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Organix Cherry Blossom and Ginseng for Hair

March 27, 2011

Organix Cherry Blossom and Ginseng Shampoo and Conditioner

Over the last week I have been testing out a shampoo/ conditioner combo from Organix, an all-American hair care company that want to give your day an aromatic boost.  While I prefer my skin care to be unscented, I love it when I can smell my hair care products all day – it gives me that salon-fresh feeling.  In that regard, these products do not disappoint!

As far as the organix part goes this isn’t an Organic brand so don’t be sucked in by the name.  Both the shampoo and conditioner contain silicones which help to make the products perform really well in both their wet and dry compatibility but mean that the products aren’t considered natural.   Otherwise the shampoo contains a blend of three mild surfactants, some natural plant extracts and proteins plus the all-important fragrance. The conditioner  formulation has a pretty standard base but benefits from the silk amino acids, panthenol and milk proteins.

One important point to note (and one that I find pretty annoying) is that this is yet another brand that puts ‘Sulfate Free and Paraben Free’ on its packaging as part of the brand philosophy.   Now I don’t have anything against sulfates or parabens or any of the other ingredients contained in these products but some people do (mainly because they keep seeing these ‘free from’ claims which feed their fear). So, while these products aren’t lying they are not being very helpful especially given some of the other ingredients that are in the mix.

From an environmental perspective the packaging is classified as eco-friendly as it is manufactured from recycled post-consumer resin (melted down plastic ready for re-using).  Labels are printed using environmentally friendly inks (Soy based) and the label is compostable as it is made from corn.

The ingredients are listed below:

Shampoo: Aqua (water), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycol Distearate, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocamide DEA, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-11, DMDM Hydantoin, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Cherry Blossom Extract, Ginseng Extract, Albumen, Bamboo Extract (oil), Hydrolyzed Rice Milk Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Coumarin, Parfum.

Conditioner: Aqua (water), Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethione, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol, Silk Amino Acids, Cherry Blossom Extract, Organic Ginseng Extract, Albumen, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Bamboo Extract, Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citronelol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinamal, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin, parfum.

Overall these products performed well both in terms of aroma-therapy and hair results and the recycled packaging is a bonus. If I had one piece of advice to offer Organix it would be to ditch the ‘free from’ claim and just promote the fact that the formulations are jam-packed full of ingredients that really work. I would also say that the brands closest competitor here in Oz is Natures Care with their higher prices organics range (also not organic). With the Natures Care range retailing for around $8 per pack, at $15  Organix  may be a little too pricy for this to become a main player in this cut throat market segment.

Best of luck Organix, you smell and look great!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Cleopatra Conaway permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:01 pm

    There are actually two main types of ginseng: Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Studies have found that the different types may have different benefits. In traditional Chinese medicine, American ginseng is considered less stimulating than the Asian variety.*

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