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Cosmecology: Hair washing has never been this green.


Hola! Did you miss me? I disappeared again, whoops.

But here I appear again, bearing an humble offering in the form of a review. A review that has been a long time coming, but in light of the upcoming Adelaide Beauty Conference whose theme is: Beauty with a Conscience this review is even more important that it be shared now, right now.

Did you know that it’s been many months since I let my fingers fly across the keyboard in such a fashion? It feels liberating, and I question why I let so much time slip by before I sat down to blog again. But then I do know why, and if you followed me on instagram (username: berrytravels), you would know why too. It’s because of my new house! Which… is a tale for another time. Back to the post at hand.

I have a growing respect for Mother Nature. I have always loved the beauty that surrounds me, but more recently, I am growing increasingly aware of just how much destruction mankind is bringing to our planet Earth. Cosmecology Paris was born with an awareness of this, and believes that the future of mankind lies in respecting and preserving our beautiful surroundings, mother nature and our planet earth. Preach.

And just so you know, I was provided with these products for review.

Before getting into the product performance itself, here are some reasons why I like Cosmecology:

  • Their packaging is designed with minimalism in mind – minimal material for packaging, maximised efficiency.
  • Their packaging is also recyclable.
  • They do not test on animals.
  • The active ingredient is plant-based, not synthetic nonsense concocted up in a lab!

Gold star!

But there are many products out there that tick the environmentally friendly box that doesn’t actually perform well. And at the end of the day, I want to use products that actually work well for me. What’s the point of using something that is keeps my moral ethics happy but does nothing for my hair?

The shampoo and conditioner that I received was for dry hair (like mine!). The shampoo contained shea oil while the conditioner contained jojoba oil. It also contained coconut extract which has hair nourishing properties and is easy to rinse. And to combat the dry hair, they also included Pro-Vitamin B5 which is a hair moisturising and regulating agent.

For the ones who want to know, Ingredients:

Reference: 22113001 / 22113101
INGREDIENTS: Water/Eau (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycol Distearate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-2, PEG/PPG-120/10 Trimethylolpropane Trioleate, Citric Acid, Cocamide MEA, Laureth-10, Triethanolamine, Hexyl Cinnamal, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Magnesium Nitrate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Magnesium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Tocopherol, Methylisothiazolinone, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate.

So performance wise:

  • The shampoo is fantastic. I feel as though you can really just use this on its own.
  • The scent is pleasant and not repulsive. Big plus.
  • The conditioner is a tad too heavy. I have dry hair but still felt that the conditioner was too heavy, it made me feel really weighed down.
  • Once I stopped using the conditioner, my hair felt amazing!
  • That shampoo – so hydrating, so good.

Of course, your hair condition would be different from mine. Their shampoo and conditioners also come in ranges suitable for oily hair and coloured hair. Haven’t tried those yet, so can’t tell you how they work.

So all in all, would I repurchase? Yes, but just the shampoo. It feels a bit like the shampoo already has conditioner built in, which could be awesome if you are budget conscious (and aren’t we all?). Maybe use the conditioner too if you have really, really, really dry hair? Either way, I think Cosmecology is a definite buy. Add it to your cart next time you see it!

Buy Cosmecology online via Westfield: add to cart now!

Disclosure: Products sent for consideration

Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush

Product: Shampoo / Hair
Brand: Batiste Hair
Price: $9.95 aud
Buy from: Big W, Coles, 7Eleven, Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, David Jones, Target, Terry White Chemist, My Chemist, Chemist Warehouse Discount Drug Stores and leading pharmacies, nationally.

Have you ever tried dry shampoo? I haven’t. At least, not till Batiste contacted me with the offer to try their latest range of dry shampoo products.

I won’t lie, I was hesitant.

Here’s why I was hesitant:

1. I thought dry shampoo was a lie. I just didn’t see how a bunch of powders could clean your hair.
2. I felt that dry shampoos tended to always have rather strong smells (usually floral) associated with them and I have a rather sensitive nose.
3. I felt that strong scents were to mask your smelly hair.

If they sound like uneducated reasons, that’s because they are. I was making assumptions and making judgements without any real research and personal experience (other than the strong smell, that bit I know because I’ve sniffed at dry shampoos before).

