Pros: Natural, wonderful scent, & really cleans my hair.
Cons: None--other than it may be hard to find.
I stumbled across the brand The Naked Bee while shopping at a local boutique. On display in a small niche, The Naked Bee products caught my eye because of their bright yellow packaging. What kept my attention, however, was the word "organic." With an assortment of beauty and hygiene products, The Naked Bee offers all-natural choices for consumers who are looking to introduce more healthy products into their lifestyles. I try to buy organic foods whenever I can, so I decided to spend the $5.00 on a 2.25 fl oz. tube of The Naked Bee Gentle Cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner. I wanted to see if my hair responded differently to an all-natural, healthy cleansing routine as opposed to my usual shampoo products.
I'm pleased to say that The Naked Bee shampoo & conditioner works beautifully! The shampoo has a pleasant fragrance of orange blossom honey; when using the shampoo, you only need a small amount for a decent lather. I lathered and rinsed my hair twice and loved how the product really suds up. Because this is a shampoo and conditioner in one product, my hair was easy to detangle and had a healthier sheen after it dried than it normally does. The shampoo/ conditioner is PH balanced, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic--and I can see the results in my happy hair.
The ingredients in The Naked Bee products make a huge difference in my hair's health and appearance. Formulated with organic aloe vera, panthenol, honey, spirulina, arnica extract (a perennial plant native to European and Siberian mountains, as well as mountains in Canada and North America), white tea, beeswax, and witch hazel--the shampoo/ conditioner has wonderful restorative and healing properties. My scalp feels healthier, my hair feels healthier, and I feel better knowing that I've discovered a hair product that isn't polluting my body with chemicals.
The Naked Bee line of products is committed to using "All the Good Stuff" (their trademark) and eliminating harmful ingredients. In that spirit, this shampoo/ conditioner does NOT include paraben, laurel sulfate, laureth sulfate*, dyes, pigments, or EDTA (a preservative). I also appreciate that this company DOES NOT test on animals.
I will absolutely return to the boutique and try out some of the other products avaiable through The Naked Bee. They have Vitamin C infused skin care, travel kits, hand and body lotion, and more! If you are concerned with the amount of chemicals that may be hiding in your hygiene products, check out the line offered by The Naked Bee. Check out their website to find a store near you that stocks these fine products. Happy shopping!
Gentle Cleansing Shampoo & Conditioner Ingredients:
purified water, aloe barbadenis leaf juice, disodium olefin sulfanate, oleyl betaine, decyl glucoside, soyamidoproplkonium chloride, panthenol, allantoin, honey, beeswax, spirulina, hyaluronic acid, kelp extract, arnica extract, white tea extract, lavender extract, calendula extract, witch hazel extract, alpine lichen extract, mixed tocopherols (vit E), sodium benzoate, potassium benzoate, ethyl hexyl glycerine, fragrance.
* Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate, is a detergent found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). It is an inexpensive and very effective foamer. Products containing these substances can affect those prone to eczema and other irritants. These substances provide a foaming quality to the product, allowing for better distribution of the product while washing hair or skin and while brushing teeth. When rinsed off, the product will have cleaned the area but will have taken moisture from the top layers of skin. In people with sensitive skin (prone to dermatitis, acne, eczema, psoriasis and chemical sensitivity), the drying property of these type of detergents can cause flare-ups of skin conditions or may worsen existing conditions. The Environmental Working GroupSkin Deep Report that SLES may possibly be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. SLES and SLS have been known to become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers 1,4-dioxane to be a probable carcinogen. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration encourages manufacturers to remove this contaminant, it is not currently required by federal law.