As I Am - Horrible Experience!

lgibson2017lgibson2017 Posts: 1Registered Users
Y'all. Ugh.

First off, an intro since I am a newbie: I have naturally red type 3 curls that I recently cut about 6-10 inches off of on a whim. It went from hipbone length (stretched) to armpit length (stretched) and is just past my shoulders unstretched. I have all types of 3's in my hair, with different pieces having different textures.

I recently purchased the As I Am Coils and Curls Care Package with 6 products to try. I bought it for like $25-ish at Walgreens (a bit under $25). On first whiff, the smell was nice, like coconuts.

The other night, I went to cowash with the As I Am coconut cowash and their Hydration Elation intensive conditioner. I got through the cowash and the intensive conditioner....with much difficulty.

Guys, the smell was so bad I started gagging almost immediately and nearly had to get out of the shower to throw up. It smelled like coconut with a faint hint of pickles???? That's not even doing it justice, guys, it smelled HORRIBLE. I rushed to rinse it out and my hair felt simultaneously straw-like and greasy. A bit about me, my scalp hasn't produced natural oils AT ALL since puberty, so my hair NEVER feels greasy and it felt greasy.

It took 4 washes to get the smell out of my hair, 4 deep conditions and my hair STILL hasn't regained all of its softness, and I had to wash my hands over and over with Dawn and still the smell wouldn't come out.

These products have rave reviews everywhere so maybe I got a bad batch? Maybe it's the shea butter???? I'm not sure but the smell wouldn't get out of my nose and everything I smelled afterwards smelled like "it."

I emailed the company and will hopefully receive a refund but ughhhhhh. If you're thinking about using these products, proceed with caution and SMELL IT FIRST.


  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I've used the co-wash before and still use the leave-in conditioner and they smell divine. Almost exactly like candy. So this kind of makes me think you got a bad batch? I mean, products work differently for everyone, but the smell you're describing is entirely the opposite of what I've smelt. Then again, they're different products from the ones I've used, but it'd be super weird if they had one line that smelt like candy and another one like pickles haha
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • Therese1Therese1 Posts: 2,562Registered Users Curl Virtuoso
    I've used the co-wash before, and I don't remember it having a strange scent or a strong scent--and I am pretty sensitive to odors. I returned mine because it made my hair limp, so I don't have a lot of experience with it. But I certainly would have remembered an experience like you had. It sounds to me like it was a bad batch.
    Low poo: Intelligent Nutrients (IN) Harmonic; Oribe Cleansing Creme
    RO: IN Harmonic
    LI: CJ Beauticurls; Jessicurl (JC) Gelebration Spray
    DC: JC Deep Conditioning Treatment; Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Oil
    Stylers: JC Confident Coils; IN Volumizing Spray; IN Perfect Hold Hairspray; John Masters Sea Mist; Bumble Bb. Gel; Kenra Firm-Hold Gel; Sevi Blue Yarrow Sea Salt Spray
    Low-porosity 2a/b baby-fine hair
  • ttoosdayttoosday Posts: 509Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I just purchased the coco cowash about two weeks ago and love it, and I was encouraged enough to also get the leave in just the other day. I'm with the earlier poster who said it smells divine. I would never describe what I have as anything but heavenly. Must have been a bad batch. Also, I'm leary of buying anything on sale for a huge markdown (don't know if what you got was a sale bundle or if that was regular price) because I figure it's only to move it off the shelf because it's nearing its freshness date or whatever. Maybe it's not so critical with hair products as it is with food but I just don't trust anything that's marked down too cheap. Hope you get a refund cuz that's unacceptable if it made you sick.
    CG since 11/2014
    Mostly 2B, but ranges A-C front to back and root to tip
    Low density, very coarse, high porosity
    Collarbone length, gray dyed brown, dry and rough
    Typical LEG routine could be any combination of:
    Lo poo: Shea Moisture brand shampoo, Ion Hard Water Shampoo
    Cowash: As I Am Coc Cowash
    RO: GVP CB, Aussie Mega Moist, Not Your Mothers Gardenia
    Leave In: As I Am LI, KCKT, or Not Your Mothers Gardenia
    Enhancer: Camille Rose Curl Maker
    Deep condition: SM Deep Treat Mask
    Protein: Hask Keratin
    Styler: Curl Keeper Original, Ouidad Climate Control gel, LA Looks gel
  • Princesa7Princesa7 Posts: 59Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yep I'd say you got a bad batch!! I have the same products and they should have a tropical candy-ish scent. Definitely return them.
    3b but with a mix of 3a/3c
    Fine/med texture
    Normal/low porosity

    **Hair product junkie!!**

    Current favorites..

    *Shampoo & Conditioner-SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine

    *Leave In-Mixed Chicks & SM Jamaican Black Castor Oil

    *Stylers-SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie & Souffle,Cantu Come Back Curl,SM Coconut and hibiscus styling milk
  • HederaHelixHederaHelix Posts: 3Registered Users

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