Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Waitrose Organic Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner (review)

Waitrose Organic Moisturising Shampoo
Waitrose offers the widest range of natural and organic foods out of all of the U.K.'s supermarkets, but they also have a commendably well-priced range of own-brand organic skin and haircare products. They were, in fact, the first supermarket to bring out their own organic cosmetics range!

I tried the Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner to see if they are any good. Priced at just under £4 a bottle they cost almost 65% less than Neal's Yard Remedies equivalent – yes, you'll have to do without NYR's gorgeous blue glass bottles brightening the washroom shelves – no one would blame you for prioritising good value contents over fancy packaging.


Waitrose Organic Moisturising Conditioner
The Soil Association certified shampoo is made with 86% organic ingredients and predictably does without Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate or parabens and is made with sweet almond and geranium oils “to protect and nourish”.

It's a very runny formula so care is needed when applying but don't expect a proper lather once you've got it on your hair. Admittedly, my hair is oily, often with dry shampoo residue in it, so I often shampoo twice to get a thorough clean, but I needed to shampoo my hair three times with this product before I got a lather, and even then it wasn't brilliant! I appreciate that natural shampoos never foam-up quite as well as artificial competitors, but modern natural shampoos are much better in this regard. Waitrose's version is definitely old-school in the lather stakes.  On the bright side, once you've got a lather it cleans well and it's a gentle formula so you're unlikely to react to it.

The 84% organic conditioner doesn't impress much. It's got the same slightly vague, unobtrusive smell and comes in a handy pump-action bottle, but it's just as runny as the shampoo so is still fiddly to use. It also doesn't smooth onto hair very easily, so if you normally comb through your conditioner, you can forget it with this one as you'll never get the comb from root to tip unless your hair is fine and short. I found it easy to rinse out, but after a few uses my ends don't feel very moisturised so I've had to up the serum quotient to make up for it.

If you have to be an organic beauty then you won't find a cheaper organic haircare range (at least, I couldn't!) but in all honesty you'd be better off elsewhere. In my experience it is semi-natural not organic haircare products that offer the best compromise between naturalness and performance.


YES!
NO!
Very natural and properly organic
Poor lather from shampoo
No nasty ingredients included
Formulas are too runny
Very well-priced
Not particularly moisturising
Conditioner has handy pump dispenser




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Brand: Waitrose

Website: www.waitrose.com

Size: 200 ml
Price: £3.99 (£2.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, Coco-Betaine, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol

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Conditioner Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Glucoside, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Coco-Betaine, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol

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