Product Review: Darcy’s Botanicals

This product review is for the following naturally curly hair products from Darcy’s Botanicals:

  • Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme, 8 oz., $12.00:  Organic aloe vera, Madagascar vanilla bean extract, organic palm oil, beeswax, castor oil, rice bran oil, and jojoba oil. 
  • Organic Palm Fruit and Cherry Kernel Butter (Vegan), 4 oz., $12.00: Organic non-destructive palm fruit oil, organic virgin coconut oil, sweet cherry kernel oil, lemon butter, cocoa butter, organic agave nectar, vitamin E, orange and patchouli essential oil blend.
  • Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme, 8 oz., $12.00 – Distilled water, organic aloe vera, organic virgin coconut oil, BTMS (a mild conditioning detangler), vitamin E, panthenol, yarrow sage, horesetail, nettle and lavender exract, fractionated coconut oil, phonxyethanol and ethylhexyglycerin (a paraben-free food grade preservative).

After seven years natural, I’ve never proclaimed a product to be a “holy grail”, but I think I’ve finally found “The One” in the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme.  Darcy’s Botanicals naturally curly hair care products have rescued me from seriously dry, misbehaving hair, and bun boredom funk.  Want to see a pic of what bed head looks like for me the next day after styling a bun with Darcy Botanical’s Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme? 016 Not too bad huh?  No wetting, brushing, or coaxing into place was required.   And to think I was actually able to drop my daughter off at school without her insisting I park across the street.  I must have looked “mom appropriate” this morning or something.  LoL. 

Anybody who wears a wash and go or a puff  knows that cold temperatures + wind +  snow will give you the worst snarls and tangles imaginable.  Saturday, I bravely wore my puff  in the above elements after using Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme and Coconut Lemongrass Transitioner’s Creme to smooth down my edges.   I was really dreading braiding my hair before bed because I thought I would have to detangle.  I was pleasantly surprised.  My hair was still soft, moisturized, and not tangled at all.  I applied the Organic Palm Fruit & Cherry Kernel Butter to my ends and nape only and I was ready for bed.  No  detangling session was necessary. 

Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme:  The light vanilla scent of this moisturizing styler smells divine.  It feels light, goes on smooth, and provides both sheen and softness.  I initially used about a quarter-sized amount, but a little goes a long way.  I like stylers with a light hold and I think the candelilla wax substitution helped with that (thanks Lysandra!).  I was able to achieve three-day hair with this product.  Definitely a Holy Grail product for me.

Organic Palm Fruit & Cherry Kernel Butter:  This butter has a pleasant herbal aroma, probably the patchouli.  It has a light whipped texture and instantly smoothed and detangled my problem areas, which is my nape area and ends.  Since putting this butter on my ends at bedtime, I’ve had a  significant reduction in tangly ends.  This butter also is perfect for twists and braids.

Coconut and Lemongrass Transitioner’s Creme:  This creme has a light lemon scent with a thick consistency.   It’s an excellent daily moisturizer and leave-in after a conditioner wash.  I applied this on top of the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme to smooth down my flyaway edges and nape area on second and third-day hair.   It actually moothed down my edges (including those unruly grays)better than any gel I’ve used.  

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What I love about Darcy’s Botanicals so far:

  • Lysandra (owner) is very personable and customized the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme for me (candelilla wax for beeswax).  Definitely an owner who puts a lot of attention into detail.  I felt so special when I received my order.   The packaging was awesome.  Thanks Lysandra! 
  • Great prices.
  • Quality natural ingredients.
  • Products kept hair moisturized throughout the day with no need to reapply.
  • Third-day hair.  I didn’t even want to wash my hair because it stayed moisturized and soft with no heavy buildup.
  • Hair cleansed and rinsed clean with the **CCrafters (Karess Krafters)Babassu Herbal Essence Shampoo Bar. 