So I was hesitant, but I figured for you lot, I will do anything. After warning the PR of my terribly sensitive nose, she kindly picked out the one with the lightest scent that would hopefully not trigger my headache.

Here’s what I thought about it:

  • OMG, it Works!
  • I left my hair without a wash for a couple more days than I would have normally in order to really test this shampoo.
  • And it worked – it stripped oil, dirt and grime without so much as an ‘excuse me’.
  • It didn’t leave any powdery residue – comb through your hair and it all comes out. Beautiful.
  • I had been warned by the boy of possible powdery residues ending up on my carpet. Happy to report that nothing ended up on the carpet. No need to spray yourself outside! (contrary to what the boy told me.)
  • The scent was not overpowering, quite pleasant really.
  • The one downside: while not overpowering, it stayed for an awfully long time and I really disliked being able to smell my hair. Cry.

  • Bin it or Keep it: I’m keeping it. I really like the fact that I can have clean hair in a jiffy without stripping down for a shower. Good for an emergency! But I don’t think I can go without that shower for too long afterwards, my sensitivity to scents makes sure of that.

    Should you buy it? Well. Do you like clean hair? If the answer is yes, then yes, you should definitely have one. They come in 50ml sizes as well – good for handbags!

    **Sent for consideration**

    KMS California Moist Repair – Shampoo and Conditioner

    Product: Hair Shampoo & Conditioner
    Brand: KMS California
    Price: $28.95/ea (Shampoo 300ml ; Conditioner 250ml)
    Buy from: Salons, PriceAttack, Hairhouse Warehouse.

    I was recently given the chance to trial this. And in my haze of damaged hair, I eagerly said yes. I mean, why wouldn’t I? I’m desperate for anything to work. I did try quite a few others that seems to have helped, but always in a short term fashion. It always seems that way. I’ll use it, it will do wonders to my hair, but 2 weeks later it’s back to its strawy damaged ways. I’ve stopped being so excited about hair products already!

    From the website, this shampoo and conditioner duo is said to: Replenish Moisture, repairs damage

    So as a rule, I don’t blog about hair products until I’ve emptied the bottle now. And if my hair is still amazing by the time the last drop has been squeezed out, then I will actually believe. And that is why we are here today. Because I believe in KMS California’s Moist Repair.

    The Shampoo lathers beautifully. I’ve never come across a shampoo that lathers quite so well. It’s silky smooth and rich to the touch as well. I like it because it works. I mean, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? You wouldn’t love something because it didn’t work, hey? It cleans beautifully, leaving hair feeling clean but not overly so. I hate the squeaky clean feeling! It feels so good, I often feel like I’m back in the salon having my hair washed. Bliss.

    The Conditioner is the real hero of the range. It leaves hair feeling soft without feeling slick. I especially love the feeling of my hair right after a shower. Baby soft, it just falls onto my shoulder like a warm hug. And it’s not a temporary feeling either. It stays that way till my hair gets too dirty and needs a good wash. That doesn’t happen too often as I tend to wash my hair everyday. Yes, I’m obsessive, which is why I need a shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t dry out the hair and keeps it nice and moist all the time! (That sounded wrong. Uhm.)

    I love it. I can’t tell you how much because I don’t think there’s a number on that love. I brought it with me on school camp and by the end of school camp, I had converted a colleague and set her on the right course towards KMS California.

    Thank you. Let’s hope this continues, hey?

    **Product provided for consideration, but opinions are my own. Don’t believe me? Come feel my hair!**

    Review: Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

    Product: Hair Care
    Brand: Organix
    Price: $24.99
    Buy from: Coles, Chemist Warehouse, selected pharmacies.

    Remember my last review on Organix’s Shampoo and Conditioner? I made mention of a ‘hero’ within the range. This is the hero.

    I have been using this baby for quite awhile now and while the shampoo and conditioner hasn’t really been the best of friends with me, I have adored the penetrating oil like no other.

