OGX Kandee Johnson Candy Gumdrop Shampoo and Conditioner is one of three limited edition Holiday scents that was created in collaboration with youTuber, Kandee Johnson. This review is probably a long time coming! Sorry about that as the first two scents I was quick to review but Candy Gumdrop kind of got pushed to the side after I was disenchanted with the entire collection. With fragrances like Sparkling Cider, Gum Drop, and Sugar Cookie I was expecting SO much more but sadly, these failed to deliver.
Here’s my thoughts on OGX Kandee Johnson Candy Gumdrop Shampoo & Conditioner.
In theory, the OGX Kandee Johnson Haircare Collection is a great idea. I mean, who doesn’t want shampoos and conditioners scented like cookies and candy right? Well, I take that back! There might be some people running away in absolute disgust at the idea but me? I embrace the gourmand! Bring it! I think that might be why the entire experience was disappointing for me.
First off, thus far none of the scents really smelled like what they were named after. Secondly, the scents aren’t very strong and they aren’t lasting so once you rinse your hair that’s it, gone, no sugar cookie, no cider, no gumdrops. It’s an in shower experience in my opinion and maybe, maybe if you get up close and personal you might catch a little hint of the scent in your hair.
Candy Gumpdrop actually has a light, sweet, slightly apple scent. No spicy gumdrop here, just a sweet, candyish apple. As I said above these really don’t live up to their namesakes. Sugar Cookie does NOT smell like sugar cookie and Gumdrop definitely doesn’t smell like gum drop.
The formula is a sulfate-free one so if you’re shopping sulfate-free hair care you’re in luck. I personally don’t love sulfate-free as somehow I’ve convinced myself I need a good lather to feel like my shampoo is actually cleansing my hair and this doesn’t produce a whole lot of lather. The conditioner is also quite weak in the moisture department so if you have hair that tangles easily you might need some a bit more hydrating.
But the saddest part of these reviews I’ve done thus far is the fact that the scents were so disappointing. I’m glad I didn’t get too crazy and purchase backups of these before trying them. Please make sure you smell them in stores before committing to a major haul because I think you just might be as sad as I was after trying them.
The OGX Kandee Johnson Haircare Collection is launching now at drugstores or online at ulta.com.