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Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle + Setting Lotion Review

By January 27th, 202111 Comments

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle + Setting Lotion Review
Hola Chicas!

The post below tells of my setting lotion adventures. Today is Hair Day 2, and I’m digging it. It’s a bit frizzy on the canopy, but I think it’s due to the gross weather (very rainy). My results– super defined, soft, moisturized, excellent hold. Me likey.
My hair is not as shiny as usual…don’t know if it’s due to the setting lotion or the Trader Joes, but a little shea butter quickly resolved the issue. Next time, I plan to go lighter with the setting lotion– I used quite a bit on each twist and got a firm hold. For me (and other fine haired curlies), firm holds make it hard to fluff and give the illusion of volume. I will definitely be playing with this combo again! In fact, I’ll be doing a lot of experimenting with setting lotion in the future…pairing it with other fav conditioners. This is definitely worth a try! Plus, if you get the setting lotion from Sallys and hate it, you can return it! I’ll probably pick up the Jane Carter brand too…my PJ is happy 🙂

Later Gators,
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle + Setting Lotion ReviewTrader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle + Setting Lotion Review

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle + Setting Lotion Review

frizz (could be due to trying to unsuccessfully fluff)

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle + Setting Lotion Review

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle + Setting Lotion Review
Hola Chicas!

Well, it’s hair day, and I’ve decided to try out a new styling combo 🙂 I went grocery shopping two days ago… several doors down from Sally’s Beauty Supply. Being the PJ that I am, I couldn’t miss an opportunity to ‘see what I could see’, lol, so I strolled the aisles waiting for the spirit to move me. I ended up buying one very large bottle of setting lotion for $3.50! I know what you’re thinking…but I used to love me some setting lotion! In 2006, I posted this yummy recipe on

  • 9 oz of conditioner (VO5 Extra body, Suave Bio Basics, or Suave Naturals)
  • 3 oz of setting lotion (use lotta body for extra body)
  • 1 oz of glycerine (optional!)
  • 1-2 oz of sweet almond oil/coconut oil/olive oil, etc. (I used 2 oz of coconut oil)
  • Put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake to blend…
  • Add water until the consistency is to your liking.

This concoction results in a light styling lotion that would leave my hair soft, crunch free, defined, and moisturized. I used it to Wash & Go with great success– curls popping everywhere! My Aunty still uses this recipe from time to time.

Today, I’m not mixing my setting lotion with anything. I’m just going to apply a little bit over my new love, Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, prior to twisting. I’m praying for stellar results! I’ll report back tomorrow.

Later Gators,

**p.s. try that recipe and report back!


  • RoGlam says:

    I just saw this post and made the mixture…this is great my hair has never been so soft! I followed the recipe but added 1 tbs of black jam.castor oil.

  • Queenofthe4s says:

    Nairobi makes the best professional strength setting lotion…hands down… I dilute it 50/50 with water and it lasts forever

  • Anonymous says:

    So…I tried the recipe two nights ago. I LOVE IT! Not so much for hold though…my first ever B-N-C came out horrible, but my hair is so soft and moisturized. I will be using this to help with my BC in august…I have never seen my curls pop like that.

    (16 month transitioner)

  • Whitney @ Thanksforthefood says:

    Does anyone have any other recipes for hair lotions/styling agents? I've tried the flaxseed gel one on youtube but would also like to try to make something that can hold my curls without being stiff (but gives more control than a creamy leave in conditioner).

  • Anonymous says:

    hey, i want to try but would the glycerine be a program? i read your article on naturally and you had advised to have a winter regime and having products that didn't have glycerine. i live in NYC where the weather can get cold, can i still use your recipe?

  • CareLes says:

    that looks really good.

  • A85 says:

    Niiice I think I may give this a try…

  • Tiana says:

    This combo remains one of my favorites! It works great with Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner and VO5 Tea Tree. I remove the glycerin in winter and use olive oil. It's great for long lasting twist outs that are extra soft and moisturized.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    yep, you can use any conditioner you like…those were the popular cheapies back then 🙂

  • Hair and Beyond says:

    Does it have to be one of those conditioners mentioned? I have white rain coconut conditioner. Some other ones also just not whats listed. I think this recipe would work great for my DD.

  • Anonymous says:

    YaaaYYYY, Horrrrayyyy!!!! Finally some hair like mine that is really nice and flyyyyy!!!! I am speaking of your aunt's hair, it is FIERCE!!! I went over and view the previous post and WOW, nice hair. Thank u 4 reposting it. Melinda.

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