Avalon Organics Botanicals • Olive & Grape Seed Moisturizing Shampoo - Fragrance Free • Shampoo
|Would buy this product again.||50%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
this was on sale for 5 bucks at whole foods. i prefer using organic hair products and i needed a shampoo, so i thought i'd give it a try at that price.
for reference, i have fine strands, high density, highly textured, kinky hair. basically, it's a big afro if i let it dry unstyled.
the first time i used it, i did a moisturizer treatment before hand so it wasn't that stripping. the second time, i shampooed normally and my hair was just like "what is this WHAT ARE YOU DOING? NO." i tried it a third time to give it one last chance and it still sucked.
this shampoo has no slip, it made my hair feel like straw, and it wasn't cleansing enough for my finicky scalp.
only good thing is that it's organic and fragrance free. other than that, nah. will not buy again. i ended up using it as a shower gel.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
- shampoo is nice with lots of suds.
- very little scent (perfect, because I live in a very buggy area and they are attracted to sweet scents)
- I didn't use any conditioner because recently my hair has been super oily and is very short. Just this stuff. Then I blow-dried as-is.
- It doesn't feel like there was any build-up, and my hair is nice and soft.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Ok here's the thing. I used this a few days ago and it lathered good, my hair seemed moisturised and full so I was pleased with it. It didn't dry my scalp or leave my skin too dry as some shampoos do as well herbal organic ones. My hair once dried looked soft and sat well but the only thing was it irritated my eyes to no end and gradually got worse and made my eyes blood shot. which was noticeable by work colleagues and friends so I had to cut this one out totally.
I have short dark color treated hair and combo skin so I would reccomend this to people who don't have any sensitive allergies to shampoo ingredients such as the ones in this. It isn't worth the price I paid, I've always found Avalon shampoos to Be overpriced here in australia and wouldn't pay more then 9 bucks for somethig like this.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have long, virgin, slightly wavy hair, normal texture, prone to some frizziness and dryness. I avoid silicones and harsh detergents. The surfactant used in this shampoo is gentle and won't strip or dry out hair. The shampoo itself is a thick, clear gel. It lathers up reasonably well, though I personally need to use more shampoo than normal to get a good lather going. It rinses cleanly. It is a straightforward, basic shampoo. The price is reasonable. I have zero complaints.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight Eyes: Other
I'm not sure how this product gets lots of compliments, cause on my dry and tangly hair, it's pretty damn drying.
Perhaps I'm expecting too much. I was expecting this to be a very moisturizing shampoo, as claimed by the company.
In terms of smell, I can smell a weak hint of olive, but that's all.
This shampoo lathers very well, unlike any other sulfate free shampoo I tried - which produces a creamy lather: Aubrey Organics white camelia shampoo, Mastey repair, Mastey moisturee, Miessence desert flower.
It reminds me a little bit of those sulfate shampoo.
Out of all the sulfate free shampoo I tried, I find Miessence's desert flower shampoo to be the most moisturizing, in case anyone is interested to know.
Will I buy this again? Nope, it's too drying for my hair.
As a reference, I have a dry hair with thick strands
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
From working in the beauty industry and being a product junkie, my skin and scalp have become very sensitive the past few years. I can't use salon or drugstore haircare products because of irritating fragrance and preservatives like methylisothiazolinone. AND I can't use most organic products because of the essential oils and their components like limonene, linalool, eugenol, etc! (Aveda products make my scalp itch terribly.) Of the many fragrance-free shampoos I've tried, this one is the best.
This is the only shampoo that completely stopped my scalp itchiness. Friends have commented that my hair looks brighter (perhaps due to the chamomile & calendula extracts?). My complaints are that it needs to be more moisturizing -- a creamier formula instead of a gel -- and I wish it contained a chelator (EDTA) since my city has hard water. But overall, this is a effective, healthy, and affordable product.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I loved this shampoo. It lathered easily, cleaned effectively, rinsed completely, and left my fine hair manageable without weighing it down. I thought that the fact that it was fragrance free (though it does have a distinct olive oil scent) would make it perfect for my sensitive scalp. But alas, the oils in it triggered the seborrheic dermatitis that I occasionally get, giving me terrible dandruff.
Ingredients: Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Linseed Seed Oil, Organic Olive Fruit Oil, Organic Grape Seed Oil, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
Breakage!!! Ahhh!!! This was the worst shampoo for my 2b-ish curly, fine-textured, frizzy hair. This shampoo has no slip to begin with and left a film that made my hair feel sticky, which made it come out in clumps whenever I shampooed or ran my hands through it. After using it and the matching conditioner for about a week, I noticed a significant increase in frizz, much of which came from all the partial strands leftover from the breakage. It also left my hair weighed down yet crispy/fried looking after air drying. I will say that the bottles are pretty. I wish I had had the good luck that other MUAers did, but this one's not for me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
Only reason I wouldn't repurchuse this is because I prefer another shampoo in their line, but this would be amazing for dry to normal hair. Its definately not stripping and its actually quite moisturizing. Overall very good and it wasn't hard at all for my hair to adjust to organic shampoo.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Fine Eyes: Green
UPDATE (late 2012): the formula for both this and the conditioner have changed, and for the worse.
