Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo Review

Skin Type: Combination, Skin Tone: Fair, Hair Type: Thick and wavy hair with oily scalp and dry ends.

Hello all,

At the onset of winter, my hair had started to feel very dry and hence I was on the lookout for a shampoo for dry hair. When I came across the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla shampoo which promises to replenish moisture and add shine, I was interested and decided to give it a try. Read on to find out more about the shampoo.

Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo


Product Description:
When your hair has the right balance of moisture the rest just falls into place – manageability, shine, softness – no matter how dry, dull or brittle the hair. So, fix it in an instant with help from this sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo that cleanses and restores your natural moisture without adding weight to your hair. Aloe Leaf Juice hydrates your hair, so it’s softer and more manageable, while Sweet Clover and Rose Extract give hair oodles of healthy shine.  No Silicones, No Parabens, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Colors, No Petroleum.



My Experience with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo:

Packaging: The shampoo comes in a very simple plastic bottle with a pump. In today’s world, where so much effort is spent into designing the packaging and making it look attractive, this bottle comes across as very stark. I personally like my cosmetics and toiletries to also look good and hence I did not like this packaging at all. The pump mechanism is easy to use in the shower and dispenses just the right amount of the product.  The bottle is bulky and not exactly travel friendly.


Fragrance: No points for guessing that one! The shampoo has a rich intoxicating vanilla fragrance. It is quite a strong fragrance which lingers in the bathroom long after you are done shampooing and also stays in your hair for almost a day or so. I personally loved this fragrance but this might be a big no for those who are sensitive to fragrances in cosmetics/toiletries.

Texture/Performance: The shampoo is amber in color and has a slightly runny consistency. It is easy to apply and it spreads easily in the hair. It does not lather up too much. It is easy to rinse off and leaves my hair feeling clean and fresh.

Shampoo packaging

However, it leaves my hair tangled and I absolutely need to follow up with a conditioner. Now, coming to the claims of replenishing moisture – I did not find this shampoo doing that. On the contrary, I noticed that my hair has become drier since the time that I am using this shampoo. The hair looks healthy and shiny for the first couple of days, but then, it starts looking dry and dull. So, I would not recommend this shampoo to anyone who is looking out for some kind of a moisture treatment. It is okay to use if you have oily or normal hair and are just shopping for a regular shampoo to clean your hair.

Shampoo swatch

Pros of Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo:

  • Amazing vanilla fragrance.
  • Cleans the hair thoroughly and removes all grease.
  • No Silicones, No Parabens, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Colors, No Petroleum.

Cons of Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo:

  • Shampoo on its own will leave you with tangled hair. You need to use conditioner as well.
  • Hair tends to get dry by day 2 (results may vary by hair type) which is in direct contrast to what is promised.
  • Boring bulky packaging.

IMBB Rating:
2/5. I would have given it a 1 if not for that heavenly fragrance.

Would I Repurchase/Recommend Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate-Free Shampoo?
I would not recommend unless you have really oily hair and love vanilla fragrance.  I will not repurchase.

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