Hello and Happy New Year! I look a long break from blogging as life has gotten very busy lately, but I’m back and I hope to blog much more often in 2014!
My first post of the year will be a review of the most fundamental ingredient in a haircare routine – cleanser. I self-colored my hair a shade of burgundy a few weeks ago, so I’ve been conscious of using only sulfate-free shampoos in an attempt to preserve the color. I’d been using one of my staples – Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo – but over Christmas vacation I ran completely out without a backup (poor holiday planning, I know). So I stopped by Wal-Mart today to restock, and they were completely out of most products in the Curl & Shine line. But since I hadn’t washed my hair in almost two weeks (I know, I know…), I had to buy some kind of cleansing agent, so I chose the all-natural Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Shampoo.
I chose this shampoo for three reasons: 1) I’ve used the brand’s Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner before and liked it well enough, 2) it was a dollar cheaper than the Curls Unleashed shampoo I was about to buy, and 3) it’s sulfate-free and contains coconut oil, jojoba oil, tea tree leaf oil, and aloe leaf juice – great ingredients for curly and color-treated hair. Here what I thought:
This shampoo smelled similar to the deep conditioner of the same line, and unfortunately, I can’t pinpoint what that is. It’s not sweet, it’s not soapy, it’s not great, but it’s not bad. Perhaps it smells like jojoba oil, though I don’t know what jojoba oil is supposed to smell like.
This shampoo is VERY thick, which I’m not accustomed to. But I liked it. It was concentrated, so I didn’t have to use much.
As previously mentioned, my hair was VERY dirty and oily, so I had to shampoo twice, and on the second round this shampoo lathered beautifully. It did a great job cleaning my scalp and hair, and while it didn’t leave my hair feeling as silky as the Shea Moisture shampoo, it didn’t over-strip my hair at all.
Overall, I was very pleased with this shampoo. In fact, I’m eager to try more from the Eden Body Works line, particularly the Coconut Shea line. My only gripe was the size – it’s a mere 8-oz container, which may only give me about five shampoos. Other than that, I enjoyed this shampoo and would purchase it again if in a pinch.