Ingredient Safety Key
Ingredient to use with Caution
Musa Sapientum Fruit Extract/Banana Fruit Extract. Is used to condition hair.
Cetearyl Alcohol. A fatty alcohol that is used as an emollient (moisturize.)
Glycerin. Is a naturally occurring or synthetically produced fatty alcohol that is used to condition.
Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Brazil Nut Oil.) Is used as an emollient.
Cetyl Alcohol. Another fatty alcohol used for emulsion (to balance oils and liquids to prevent separation.)
Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter/Cocoa Seed Butter. Is used for moisturizing.
Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter. Is also used for its moisturizing properties.
Behentrimonium Chloride. Is used as an anti-static and preservative; limited research on toxicity.
Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate. Used as an anti-static ingredient and conditioning; limited research on this ingredient.
Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter (Cupuacu Seed Butter.) Is used for conditioning.
Benzyl Alcohol. Used as a preservative; has been found to be a skin irritant.
Phenoxyethanol. Used as a preservative; has potential to be a toxin.
Sorbitan Olivate. A surfactant and emulsifying ingredient.
Cetearyl Olivate. Used for moisturizing and as an emulsifying ingredient.
Cetrimonium Chloride. Used for its anti-static properties and as a preservative; can cause skin irritation.
Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer. A film-forming ingredient that is used to replace silicone. Can be derived naturally or synthetically.
Parfum/Fragrance. Any blend of ingredients.
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E.) Can be used for it’s antioxidant and skin-conditioning properties; is linked to tumour growth in high concentrations.
Diheptyl Succinate. Used as an emollient; limited research.
Citric Acid. Used as a pH adjuster and as a preservative; can be caustic in high concentrations.
Ethylhexylglycerin. Used as a skin-conditioning ingredient and preservative to replace the use of parabens; could be a skin irritant.
Isopropyl Alcohol. Most likely used to help dissolve another ingredient within the mixture; can be drying to hair and skin in concentrated amounts.
Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate. Used as a chelating ingredient.
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C.) Most likely used as a pH adjuster.
Linalool. A masking ingredient.
Panthenol. A derivative of Vitamin B5, most likely used for moisturizing.
Tocopherol. Used for skin conditioning and as a masking ingredient; derived from Vitamin E.
CI 19140/Yellow 5. Used for colouring; can be bioaccumulative.
CI 15985/Yellow 6. Used for colouring; can be bioaccumulative.
Does the Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask actually leave hair moisturized?
In short, yes. My hair is still more frizzy than I would like (I haven’t had my hair professionally cut in over a year… so the split ends are probably to blame.) But I think that it has definitely helped minimize the amount of frizz I had before.
Does this work better than a homemade hair mask that can be done with some ripe bananas, honey and a few other ingredients from the kitchen? Probably not. But the consistency is much nicer.
Will I repurchase?
I haven’t decided; I know that I like it and it leaves my hair feeling much softer without weighing it down… but I don’t know if it’s a necessary product to include in my haircare regime on a regular basis (other than during this time of the year.)
If I do repurchase it, it will be at this time of the year next year… so I guess it’s just a matter of sticking around to find out!