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“A penetrating and stimulating oil” is aromatherapist Christine Westwood’s description of rosemary essential oil. According to her book, “Aromatherapy: a guide for home use,” it can be used to combat conditions from baldness and dandruff to Monday-morning feeling. A rosemary shampoo has got be good, then! The best thing about Weleda’s rosemary shampoo is that it makes my dark brown hair strikingly shiny. It doesn’t really make you smell like a leg of lamb, but has a clear fresh rosemary scent which helps wake you up mentally and physically when you use it. One wash is usually enough to leave my hair clean and glossy and I don’t need conditioner afterwards (though Weleda do sell a rosemary conditioner). As well as rosemary essential oil, it also contains rosemary tincture and lavender oil. The latter has countless therapeutic uses. Those which seem particularly relevant to hair products are headaches and baldness; it’s also a very soothing oil, both to the skin and to the nerves. Another aromatherapy book – Principles of Aromatherapy by Cathy Hopkins – recommends both lavender and rosemary for dry hair and normal hair, and rosemary for greasy hair, baldness and dandruff too. My hair is fairly problem-free, so I suppose it would be classed as normal. It does have a lot of nasty London grime to contend with though. Like almost all shampoos, shower gels and similar products, this shampoo contains less beneficial ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, which is known to chemists and complementary health practitioners as a skin irritant! It doesn’t seem to upset my skin, though. It is quite hard to find a shampoo which does not contain this chemical, though I have seen one in the organic supermarket chain Fresh and Wild, in London. I found this shampoo different in consistency to most. It is noticeably runnier, though it still has
much more of a gel-like consistency than a watery one. This isn’t a minus point, it’s just unusual. Another – possibly related - out-of-the-ordinary feature is that the instructions on the bottle actually tell you to shake the bottle before use, presumably to mix the ingredients up. I’ve grown to like the brief shaking ritual every morning during the 4 months or so that I’ve used it. In a strange sort of way it makes me feel like this shampoo is closer to a hand-made herbal concoction than a mass-produced run-of-the-mill product. Of course this is only a rose-tinted illusion, but anything that makes me feel better in the mornings is not to be knocked. My bottle of Weleda rosemary shampoo contains 250ml. It is made from opaque white plastic with a turquoise design. It looks completely different from the picture on this page, but it is the same product! I bought it in Sainsbury’s, where they had it in the new-ish “well-being” aisle with the organic herbal teas and gluten free bread. It can also be ordered online at http://www.weleda.co.uk/index.htm - £3.20 for 250ml. It says on the bottle that Weleda does not test its products on animals. On its website, the company asserts that “At Weleda we either prepare ingredients ourselves from plants which we grow bio-dynamically, or purchase from suppliers who give written confirmation that the substances have not been tested on animals after 1985.” Animal charities such as the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection recommend Weleda toiletries. Want to know more about Weleda? The company was founded in Switzerland in 1921 and opened its first UK base 4 years later. Their philosophy is to promote health and beauty in an eco-friendly way (although their shampoos now come in plastic bottles, this is apparently for safety reasons: glass bottles are not felt to be safe for the bathroom). Homeopathic medicines form a large
propo rtio n of their output. Weleda was a historically documented priestess of healing who lived in modern-day Germany at the beginning of the Christian era. One final point to note for fair-haired Dooyoo-ers: rosemary shampoo probably won’t give such a good shine to blonde hair. It certainly does wonders for mine, though!
The stimulating and revitalising properties of Rosemary and Lavender help condition hair and scalp / Regular use of Weleda Rosemary Shampoo and Conditioner helps the condition of permed, bleached or damaged hair and dry scalp / This robust / invigorating shampoo is perfect for medium to dark hair / Rosemary has been known for centuries for its restorative properties / Particularly known as a circulatory stimulant, in years gone by Rosemary was used as hair rinse for dandruff / So it is an ideal ingredient for dry hair and scalp /