My quest to find the perfect shampoo and conditioner for my hair has led me to a brand of products that I both love and dislike. Let me clarify that. Some of the products I have found in the Organix line work absolute miracles and I adore them. Others have proven worthless on my dry, baby fine, fragile hair. A couple have even left me wishing I hadn’t tried them all.
The shampoo I am about the review falls into the latter category. It is supposedly a hydrating hair care system from Organix. It is called Hydrating Teatree Mint.
Made from Australian teatree oils, this hair care system promises to nourish hair while also infusing much needed moisture, hydration and balance. Having used the system a few times, I have to say it doesn’t live up to those claims.
There isn’t anything I like about this particular hair care system. The smell is offensive rather than soothing. The combination of mint and teatree oil doesn’t blend together well. That means you have to hold your breath as you shampoo and condition. Who wants to do that?
Ingredients include hydrolyzed milk protein, panthenol, parfume, peppermint oil, shea butter, silk amino acids, soybean oil, teatree leaf oil, vitamin E and water. It also includes cetyl alcohol, citronellol, cocomide DEA, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, dimethicone copropyl, dissodium laureth sulfosuccinate, DMDM hydantoin, gylcol distearate, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride and polyquaternium-11.
On the positive side, Hydrating Teatree Mint Shampoo penetrates the hair easily without causing excess lather that can strip away natural oils. Application is easy. Just apply a nickel size amount to hair that has been thoroughly dampened. Pull the shampoo easily through to the ends and then massage the remainder into the scalp.
Once the shampoo is complete, all that is left to do is to rinse thoroughly, condition (if you so desire) and style as usual. Organix recommends using the matching Hydrating Teatree Mint Conditioner for the best conditioning outcome.
I admit that I like the fact that Organix products do not use sulfates and phosphates that can strip the hair. I also love that they recycle old plastic to make their bottles and even use “green” inks on the label. Unfortunately, none of that really makes up for an inferior product and, to me, that is what their Hydrating Teatree Mint Shampoo is – – utterly inferior.
Here is my summary review:
Effectiveness: 0 stars. Hydrating Teatree Mint Shampoo left my hair feeling greasy and weighed down. It was lifeless, dull and had an unnatural looking texture. In short, this product was a huge disappointment.
Smell: 0 stars. The smell was harsh and unattractive. I had to hold my breath while shampooing and conditioning. Otherwise, I actually felt a bit nauseous.
Variety: 5 stars. Luckily, Hydrating Teatree Mint Shampoo isn’t the only product in the Organix line. There are lots of other products to choose from; many of which work exactly as claimed or even better. These include:
Cocoa Butter. This hair care line promises to repair damaged hair follicles while also improving overall elasticity and shine.
Coconut Milk. I love this Organix product. It claims to nourish hair while improving elasticity and preventing breakage. It enriches with vitamins and nutrients to improve the hair’s strength and to prevent long-term damage. It also leaves hair silky soft and oh so manageable. It’s my favorite hair care line from Organix.
Cucumber Yogurt claims to hydrate hair while reenergizing the scalp. Proteins included in the yogurt help condition hair while avocado oil smoothes out and tame frizz.
Grapefruit Mango Butter promises to moisturize and hydrate the hair.
Lavender Soy Milk uses the powers of essential oils to nourish and hydrate. Added soymilk proteins also fortify the hair shaft and help to repair existing damage. Rich marigold oil chases away any sign of frizz.
Mandarin Olive Oil blends together orange extract and essential oils to heal dry, damaged hair and strengthen it right down to the root.
Mocha Expresso uses coffee and cocoa bean oil extract to revitalize dull, lifeless hair. Silk proteins work to smooth out the hair follicle and lock in much needed shine and luster.
Passion Fruit Guava claims to stimulate the scalp while it reawakens seemingly dead hair follicles. Rich antioxidants and vitamins also work to enrich the hair and orange blossom and honey infuse luster and shine. While I like this line somewhat, it isn’t among my favorites.
Pomegranate Green Tea is supposedly made specifically for dry, brittle hair. It enlivens sleeping follicles and adds luminescent shine to dull, limp hair. This line is good but Coconut Milk is better.
Shea Butter uses extracts and proteins from yogurt to enrich, nourish and smooth hair. Avocado oil also works to tame frizz.
Vanilla Silk uses vanilla bean oil to make sure the hair is both silky and smooth. Silk amino proteins ensure added strength while sealing the hair cuticle shut to prevent future damage.
White Tea Grapeseed claims to repair damaged hair with the rich antioxidants provided by tea. Orange extracts also work to rejuvenate and revitalize the hair while vitamins and proteins offer elasticity and strength.
Packaging: 5 stars. Each Organix System has its own color coded packaging. The Hydrating Teatree Mint Shampoo comes in a green bottle with a gold cap and black ink. The Organix label is displayed inside a gold band across the front of the bottle. The oval shaped bottles ensure distinct packaging that is unique, making it easy to find on the store shelf.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The oval bottle measures 6″ in height by a width of 3 Â¾” and a depth of 1 Â¼”. The bottle, which is almost flat, is easy to store in cabinet, vanity or drawer.
Availability: 5 stars. Organix products can be found in most major discount department stores and drug stores. They can sometimes be located in retail beauty outlets like Ulta as well.
Price: 3 stars. Organix products are a little more expensive than more common shampoos. However, they cost considerably less than most designer shampoos with the same type of ingredients. I bought mine at Wal-Mart for about $5 each.
Product purchase probability: 2 stars. I will definitely try other Organix hair care systems but I will not purchase Hydrating Teatree Mint Shampoo again.
Final rating: 4.1 stars.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor