I’ve been a sucker for rice-based beauty products, ever since I tried Komenuka Bijin Cleansing Powder made of rice bran. I’m currently using Nature Republic Fresh Farm Rice Foam Cleanser and have seen results, on the other end of the price spectrum, with the sake-derived SK-II Pitera skincare.
So I was nothing short of welcoming to the sample-sized Mekhala poo and dish that I received in last month’s Vanity Trove. Unfortunately, they failed to impress me and I was left quite disappointed with their performance.
The 30 ml bottles that I received were for normal/thinning hair, as well as problem scalps. Perhaps this is why the formulation is so mild – the short three uses that they yielded did very little to moisturise/condition my hair. Instead, my tresses became woefully entangled after shampooing and I could barely run my fingers through my hair even after using the conditioner. In all fairness, I doused my hair with more dollops of the conditioner in the final use and my hair did feel smoother and more manageable. However, it was still far from restorative and conditioning. I reckon this range would work for people with oily scalps but with my current follicular dryness, it’d be foolhardy for me to purchase this range.
I’m not familiar with black rice but the fragrance of this range reminds me of chin chow (an Asian grass jelly dessert-drink). My hair had a distinct treacly scent reminiscent of pandan (a fragrant leaf used in Asian cooking) syrup mixed with the herbaceous whiff of the black jelly. I didn’t mind it initially but the smell became increasingly strong, eventually putting me off. Thankfully, it dissipated as my hair air-dried. I don’t think I could have tolerated it if it had remained!
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