I have been looking for a decent fragrance-free shampoo for ages: I have on and off eczema, sensitive fragile skin, and an irritable scalp and neck. Skin otherwise normal to dry; hair long (past bra-strap), fine, dense/thick, slightly wavy, and slightly dry.
I'd tried this one out some months ago, and been unimpressed. Tried it again and used it properly: magic. No irritation, yes it IS moist, hair and scalp happy. Also, it cleans out at least some silicones: I'm also using Aveda smooth infusion style-prep (for the frizzies, air-drying), which contains dimethicone and cetyl dimethicone. Ditto for phenyl trimethicone (in another styling thing, used briefly prior to skin irritation). No SLS (the laurYl one)--I'm supposed to avoid it for reasons of eczema--and the detergents are mild but work: sodium lauryglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, decyl glucoside; of these, the first--a sulfonated alkyl polyglucosides (SAPGs)--is a seriously good alternative to SLS (and indeed SLES--though it's not an issue on my skin) in terms of performance, but with lower risk of irritation.
Straight out the bottle, this is a colourless liquidy gel. It has, as promised, no scent. There are some tricks to using it. Here is the first: not very tricky but--brush hair out thoroughly before washing; if washing with head upside down (my usual), brush hair that way too.
Second trick: pre-wash. Wet hair and apply conditioner from the ears down. Leave that for a couple of minutes or so, then rinse out, then shampoo. Shampooing: mix with a little water in palm of hand, rather than applying directly to hair. It will lather a little. Do this, with a small quantity, then distribute between both hands, and apply to head (I do this with head upside down), massaging the scalp gently and approximately--this is just to loosen up dirt etc. It won't really lather, and you may feel it's not doing anything. Don't worry, it is; let it do its thing at its own pace, don't rush or force it, and scrub at hair and scalp. Just do this rapid approximate first wash, then rinse. Let water run through hair, don't try to comb through with hands.
Trick the third: wash a second time: this time with more shampoo, again mixed with water in palm of hand, and massage a little more forcefully. Still, no scrubbing and tearing. You'll probably find yourself with more lather than before. Leave shampoo on for a good minute or so; wash rest of self in shower in the meantime. Hair should feel slightly rough: the cuticle has lifted up: that's OK, just be careful and don't tear at it. Rinse (again, no pulling hair). And condition, leaving conditioner to absorb (between the lifted "scales") for at least a couple of minutes. I'm following this with the matching conditioner (which has been my regular everyday one for some months, and is one of my favourite conditioners ever, high end or low) or the John Masters Organics unscented one.
Four: a final rinse with cool to cold water. As cold as you can take it. The old trick of flattening down the cuticles, "sealing in" moisture as the hair cools. Sound like witch-doctory but makes a difference: hair is glossier, fuller, less tangle-prone, and neither greases up nor dries out as fast as it does (IME) without this final rinse.
The result, afterwards, is nice clean shiny smooth hair. All well and good, and true of various other shampoos. But: some comparisons. This is the moistest fragrance-free shampoo I've used, and nearly as moist as my favourite more scented ones (ex. Phytojoba, Beauty Without Cruelty) that I can't use right now. How to tell: less hair coming out when you wash, being easy to comb through afterwards, not being a tangled mess when it's just been washed and you're about to apply conditioner, not being a tangled mess afterwards, hair being combable-through after you've slept on it, less hair breakage while washing and after once dry, hair being smooth and sleek and strong--rather than dry, dull, breakable, what is often described as "like straw."
Other fragrance-free shampoos tried, that were as good or better: Curelle HYDRA and Earth Science. I actually prefer them: when my skin's being very sensitive (happens a lot), one of the things I can't use is aloe vera, so it's off the Avalon.
2nd best, though still not as moisturising as the Avalon: A'Kin, Desert Essence, Urtekram, Lavera Neutral, Druide (though there is a slight odour to it).
Not as good, and slightly drying and stripping on me: Paula's Choice all-over hair & body shampoo, Everyday Shea (their body wash actually works better as a shampoo: and better than these others being compared here...), Free & Clear, Cliniderm, Earth Safe, Jason, Nature Clean, John Masters Organics "bare" (though their unscented conditioner is fabulous).
Costs around USD/CAD5.00-8.00 for 325 ml. Cruelty-free, with many organic and otherwise laudably-produced ingredients, and available online, from various health-food stores, and from some supermarkets (here in Canada anyway).
(But not rebuying and review down two lippies from 5 to 3, with respect to the reformulated version. Sorry.)
INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauryglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Allantoin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin.