Thursday, 8 August 2013

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (review)

After the disappointment that was Timotei Organic Delight Health & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, I felt my hair needed something a bit more moisturising, something penetrative that could bring back the softness to my lacklustre hair. However, with a rush of bills this month, budgetary constraints were an issue. Luckily, I found a rather alluringly coloured shampoo and conditioner on offer in Tescos from the makers of my all-time favourite hair serum: Organix.
Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

The main ingredient is, unsurprisingly, argan oil, from Morocco, which has found its way into a whole load of haircare products these last couple of years because it's so moisturising and protecting – with lots of repairing vitamin e, too – but you'll also find coconut and avocado oils, as well as aloe vera and cocoa butter extract. Basically, lots of luscious ingredients to nurture your hair back to health.

Two 385 ml bottles for ten pounds is pretty good by anyone's standards, and the good news kept on coming. The Moroccan Argan Oil range “helps to instantly penetrate the hair shaft, restoring shine and softness while helping to strengthen and create soft, seductive, silky perfection.” The fact that this 'renewing' range promises to be natural and sulphate-free adds to its desirability. The bright blue and gold packaging is the icing on the cake. I was feeling positive!

The amount of times I've felt positive about a product only to come away disappointed is more than I'd care to admit. However, that is not the case with this Organix range. The shampoo is a lovely iridescent, golden bronze cream that feels very luxurious. As you massage it in it lathers up to create a thick-feeling foam that covers every stand and lifts dirt and styling residue away from your hair easily and effectively. Yes, on very greasy hair you'll need to wash twice, but that's hardly unusual amongst more natural shampoos. While it does this it smells lovely, too, very fruity and fresh.

While the shampoo is gentle and caring, I'd always recommend you follow with conditioner, and this is one conditioner you'll actively want to use. It's lighter in colour than the shampoo, and quite a bit thicker – so it's much harder to get out of the inflexible bottle – but once you do you'll notice its consistency is almost like softened butter. Surprisingly, I still found it went a long way and smoothed easily from the ends of my hair to my roots. And after leaving it on for up to five minutes I was left with softened, smooth hair that looked especially glossy and vibrant after it had dried. I was very impressed!

Now for the negatives. Don't fret, there aren't many! It is worth mentioning, though, that both products contain 'parfum' and numerous colourants. And, like I mentioned above, the bottles are difficult to squeeze, making it hard to get the rather thick conditioner out - you'll have to shake them hard upside down. The flip lids are also a bit stiff to begin with and the writing on the back is too small (and mixed with another language to confuse matters further). At least the bottles are made out of recycled plastics.

To summarise this is a very good quality range that has infused my dyed hair with the lustre it lost while using the previous products. The fact that they cost just £1.82/100 ml makes them very good value, too. I wish they were as natural as the Organix tag-line suggests ('beauty, pure and simple') but they've made a start, and in all honesty they're not too bad. The only thorn in Organix's side comes from Dr. Organic's Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. This is the only range I've used that can beat Organix for nourishing and repairing qualities, and does so while being genuinely more natural. If this outstandingly good range didn't exist, Organix would be our star haircare brand. It's close, though!

If you like the Moroccan Argan Oil collection as much as I do, you might want to explore the rest of the – rather extensive – range, which includes travel sized shampoo and conditioner, intensive conditioner (review to come!), a multitude of penetrating oils and lots of styling products, too. They're also available in lots of places, both here in the U.K. on the high street (or in supermarkets) and in the U.S. You're unlikely to miss it, the bright blue packaging is visible from a mile off!

Very nourishing and caring formulas
Not as pure as you might think
Lovely big sizes are great value – even before offers!
Bottles are hard to squeeze; getting conditioner out is difficult
Attractive, stand-out packaging

Eco-friendly recycled post-consumer resin bottles


Brand: Organix

Size: 385 ml
Price: £6.99 (£1.82/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cocamide DEA, Glycol Distearate, Argania Spinoza (Argan) Kernel Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Extract, Parfum, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-11, Cetyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG-23M, DMDM Hydantoin, CI 16035 (Red 40), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool

Conditioner Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Argania Spinoza (Argan) Kernel Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchlorothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 16035 (Red 40), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool

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