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

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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.