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Haircare Routine Update - Essential Care, Desert Essence & Giovanni

Haircare Essential Care, Desert Essence & Giovanni
If you have been watching my videos this trio of products will be familiar to you given the number of times I have mentioned them in my Empties. Back in March 2013, I talked through the products I was using (click here). I never went back to the Desert Essence Coconut range as I switched over to the Red Raspberry and then discovered Essential Care. I realised the other day that these products have been my routine for a year. I have not branched out to anything else in that time. I spent years searching for a shampoo that did not irritate my skin. It did not matter if the shampoo was high street, salon brand or natural/organic, I was having trouble with them all but Essential Care shampoo solved the problem over night. I am yet to try the new formulation under the Odylique label, I am aware more foaming agent has been added. I will be switching over once my stock pile has been depleted.

I don't think I ever gave the Desert Essence Red Raspberry conditioner a full review, I've always mentioned in passing. My hair is thin but dry from colouring so I've always struggled to find a conditioner that is moisturising but will not weigh it down. For me, the Red Raspberry ticks these boxes. I need a small amount, it untangles knots but leaves a silky smooth finish. I get my monies worth from the tube it lasts me many months, an added bonus is it smells delicious.

I had a mad panic the other month when the website I was buying the Giovanni Flat Iron Mist from stopped selling it. That's how much I love this product, I was close to tears but I did find another stockist. I use this every time I wash my hair. It has a delightful fragrance and never feels greasy. I am convinced it does protect against my GHDs so I continue using it.

I really do not see myself changing my routine. I have been tempted to try other hair care products but I never end up buying them because I do not feel anything can live up to these standards. Essential Care, Desert Essence and Giovanni are cruelty free brands and free from synthetic ingredients which I choose to avoid. 

Have you tried any of these products? 

Sarah x


  1. Do you double shampoo? Or just shampoo once? And also how many pumps of the shampoo do you use? I ask because I have the Tea Tree & Herb one and sometimes it works well and other times my hair feels greasy after so I'm still trying to work out how many pumps to use and how many times to shampoo haha! Ohh the struggles of natural shampoo....
    I love the Giovanni mist too :)

    1. yes & no to double shampoo, depends on how greasy my scalp feels, mainly only need one attempt. I wash my hair every other day but I've always done that, takes a few days before I feel my hair is dirty. I probably use 4 pumps and just concentrate on massaging into my roots. I have sensitivity to tea tree so I haven't tried that version. It may just be bad luck and your scalp isn't liking the ingredients. Spend extra time rinsing. Hope that helps? x