Sunday, 28 April 2013

Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo & Conditioner (review)

Avalon's hair care range is certified 70% organic by NSF International, an independent organisation committed to helping everyone 'live safer'.  It also promises to be more sustainable than previous formulations. The formulas are animal-testing free – the leaping bunny logo is printed on the back to prove this. But not only that, the plastic packaging is made from 100% recycled material and is recyclable again. So from an ecological point of view Avalon is pretty much untouchable.

Avalon Organics Rosemary Shampoo & Conditioner

But what about the performance of the products themselves? It's all very well making an eco-hero haircare range, but if it's no good people won't buy it. Rest assured, this is a decent range, and while both shampoo and conditioner have their issues, overall you can buy these products in confidence, and here's why...


The first thing I noticed is the strong rosemary scent. It really hits you, like you've inhaled undiluted rosemary essential oil, and while I applaud the use of natural fragrances, it's a bit too strong for my liking. It hangs in the air and my hair for ages. The bottles are a good size and fairly lightweight with easy-to-use press down lids. The shampoo pours easily enough, but the conditioner is quite thick and means you'll need to shake the bottle to get any out.

The shampoo's lather is adequate as far as natural shampoos go – I always washed twice to get a proper clean, but it's not a drying cleanser and rinses out without difficulty. The conditioner doesn't smooth through hair particularly well but it is nourishing and left my hair feeling soft once I'd worked it in properly and left it in for a minute. It does, however, leave a bit of a film on my hair which I can't rinse out. I was worried it would make my hair greasy, but in actual fact it made it feel thicker. It's not a volumising product, really; my hair felt heavier and lacking in some bounce, but it did look more substantial after use which is a nice benefit.

So, the effect wasn't really what I was expecting, but nevertheless I like the Volumizing Rosemary collection and feel the £5.99 asking price for each product is perfectly reasonable, especially considering you get 325 ml which is about 75 ml more than your average shampoo. What really sells the range to me is the excellent ecological standard Avalon Oragnics sets; it really is a benchmark natural beauty range and for some people that is reason enough to give it a go.


YES!
NO!
Ecologically sound: no animal-testing, no nasty ingredients, really natural and recycled materials
Rosemary scent, while distinctive, is a bit overwhelming for me
Products are thickening and leave hair shiny
Not especially volumising, leaves hair feeling a bit heavy
A good price for an effective organic range
Not widely available in stores


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Brand: Avalon Organics


Size: 325 ml
Price: £5.99 (£1.84/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Shampoo Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Coco-Glucoside, Sorbitol, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Xanthan Gum, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Bisabolol, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Inulin, Sodium Suflate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool

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Conditioner Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua (Water), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool

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