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Five Best shampoos 2010

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Reviewed by Marta October 4, 2010 16 Comments

It has been almost a year since our last Five Best shampoo roundup. I still feel that hair care has yet to make the same strides as skincare to provide effective, high quality products that do no evil. However, I am happy to say that we have made some great new finds to join Osmotics FNS and Nutra-Lift, which make it for the second year running.

Yarok Green With Envy Volume Shampoo ($31) A new find and a must for anyone that tends to get weighed down by hair products. Yarok is light and rinses out easily, and gives me just enough – all day! – volume (even when there is a heat advisory). There is absolutely nothing not to like in Yarok’s products. The preservatives are all essential oils such as sage and rosemary. Then there is plenty to love amongst the botanicals. You’ll recognize hair-loving herbals such as coltsfoot. This roadside weed is a powerful antioxidant, according to Korean research and a Chinese study of over 50 plants that 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.

Nutra-Lift Shampoo ($23) with free shipping and one of our runaway bestsellers and repeat buys). I have bought this regularly in the last year and have found that it stops excessive hair loss as well as contributing to healthy, conditioned locks. There is a bevy of impressive plant extracts to go with the anti-aging ingredients that would look right at home in a serum. This shampoo cleanses while being gentle with my chemically colored hair and there is never the slightest scalp irritation (unusual for me). The base is aloe and there isn’t a silicone in sight. As always with Nutra-Lift, fabulous value for money.

FNS Revitalizing Shampoo ($24). The point of the FNS range by Osmotics is to help hair grow faster. FNS Revitalizing Shampoo is all about vitamins. Laminaria cloustonii is kelp and an antioxidant, as well as a source of vitamin E. There are several other vitamins including C and niacin, a member of the B family and associated with hair growth. Beta carotene from carrot is a precursor to vitamin E and A. Cucumber is a source of natural silica, essential for healthy hair. It works well with chemically treated hair. It has three ingredients – Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, and Oleth-10 – that can all potentially be contaminated and become carcinogenic. However, it is probably safe to assume that Osmotics sources these ingredients responsibly and I am certainly happy to use this shampoo.

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Nurture My Body Volumizing Shampoo ($24) I am pleased to say that Nurture My Body’s shampoo is such a hit that I bought myself a replacement, along with conditioner. Like Yarok, NMB features coltsfoot. 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 also find it 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. There is also a great Moisturizing Shampoo ($22).

Aubrey Organics GPB Shampoo ($10.49). The GP in the name of this shampoo seems to stand for glycogen protein. Glycogen takes the form of granules in cells and forms an energy reserve that can be quickly mobilized to meet a sudden need for glucose. The anagen (growth phase) of the hair growth cycle is dependent on the proliferation rate of the hair producing cells. And they in turn depend on the nutrition and energy supply available. During the anagen phase, glycogen comes in huge quantity to ensure the intense energy needs of the follicle in active growth. I like the fact that the base of Aubrey’s shampoo is not water, but aloe vera. There are none of your usual surfactants.; the soapy stuff comes from quillaya bark.

Ingredients in Yarok

Purified water, Decyl Glucose, Lauryl Glucose, Coco Protein, Seaweed Extract, Organic Herbal Infusions of Coltsfoot, Chickweed, Nettles, Horsetail, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root, Comfrey Root, Calendula Blossoms, Chamomile Flowers & Oatstraw, Sea Buckthorn C02, Organic & Wildcrafted Essential Oils of Lavender, Cedar Atlas, Red Mandarin, Sweet Orange & Rosemary, Grapefruit Seed Extract

Ingredients in Nurture My Body

Purified Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Lauryl Polyglucose, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, Urtica Dioica (Nettles) Infusion**, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Infusion**, Symphytum 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**, Avena sativa (Oat) Extract***, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Honey***, Xanthan Gum, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil**, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil**, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) CO2**Purified Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Lauryl Polyglucose, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, Urtica Dioica (Nettles) Infusion**, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Infusion**, Symphytum 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**, Avena sativa (Oat) Extract***, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Honey***, Xanthan Gum, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil**, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil**, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) CO2**

*Organic **Certified Organic ***Wildcrafted ****Biodynamic/Demeter Certified

Ingredients in Aubrey

Aloe Vera (Not from Concentrate, Pure Organic), Orange Pith Juice (Organic), Coconut Oi-Corn Oil Soap with Quillaya Bark (Saponin), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (Made from Organic, non-GMO Soybeans), Carrageenan, Shea Butter (Organic), Lactalbumin, Evening Primrose Oil (Organic), Jojoba Oil (Organic), Balsam Oil, Rosemary Oil (Organic), Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamin A, C, E)

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift

Aloe Vera gel, cocomide betaine, sea algae, bladderwrack, sea kelp, ascophyllum, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin C ester, soy liposomes, hyaluronic acid, di-panthenol, linoleic acid, astaxanthin. infusion of the following natural extracts: burdock, buckthorn, charparral, comfrey, cranesbill, nettle, jojoba, rosemary, horsetail, hops, ivy, jasmine, calendula, horse chestnut, slippery elm, elder flower, olive leaf, orange blossom, ylang ylang, fennel, bilberry, milk thistle, golden seal, turmeric, arnica, butchers broom, passion flower, red clover, sage, linden flower, gentian, white willow bark, mulberry, eyebright, grapefruit seed extract, peppermint, yarrow, coltsfoot, birch sap, Austrailian tea tree oil, witch hazel, natural mixed tocopherals ( Vit.E.) niacin, biotin, capsaicin, colloidal sulphur, colloidal minerals.

Ingredients in FNS

Purified Water, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Decyl Glucoside, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycerine, Glycol Stearate And Stearamide Amp, Aloe Vera Gel,Oleth-10, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Algae Extract (Laminaria Cloustonii Extract), Wheat Amino Acid, Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Avocado Extract, Carrot Extract, Cucumber Extract, Ginseng Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben

  • December 1, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Re: B&B, I recently saw travel sizes of their Creme de Coco and Seaweed shamp/conditioners, and the Styling spray and cream in the trial size bins at Walmart. They were about $7.50 each, so a good way to test these products.

  • November 30, 2010

    by Lori

    Thanks Marta! After my daughter kindly shared her sample of Tonic Shampoo and the Leave in Conditioner with me, I was impressed enough to check out their web site. Their "Quenching" line (shampoo, conditioner, masque and complex)certainly piqued my interest. I have tried the Thickening Serum with good results. My straight, almost shoulder length, color treated, rather fine, brunette hair is in constant need of moisture, volume and shine :) Thanks for considering another look!

  • November 30, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Lori, we've found B&B to be a mixed baghttp://truthinaging.com/brands/bumble-and-bumble. But your question is a good reminder that we should look into them a bit more. I'll get some of their products in to test. If there was anything in particular you'd like me look at, please let me know.

  • November 29, 2010

    by Lori

    Marta, What is your opinion of Bumble and Bumble shampoos and conditioners? I just tried the tonic shampoo and leave in conditioner (I had samples) and was pleased with the results, not sure about the lowdown on the ingredients.

  • November 22, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Lori, I ran out of Yarok months ago and haven't renewed because they are supposed to be reformulating some of the products. The new ones aren't out yet. I've given up on Nurture My Body, which started to make my hair look dull. I've just ordered some Nutra-Lift Simply Superb as other people have had good results with it (although they are curly haired and I am wavy). Otherwise, I'll go back to Osmotics FNS or the standard Nutra-Lift. But I must say that like you, my search continues......

  • November 21, 2010

    by Junko

    I like the Yarok for SHINE. Not one I'll use every wash but it's a keeper that I'll rotate with others!

  • November 21, 2010

    by Lori

    I bought the Yarok shampoo and conditioner and have not had the same experiences as others here. My hair has had a bad case of the "fly aways" - that terrible "static" hair with no sign of volume since using it. My search continues... :(

  • November 12, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Marta - Just noticed this because I'm comparing ingredients in some new shampoos I'm looking at and I think the ingredient list shown here for NMB is doubled. I.e., the ingredients are repeated, making the list look really l-o-n-g.

  • November 6, 2010

    by Gauhara

    I love reading your blog. Lately I found this blog where there is tons of information about home hair coloring, shampoos etc. I am sharing it because some of you maybe interested.
    http://killerstrands.blogspot.com/2010/10/sulfate-free-shampoos-pros-cons-scope.html

    I used to use box colors before, but then I found out so much on this site. She talks about SLS shampoos too.

