Support local? The Mixtress J Cosmetics launched its full line and I'm here for it

It should be of no shock to you that The Mixtress J Cosmetics is one of my absolute favourite local natural hair care lines. I've been a huge fan of the brand ever since they reached out to me back in 2014 to review their products. You can peep that video review here but be warned, this was over 5 years ago when yours truly recorded videos using her laptop's webcam, edited using Windows Movie Maker and boy oh boy did I look like a spring chicken lol. 

So when the TMJ team sent me their expanded product offerings, I was excited, not even going to lie about it. They changed up their packaging, added a bunch of new products and yours truly had herself once heck of a time trying out the products. 

Check out how I use The Mixtress J products

After all this experimenting with their new and old products in my hair exclusively, what are my thoughts? Let's break it down: 

Green Tea & Hibiscus Moisturising Cowash.

This is the first cowash I've used that doesn't have anything coconut in it. Rather it has clay in it which is great at detoxifying hair. Some of the key ingredients are ​Infusion of green tea and hibiscus, oatmilk and rhassoul clay. 

I will admit that it took me a few tries to figure out exactly how I should apply it to my hair for optimised effectiveness, but eventually, applying it to my scalp, then running it down my strands worked best and my hair felt cleansed not stripped at all. 

My overall score: 8/10

Coffee Cream Deep Conditioner 

It smells of coffee!!! Not overly strong, so you won't have to worry about the scent overpowering your sense of smell. Similar to the cowash, it took me a few tries to figure out how to use it in my hair. While I tend to use my deep conditioner on soaking wet here, this one works better for me on damp hair. When I tried it on soaking wet hair, it wasn't very effective. However, when I took the time to try it on damp hair, OH-MY-WOOOWWWWWW. A total and complete turn around!! It gave really good slip. And my hair felt very moisturised after I rinsed it out. 

My overall score: 8.5/10

Green Tea & Hibiscus Leave In Detangler 

Now this is one product that I don't really use on a whole, but of course my curiosity got the better of me. Let me tell you flat out that this detangler came to snatch edges. A few pumps was all it took to get rid of any snags in my hair. Those knots and tangles bowed down to the awesomeness of this detangler, and didn't even put up a fight or beg for mercy as my fingers effortlessly raked through my kinky curls. I was baffled, I was shook, I was left speechless, rendered unable to make any coherent statements, awestruck by the effectiveness of the contents of this bottle. Speaking of, the main ingredients are an ​Infusion of green tea and hibiscus, oatmilk, and irish moss. 

My overall score: 9.5/10 and that is only because I wish the nozzle on the bottle sprayed better.

Irish Moss Leave In Conditioner 

And cue the heavenly choir of afro angels as they descend their holy choruses upon this product. This has been a staple in my hare care for years. It is one of the few products that I dare to label as a Holy Grail product in my line up. Its key ingredients are water, irish moss, linseed and oatmilk. It has a fruity scent, that may be a bit much for you if you're not a fan of strong scents. I love it though. Thus things spreads like butter on hot toast in my hair. A little goes a long way. This product legit leaves my hair so soft and manageable that it is ridiculous. My hair really loves this product, no two ways about it. 

My overall score: 10/10

Green Tea & Hibiscus Moisture Milk 

Now this product is new to the line up. Similar to the other Green Tea and Hibiscus products, its key ingredients are an infusion of green tea and hibiscus and a combination of oils like castor, olive and sunflower. Unlike the Irish Moss which is thick and creamy, this has a more runny consistency. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't think that this would work in my hair. And if it did, it would just be okay. But it worked a lot better than I anticipated. I would say that I would quicker use as a light leave in for when I'm prepping my hair for twists, or for braided extensions vs the Irish Moss which I would use when I'm wearing my hair in afros and puffs. This product would definitely work better for type 3 hair and for persons with really fine strands

My overall score: 7.5/10

Honey Shea Twist n Seal Butter 

Made with honey, shea butter and a host of yummy oils, the twist and seal butter is the really good at sealing in moisture as part of your L.O.C.. What I particularly love about this butter in comparison to others, is that it doesn't leave your hair feeling greasy. This is a big issue that I've experienced with other hair butters. While it seals very well on my hair, I'm not sure if I'd use it to twist. but other than that, you can't go wrong with this butter.

My overall score: 8/10

Curl Defining Crème Gelée 

I am here for this gelee!!! It's thick, applies easily to your hair, and is perfect for all things wash go, twist out, braid out and then some. It gives a light hold, helps with frizz (and I have frizzy hair issues), and most importantly, it left my hair soft and crunch free! The main ingredients are flaxseed gel, aloe vera gel, irish moss gel and glycerine. Do note, this not going to lay your edges folks. It will however define your curls and give some hold as well as moisture

My overall score: 9/10

Herbal Infused Scalp Treatment Oil 

This is oil is made with a plethora of goodness such as mustard seed oil, olive oil, jamaican black castor oil that been infused with so many different herbs and (no... not spices), rather, ayurveda products. I love how this oil leaves my scalp after application. I usually section my hair and massage it into my scalp. Of lately, I warm the oil up a bit and let me tell you. OH. MY. GOODNESS. Using it warm on the scalp has been mind blowing. The smell takes some getting used to though, that's the only issue, but the benefits are worth it.

My overall score: 8.5/10

Lovely Locs Replenishing Oil

New to their line up, this awesome blend of carrier and essential oils like castor, sweet almond, lemongrass and rosemary, this oil is a really good as part of your L.O.C./L.C.O. method. It is light enough to not have your hair feeling weight down, but still full/thick enough to seal in the moisture from your leave in. And it smells amazing!!

My overall score: 9/10

The entire line ranges $65-$140TTD and is now available at all Pennywise locations as well as Hott Topix in Arouca. Do I think you should check out this line? Absolutely. Now bear in mind what works for me may not work for you, but I'm happy to report that I've had only positive experiences with their products in all the years I've been using them, and in the space of time that I've tried the new products out.

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Have you tried any of their products? What would you be interested in trying out?

Tshenelle aka Nelly B.