Naturalmente Organic and Natural Shampoo

This is a brand that I am super excited to introduce, so I’ll just cut right to the chase. Naturalmente is another brand new to the UK, and formulate Organic and Natural Shampoos and Conditioners using an aromatic blend of botanicals. The reason I’m so enthused about this brand is that they seem to tick all of the boxes for guilt-free haircare. Created back in 2004 by top Italian hairdressers Brigida and Domenico Tomaselli, Naturalmente was inspired by the natural healing powers of aromatherapy. Naturalmente refuse to use: Parabens, Formaldehyde, Diethanolamine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) or synthetic perfumes and promise that their packaging is 100% biodegradable (and also toxin free if it’s burnt), leaving minimal impact on the planet, which is right up my street. I’ve been testing their Rosemary and Lavender Shampoo* and their Yogurt and Millet Conditioner*, here’s what I think!

Naturalmente

Rosemary & Lavender Shampoo

Natualmente ShampooNow, those of you that follow my blog will know that I’m a HUGE fan of the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo (review here), and it takes a lot to steer me in a different direction, though I did feel in the mood to try something a little different, and really fancied putting this to the test. Rosemary & Lavender are two of my favourite scents in the world; Rosemary simulates the brain, and gives us extra bursts of happiness and energy when we need it most, and Lavender is well known for it’s antibacterial and calming properties, so a match made in heaven really. This product has been formulated especially for those with oily scalps or problems with dandruff, and I have got to say that it does keep my scalp really balanced throughout the day. Having combination skin means that my hair tends to get oily very quickly, certainly overnight, but this shampoo helped me to feel fresher throughout the day which was fantastic. Despite this, I am still sat on the fence with this shampoo. I found that I had to use double the amount I would normally use as it almost refuses to foam up, meaning I didn’t feel like it was working very hard on my hair, which is fine as it’s a very natural shampoo, but I would be worried about the value for money if I purchased a full-size bottle. Saying that, even with all of the wonderful organic ingredients, Naturalmente is still a very affordable luxury, and this bottle retails at £9.00 for 250ml.

Yogurt & Millet Conditioner

Naturalmente ConditionerThis conditioner is especially designed for those that struggle with dry, damaged or dull hair, which unfortunately is a category I fall into. Having long hair is always tricky, it becomes hard to tame, and is more prone to tangles and environmental damage. I have got to say that this conditioner has been fantastic at helping to restore shine to my hair and has certainly made it feel really nourished and well looked after. The scent is very unusual – it smells sort of like biscuits, which does take some getting used to, but is by no means unpleasant. I haven’t seen millet used in hair care before, but millet is rich in protein which helps to restore your hair’s health, it also can help to promote hair growth, so would be fantastic for those that suffer with hair loss. The millet combined with the yogurt protein, lemon, eucalyptus and mint essential oils make this a highly nourishing product for both your scalp and hair – and definitely worth a try.

Just one final note.. the packaging is incredible. Not only is it 100% biodegradable, but it is this wonderful material that feels really great (I know that’s a weird thing to say, but it really does feel amazing) and is perfectly squeezy. There is nothing worse than having a shampoo container that you have to battle with each morning! Overall, I think these products make for a fantastic everyday haircare routine. Naturalmente also have a range of hair styling products, including this Smoothing Solution for a very reasonable £6.25, which has made its way firmly onto my wish list!

Top Tip:

Carry around some Rosemary Essential Oil when you travel for an instant, natural pick me up when you need it most!

Naturalmente Organic and Natural Shampoo

Battle of the Brands: Heat Defence

I’ve decided to start these battle of the brands posts, simply because I think they would be the most helpful kind of review. Realistically, when you’re shopping you’re weighing up options. This first post will focus on heat defence products for hair styling. Something that has always been a struggle for me to find. My hair is very particular about what it accepts – a lot products tend to leave it sticky, dry, tangly or just… unfavourable, so taking the risk of spraying something on my hair post-wash is not one to be taken lightly.

Heat DefenceIn this post I’ll be comparing the Tesemme Heat Defence Styling Spray and the Dove Mist Heat Defence. Sorry that these aren’t all-natural wonder-products, but this is always something I don’t think about ordering in advance, and just ends up being a panic purchase at the supermarket. (Cue your comments suggesting good heat defence sprays I can order here!)

DoveThe Dove Mist Heat Defence Spray (150ml – £3.58) boasts a micro moisture serum, and in case, like me, you were wondering what that actually is, here is a quote: ‘Dove advanced damage care and repair technology: Micro Moisture Serum creates a shield around the hair to help protect its internal structure against damaging effects of heat styling.’

