I’ve been fascinated by the Peter Lamas range since organic Chinese Herbs hair line came out. I haven’t had a chance to try that collection yet, but I did get my hands on his Avocado and Olive Ultra Smoothing Shampoo ($18). The shampoo is prescribed for frizzy hair and boasts a paraben-free formula with other goodies, like smoothing pea extract and panthenol (Vitamin B5), sebum-controlling hair tonic pelargonium gravelens (geranium oil), and moisturizing sandalwood and jojoba extract. Plus, having bona fide hair conditioners like avocado and (one of my favorite hair oils) olive made me extra optimistic.

The thing is, I can’t say I was totally impressed after using it. In fact, I was a little underwhelmed when I felt my hair was a bit more lackluster than usual. But worse I felt as if my scalp was even a little itchy, despite ingredients such as its anti-dandruff urtica dioica nettle extract. I was confused, since this shampoo was supposed to be “infused” with botanicals and had a laundry list of organic extracts. I looked a little closer to see if there were anything that could be the cause of irritation.

One thing it also contains phenoxyethanol which the FDA warns is a preservative and potential irritant, It also has sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate which little information is available for but is said to also be a milder form of sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, which are known to cause skin irritations.

The fact that it does contain a lot more ingredients that I’ve only read have low hazardous to no known side effects makes me wonder why it didn’t really do much for me. Has anyone else tried products from Peter Lamas? I’m wondering if I should test it out a bit more.


Water Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Pelargonium Gravelens (Organic), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Glucoside, Glycol Stearate, Persea Gratissima, Olea Europa, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Extract (Certified Organic), Chamomila Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract (Certified Organic), Hydrastis Canadensis (Certified Organic), Urtica Dioica Nettle Extract (Certified Organic), Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract (Certified Organic), Rosa Canina Fruit Extract (Certified Organic), Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Hordeum Distachon (Barley) Extract, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Stearate, Capryl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Essential Oils