The nice people at Nurture My Body sent us a batch of their hair care products and Shyema pounced on the volumizing shampoo quicker than you can say organic. She was so excited by the results that she could barely wait to post her review
. In the meantime, I've been trying out the Nurture My Body shampoo and conditioner and, quite simply, I adore them.
They leave my hair silky, soft and with the right amount of volume. Plus something magical happened to the natural wave of my hair - now a gentle, pretty sweep - and to the color. My hair was - before I got older and it got darker - naturally reddish blonde, what people sometimes call strawberry blonde. Since its been getting darker/more brownish, I have been getting it highlighted s shade that is blonder/lighter. I swear that this Nurture My Body stuff have given me a more honey blonde hue that is a little closer to what my hair looked like 15 years ago.
From the mild surfactants (polyglucose) to the myriad botanicals, there is much to love and nothing to dislike in the formulations for both the shampoo and conditioner. Patty Kerr, the co-founder and formulator of NMB even explains her choice of surfactants on the website
: " The purest form of surfactant is Castile based. However, I do not like the way it leaves a waxy residue on the hair shaft or how you need to use a vinegar or lemon rinse to remove the soap film. So, I replaced it with our Decyl Polyglucose and Lauryl Polyglucose, both naturally derived and safe."
You can read more about Patty's approach in our Founders Series interview with her and husband Rick
. In the meantime, I just want to give a shout out to a few of the ingredients that caught my eye. In both the shampoo and conditioner there is a high dose of coltsfoot. This roadside weed is a powerful antioxidant, according to Korean research
and a Chinese study
of over 50 plants isolated coltsfoot as one of the three most potent. Many chemicals can be found in coltsfoot, including four phenolic acids and six flavonoids. Itchy, troubled scalps will find relief from chickweed, which soothes inflamed skin diseases such as eczema and related dermatitis. Slippery elm (also found in Nutra-Lift shampoo) may be playing the role normally given to silicones. It contains a substance called mucilage that is a natural lubricant. For that matter, mucilage is also found in the marshmallow plant.
Comfrey is a NMB favorite and you'll find in their facial cleansers. It can speed up the replacement of skin cells as well as providing some protection against the sun. It is also good see calendula here (pot marigold) as this is a source of lutein. According to a Harvard research team, it may have the potential to act as a preventative agent against UVB-induced skin cancer and skin damage. In another study, hydration increased by 60%, elasticity by 20%, superficial skin lipids by 50% and lipid oxidation was seen to decrease by 55%.
Ingredients in shampoo
Purified Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Lauryl Polyglucose, Cocos Nucifera (Coco de Cream)**, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, Urtica Dioica (Nettles) Infusion**, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Infusion**, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Infusion**, Althaea Officinalas (Marshmallow Root) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Infusion**, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Flowers) Infusion**, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) CO2**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil**, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar Atlas) Essential Oil**, Citrus Reticula (Red Mandarin) Essential Oil**, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil**, Rosemarinus Officinale (Rosemary) Essential Oil**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract
Ingredients in conditioner
Purified Water, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, Urtica Dioica (Nettles) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Infusion**, Althaea Officinalas (Marshmallow Root) Infusion**, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Infusion**, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Flowers) Infusion**, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Oil**, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) CO2**, Vitamin C Palmitate (Ascorbyl Palmitate), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) CO2**, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) CO2**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract
*Organic **Certified Organic ***Wildcrafted ****Biodynamic/Demeter Certified