    What they say about this:

    This rare, ultra light weight formula is nature’s secret to silky perfection!
    Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, argan oil instantly penetrates the hair shaft to seal in shine and protect from styling heat and UV damage.
    Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil fights frizz, strengthens and moisturises dry, brittle hair to give you smooth sexy tresses.

    Before I tell you what I think, I feel I should mention that before I laid my eyes on this baby blue bottle, I’ve never been a fan of oil on hair. I won’t tell you the reason why for fear of offending some people, but suffice to say, my childhood memories and experiences have put me off having oil in my hair for any reason at all. So when the Moroccan Oil was really big and hyped up, I turned a blind eye.

    But with this in my hands, I couldn’t very well ignore it. So I tried it with much hesitation and promptly fell in love.

    Here’s what I thought of it:

  • The packaging is well thought out. Only a little argan oil is released and you are able to control the amount you get with ease.
  • The oil itself has a slight scent.
  • I like to put it on damp hair that has been somewhat towel dried.
  • My hair feels soft and silky after use every single time.
  • Unfortunately the beautiful hair feeling doesn’t last for longer than 2 days.
  • My hair does not feel oily after use but if you do use too much of it, hair can adopt a rather slicked together look.

  • All in all, a lovely product! I was curious as to how this product would compare against the almighty Moroccan Oil, the original, so I finally coughed up the dough to purchase a bottle myself. I’ll tell you soon as to whether or not this is comparable, better or worse than the original. Stay tune!

    **Product was provided for consideration, opinions are my own**

    Review: Organix’s Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil hair care range.

    Product: Shampoo & Conditioner
    Brand: Organix Hair
    Price: $19.99 aud
    Buy from: Coles, Chemist Warehouse, selected pharmacies.

    I never used to have hair issues. Friends would comment on how glossy my hair looked. I could run my fingers through my hair and never come across a snag. I got cocky, thinking I’d never have issues.

    But then I did, I ran into some huge problems. When I moved up into the country, the weather was hotter, the air was drier and I started getting split ends after split ends. This coupled with some rather unfavourable shampoo and conditioner that I decided to use as I was being stingy meant that my hair was at its worst in my 20 odd something years of life. Not even kidding.

    I’ve pretty much reached the stage where I’ll grasp at anything even if it’s just mere straws. If somebody says this is good for damaged hair, I’m on that bandwagon. So when I was asked if I’d like to try out the Organix range of Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil, I said yes please.

    Now I’ve never tried the original moroccan oil range that has its own cult following before. And I really don’t know all that much about argan oil or moroccan oil or any oil for that matter. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not a big fan of putting oil on hair. Won’t tell you why, but let’s just say I’m speaking from personal experience. Don’t like it.

    But what the heck, let’s try it.

    Here’s what I thought of the shampoo and conditioner from this range:

  • I love the blue bottles. I adore vibrant colours and the usual white or cream colouring of shower products are rather bland. So the bright blues are eye catching and if I were to walk by them in the shop, I’d pick them up. They caught my eye!
  • I found the shampoo to lather well, clean well without leaving me with the rather annoying squeaky clean feel. Much as I love clean hair, I also don’t like harsh shampoos that strip the hair of its natural oil in its entirety.
  • However, I also found that the shampoo did nothing to help with the hydration of my hair.
  • The conditioner works reasonably well. It does not do what some of my other favourite conditioners do however, which is to successfully untangle my hair while the conditioner works its magic. (I promise you, I have had conditioners where the knots just seem to melt away to nothingness)
  • In terms of hydrating the hair, it does it reasonably well. It’s not perfect and I can still feel stiffness in my damaged hair thereafter though at a much lesser extent.
  • The shampoo and conditioner just didn’t seem to work with my hair well enough to warrant a repurchase.
  • BUT! Being that it is sulfate free, this shampoo and conditioner would most likely be a very good addition to anyone with normal and healthy hair.

  • So really, for me, it didn’t work so well. But for you? Who knows, it might do wonders! I’d definitely recommend if it you already have healthy hair. But if you have damaged hair, I think you will need a harder worker than this. Ah well.

    Never despair however, as there is a HERO in this range. I’ll share it with you with my next review post!

