This review is cour­tesy of SA (hair is pic­tured below… a wom­an with hair that beau­ti­ful MUST be doing some­thing right!) She reviewed tons of Qhemet prod­ucts for BGLH, but I will post the addi­tion­al reviews tomor­row. Thanks SA!!!

I decid­ed to go nat­u­ral on a whim in August 2007… I con­tin­ued to use the prod­ucts I was used to (in this case, the Pro­fec­tiv line) and didn’t real­ly think dif­fer­ent­ly about it until after I did my “big chop” in April 2008. That’s when I start­ed notic­ing my hair being dry and break­ing eas­i­ly. After read­ing through the hair forum threads (and real­iz­ing I would nev­er be a mix­tress) I decid­ed to make Qhemet my first pur­chase in the sum­mer of 2008. And I’m glad I did. I think it mois­tur­izes great, at least for my hair, and lasts for a good while. And to be hon­est I have yet to hear any­one say a neg­a­tive things about it.

Amla and Olive Heavy Cream

I’ll start with my absolute favorite pro­duct ever (well, may­be not ever, but it’s close), the Amla and Olive Heavy Cream. I love this stuff. It’s exact­ly what you think it is by the name. It’s a very thick white cream. You def­i­nite­ly don’t need a lot, but I’ve found that if you do acci­den­tal­ly use too much (I may or may not be a bit heavy hand­ed at times) it doesn’t hurt your hair. It just leaves you with less in the jar. When I first got it it smelled a bit cit­rusy, but not so much that you’re smelling cit­rus fruit all day. I’ve had this last batch of AOHC for a cou­ple of months and it has no smell to it what­so­ev­er now. So unless you’re extreme­ly fra­grant sen­si­tive then you shouldn’t wor­ry too much about it.

I’ve found my hair to be mois­tur­ized for a few days (around three or four) after using this. With that said, I have only used this on clean and con­di­tioned hair. I don’t know how it’d work just redo­ing twists or some­thing like that. I will also say that I’ve nev­er real­ly use this with a leave-in either. I usu­al­ly use this when doing twists or braids. While it’s heavy it doesn’t weigh the hair down. Like I said, I love this pro­duct and, on a scale of 1–5 (1 being excel­lent and 5 being weak sauce) I would give it a 1. Loves it y’all.

**Ingre­di­ents: Amla (ayurvedic botan­i­cal), Brah­mi (ayurvedic botan­i­cal) and African Aloe (afro botan­i­cal), MSM sul­fur (hair growth sup­ple­ment), Olive Oil (emol­lient), Cas­tor oil (shine, humectan­cy, thick­ness.)
Does not con­tain min­er­al oil, lano­lin, essen­tial oils, pro­teins or sil­i­cones.
More infor­ma­tion on the Qhemet web­site.

Olive and Hon­ey Hydrat­ing Balm

The next pro­duct I’ll talk about is the Olive and Hon­ey Hydrat­ing Balm. Being hon­est I didn’t real­ly like this at first. It feels like a very thick gel and and has a very weird smell. Not a bad smell, just some­thing I can’t real­ly put my fin­ger on. Any­way, I didn’t real­ly like the con­sis­ten­cy of it. I love creams so I’m pret­ty sure I was being biased.

With that said, holy crap does this stuff keep your hair mois­tur­ized. And hon­est­ly it kept it mois­tur­ized longer than the Alma and Olive Heavy Cream. What turned my mind on this pro­duct was read­ing how Empress­ri uses it. She uses a bit of this with the AOHC. And after try­ing the com­bi­na­tion I now real­ly enjoy the pro­duct. Using the same scale as above, I would rate this a 2. It’s a good pro­duct and it works extreme­ly well, but I do love a good cream more than a balm. But that’s a per­son­al taste thing.

**Ingre­di­ents: Pure Olive Oil (emol­lient), Vir­gin Sesame Oil (rich in gam­ma linole­ic acid [an essen­tial fat­ty acid] Lecithin, Vit­a­m­in B com­plex and Vit­a­m­in E) MSM (growth sup­ple­ment), pure hon­ey
Does not con­tain min­er­al oil, lano­lin, essen­tial oils, pro­teins or sil­i­cones.
More infor­ma­tion on the Qhemet web­site.

