Ever since I started following The Food Babe‘s blog I have been dying to try Avalon shampoo. In my journey to have a healthier life both inside and out I have been searching for healthier alternatives to my household and beauty products. In her post about Holistic Hair Care, The Food Babe suggests this shampoo in peppermint… I couldn’t find it at my local stores. What I DID find was the lavender scent in a BOGO pack, whoop!!! So I picked up the pack at a Hannaford in Dover NH, where I could get it tax free right before my wedding(double whoop!) and held on to it until I got home and ran out of my other shampoo (which I will review later). Now from what I understand this is a newer formula, I never got to try the old one.
First thing I noticed about the shampoo was the wonderful lavender scent. I’ve been obsessed with lavender ever since I started getting into a more natural life. If I could bath in it I would. That being said, I was really excited to try this product out, and I wasn’t disappointed… but I wasn’t in love either.
Pros: First of all, for a shampoo it does a great job for sure. It doesn’t strip my hair like other shampoos do, and I wouldn’t be concerned to go without conditioner with this product. I do plan to pick up the matching conditioner, because who-am-I-kidding-I-need-conditioner-in-my-life. The scent is great and subtle in it’s lasting effects. My hair looks healthy, and smells heavenly.
Cons: It rates a 3 on the EWG’s Skin Deep site. Yeah a 3… that is the highest I ever want to go with a product now. I would have been much happier with a 2, but we pick our battles right? Also I need a little extra to get it to lather up in my hair. And I have SHORT hair now!! I can’t imagine how much I would have needed with my longer hair. That is a big con for me because it means less bang for my buck! Which being on a tight budget now, and soon to be even tighter (the restaurant my husband works at will be closing at the end of the month) means I need to make my $ stretch.
I would love to try and go no-poo… but I just can’t give up my hair products yet!!! Plus I work in food service, who wants someone greasy serving them their food? Mad props to the no-poo people, they are brave and dedicated!