Topic: rancid oil smell

I'll try to give as much info as I can here, to hopefully get some help. I started using MM back in the spring of 2014 so I am well past the detox stage. I am mostly happy with my hair although occasionally it feels thick and greasy after washing. I wash as directed with the products and additionally rinse with ACV post wash. I use no other products on my hair. In the last few months I have been noticing that my hair takes on a smell like "rancid oil". It goes away after a detox mask, however it returns often enough that I am using the mask way more often than I feel I should need to, and it is making my hair static-y and dry - I am in a cold, dry climate. Incidentally, I don't use the elixirs or oils as I live in Canada and can only obtain certain products from the line, otherwise it's prohibitively expensive. Would appreciate thoughts on this problem. Want to love these products so badly, but cannot continue if I can't fix this issue. P. S. My daughter uses MM as well (she started a few months after me) and is having the same problem. Her hair is extremely thick, wavy and long. Mine is fine, thin and short.

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Colleen, I'm having the same issue with the rancid oil smell. When I first started using MM last spring, the scent of the shampoos was really strong. I liked it and the scent was very noticeable for days. Maybe I've gone "nose blind" to the shampoo scents. Anyway, I think the rancid oil smell I've been noticing for a few weeks is my own natural hair oils. This thought does not thrill me. I've used MM products religiously for six months now, and plan to continue, but today I broke down and washed with a conventional shampoo for the first time. I wanted to experiment with stripping the oil out, and then see how it is in a few days when I wash with MM again.

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How long ago did you purchase the product and how do you store it?  Do not expose it to sunlight or heat because this can cause the product to expire much much faster.

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It's not that the shampoos have gone 'off'. They all are fine. I think I've figured out the problem. About two months ago, I added two new shampoos to the rotation. It was around that time that the odor appeared and my hair would sometimes be heavy and greasy even after washing. We were previously using only the ACV, sea essence & pine shale, with no issues. Then I bought the earth essence and heavenly chi. I am experimenting with going back to only using the original three and so far so good. I believe we are reacting negatively to the either or both of the earth essence & chi. Later on, I'll try adding one at a time back in to see what happens. gailables - that might work for you too as it could be one or two that you are having issues with as well. Try an elimination. Good luck!

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That's very interesting, Colleen. I agree that the shampoos themselves don't smell "off". And I store them on a shelf in my large bathroom, not in direct sunlight or in a hot place.

I purchased the 5 shampoo starter set in June 2014. Rotated all five, took me about a month to use them up.

I purchased full-size shampoos before my starter size ran out, also in June 2014. However, I was only able to order four shampoos as the Sea Essence was out of stock. I rotated these four until they ran out.

I then purchased the five full-size package in October 2014. I probably starting rotating all five in November, when I started smelling this rancid smell. The only difference is I'm using Sea Essence shampoo with all the other four, as it was now in stock. (I hope that makes sense. I'm trying to be clear.)

I really don't think I'm reacting badly to the shampoos. I think my own hair oil is just getting funky. I hated to use conventional shampoo the other day, and I only used it once. But if I think about how MM says to rotate THEIR shampoos, I don't think it's wrong to think I may need to rotate a conventional shampoo once every six months. I'll probably wash my hair tonight or tomorrow with MM. I'll update in a week or so and let you know if that problem returns.

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gailables - so it sounds to me like you might be experiencing the same problem. You started off fine with all but the sea essence and then at the time you introduced it, you started noticing the odor. Maybe try eliminating it for a few weeks and see what happens. My issue has disappeared since I eliminated the two I suspect and, as yet, so far so good. My hair is back to (and remains!) clean, fluffy, soft and pleasant smelling (unfortunately my daughter has been put off of them all, for now. She's found a fairly good natural alternative that's easier to manage with her thick hair). I will reintroduce the other two one at a time down the road and I'll give an update then.

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Yes, definitely take the problem ones out of rotation.  It sounds like they may be making the scalp too oily, which is probably the smell you are speaking of.  I would not recommend rotating in a conventional shampoo that is laden with chemicals and other bad stuff.  You can do it once every six months, but I would not recommend it as one of the points of using MM is to get away from chemicals.  It is fine to use once every six months, however, without issues.  Definitely take the problem ones out of rotation.

Happy hair journey! nomicons/smile

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Just coming back to post an update. After a period of time avoiding the earth essence and heavenly chi shampoos and having no issues, I reintroduced them back. Had no problem with earth essence but it appears the heavenly chi is the problem shampoo for us. I strongly suspect it is the shea butter causing the issue. None of the other shampoos contain it. It may be a combination of the butter and the fact that our well water is extremely soft. Things typically rinse out fine, but it may just be that the shea butter is too strong and rich. Just a guess, but regardless, I do suspect it's the shea.

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I wonder if your Heavenly Chi shampoo is old? (I also wonder why they changed the name to Heavenly Essence? Just curious.)

I have not had a problem with any MM shampoos or the Pearl Essence Creme Rinse since I got rid of the rancid oil smell (via conventional shampoo. Just used once, I promise! nomicons/smile

The product that made my hair smell bad was the Euro oil. I was using a drop after every shampooing to control static. When I bought it in June 2014 (part of the starter kit) I thought it smelled a bit off right from the bottle. So, I have discontinued using the oil.

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gailables - I don't believe it's due to the shampoo being 'off' as it smells quite nice in the bottle - my favorite of all of them, actually - looks fine as well. Looking back, the problem started as soon as I received the product and started using it right away, but if it had come to me already bad, I think I would have noticed it. It still smells and looks fine. I really suspect it's just the shea butter in the formula, leaving a heavy residue, especially as it's the one shampoo that also leaves the hair fairly greasy post wash, even after rinsing well with water and ACV. Glad you figured out what was effecting your issue as well.