If you read a lot of beauty blogs, you'll have probably already seen lots of rave reviews on the new Liz Earle Botanical Shine shampoo and conditioners. Having tested these out for the last couple of weeks, I'm giving Liz Earle haircare my double thumbs up too (particularly the shampoo). Feel free to move on if you've read enough!
However, if you haven't yet heard that Liz Earle have launched their first ever haircare products, here's my quick (I always say that) review.
Liz Earle is a brand I base much of my skincare routine on. I started using Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Instant Boost Skin Tonic almost a year ago, and I could never live without them now. When Liz Earle launched their shampoo and conditioners last month (after apparently six years in the making), I had high hopes. My early followers will know I'm very particular when it comes to shampoo and conditioner (hence one of my first posts).
Liz Earle Botanical Shine ShampooFor all hair types
There is only one shampoo in the hair care range. It's designed to be the "Cleanse & Polish" for hair, one shampoo for all hair and scalp types, as well being SLS/SLES-free and silicone-free. There's a lot of marketing around the range being innovative and plant-based blah blah blah, but I won't go into the detail because all I'm (and probably you're) interested in is whether it's nice to use and if it leaves my hair the way I like it afterwards.
You'll have to trust me when I say I've used a lot of SLS-free shampoos on my dry, sensitive scalp. Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo is miles ahead of all of them. The lather is so much more substantial and creamy, and a little goes a long way. No wonder it took six years to develop. With most previous SLS-free shampoos, I'd need to use literally handfuls of shampoo to get the amount of lather needed to cover my long hair.
The smell gets top marks too - it's clean, "botanical" and comforting... it reminds me of those "organic" baby shampoos middle class yummy mummies pick up from Waitrose. I know you know what I mean.
I see now why the range only needs one shampoo. This shampoo gets hair back to its natural, virgin state - it doesn't strip the hair nor does it deposit any oils, waxes and silicones onto the hair shaft or scalp. It makes my hair feel like a child's hair (remember those carefree days of only washing our hair once a week and it still looking clean, soft and silky?). This shampoo is detox for the hair.
This shampoo has done enough for me to say I will definitely repurchase it and permanently replace my favourite shampoo of three years, The Body Shop Ginger Anti-dandruff Shampoo. Yep, that's how much I like it.
The full ingredients of Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo are:
Aqua (water), Sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Sorbitan sesquicaprylate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Sodium methyl isethionate, Lauric acid, Vitellaria paradoxa (shea butter), Pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Citronellyl methylcrotonate, Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, Sodium chloride, Limonene, Sodium cocoyl glycinate, Parfum (fragrance), Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, Xanthan gum, Linalool, Citric acid, Methyl hydrogenated rosinate, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Phytantriol, Methylisothiazolinone, Biosaccharide Gum-1.
Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo costs a surprisingly reasonable £7.50 for 200ml, from the Liz Earle online shop or other stockists.
Liz Earle Botanical Shine ConditionerFor dry or damaged hair
As my hair is long, highlighted and constantly being blow-dried on full blast heat, I have been using the conditioner designed for "dry or damaged hair". There are two other variants of the conditioner, for "normal hair" and for "oily hair".
I would say this conditioner is more like a "balm" than the average conditioner, due to the high concentrations of aloe vera, shea butter and various exotic oils. It doesn't contain silicones, so it won't slip through the hair as easily as other conditioners. But once it's on, it softens and detangles the hair and rinses out cleanly with no product overload. Like the shampoo, there's no temptation to use too much of it because it spreads surprisingly far over wet hair.
If you're looking for a high quality, silicone-free conditioner which feels like a treat to use and leaves the hair soft and fresh-smelling, I'd definitely recommend trying the Liz Earle conditioner for your hair type.
The only downside (for me) of this conditioner is that due to its "balm-y" properties, I find it takes a little longer to blow-dry my hair. While not at all heavy, the natural oils and butters on my hair slow down the water evaporating off, no matter how hard I blast my hair with the hairdryer. I get this with other brands of "natural" conditioners too. Drying my long hair is one of my least liked chores (it's up there with ironing), so it needs to take as little time as possible.
For that reason only, the Liz Earle Botanical Shine conditioner for dry or damaged hair will not completely replace my current favourite shampoo, which is Pantene Aqua Light Lightweight Nourishing Conditioner. It seems crazy to even mention Pantene and Liz Earle in the same sentence, but what can I say? My hair likes what it likes, even if that means replacing fancy botanicals for high-tech, fast-rinse silicones.
The full ingredients of Liz Earle Botanical Shine Conditioner for dry or damaged hair are:
Aqua (water), Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Cetearyl alcohol, Behentrimonium chloride, Glyceryl stearate, Vitellaria paradoxa (shea butter), Calodendrum capense (yangu) seed oil, Pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Crambe maritima (blue seakale) extract, Panthenol, Limonene, Parfum (fragrance), Butylene glycol, Isopropyl alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetrimonium chloride, Linalool, Benzoic acid, Phytantriol, Dehydroacetic acid, Benzyl salicylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium hydroxide, Citric acid.
Liz Earle Botanical Shine Conditioner also costs £7.50 for 200ml, from the Liz Earle online shop or other stockists.
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