  • October 21, 2010

    by Renae

    I tried Nutra Lift and seemed to have a reaction. Are there any good shampoo and conditioners for sensitive skin?

  • October 16, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Vicky - Thank you so much for all the info - you really know how to cover all bases. I also have blonde tinted hair and it's dry, fine, and porous so I don't shampoo daily. Since you can go more than a day without getting oily from Yarok and it sounds like your hair is oilier than mine, I'm going to try it - I was worried it might coat my hair type and make it limp and funky.

    Travel sizes are also magic words for me because there are only a couple of hair products I buy more than once. At $42, this is actually more appealing because I get to try a range of items to test, plus I can re-use the bottles. And they don't take up much room in my shower which usually looks like a marching band of containers. Thanks again!

  • October 15, 2010

    by VickyL

    Hi Jaysie,
    With other shampoos I usually shampoo daily. With Yarok I can go every other day and still have enough volume to style my hair. It just depends on how active I've been.

    I've used the yarok for a month now. My overall hair condition is much better. The ends are
    better than before - I think they will take longer to repair since I've had dry ends all my life and I get my hair colored.

    The weekly oil treatment is really effective but you do have to take the time to follow directions (massage into scalp, comb through hair, and wrap with warm towel). It is a luxurious aromatic process that can be combined with a DIY facial. But even when I'm lax and only use shampoo and conditioner I still notice improvement. The conditioner seems to get sucked into the hair. I almost feel like there's nothing to rinse out.

    There isn't any product buildup. The oils don't make the scalp oily and the conditioner doesn't leave the hair weighed down. It's a cream but very different from other conditioners. The hair seems to absorb it rather than be coated by it - almost the way dry hair absorbs water. The first time I used it I thought it wouldn't work but I got a good surprise.

    Hope that helps. It's awful to spend a big chunk of money on something that doesn't work. You could go Marta's route and buy the travel size. There's also a package that has spark of youth oil, travel size shampoo and conditioner and a treatment comb for combing oil through the hair. It's $42 - not cheap but may be the cheapest way to try all the products.

  • October 15, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Vicky - your very informative comments got my attention. How often do you shampoo and have you noticed any build-up on your dry ends? Thanks!

  • October 14, 2010

    by VickyL

    I have to thank Marta and Shyema for introducing me to Yarok. I've never had any other hair products work so well on my hair. My scalp feels so refreshed and clean and the hair is soft and shiny - and still has volume. I don't have to use mousse or spend a lot of time styling, just some blow drying. I can easily say - while the products are expensive they are worth it! And really, I'm not a commercial, I'm just excited that something actually works on my hair.

    I have fine, thin, low volume hair with dry ends from coloring away the gray. When I don't color, my hair is pretty oily but still has dry ends. I got the Yarok blonde oil, shampoo and conditioner and will definitely try the spark of youth oil too - who doesn't need that.

    I haven't tried all of the products on the best five list so unfortunately I can't compare them all to Yarok - but I have used Aubrey. After trying many expensive and moderately priced hair products I had settled on Aubrey Blue Chamomile shampoo and GPB conditioner. Great products at a very low price (especially if purchased at Vitacost). But, a bad hair day and Marta and Shyema's reviews of Yarok just struck a cord with me and I decided to take a chance. Score!! This find is on par with ybf Correct for me, expensive but so worth it and a little goes a long way.
    FYI - the yarok.com site was the only place I found to purchase the 1 oz size of oil. I have used the 1 oz bottle 5 or 6 times and have about half left. There is no purchase price benefit to buy the larger size. Their site lists some other online retailers to purchase from too. I purchased shampoo/conditioner from Avenue You Beauty Store. They sent me a 15% coupon code for next purchase so that will come in handy.

  • October 11, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Colinmack, I used the Aubrey CPB this morning in order to give you an accurate answer. It does have a musty medicinal smell, bit like a retirement home. However, it is (at least to my nose) fairly weak. Certainly, the conditioner smells stronger. It doesn't put me off, but then I don't have a particularly sensitive sense of smell.

  • October 8, 2010

    by colinmack

    Does that Aubrey GPB Have a overwhelming smell? I want to try it but boy some of their stuff does not smell the best.

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