I’ve tried various organic products over the years. Despite being a tomboy and growing up on a farm, one thing I do spend a lot of effort on is keeping my hair and skin healthy. I figure I’ve only got them at their best for a few years, may as well enjoy them before they start to deteriorate. I attempt to do the same with my body, but that’s not as easy. That’s one of the things I’d like to work on in 2009.
I also note that I have a patch of psoriasis on my knee, so I have to use things that don’t have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which is a skin irritant (and in most soaps/shampoos believe it or not).
Here are some of the various products I’ve tried:
Giovanni’s Smooth as Silk Shampoo/Conditioner – I liked these a lot. Nice scent, definitely cleans well, but usually enough build up after one bottle that I have to switch directly after. I like the sleekness it gives my hair, but they also use a chemical that is apparently unnecessary and unhealthy, so I’ve been avoiding them as of late.
Jason’s Damage Control Shampoo/Conditioner – This is by far my favorite out of everything I’ve tried. I love the scent, I love the way it makes my hair feel. The conditioner alone makes my scalp tingle and prevents any sort of dryness or dandruff.
Kiss my Face Mistreated Shampoo/Conditioner – While I absolutely love the scent, this dries out my scalp. I’ve been forced to add tea tree oil to it, which masks the scent and still doesn’t work as much as I’d like. So that sorta defeats the purpose.
Jason’s Jojoba Shampoo/Conditioner – This one made my hair feel oily and the scent wasn’t very pleasant at all. I had to stop using it.
Desert Essence Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo – The scent wasn’t all that great, but it did wash very well. I have to switch shampoos after each bottle is finished, so after this one was done I don’t think I’ll be using it again. It’s not bad, it’s just not all that great.
Dr. Bronner’s Shikakai Hair Rinse – I love this stuff. Isn’t that great on conditioning (but I supplement that with a leave-in conditioner which I’ll mention below), but it smells great and really makes my hair feel squeaky clean.
Giovanni’s Leave-In Conditioner – I love this stuff. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy, and I use it for extra moisturizing after any of the above shampoo and it never feels like there’s a build-up. Only need to use a small dab for my entire hair, so one bottle lasts months.
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Leave-In Conditioner – I haven’t used this as much, because the first few times I did I used too much and it made my hair feel oily. With the right application, this one does very well. You just have to be very careful with the amount you use.
Avalon Organics Peppermint Shampoo – This one smelled okay but it left a quick build-up in my hair. It also seemed to dry my scalp so I had to add tea tree oil to this one as well.
Aubrey Organics Blue Chamomile Hydrating Shampoo/Conditioner for Normal Hair – I love the scent of this, it reminds me of a little herb shop somewhere. I just started using this at the beginning of April, and so far it feels good but we’ll see what the outcome is.
Burt’s Bees Super Shiney Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo – This stuff dried my scalp out quick after only a few uses. I had to stop using it.
Origins Organic Black Eyeliner – I don’t like using liquid eyeliners or stick eyeliners, so I opt for the soft cream stick eyeliners. The only organic brand I found was from Origins, and was very expensive. I did buy one stick when I had extra money, and loved it. Amazing stuff, great dark color, just too damned expensive. With shipping it was like $20 each 😡 But again, it’s the only soft cream stick out there that is organic.
Lagona Organic Liquid Foundation – I actually don’t wear foundation in the traditional sense. I use it as sort of a concealer, and have to use ivory color. The smell of this foundation is actually very pleasant, and for my purpose it works well. But since I don’t use it as a normal foundation, I can’t comment on its cover-up.
DHC Mild Soap – DHC isn’t really an organic company, but they are better than a lot of the conventional stuff you’ll get, just more expensive. They base most of their products around olive oil, including their soaps. I wanted something that cleaned gently but effectively, and I got some free samples in the mail. Once I tried out this Mild Soap, I was addicted. The smell is very fresh and calming, and their products are amazing. The only problem with this soap is that it’s very soft, so you can’t leave it where it will stay damp for a long period of time (like in the soap dish), because it will start to break down faster.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Before, I used to break out along my jawline quite a bit, mainly because my job forced me to be on the phone a lot so there was a lot of irritation there. When I started wiping down problem areas with diluted apple cider vinegar daily, the problems went away completely. I always rinse and moisturize afterwards though, but this stuff is amazing.
DHC Acerola Toner and DHC Acerola Gel – Since I don’t like greasy things on my face, even though I have used olive oil in the winter time, I had to find a good moisturizer that’s not oil-based. The Acerola toner and gel’s were perfect, and do a wonderful job. I just love the feel of them.
Psoriaflora– Smells great, sooths itching, but doesn’t seem to do much other than that. Maybe my case is so severe it can’t handle it.
PsoriaSalve – The scent of this stuff is my favorite scent in the whole world. It’s like a concentration of some old witches herb shop in a little tin. I wish I had a massage oil with this scent 😀 The feel is somewhat greasy, but it does seem to moisturize well. Still doesn’t seem to lessen the psoriasis though.
Emu Oil and Castor Oil – These are my next tries. I’ve heard good stories about both.