It isn’t Suave, it isn’t Paul Mitchell, or L’oreal and it’s not necessarily recognizable; although it should be as the company itself has been around since 1878. That being said The Grandpa Soap Company only came out with haircare just last year.
What drew me to try this conditioner at first was that it was made from pine tar. Something about seemed intriguing. I like the smell of pine and I figured turning the shower into a undersized, treeless forest for the duration of the conditioning didn’t seem like a half bad idea.
If you are thinking this smells like a Christmas tree, it doesn’t. That’s kind of what I expected. It smells earthy and possibly a little bit like bacon. It is a bit to get used to if I’m being honest, it’s a unique smell. I’ve never smelled pine tar itself, so someone who is familiar with it might say it smells just right.
Why do we use conditioner? Is it to coat the hair in something that makes it more manageable? Or is it to nourish the hair and the manageability is a byproduct? I used to not really care. As long as my hair felt better than it would had I skipped conditioning, it as far as I was concerned it did the job. This product has changed my mind. My hair has never felt healthier. If you notice with most conditioners by the time the next day rolls around or whenever you wash your hair again it feels just as parched as before, you need the conditioner just as bad as you did the time before. I can tell that my hair is actually healthier for having used the pine tar conditioner even if I stopped using it tomorrow. This goes to show hair can be temporarily smoothed, but that does not mean it is actually in any better state.
I appreciate that The Pine Tar Conditioner moisturizes the hair without making it oily. You know the look that you get when you use too much conditioner and your hair looks flat, well that never happens when using this. I also appreciate that it isn’t overly expensive. I don’t want to spend 20 plus dollars for a conditioner, maybe some day I will want to, but that day isn’t today.
There are other hair conditioners from the same brand in other scents, such as Rosemary and Witch Hazel, which I would venture to guess are just as good. You can explore them as an alternative if pine tar isn’t your speed.