Disappointed in this “Rootine”

I’ve been on what seems like an everlasting quest to purify my beauty routine.  Slowly but surely I’ve been eliminating such evils as parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetics fragrances, urea, the list goes on and on.  I’ve done a good job so far of finding high-quality skin care products that are free of these nasty buggers, but I haven’t completely switched over my hair care.  I’ve been trying to find a chemical-free shampoo, but the sheer fact of the matter is that they just don’t work as well!

Case in point: I was recently at Sephora (surprise, suprise!) and noticed Jonathan Product was 20% off.  They have a line called “Green Rootine” which contains 100% natural ingredients and is synthetic free, paraben free, sulfate free, silicone free, petrochemical free, and vegan….(whew!).  The ingredients sounded so good they seemed almost edible (and the fresh spearmint scent didn’t hurt either) so I thought I’d give it a try and see what wonders it could do for my hair.  I paid $16 plus tax. 

The product comes in a foaming pump bottle, which is quite interesting for a shampoo.  The reason for this is the product doesn’t contain ingredients that produce suds, namely sulfates, so the foam produced by the packaging gives you just a little bit to work with. 

The first morning I was excited to try this, and I carefully read the instructions to make sure I did everything correctly. The packaging clearly states:
Green Rootine is 100% Natural, which may feel different from what you’re accustomed to. The products work best when used together and regularly. Go ahead, change your Rootine!
I was prepared for the product not to lather like a normal shampoo, but after adding 5 pumps of product and barely being able to move it through my hair, I became quickly discouraged.  However, I carried on, and felt good knowing I wasn’t absorbing nasty chemicals through my scalp!  The shampoo left my hair a pretty tangly mess, so I finished off with my favorite super-nourishing conditioner to soften and detangle.  However, after styling my hair for the day, I noticed that my hair was extremely static-y, difficult to style, and tangled easily.        

Determined to make this shampoo work for me, I used it every day for a week, but sadly nothing improved. My hair and I did not enjoy using this product, so I returned it to the Sephora over the weekend.

I feel kind of guilty about it….I mean, I want to be healthy and eco-friendly with my shampoo, but I can’t seem to find a product that fits the bill of being healthy and effective.  My favorite sulfate and paraben-free shampoo so far is (hands-down) the David Babaii for WildAid Hydrating Shampoo, but it still contains ingredients that the EWG frowns upon.  I’ll continue using that until I can find something better. 

If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!

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4 Responses to Disappointed in this “Rootine”

  1. ~ Kelly Ann ♥ says:

    >My sister sent me one of your youtube videos- Love your videos- they are so helpful! Love your skincare one- I will be ordering a few of the products – your skin is flawless- so it sold me. Happy Holidays!

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  2. Jean says:

    >Sorry to hear you didnt like the Jonathan green shampoo. I am a big fan of his "Dirt" and Silky Dirt but havent tried the shampoos. I am just learning about natural products and found you on youtube. Love your videos!

  3. whatthewhat says:

    >I don't know if you've tried it, but I have been liking Lily of the Desert's Aloe 80 Organics shampoo and conditioner. You can get it on Vitacost for $4.95 and it has excellent reviews. I especially love the conditioner.

    As a side note, I was wondering if you'd do a post (or video) on your eating habits. I'm sort of a health nut wondered if your eating habits matched your beauty habits!

  4. Doug says:

    >I found a
    sodium sulfate free shampoo
    which is also paba free as well and i love it
    thank you for your insight!

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