Hello all! I hope all these public holidays aren’t making work days too hectic and party mode too intense. Today I’m going to give you a bit of a round up of a lovely local brand Africa Organics. After I wrote my post on curbing my daily hair washing addiction we received a lovely email from those kind people at Happi Bunni and asked if they could send a SLS free shampoo for me to try. They sent the Africa Organics Marula Shampoo and Africa Organics Marula Conditioner for Normal Hair (both R45 at happibunni.co.za). I’ve been using this alternating with my baking soda technique for the last two months because I really wanted to give it a full test before reporting back.
One of the key ingredients in this shampoo and conditioner is Marula oil. Marula oil is having a very big moment in the beauty world at the moment for it’s skincare benefits but marula oil is also very beneficial for the hair. Since we’re heading into a freezing couple months, the marula oil is high in vitamin C (4 times more than an orange) and is great for it’s healing properties.Orange peel oil and rooibos is also found in the ingredients list which both are natural cleansers and antiseptics. The shampoo and conditioner have a wonderful peppermint scent as it also contains peppermint oil and spearmint oil which helps stimulate blood back to the scalp and leaving your fresh and clean and growing for longer.
The shampoo I found a bit of getting used too in terms of it’s texture mostly because you feel it and have a certain expectation of how much it’s meant to foam. While it does foam, it doesn’t foam as much as a conventional shampoo does and this is due to the lack of sulphates. I’m also
horribly used to the feeling of my hair squeaking after shampooing which again is the SLS’s. This doesn’t happen with the Africa Organics Marula Shampoo, my hair actually feels quite nourished after using it and even though it doesn’t literally squeak, it still feels very clean. You do need to be gentle with this shampoo or you will find that you can mow through and entire bottle very easily especially because of the low foaming rate.
The conditioner is beyond wonderful. I’ve said before much to Michelle’s horror how I didn’t use a conditioner because everything I had tried weighed down my hair and left it feeling greasy. If you’ve ever felt the lightweight texture of Lush’s Veganese, it’s very similar. My hair doesn’t feel weighed down or greasy at all and I don’t the a feeling like I’m adding a lot of build up to my hair. The only thing to be careful of with the conditioner it to make sure you remove it from the shower. Since it is a liquid, leaving it in a warm damp place actually made the lid (no where else, the product was fine) get a little bit mouldy.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t like them. The shampoo however I am open to finding an alternative to because by day two I needed to dry shampoo my roots and not just my fringe. I’ve become unbelievably hair lazy now and that feels like more of a mission to me because I know the following day I HAVE to wash my hair and since I’mma grown up, I want the choice of leaving it to day three. I am however, besotted with the conditioner. I’ve been using it through my ends for the last couple of months alternating it with the apple cider vinegar solution. Once it’s all gone it will find it’s way onto the repurchase list. I also love that they have in order: the Beauty without Cruelty, Africa Friendly, Phytotrade Africa Accredited Partner, Gluten and Sulphate Free and Vegan symbols on the back of the packaging for you to see immediately.
Africa Organics makes two other variations of shampoo and conditioners: Baobab for stressed, treated hair and Mongongo for colour treated hair.
To check out the hair, skin, body, baby, pet and house care goodies on Happi Bunni have a look here
If you’ve used any of the products on the site let us know in the comments below or on twitter @smudgedbeauty
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