Ok, I know several people on here really like HESMU and HETT. But what I want to know is: Which one of these gels works the best, and why? If you don’t like one/either of them, what (budget friendly and CG compatible) gel would you recommend?

Here are some of the things I’m looking for in a gel:
- CG friendly
- Won’t leave my hair crunchy (one I can scrunch the crunch out of)
- Won’t make my hair look stiff, wet, or greasy (I like my hair to look soft and natural)
- Eliminates frizz but...
- Doesn’t slick down my hair; lets me keep some volume.
- All day hold
- Gives good 2nd day hair (not absolutely necessary, but would be nice)

I seem to have found my HG with my FSG-FOTE cocktail, but unfortunately I can’t take them on vacation (multi-week road-trip with no fridge ), so I’m looking for an inexpensive alternative (I want to have a little time to experiment with the new gel/s before I leave)—plus I have a coupon for $2 off any two HE products.

My hair: 3a/b, thick, porous, slightly layered, just below shoulder length. I'm 'cone and 'phate free too!

And just in case it helps—the ingredient list for both gels

Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel, Max Hold

Water, Laureth 23, Polyquaternium 4, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus Flower Extract (Cactus), Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylates/Beheneth 25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, DMDM Hydantoin, Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium EDTA

Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel

Water, PVP, Laureth 23, Lavandula Angustifolia Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (Lavender), Jade Plant Extract (Crassula Argentea), Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Triisopropanolamine, Carbomer, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG 12 Dimethicone, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA
Hair type: Fine, thick/dense, low porosity 3A—with 3B mixed in.

My hair hates protein & LOVES honey!

Condish: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition
Styling: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Styling Gel
Tools: Curls Like Us Curl Cloths, denman, finger-diffuser

CG since March 17th 2009!