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I'll admit it. I'm a number 1 naked fan as you might see from all my Naked reviews. I think I've tried them all.
This conditioner is a nice product but I'd say better suited to shorter hair than some of the other conditioners i the range. I used to have chin length hair when I started using Naked and now have long hair and I've found it fascinating seeing the difference hair length makes and Naked is the only hair range I've ever used exclusively for long periods of time. It's been 3 years now! I shudder when I have to use other shampoos and conditioners and always regret not bringing my own. I even dislike going to top high street salons which use top of the range products. My hair condition is so much better using this brand.
With long hair now, I wash it less often than before and I also need a deeper conditioning treatment. All of the smells in the range are gorgeous, very natural and a delight to use in the shower. This conditioner is a bit thinner than some of the others from this brand, whilst still being thicker than average across all brands. It goes on well and washes off easily, provides a good level of conditioning without greasiness and also works well as a curl cream. But as mentioned, not quite intense enough for long hair but a great choice for shorter or thinner hair where you need good condition without any greasiness or heaviness.
Naked Detox Balance Fortifying Conditioner
Why did you buy this one?
I read a review on this site about these 'Naked' products which I hadn't previously noticed while ambling around Boots. I was so impressed that I took my Boots vouchers earned from a survey site and decided that I needed to try some of their products. As I need hair stuff more than bath and body products I decided to buy a shampoo and conditioner and see how I liked them.
The Naked company are proud to be against animal testing and on the back of the tube I am informed of this in a slightly different way;
"We don't believe in testing on Bambi, Lassie or Skippy." Presumably other animals are also safe not just these three!
The tube is also fully recyclable as is the lid which is sometimes not the case.
Naked products are free from sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, and petro chemicals. Come on Lush yet another company can manage this so why can't you?
Why did you choose this one?
My hair is very thick, curly and quite course so I need a good conditioner to tame it. I always open lids and have a sniff before buy a product if I can and this one smelled fresh and slightly fruity while others were less interesting smell wise. I looked on the back to see what the benefit of this one were and it said this would give me that 'Extra Swish factor' so I thought that sounded promising.
What in this then?
The ingredients in this conditioner are juniper berry extract; I do enjoy a gin and tonic so that also appealed. Also fennel extracts and I love the aniseed scent of fennel. These two ingredients are believed to protect against free radical damage which we are likely to suffer from because of the pollution in the environment generally.
The other main ingredient included is Brazil nut oil which replenish the natural oils in your hair which can be lost when detoxifying and washing your hair.
When I read the list of ingredients there are some very long named complicated ingredients so i hope I'm not being conned here. Just to make sure I will pick a couple and investigate.
My first ingredient to check is 'butylphenyl methylpropional. Sadly I discover that it is is a synthetic fragrance compound so not natural at all. I quote from this site:
http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_details.php?ingredient_id=1919 "The safety of Butylphenyl Methylpropional has been evaluated by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials Expert Panel (REXPAN). Based on this evaluation, an International Fragrance Association (IFRA) Standard has been established. The IFRA Standard restricts the use of Butylphenyl Methylpropional in fragrances because of potential sensitization."
Another one I will look at is Chlorphenesin which I discover is a preservative and a muscle relaxant so an interesting ingredient but comes with a safety warning as it can cause skin allergies so those with sensitive skins need to be aware once again.
There are other ingredients which I am not sure of buy I think I have made my point.
Actually I have just looked at the front of the tube and noticed 2 Be Naked 97% Natural"
Why do I feel cheated once again?
I go looking for products that are supposed to be natural, not tested on animals and not harmful to me or the environment and every time these questionable ingredients are snuck in. These are not natural they are synthetic so don't say that all ingredients are natural. These ingredients are known to cause skin allergies so really should not be in a product that claims to be natural and safe.
It seems that unless you want to make your own products then these synthetic and often questionably harmful ingredients are going to keep popping up.
Did it condition your hair though?
Yes it smells lovely and is a really thick cream that you really have to squeeze the tube to get it out. You really don't need much at all to feel like you have enough to do the job. I squeeze about a 20p sized blob on to my hand then smooth it through my hair. I then get my nit comb, that's a habit from when I was teaching, and comb it through son all my hair has a good coating. I leave it for a few minutes then rinse it out. My hair feels lovely and soft while rinsing it out. After it has been rinsed out my hair feels well nourished and as soft as it ever gets. It dries easily and feels good, no itchy scalp or anything which sometimes I do get from shampoos and conditioners.
So what do you think then?
This is nice very deep conditioning treatment that does feel nice and makes my hair feel healthy and nourished. I do feel a bit conned though as I thought I had bought an entirely natural product and I have discovered that it does contain a synthetic and potentially irritating ingredient in the form of butylphenyl methylpropional and Chlorphenesin. There are other strange looking ingredients but I think the point is made with just these two not very pleasant ingredients. It does make you wonder whether it is actually possible to buy a really natural product.
So would you buy this again?
It cost me £3.99 for a 250ml tube which is certainly not the cheapest conditioner you can buy. I do quite like it and it does a good job of conditioning my hair and leaves it smelling quite nice afterwards too. Let's put it this way I wouldn't go looking for it again but I wouldn't avoid it either. I think it does a good job but there are lots of other conditioners out there that do just as good a job and cost less.
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