May 14, 2014

beauty scoop | saavy naturals moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

One part of my apartment that isn’t overly cluttered with beauty products is the shampoo and conditioner area of my shower.

No, the stacks of hair masks don’t count.

With a pixie cut, I don’t require much natural shampoo or natural conditioner, so it takes me quite a while to get through a bottle of product.

After finishing up my previous bottles, I was excited to move on to the prettily packaged Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner.

saavy naturals moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

{Saavy Naturals sent me samples of its Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner to review. Each 8-ounce plastic bottle costs $15.}

As you can see on the labels, Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner is formulated for (shocker) dry hair.

If you’ve been on the blog for a while, you know I’m the oiliest person in the world.

However, I feel that it’s important to drench your locks with a great hydrating wash and rinse if you heat dry a lot (every day for me), and because my scalp can get a bit dry, I like the extra attention a formulated-for-dry-hair duo can bring to my own mane.

Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner definitely delivers hydration and a gentle cleanse to my heat-shocked hair — and does so without the help of synthetics or sulfates.

In fact, the ingredients list for both the shampoo and conditioner is so nourishing that you’d want to eat it — which makes sense, as the founders of Saavy Naturals come from epic foodie backgrounds.

Here’s what’s inside Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo:

Alchemilla vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) Extract, Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil*, Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract, Aqua/Purified Water, Argania spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Aspartic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caryodendron orinocense (Kahai) Nut Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Gluconolactone, Glycerol laurate, Glycine, L-Arginine, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Moringa pterygosperma (Moringa) Seed Oil*, Quillaja saponaria Wood Extract, Quinoa Protein, Rhamnus frangula (Buckthorn) Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract

Here’s what’s inside Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner:

Aleurites moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil*, Aqua/Purified Water, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Protein, Brassica Alcohol, Brassicyl lsoleucinate (Cabbage) Esylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Coffea arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Dl-Panthenol, Glucono delta lactone, Glycerin (Kosher Vegetable)*, L-Arginine, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Moringa pterygosperma (Moringa) Seed Oil*, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Pyrus malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Quinoa Protein, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract

As you can see, Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner take advantage of luscious oils such as kukui seed, argan, moringa and coconut to drench your hair in a sea of moisture.

Neither the shampoo nor the conditioner, though, weigh your hair down, and the shampoo offers a nice, gentle lather and subtle scent of vanilla.

The creamy conditioner has a stronger vanilla scent that lingers a bit after rinsing, giving your head that come-hither scent (even if the only thing coming hither is your Siamese cat, whatever).

All joking aside, one thing I do want to point out in Saavy Naturals’ shampoo and conditioner is the fact that they do both use honeysuckle extract, a somewhat controversial ingredient in the green beauty community.

There’s several schools of thought out there, and I don’t have a fully formed opinion on it, but those who prefer to leave honeysuckle extract out of their clean beauty routines do so because honeysuckle extract acts as a paraben, though it is obviously a natural ingredient.

It contains para-hydroxy benzoic acid, which is readily found in nature yet is said to look structurally similar to synthetic parabens and is said to act in the same way — as an endocrine disruptor.

Those who don’t mind seeing honeysuckle extract on their ingredients lists note that it scores a “0″ on the EWG Skin Deep Database and it may not produce the same health risks as synthetic preservatives.

So, you can see why there’s some back and forth on this ingredient. I’d like to learn more about it — and see what you think, too.

And for that reason, Saavy Naturals Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner are on my “maybe I will repurchase it” list.

When it comes to product performance, I loved the formulas — the scent, the moisture, the gentle cleansing and deep hydration.

When it comes to packaging, I appreciate the pretty designs and bold colors — though I was disappointed that the paper labels disintegrated in the shower.

When it comes to ingredients, we’ve got to figure out this honeysuckle thing.

Have you tried anything from Saavy Naturals? What are your thoughts on honeysuckle extract? Please do tell me in the comments section!

 

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  • Beth and Beauty

    No, I have never tried a Saavy product! I can tell you I love the smell of honeysuckle though!

    • kimberlyloc

      I had a honeysuckle tree growing up … it was so fragrant! :)

      • Beth and Beauty

        Me and my husband was shopping at a plant nursery today and they had a honeysuckle vine(tree) and I wanted it so bad, but my husband refuses because he says it attracts snakes. I also had a big honeysuckle tree/vine when I was growing up and it smelt so wonderful!

  • Amber Karlson

    I haven’t tried this nor heard about them before, they look fantastic though – going on the wishlist!

  • Hugo Saavedra

    Thank you very much for the review, Kimberly — we love it! My wife and I, we formulate and produce every product that we make. I am all about the process of every raw material. Eight or nine years ago, when this raw material came into our hands, we thought it was wonderful, but we still sent it for testing and conducted a very thorough, expensive and conclusive test where you can see it in a tri-dimensional form, behind the molecular structure, and there were never any resemblances to any of the parabens. The “0″ rating of honeysuckle extract by the EWG is completely correct — they know what they are talking about when it comes to harmful ingredients. Synthetic ingredients are not only harmful to people’s lives, but to our beautiful planet, and its creatures. We are very proud to use this ingredient.
    And by the way, the paper label issue has been resolved and is now completely waterproof. — Hugo

    • kimberlyloc

      Thanks so much for sending me the samples to review! More to come … can’t wait to dig into my jasmine soap :)

      I think there needs to be more research into this ingredient. There’s a lot of confusion out there, and we need a good third party to give us the final verdict on it. However, I do trust the EWG, so I tend to lean toward their verdict.

      Keep up the great work!

  • Laura

    I have not tried it. Thanks for mentioning the issue with honeysuckle; it’s something I always wonder about too — and it’s something that’s not really discussed yet pops up more and more (kahina, tata harper, kjaer weis etc). I find it interesting that with most unclear ingredients, green brands leave them out, but with this one, it’s another story.





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