A little back story: I had switched away from shampoos containing sulfates and parabens a WHILE ago because - know better, do better:
"studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells, and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors. Sulfates are concerning because they were found to break down proteins, which can lead to a degenerative effect on the cell membranes. Sulfates were also found to leave residue in the heart, lungs, and brain"
In the past year or so, I also began paying attention to labels which listed "fragrance" as an ingredient. Since the term "fragrance" can mean any of thousands of undisclosed chemical combinations, I knew I didn't want that massaged into my scalp anymore.
The only shampoo I could find locally that didn't contain the "F word" was the Everyone Brand, and I really liked it, but Target stopped selling it in the store, so I had to start ordering it online. I figured, if I have to order my shampoo online anyway, I might as well just give the Young Living shampoo a try since I get 20% back on it anyway through Essential Rewards, so I added it to my order.
It arrived (smells heavenly), and I put it to the test yesterday - the new shampoo AND conditioner. The shampoo is THICK, but doesn’t suds up (if you’re already using natural shampoo this is nothing new, but if you’ve been using Pantene or something, it will take some getting used to). I used a dime size on top of my head and a dime size on the underneath (I have thick hair). I know shampoos normally say use a dime-sized amount, but I usually use like 2 silver dollars worth. 😂🤷♀️ This one is so thick I did two dimes.
I've heard from others who have tried this shampoo that since it is so thick, they dilute it half and half with water. And others who really just like suds, so they add in a teaspoon of baking soda. I'm used to suds-free, so that part doesn't bother me, but I might try diluting it - I'll keep you posted.
Now, the really good part - the conditioner:
Ladies: you know when you buy box hair color and they give you that magical little tube of amazingly thick conditioner that you wish you could just buy separately because its so thick and wonderful that your hair feels like silk afterwards? Yeah. It’s like that. So thick and creamy it comes out of the bottle like a fettuccini noodle instead of a liquidy squirt.
And: it’s smells AMAZING 😍🙌
Definitely a happy girl!
If you're looking for all natural hair care products, I would definitely have to recommend Young Living's Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner.