A few months ago, I was given a full-size sample of Apivita’s Propoline Shampoo for Dry-Dehydrated Hair ($20). And, I’ll be honest, I let it sit in my beauty drawer for quite some time. The products come from a Greek-based cosmetics company that uses organic botanicals and bee products (propolis, honey) in its formulations. The name itself, Apivita, is derived from the Latin words apis (bee) and vita (life). Since the founders, Nikos and Niki Koutsianas, were pharmacists (who actually got married at their pharmacy!), the shampoos are packaged in brown pharmaceutical-style bottles.

However, the Apivita Women’s Tonic Shampoo for Thinning Hair received a thumbs down from Marta (the shampoo combined with the Shine and Revitalizing Conditioner left her hair “dry, tangled and dull”). And perhaps this was the reason I was less than enthusiastic about my sample. But then in came a review from Shannon on the Apivita Shine and Revitalizing Shampoo, in which she says, “…at four weeks, my hair is softer, shinier, and appears healthier than it has ever looked.”

I still didn’t jump at my sample. But when I used up my last of my latest shampoo, I did finally reach for the Apivita. And I was pleasantly surprised. The shampoo is formulated for dry hair and produced a thick, rich lather. It felt heavy, so I was careful not to use too much (my hair is more oily than dry). At first I thought the formula might weigh my hair down, but I found the opposite was true. After blow-drying, my hair had a nice fullness – and noticeable shine! Because I needed to use so little of the product during each wash (and I wash daily), the 8.5-ounce bottle lasted about two months. The scent is a bit masculine for me (it reminded me of after-shave), but it wasn’t a deal breaker.

The Apivita Proploline Shampoo for Dry-Dehydrated Hair contains 90% natural ingredients, including the aforementioned honey as well as sweet almond oil. A noteworthy low-hazard chemical ingredient is Polyquaternium 10, an “anti-static agent and film former” that could have had a lot to do with the long-lasting sheen I noticed on my hair. Purists also won’t love the inclusion of sodium laureth sulfate, though it is considered the gentlest of the sulfate family.

Overall, I was highly impressed by this shampoo’s performance. If I got such great results from an Apivita shampoo that wasn’t formulated for my hair type, I’d be eager to see what results I’d get from one that was!

Ingredients: Aqua** (Water**), Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Mel* (Honey*) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycol Distearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-10, Tocopherol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf* , Arginine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Phytantriol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil*, Parfum (Fragrance), Linalool, Limonene, Benzoic Acid, Coumarin

**Rosmarinus Officinalis* Leaf Aqueous Infusion = Rosemary water

*Certified organic