I am always super sceptical of products that claim to ‘repair’ hair – simply because it cannot be done, but otherwise, this spray is easy to use, smells okay, is great on damp hair, lightweight and does the trick. So long as I use a heat defence, my hair stays in pretty great condition between my bi-annual haircuts (don’t judge me) but what I really don’t like about this product is that it doesn’t help to keep frizz at bay. I dread blow drying my hair, simply because I cannot tame the fly aways afterwards, which often results in me straightening my hair or just tying it up so I don’t have to deal with it, which isn’t ideal..

TresemmeThe Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray (£4.99 – 300ml) is overall very similar. It’s great to apply to damp hair, smells okay, keeps my hair protected and doesn’t leave me with any sticky residue which is fantastic.

Although this product by the millilitre is cheaper, it makes bigger claims than the Dove alternative… it says it’s a ‘professional quality product’, seals in shine, protects your hair from heat damage from blow drying and straightening as well as preventing frizz and fly aways. Where do I start? I would agree that this spray does offer great protection and helps to keep hair glossy and shiny, which is definitely an added bonus, but again, it doesn’t help to control frizz or fly aways!

The Comparison:

Overall, it’s kinda difficult to compare these products, simply because they are pretty much the same! They both offer great heat protection, are lightweight, seal in shine, smell okay, are widely available and are easy to use. Sadly neither help me to combat the frizz attack after blowdrying, so for this reason I’ll be moving on once I’ve used them all up. I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend either of them, but if your hair is relatively easy to control, I’d definitely go for one of these! They’re cheap and are a great staple for styling hair! If I had to choose a winner though, it would have to be the Tresemme Heat Defence spray – it’s cheaper, comes in a bigger bottle and will look much better on your shelf!

What are your favourite heat protectors? Feel free to leave any recommendations below!

Battle of the Brands: Heat Defence

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo

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There’s not much quite as satisfying as wondering who smells so good and realising it’s you. A feeling I had to get used to once I started using so many Liz Earle (LE) products. As I’m sure you know by now, I live on the sunny Isle of Wight on the south coast of England, and we have a huge amount of local businesses to be proud of, Liz Earle being one of them.

Their products launched in 1995 with the legendary Hot Cloth Cleanse & Polish, which I’m sure anyone interested in natural cosmetics and skincare will have heard all about. After becoming a complete addict, I hope to be doing a series of Liz Earle product, and hope that you can all come to love the brand as much as I do!

Botanical Shine Shampoo
Botanical Shine Shampoo

I will be starting with the Botanical Shine Shampoo, just because I think it is probably my favourite product at the moment. I have the pleasure of using this beauty every day and I’m completely in love with it.

There is something that feels so indulgent about all of the Liz Earle range; it probably has something to do with the amazingly high quality ingredients they use. This shampoo boasts presence of (and brace yourself there’s quite a list): Patchouli, Sweet Orange, Lemon, Carrot Seed, Rosemary, Cedar wood and Geranium Essential Oils as well as Aloe Vera, West African Shea, Vanilla Absolute and Apple Fruit Extract, so it is absolutely packed full of natural goodness to help cleanse our hair whilst adding shine and lifting our spirits! The smell is absolutely gorgeous, and it really doesn’t fail to fill me with energy in the shower each morning. I have been using this shampoo every day for around a month now and the smell is still as exciting and beautiful each day as when I started.

The results definitely don’t let you down either, LE really aren’t kidding when they talk about shine. I’ve had so many compliments on my hair since I have been using this shampoo about how shiny and soft it looks, and I have to agree! Even on my blonde hair the shine is beautiful, and it leaves my hair light and manageable all day, with a boost of volume too.

So without rambling on too much, all you have to know is this shampoo is amazing. I absolutely love it and feel like it has permanently worked its way into my everyday routine. I cannot recommend highly enough! Please see below for a summary and pros and cons!

Pros

  • Beautiful scent
  • Great texture – foams up a treat, a little goes a long way
  • Amazing shine even on unlikely hair tones
  • Buy a triple set and save yourself some cash
  • Comes in a handy travel/try me size (50ml) for only £5
  • Sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate free, but still very foamy!
  • Incredible ingredients list with plenty of health benefits

Cons

  • The size for me is a little too small! It would be great if it could come in a 500ml+ bottle with a pump for everyday use
  • At £8.75 it is a little pricey – but great for a little bit of indulgence every day

Keep your eyes peeled for my next review of the Botanical Shine Conditioner!

Full Ingredients List

Aqua (water), Sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Sorbitan sesquicaprylate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Sodium methyl isethionate, Lauric acid, Vitellaria paradoxa (shea butter), Pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Citronellyl methylcrotonate, Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, Sodium chloride, Limonene, Sodium cocoyl glycinate, Parfum (fragrance), Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, Xanthan gum, Linalool, Citric acid, Methyl hydrogenated rosinate, Phytantriol, Methylisothiazolinone, Biosaccharide Gum-1.

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo