I don't understand how this shampoo claims to be for dry, brittle hair. I have tried this shampoo on three occassions and each time my hair HATES it. It strips all of the moisture from my hair and I'm left with a matted, tangled mess. My hair dislikes it so much I am really considering throwing it in the trash.
For those with curly hair, BEWARE. Don't believe the hype. This shampoo may have you tearing your hair.
My hair...wavey/curly, normal/dry, dirty blonde.
I LOVE the smell of this shampoo (and conditioner), it is the shampoo scent I have been looking for my whole life, the kind that is mentioned in romantic comedies, ;).
However the packaging is outdated, though that is only a minor observation.
The shampoo is drying to my hair, it did leave it very shiney though.
It is not something I could use everyday because it dries it out too much, but I see myself keeping this on hand for special moments for the smell/shine effect alone.
All the hype about sulfate free shampoos and avoiding sulfates just baffles me. I find that the so called gentle, natural shampoos tend to be the most drying and harsh. With that said, this shampoo will strip every ounce of moisture from your hair. After I use it I literally can run my hand over my hair and hear it squeak. The only thing good about it is that it does clarify the hell out your hair so that it can receive conditioners and styling products. But as an every day shampoo, oh no. The fragrance has that typical herbal health food store smell. I will finish this bottle but I won't cough up another $11 for another bottle.
You know that I love Aubrey Organics, right? Close to 50% of my hair care expenses goes to this company. I just love their philosophy of using organic ingredients on the human body which is why I gave this product a 2 (for the nice ingredients. At least they tried.).
However, this shampoo is just...wrong. There is something about it that makes my hair feel stripped and dry. I even tried to doctor it up with olive oil but my hair was like, "You're not serious are you?!" This is one of the few products that did absolutely nothing for my hair and even left it in worse shape.
Oh, well. At least their GPB and White Camellia 'poos work for me. Oh, the HSR conditoner is nice, though. If you can handle the smell, which isn't that bad, it makes a very nice leave-in.
I like it - leaves my hair soft and shiny, not weighed down (in conjunction with the Honeysuckle Rose conditioner). I prefer Aubrey's Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo, as it lathers better and doesn't give my hair that knotty, squeaky-clean feeling in the shower that must be immediately remedied with conditioner. This product has that effect to some degree. However, after using it, along with the HR conditioner, and blow-drying or letting my hair dry naturally, my hair doesn't feel dried-out. I love that AO products are free of the potentially harmful ingredients and parabens most cosmetics contain, and that they're not tested on animals. This product is also vegan. I love the scent of the Honeysuckle Rose line. It's heavenly. It lingers (in a subtle way) all day. I don't find it overwhelming, but I can understand why some find it cloying as it's very true to nature - honeysuckle blossoms of course have a gorgeous but almost sickly sweet scent. The packaging is not glamorous, needless to say, but I am digging it actually. It's very 70's-earthy-chic. Ha. All of the Aubrey products I've tried (those from the Green Tea line as well as from the Honeysuckle Rose line) leave my hair as nice as Kerastase products once did. They work differently but as well. Good stuff.
I have bought this many times over again. I am actually a hairdresser and have had the priviledge of trying many many brands of pro products, as well as my never ending quest to find the perfect drugstore products (that hasn't happened yet) . This is always my "go to" product when I've seriously messed up my hair and/or I'm on an organic kick. I have baby fine and thin, yet curly hair which needs lots of moisture; and healthy ingredients for my sensitive scalp that doesnt cause flat top or dandruff. I love this and the matching conditioner. I've also used the J.A.Y. which I liked and the Island Organics which I adore in the summer time. It's more cleansing than this one and has a nice spicy scent. I use the Honesuckle rose in the winter because it has a strong rose scent and I don't want to get attacked by bees! It does fade but I'm not taking the chance.
One tip, I know I shouldn't do this but since I'm the only one who uses it, I water down the conditioner 50/50 because its so thick that I can't get it to spread. The shampoo is great as is. Price is well, pricey. I think the shampoo was around $10 and the conditioner was around $15 or so at the healthfood store. Might be cheaper online but then there's shipping. But everything else I've tried and wasted my money on is just as pricey. I still spend less on these and without the chemicals.
Aubrey's is so much better! I also have very hard water, some of the hardest water in the U.S. and this still rinses well- something I've had issues with, with other organics. This also makes a wonderful deep conditioner. Apply it and leave on for 15 minutes, rinse. I have done the condition, wash, condition but at that price, I prefer to just wash, then condition and leave it on with a towel for awhile. Then rinse, you'll get the same effect and waste less product.
Update: Still love this but have ventured on to other AO's products because I got tired of the rose scent. Now my favorite is the Blue Camomile. By far, the most moisturizing ever. I even tried Redken smooth down which used to be my pro favorite, and it's not half as moisturizing as this is. I also like the scent. Refreshing and clean, rinses easy and leaves my hair super shiny! I use it every day, not as a "go to". I don't use anything else but AO and FOTE aloe vera. I want to try AO's hairspray next. I love their stuff.
I confess that I don't love everything about this shampoo, but I did notice a definite improvement in my hair once I'd been using it for a week or two. (Previous to this, I have used both cheaper drug-store brands like L'Oreal Vive Pro and higher end salon brands like Bumble&Bumble.) I have thick, wavy-almost-curly, coarse and dry hair that tends to be very fluffy, and not in a good way. This shampoo (and conditioner, I used them both together) left my hair soft, shiny, supple, and much more manageable. I even needed to use less styling products to keep it in check.
Cons: very liquidy texture, doesn't lather well in my thick hair, very strong fragrance (I like the smell, I just don't like how strong it is, no matter how natural). I'll be honest, the hair-washing process is not as much fun without a luscious lather. :)
Pros: no SLS so it's very gentle, lots of moisturizing ingredients, left my hair noticeably more attractive and manageable, truly natural/organic shampoo. The end result is definitely worth the drawbacks.
Overall, I do like this shampoo. I would not buy it again, but I would recommend it. Let me explain... it lathers well (although it takes a bit more of this than regular SLS-containing shampoo to get a good lather), is a thick gel consistency, and the smell is nice in my opinion. I have fine, shoulderblade-length hair with bangs that can get on the oily side. I can use this shampoo daily and it keeps my hair soft, clean, and healthy and does not weigh it down. However, I've consistently had tons of bumps along my hairline for the last couple months, and just have not been able to get rid of them. They started showing up a couple weeks after I started using this shampoo, so I think it may be the culprit (even though I am definitely thorough in rinsing it out of my hair and I wash my face after I shampoo). After doing some research, I think it's the high amounts of coconut oil and carrageenan that the product contains, which are both rather comedogenic. As I've read reviews for this shampoo, nobody else seems to have had this problem, so this is why I still recommend it. I guess that just for me, it doesn't agree with the skin at my hairline. So I will finish this bottle, but once it is gone I plan on trying Kiss My Face Whenever shampoo and hopefully my hairline breakout will clear up. I'll update about if the breakout goes away once I stop using this Aubrey shampoo.
**EDIT** I stopped using this shampoo a few weeks ago, and my hairline breakout has really cleared up.
I hate it. It's terrible. The only good thing about this is that I dont' break out from it.
It's really hard to wash off. It doesnt' matter how much i rinse it out. It leaves this residue in my hair. The smell of the shampoo is pretty nasty, but the fact that it won't wash off your hair and leaves the sick smell in it makes me never ever buy this crap again
I bought this because I was ready to throw out all the SLS-based shampoos that were irritating my scalp. This is one of the only shampoos on the "natural" market that really is 100% natural--no chemical SLS substitutes, fragrances or preservatives.
I had bad luck with other castile-based shampoos that left my hair with massive amounts of residue, but the Aubrey shampoo is great. No residue, only body and softness (I use it with the matching conditioner). Usually you have to give up effectiveness when going natural, but there's no sacrifice here! My hair still looks the same, but my scalp is getting better.
The only drawbacks are these:
The honeysuckle scent won't please everyone. I thought it was borderline old-lady smell, but my boyfriend likes it.
You need more shampoo to work up the same lather as a conventional shampoo.
Be careful after you shake it, because it might spit out a lot of shampoo if you tilt it while opening. Just hold it upright before you open it.
The package isn't exactly beautiful, and the price is higher than the Suaves of the world, but it works really nicely! I'd buy it again (or try another Aubrey's brand shampoo just to explore).