**I don’t think this is a com­plete list of ingre­di­ents. I got the­se off the Qhemet web­site, and I’m assum­ing they only put their best ingre­di­ents for­ward. If any­one has a com­plete list, please email me at

That review is a GREAT start­ing point! Thanks SA! Now I real­ly want to hear from you. Qhemet users, what have been your expe­ri­ences?
And if you’re inter­est­ed in doing a pro­duct review for BGLH, email me at

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­lis­te, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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14 Comments on "Product Review: Qhemet Amla and Olive Heavy Cream and Qhemet Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm"

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Hon­est­ly, I tried the Amla and Olive Heavy Cream and the Bur­dock Root But­ter Cream. Thank­ful­ly, I only pur­chased the sam­ples, because I do not see what the hoopla is all about. Yes, it left my hair and my daughter’s hair very mois­tur­ized for about almost a week, but that was about it. It wasn’t any bet­ter than my holy grail SCurl Acti­va­tor and Mois­tur­iz­er which is only $5.00. Cur­rent­ly, I am using Karen’s Body Beau­ti­ful Super Duper Hydrat­ing Hair Cream which my hair loves. Some peo­ple swear by the AOHC some peo­ple don’t. It depends on what your hair… Read more »

evainthesky­with­di­a­monds thank youdoll. I am in Lon­don -m not sre if I’ll buy it but I’ll go and check it out.


I agree with Moni. Qhemet prod­ucts are hands down the best prod­ucts for dry, nap­py hair. Noth­ing comes close to the mois­ture they give and they make your hair grow. My all time fav is the Amla Olive Cream.


I know this is an old thread but I’ll still leave a review.

I swear my Qhem prod­ucts. They are the only prod­ucts I real­ly use on my hair on a reg­u­lar. I absolute­ly luv the Amla & Olive Heavy Cre­me which I apply to my hair while twist­ing (after sham­poo­ing).

I use the Amla Nour­ish­ing Pomade along my hair­line and on the ends of my hair.

Her prod­ucts are cer­tain­ly worth a try and have done won­ders in improv­ing the health of my hair!

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair

@ krys­tal, lita and anony­mous… thanks for that crit­i­cal feed­back! it’s help­ful for me to know that qhemet doesn’t work for every­one!

Krystal (aka Pirouette)
Krystal (aka Pirouette)

I’m not much of a fan of Qhemet prod­ucts either. I tried their sam­ples, and I thought the AOHC was very greasy. I liked the Bur­dock Root But­ter Cream slight­ly bet­ter. The spritz was just a mix­ture of oils–not very mois­tur­iz­ing at all. Over­all, water based creams and mois­tur­iz­ers work best for me.


I com­plete­ly agree with Lita. I have no idea what it is, but EVERYONE seems to love the stuff and my hair does not get down with it. I have tried the AOHC on wet, dry, and damp hair and try as I might, my hair is dry like I put noth­ing in it 10 mins lat­er. I got the Bur­dock Root but­ter cream in the sam­pler pack and will try that but so far I am not impressed with the heavy cream


Not a fan, the sam­ples I tried (hon­ey balm, heavy cream and sum­mink else I don’t remem­ber) didn’t do any­thing spe­cial for me. :-( Didn’t hate them though, and can see how it would work for oth­ers.


I love Qhemet’s Amla and Olive But­ter — BUT as a UK nat­u­ral I couldn’t find it any­way. I spent almost £30 get­ting it from a Nether­lands based hair com­pa­ny before real­is­ing that they sell it in Morley’s in Brix­ton!!

(Just a heads up for any UK based sis­ters out there)


Hi — I know I’m like 5yrs late with this reply but do you know if you can still get the Alma & Olive Heavy Cream by Qhemet Bio­log­ics and oth­er such prod­ucts in Brix­ton (Mor­leys?) ??

If so let me know please by reply­ing on the forum




SA, my hair isn’t that thick (ie, not that many strands), but the indi­vid­u­al strands are fair­ly coarse/thick and def­i­nite­ly nappy/kinky. It works for me, so I def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend it.


OMG, thanks for pub­lish­ing. :)

Moni, I so want to try the bur­dock root but­ter cream. I didn’t buy it the last time because it said it was for thin­ner hair and I didn’t think it would work. But after read­ing some oth­er reviews on it I’m going to buy some and see what it does. It might work well in the sum­mer­time for me.

I real­ly like Qhemet, and I’ve tried the:Amla and Olive Heavy CreamOlive and Hon­ey Hydrat­ing Balmand the Cocoa Tree Detan­gling Ghee Con­di­tion­er I think I’ll repur­chase the AOHC (when I have the mon­ey) for the same rea­sons you stat­ed! It was very mois­tur­iz­ing and it was won­der­ful as a 1 use spritz if you mixed a bit with water. I think it actu­al­ly left my hair a bit over­con­di­tioned, but that’s easy to rem­e­dy. The OHHB was okay, and I agree, it leaves your hair kin­da greasy if you use too much but for me I could only ever get… Read more »

I loooooove qhemet prod­ucts. My favorite is the bur­dock root but­ter cream, but I’ve liked all their prod­ucts that I’ve tried. The oth­er great thing about them is that you don’t need to use a lot, so they last forever. Hands down, they’re some of the best mois­tur­iz­ers that I’ve ever used and are full of great ingre­di­ents too.