My red-rimmed eyes looked as if they had been crying for a week. My hair looked like an abandoned bird's nest. This was particularly ironic since I had just used Ojon's Ultra Hydrating Shampoo ($22), which is for "ultra-dry, unruly hair". Naively, I had assumed this meant it was supposed to TREAT dry, unruly hair, not GIVE me dry, unruly hair.

After an hour of looking as if I was carrying around my own, personal electric storm, I decided that I needed to rinse my hair free of Ojon and condition again (with the lovely Aubrey Organics and not, it should be noted with Ojon's Ancient Tribal Conditioner as it has a tad too much behentrimonium chloride, known to damage the eyes). Oh, Ojon.

Which reminds me. Ojon is misleading not just about the effects of its Ultra Hydrating Shampoo, but what's in it. All of Ojon's product propaganda, I mean marketing materials, tells us that the range uses a hydrating oil from the Ojon tree, found deep in the Amazonian forest. There is no such thing as an Ojon tree.

Ojon is basically good old coc0 betaine, a derivative of cocamide and glycine betaine that is made from coconut oil and is in just about every run of the mill shampoo. More coconut oil comes in the form of cocoglucoside, which is mixed with fruit sugar to make a foaming agent and emulsifier.

As far as my red eyes are concerned, the culprit is likely to be butylphenyl methylpropional. This is a fragrance additive that causes skin and ocular irritation. The International Fragrance Association restricts its use because of this. Mind you, it could also be Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, another fragrance that causes allergic reactions in 89% of eczema sufferers. Magnesium nitrate, used as a stabilizer or preservative, is described as extremely hazardous to skin at 100% doses.

Ingredients in Ojon Ultra Hyrdating

Water, Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, Fragrance, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocoglucoside, Dicapryl Ether, Lauryl Alcohol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Poliquaternium-10, Glycol Distearate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Laureth-4, Hydrolyzed Sweet Almond Protein, Citric Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Magnesium Nitrate, Linalool, Bambusa Vulgaris, Elaeis Oleifera, Sesamum Indicum, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Buxus Chinensis, Macadamia Ternifolia, Orbignya Oleifera, Persea Gratissima, Methylisothiazolinone.