Last summer when I saw this article on NaturalNews.com I was inspired to visit my local health food store and find a good haircare line with nothing to hide. This proved to be a tall order indeed. Not only did the store carry several of the brands named in the article above, but I spent the better part of an hour picking up a bottle, turning it around, scanning the ingredients label, and then returning it to the shelf. No lather, no rinse. Repeat.
As discouraging & scary as that was, my search finally ended and my efforts rewarded with Aubrey Organics. I started out with their Rosa Marquetta and Glycogen balancing formulas, and I have loved many things about them, but lately felt I was wanting more. Then I finally found my match when I noticed a new color on my store’s shelf this weekend: Blue. Blue-green, to be exact. The BGA Protein + Strengthening shampoo and cream rinse are already my all-time favorite shampoo and conditioner cream rinse, ever. Not only is the scent divinely invigorating, but it’s the perfect formula for my hair (oilé). With moderate use (about every other day), I am noticing my hair stays much better looking for much longer – usually it becomes weighed down by oils and its own length way too soon. But ~36 hours later, it still has lots of movement and shine. I use the cream rinse on my ends and they look healthier too.
I am so excited to have found such a great product that is reliable and safe too. I did a quick check in the Cosmetics Safety Database and these products had the safest scores. Aubrey Organics is also a vegan line and is not tested on animals.
The best ingredients in the BGA formulas include:
- Organic blue green algae (amino acid proteins)
- Organic aloe vera
- Extracts of: chamomile, red algae, fennel, hops, balm mint, mistletoe & yarrow
- Vitamins A, C, & E
There are a few ingredients that seem a little iffy, but they still appear to be relatively harmless:
- Coconut oil-Corn oil soap
- Lavender water
I don’t have a problem with either of these two per se, but both of these “ingredients” imply they have ingredients of their own. So really, they are compounds and should probably be broken down. What is in the soap? What is in the water?
- Hydrolized soy protein
According to truthinlabeling.org, this is code for MSG, which can cause a reaction in some people. But, I haven’t completely given up Chinese food yet either, so I’m not going to worry about it now. In fact, time to relax in a hot shower! A great, easy source of negative ions, by the way.