Natural beauty and well-being

16 March 2012

In search of... my dream shampoo. Part 1

I have long light brunette hair. Yes!
Finding a good shampoo has always been a big struggle for me. Why? because I have specific expectation for such a cleansing product.

After a shampoo, I expect my hair to :
- not becoming flat or heavy
- be full of shine and feel cleansed
- be easily manageable but not too much either

The search of my dream shampoo begins...

Waitrose have launched their organic beauty range (face and body) a few years ago, being the first UK supermarket doing so. They have two organic shampoo products. I decided to try the Moisturizing Shampoo, rather than the Purifying Shampoo. The reason for this is that the ends of my hair tend to be quite dry.

Product description: organic moisturizing shampoo
Certified: yes (Soil Association)
For: dry hair
Texture: emulsion
Price: 4.19 for 200 ml

My opinion

My first impression was that the shampoo was a bit disappointing. I found the texture really liquid and quite runny, so it was quite difficult not to spill some in the shower.... I prefer a texture that is a bit more creamy and consistent, which makes it easier to massage into my hair.

However, I really enjoy the delicate yet fresh smell (probably due to the presence of geranium essential oil): it gives me the "clean" feeling and this is something I find very important in a shampoo. It is also very easy to rinse off. Waitrose shampoo also does not leave any fake/superficial silk film on the hair and I like that too.

The composition of the shampoo is simplistic and this is always a plus for me. In general, a good shampoo needs only 4 main ingredients: water, detergent, active ingredient, botanical oil. Rather than using common detergents (that are also hair irritant) such as SLS or cocamidopropyl betaine, they choose to use decyl glucoside and coco-betaine as main tensioactifs and these are very mild.

My hair is left cleansed and fresh. Also, I enjoy the fact that my hair does not feel too heavy after one day or two.

Was this my dream shampoo? not entirely........ the texture was a thumb down to me. Nevertheless it is a good product.

My overall rating: 7.5/10

...why not trying it?

Have you ever bought this shampoo? what do you think? let me know!

Composition: aqua, decyl glucoside, helianthus annus (sunflower) oil*, coco-betaine, glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus (sweet almond) oil*, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, citric acid, Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera), benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, citronellol, geraniol.
*organically produced ingredients

Sunflower and almond oils brings softness and suppleness to the hair.

Glycerin and aloe vera are great moisturizers, so they help to lock moisture. Aloe vera contains anti inflammatories molecules that soothe any irritated scalp.

Phenoxyethanol and benzoic acid are allowed in the Soil Association certification as preservatives. Sometimes contested, these preservatives ensure your product will be kept free of mould and nasty bacteria.



  1. Waitrose is great for free from/organic goodies, I have not tried this product. I am like you still searching for my holy grail shampoo. My top favourite is loaded with chemicals it makes me a little sad but my hair is happy...what is a girl to do? lol x

    1. Merci for the comment. Waitrose do a few products that have tried....but products are always very tricky for me... what is your favorite then :-)?

  2. I have also had quite a hard time to find a natural shampoo that works for my hair, but I think Logona has got good shampoos and lots of variants to choose from, my favourite is the Ginkgo Repair shampoo, suits my dry hair very good! :)

  3. Thank you Elisabeth for your advice. I may have a go then! have a great day.x

  4. Oh what I shame it wasn't that good.. the ingredients seem nice :)

    I have two natural shampoos that I think work well:

    A brand called curlz:
    And from a brand called Miessence:

    Have you heard of these brands? x

  5. Thanks Yolandaas for your advices! I heard of Miessence but havent tried it, neither Coconut Caramel (but I have checked the composition of the lateste one and it does not really appeal to me....
    Currently trying a new shampoo, soon will be reviewing ! :-) xx

  6. Hello

    I tried all the Waitrose Organic Shampoo's. I prefer the Duchy Originals organic eucalyptus & acai shampoo.
    For natural/organic shampoo's nothing beats John Masters Organics Zinc & Sage shampoo with conditioner and Rahua. The JMO is more pricey but so much more worth it. Rahua gives my hair a shine like no other unfortunately it's just so expensive!
    Waitrose Organic shampoo's are really good if you're on a budget!

    Best wishes,

    Danny x


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