L’Occitane Revitalising fresh shampoo review

Hey guys, 

One of the last steps in my transition to as natural skincare as possible journey involves shampoo and moisturiser but first, shampoo. I’m still searching for a fully organic shampoo that is effective – there are a lot of mixed reviews on the ones I’ve seen so in the meantime, I’ve got this one from L’Occitane because I’m currently using Tresemmé and I’m getting dandruff – I used to use Sunsilk and Garnier which both included Sodium Laureth Sulfate and the whole lot of common unnecessary ingredients.  I got to try out the L’Occitane’s sample for their repairing shampoo (pink label) and I was in love with how long my hair stayed clean and healthy for. However, there was another shampoo called the revitalising fresh shampoo which is ideal for normal to oily hair so I decided to try this one out.

$45AUD for 500ml/16.9 fl.oz

Shelf life: 12 months

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  • Benzyl Salicylate is primarily used as a fragrance additive and has been known to cause dermal irritation (skin irritation).
  • Parfum/fragrance is often the cause of skin irritations and allergies for people with sensitive skin. However, it has also been linked to contributing to future skin issues for not just sensitive skin but normal skin. Just because there’s no obvious signs of damage and irregularities, it’s because this damage shows up at a later date, similar to sun damage. Read more here.
  • Potassium Sorbate considered a low hazard ingredient, it’seffective against fungi, mold and yeast, but less active against bacteria, and therefore not considered a broad spectrum preservative; it needs to be used in conjunction with other preservatives to ensure formulas are totally protected’ [Source]
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate A common ingredient in many shampoos and washes to make them foam.  It has been linked with carcinogenic effects and can irritate skin and eyes. [Source]

DISCLAIMER: All links sourced above are links I found off the internet – by no means am I a skincare and makeup professional so all my judgements are based off these online sources – please correct me if I’m incorrect!

Interesting fact The bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic and is able to be recycled. However, the plastic the bottle is made out of is PET 1 which has been linked to the release of antimony and phthalates under certain conditions – it is recommended to never expose PET 1 containers to heat nor reuse them after the initial use. 

Read more about plastic packaging and what the codes on the undersides mean here.

Overall comments

I didn’t read about the purifying plant based vinegar as well as the ingredient mint so I was confused when my nose started to clear up in a sharp way in the shower – also, I was showering in medium heat water so the steam kept the strong sharp smell in the bathroom.

This shampoo smells like Dettol antibacterial soap (the green one) – I don’t know what the point of parfum/fragrance was because I honestly thought I was washing my hair with dishwashing detergent at first but then associated the smell with Dettol soap.

My hair felt fresh and not artificially coated in silicone or something (dimethicone?)(which is often the case with most shampoos to give the illusion of more silky and revitalised hair). I normally wash my hair every other day but even on the day I was about to wash my hair, my hair was still fresh! Compared to the pink version of this shampoo, there is less of a lingering fragrance.

UPDATE 21/08/17: I have now switched shampoos as this shampoo has led to a worrying amount of dandruff as well as a dry scalp.

As it this shampoo contains sodium laureth sulfate, parfum/fragrance and other unecessary chemicals, I will not be repurchasing unless they change some of their ingredients – this is unfortunate as I really love L’Occitane products! In the meantime, I will be checking out some other brands of natural shampoo.

Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated!



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