    ** This item was provided for consideration but my opinions are my own, and not some monkey’s.**

    Review: TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner

    Product: Shampoo & Conditioner
    Brand: TRESemmé
    Price: $11.49aud for 900ml
    Buy from: Selected major supermarkets, Big W, Priceline and Kmart

    Pardon the picture. I haven’t been able to get nice pictures recently due to my very busy schedule (who would have thought producing a school musical was quite that much work!) but despite it, I’m still keen on getting reviews and blog posts out and hopefully get back into posting twice a day, seven days a week like I used to!

    I debated long and hard whether or not to post this review because it isn’t exactly a stellar review. But I think much like how I would warn people of dodgy food and crappy service on the food blog, I should too share my experience of a shampoo and conditioner that didn’t work.

    When I was moving up to the country from Melbourne, I decided that I wanted to buy everything in bulk or large bottles. It’s hard enough to buy anything here in the country and I wasn’t sure when the next time I’d be visiting a large city. TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner fit the bill. They were large and seem to have been receiving fairly good reviews thus far, so why not?

    Well, here’s why not.

    Before using the TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner, my hair was fine. It was glossy, healthy and beautiful. I loved my hair. But after using the TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner, it turned brittle, dry and split ends aplenty. What is this? Isn’t this shampoo and conditioner supposed to be moisture rich, good for damaged hair? How did it manage to turn my hair into the damaged hair it claimed to fix?

    6 months later, I’m still trying to fix my hair. True story. I’ve stopped using it and I don’t know what in the world caused such a reaction from my hair, but the damage had been done. I’m still fighting it.

    So in a nutshell,

  • The shampoo strips the hair of every drop of your moisture you have. After washing, hair feels unnatural and really uncomfortable.
  • The conditioner does next to nothing to return the moisture that the shampoo stripped. In fact, it didn’t condition my hair at all.
  • After 3 weeks of using, I started an increase in tangles and split ends. My hair became brittle and I couldn’t put a comb through without running into at least 4 knots.
  • I didn’t put two and two together – I kept using the shampoo and conditioner for at least another 3 weeks. Should have stopped when I was ahead.

  • And like I said, 6 months later, I’m still trying to fix it. Sigh.

    It sounds drastic, but one only need to look at my hair to see how dry it is. As it is, a mate saw me recently and commented on how dry my hair was. See, I’m not the one hallucinating!

    Would I repurchase? Hell no. I still have around half or more of the bottles but nothing would entice me to use them. What can I use them for? Not sure. I can’t give them away either, I feel uncomfortable giving them away to somebody knowing what they did to my hair!

    ***edited to say: when I was using this shampoo and conditioner, I had no colour damage in my hair. I don’t use heat treatment on my hair either and had no perms in at the time. It was virgin hair all the way!

    Review: Natio Spa Organics Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner

    Brand: Natio
    Product: Shampoo & Conditioner / Hair Care
    Price: $10.95 aud ea
    Buy: Myers, David Jones and selected pharmacies.

    I’ve been changing my shampoo and conditioners around lately because I haven’t been happy with the ones I’ve been using. I might do a blog about that along the way. But the good news is that I’ve finally found ones that I’m happy with!

    Normally I wouldn’t think to even look at cosmetic companies for haircare products. But this had been picked up during my massive haul from Natio last year and when I finally got sick of cycling through hair products that didn’t work, I took it out and decided to give it a go.

    And what do you know. It worked beautifully.

    Just goes to show, just because you are known as a skincare/cosmetics company, doesn’t mean you can’t make a killer shampoo as well!

    What I think:

    • I love love love the smell! It’s a refreshing lemon scent that doesn’t linger and isn’t overpowering.
    • My hair’s so silky soft!
    • It’s not drying to the hair at all. I really like this!
    • Unfortunately, it’s not a very big bottle. So it won’t last all that long.

    Would I buy again ? Hell, yes!! And if you are contemplating a change in hair shampoo / conditioner, I definitely suggest giving these ones a go.

    And today is crazy hair day at school because it’s the last day of the term. This also means that I will be returning to Melbourne tonight. Hooray! Here’s a lousy picture of my not-great attempt at Crazy Hair Day. I’m actually pretty proud of it because I don’t normally do anything to my hair at all!