23.4.13

Essential Care Gentle Herb Shampoo


I know what you are thinking, another shampoo review so soon after raving about Desert Essence Coconut shampoo and conditionerThey are nice products but I have started to feel that my hair lacked silky smoothness. The decision to replace or repurchase coincided with a recommendation plus the release of the shortlist for the FreeFrom Skincare Awards I was swaying towards repurchasing but changed my mind and decided I’d like to try Essential Care Gentle Herb Shampoo especially since it was award shortlisted. The Essential Care shampoo is a 2-in-1 product so there is not a matching conditioner. My hair is dry from colouring and I admit I was sceptical whether I could manage without conditioning so I purchased the Desert Essence Raspberry conditioner.

Essential Care is a great company with a range of skincare, bodycare and make up. You may have seen me blog about their concealer and many natural bloggers rave about the lipsticks and cleanser. The shampoo is free from SLS, SLES, ALS, artificial preservatives and salt. Here are the ingredients (INCI): Aqua, Coco glucoside, Cocos nucifera oil*, Urtica dioica extract*, Equisetum arvense leaf extract*, Lecithin, Rosmarinus officinalis extract*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Levulinic acid & sodium levulinate & glycerine (plant origin), Xanthan gum, Usnea barbata extract, Citric acid (natural pH regulator), Chamomila recutita extract*. *Organically grown/produced (min. 70% organic - and 100% natural ingredients) 

As there are no sulphates this is very low foaming. From experience I don't normally get on with shampoos like this but with a bit of patience and thoroughly soaking my hair, I can massage into scalp and work up a gentle lather. Generally I do end up double washing, I find it helps with getting the product to the places I need as I am washing my hair over the bath not under the shower. When using a sulphate free shampoo the key is to concentrate on massaging the product into your scalp as that is the "dirty" part. I find its best to concentrate on the ends separately or rely on the rinsing process to clean as the water and shampoo passes over the ends. I have found I still like to use a conditioner to help untangle knots created whilst shampooing. I use only a tiny amount because I don’t want to overdo it and have flyaway hair.

With the combination of the two products I feel I have regained the smoothness I started to lack. I have always been fussy with hair care so I am not surprised that I overhauled my routine again. The main point of this review is to say that Essential Care Gentle Herb shampoo is a lovely product. I hope that my word is enough to convince you to try for yourself. It’s easy to find online, you can order from Essential Care (now known as Odylique) or there are other stockists. I also give a big thumbs up for the Desert Essence Raspberry conditioner, it smells amazing and I get better results compared to the coconut version.

Have you tried either of these products? If you'd like to share your thoughts leave a comment below.

Sarah x

6 comments:

  1. I've been looking at the EC Shampoo a lot recently, as I think it mentions being skin pH balanced in its advert somewhere?

    I'm very tempted to purchase a trial size as they're on offer at the moment - thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Let me know if you try it would love to know your feedback :)

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  2. These sound like nice products but I find I need a shampoo that foams well so I can spread over my hair easily. I have been trying Green Peoples shampoo out at the moment but I'm not sure if I like it. x

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    1. I haven't tried GP off top of my head if it contains orange then that's why. You would probably like the Desert Essence shampoos as they foam like crazy (they have a mild sulphate in them)

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  3. I'm a big fan of the Gentle Herb Shampoo, it's probably one of a tiny handful of natural shampoos that really seem to work for me. I'm going to try out their new Tea Tree & Herb shampoo to see how that compares and I'm hoping it gives a bit more TLC to my dry scalp x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. This is the first truly natural shampoo that has worked for me so I understand where you are coming from. I have a sensitivity to Tea Tree so won't be trying that one but I hope it works for you, I'm sure I will read about it on your blog :)

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