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Having recently tried out another conditioner from the Naked line and having been rather impressed I wanted to have another foray into the Naked line! Strictly speaking I did not need another conditioner and I was still loving the other Naked conditioner but curiosity overcame me in the aisles of Boots and I picked up this conditioner which was intended for sensitive scalps.
--Overview of the Product and its Claims--
Naked is a brand whose ethos revolves using natural ingredients to tame hair rather than petrochemicals and their associated build up. This particular conditioner boasts 97% natural ingredients and contains no parfum or silicones and is formulated with those who have troublesome irritated scalps in mind. Even though ingredients like silicones are not necessarily bad for the hair they can cause build up and cause hair to break and split over time. I have very coarse hair with loose curls and I have found that my hair simply can't handle silicones that well. Furthermore, having very dry loose curls I need all the moisture I can get which harsh sulphates can strip from hair.
I was intrigued by the claim that this conditioner could prevent a dry, itchy, irritated scalp. My scalp is sensitive and is often blotchy and red, I had resigned myself to this as I had not seen any products that would help counteract this. The only preventative measure I had taken was to regularly oil my scalp with coconut oil as this does help with the dryness and does help ease the redness but is definitely not a panacea. I was heartened to see this product could solve the problem of my troublesome scalp!
This conditioner is gentle enough to use from root to tip and will not give you greasy roots. After shampooing simply apply the conditioner coating all the strands and massage in, leave for 2 minutes and then rinse out. Even though this conditioner is parfum free you can still smell a light herbal aroma which is rather therapeutic especially as you massage it in! The conditioner itself is light and creamy is easy to work into the hair and scalp and comes in a functional tube.
I think this conditioner is great and it lives up to its promises. Not only does it leave my coarse hair glossy and manageable but it also soothes my sensitive scalp. I have noticed a marked difference in my scalp, it is no longer red and irritated but is actually normal something which I thought would never happen!
I like to alternate this with my other Naked conditioner when I feel like my scalp needs a little care and attention. It is a pleasure to use and I really notice the difference from my other silicone filled hair products. Before using Naked products it was always in question what my hair would look like once I had dried it due to the formulation of the product and the product build up. Using Naked products on my hair I don't have to worry as they do not contain silicones so I don't have to worry about build up and I can be confident that my hair will look great every time I dry it!
This conditioner has vindicated my belief in the Naked line as it is a high quality product which is gentle on the hair. It is also a very affordable product - you can pick it up at Boots for £4.19 (price correct at time of writing). I have switched all of my hair products over to the Naked range and I feel that my hair and scalp is much better for it! It is also very hard to find conditioners without silicones which is what makes the Naked range truly different and innovative compared to other brands.
I've been wanting to try the 'Naked' range of body care products for a while. They're free of parabens, SLS and petrochemicals, but aren't hugely expensive or difficult to find like some 'organic'/'natural' products; Boots sells them, for instance.
Unfortunately, I have to use medicated shampoo to keep my scalp healthy, which limits my choice of shampoo quite extensively. Naked have a shampoo designed for 'sensitive scalps', but I've used similarly labelled products before with no luck; I need shampoos with active ingredients like salicylic acid or zinc pyrithione, and I think it's a bit of a cheek for shampoos without these constituents (or an equivalent) to claim to treat itchy, flaky scalps, because they don't. Anyway, Naked don't seem to do a medicated shampoo at the moment, and I have a lot of shower gel/body wash to get through before I need to buy more. I did need conditioner though, so I thought it was an ideal opportunity to try the range. I chose the one aimed at sensitive scalps, even though I don't apply conditioner to my roots usually.
It is thought by a growing minority of people that petrochemicals (such as paraffin), parabens (naturally derived preservatives that may mimic oestrogen in the body) and sodium laureth sulphate (a foaming agent) are best avoided in cosmetics and toiletries, because they can either get into the bloodstream or cause irritation on the surface of the skin. I'm not sure what I think but I am trying to move gradually towards products avoiding the ingredients, especially as more companies are jumping on the bandwagon and producing them at reasonable prices. I suppose conditioner is the least important product to focus upon, because the shaft of the hair is not living, and I don't use it on my scalp, but some people do, and some people also like to wash their hair with only conditioner these days, too. I don't think this particular conditioner contains a foaming agent (most contain a bit of SLS) so it may be slightly less easy to use it for that purpose.
The Naked conditioner has less of an impact on the environment than products containing the paraben, SLS etc type ingredients (as they will get into the water system after use), and that has to be a good thing.
The conditioner is presented in a tube with a flip top lid at the bottom, which is good because it means gravity helps you get the product out of the container! It's a beige colour opaque tube, with the 'Naked' logo. It doesn't look especially pretty but packaging isn't my main priority.
The usage directions:
After washing with Naked Care shampoo, squeeze out excess water. Massage plenty of conditioner evenly through your hair. Combing through will give even better results. Leave for a minute then rinse away. And don't forget to swish.
I didn't bother combing the conditioner through. On one occasion I left it for a few minutes, but I think that may have left my hair slightly sticky, so just leaving it for one minute is the ideal course of action. The conditioner is white and fairly thick. It smells quite unusual to me, but very nicely so. I think it reminded me slightly of 4711, but I can be quite inaccurate about what perfumes I'm detecting, at times! I think the main smell might be from the neroli oil. Whatever it is, it's very clean and intoxicating. Sadly, the fragrance doesn't last on my hair noticeably.
