It has been a while since a hairstyling product has caught my attention, most ranges are either not as natural as they first appear or simply not products I would want to use on my hair. When I was introduced to Antonin B however my interest was well and truly an sparked.
This is a range that is 100% natural and certified organic by Ecocert, it currently has two products: A serum and a styling balm, both unisex products that would appeal to men and women. Something I found exciting about the range aside from the ingredients is that as it packaged in miron glass to preserve the ingredients, also making it look very high end to match the quality of ingredients.
Looking at their website, Antonin B call themselves a professional haircare line who use maximum of organic ingredients with a focus also on the sustainability of sourcing and no animal testing. The glass packaging is also reusable and recyclable. In terms of ingredients this is where things really get interesting, it would have been quite easy for this to be yet another line based around Argan oil and whilst I do think it is a worthy ingredient I can honestly say I am little tired of the Argan hype. Instead you have lot's of interesting ingredients that are cleverly put together.
The ingredients list for the Ceramides enriched Desert date serum (£32 for 20 mls) actually reads like a high end facial serum, having tried a drop of this on the back of my hand I can tell you it left my skin extremely soft and so I was keen to test it fully on the hair. The serum is made up of a blend of 100% natural oils, 79.4 % of them from organic farming. Although it is a more expensive blend than others, the lack of silicones and purity of ingredients does make it stand out. The problem with most pure oils have is that they inevitably feel oily on the hair, making them great pre-treatments but not great for leave in purposes. This blend from Antonin B is exceptionally light, they say to use 2-4 drops and work through the ends of the hair, I found three drops perfect for my hair type, which is shoulder length slightly dry and wavy, if you are very dry you may need more and short and fine styles will be fine with less. I am estimating that depending on amount of use a bottle should last a minimum of three months, I haven't made much of a dent in mine despite testing it solidly for over four weeks. So how does the serum achieve a light texture with out the silicones? It contains:
Desert date oil - Abyssinian oil - Brazil nut oil - Safflower oil - Hazelnut oil. I don't think I have ever encountered desert date oil before but apparently it has been cultivated for over 4000 years and used for a variety of medicinal and culinary uses.
It does contain some coconut oil, which is also brilliant for hair but can feel a little heavy, as it is much further down the ingredients lists and seems to be of the more refined variety it doesn't affect the lightness of it. Broccoli seed oil, although further down the list has a naturally slippy feel, so I am pretty sure it will contribute to light texture and is often called natures silicone. The essential oils are Ylang Ylang, lemon, lime, Palmarosa and geranium and a big thumbs up for them all being declared. The scent is a subtle sweet floral, not too overwhelming to anyone's senses.
The Intense honey butter (£29 for 30 mls) is an organic texturizing balm made with 82.2% organic ingredients. This is has a slightly heavier texture than the oil so works best on thick and dry hair types rather than fine. You simply apply a pea sized amount to the hair after warming it through in your hands, I concentrate on my ends as they tend to be drier but it is also very good for defining waves, curls and fighting frizz. I also like to use a small amount of the honey butter on the ends of my hair when I have it tied up, to protect it and keep to help keep my style in place.
It has a lovely blend of cocoa butter, castor oil, coconut oil, wheat germ oil, organic honey and essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Lime, Palmarosa and bourbon geranium. Once in the palms of your hands, it melts easily and smoothly in to more of oil texture that is very easy to apply and use. I found both products incredibly impressive and appreciate the fact they are different from most other products currently on the market. Neither weighs the hair down when applied sparingly and the purity of ingredients really stand out.
Are you struggling to find more natural and organic haircare products that work? Have you tried Antonin B? If so what did you think?