Anyhoo, this post isn't meant for my random ramblings, but to introduce you all today to Odylique, an all-natural skincare and beauty brand based out of the UK. Founded by mother-daughter team, Margaret and Abi Weeds, Odylique specializes in natural remedies for all your skin, body and hair needs. Margaret has been making natural products for over 30 years, but it wasn't until 2003 that the two decided to take things to the next level and create Odylique.
Every product in Odylique's catalog is derived from natural, and often organic sources, and is free of parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates, synthetic fragrances and common allergens such as nuts, soy, wheat and dairy. Since its formation, Odylique has piled up a ton of accolades for their eco-friendly approach to beauty and even though they've become a celeb favourite in the UK, they still operate out of the same little factory in Suffolk that they began in.
Once only available in the UK, Odylique is now available to us North Americans, which I can't be more thrilled about. I was sent a few different Odylique products to try, but the first I'll be chatting about is their popular Gentle Herb Shampoo.
This vegan-friendly and certified organic (70% of the ingredients are organic) shampoo is free of sulphates, preservatives, and is even made from recyclable packaging! The Gentle Herb Shampoo is an all-in-one solution that doubles as a shampoo and conditioner. With its base formula of coconut oils, horsetail, nettle and rosemary, this shampoo is formulated to gently cleanse and nourish your locks from root to tip, while promoting shine and softness. The Gentle Herb Shampoo is also suitable for all hair types, including dyed hair, and is recommended for those with psoriasis, excema, and dermatitis - this last info was especially exciting for me as I suffer from perpetually itchy, dry scalp and I also have dyed hair, so it's tricky to find a formula that works for both aspects.
With all this hype, I was very curious to see what was inside this wonder shampoo. The primary ingredients of the Gentle Herb Shampoo are:
- Coco glucoside - a super gentle surfactant (cleanser) derived from coconut oil and sugars
- Coco nucifera oil - aka coconut oil, which is a natural conditioner
- Sodium lauroyl lactylate - a cleanser derived from coconut oil
- Aloe barbadenis leaf juice powder - aka aloe vera juice, a natural moisturizer and soothing ingredient
As you can see, the main cleansers in this shampoo are coconut oil based and the resulting texture of the Gentle Herb Shampoo is very creamy and almost liquidy. To use, simply dispense a few pumps over your hair and scalp and massage in, then leave on for a couple minutes before rinsing. If you're used to typical drugstore shampoos, then using the Gentle Herb Shampoo is quite a shock as it doesn't foam at all; in fact, it's kinda like washing your hair with conditioner. I have to admit that I tend to douse my head with product as I'm still not quite used to the non-foaminess of this shampoo. Typically, I'll use a pump for the front half of my hair, another 2 pumps for the rest and 1 more for just the strands. I'm not sure if that's a typical dosage, but it seems to work well for me. Although my bottle is only 200 ml for $20 (there's a larger, 500 ml size for $42 as well), the expiry date for this shampoo is within 3 months, so I don't feel too bad about using this up quickly.
I found the Gentle Herb Shampoo easy to spread along my strands and it has a light, slightly herbal scent that's kinda pleasant. Once it comes time to rinse, I do notice that this shampoo definitely gives your hair that "squeaky clean" feeling. Contrary to its ingredients, I actually found the Gentle Herb Shampoo to be kinda drying. Post-rinse, my strands feel a bit dry and rough. Despite the claims of this shampoo being moisturizing, I don't find it to be hydrating enough for my hair and I still need to mix in a bit of conditioner a couple times a week to keep my hair feeling as silky as I prefer. However, it does do a really good job at cleaning and I find I can even stretch out the days a bit between washes.
Sadly, despite its organic ingredients and its cleaning efficacy, I just cannot like this shampoo. Despite its claims of being soothing and ideal for itchy scalps, I found this shampoo to actually irritate my scalp even more, so that I flake like crazy! I'm really quite surprised and saddened as I chose it specifically because it was supposed to help my itchy scalp. I'm not sure if it's just something that I personally am reacting to as the other reviewers seem to all enjoy it, but I for one will not be continuing to use this shampoo.
- made of 70% organic ingredients and coconut based cleansers alongside rosemary and nettle to make hair stronger and shinier
- can be used as a shampoo and conditioner in one
- has a light, pleasant scent and comes in 2 sizes
- left my hair feeling kinda dry and my scalp super irritated and flaky
Ditch - although great in concept, this shampoo fell flat for me in practice leaving my scalp dry and parched of moisture.