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John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler- reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Dry or Brittle Hair
June 26, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments
When I reviewed the leave-in hair conditioner and detangler by Shielo at the end of last year, Oksana quickly chimed in to recommend her favorite detangler by John Masters Organics. OK, I admit it took me a while to check this out, but I finally did and she was right (well, she often is!). JMO’s Citrus and Neroli Detangler ($16) is super light and the “ingredients are awesome”.

I used it after Nutra-Lift’s Simply Superb Goat Milk Shampoo as I would a conditioner, leaving it on for a few minutes and then rinsing off.  JMO’s detangler left my hair smooth, but far from weighed down After blow drying my hair had a very pretty sheen and behaved very well. On a normal New York day, that is – it didn’t do much to defrizz the effects of getting caught in a humid rainstorm, but then, really, what does….

The detangling action (a comb through is barely needed) is the role of behentrimonium methosulfate. This is a perfectly safe ingredient that is made from rapeseed oil. It should not be confused with the nasty anti-static and detangler behentrimonium chloride, a toxic compound that can damage the eyes even at low concentrations.

The nice shine that JMO’s Citrus and Neroli Detangler gives is due to soy proteins, which impart a silky sheen to hair. Wheat amino acids increase the hair's ability to retain moisture and impart shine and gloss to damaged and dull hair. A helping hand may also be provided her by the horsetail, a natural source of silica.

I think that the neroli and citrus oils are mostly brightening agents and adding a refreshing smell. The base ingredient is aloe juice and there’s the familiar hair strengthening workhorse panthenol. Arnica and white tea are also good additions, as are fennel flaxseed and borage.

The only thing less than awesome is the preservative sodium benzoate, an irritant that is potentially carcinogenic when it gets mixed up with vitamin C.


Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf juice) gel,* aqua (water), behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, panthenol (vitamin B5), hydrolyzed soy protein, wheat amino acids, sorbitol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil,* cocos nucifera (coconut) oil,* helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil,* lecithin, tocopherol, glycerin, citric acid, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil,* citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil,* citrus aurantium dulcis (neroli) flower oil,* canarium luzonicum (elemi) gum nonvolatiles,* cymbopogon shoenanthus (lemongrass) oil,* sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, arnica montana (arnica) flower extract,* camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf extract,* chamomilla recutica (chamomile) flower extract,* calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract,* equisetum hiemale (horsetail) leaf/stem extract,* foeniculum vulgare (fennel) seed extract,* lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, linum usitatissimum (flaxseed) seed oil,* borago officinalis (borage) seed oil,* sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), sulfur
  • November 8, 2017

    by Sylvia

    I absolutely love this product. I use it on my 2 yr old she has very curly n harsh hair, shes biracial (half white half black) and brushing out her hair is such a hassial but with this product its a breeze. I put it in her hair before I comb n brush it out and she doesn't cry n pull away because her hair is smooth and knot free!!

  • July 13, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Junko, it is nice. But I think we are still all looking for the hair Holy Grail.

  • July 12, 2011

    by Junko

    Got this and tried it as a leave in conditioner. Was really surprised to find that it doesn't grease up the hair. Doesn't fix all my hair woes, but it IS a very nice leave in conditioner.

  • June 30, 2011

    by Junko

    HEADS-UP all you BARGAIN HUNTERS!!! Get John Master's Citrus and Neoli Detanger for $6.00!! Destination Organics 70% off sale on in stock items. Hurry because supplies are going fast. I had a few things in my basket that disappeared while I was shopping! Use code: renovation

  • June 27, 2011

    by Pam

    I have used this for a while but I actually leave it in as a leave-in conditioner because for this one, the site tells you you can rinse off or leave in as a leave-in conditioner. I already use only their hair products on my hair and they were the only thing used that could get it back in great condition from hair coloring, etc, because they don't use any of the harsh strippers - all natural type cleaning agents. I used a shampoo and rinse out conditioner of theirs and then leave this product as a leave-in conditioner and love it. I use their most nourshing ones to get it that way and keep it that way (Honey and Hibiscus Hair Reconstructing Shampoo and then the matching Honey and Hibiscus Reconstructor Conditioner. They are really kind of expense but I get the big ones, which cost a lot up front but save in the end. Anyway, I then put in this product as a leave-in conditioner. All three of these together have done wonders for my hair. And Marta is right, after using the conditioner I mentioned and then this conditioner as a leave-in one, I almost don't even have to comb it for it to be de-tangled and I have long hair. I have never had a product(s) do that before. Usually, I tear up my hair trying to get the tangles out. Anyway, love it as you can tell.

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