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Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner – how to find a cheaper version

Miriam asks..I’m looking for a conditioner similar to Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner from Kiehls, could you recommend something cheaper?

The Beauty Brains respond:

Miriam’s question comes from the boards on Makeup Alley where we’ve been contributing recently. It’s the most active online beauty community we’ve ever seen – if you haven’t checked it out already you should!

Use the “Rule of 5 Ingredients”

Of course there’s no way to know for sure without testing but we can identify good candidates for Miriam to try just by looking at the ingredients list (see below.) In particular, look at the first five ingredients:

Water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, glycerin, amodimethicone

Water is the solvent/carrier and will be the first ingredient in any emulsion-type conditioner. The cetearyl alcohol is the “body” of the product and is a mix of cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol. (Remember that these so-called fatty alcohols are NOT the kind of alcohol that dries your hair.) Behentrimonium chloride and amodimethicone are both excellent conditioners which are chemically modified to stick to the damaged spots on your hair after rinsing. Glycerin is a good moisturizing agent although it really doesn’t do much from a rinse out product.

A quick scan for products with similar ingredients reveals that Loreal Nature’s Therapy Mega Hair Moisture Treatment has the same five ingredients in the same order (see below.) It also contains a few lesser ingredients which may give the product a different feel like cetyl esters and cetrimonium chloride. Most of the other differences, like the preservative,  won’t impact the performance of the product.

The Kiehl’s product sells for about $2.26 per ounce ($19 for 8.4 ounces) while the L’Oreal “dupe” is only  $1.40 per ounce ($11.21 for 8 ounces). So if you’re looking for a cheaper option, the L’Oreal product should be a good one to check out.

Loreal Nature’s Therapy Mega Hair Moisture Treatment ingredients

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Sodium PCA, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Trideceth-12, Sunflower Seed Oil, Chlorhexidine, Dihydrochloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Yellow 5.

Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner

Water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, glycerin, amodimethicone, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, trideceth-6, 2-oleamido-1, 3-octadecanediol, lanolin, citrus limonum (lemon) peel oil, cetyl esters, methylparaben, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, cetrimonium chloride, dimethyl tin dineodecyl ester, fragrance.

Do YOU have any favorite products you’d like to find a cheaper version of? Leave a comment and we’ll try to track one down for you.

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  • rozy February 7, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Wonder if you can find a cheaper version of cetaphil.

    • Randy Schueller February 7, 2014, 6:20 pm

      @Rozy: Send me a link to the product and I’ll take a look at it.

    • mckooter February 10, 2014, 4:28 pm

      Do you have Kroger stores near you? They have a store brand lotion with the same ingredients that’s about half the price.

  • Catherine Joyal February 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

    By far the best blog on my newsfeed! I love everything that you guys do, and have learned so much from your posts.

  • Jmbc February 9, 2014, 10:19 pm

    Frederic Fekkai Shea butter shampoo and conditioner. At twenty dollars a bottle I have tried numerous others with no luck! Plus they’ve discontinued another shampoo of theirs that was awesome- apple cider vinegar clarifying shampoo. Bottles are going for $50 on amazon!

    • Randy Schueller February 10, 2014, 6:40 am

      Jmbc: If you can post the ingredient lists for both products I’ll see if I can find something that’s close.

  • brainybimbo February 12, 2014, 3:16 pm

    No shock, Kiehl’s is owned by L’oreal. They’re probably using the actual exact same base formula and just adding different fluff ingredients. L’oreal does this quite frequently across the board I find.

  • Amanda February 15, 2014, 12:35 pm

    I received a sample of Dior’s One Essential Serum and love it to pieces, but it’s $95 a bottle. Here’s the link:

    There probably aren’t any generic substitutes for the Madagascan flower extract…

  • Sharon King March 22, 2014, 6:24 pm

    I would so love to find a cheaper version of Alterna’s Caviar anti-aging hair care line. I have used it ,and indeed I thought it was an amazingly incredible line. It’s also the most incredibly expensive. Might there be anything cheaper that comes close to it?