Smooth As Silk: Deep Moisture Shampoo
The Giovanni brand boasts with: free of sulphate free, parabens and Phthalate formulations. Most of the products are vegan save for a few. For a quick reference of the ingredients in specific Giovanni products consult their ingredients directory at here:
The product claims to:
Soothe dry and processed hair. gently cleanse and alleviate frizz and to increase shine.
First impression: The packaging is fine and the fragrance is very mild. It has a slightly citrus scent which is great. I hate perfumed products. I love perfume and I spend a fortune on it but I do not want it in my hair products. Perfumes require alcohol to carry fragrance and these can dry hair to a crisps, so I love products that do only what they should.
The cleansers in this shampoo are very gentle. See the ingredients list below. So it won’t strip your hair. The shampoo contain no nasties and really is a great product for natural hair.
My hair tends to be dry and so having a shampoo that is not going to remove all of the moisture is a massive plus for me. I mostly use water based products for moisture so this is a sufficient cleanser. I was not sure of its efficacy with a heavy oil or butter based regime. So I put it through a second test where I had a massive amount of dry products on my hair. I was pleasantly surprised that it still performed as a cleanser. I did use a second shampoo on the second trial just to be sure and ti cleaned fairly well. Still I found the cleansing to be gentle. I have used this shampoo a few times and I am very happy with it.
It does have good slip and fair foam. Although more often than not the foam factor in shampoo is unnecessary. You don’t need form to clean anything. it is simply that we have grown accustomed to having it there that it it is added. So washing with it was pleasant. My scalp was clean and the rinse off on my hair was great. I liked this product and give it a big yes.
The cleansers: Sodium lauryl Sarcosinate, Decyl glucoside, Sodium cocoamphoacetate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, polysorbate 20, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate (sulfate free) and laurel glucoside all qualify as okay and gentle cleansers. Which means that this product will not overdo the cleansing and potentially leave your hair in a clean but not stripped state.
Chamomile, orange fruit, grapefruit, lemongrass, rosemary as is the case with most essential oils carries some range of caution since they can be irritating and cause sensitivity such as the citrus types which are acidic. however, these are also common ingredients found in many cosmetics. If you have known sensitivities it is always wise to check ingredients for specific allergens that you may react to.
This product contains Aloe Vera Juice considered soothing to skin. So it is a good ingredient for irritated scalps. It contains Sea Kelp that can aid in moisture retention in hair. Mango has conditioning and humectant properties.
The big prize ingredient here is:
Pathenol (Vit B5) which is a hair conditioning agent. Can moisturise hair and give it a soft feel. It also penetrates into the cortex of the hair, hence the deep conditioning claim of the range. However, it is best as a leave in product since it can rinse off easily.
Potassium sorbate and phenoxyethanol are both mild to the skin and considered safe.
The rest of the peripheral ingredients are all fine, fairly common and overall this product contains no outright yuk.
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