23.3.12

DGJ Organics Haircare Review



DGJ Organics aka Daniel Galvin Junior (link) shampoo was recommended to me by Sarah at BEskincareful.  After reading her review I decided to try it for myself (link).  To give you some background DGJ products are made with plant derived natural ingredients enhanced with Organic essential oils and do not contain SLS (Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulphates) or parabens.


I have mention before that I have a love/hate relationship with SLS free haircare. I find natural haircare does not perform to a standard I am happy with or the essential oils irritate my scalp. On the other hand, a large majority of salon and high street brands are not suitable as they can cause skin irritation.  Basically, when it comes to haircare it's a nightmare battle between my eczema, allergies and the desire to cut out chemical nasties.  I openly admit, my regular favourite shampoo is loaded with nasty ingredients. 

I purchased the HairJuice Honeydewmelon Shampoo (250ml £4.39) at Waitrose. This is described as an everyday shampoo for all hair types. The fragrance is lovely and fresh, exactly like melon.  For an SLS free shampoo this lathers reasonably well, something which I have never been able to achieve from other brands. When testing this product I stuck to my regular routine of washing my hair every other day.  I like the feel of my hair on the day of washing.  It felt clean and refreshed but unfortunately, I was not happy on the second day.  My hair appeared to loose its glossy shine and the texture was greasier than I would normally expect.  However, I am pleased to report I did not experience any skin or scalp irritation whilst testing this product (I always recommend you patch test a new product).

Overall, I like that this shampoo is available in a supermarket at a reasonable price.  Also I am impressed with the lather considering it is free from SLS .  I do not think this is correct shampoo for my hair but I have not been put off trying another shampoo from the range (Glossy Brunette, Glossy Blonde & Lavender Hangover Hair).  In case you are wondering, I have short fine hair but it's thick because I am blessed with so much of it (lol), I also colour my hair every 5-6 weeks. If you do not live near a Waitrose you can purchase online (link).  DGJ Organics also have a couple of haircare products for children.

Have you tried DGJ Organic haircare?  What did you think? Can you recommend any other SLS free shampoos/conditioners?



20 comments:

  1. This sounds good, I don't usually like SLS free shampoos as I like them to foam well. I may try this one. x

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    1. It's not bad you can get a reasonable bubble out of it, I find if you apply small amount then water, then add some more shampoo you can work up some bubbles. I know bubbles don't clean but I like having them there lol :)

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  2. i never tried SLS free shampoo? what difference is it to regular shampoo?
    www.whokilledlola.blogspot.com
    x

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    1. SLS is a cheap chemical foaming agent present in shampoos and other products that create a lather/bubbles. If you suffer from an itchy/flaky skin/scalp you may be better off using an SLS free product because SLS is a known skin irritant. An SLS free shampoo will still clean your hair like a regular one but it may not lather in the same way. Hope that answers your question :)

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  3. I've not tried this brand. I do use a natural shampoo from SheaButter Cottage which I love and so does my hair. It has very little lather but cleans and repairs very well. I add some more water if I feel it needs extra oomph to replace foamy lather, this works well for me.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, I will have to take a look at :)

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  4. Sarah, I have thick curly hair so it works for me, it might be different on other hair types x

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  5. I've never found the holy grail of natural shampoos yet & still on the quest to find the one! This is why I mostly use shampoo bars, but it does tend to strip the hair so I have to use natural rinses twice a week too. I think its great that you can pick this up in a supermarket, although I'd have to go online as we don't have waitrose up here, just tesco & the coop! It's also a decent price, I tried Jason shampoo & conditioner once & loved it but don't like paying around 20quid for hair stuff! oxo

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    1. I've looked at the Jason ones but have not seen any reviews about them, I do buy expensive products but usually when on special offer. I have not tried a shampoo bar I find the concept a little odd.

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    2. I know where you're coming from, I did find it a little odd at first, think I've just got used to it now. I swap it with liquid shampoo & conditioner every so often though, otherwise I tend to miss them! I used Jason volumizing shampoo & conditioner. You have to massage it in for a while in order to work up a good lather, it smells gorgeous & is free from sls & parabens. Only issue I had is that it has parfum & alcohol in it. Have you tried the Serendipity Herbal range? It contains neem & rosemary, I would thoroughly recommend it for sensitive scalps :) oxo

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    3. Shame about Jason having parfum & alcohol, I can often have problems with fragrance. I haven't heard of Serendipity Herbal range, I will look into that one, thank you :)

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    4. No worries, here's the link:

      http://www.theneemteam.co.uk/acatalog/Basic_Products.html

      They seem to have teamed up with ThermaNeem (since I last bought) to create The NeemTeam website, so you might even find something else you prefer there! :)

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    1. Ingredients
      Aqua, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Organic Aloe Vera), Cetrimonium Chloride (Veg Derived), Cetearyl Alcohol (Veg Derived), Citric Acid (Citrus Fruits), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Pyridoxin (Vitamin B6), Hydroxypropyltimonium Honey, Parfum, * Cucumis Melo (Organic Melon Extract), Phenoxyethanol/Benzyl Alcohol/Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxypropyltimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Wheat Derived (GMO Free)), Yucca Vera (Plant Extract.)

      * Certified as organically grown

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  7. I have eczema too. The only place it really is now is my scalp which gets dried out really badly. I use Aubrey Organics Primrose and Lavender www.aubreyorganicsuk.co.uk it doesn't really smell of anything and it doesn't lather up to great. But it works wonders on my scalp it's really gentle and hydrating and leaves your hair so soft and shiney!x

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    1. I'm lucky not to suffer from eczema on my scalp but it is sensitive. Thanks for the recommendation, I have yet to try Aubrey products so I will keep this in mind :) It is always nice to hear when people find something that works for them.

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  8. I can understand your problem of not getting the right 'chemical' free shampoo for your hair. I don't have allergies but I have sensitive scalp, so does the husband. Most SLS/Paraben free shampoos work but I need a LOT of silicones to tame my wild, thick, curly hair. I am not sure of the quality of silicones in Salon brands is better, but they work the best for me. Kerastase, L'Oreal Professionel, etc work the best but they are costly :(
    The husband has a supply of Alchemy at hand cos that is the only thing that doesn't irritate his scalp. If you haven't tried Kevin Murphy, I think you should! The Born Again mask is amazeballs, all the products are free of nasties. I think it is a UK brand too, easier for you to find :)

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    1. I often find a natural shampoo dries out my hair or irritates because of the essential oils, just can't find the holy grail :) I am on my second bottle of Giovanni Conditioner I love that so it's a 50/50 compromise at the moment. I keep hearing good things about Kevin Murphy, I didn't realise it was without chemicals, the only problem is I looked at the price £16 for a 250ml bottle :(

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  9. I'm on the quest to look for a good SLS free haircare. The current favourite was yes to cucumbers, I happened to saw this in waitroise today so will be giving it a go.

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    1. Would love to hear what you think of these shampoos once you try them :)

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