I have the worst timing when it comes to running out of products – I usually run out of everything at the same time and have no back-ups. This is what happened to me this past week with my Wen collection – I had about 4 different cleansing conditioners in rotation for about 6 months and all of them were finished this week!
Ironically, of the four that ran out, I had already done reviews on three of them – Sweet Almond Mint, Six-Thirteen, and Winter Cranberry Mint. The fourth was Spring Orange Blossom, which was Chaz Dean’s springtime offering for us Wen girls this year.
After Winter Cranberry Mint was discontinued on February 28, I was watching for the new seasonal like a hawk.
When Spring Orange Blossom was released on March 1, I immediately ordered it, not knowing what to expect at all in terms of scent or performance (seasonal flavors are always different because Chaz Dean formulates each one with different complexes and essential oils, so whether or not one will work for your hair is a luck of the draw).
SOB is the first Wen seasonal to be nut-free, but all seasonal flavors are soy based as well as wheat and gluten-free, so it was a good option for those with allergies that are unable to use the core Wen cleansing conditioners.
According to the Wen flavor profile, seasonal flavors are meant to do the following:
Wen Seasonal Cleansing Conditioners are universal formulations designed for all hair types, lengths, and textures. Designed to keep your hair healthy and manageable, they were created to help Wen customers enjoy all benefits of Cleansing Conditioner along with the signature scents of each season.
Knowing full-well that the performance of SOB was going to be a wildcard, I used it faithfully for a little over three months and quite honestly, this is one of my favorite Wen flavors to date.
Following the format of my previous Wen posts, I’ll break down exactly what makes this flavor such a winner in my book:
- Cleansing Ability: Out of the many Wen flavors I’ve tried, SOB is definitely riding middle ground territory in the cleansing department. Despite the fact that one would think there’s no menthol in a floral-fruity scent, the SOB has quite a bit of a tingle. That means there’s some menthol to be found in the formula, and in my experience with Wen, the less menthol, the less effective the clean. This flavor doesn’t have the most menthol of the ones I’ve tried (these flavors clean the best), but it also doesn’t have the least (these clean the worst), so the cleansing job is pretty average and I’m able to get about one to two days of cleanliness out of it, as opposed to the three or four I get from other flavors. I also found this flavor to be considerably more “frothy” and lighter than some of the others, meaning it distributes and rinses way better. It’s not as thick in consistency, but, like the Winter Cranberry Mint before it, it has at least twice the moisture.
- Scent: Scent wise, SOB is a dream. I am a hardcore fan of florals and fruits, so the idea of both combined was intriguing to me even before trying the product itself. The strongest note in the scent varied on the day and sensitivity of my nose – some days I picked up more floral, other days I picked up more orange. Regardless of which note was dominant, the SOB always smelled fresh and clean, and was great on brisk spring days. This scent also seemed to reactivate when touched by water (I was caught in a rainstorm two days after using it and when I got home, my hair smelled exactly the same way as when I washed it previously).
- Pumps: Chaz Dean says you need 10 pumps at minimum, and for this flavor that is definitely true. This was the first flavor that inspired me to use more than my usual 12 pumps and up the amount to 16 pumps (I just added one more pump per section). 16 pumps became my new magic number – my hair was thoroughly saturated, and after rinsing was left with volume, moisture, and commercial-quality luster.
- Other Uses: Since I ran out of my normal facial cleanser during the period in which I was using SOB, and having used Six-Thirteen as a cleanser with phenomenal results, I decided to use SOB as my every-other-day, non-exfoliant cleanser. While it cleaned my face beautifully, I did have a slight allergic reaction to one of the ingredients, and as such my face was very red and hot – it wasn’t painful, but it certainly wasn’t comfortable and I had to discontinue using it as a facial cleanser.
Aside from the issue with my face, which I don’t hold against SOB at all because, hey, it’s not designed for use on the skin (even though Chaz Dean claims he uses Wen as a facial cleanser as well), I was very impressed with SOB.
Like the seasonal flavors before it, it was only available for a three month window (March 1 to May 31 if I remember correctly). It has since been discontinued for the release of Summer Honey Peach, which will be available until August 31.
If you’re seriously pining to try SOB (and I wouldn’t blame you, the scent alone warrants a test run), it’s still available on eBay for pretty decent prices – about $30 for 16oz., and $50 for 32oz.
If you do buy it on eBay, I cannot stress to you enough the importance of only buying from someone with at least 98% positive feedback and/or over 1,000 buyer reviews. Not being cautious when buying Wen off eBay can have disastrous results – you can get ripped-off both in price and in the quality of the product!
I’m sad to see Spring Orange Blossom go, but the fact that I finally finished the bottle means I have more room for Summer Honey Peach, which I hear is the best seasonal release so far!