As a former Surgical Intensive Care Unit Nurse and the mother of 2 children, I have been exposed to, if not been up to my elbows in, pretty much every bodily fluid there is and some other really gross stuff that we don’t need to detail here. None of that stuff really bothers me, but I will tell you something that always makes me want to gag….
The smell of dirty hair! Have you ever gotten in a crowded elevator and someone in the crowd is on day 4 of their blow out? I can feel my lunch in my throat just thinking about it. GAG! I don’t know why an oily scalp grosses me out as much as it does, but hey, we all have our triggers. I have nothing against people who can go days without washing their hair, believe me, I envy them, because I wish I could do it.
As a result of this, I am a compulsive hair washer. I use a scalp scrubber (I have issues) and I wash my hair almost every day, so I go through a lot of shampoo. I also feel it is important to switch my shampoo every 2 weeks. I think it helps prevent buildup and keeps it from getting stagnant. It also satisfies my need to try new products.
First, a little about the company. True Botanicals, based in Marin, California, is the brain child of Hillary Peterson and Christina Mace-Turner. It is an often heard story in the green beauty world…Hillary Peterson was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and started researching exposure to toxins through everyday products and what she was putting on her skin. When she couldn’t find products that were healthy and effective, she decided to create her own. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? Why don’t I have that kind of drive? Maybe it is the lack of start-up funds? Maybe I am just lazy? Anyway…
True Botanicals was one of the first companies to be certified by Made Safe™ , a certification program that not only looks at the safety of the products, but also looks at the supply chain. They have also conducted independent clinical trials to prove the efficacy of their products. More on that when I do my review of their skincare line. They have one of the top green chemists in the world as well as a dermatologist and aromatherapist on their product development advisory board. They are committed to bringing us luxury products that are safe and effective!
They come in aluminum containers with pump dispensers. The packaging was love at first sight. I make a conscious effort to limit our use of plastic (an impossible task at times) and these containers had me swooning. The pump dispensers also make me so happy. It is the simple things, I guess. No fear of broken glass in the shower!
True Botanicals has several scents in their line of products. The shampoo and conditioner come in the FRESH scent. To me, it smells like being outside with lots of trees, I get citrus and green tea. It is a fresh, clean scent.
The shampoo lathers more than most green shampoos which was quite a nice surprise. If that is something you miss from conventional shampoos, you will appreciate the lather of this one. They use natural surfactants (cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine) made from coconuts rather than synthetic ones. It makes my hair feel so clean without stripping it of any moisture. It contains Green Tea Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Aloe Leaf Extract all of which moisturize your scalp while the Green Tea Oil also acts as an exfoliator by “dissolving the oil complex that holds dead skin cells together.” That means no flaking scalp!
The conditioner has the same scent as the shampoo with the addition of a slight aroma of rosemary. The conditioner is light, so it doesn’t weigh down my hair, but it gets all the tangles out and my hair looks shiny and frizz free! The conditioner contains Aloe Extract, Green Tea Oil, Shea Butter and Macadamia Seed Oil, all of which moisturize your hair without weighing it down. I have a lot of hair and it is naturally wavy/curly. But not the pretty kind of wavy that I can let dry naturally. It is an inconsistent curl and it gets frizzy, so I have to blow dry it. This set makes blow drying easy and my hair looks healthy, shiny and smooth!
The set is expensive, but definitely worth it. I love the smell, texture and results that these products provide. I will keep them in my rotation and alternate them with my less expensive sets I get from Whole Foods (soon to be Amazon Foods?), but it is definitely one of my favorite green beauty shampoo/conditioner sets. Did I tell you how much I love their packaging?
This is a definite repurchase for me. I will definitely make a stop at the store in Mill Valley when I am in Northern California next month.
If you have used this shampoo or conditioner, I would love to hear your thoughts!