium Lactate
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Organic honey
  • Citrus Essential Oil and Fragrance Blend
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Citric Acid
  • Blue Malva and Marshmallow Root Water Infusion are noted for their ability to strengthen and moisturize hair, while providing tons of slip due to their high mucilage content
  • Aloe Juice acts as a natural conditioning agent that restores the hair's sheen, luster, and shine. It not only makes the hair soft, but it also enhances strength and suppleness
  • Vegetable Glycerin is a vegetable-based humectant that absorbs and retains moisture from the air
  • Guar Gum is a white flour-like substance made from an East Indian seed. Use small amounts as a thickener, binder, and volume enhancer
  • Panthenol is a form of vitamin B known to moisturize and soften hair. It's also able to penetrate the cortex of the hair shaft, but cannot repair or thicken hair
  • Sclerotuym Gum is a gel-like thickening agent and polysaccharide produced through a fermentation process (basically fermented sugar) that acts as a conditioning agent for hair

Performance:

When I first opened up the Curl Blaze, I thought it was going to be one of those "light" hold curl defining products that left me with some definition, but mostly frizz. I. Was. Wrong. Don't let the liquid-y nature of the product fool you. It has tons of slip, and glides easily on top of and throughout the hair. It mixes with virtually ANY moisturizing product, making it ideal for mixing and layering. My curls were super defined, shiny, soft, had tons of body, and lasted for days. I loved this product so much, I went ahead and ordered some more already! I mean, just check out the definition and shine on this wash n' go!

Knot Sauce Coil Detangler

Product Claim

A Nappilicious Reinvention of A Natural Hair Detangler, Super-Naturally Emphasized with Blue Malva Herb, Brocolli Seed Oil & Coconut Nectar for Excellent Comb-Thru Spreadability & Extra Softness! A lusciously creamy, delish blend of cake batter and butter icing with a hint of vanilla. The Proof is in the Sauce!

Ingredients

Distilled Water Botanically Infused with Certified Organic Blue Malva, Nettle, Horsetail, Slippery Elm, Oatstraw, Chamomile, Coltsfoot & Marshmallow Root, Certified Organic Aloe Juice, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flaxseed Gel, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocoa Butter, Brocolli Seed Oil, Crambe Seed Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5, Guar Gum, Algae, Coconut Nectar, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Natural, Fragrant & Essential Oil Blends, Potassium Sorbate, Black Willowbark Extract, Citric Acid, an extra pouring of soulistic flava & LOVE!

Top Ingredients 411

  • Blue Malva, Nettle, Horsetail, Slippery Elm, Oatstraw, Chamomile, Coltsfoot & Marshmallow Root Water Infusion:  Blue Malva, Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root provide slip, shine, and nourishment to hair while Nettle, Horsetail, Oatstraw and Coltsfoot promote strength, shine, and combat breakage. Chamomile sooths scalp and softens hair
  • Aloe Juice acts as a natural conditioning agent that restores the hair's sheen, luster, and shine. It not only makes the hair soft, but it also enhances strength and suppleness
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil is an incredibly stable oil of the Meadowfoam plant, known to provide softness, shine, and seal in moisture
  • Coconut Oil is extracted from the meat of coconuts. It is unique in the sense that it is one of the few oils that can penetrate the hair shaft to provide moisture. It also reduces protein loss when used as a pre-poo treatment.
  • Olive Oil is a moisturizing oil extracted from the meat of olives. It can penetrate the hair's cortex, so it may make hair stronger. 
  • Flaxseed Gel is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that promote shine, strength, elasticity, and also provides slip.

Performance

I think here would be the appropriate place to take a time out and pay tribute to how AMAZING everything in this line smells. It is gentle and sweet without being overbearing or irritating to those with sensitivities to fragrance. Knot Sauce is no exception. It worked amazingly well as a detangler and a pre-poo, making my hair feel nourished and moisturized. It is strong enough to melt tangles (especially when paired with the amazing steaming effects of the Q-Redew), yet light enough to act as a mid-week moisturizer or even a leave-in.

Fluffalicious Curl Nutricious

Product Claim

Known as some of the "world's best ingredients for Curly hair" (one scoop and you'll know why), this creamy nutricious hair fluff nourishes deep within the strand with hair-strengthening wheat germ oil, moisture-boosting blue malva herb and strand softening calendula leaf. Especially loved by Thick Curly Hair in need of Maximum Nourishment! 

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Ingredients List

  • Distilled Water Botanically Infused with Calendula and Blue Malva Herb
  • Organic Aloe Vera Juice
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Vegetable Glycerine
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate
  • Avocado Oil
  • Wheat Germ Oil
  • Pro Vitamin B5
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Citric Acid
  • Natural, Fragrant Blends 
  • Blue Malva and Calendula Water Infusion strengthens and moisturizes hair while providing slip, and Calendula is soothing to sensitive scalps, rich in plant minerals that protect the hair from free radicals, and protects the scalp from bacterial growth while conditioning and adding shine
  • Aloe Vera Juice acts as a natural conditioning agent that restores the hair's sheen, luster, and shine. It not only makes the hair soft, but it also enhances strength and suppleness
  • Cetyl Alcohol is considered "fatty alcohol" -- NOT to be confused with drying alcohols such as ethyl. Acts as a lubricant, thickener, and emollient. Provides velvety feel without making hair greasy. Also used to keep product ingredients from separating
  • Vegetable Glycerin is a vegetable-based humectant that absorbs and retains moisture from the air
  • Rice Bran Oil  is a cerimide-rich oil that helps strengthen hair similar to protein without the drying effects. Also promotes elasticity and shine.
  • Behetromonium Methosulfate is a mild detangling ingredient made from the rapeseed (canola). Known for great detangling without leaving product buildup on hair

Performance

For me, this product absolutely defies logic. In my hands, it feels very rich and creamy. But when I put it in my hair, it is light as a feather. It packs a super moisturizing punch without weighing hair down at all. I can't think of a better moisturizing product for transitioners, or anyone dealing with medium to fine strands of hair. After using Fluffalicious, my hair feels immediately nourished, softened, and most of all -- stays that way. I can go 2-3 days without reapplying the product. Because my hair isn't weighed down afterward, it has tons of body to it. This is the perfect foundation for a great wash n' go or refresher!

Bottom Line

All in all, the Soultanicals line of products is definitely one to experience. All of the products are handmade fresh with 100% botanical (vegan) ingredients. They do not include phthalates, parabens, sulfates, petroleum, mineral oil, glycols, or other controversial ingredients. The products are all 100% toxin-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and do not contain artificial preservatives, fragrances, or dyes. The Soultanicals line of products is great for the ingredient conscious, vegan, or for those with allergies and sensitivities.