Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Timotei Organic Delight Health & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner (review)

Timotei, along with Herbal Essences and Organics, were some of the brands that were never quite as natural as they made out. There were parabens, sulphates and whatnot included alongside some genuinely natural plant extracts. But Timotei have finally addressed the critics and brought out a reassuringly pure haircare range called Organic Delight.
Timotei Organic Delight Health & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner
The range is certified organic, although EcoCert is the certifier of choice so organic ingredients aren't particularly high (10% for the shampoo, 15% for the conditioner). 99% of the ingredients are natural, though, and neither contain parabens, silicones, colourants or sulphates so all in all you can use them safe in the knowledge that your hair is better off than if you used more artificial products.

In terms of ecology they're 95% biodegradable, which is good, but parent company Unilever DO test on animals which is very disappointing (and if you've seen the evidence, very upsetting, too).

The shampoos and conditioners come in different sizes. You get 30 ml less conditioner for the same price as the bigger shampoo. The collection I'm using, with extract of green tea, is for normal hair and there's a Brazil nut oil based range for dry hair. Even though my hair is oily, I don't find the Health & Shine range caring enough and perhaps should have gone for the Health & Nourishment range instead, which is not what I would have expected.  There isn't an organic Timotei range for specific hair colours, dyed hair or hair in need of volumising.

They do warn you that 'Because this product contains organic ingredients, your hair may feel less silky when wet.' which is rubbish! The reason your hair feels less silky is because the products don't contain smoothing silicones – just because some ingredients are organic does not mean they can't be smoothing. Misinformation makes me so cross!

The lather from the shampoo is adequate. Admittedly, there are worse-lathering shampoos on the market, but these days there are some really good natural shampoos that give you a proper foam... for a price. However, bearing in mind how cheap Timotei is, I'm happy to gloss over this, especially as the cleansing ability of the shampoo is pretty good. It can tackle oil, dirt and styling residue without difficulty, even if two washes are always required. And I do like the smell, it's light and fresh – like cut grass, unfortunately the scent comes from unidentified 'parfum' ingredients, not essential oils.

They don't tell you this, but if you have long hair you will need two bottles of conditioner because it's difficult to smooth through hair and not the most nourishing, either. Timotei say: 'When dry you will love the beautiful results.' Except, I don't. Even after my hair has dried – naturally, I might add – I find the ends feel drier and overall the healthy gloss I had with my previous haircare range has diminished. To combat this you really need to massage in copious amounts of conditioner which means you will go through it far faster than with some rival natural conditioners which in turn impacts on its value card, too.

On top of all this the packaging is hard to read.  Not only is the font size very small, but there are three languages crammed on the back which can add to the difficulties.  At least the squeezable tubes and flip-top lids are easy to use, and the front of the tubes have a lovely raised decoration that adds a premium feeling to what is otherwise a pretty generic design.

In summary, I am somewhat disappointed with Timotei's new organic range.  I wanted more nourishment and a more pleasant user experience.  It was marketed as 'the first certified organic range from a prominent mass-market brand' which may well be true, but other organic hair products perform better - even if you do have to pay for the privilege.  In my opinion, it's worth splashing out a little extra on something else.

Nice, light smell...
...but it comes from 'parfum'
Good to see mainstream brands going organic
Not moisturising enough, even on oily hair
Good price, especially shampoo which is better value than the conditioner
Conditioner isn't silken, makes it hard to smooth through hair

Parent Unilever still test on animals


Brand: Timotei


Shampoo Size: 180 ml
Conditioner Size: 150 ml

Shampoo Price: £3.49 (£1.94/100 ml)
Conditioner Price: £3.49 (£2.33/100 ml)

Manufactured: n/a

Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Parfum, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Laurate, Glyceryl Oleate, Coconut Acid, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citral, Limonene


Conditioner Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Glycine Soja Oil, Inulin, Mel, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Copernica Cerifera Cera, Parfum, Xanthan Gum,Sorbitan Olivate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Citral, Limonene


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