Product Type: Organix hair care products
Newest Review: ... this as a treat for my hair when I am off work and have the time to pamper myself a bit more. On Organix's product page of organixhair... more
Pricey But Pretty Good
Organix Morocon Oil Shampoo
Member Name: missrarr
Organix Morocon Oil Shampoo
Advantages: Effective without drying or stripping hair; great prep for conditioner
Disadvantages: Price, and packaging isn't particularly well thought out
This isn't the first time in recent months that I have mentioned feeling pretty low and I doubt it will be the last. But, at risk of sounding repetitive, I shall try to keep it to a minimum.
Put simply, it started last year. Have I proved that old saying about love making you fat? No, but I think I've gone some way to supporting the reason for the listed side effects of the contraceptive pill causing weight gain. So there's one pretty hefty blow to the old self confidence right there. Thing is, it isn't just that. Add rubbish hair: a combination of trying desperately to save money, fear of being glared at condescendingly by the guy with the broom at the best salons Covent Garden have to offer and being scared off of hairdressers in the Midlands for life by the last one I visited means the old locks are way overdue some sort of attention. Then there's the stress: being hugely unhappy with work and constantly exhausted owing to a huge commute (cause or effect of the previous statement, or both?) has left me looking pretty ropey, with dull, tired skin.
In short, I look naff. I am well aware of it. This started last summer and now, in March the following year, I am still feeling thoroughly rubbish about myself and beating myself up about it all the time too, which isn't helping and isn't fair on my poor other half either. So, with a week off ahead, I sit here typing this with every intention of a) doing what I can to make myself feel better and look better and b) not stressing about the stuff I can't control.
And if you can't start with good hair, I don't know where you can.
***ORGANIX RENEWING MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL SHAMPOO***
I've been interested in using hair oils for a while now, since the craze for Moroccan Oil hit last year. I'd always wanted to try the Organix range that included the ingredient, but was put off by their hefty price tag (£6.99 for shampoo or conditioner). But there they sat, whenever I was in Waitrose or Superdrug or Boots, taunting me with their smooth, professional looking blue bottles.
In January, during a particular low point, I decided to treat myself to retail therapy. I was determined I WOULD buy something just for the sod of it and feel better as a consequence. But I have lost the Girl Gene along with my self respect and cannot go clothes shopping any more, because I happen to have come to hate it. What I did go home with, however, was bags and bags of cosmetics, as Boots were still hitting the post-Christmas offers hard. Amongst those things on offer (although I can't recall the promotion right now) were the beautiful, distinctive blue bottles of Organix Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner. To hell with it - in the basket with you.
I then left them on a shelf scared to open such expensive items, feeling bad for buying them, and afraid of disappointment after all this time.
Then I told myself to stop being a berk and to try them. I do not use these products every day - at the cost and the bottle size it would be prohibitive, equally I like to use these together because if I'm going to invest 2p shy of £14 then I might as well follow what we are always told, use them with their accompanying conditioner (for once). The conditioner is best used when you leave it in for five minutes, so subsequently I only use this as a treat for my hair when I am off work and have the time to pamper myself a bit more.
On Organix's product page of organixhair.com, we are offered the chance to "indulge the senses with this precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening. This renewing formula is free of sulfates and parabens, and is safe for colour-treated hair. Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo will restore moisture to dry hair, protect from styling heat and UV damage while creating soft, seductive silky perfection."
It is part of a range which offers a Conditioner, Penetrating Oil, Intensive Treatment, Blow Out Cream, Defining Cream, Extra Penetrating Oil, Light Penetrating Oil, Weightless Healing Oil (can I just assume they mean that literally and apply it to my whole, ever expanding body please?), Sea Salt Spray and Surf Paste (whoa, dude).
It comes in a pretty light blue bottle which is narrow width-wise and quite a wide squat oval from the front, with a muted gold domed top which is also the secure flip lid. To access the product, hold it upside down and squeeze, although I would note that the plastic of the bottle is not as pliable as most shampoo and conditioner product bottles, so if you have any mobility issues with your hands I could see this becoming an issue as you do have to make sure you've shaken the product to the end of the bottle and give it a firm squeeze to dispense as the product runs lower. I do not suffer any such issues, and whilst it is not such a problem (more a minor irritation) with the shampoo, the much thicker conditioner gives me real hassle and I'm only about half way through it, and I do not believe I will be able to access 100% of the product contained within the bottle in either case. Given you only get 385ml in the bottle anyway, that's quite irritating at £6.99. So as packaging goes, 5 stars for style and naff all for substance.
