Monday, 28 March 2011

Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo and Moisturising Rinse

RRP: £4.20 for 60ml (each); £12.65/300ml (shampoo); £15.30 (conditioner); all prices from

--What does the promo say?--
"Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo is a moisturizing shampoo for all hair types and is excellent for dry, damaged hair. The Rejuvenating Shampoo gently cleanses the hair while weightlessly replenishing moisture and protecting the hair from environmental elements...Ideal for all hair types, Macadamia Moisturizing Rinse is an every day conditioner that gently nourishes, detangles, moisturises and protects, leaving hair soft, manageable and ready to style. Benefits of the Macadamia range:
- Provides intense nourishment, smoothing and a long lasting, tangle-free, frizz-free finish.
- Hair is ultra-smooth, manageable and shiny.
- Instant absorption and light-weight, non-greasy feel.
- Shown to extend the life of colour treatments by reducing fading.
- Natural UV protection.
- Reduces drying time an amazing 40-50%."

The packaging of these bottles is very unusual with its combination of brown and green as well as its conical shapes. However, on the 60ml size at least, I found the plastic to be very hard to squeeze on the conditioner bottle, so I'm not sure how easy these would be to handle long-term; I can see how after a while this might get on your nerves or lead to some of the product being wasted because you can't get it out of the bottle. It stands up well in the shower, though, with no risk of it wobbling or being difficult to balance.

You are supposed to only use a small amount of each of these, working them through wet hair before rinsing out. However, this was difficult to do, as no matter how much or little I used, and no matter how thoroughly I tried to wash it out, it seemed that these products were near impossible to rinse.

An off-white almost shea butter type of colour. However, this probably comes from the macadamia oil or the oil from the linseed or wheat germ that is also in these products. Fits in well with the image the company is trying to project.

A very pleasant sweet smell which is simultaneously very natural and in keeping with the product's image; a nutty, slightly sugary smell which is occasionally reminiscent of pear drops. Curiously, the lavender oil present in the product is undetectable.

--Texture and consistency--
The shampoo is smooth, runny and glossy, lathering well through the hair. The conditioner is whiter and lumpier, holding its shape well in the hand, but smoothing well through the hair all the same. They are both, nevertheless, perhaps in spite of their initial appearances, tricky to wash out.

--Effects on the hair--
As perhaps anticipated, the consequence of this difficulty in washing the products out of the hair is that my hair felt weighed down and almost greasier than before. I had one glimmer of hope when I got out of bed one morning having washed my hair with the stuff the previous day, as my hair did seem lighter and silkier at this stage, but this was all soon shattered when I passed a hairbrush through my hair, which restored it to its dull and weighed-down state. It therefore goes without saying that I experienced none of the benefits outlined in the promotional material, including any reduction in drying time. I also tried the shampoo with a different conditioner in case it was the moisturising rinse that was causing the heaviness, but to no avail. 

--Value for money--
In short, I would expect so much more than this for the money paid (even if in this case I didn't have to pay), in terms of results (see above) and quality of ingredients (this contains a few industry nasties including SLS (which reportedly has carcinogenic qualities) and disodium EDTA (a persistent organic pollutant). For this price, one should probably go instead to upmarket brands such as Aveda, or to established 'hairdresser' brands such as Bumble & Bumble or Rene Furterer, in order to get a better finish. In any case, there's no need to pay this much even then: lower-priced brands such as Aussie also provide impressive results for a fraction of the price. In future, I would perhaps buy the infused comb or brush, which are innovative and give you all the macadamia oil's alleged benefits in a lighter layer without breaking the bank. But keep your eyes peeled: the Macadamia Natural Oil leave-in conditioner (to be reviewed here soon) is much more impressive.

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Healing Oil Treatment, from £4.90/10ml
Deep Repair Masque, from £20.99/250ml
Nourishing Leave-In Cream, £15.95/300ml
Healing Oil Infused Comb, £6.40
Healing Oil Spray, from £12.70/60ml
Oil Infused Brush, £15.95

1 comment:

Lauren Jackson said...

I love the packaging, but don't think i wil be purchasing the shampoo. You're right, you can get shampoo that is better value for money and does exactly the same.