Reviewed by Nancy

Acure’s Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner ($11 each) may sound like a mouthful, but they are a brilliant pair. I’ve used them for a month now on hair that’s been in the sun too much and highlighted (carefully) and conditioned and sweated in for a long time... and this is by far the nicest stuff I’ve ever used. There are a few caveats, but from the initial fantastic scent released – sweet almond oil – to the fact that it doesn’t clog up one’s hair or make it feel heavy, these are serious winners.

I’ve used a zillion shampoos from the very first Clairol Herbal Essence in the early 70s to Fekkai, Kerastase and Davines, plus who knows how many organic ones... But this is my favorite so far. The list of ingredients is staggering (see  below). The majority of them are listed as organic, but I notice that the products themselves are not certified or FDA approved – yet – even though the company is “Acure Organics.” A lot of care has been taken to explain each ingredient listed, lest it sound confusing to the layman/woman. I hope to find a more complete list of its products soon on the EWG database of approved cosmetics and skincare – they have four listed to date.

The company ethics seem to be superb – so impressive that I have now ordered the Acure body cream (this is what I seem to do when I test for TIA, which is also superb). The only thing I will say about this hair cocktail is that I do use a slightly harsher shampoo every now and then –  once every 10 days maybe – but I’m not sure I need to because I don’t really think that these leave any residue.

Summer’s a great time to test this duo because of outdoor sports, swimming etc. – and my hair has stayed clean even if I skip a day and haven’t exercised... and in the mid-Atlantic heat and humidity, that’s pretty amazing. I do add a leave-in moisture cream (Phyto) but that’s just me, most people probably won’t need one. The last thing is that the price is great – the least expensive shampoo/conditioner I’ve used in decades, and it might just be the best. And it’s organic (or mostly organic)!

I will go back to this pair again and again. Bravo, Acure!

Here’s a little of what the Acure website says about its products:

Organic Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cells, CoQ10, and Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil (high in Omega 7) make up our patent-pending Triple Moisture System. Pumpkin Seed Oil (high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids) adds shine. Products are safe for color-treated hair, vegan, gluten free, sulfate free, paraen free, phthalate free, and cruelty free.

Ingredients in shampoo: Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (from Coconut), 100% Naturally-derived Betaine (from Sugar Beets), Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Sugar Conditioner), Sodium Levulinate (from Corn), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar gum conditioner), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Organic Fair-Trade Certified™ Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, Organic Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells,  glycerophosphoinositol lysine (from sunflower), Almond Extract, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia Bark) Oil

Ingredients in conditioner: Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearylkonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented sugar), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside (from corn and glucose), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (guar gum conditioner), Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable-derived), L-Arginine (amino acid), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Sorbitan Olivate (from olives + sugar), Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Cellulose (plant derived), D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin. E), Lactic Acid (vegetable derived),  Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) seed oil, Organic Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells,  glycerophosphoinositol lysine (from sunflower), Prunus dulcis (Almond) Extract, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia Bark) Oil