I sneaked a day off my OOKISA hair thickening trial to try at a conditioner specially for color treated hair. Made by Aubrey Organics, Rosa Mosqueta Conditioner ($20) draws on a bouquet of organic botanicals and gives my blond, highlighted hair a soft luster and a springy bounce while keeping frizz at bay (in fact, I didn't even need my usual dab of MoroccanOil afterwards).

Rosa mosqueta is rose hip by any other name. Whatever, you want to call it, the seeds are high in (fatty) linoleic and linolenic acids as well as Vitamin C, all of which are essential for the health of the hair and skin. Flavonoids, a ketonic compound (namely 3-pentenpropyl-kentoe) and trans-rhodanic acids have been detected. In fact, rosehip seeds are about 77% fatty acids.

Like Max Green Alchemy's Scalp Rescue Conditioner, there is coltsfoot, a roadside weed that is a great free radical scavenger, according to a Korean study and yarrow, about which all sorts of claims are made for yarrow: it promotes hair growth, stops hair falling out, imparts shine and detangles.

Talking of which there does seem to be a basic botanical hair product recipe doing the rounds since, like Earthly Delights Tropical Rain, Aubrey's conditioner also contains horsetail. The stems of this plant (also called bottle brush) are rich (10%) in silica and silicic acids, which help mend broken bones and form collagen, an important protein found in connective tissue, skin, bone, cartilage, and ligaments (source).

Aubrey has included an amino acid, cysteine. Containing sulfur that naturally occurs in the body, it’s the product of the splitting of proteins of the  amino acid methionine (also listed in the ingredients). A deficiency in cysteine has been shown to significantly slow down the growth of both skin & hair, and thus many believe it to be an essential anti-aging ingredient for healthy skin, hair, bones, and connective tissue.

I was charmed to see mistletoe and my thoughts went to kissing and pagans worshiping oak trees. The pearly berried parasite turns out to be an antioxidant. Well I never.

Less charming was the discovery of aminobenzoic acid is a nutrient in the vitamin B complex that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy. Bacteria that live in the intestines need aminobenzoic acid to survive. Aminobenzoic acid is found in grains and foods from animals. But this is also known as PABA, the controversial sunscreen ingredient that has mostly been phased out of sun protection creams because it has many negative side effects. It has been shown to cause an allergic reaction in 4% of the population. It has been found to generate free radicals and the formation of a particular DNA defect in human cells, thus increasing the risk of skin cancer.

On the other hand, I do like that Aubrey has its own preservative mix of citrus seed extract and vitamins A,C and E.


Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base, Coltsfoot Extract, Horsetail Extract, Organic Rosa Mosqueta® Rose Hip Seed Oil, St. John's Wort Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Amino Acid Complex (Cysteine, Methionine), Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Balsam Oil; Extracts of Fennel, Hops, Balm Mint, Mistletoe, Camomile and Yarrow; Organic Rosemary Oil, Organic Sage Oil, Aminobenzoic Acid, Carrot Oil, Aubrey's Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A,C and E).