My favorite hair products have always been the more traditional products. I was a huge fan of Bumble & Bumble, and Kiehls, with splurges on Leonor Greyl products when I felt like something extra fancy. My casual dabbling in cleaner hair products often left me disappointed. They never seemed to perform the way I’d hoped, where I could substitute them in for my favorite products. A few weeks ago, I ran out of my Aesop Calming Shampoo and that’s when I remembered that my boyfriend had just bought a bottle of John Masters Organics Rosemary & Lavender Shampoo from Whole Foods a few days ago. My blogger hat instantly came on!
Let’s start with presentation, as someone who loves her luxury beauty products, I feel like this modern and simple dark brown plastic bottle with bold white lettering fits beautifully on any beauty counter. It is subtle to not be glaring but still impactful where you feel like there is a quiet elegance. I’m quite pleased with the overall unisex design and one can easily mistake it for a more expensive shampoo.
I know some people will not touch products with Rosemary & Lavender but I’m not one of them. They have a bad reputation as irritating essential oils but I think sometimes people are afraid of things because they hear others have bad reactions so they won’t try. I personally do not have any reactions to these plants, so luckily, I can use them and enjoy their rich antioxidant properties and in this case – their scalp and hair balancing features.
The shampoo itself is a brown gel that smells herbal but not in a bad way. You only need a little for it to lather. The scent is more lavender than rosemary but definitely nothing too floral. The ingredients include 15 certified organic botanicals including aloe, jojoba seed oil, nettle root, lavender EO, rosemary EO, yarrow, white tea, horsetail, willow bark, chamomile, comfrey oil, borage oil, sunflower oil, and flax seed oil. The surfectants which cause the lathering are rather high in the list which also explains why it lathers so well.
It cleansed my hair really well and left my scalp very happy – not stripped or oily. My scalp is prone to dandruff and I found the white willow bark (a natural salicylic acid) and lavender/rosemary to really help with flakiness. I generally don’t like to use conditioner regularly (aside from a once a week treatment) since I have oily hair but I found that this shampoo left my hair needing that extra bit on conditioning care after a few uses so it might be a tad stronger than I would like. It could also be because this doesn’t contain silicones that really give hair that soft silky texture. To the guys, my boyfriend says he uses this because it is really good at getting out hair product, so if you’re concerned about that, this seems like a good option.
I’m quite pleased with this find and although at $16, I wouldn’t consider it a budget buy – it does prove that you don’t need to shell out high-end prices for something that is both clean and effective. I would happily use this or try other shampoos from their line in the future.