I’ve made my way through a set of shampoo and conditioner that I can’t wait to restock.
It’s kind of funny how I became acquainted with Max Green Alchemy hair care products. I received an email from one of the brand reps who had read one of my raving reviews about another line of hair care products on the Naturally Beautiful blog. She was sure that Max Green Alchemy shampoo and conditioner could become my new favorites and offered to send me some samples to prove it.
I used the shampoo and conditioner combo a few times a week for months, and have to say, she was right. I do love Max Green Alchemy’s formulation, which was designed to keep scalps and hair healthy and free of dandruff and psoriasis — but your hair can definitely benefit even if you don’t suffer from these issues.
Here’s what’s inside Max Green Alchemy shampoo and conditioner that keep your mane looking and feeling good:
For Scalp Relief: Tea tree oil, lemon tea tree oil, solar sea salts, neem oil, geranium and lavender
For Dandruff Relief: Tea tree and lemon tree oils
For Psoriasis Relief: Neem oil, jojoba oil and solar sea salt
For Hair Conditioning: Panthenol, vitamin C ester, oryzanol and organic lavender essential oil
All of these pure, natural ingredients has helped Max Green Alchemy earn “Champion” status from the Environmental Working Group, a designation reserved for companies who met the requirements of the now-closed Compact for Safe Cosmetics initiative. This includes:
- Comply with the European Union’s Cosmetics Directive, widely considered the global gold standard of cosmetics safety regulation;
- Disclose all ingredients, including ingredients in “fragrance,” which in the United States can be claimed as “trade secrets,” even when they contain hormone disruptors, carcinogens and other harmful chemicals;
- Publish and regularly update product information in EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database;
- Comply with any additional ingredient prohibitions and restrictions under the Compact and substitute ingredients of concern with safer alternatives; and
- Participate in the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
And of course, the shampoo and conditioner are petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, paraben-free, SLS-free, cruelty-free and vegan.org-approved.
So all this is fine and dandy, but what about the actual look, feel and texture of Max Green Alchemy hair care products?
I think I favor the shampoo over the conditioner. The shampoo produces this rich, creamy lather and has an intoxicating, fresh, citrus aroma that invokes memories of the old-school Herbal Essences commercials. The scent is truly invigorating, and I was sad when my bottle was empty.
As for the conditioner, it worked well, producing a soft, shiny mane, but I just didn’t really like the texture of it. It was a bit runny and had almost a gritty-like feel to it.
There was just something unappealing about the way it looked in the bottle to me, but beyond these cosmetic and texture oddities, the formula was great and my hair drank up the moisture it delivered. It washed out easily and didn’t weigh down my hair — so give it a try if you’re interested and not too concerned about texture and appearance of the actual product in the bottle! (Because hey, the editors at ELLE raved about this conditioner in 2009, so maybe you will, too?)
What do you look for in a natural shampoo and natural conditioner? And what’s the perfect pricepoint for natural haircare? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.
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