Being someone who is extremely concerned about the environment, and the future preservation of our world and our health within it, I enjoy purchasing products from companies which have these concerns at the forefront of their minds.
Lavera Rose Milk Repairing Hair Conditioner is a product made to treat dry hair by a German company who specialise in the manufacture of paraben free natural make up and toiletries.
Started in 1987 by a German gentleman called Thomas Haase, who had a personal battle with a rare skin disease called neurodermatitis, a form of eczema. This, together with his interest and passion in organic and natural living, meant he began his journey into a new career. Firstly in the ownership and running of a organic food shop in Germany, and then by growing herbs and plants he started to realise that he could make natural cosmetics. He began first with a natural lip balm he made and tested on himself on a holiday he took in Denmark.
This led to the formation of the company Lavera, which now employs over 240 people in Hannover. Lavera is a word which in Latin means "The Truth".
Everything made by the company is organic, free from all synthetic perfumes, colours, preservatives, and is only tested on volunteers, not animals, and their products are also monitored by skin specialists too.
The website is careful to explain only what is known about the dangers of parabens and other chemicals in toiletries, and does not make claims which cannot be backed up with evidence. I particularly like their summary in relation to recent articles on parabens and their possible relationship to breast cancer, they say "They are known to have oestrogenic effects in the body and are under discussion whether they influence breast cancer" This is exactly the case as so far there is not enough evidence, but as these chemicals are banned in Norway, Japan and several other countries I feel it may be prudent to look at products we use which are absorbed by the skin. With shampoos and conditioners, which are rinsed off quickly, this, may not be as important as face creams, body lotions and sun creams.
You can purchase direct form the UK website at www.lavera.co.uk or at any store which sells ethical products.
I purchased the rose milk conditioner from Ethical Superstore www.ethicalsuperstore.co.uk and the price I paid was £6.50 for 100mls. This is expensive and at the upper end of what I would normally have paid, but I have only been buying this since using Lush Shampoo bars, which actually work out cheaper than buying shampoo. Furthermore this product is something I only use twice a week, as it is more of a hair treatment than a conditioner, as I will explain in a moment.
The box it is packaged in is very pretty indeed being granny smith apple green with pastel pink roses, and the lovely sunflower logo tells me it is vegan. Inside the box is a tube which is again in a lovely shade of green with roses. The product has a flip top lid allowing easy dispensing.
Packed full of rose, macadamia and avocado oils this is a thick creamy lotion which smells absolutely gorgeous -just like the centre of a rose in a summer garden. I can't fault the scent it is perfect.
To use you simply apply to wet hair after shampooing, leave for a moment or two after working it through, and then rinse well.
The product is intensely moisturising. I only need to use this twice a week as I would really describe this more as a hair treatment as it is nourishing, and overuse leads to greasy residue, and is not recommended. I did experience this at first as I used it daily for a few days and my hair seemed to be veering over to greasy, which is unheard of for me as I have a mop of long coloured and highlighted hair which is dryer than most.
This is a really feminine product which I adore using. It makes my hair easy to comb through and it shines after drying and looks moisturised. It actually works out to be economical because although the price tag seems hefty it lasts for ages as you really only need to use a tiny little amount, I find a little 2p size application more than adequate to fully condition the hair. More than that and you risk the greasy build up you get with daily use which I wouldn't recommend.
Interestingly they do also produce a hair treatment in rose; I haven't tried this but can only assume it is even more conditioning than this, which as I say can't be used daily, not on my hair anyway. You can also choose to purchase the matching shampoo, which I haven't tried as I am so committed to the Lush bars now I haven't used a shampoo in ages.
The final bonus of using this product is that your hair smells of rose petals. My husband loves the scent and so do I because it lasts all day. It would make a beautiful present for someone as the box is so beautiful, and would be perfect for anyone who is a vegan-a way of life followed by my daughter.
The company also make other hair products including a mango range, as well as some lovely sounding shampoos including apple, lemon, cornflower and almond. They also make a range of paraben free sun creams which I am going to try on my forthcoming holiday.
So in conclusion I would say this is a good product which some great attributes. Initial outlay is sizeable, but the longevity justifies the expense, and the results are excellent as long as you use it sparingly and with less frequency than conventional conditioner.
For stressed & dry hair /