When I met the Marketing Director of Esmeria Organics, Jonathan Horsley, I mentioned to him how I’ve never really liked an organic shampoo because they make my hair feel weird. My hair always feels weighed down and greasy after prolonged use. That was when he threw down the gauntlet. He told me to use their popular Esmeria Organics Shampoo and see how I liked it. There was one caveat, which was that I had to use it for at least 2 weeks straight and give my hair time to “detox” itself from the usual silicones and sulfates found in regular shampoos. Always up for a challenge, I accepted it 😀
The Esmeria Organic Butterfly Bush Frequent Use Shampoo and Conditioner is part of the new Esmeria Organics skincare line – the first Malaysian brand to be EcoCert certified. Its always nice to know of local brands that make good, and you would have read my thoughts on their organic skincare line too 🙂
So, coming back to the shampoo and conditioner. The Butterfly Bush Frequent Use shampoo and conditioner is for those who wash their hair frequently i.e. me 😛 I wash my hair everyday. Let me tell you what I thought of this shampoo and conditioner after using it for a while.
Esmeria Organics Butterfly Bush Frequent Use Shampoo
The shampoo is a little different. It has a watery liquid texture, which I took a while to get used to. But I must say it cleans very well, for an Organic product. I know I sound cynical about it, but most organic shampoos tend to leave a greasy heavy feel to my hair. The Esmeria one doesn’t, which is great.
Another interesting thing is that it does not lather up a lot in your hands, but as you scrub your hair and scalp, it lathers up more in your hair and I find that after rinsing out, it leaves my scalp feeling very fresh and clean. So for that, I give it the thumbs up. It works great as a clarifying shampoo for getting rid of product build up on hair and scalp, and I really like that. My hair and scalp feel so clean!
Ingredients: Aqua, decyl glucoside, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, citrus dulcis (sweet orange) oil, glycerin, buddleja davidii (butterfly bush) extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, coco glucoside, glyceryl oleate
Esmeria Organics Butterfly Bush Frequent Use Conditioner
However, my hair does get a little tangled after use of the shampoo so I follow up with the conditioner. The conditioner takes a lot more getting used to. Formulated without silicones, it does not give you that immediate slippery smooth hair that we are used to. It also does not detangle very well, I’m afraid. My comb doesn’t get stuck in my hair, but it does not feel as smooth – possibly because there are no silicones.
Ingredients: Aqua, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit, pca glyceryl oleate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, glycerin, buddleja davidii (butterfly bush) extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, citrus dulcis (sweet orange) oil
Esmeria Organics Frequent Wash Shampoo and Conditioner overall
I did find however, that after using this shampoo and conditioner for 2 weeks straight, my hair did become more manageable. It in fact, became very light. But it also became a little flat. I have hair with volume but this hair care sort of sucked the volume out of it which was really weird. Not that unpleasant but unusual.
From my hair’s standpoint, the Esmeria Organic Shampoo and Conditioner is good stuff and I should keep using it.
From my hands’ standpoint, they did not like the shampoo and conditioner 🙁 After about 3 weeks use, the skin on my hands started to peel. My hands have a strange “allergy” to certain products and ingredients and they are especially sensitive to some organic products. I have no idea why or what causes it. I’m still tracking it. But I had to stop using this range, go back to normal shampoo and conditioner, get my hands cured and then come back. The limit so far as been about 2 days use before I have to stop due to the skin on my hands drying out and peeling.
Its a very strange and unique situation I have not heard anyone else complain about, so I guess its just one of those things (this happens with other organic shampoos too). But if you don’t have sensitive hands and you’d like to try an inexpensive clarifying shampoo that makes your scalp feel lovely and clean, do give this range a try. You may not like the conditioner (it does take some getting used to) but I think you’d like the shampoo 🙂 I find the slightly herbal scent refreshing too.
Pros: Affordable, Shampoo leaves my hair and scalp feeling very fresh and clean,
Cons: Not widely available yet, Made the skin on my hands dry
I’m told the original (non organic certified) Esmeria shampoo too was a hit among the users of natural skin and body care. I had not tried that though – have you? Or are you looking for a clarifying shampoo? Do take a look at this one. I like it, and use it once or twice a week to clarify my hair and scalp and its great for that! 🙂
Esmeria Organics Butterfly Bush & Aloe Vera Frequent Use Shampoo and Conditioner retail at RM39.90 respectively at Caring pharmacy, Vitacare pharmacy, Justlife and some other locations. Click here for stockists.