Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Shampoo Review
Ingredients: Aqua (water), aloe barbadensis leaf juice¹, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, glycerin, sodium cocoyl isethionate, stearic acid, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, cananga odorata flower oil¹, cedrus atlantica bark oil, cinnamomum camphora (camphor) bark oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, copaifera officinalis (balsam copaiba) resin, calendula officinalis flower extract¹, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract¹, dioscorea villosa (wild yam) root extract¹, allantoin, arginine, sodium citrate, sodium PCA, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, alcohol¹, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, limonene, linalool. ¹Certified Organic Ingredient
Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Shampoo is a pretty gentle shampoo, with a non-overpowering scent of ylang ylang, along with sweet floral smell of rosewood oil. It lathers nicely, even better if you shampoo your hair twice as opposed to just once. I have oily hair and Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Shampoo works quite nicely on my oily hair – it does not strip the hair of its moisture, though it may leave the hair slightly tangled every now and again but at the same time, it does leave the hair pretty soft and silky due to mica. I do need to use a conditioner as well.
The texture of Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Shampoo is quite liquid and easy to spread. Grapefruit oil serves as an antibacterial agent, as a natural preservative. Chamomile oil has a soothing properties while camphor bark oil has clearing properties. Calendula has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride (quite a mouthful there, uh?) is a derivative of guar gum and used as a hair conditioning and anti-static agent and as a detangler (also certified by ECOCERT). Sodium PCA is a humectant, binds and delivers moisture to hair. Sodium cocoyl isethionate is a surfactant (mixes water with oil and dirt for easier cleansing and rinsing), derived from coconut oil. Sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, while nearly impossible to pronounce, is non-harmful, non-irritating surfactant.
There are few ingredients that I am not so fond of. Benzyl alcohol is a an aromatic alcohol, a solvent and a preservative, found in various essential oils, including ylang ylang. It has a not so good 5 score on EWG, and can be a potential allergen. That fact is most likely to apply to a synthetic version of benzyl alcohol, so I take it that Avalon Organics uses a natural benzyl alcohol, found in essential oils. Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate is a modified fatty acid, a hair conditioning agent, surfactant and a foaming agent. It provides hair with suppleness and sheen. This ingredients itself is not harmful, but can enhance penetration of other (potentially harmful) ingredients. Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic foaming agent, and a potential (especially for those with sensitive skin – which I have) irritant and alergen, which can also cause contact dermatitis. Potassium sorbate is (quite strongly) a potentially alergen preservative. Sodium benzoate is another preservative, widely used in natural products, and I am still not liking it.
All in all, Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Shampoo is an affordable (8€ for 325ml) shampoo, though it does contain a few ingredients that can be questionable; compared to more expensive natural organic shampoos it’s not as good but not bad at all. Would I purchase it again? Possibly, but there are also other Avalon Organics shampoos I have not yet tried, but will.
Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Conditioner Review
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice¹, aqua (water), glyceryl stearate SE, capryl/capric triglyceride, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil¹, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, stearyl alcohol, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil¹, calendula officinalis flower extract¹, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract¹, dioscorea villosa (wild yam) root extract¹, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)¹, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, cananga odorata flower oil¹, cananga odorata leaf oil, cedrus atlantica bark oil, cinnamomum camphora (camphor) bark oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, copaifera officinalis (balsam copaiba) resin, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil¹, hydrolyzed wheat protein, sorbitol, tocopheryl acetate, alcohol¹, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzyl benzoate, limonene, linalool. ¹Certified Organic Ingredient
Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Conditioner is of a light consistency and has, like shampoo, a pleasant scent, which lingers for about a day. It’s quite nourishing and leaves the hair soft, easily manageable and quite shinny after using it. A small amount is needed to achieve good results. Sunflower seed oil has good spreadability properties, olive oil has nourishing abilities and is great for dry and damaged hair – or used as a hair mask. Shea butter is also a rich and nourishing butter, while jojoba has softening and moisturising properties.
Not so good ingredients? Same as with shampoo: potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and potentially benzyl alcohol.
Just as with the Avalon Organic shampoo, conditioner is also pretty affordable – 8€ for 312g. Would I buy Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Conditioner again? Pretty much the same as with shampoo – probably would, but first I’ll have to try other Avalon Organics hair care products.
Which hair care products do you use? Have you tried any Avalon Organics hair care products? If not yet, but would like to, we’ll be having be giving away Avalon Organics Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Conditioner soon in our Holiday Giveaways edition, so make sure you check back soon.
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