Cover photo courtesy of purepotions.co.uk
When I saw that Purepotions were looking for people to write a review of their hair and scalp products I was really eager to get in touch with them. The life of a personal trainer can be a pretty sweaty one. During the colder months earlier this year I had terrible trouble with irritation on the scalp.
Teaching classes morning and evening meant the area under my ponytail was accumulating sweat, getting cold when taking clients running, drying, sweating again in the evenings and so on. The skin was so itchy and sore sometimes it was difficult to lay with my head on my pillow comfortably. Repositioning my ponytail throughout the day didn’t make much of a difference.
I also suffer from contact dermatitis on my eyes and mouth occasionally so washing shampoo and conditioner off can really sting when I flare up. I can’t imagine how painful it must be for someone who suffers every day with psoriasis or eczema over their entire body!
About the products
So I was very kindly sent a bottle of the Purepotions hair & scalp natural shampoo and the conditioner as well. The bottle states it is “non-irritating and suitable for dry, itchy, flaky, sensitive scalps” and that is has no SLS, SLES, parabens and perfumes. The shampoo is with chamomile, nettle and chickweed while the conditioner is with calendula, oat and hempseed oil. It also states on both that the products are vegan friendly which is very important to me as I actively choose products that have not been tested on animals.
Now, a few years back I looked in to the negative implications behind using products with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) in and in the end I actually gave up hunting because every product I found had it in and until now just forgot about it and suffered if I’m honest. There were articles circulating like this one from the BBC website stating that detergents such as SLS and SLES, which give our products that foamy lather, can actually cause some nasty skin irritation.
I don’t get on with heavily perfumed products because they make my face hot and irritated. Once, I used a heavily fragranced product which happened to make contact with my face and I had a full blown reaction and swelled up like I’d been stung by a bee.
Any shampoo or shower gel that smells fruity or like food, I hate. I can’t bare to walk around smelling coconut or strawberries all day. My first impression of the smell was a gorgeous essential oil smell, like being at the spa, I could really pick out the lemongrass smell. It also reminded me a tiny bit of Christmas and I believe this may be due to it containing clove oil.
The shampoo and conditioner contains organic ingredients and can even be used by babies from 6 weeks of age. As there are no harsh, foam-inducing chemicals, the foam is much more gentle than the usual bubbly shampoos in the shops. The bottle mentions that the shampoo will not be quite so bubbly and to expect less glide with the conditioner due to a lack of harsh, synthetic ingredients. I didn’t find this the case though?! Maybe I used too much but the lather was nothing much less than I’m used to! I just went with the same amount I use in any other shampoo. However, saying that, I have been using a concentrated shampoo by Forever Aloe of late, which doesn’t create a tonne of bubbles either. So perhaps it would have felt less bubbly had I been using a high street product for the last few months.
I used it straight after teaching aerobics so my hair was tangled and still wet with sweat. The shampoo did a great job of cleaning it all away which I’m pleased with. The SMELL WAS AWESOME! A huge burst of lemongrass into my bathroom which I absolutely loved. Reminded me of the steam inhalation room at The Lifehouse Spa where I teach some of my classes.
As for the conditioner, the smell was much more subtle. There was slight separation of the ingredients on first squeeze of the tube/bottle but nothing a quick shake didn’t resolve! It glided through my hair easily and what I liked best was it didn’t leave me feeling like I still had product in my hair after minutes of rinsing, something I normally experience. In fact I actually hate using conditioner sometimes as I just feel like my hair is covered in…stuff. I really dislike that greasy heavy feeling.
I’m not sure why but I was expecting a stingy, menthol sensation which I didn’t receive from either bottles, thankfully. Just a gorgeous, gentle smell that has left my hands sniffable too! My eyes didn’t sting, my skin didn’t sting so an all round winner!
At £18.00 a bottle they’re not the cheapest in terms of shampoo and conditioner. However, I personally prefer to pay for good quality products and go without things such as take away lunches which can amount to the same over a day or two. Especially for a natural, organic, vegan product! Of course you could buy shop’s own brand shampoo and conditioner but they’re not cruelty free and what on earth is in them to make them so cheap?!
I have had issues with more natural shampoo/conditioners AFTER washing. When I teach the following day and I sweat I feel very conscious that I smell like a flea collar (yes, random I know but that’s the smell that sticks up my nose) so I will update this post soon with the after effects of this duo after teaching a sweaty class or two!
I’ll be honest, sometimes I will go 3-4 days without washing my hair as there is simply no point. I teach classes in the morning and again in the evening and then again the following morning and evening etc etc. So if this keeps my hair smelling pleasant during that time and not like a flea collar I will be ecstatic!
I have stopped to sniff my hands more than I could count whilst finishing off this post. I feel the need to shop for a lemongrass candle now!
So I gave it a good couple of days trial and haven’t washed my hair between sessions. I’m happy to say it remained smelling great actually! I also kept playing with my ponytail because it felt so, damn, sawwwwffftttttt!! Winner. I’ll definitely buy more when I’ve run out!