For the product junkies, Darcy’s Botanicals has new products coming soon.  Stay tuned for Organic Coconut and Aloe Moisture Pudding, Peach Kernel Hydrating Milk, Organic Shea Butter Whips, and Tucuma Butter Moisture Whip. 

**This shampoo bar was awesome.  My hair was cleansed without stripping.  Scalp wasn’t dry.  No weird coated feeling you sometimes get with shampoo bars, therefore, no ACV rinse necessary.


16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ~Back to Curly~ on February 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    oh dear…I shouldn’t have read this…lol! I was taking a look at the line just the other day, but wanted to put off purchasing just to save money…but your glowing review has me thinking twice!! So glad it worked for you, there’s nothing like finding holy grail type products;-)


  2. omg!! I looove her products too and wanted to order she has more stuff coming out? I might need to wait then..
    i also loove Karess krafters babassu poo bar


  3. Thank you so much for trying our products. I am so glad that everything worked well for you:)


    • Posted by maturenatural on February 25, 2009 at 9:10 am

      Hi Lysandra! Keep us posted on your new products coming soon. The Coconut and Aloe Moisture Pudding has my name all over it.


  4. I’m going to try the product. I am new to natural hair care products and I have turned into a product junky. My hair is more of a 4b and seems to be extremely coily. Do you think the product would work for me? Your hair looks like a 3c and it’s very pretty.


    • Posted by maturenatural on February 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks Lechelle! My hair is extremely coily too and is 4a/4b, shrinks like crazy. Does your hair like aloe vera?


  5. I haven’t used any aloe vera lately. The health food store owner where I purchase product said aloe vera is a drying agent and thought it would dry my hair. I purchased it anyway and added it to my spray bottle. Does is work for your hair? Maybe I need to go back to using it.


    • Posted by maturenatural on February 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm

      My hair loves aloe vera gel, which is one of the reasons I purchased the Madgagascar Vanilla Styling Creme. I’ll e-mail you.


  6. Posted by HijabiApprentice on March 12, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Ooh thanks for the review! A friend just sent me a sample of the darcy’s botanical madagascar vanilla styling creme! I’m smitten already.


  7. I hope that aloe vera is NOT drying ’cause I just ordered some of this lovely stuff based solely on the recommendations here! 🙂

    Due to stress, age, and heredity, my hair has thinned to the point of being nearly non-existent on the sides and front of my hairline so I’ve been sporting a very curly human hair weave. Love the look of it but both my hair and new sewn-in hair could use a bit of nourishment. Haven’t been happy with anything I’ve bought so far and it occurred to me that perhaps I need to spend a bit more than usual for the right product. Lord knows this wasn’t in the budget but, what the heck? Sometimes you’ve just got to go for it, right? 🙂

    Wish me luck….


  8. Posted by maturenatural on March 24, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Hi Lee.

    I really, really like her products because of the ingredients and my hair loves aloe vera. I little dab will do ya, so it should last you a while too.

    Good luck!


  9. I’ll keep you posted! 🙂



  10. Finally, I ordered the Madgagascar Vanilla Styling Creme today. I can’t wait to try it.


  11. Posted by maturenatural on April 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Lechelle! I love the Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme. My hair is doing so much better since using this product. A little goes a long way too. Make sure you let me know how it’s working for you.

    Hey, I’m now an official follower. Looking forward to more blog updates!


  12. Thanks for joining my blog. You know I also follow you. Now I know why your hair is so pretty. You have been natural from seven years. This beginning stage is weighing on me, but I’m going struggle through it. :o)


  13. Posted by Gail on August 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I love her products too. They work great for my combination 3c wavy, curly, coily hair. My goal is to try all of her product line and I have almost done so. Her customer service is awesome as well. Everyone I know keeps telling me they love my hair and that is looks and feels so healthy. Her products leave my hair soft and shiny. I went out last night and had several people come up to me and tell me how great I looked and how much they loved my hair.


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