20.2.13

Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner

Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner

I finally got my hands on the much talked about Desert Essence Coconut shampoo and conditioner. You may have heard Hayley (The Flaxen Owl) mention this range a few times. I won't bore you again with my hair care woes but switching out to natural shampoo has not been easy. I have to avoid citrus fruit and 100% natural does nothing for my hair. I end up with a bird nest mop which drives me crazy. I've made the decision to use haircare which is free from the more well known synthetic ingredients. 

I am going to start my review talking about the fragrance. Did you know that the aroma you associate with coconut is artificial? That's why some natural coconut based products don't have that familiar coconutty scent (e.g. Balm Balm & Essential Care cleansers). For me food scents rock my world, especially coconut, mango and vanilla. Straight off I know these products have an added fragrance as it reminds me of Pina Colada cocktails, sugary and sweet. 

The coconut range is aimed at dry, damaged and frizzy haired folk. I was a little bit sceptical because I face an up hill battle in that my hair falls into three categories - Dry, Coloured and Fine. I'm a complete nightmare, it's impossible to address that from one bottle. Anyway, this shampoo and conditioner are fantastic. The shampoo lathers up and I find I only need a small amount. It rinses out easily and my hair is left squeaky clean. I also think the conditioner is perfect for me. I like that it moisturises but does not leave my hair weighed down. I may even go as far as to say that Desert Essence hair care is delivering marginally better results than my favourite Organic Surge Moisture Boost.

Now let's talk about ingredients. Overall, not too bad, you don't see parabens, SLS/SLES, phthalates, artificial colour, silicone, EDTA or petrochemicals. As I mentioned it contains parfum. I am very impressed by the amount of lather you can generate and this is from the Sodium Coco-Sulfate. From what I understand this ingredient is similar to SLS but it appears safer as it does not lead to the formation of carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.

Shampoo Ingredients - Water (Aqua), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract*, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract*, Sambucus Nigra (Black Elderberry) Flower Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Sodium Coco-Sulfate (Coconut Derived), Decyl Glucoside (Coconut and Corn Derived), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Coco-Glucoside (Coconut Derived), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides (Coconut Derived), Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate (Fruit Derived), Lauryl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Stearyl Citrate (Vegetable Derived), Fragrance (Parfum)

Conditioner Ingredients - Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut Derived), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Derived), Dehydroacetic Acid, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate (Fruit Derived), Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum)

I can over look a few ingredients as long as my scalp does not itch and my hair feels clean. I am able to buy Desert Essence at a local health food store. I paid £8.99 each for the shampoo and conditioner. I noticed from a label on the bottles that products are distributed by Wisdom of Nature Ltd and they have an online shop 

Let me know if you have tried any Desert Essence products or your thoughts on ingredients. In case you missed it I have already reviewed one of their shower gels, click here to read it.



7 comments:

  1. I love these two products and the smell lingers on really nice :) right now I'm using Acure ones but I think i'll go back to these two :) or maybe Andalou Naturals..do you have any experience with their hair care?

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    1. I haven't heard of Andalou Naturals and Acure isn't available in the UK so I don't have experience of their hair care. Is Andalou Naturals something you want to try or have you already tried? :)

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    2. I want to try it, heard good things :) I get lots of natural stuff on iherb.com because here in Slovenia we don't have so many brands :)

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  2. I have read a couple of posts about this brand now and it sounds really good. x

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    1. Yes, I think it's a very nice budget brand which everyone can enjoy :)

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  3. I have a coconut obsession and these sound lovely! I'm currently using the Dr Organics Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner and am absolutely loving them! I much prefer them to the Naked Colour shampoo and conditioner I was using before. I don't think they'd be any good for you though unfortunately as I think they contain citrus.

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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    1. I wanted to try the Dr O coconut range but you are right they add orange oil. I can sometimes get away with in in skin care but in hair care it plays havoc with my scalp :(

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