My New Favorite ‘Poo

My New Favorite ‘Poo

by Sarah on February 20, 2009

Last summer when I saw this article on 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. aubrey-organics-bga-protein-shampoo-conditioner

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, 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.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle February 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I just found out that Aubrey Organics also sells shaving cream- I want to try the Raspberry Honey!

Jace February 25, 2011 at 2:21 am

Thank you for the dish soap recipe! I just wanted to let you know about Shikai shampoo and conditioner. It is inexpensive and has been around for about 40 years. My mother used it and passed it down to me and mine. The Shikai dry skin line is great also. But, when my hair feels like something is just not right, I go back to my Great Grandmother’s recipe which is rinse with white vinegar and water. I have used Shikai all my life, but someday I might just break out and try something new! Jace

Michelle February 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

Jace, thank you for sharing the Shikai brand! I hadn’t heard about it and will definitely look into it :) That is wonderful that such hair secrets have been passed down in your family. I have been hearing a lot about vinegar rinses lately and am thinking about trying it myself!

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