I have very dry skin, including my scalp, and thin, wavy, difficult hair. I've always had trouble finding hair products; I rarely rebuy the same shampoo and have probably never used the same one for more than two months. I get dry flaky skin mostly along my hairline.
I've tried sulfate-free, "natural" marketed shampoos before with really bad luck. Typically they leave my hair feeling like straw while still somehow managing to make the hair by my scalp flat and oily.
This stuff makes my hair look amazing, but most of all, it's incredibly soothing to the scalp. I am so used to my head feeling itchy and dry as soon as I get out of the shower. I should mention that I do use the tea tree oil conditioner as well (which I also love). While I haven't been using them long enough to see if there's really going to be a lasting effect on my waves, I'll be curious to watch for that since I know many people swear by sulfate and paraben free products. This might be the first thing to convert me. Each bottle was under $7 and is even available at Kroger here. It's a good size and I've found that the shampoo is so much less drying than ones I've used previously that I don't need as much conditioner. In the past, I've had to use crazy amounts of conditioner just to be able to untangle my dry hair after showering - probably more than twice as much volume as I would use for shampoo.
I feel pretty neutral about the smell. It's got a very natural peppermint scent but kind of a weird base note, which may be the tea tree oil? I've never used tea tree oil before, so I'm not sure. But I can't really smell it anymore after I get out of the shower, and once my hair is dry it only leaves a very faint minty/herbal smell.
I will definitely rebuy this! My head is so thankful for the switch.
I bought this because my scalp had been feeling itchy. I use Bed Head Urban Antidotes, which I like. But I think the shampoo was causing my scalp to itch. I bought this shampoo at Sprouts because I had read good things in the past. It really helps the itchiness go away. This shampoo is the first thing I use when washing my hair, every time. It doesn't have a creamy texture. It has a tea tree oil, eucalyptus, minty type smell. Personally, I like the smell. I think it cleans my scalp well. I wouldn't say it makes my hair any smoother or shinier than normal though. But I'd definitely repurchase. I plan in it. The shampoo was under $10 for me. I have not used the conditioner and don't plan on it. My routine: wash with Natures Gate, use BH UA shampoo, and finish with BH UA condish, deep treatment if I feel I need extra. I have wavy/curly hair that is naturally on the dry side.
This is one I repurchase like I breathe. I use it in the way many use Dr. Bronner's Peppermint liquid- as shampoo (obviously), facial cleanser, and body wash. I've yet to use it as a mouth rinse, as some purportedly do with Dr. Bronner's, but... really? Ew. Whatever the application, it performs just as Dr. Bronner's does: thoroughly cleansing, nice tingly-squeaky-minty-fresh clean, plenty of suds without yucky parabens or sulfates... but, in the case of the Nature's gate stuff, there is no drying as there can be with Dr. Bronner's. Yeah, most of us will need to moisturize after, but there isn't the urgent feeling that your face might crack & fall off. Good, good stuff. I will have to find a way to transfer the manifesto from a bottle of Bronner's to a bottle of Nature's Gate, as that is the one thing the NG is missing. I mean, "all one", yall. All One!
In the past, I've used Nature's Gate before and really loved the smell, texture, and how my hair felt after use. The only thing that kept me from buying Nature's Gate all the time was the price for the amount of product. Well, during these past Fall/Winter months, I had a little bit of that pesky itchy scalp that some other people experience. I never saw any sign of dandruff so, I didn't want to use something that was medicated or would be really harsh for my hair and scalp..I'm so glad that I bought this! It smells really fresh, lathers like a champ, and more importantly for me, has made my itchy scalp issues a thing of the past. My hair looks clean and bouncy after I use this and I love that.
I bought this shampoo when I started having some flaky dry patches on my scalp, since it has tea tree oil in it. It didn't get rid of my dry patches completely, but it did improve the condition of my scalp. But I was so surprised at how I fell in love with this shampoo! I'm not one to buy "natural" products, but this is really the best shampoo I've used. Besides my dryness issues, the shampoos I had been using wouldn't give me a healthy shine and inevitably built-up on my fine hair, weighing it down. I have baby fine hair that I need to wash every day or else it gets oily. What I love about this shampoo is it makes my hair very shiny, I love the earthy tea tree smell (I know a lot of people don't) and how healthy it makes my hair feel. I like it for what is does contain (natural ingredients) as well as for what it doesn't (sulfates, parabens, etc.). I love the thick, rich texture of this. It lathers up so nice, but it rinses clean, too. When I'm washing my hair, I can feel how it isn't drying out my hair. It doesn't leave a noticeable tea tree scent, if you're worried about that. You get a big bottle of the stuff for about $6. I really wasn't expecting like this, but I've found my favorite shampoo! This combined with my HG leave-in conditioner, Matrix Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk, works to give me healthy, shiny, strong hair.
I've tried two kinds of the Nature's Gate line, and so far I like this one the most. I picked this brand because their shampoos contain no parabens, sulfates, and were not tested on animals. I have moderate dandruff, and thick wavy hair, so I need a dandruff shampoo than can keep the flakes and itch away for 2-3 days between shampoos and this shampoo has been successful at that so far. After I switched to sulfate and paraben free shampoos, I'd been adding in my own tea tree oil to shampoos for dandruff control, and I finally decided that extra step was getting annoying so I began looking for shampoos already made with it in :) . It lathers really well (very important when you have thick hair), and doesn't leave any residue. In terms of how it effects the condition of your hair, I don't think it harms or helps much beyond the dandruff control.. it's just a straight forward simple kind of shampoo. So if you're looking for added volume, shine, or extra things like that then you might be dissappointed. But as a shampoo that just cleans your hair and effectively takes care of dandruff while having natural and non-harmful ingredients, then it's great! The only things about it that I'd love changed are the smell (it's not bad smelling, but not a smell I love) and that the price is higher than everyday type of shampoos. It's effective and natural though, so I'm going to keep on using it.
I tried Paul Mitchell's tea tree shampoo to help clear up my seborrheic dermatitis. While that product had it's pluses and minuses (more of the latter), this tea tree shampoo was much better. I think it cleaned better without overdrying my hair and was gentler on my scalp. It also smells very good. Not as minty as the Paul Mitchell shampoo but very earthy and pleasant. I didn't end up using the entire bottle so I used it up as body wash to see if it would help with body acne. Worked fine for cleansing, but didn't clear up any body acne. (Side note: I reviewed the old version of this shampoo that contained sodium laureth sulfate, I've not tried this product since being reformulated without sulfates.)
I have long, color treated hair, and an oily (itch prone) sensitive scalp. I tried the Tea Tree Oil Calming Shampoo. After 2-3 uses, the itching has gone. I had previously tried Head and Shoulders, which faded my haircolor. This suds quite well. It leaves your hair clean, but feeling a bit rough (which I attribute to the lack of sulfates...and it doesn't mean your hair is dry.) so I hit it with some light conditioner and I'm a happy happy camper. Leaves your scalp feeing nice and cool. Seems to keep my scalp from getting too oily between washes too. I'm addicted.
I'm very happy with this shampoo. I have hair that tends to get oily in the summer and have had scalp problems using other shampoos. This shampoo took care of both issues. I didn't pair it with the Nature's Gate Tea Tree Oil conditioner, but instead used Nature's Gate Awapuhi Volumizing conditioner. That combination has been working well for me during the summer months. I might have to get a different conditioner for the winter ones though. Finally, this shampoo might not work for those who have dry hair or those who live in cool/dry climates because it does take a lot of the oils out of the scalp and hair (which I like).
Update: Unfortunately, this stopped working for me. It made my hair dry and stiff so I stopped using it. I took off 3 lippies from my original review. On the plus side, this shampoo never made my scalp itchy. But, it's highly unlikely that I will repurchase it because of what it did to my hair.
I got a huge size of this at Whole Foods on sale and it lasted me 8 months. Not bad...I did not have problems with the fragrance but some people do not like the tea tree oil smell. Not the "most natural" by any means but for the huge size with pump that I got for $8, I am not going to complain. It cleaned alright too.