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Faith in Nature Lavender and Geranium Conditioner, and its corresponding shampoo, are the hair products I trust when my hair really needs a treat. I have long, thick hair which tends to be dry and can be wiry, and these products are the most effective I have found, leaving my hair noticeably softer and smoother.
What's more, Faith in Nature is a much more ethically sound company than most hair care products you'll find on the high street. The range is not tested on animals, and this conditioner carries the Leaping Bunny logo (international standard for not testing on animals) and is Vegan Society approved. The ingredients list is a simple one, and the conditioner does not contain any parabens, chemical colouring or preservatives or SLEs.
A 400ml bottle of this conditioner costs just over £5. I find the pricing reasonable considering the effectiveness of the conditioner, the 400ml size and the fact that I'm supporting an ethical company using ingredients that are genuinely good for the hair.
The conditioner itself is creamy-coloured and not overly thick, so it's easy to achieve coverage even if you have very thick hair. It rinses out easily and you can feel the improvement in hair texture even before the hair has dried. The scent is a softer one than you might imagine; lavender can sometimes be a bit of a sharp scent, but this smells lovely, perhaps because it is tempered by the geranium oil.
If there is one downside to this conditioner, it's that you have to go looking for it - I don't know of any mainstream shops currently stocking Faith In Nature. I used to buy mine from Oxfam, but I haven't been in there lately so I'm not sure whether they currently stock it. There are several sources online, such as the company's own website, www.faithinnature.co.uk, and the WWF shop has its own branded version of Faith in Nature. You can also find the range in local health food shops. It's well worth looking for this range, and I tend to invest in several bottles at a time.
Faith in Nature is in my opinion one of the best affordable natural beauty and skin care ranges available. As a natural skin care fanatic, I have tried and tested lots of the different products out there, some of which can be very expensive, but I have found Faith in Nature to be the most nurturing to the skin, and also importantly in this day and age, excellent value for money. Often natural products that use plant oils or essentials oils can irritate the skin as the oils can be very strong and sometimes rather astringent. However the Faith in Nature Lavender and Geranium Conditioner, whilst it does use natural herbal oils, is very gentle and nourishing leaving your hair feeling soft and healthy. I suffer from a sensitive scalp and therefore I have to be careful what I put on my hair, the Lavender and Geranium Conditioner is one of the few products that I have found which does not irritate my skin.
The Lavender and Geranium Conditioner is a fairly light conditioner in comparison to most conditioners which can feel very thick and tend to coat the hair rather than actively condition it. In contrast, the Faith in Nature conditioner feels like the natural moisture in your hair has been retained, leaving it feeling silky soft and free flowing rather than heavy which is how I sometimes feel after using chemical conditioners. My final testimony for this fabulous product is the recent compliment that I received from my hairdresser who commended on what great condition my hair was in (usually I get asked when I last got my hair cut as they fight their way through the knots and tangles), this was after I had been using the Lavender and Geranium Conditioner for a few weeks. So I can certify that it also has expert approval!
Lavender & Geranium Conditioner
This lovely conditioner is made by the company 'Faith in Nature'. I bought mine from a shop in Glastonbury but I have since seen them for sale in our Oxfam shop in Derby. The company take a pride in the fact that their products are suitable for vegans and are NOT tested on animals. They are also free from Parabens and SLES which is good news - Lush take note please.
SLS stands for sodium lauryl sulphate and SLES stands for sodium laureth sulphate and these are surfactants which are of a very dubious nature and cause skin irritation but create lots of lovely bubbles. Sadly these are found in many of Lush's bubble products for this very reason. I realise that I am reviewing a conditioner so no bubbles are needed but 'Faith in Nature' avoid both parabens and SLES in ALL their products including shampoos and soaps as well as household cleaning stuff too so they are a great company in that regard.
Their products also contain no artificial preservatives or colours and these are also often a cause of skin irritation so good to avoid if you have skin allergies or very sensitive skin. At the same time they make sure their products are all PH balanced so that they are the same PH as our skin neither too acidic nor too alkali both of which can cause skin problems.
Finally something that goes beyond personal benefits is the fact that all their products are full biodegradable which means that they are broken down naturally in the environment and don not damage our precious environment like so many other bath products and cleaning products do as they make their way back into the water cycle.
WHERE CAN I BUY THEM AND HOW MUCH ARE THEY?
As I said I have seen their products on sale in Oxfam in Derby and in health stores. You can also buy them on line from their own site http://www.faithinnature.co.uk/index.php but I have not done this so can't tell you any more about postage or customer service I am afraid.
I paid about £5 for this conditioner and it is in a plastic recyclable bottle and has 400ml in the bottle. So it is not silly money for a product that is all good stuff and doesn't harm the environment.
This conditioner has been designed as a soothing one for normal to dry hair. It is gentle and restoring for the hair and of course gentle and soothing on the scalp too. The natural aromatherapy oils of geranium and lavender are known to be soothing and relaxing. Geranium is also balancing and helps the scalp balance sebum production and is a natural astringent. The ingredients are chosen to both restore and balance natural sebum production and they are alo a natural antiseptic so hopefully stops any nasty problems developing.
I have had this conditioner a while now and use it along with others. Sadly I didn't buy the shampoo as my hair would have had the full benefit of natural products but I will certainly be buying this and the shampoo too next time.
The bottle is a tall slim one so easy to grip in the bath or shower. The lid sort of raises upwards and then you have a small hole from which the product comes out. It took me a while to work the lid out and for a while I was taking the entire lid off which wasn't so handy but I put my glasses on and studied it one day and found it is actually quite simple once you know how it works.
Once you have achieved opening the lid the smell of the product is quite obviously lavender and really strong but natural, as if you have brushed against a lavender plant. The conditioner is not thick and gloopy like some, it is in fact a bit like pouring cream but not greasy. At first I was a bit disappointed as I quite like thick creamy conditioners but I found that you don't need any more of this thinner product than from a thicker one. It spreads easily into my hair and smells really good.
I leave my conditioner on for a while and lie back in the bath before rinsing off quickly under the shower part. It rinses out really easily and doesn't take an age to get out. The scent doesn't linger long in my hair. I can smell it when drying my hair but I don't know that it lasts more than a day in my hair and I only wash my hair every second day otherwise it gets too dried out.
After drying my hair feels quite soft, not obviously so but my hair isn't soft and shiny anyway. It feels nice when I run my hands through it and it dries nicely too. It doesn't leave my hair heavy and solid feeling and it certainly isn't greasy. I can easily leave my hair two days and if I am not going out anywhere I can do three days and it still looks good. My hair is very dry and the only reason I have to wash it is because it goes into strange directions when I sleep on it after a couple of days.
So all in all I am giving this the thumbs up as it is a great product that does a good job with my hair. If you have normal hair it might be even better for you. I say 'well done' to the company for producing this and I will definitely be going back and buying more of their products. I think the household cleaners might be worth a try.
This is a good quality conditioner full of natural stuff that conditioned my hair well and left it smelling nice. It is also not bad for the environment as everything in there is biodegradable. Suitable for vegans and has not been tested on animals so an all round top product.
If I am honest it isn't the best conditioner I have ever used but it is a long way from being the worst. It is certainly one I would buy again especially as it has no nasty ingredients and is also not bad for the environment either which is something we all ought to be more aware of I think.
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