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I'm a big fan of the Dead Sea Spa Magik range, so when I saw that I could fill in a questionnaire on the leaflet that came in my box of face mask and receive a "free product" in exchange, I was pretty excited! I was even more excited when the free product turned out to be four miniature trial size tubes, one of which was 50ml of Conditioning Scalp Mud. I don't ever use conditioner, but I do like to do a hair mask from time to time and I also hate dandruff and itchy scalps with a passion, so this was the first product that I tried.
With a name like Dead Sea Spa Magik, you just know the products mean business. This is a relatively niche brand which has a range of skin, hair and body care products, from shampoo to black mud soap (really!) and silky body lotion. What's special about these products is that they're all formulated with water from the Dead Sea, which borders both Israel and Jordan and is full of minerals as well as being incredibly salty: 33.7% of the whole sea is salt, which means it's 8.6 times saltier than any other ocean. People have believed in the power of minerals for hundreds of years (just ask the Romans who set up the spa at Bath), and because the Dead Sea water has so many minerals such as magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium, it's thought to be excellent for skin and general well-being. Another big part of the Dead Sea range is that many products also include the mud and salts found in and around the Dead Sea, which are also incredibly rich in minerals and are therefore supposed to be excellent for cleansing.
The Dead Sea Spa Magik Conditioning Scalp Mud is a hair and scalp conditioning treatment made with mud from the Dead Sea, which promises to sort out dandruff and itchiness as well as making your hair shiny and soft. The packaging says that the treatment is "a deeply hydrating conditioner to soothe a dry, flaky or itchy scalp and leave hair healthy and shiny"; sounds good to me! On the list of ingredients "harmonised water" is first, which is apparently water plus sea salt; reassuringly, the actual Dead Sea mud is listed as the fourth ingredient on the list - which means there is plenty of it. The other ingredients are also natural - there's Matricaria Flower Extract, Linden Blossom Flower Extract, Lemon Balm Leaf Extract and Rooibos Leaf Extract, none of which I know much about but I'm choosing to assume they all do good things for your head.
Although my product just came as a loose tube in a Jiffy bag, I've seen the actual product in the shops and it comes packaged in a small cardboard box with a plastic tube inside. The design of all the Dead Sea range is white with blue watery detailing, very healthy-looking and perhaps a bit medicinal or 'treatment'-style rather than luxurious or indulgent. The tubes are white with a blue screw-top lid, which looks good but is a bit irritating in the shower as the lid tends to fall off and need careful putting back on. All products in this range come with an information leaflet inside the box.
So now for the product itself - once it's squeezed out of the tube it's reasonably thick and a greyish-beige colour. Not particularly attractive, but you can definitely see that it's made with mud as there are tiny darker bits in it. It doesn't smell of anything at all really except a faint seaweed/mineral tang. The instructions say that you should apply Conditioning Scalp Mud after shampooing, massage into your scalp and leave for several minutes "to allow mineral hydration of hair and scalp" before washing with warm water. I turned the shower fully off while I rubbed this into my head, to make sure I didn't wash it all off accidentally, then turned it carefully back on again and tried to keep my head out of the way while it worked its magic! I have long, wavy mid-back length hair, so instead of trying to get the product all over it I concentrated just on the roots and scalp - you do need to use quite a lot of this to get an even coverage and if I'd tried to do all my hair I reckon I'd have used the whole tube.
It felt quite nice on my head, not oily or sticky but rather silky in fact. Once the three minutes were up I turned the shower on my head and felt my hair instantly becoming silky, manageable and unusually for my unruly hair, absolutely knot and tangle free. Miracle! Once out of the shower I combed it through with absolutely no problems whatsoever and let it dry naturally - still no knots and it still felt amazingly soft and shiny. Dead Sea Spa Magik recommend using the conditioning mask two or three times per week; I've used it twice in about two weeks and feel that that's more than enough to keep my hair and head in good condition. I haven't had dandruff since I've been using this (could be a coincidence, might not be) and my head isn't itchy or tight feeling.
As I've explained, I was sent a trial size tube of Conditioning Scalp Mud, but it's widely available in a number of shops. I've seen it in my local department store in Oxford, as well as Lloyd's, Debenhams, Holland & Barrett and John Lewis, as well as in a few independent pharmacies. You can also order it online from Amazon, where an 150ml tube will cost you £8.95 - certainly not the cheapest scalp treatment but it works well as an occasional treat. I'd like to point out again that this doesn't represent particularly good value for money as I needed to use a lot of product to cover my rather small female head, so if you're not sold on the dead sea aspect, you might want to try something a little more pocket-friendly...despite this, in terms of results I recommend it wholeheartedly and will probably buy myself a full sized tube once I've used up my trial size.
If you're curious, you can visit http://www.findershealth.co.uk for more details about the Conditioning Scalp Mud and other products as well as a list of ingredients. It's a good, comprehensive website, but be warned - you might be tempted to buy a load of other products!
Dead Sea Spa Magik Conditioning Scalp Mud / A deeply hydrating conditioner to soothe a dry, flaky or itchy scalp and leave hair healthy and shiny / Prevents flakiness and soothes irritation / Moisturises and hydrates dry scalp / Exceptional hair conditioner.