Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Dr. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (review)

We like Dr. Organics here at Beauty Insignia, and tested in this review is one of their many varieties of hair care ranges: Virgin Coconut Oil. This organic collection is supposed to be 'moisturising, nourishing and regenerating' to 'volumise and protect'. Other than coconut oil there's an aloe vera juice base, lots of fruit extracts and vitamins. Both the shampoo and conditioner are advertised as being 'rich in MCTs', which are medium chain triglycerides – allegedly good for hydrating the scalp.
 
Dr. Organics Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
I've mentioned elsewhere on the site that I'm not a big fan of the smell of coconut, but I tried these in-store and was pleasantly surprised. The scent is sweeter than most coconut-scented products, and it's not at all overwhelming. Surprisingly, I really like it, probably because it's a more natural scent than most. The shampoo is an off-white transparent gel while the conditioner is pure white, so you won't get them confused in the shower. Both come in Dr. Organics traditional push-top lids for ease of use.

First up, the shampoo. As is common with genuinely natural shampoos the lather isn't brilliant. It's not bad (there are much worse out there!), but you will probably need to have a couple of goes to get a proper clean. And this isn't a problem because it's surprisingly nourishing even without conditioner. While rinsing, my hair definitely felt smoother and softer, and it was perfectly clean, too. There's no residue left in after washing.

So far, so good! The conditioner is even nicer to use. In fact, I'd say it was utterly luxuriant. The creamy texture glides through your hair like silk, and massaging it in is a genuine pleasure. The results are outstanding – and that's not a word I use often – my hair is wonderfully soft, with a thick, nourished feel to it, even while wet. After patting dry with a towel I noticed how much smoother it felt, and when completely air dried I was so impressed by the silken feel my hair had. It's like I'd used an intensive conditioner without the added weight they bring, because my hair still bounced with vitality and looked nice and full.

Natural haircare aficionados have never had it so good, quite frankly. In one fell swoop this has become my new number one hair care range, ousting even the Happy Hair Days Pomegranate & Ginger Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner I personally rate so highly from its former number one position. The combination of fantastic performance, lovely smell and excellent value (not just for an organic product; it's well-priced anyway) means the Virgin Coconut Oil collection from Dr. Organics is a star buy that you simply have to try!


YES!
NO!
Smells appealing, even if you don't like coconut
Organic ingredients aren't identified or certified
Doesn't weigh hair down

Good value for money

Very nourishing and smoothing

Natural ingredients and no animal testing



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Brand: Dr. Organics

Size: 265 ml
Price: £5.49 (£2.07/100 ml)

Manufactured: Europe

Shampoo Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sorbitan Sesquicaprylate, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon Peel Oil, Gamma Undecalactone, Maltol, 3-Hexenol, Gamma Octalactone, Diacetyl Natural, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Limonene

Conditioner Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Aspartic Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltromonium Chloride, Distearoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium, Methosulphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Fruit Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon Peel Oil, Gamma Undecalactone, Maltol, 3-Hexenol, Gamma Octalactone, Diacetyl Natural, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Phylate, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Limonene

2 comments:

  1. I was going to review the olive oil shampoo and conditioner, but you've beaten me to it! I love the smell of the olive oil products. I'll give this a go next!

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  2. You still can! They each do a different job - the Virgin Coconut Oil one is the volumising and protecting collection, while Virgin Olive Oil is for drier hair. I've got the Rose Otto variety to try next, which is for hair that needs a bit of a boost either through ageing or damage. :-D

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