Saturday, 19 October 2013

Barefoot Botanicals SOS Haircare


 I have spoken before on the blog about my problematic scalp, I have had it since I was a teenager and it makes navigating the world of haircare very difficult for me, it is dry itchy and very flaky all of which is unpleasant to talk about but I know that for the purposes of this review being honest about my experiences is essential. I have been on a mission to find something that would help natural or otherwise ever since they suddenly discontinued a popular brand of conventional (medicated) shampoo that had previously been the only thing that had provided any relief. 

Barefoot Botanicals are a brand that I had been aware of since the start of my natural journey but had not yet tried, they kindly sent me their SOS shampoo and conditioner* to try which are specifically formulated for a dry scalp like mine. Anyone who has suffered with a dry scalp will know how painful, irritating and embarrassing the problem can be, so I am hoping this review will help some other people in my situation. 

First thing to say about the products is that they are great value for money, I have tested this for longer than I usually would a product to really make sure that the effects are lasting and not just temporary relief like I have experienced with other products, I still have plenty of product left and the shampoo especially goes a very long way. I use this as a treatment product twice a week, I will generally wash my hair once more with other products that are gentle but not aimed at my scalp but at my hair. I believe that the shampoo and the conditioner work best together, but if you have long hair like me adding another conditioner in for the lengths of the hair may be helpful. 

SOS Dry scalp shampoo*(£13 for 200 mls) is a very concentrated shampoo especially considering that it is free from SLS, it foams a lot, more than any other shampoo I have ever used and I initially found myself using too much product my advice with this is start with a small amount as you can always add more but if you use too much you get a lot of foam! This claims to clear the scalp and it really is incredibly effective at doing so, as much in my experience as coal tar shampoos that are frequently prescribed by doctors. I like to shampoo twice before conditioning for the best results, when my scalp has a lot of build up it can feel a little uncomfortable to use initially not because I find it irritating but because it's clarifying the scalp in a way that most shampoos do not. 

I take my hat off to Barefoot Botanicals for making such an effective formula, in my opinion shampoo is one of the hardest products to formulate naturally, due to this the ingredients list does not read quite as pure as that of a body butter or body oil, but after trying many shampoos (more and less natural) I am so relieved to have found this, it has had a dramatic effect on my scalp and as drastic as it sounds had a really big effect on my quality of life, as in the recent months my scalp was really starting to bother me. This contains some great natural ingredients such as Calendula which is soothing and tea tree which is anti-bacterial. 

SOS Dry scalp Conditioner* (£13 for 200 mls) Works wonderfully well with the shampoo, it is fairly thick but actually quite light, I use this on my scalp but not on the lengths of my hair, I take a small amount and really massage it in concentrating on the worst affected areas such as the hairline and then I leave it for as long as possible, usually around ten minutes. Now there is no denying that using these products takes a little more time than just wash and go but the effects are absolutely worth it. Whilst the shampoo is great at clarifying and really clearing the scalp, the conditioner provides the much needed soothing and calming effect, there is no greasy residue left and it rinses completely clean which is always nice when applying products to the scalp. Some of the key ingredients of the conditioner are Jojoba oil and evening primrose oil which are moisturising and again the wonderful calendula which is soothing. 

Now the results that I have had from these products has been simply amazing but there are a couple of things I feel the need to point out. The first is that the ingredients lists on the website are not full lists, before agreeing to accept any product I always check ingredients and when I received these the INCI list had some added ingredients not mentioned on the site. The problem with this is that if you have an allergy or sensitivity to any of the ingredients it is difficult to buy products without the a full list on line. The second issue is transparency, I find increasingly people tell me that they want to be able to see full lists so they know exactly what they are getting and can make an informed choice and I would have to agree with that too. I am hoping that this is something Barefoot skin will think about changing in the future as they are a great brand. Naturisimo is also a stockist and they do list full ingredients lists so it is worth checking the site if you have your eye on any other products in the range. 

INCI Conditioner:
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea (Purslane) Ferment Extract, Alcohol, Betaine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Leptospermum Petersoni (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Linalool*, Citral*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Cupressus Funebris (Cedarwood) Wood Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower/Leaf Extract, Citronellol*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Tocopherol, Hexylene Glycol.
*Naturally occurring within essential oils.

INCI Shampoo: 
Aqua, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropryl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sucrose Cocoate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (vegetable surfactant), Betaine, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea (Purslane) Ferment Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Leptospermum Petersoni (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Citral*, Alcohol, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Linalool*, Citronellool*, Bytolene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Geraniol*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Limonene*, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Flower Extract, Stelleria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Magnesium Nitrate, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Tocopherol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Hexylene Glycol.
*Naturally occurring within essential oils.

 The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone in the ingredients list for the shampoo, these ingredients have gotten a lot of negative publicity lately so I wanted to address that in the review, I personally avoid these ingredients in products that are left on the skin but do not have an allergy to them and can use them without an issue, the most balanced and well written piece I have seen on theses ingredients has been from Colin's Beauty pages which is a fantastic resource as it is written by a cosmetic formulator and I found it to be useful when making my decision about how I felt about these ingredients, as always feel free to do your own research. 

Overall these products have been a total game changer for my haircare routine and I would thoroughly recommend for difficult scalps, I love the clear fresh feeling and the lack of itching that I get for at least two to three days after using them and my hair also feels fresh and clean too. I still use coconut oil as a hair mask and also avocado oil weekly in my routine too, my scalp hasn't quite been cured of it's issues but it is the most manageable it has been for years and these products have helped bring some relief to what is a miserable condition. 


Ana x

 *Samples generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own.
 
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10 comments

  1. I don't have any scalp problems but these sound perfect for those that do. Lovely brand I like their rosa fina range x

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    1. I haven't tried the skincare but I would like to try more from them, the performance is very impressive and they have made such a difference to my skin. Xx

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  2. I think I'll give these a go after my Essential Care one runs out. I really like their SOS Body Lotion which is great for dry skin so it's great to hear their haircare is good too :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. I have a bottle of the Essential care to try out in my stash, I think these products are great so I would love to hear how you get on with them :) Xx

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  3. When i saw the photo i just thought you wrote about foot cream hahaha :D Awesome review! :) I'm just testing out a new hair duo from Madara and i also found three different lists of ingredients, so annoying! :/ xx

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    1. I do believe Madara have repackaged and reformulated so that may well be where the issue lies, glad you enjoyed the review :) Xx

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  4. Great review hunny very informative!! Il watch out with those ingredients

    Beautiesunlocked.blogspot.co.uk

    Lx

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  5. Hi Ana, I love the blog - a lot of things on my 'to try' list are recommendations from your site. I wondered if you'd be interested in a series I'm just about to run on my blog - naturalbeautycabinet.com - about seborrheic dermatitis. There'll be three posts on the 25/29 Oct and the 1 Nov. As a fellow sufferer of scalp woes - including flaking and itching :-( - I've spent a lot of time researching various remedies. I'd love your opinion and any other tips you might have. I'm hoping to run a Part 4 including advice from other Seb Derm sufferers and beauty bloggers.
    Thanks
    Faye

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    1. Hi Faye thanks for your comment I love your blog too and I have been a follower for a while :) I would love to be involved in the series I will email you Xx

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