I haven’t said much about hair care products lately, mostly because I’ve been very low-maintenance in this regard. I have been trying a couple of new products from Aubrey Organics and Batiste. The shampoo is probably the most natural one I’ve ever tried, and the dry shampoo is a really popular one that I’ve been using for the first time.
Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Shampoo ($10.48 for 11 oz.)
The shampoo by Aubrey Organics was one I picked up at Whole Foods during a pretty good sale – I think I paid $7 or $8, down from $10.48. I had gone in looking for a color-safe shampoo because I had noticed that my henna’d hair had continued to release a little bit of color when I towel-dried it after showers. I had been using this clarifying shampoo from Giovanni, which I didn’t find to be harsh on my hair but may not have been doing my hair dye any favors.
My Whole Foods didn’t have a very big selection of Aubrey products, but this shampoo is their Rosa Mosqueta version from their Special Care line, which is described as a specialty protective formula appropriate for all hair types including color-treated hair. The language on the front of the bottle emphasizes hydrating and nourishing properties, as well as the inclusion of rose hip seed oil and apple stem cells.
This shampoo is so natural that you have to shake it before using. The formula is “free” of a lot of things – sulfates, parabens, gluten, phthalates, and animal testing. It’s somewhat thinner and more liquid than most shampoos but has a similar feeling in the hand, and smells mostly of apple, with a hint of floral that perhaps comes from the rose seed oil. It’s a pleasant scent that I’ve noticed lingers in the air for a while after I shower, but I don’t continue to notice it in my hair once it’s dry.
Though I can’t say it lathers a lot (it simply doesn’t have a lot of frothing agents in the mix), it is easy to work through hair and does give my hair a squeaky clean feeling as I rinse it out. I’ve been continuing to use my Giovanni conditioner afterward, and I don’t need to use very much since the shampoo is so gentle. It leaves my hair soft, smooth and manageable, but not at all greasy or particularly weighed-down. It makes a fantastic gentle daily shampoo, but is less appropriate for skipping days – if I wait until every second or third day, my scalp will actually get a little itchy. I do enjoy switching in the Giovanni shampoo every now and then for a more thorough cleanse.
And, my hair did indeed stop leaving color on my towels. So that’s a success!
Ingredients: Aqua, lauryl glucoside‡ (from coconut/beet sugar), oryza sativa (rice) extract*, decyl glucoside‡ (from coconut/corn sugar), sodium lauroyl lactylate (plant source), sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein§, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, alcohol denat. (38b, lavender), leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate,fragrance‡‡, glyceryl caprylate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, rosa rubiginosa (Rosa Mosqueta®) seed oil*, glycerin, citrus grandis (grapefruit) extract, glyceryl undecylenate, sodium phytate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), xanthan gum, tocopherol (vitamin E), malus domestica (apple) fruit cell culture extract, equisetum hyemale (horsetail) extract, tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) leaf extract.
§ Made from organic soy; non-GMO
‡ Tested non-GMO
‡‡ Natural isolate blend sourced from essential oils
Batiste Original Dry Shampoo ($7.99 for 6.73 oz.)
For the days when I do skip a wash, I’ve been using the Batiste dry shampoo for the first time. This one is hugely popular among bloggers and vloggers, and the can proudly boasts that it’s UK’s #1 dry shampoo.
This is not a natural or cruelty-free product, by the way. I picked it up at Bed Bath & Beyond with a 20% off coupon, and it’s decently affordable. Unfortunately, I have to admit that I’m not thrilled with this product! I think I can see why people like it, it smells nice and does make hair look and feel cleaner, and it’s pretty lightweight in the hair. It has a strong white powder that’s very visible when applied (they do offer a “brunette” version that’s supposed to be much less visible, which wasn’t in stock when I purchased mine), and the other thing is that I don’t get any volume or style from it. I guess that comes down to personal preference, but I really like getting lift and texture from a dry shampoo because my hair is otherwise quite fine and flat when I skip a wash. I assume that would still be an issue for me even if I purchased the brunette version, so I probably won’t bother with Batiste in the future.
Batiste offers a lot of scents, and I just grabbed the original version. I like the smell and don’t find it to be overpowering, I think it just has a clean sort of fresh linen or baby powder sort of scent. It’s nice.
Anyways, it’ll likely take me a while to use it up since my Aubrey shampoo is best used daily and I’m just not in love with the dry shampoo. I’m curious, have you ever found a natural dry shampoo (or perhaps made your own) that you really enjoy? I haven’t really jumped into that arena yet, though I did notice Acure makes one. That’d be something I’d be interested in experimenting with in the future.