We all know I love my Wen. That is certainly no secret. However, with so many knockoffs popping up on shelves, should you shell out the moolah or save it? So you'll officially know what you're getting, let's take a look at the ingredients.
Here are the ingredients in basic Sweet Almond Mint Wen ($32.00):
(update, December 2015: These are the ingredients from the Sephora version of Wen. This formulation is similar to the Guthy-Renker version.)
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Wheat, Protein, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 60, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Menthol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum, Limonene).
The QVC/Chaz Dean version of Sweet Almond Mint Wen contains the following:
Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, Chamomile Extract, Cherry Bark Extract, Calendula Extract, Rosemary Extract, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Panthenol, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Whole Wheat Protein, PEG-60, Almond Glycerides, Menthol, Essential Oils, Citric Acid, Methylchoroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.
The ingredients listed in bold are different between the two formulas. They may be different in the placement of the ingredient (aloe is at the top of the QVC version and lower on the list for Guthy-Renker version OR be omitted entirely from formulation. It's worth noting that where on the ingredient list an ingredient is placed is very important. It's also worth noting that some ingredients may be very similar, but are still slightly different.
According to Wen, here are the benefits of the key ingredients.
Glycerin: provides moisturizing benefits to the hair. One of the best humectants and has natural moisturizing properties.
Chamomile Extract: designed to help add sheen and highlights. Used for its soothing, calming properties.
Cherry Bark: designed to bring out color, shine & softness in all shades of natural and color-treated hair. Formulated to help with the manageability of your hair.
Rosemary Extract: designed to condition, tone and strengthen hair. Is an invigorating toner and astringent.
Panthenol: helps to promote and restore resilience. A penetrating moisturizer that plumps the hair shaft to make it appear thicker. Designed to reduce split ends, smooth, strengthen and seal in moisture.
Sweet almond oil: designed to contribute conditioning and glide to hair, as well as a conditioned feel to the skin. Softens, soothes and is an excellent moisturizer for the hair.
Should you keep using Wen? I am and here's why.
Just in case you are curious, I've bolded all of the ingredients that are found in Wen, in the other ingredients list, so you can tell how vastly different they are.
Here are the ingredients in Ren Pure Rosemary Mint ($9.99):
Purified Water, Sorbitol (Sugar*), Acrylamide/Sodium Acrylate Copolymer, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut*) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower*) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary*) Leaf Extract, Amodimethicone, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Psidium Guajava (Guava*) Fruit Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Red Seaweed*) Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Red Alga*) Extract, Sargassum Filipendula (Brown Seaweed*) Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter*) Oil, Hydroxypropyl Guar, PEG-5M, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride (Palm Oil*), C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance. (* Derived Source)
Here are the ingredients in Salon Grafix Citrus Creme ($7.99):
Water (Aqua), Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycereth-26, Peg-100 Stearate, Lauryl Glucoside, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearalkonium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinsensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Triticum Vulgare Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Olealkonium Chloride, Olive Oil Peg-7 Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Fragrance, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ppg-2 Methyl Ether.
Here are the ingredients in L'OREAL's EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner ($6.99):
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cocoamphopropionate, Hydroxpropyl Startch Phosphate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Isopropyl Alcohol, Capryl Glycol, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Camelina Sativa Oil/Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernal Oil/Apricot Kernal Oil, Vitis Vinefera Seed Oil/Grape Seed Oil, Caramel, CI 19140/Yellow 5.
Here are the ingredients in Sally Beauty's Hair One With Tea Tree Oil ($11.99):
Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, CID 157846, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherr) Bark Extract, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Menthol, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, BHT, Disodium EDTA, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol
All products claim to do the same thing, yet all but Hair One have very different ingredients (minus the water). Which one do you prefer? Do the ingredients matter or do you pick your Anti-Poo by price? Tell me in the comments!
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