I forget where it was that I first heard about this all-natural gel and curl definer from indie brand Ecoslay — but it was several months (or years?) ago, and all of the curly girls in whatever group it was were SWEARING by it. “Orange marmalade!” was the answer to every question about how to get your curls to look great, not crunchy or dull or frizzy.
At the time, I looked into it and thought, “Ugh, I hate paying shipping,” and tucked it away in my head. Something made me think about it recently and I said, “ok, FINE, I shall go buy it.” And — true to the word on the street — I love it.
Not only does it make my curls look great, it smells amazing, and I like that it’s a Black-owned, eco-friendly business.
I got the little travel set for $20 and have only tried the Orange Marmalade and the Moonshine thus far — but both smell amazing and feel nourishing for my hair.
A note on storage — several of the products I got, including Orange Marmalade, note that they should be stored in the refrigerator to preserve the shelf life, which is a bummer. But the website itself notes,
Orange Marmalade is fully-preserved with a 9 month shelf life when stored in a cool, dark, dry location. Because Orange Marmalade is an all-natural product and often cool, dry, dark locations are difficult to come by, it is recommended that Orange Marmalade is refrigerated to preserve its shelf life.
Because I have travel sizes at this point, what I may do is keep the travel sizes in my bathroom, and then when I get larger sizes, store the excess in my fridge. Hmmn.
The gel, made from flaxseed extract, agave nectar extract, pectin, aloe vera juice, marshmallow root extract (and others) is $10–$24 for sizes 4 oz. to 16 oz. You can see a list of retailers here; interesting to note that the Wolf House Shop is one of the retailers and bills itself as “the first beauty retailer with a curated selection of clean beauty products sourced exclusively from Black-owned businesses.” Nice.