23 December 2013

From the Lab ♥ A different kind of subscription service

Press Sample
From The Lab Hair Mask #718

Have you heard of From the Lab?  I hadn’t either when I was sent their Hair Mask #718 for review.  Basically it’s a service that shares brand new products that aren’t on the market yet.  These are products that brands may pick up in the future.  So what you receive has plain white packaging… but it may end up on the shelves later under a brand name for much more $$$!
From Their Website:
From The Lab is a new subscription service that offers its members a sneak peek into the future of the beauty industry by sending up to three full-sized "revolutionary" products every month, straight from the world's top beauty laboratories. Right now they offer an introductory Charter Membership special for $19.95/month + $5.95 S&H (reg. $29.95). All of the products sent out are paraben-free.
I was sent the product from their September box… it’s now the end of December.  With most subscription boxes, if you like the contents you have to hurry up and purchase it before they run out of boxes for the month.  From the Lab is different – you can go back and purchase previously released products!
The product I received was the Hair Mask #718.  What makes this product different from all the other hair masks on the market? 
From the Lab Hair Mask 
What makes it special
  • The Uttwiler Spätlauber Stem Cell Complex harnesses the unique, anti-aging properties of stem cells from an extremely rare Swiss apple known for its resilience and impressive longevity. The bitter taste of the Uttwiler Spätlauber almost led to its extinction before scientists realized the revolutionary potential of the apple’s stem cells in anti-aging skin care. The proprietary Uttwiler Spätlauber Stem Cell Complex combines these powerful stem cells with a biomimetic peptide to provide enhanced anti-aging skin care benefits directly to the scalp, and the double-vector delivery system facilitates the effective distribution of the complex to further promote activation.
  • The Cationic Copolymer delivers focused conditioning, allowing it to respond appropriately to varying levels of damage along the hair shaft without over-coating the hair.
  • The Hair Conditioning Agent increases gloss, shine, and manageability as it detangles hair and protects against thermal and mechanical damage.
  • Improved Functionalized Silicones provide long-lasting conditioning without accumulated build-up.
  • Provitamin B5 provides long-lasting hydration, shine, and flexibility to improve the condition and feel of damaged hair; thickens hair and reduces the formation of split ends by offering protection from mechanical and environmental damage.
  • Creatine imparts volume and smoothness while protecting hair from the mechanical damage that can result from combing.
  • Avocado, Jojoba, Argan, and Brazil Nut Oils nourish and moisturize hair to improve softness and feel.
  • Hair Mask No. 718 is sulfate-free.
The mask itself is very creamy and easy to apply.  I applied to it my dry hair for 30 minutes before taking a shower.  After washing my hair, I dried my curls with my diffuser as usual.  My hair was softer and shinier, but I didn’t notice a big difference between this hair mask and other masks.  However, my husband did!  He said my curls were bouncier and springier.  Since I can’t see the back of my head, I am going to take his work on it!

INGREDIENTS – Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Dimethylacrylamide/Ethyltrimonium Chloride Methacrylate Copolymer, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Argania Spinosa Kernal (Argan) Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed (Brazil Nut) Oil, Creatine, Parfum (Fragrance), Polyquaternium-11, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), C10-11 Isoparaffin, Benzophenone-4, Disodium EDTA, Ppg-1 Trideceth-6, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Glycerin, Peg-8, Linalool, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Malus Domestica (Uttwiler Spätlauber) Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid, CI 15985 (Yellow 6), Citric Acid, Cyclodextrin, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide

The list of ingredient in this mask is very impressive - stem cells aren't cheap, even if they come from apples! I was a little hesitant to use a mask with silicones, even when they are found lower in the ingredients list.  However, I did not notice any build up from using it, as promised in their product claims listed above.

Other masks I have used that worked this well are much, much more expensive than the cost of this box.  With that being said, had I paid for this box with my own money, I would have been pleased with the results!  Overall, I think the concept behind From the Lab is unique and intriguing.

You can check out their product page to see what other types of products have been sent out in the past here.  Also, check out Anastasia from Glamorable reviews here!
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