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Continuing from my review on Madre Labs’ Bath and Body products (https://lipglossfiend.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/madre-labs-bath-and-body-products-review-part-i/), here’s Part II focusing on the shampoos and conditioners. Madre Labs bath, body and haircare products are only available online at www.iherb.com
The hair items contains No, No-No’s. No-sulfates, parabens, dyes, animal testing, animal ingredients and are pH balanced and made with biodegradable ingredients, to care for you and the environment. Made in the USA.
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The Madre Labs Pomegranate and Mellow Mint Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner for normal hair. The shampoo is available on iHerb at (http://www.iherb.com/Madre-Labs-Balancing-Shampoo-Pomegranate-Mellow-Mint-For-Normal-Hair-12-5-fl-oz-370-ml/38088?at=0 and retails at a discounted price of US$9.71. The conditioner, http://www.iherb.com/Madre-Labs-Balancing-Shampoo-Pomegranate-Mellow-Mint-For-Normal-Hair-12-5-fl-oz-370-ml/38088?at=0, retails at a discounted price of US$7.46.
Similar to the body range, the shampoo is packed with antioxidant-rich superfruits (Acai, Goji, Pomegranate and Seabuckthorn) to protect and nourish the hair and scalp.
Although the shampoo contains no sulphates, there are other naturally derived surfactants like Decyl Glucoside and Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate) to ensure a decent lather when used.
The Balancing Conditioner comes with the same antioxidant rich superfruits AND coconut oil to do its job.
What I look for in conditioners is for them to do their job without leaving an oily film behind or a slippery bathroom floor. The Madre Labs Balancing Conditioner is a hit with me 🙂
The Madre Labs Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner, scented with Pomegranate & Mellow Mint, smells absolutely lovely. I get more of sweet pomegranates with just a hint of mint. It’d be a drink I can gulp down gallons of. The fragrance is not strong and doesn’t linger too long on my hair, which sits well by me, as I’d hate for my skincare items to interfere with my perfume. This was the first set of Madre Labs haircare items I received and this set remains my absolutely favourite. It washes my hair just nicely without stripping away moisture and the conditioner does its job on my normal hair to balance it all.
The Madre Labs Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry & Damaged Hair are scented in Strawberry Oasis. Similar to the Balancing range, the Moisturizing range also contains the Antioxidant SuperFruits – Acai, goji, pomegranate and seabuckthorn. The shampoo retails at a discounted price of US$10.46 on iHerb (http://www.iherb.com/Madre-Labs-Moisturizing-Shampoo-Strawberry-Oasis-12-5-fl-oz-370-ml/38090?at=0) and the conditioner goes at US$8.21 (http://www.iherb.com/Madre-Labs-Moisturizing-Conditioner-Strawberry-Oasis-12-5-fl-oz-370-ml/38091?at=0)
Other than the superfruits cocktail mix, there’s also Panthenol to help dry and damaged hair.
Sulphate free and substituted with other naturally plant derived surfactants to provide good lather and rinses cleanly.
The Moisturizing Conditioner comes along with added oils for more conditioning oomph to help dry, damaged hair.
The Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner scented in Strawberry Oasis is distinct from the Balancing range. While the shampoo does lather well and both the conditioner and shampoo rinse off easily, my hair is slightly less fluffy after using them, compared to the Balancing range. As my hair is currently “normal/balanced” rather than being dry/damaged, this Moisturizing range is possibly, well, too moisturizing for my hair (for want of a better word). I’d not hesitate to recommend this range to ladies/gents who require additional moisture. Scent-wise, Strawberry Oasis smells more like strawberry sherbert with a touch of other lightly scented fruit flavours that I can’t pin down. It’s not as “impressionable” as Pomegranate and Mellow Mint in the Balancing range but it’s equally subtle 🙂
The Madre Labs Leave-In Conditioner in Tangerine Melody is for all hair types and retails at US$5.96 http://www.iherb.com/Madre-Labs-Leave-In-Conditioner-Tangerine-Melody-For-All-Hair-Types-8-7-fl-oz-257-ml/38092?at=0 in a spritz bottle.
This is like an amp-ed up, leave-in version of a moisturizing conditioner, with the antioxidant SuperFruit cocktail, aloe vera, panthenol, amino acids and a blend of oils (olive, jojoba and argan) for moisture to the max!
Although this has a plant-derived dimethicone component at the end, it does not feel so. I enjoy using leave-in conditioners when I’m lazy to spend extra time using a normal conditioner and washing it out, considering I usually wash my long hair twice a day.
Compared to the silicone-laden leave-in conditioners I have lying around, the Madre Labs version, while not providing that same slip, certainly does its work too. Freshly-washed hair is easier to comb through and when it’s thoroughly dry, try running your fingers through your hair from roots to end. It feels absolutely smooth, thanks to the Leave-In conditioner. Another way of using this would be at the pool, to spritz before taking a leap into that chlorine-filled, drying water body.
This smells as described, a light, citrus-y, “sunshine” sort of fragrance. It does not overwhelm and will not interfere with your perfume too. I do love this and will consider getting a bottle myself when this is through.
Madre Labs Bath, Body & Haircare range is available for international purchase at www.iHerb.com at very reasonable airmail rates. If you’re a first-time buyer, you could use my referral code “UKE525” to get US$5 off your first purchase.
Stay tuned for my very next entry, which will feature the details to take part in a Blog Giveaway for this range of Madre Labs bath, body and haircare products kindly sponsored by the good people of iHerb!
~*Items reviewed sponsored by iHerb but opinions are my own*~