I’ve been powering through some Alaffia samples lately, and today seemed like a good day to start reviewing them. I’ll be starting with the Shea & Honey Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, since I happened to finish those samples first.
Ingredients (provided at alaffia.com)-
Shampoo: “Herbal infusion of Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus linearis), Liquid African Black Soap (Distilled water, Saponified Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter and Virgin Palm Kernel (Elaeis guineensis) Oil), Decyl Polyglucose (from corn), African Wild Honey, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), Essential Oils (Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang).”
Conditioner: “Herbal infusion of Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter, African Wild Honey, Behentrimonium Chloride (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Potassium Sorbate, Essential Oils of Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang, Limonene (from essential oil), Citric Acid”
The preliminary report that I created for the shampoo and conditioner in the Cosmetics Database gives them hazard scores of 1 and 4 respectively. The only ingredient in the shampoo with a hazard score above a 1 is ylang ylang essential oil. The only ingredients in the conditioner with hazard scores above 2 are ylang ylang essential oil, potassium sorbate, emulsifying wax, and limonene.
Some great things about these products:
1. It’s free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, artificial fragrance and sulfates.
2. As with all of Alaffia’s products, this one is fair trade certified.
Product Description(provided at alaffia.com)-
Shampoo: “Handmade with our traditional, African Black Soap for gentle, natural cleansing. African wild honey imparts glossiness and scalp health, while rooibos tea encourages new hair growth and improves overall condition. For dry or damaged hair.”
Conditioner: “Shea butter restructures and smoothes the hair cuticle, African wild honey provides extra moisture and shine, and rooibos encourages new hair growth and improves overall hair condition. For dry or damaged hair.”
Price– $8.95 for an 8 oz. bottle of each.
Performance– First of all, I used these products on hair that hadn’t been shampooed in several days to get a better idea of the shampoos cleaning abilities. The color and consistency of this shampoo reminded me a lot of honey, which I guess makes plenty sense since the word honey is in the name of the product. The shampoo had a very nice lather and left my hair feeling clean and smelling great. I used it only on the roots and the underside of my hair since my ends are prone to dryness. Next, I used the conditioner. I found it to be as hydrating as some pretty stellar leave-ins that I’ve used in the past, but it didn’t leave behind and build up or unwanted greasiness. I worked it through my ends with a wide tooth comb and put a very small amount on the roots as well, and then I let it sit while I shaved/washed my body (about 10-15 minutes). After rinsing and drying my hair on low heat with a diffuser, I was pretty happy with the shininess and lack of flyaways. Success!
Scent– I found that the shampoo had more of a floral, honey-like scent and the conditioner smelled much more like citrus. I preferred the scent of the former, but they were both pleasant.
Rating– If I were rating these products separately, then I’d give the shampoo a 10 and the conditioner an 8 (subtracting 1 point for the few less than ideal ingredients and another since I prefer the scent of the shampoo. Instead, I’ll combine their ratings and give them a 9 since I would almost always be using these products together.
Would I purchase this item again? I would!
*Samples were provided by Alaffia. Opinions provided by me.
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