After my hair was dried it was left nice, smooth, shiny and soft by the conditioner. I felt it was a bit more tangly than it may be after using conventional conditioner, but only a bit.
I would recommend this conditioner. It's £3.99 for 250ml, which is a bit expensive; I think quite cheap conditioners can do a good job, but this has the benefit of avoiding controversial ingredients, and it does smell lovely. Sometimes Boots have a 2 for £6 deal on the Naked haircare range, which makes it a bit more affordable. I only wish the lovely fragrance lasted on my hair!
Naked body care is the brainchild of mother of two Louise Potts who found it difficult to find affordable toiletries free from chemical culprits that she could use on her sons delicate skin. Now found in larger Boots stores her products are 97% natural and with the new sensitive range available Naked has even less of a reason to irritate your skin!
I have been using the Naked range for a couple of years now and I must say that the sensitive conditioner is the best yet! I don't have particularly sensitive skin, and picked up this conditioner just for a change because it was new to the Naked range. But it really does rival any leading brand in terms of shine and manageability. My hair is wavy and this lovely conditioner helps keep any frizz at bay! Use with the sensitive shampoo for full effect though! Plus like all Naked products it smells great too!
Product Name: Naked Bodycare Mildness Unadorned Sensitive Conditioner
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Price: £3.99 (250ml from nakedbodycare.com or in larger Boots stores)
About the company: Naked Bodycare provide products that are 97% natural. (The other 3% include chemicals to stabilise and preserve the products.) They are paraben, SLS and petrochemical free which is good for us, and they are biodegradable so good for the environment too! The website is also really good - friendly, informative and easy to use.
A little more about...
Parabens - Used for their bacterial properties, but often irritate those with sensitive skin and reports from the USA have linked parabens to breast cancer.
Petrochemicals - Used as they can smooth skin or hair but can "sit" on the skins surface causing blocked pores or lank hair.
SLS - Sodium Laureth / Lauryl Sulfate EXTREMELY popular in shampoos, body washes etc as they create the lather. But, they dry out the skin and hair and can irritate skin conditions because it is a very harsh product that strips the skin and hair of its natural protection, it can also remove or alter the colour of your hair if it is coloured.
Product Description: (It's a long one!) If you are a sensitive soul, Naked Care products are so naturally meek and mild they are suitable for the whole family from babies to grown ups. With deliciously smelling Neroli oil to soothe and calm the dryest of scalps. If you suffer from sensitive scalp, some products can be like a red rag to a bull. But Naked Care is formulated to avoid aggravating itchy, inflamed or scaly scalp. Cotton Seed extract reduces the appearance of irritated skin and strengthens hair. Brassica and Olive oils lightly condition all hair types so this meek and mild formulation should leave hair soft, manageable and pleasantly fragranced.
Aqua, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Gossypium hebaceum ( cotton ) seed extract, Olea europara ( olive ) fruit oil, Citrus aurantium ( neroli ) oil, Aspartic acid, Citric acid, Chlorphenesin, Linalool.
The product is packaged in a squeeze tube with a flip cap at the bottom - I find this a good feature as the product remains in the bottom of the tube near the applicator so that the amount of product used is controlled. All the packaging is fully recyclable too! The tube is of simple design with the Naked logo and product description on the front. On the reverse, there is a lot of useful information with cute images and my favourite part - instead of the usual "Dermatologically tested" or "Not tested on animals" we get - "We don't believe in testing our ingredients of Bambie, Lassie or Skippy"! How cute! It is the little things like this that give the company a friendly, down to earth feel.
The conditioner itself is a really think white cream and has a lovely floral scent I just cannot put my finger on! It is strong but not overpowering and really relaxing.
Usage directions: After washing with Naked Care shampoo, squeeze out excess water. Massage plenty of conditioner evenly through your hair. Combing through will give even better results. Leave for a minute then rinse away. And don't forget to swish.
I find that I use considerably more of this conditioner than with my regular ones e.g. Garnier Nutrisse, because it doesn't lather up as much (due to the lack of SLS); therefore, I shall probably find myself getting through this bottle faster. However, it does feel like a real luxury product as it is so thick and creamy. I only apply it to the ends of my hair (from my ears down!) and leave it on for around 3 minutes. I must admit, the first time I used it I had a problem because when I was rinsing it off, I didn't account for the fact it was so much thicker in consistency. As my hair was drying, I ran my fingers through it and it was awful! Coated in the conditioner still! So I re-rinsed my hair and it was much better! I have been using it for about a month now and haven't had this problem again as I just spend more time rinsing!
This product keeps my hair soft enough, but doesn't make it any softer or shinier than it usually is; however, I understand that if people have sensitive skin it is important for them to find a kind and gentle conditioner.
Would I repurchase/recommend and why?: I liked this company and the product, it wasn't amazing but worked just fine and I think it is a really great price. My favourite thing is its great ethical features - vegetarian and vegan friendly, fully biodegradable, ingredients only from sustainable sources AND committed to paying a fair price for ingredients only found in economically disadvantaged countries.
EDIT: I did a little bit of calculating and one 250ml tube will last me 22 washes, whereas my Boots Coconut Conditioner lasts me 29 washes per 250ml.