Product Review: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Pudding (Including Video Review)

I haven’t owned or used a Carol’s Daughter in a LONG time… almost 3.5 years (pretty much since the beginning of my natural journey), but curlBOX delivered and I had to try it! I polled my followers on IG and as you can see, from the below responses, there was a mixture of likes and dislikes.
My views?  Check out the video review, pictures of my hair and results, and the detailed blog post after the jump!
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I have recorded a video on my thoughts about this product, but you can also look at my full review below!

Name of Product:
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Pudding

Price Point:


6 oz.

The perfect hold – touchable, flake-free and full of shine – to define and shape curls, coils, kinks and waves.

  • Guar Gum holds curls in place and tames frizz
  • Avocado Oil leaves hair softer and stronger than before
  • Agave Nectar keeps moisture locked in for better definition and frizz control
What It Does/Who It’s For:
The perfect curl simply needs the perfect hold – long-lasting, touchable and flake-free. This creamy pudding is every curly girl’s styling must-have. It defines and shapes curls, coils, kinks and waves when they need a little extra control, and it’s thick enough to hold any style but won’t weight hair down or leave behind a sticky, flaky residue. It’s packed with natural ingredients like Agave Nectar to ensure a high-shine finish, Guar Gum to give hair that perfect control and Avocado Oil to leave it soft, healthy and beautiful. Whether you’re setting, twisting or simply defining your curl pattern, this is your hairstyle’s new best friend. Perfect your curls to shine through any style! (source)

Apply evenly to clean, damp and detangled hair, working the pudding in from root to ends. Use your fingers to style your two-strand twists, Bantu knots or any other style. Air-dry or speed up drying time by sitting under a dryer or using a blow dryer with a diffuser.

It is medium consistency – not too runny and not too stiff.  Reminds me of Suave lotion’s consistency, which is a bit too runny FOR MY liking.

The Scent:
Absolutely AWFUL.  It smelled like I had laundry detergent in my hair.  I’m really funny about smells (anyone who knows me personally knows this) so if it doesn’t smell right, chances are it’s not for me.  I literally am not fond of this smell.

*Laundry smells are okay for laundry, but not for my tresses.

The Ingredients:
“No Parabens, No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Colors”
Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Agave Tequilana Stem Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Carbomer, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba, (Guar) Gum, Dioleyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oleth-5 Phosphate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PVP, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Methylisothiazolinone, Potassium Sorbate
Please, don’t be fooled! It is evident (by the way my hair responded to this product) that there are a lot of drying ingredients in this concoction, and the fact that I can’t pronounce (or even know) what more than half of them are is a huge factor for me.  Being a girl who likes straight forward ingredients (even in my foods), I can’t really get with this list.

Results from a Twist-out

First Day Hair – Was Very Dry – Washed Out Next Day
Results from a Wash-N-Go
Day One Wash N Go
Day Two Wash N Go

Unlike the Coconut Curling Cream, I used this product alone.  I raked it through my hair in a process known as shingling, by which I use small sections or hair (starting from the back and working myself toward the front), apply product to that section, smooth the product on using my fingers (or Tangle Teezer) so that I can get my strands fully coated. I used a diffuser to set my curls.  I have performed a wash-n-go before.  You can read about it here and here.

Overall Conclusions:
Besides the price being way too steep for me (not enough bang for your buck), I am not a huge fan of this product.  I have never had much luck with them in my hair as they are very drying to me.

Another huge dislike is the smell.  If it weren’t so potent, I could MAYBE overlook it, but because it’s so powerful – I think I’ll pass.

I know the product said it was “flake free”, but I had flakes in my hair!  I didn’t know if it was from a heavy hand with the product, so I refreshed it the next day with water only and my hair was still dry… and flaky.  I even co-washed my hair between wash-n-go and twist out and found flakes in my twist-out.  I washed my hair the next day not only because it was flaky, but because it was dry.

I just want to add that I did use a little Jojoba oil to coat my strands before the take down of my twist out.  It still didn’t help much, as I still had major dryness.

On a more positive note, it did give me good definition.  I could see why individuals may like the product when it comes to curl and style definition.

Overall, I am not a huge fan, but if I can muster up the courage to combat this smell, I may try to use it again… differently.  I am also curious as to how the other Hair Milk products will perform.  Decisions, decisions…

Have you tried Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Pudding?  What are your thoughts?
  • Anonymous

    Do you think your results would have been less drying if you used the same products as the coconut curling cream? i.e. Argon oil?

    • The first time I considered it, but after that wash n go, I knew gel (even if it was with Argon oil) would only make it dryer. That’s why I didn’t use the gel with the twist out. Maybe if paired with oil (not gel) it would respond differently. I am not at liberty to say as I didn’t try that method.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry. I read it wrong. It was Eco w/argon. Not just oil. You’re right.

  • I used it but I have the whole kit with the co wash cleanser and the leave in moisturizer (lite and original) and I did not like any of it. My hair was dry and not cute!

  • Aliza Pezer

    These sound like great products, I’ll have to check them out.

    .Thanks for sharing with us.