At retail price this is £6.99; at time of writing (late March 2013) Boots have a 3 For 2 offer on the range and Waitrose has a retail offer of £5, however this ends on the 2nd of April. If you can get it at that price I would say it is good value in a world where Herbal Essences, whilst perfectly capable and in more generous size, is available without the expensive addition of Argan oil for almost £4.
***BUT IS IT WORTH BUYING?***
I would say when on offer, yes. If you can get it for less than full whack at £6.99 then this is a very nice shampoo which has high quality ingredients than high street products that are nearing the £5 mark. However, you usually get more of them for your money than you do in this case, so it definitely loses points for affordability and valuing style over practicality and value when it comes to the packaging. However, I would never buy this as a daily shampoo - whilst my hair might thank me for it, my paltry savings towards a dreamed-of smallholding would soon be eradicated and good hair is no replacement for having an ambition in life!
That said, I would only buy this to use in conjunction with the conditioner from the range, to try to maximise the benefits from that particular product. Personally I never shampoo without conditioning, and whilst this is a nice shampoo that leaves my hair ready for conditioning, it is not such a good shampoo that it would negate the requirement of conditioner full stop. So on its own merits, I would not buy this again. However, I have found the conditioner to be very good indeed (I have started leaving it in for a very long time, and when I first did this I was asked that same day if I had had my hair done or recoloured, it looked so healthy), so I may purchase them both again when on offer.
The issue with the packaging is unfortunate; I can see it could be a genuine problem for anyone with reduced mobility issues with their hands, and I think that it is unnecessary vanity for packaging and marketing purposes, although this is a fault of the people marketing the product, not the product itself, so whilst I want to make it very much known, I can't mark the product itself down for it.
So on to the shampoo itself. When dispensed, initially you get a very gel-like, muted yellow goo emerge. Initially it almost holds its gelatinous shape but as soon as it lands on your hand it must react quickly to body temperature because it soon loses that rather unpleasant-looking structure and becomes a smooth pool of product in the palm of your hand, giving it a more semi-opaque and almost glossy appearance.
The scent is neither pleasant nor unpleasant to my mind; it is that same, quite distinctive scent that most Argan oil-based products have, which is not something I mind in particular and I don't find that it lingers on my hair after washing out anyway, so as it is not unpleasant it really doesn't bother me. In fact, whilst Argan oil products might not suit those of you who like continual bursts of fruity fresh scentiness when you shake your hair seductively at the water cooler boy through your working day, I personally like that they have left the product as it is and not tried to fragrance it to make it more universally popular - to me fragrancing a product like this would be unnecessary and would only be another additional cost when it isn't needed. So no problems for me there.
I find that you do not need to use much of this; I have hair that reaches just below my shoulders and is of an average thickness. I suffer from roots that get greasy very quickly and dry, split ends that desperately need that hair cut. I find that one quick squeeze of the bottle produces what eventually becomes a pool that just fills the palm of my slightly cupped hand and this is sufficient to form a good enough crop of bubbles as I massage it through my not-so-luscious locks.
I was naughty today and washed my hair out in the bath rather than the shower before applying the conditioner, and I have to say the amount of muck this removed from my hair, without stripping it, was pretty impressive (I was in London yesterday, and the filth that city leaves on your skin and hair is disgusting). Whilst my hair did not feel moisturised enough to go sans conditioner, it felt thoroughly clean without that weird "squeaky" feeling and felt healthy and not dried out. In short it felt properly prepared for application of conditioner, with no remaining residue of dirt able to block the conditioner from doing its job and yet without stripping my hair of its healthy oils.
Obviously when dry my hair has the added benefit of conditioner but the thing I like about this shampoo is that it prepares your hair to get the maximum benefit from the secondary product; that is a valuable task for a shampoo to do, and this does it without being harsh to the hair. When dried after using these products my hair is shinier, feels stronger, it is not left with any unlikeable fragrance and I have more confidence because of it. Much of that may be down to the conditioner, but if my hair were dried out by inferior shampoo or left with the residue of the previous day then it would not be able to do its job, which would make the cost of the secondary product a waste of money in my book.
Marks down for the price and the amount of product - if I used this daily I would probably run out in less than three weeks, and that's with conservative application. However, it is a very good shampoo and I would rate it higher than "pricey high street" products such as John Freida and Toni & Guy that nudge the same price bracket.
I probably will purchase again in conjunction with the conditioner although I would be tempted, if I come across it, to try the moisturising Moroccan Argan Oil & Shea Butter combination equivalent, as I suspect that would be a very moisturising and slightly superior product because of the combination of such high quality ingredients.
Overall, a very good shampoo let down by its price and packaging vanity.
Summary: A very good shampoo let down by the price tag and packaging