Product review- ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner

16:31 Naija girl next door 15 Comments

   I am so behind on my product reviews! Now I have a good number of well-used products taunting me.
Today I'm reviewing the Organic Root Stimulator (now ORS) Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner. It's a dc I've used forever, way before I knew about hair journeys and it's no secret how I feel about it.  It's the one recurring product in my stash so this is overdue.

My friend Kudi helped me get this salon size for N1500 (approx $10) from a supermarket in Ikeja. I also saw it at Ebeano supermarket in Lekki phase 1 for N1450. It's readily available in most stores in Naija.

On to the main gist
Packaging: Squeeze bottles of 370ml and 1L. There's also a sachet (the Replenishing pak).

Smell: a strong orange smell. This is a plus for many people, but I went from indifferent to finding it somewhat overbearing with time. Citrus scents are not my favourite to be honest but I may be alone in this.
Colour and consistency: Yellow, thick and creamy and slippery.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean), Glycerin, Olea Europaea
Fruit Oil (Olive), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Quaternium-80, Citrus
Aurantium Dulcis Oil (Orange), Citral, d-Limonene, Linalool,
Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, PPG-1
Trideceth-6, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, PEG-9 Dimethicone,
Anthemis Nobilis Extract (Chamomile), Salvia Officinalis Extract
(Sage), Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle), Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract
(Rosemary), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Achillea Millefolium Extract
(Yarrow), Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Juice (Kiwi), Dimethicone,
Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, EDTA, Triethanolamine, DMDM
Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI
15985 (Yellow #6), CI 19140 (Yellow #5)
  ◇◇◇◇Some big-sounding names if you care but no mineral oil, petrolatum, sulphates or parabens. It does contain Dimethicone, so if you're after silicone-free products take note.◇◇◇◇

Promises: Deep penetrating conditioner. Helps restore moisture and rebuild
damaged hair.

Directions: After shampooing with the ORGANIC Root Stimulator® Olive Oil
Creamy Aloe shampoo {of course} apply a generous amount to hair and comb
through for thorough distribution. Place a plastic cap over the hair
and sit under a warm dryer for 10-15 minutes or leave on the hair
for 45 minutes to 1 hour without heat.
Rinse thoroughly.

How I used it

  • Dc on damp hair after shampooing or cowashing
  • Dc on dry hair before shampooing.
  • *Do not read this part- I used it to cowash at the very beginning of my hair journey when I was trying to find my footing. I didn't know then that cowash conditioners are different from deep conditioners. Yes I'm ashamed. Didn't I tell you not to read this?

My Assessment
     □□□Note: it's marketed as a dc and that is all it is. Do not attempt to use as a cowash or leave-in. There will be gunk in your hair.□□□

What I like
  As a dc, this is it. Serious bang for your buck.
  1. It sinks into my strands readily, softens and moisturises a treat every. single. time. I love that it's consistent and I can rely on it no matter how dry my hair feels beforehand.
  2.  It definitely lives up to its promise of restoring moisture and rebuilding hair. It has some protein (hydrolyzed collagen), but it must be little because it doesn't feel like a protein treatment in my hair. It's more of a moisturising dc so I use it every week, twice a week sometimes. I even use it to restore moisture after a protein treatment.
 3.  As for detangling, this conditioner has slip for daysssss! You know I've been dc'ing on dry hair lately and this just lets me glide through hair I couldn't pass through seconds before applying.
  4. It lets you skip the leave-in conditioner. I don't need a leave-in with this. I started the LCO method while using another dc and I dropped it again when I repurchased this.
   5. It interacts excellently with other products. You can add oils, honey, whatever and you can use it alone. Awesome results everytime.
  6. A little goes a long, long way so you get months of use out of a single (in fact 370ml) bottle.

What I don't like
1. The other side of the coin is the frigging buildup. I didn't notice it before my hair journey because I washed 3 times a week with a sulphate shampoo and followed with this dc.
When I first formed a regimen I was strict. I cowashed instead and only shampooed once a month no matter what. One time after 3 weeks of cowashing and dc'ing I had the yuckiest buildup. It took FOUR lathers with a sulphate shampoo to get it all out (twice it was diluted).
So yeah, it does a good job but don't be rigid. If you have buildup, don't be afraid to shampoo or your hair will revolt like mine did recently.
2. Not a fan of the orange smell.

Will I repurchase? Lol. Already done so dozens of times.

It doesn't contain any of the usual red light ingredients but because I'm trying to minimise chemicals in my life and be as organic as possible, I'm going off this dc as soon as this bottle is exhausted. Never say never though.
Have you used this product? How do you feel about it?


  1. I really like this conditioner. I usually mix it with castor and olive oils. The smell can be overwhelming. I like that it's very easy to find in Nigeria and it isn't too expensive. I didn't know that it caused build up like that but I'm not surprised. It can leave a coating if it isn't rinsed out well. Nice review.

    Don't Touch The Hair

    1. Right? That coating. The pluses outweigh the minuses though, that's why I like it too

  2. This was the first DC I ever used as a naturalista. I completely loved n still love it. The smell is a plus for me. And it's really budget friendly. Pls kindly visit my blog

  3. Yeah, don't like the smell either. Plus it has a stinging effect on my scalp- I tried it a few times to see if I wasn't imagining it or if my hair felt like butter regardless of the stinging, but nah. I prefer their hair mayonnaise (I'm not protein sensitive)

    1. Really? Ok the stinging. But the smell? It's the opposite for me. I totally love this but can't stand the ors hair mayonnaise. Smells like men's cologne and gives me migraines. All the best Sandra in finding a natural dc. I'll check during my store runs and if I see one I'll let you know.

    2. Haha yeah, the mayo is terrible too but at least it washes out. For a natural dc, I use plain yoghurt and honey and it's smooth city all week

    3. I just realized the Mayo has such a strong, perfumey scent thats disgusting. The problem with ORS conditioners is that the scents are too strong

    4. I don't mind the smell of the hair mayonnaise. The replenishing conditioner used to smell absolutely great for me, but with time i got tired of the scent. I love it, but im just tired of its fragrance lol lol. But you are right Yvette, the scents in the ors line are quite strong. The nourishing conditioner smells yummy, I wish I could eat it. I havent gotten tired of it yet.

    5. The hair mayo's smell though! Men's cologne is just the right description Noelle. ORS should probably turn down the fragrance of these 2 a notch.
      I'd like to smell that nourishing conditioner Bee

    6. @Bonolo stinging? Wow. You were brave to try again and again o

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  5. For some reason, this conditioner didn't work for me.

  6. How long, (like an estimate) do you think a single bottle (370ml) would last? I'm going to college soon and I want to know if I need more than one. Thanks

  7. Wow! Great page; you answered my specific quest on Google for today! Thanks for the information! Iv been Natural for 3 years now, since January 2016 I got serious about how to retain length, ect... But I have had some complications with the products Iv been using, and wanted to revamp my regimens so I have a 100% natural care system for my hair...
    Yes; this conditioner will build up in your hair. (A bit of acv cleaned it right out) but I love this product so much and wanted to make sure that the ingredients are all natural.
    I think ill keep it around!
    (altho you mentioned silicone..i guess ill look into the harms of silicone)