A couple of weeks ago, Natural Essentials sent me a gorgeous basket with different kinds of hair care products to try. Natural Essentials does not test, nor will it ever test, any of its products on animals, which improves the brand’s reputation for selling “natural” products.
You can use Natural Essentials products on colored, permed, or keratin treated hair, which I find important because I colored my hair and used keratin straightening treatment in the past. Without this knowledge, I wouldn’t be able to fairly review these products.
Natural Essentials sent me their Nourishing Shampoo, Nourishing Conditioner, and their Healing and Strengthening dry oils. The Natural Essentials line prides itself on creating sulfate and paraben-free shampoo. Theoretically, the absence of these chemicals should help a great deal because it eliminates the drying agents from the shampoo. Although this shampoo should improve your hair, don’t except an instant hair repair miracle.
→ Buy the Natural Essentials Nourishing Shampoo, $5.99, at select Walgreens locations.
After using the shampoo and conditioner for a couple weeks, I would not recommend them nor would I repurchase the shampoo or conditioner. Although the shampoo and conditioner cost just $5.99 each, I don’t think the products produce the results Natural Essentials claims they will produce.
The company claims its mango, exotic oil, coconut, and acai blend “leaves hair clean, soft and healthy-looking,” but my hair didn’t agree with that statement. The products did not moisturize my hair at all, and I had to use a leave in conditioner every time I used these two products. Other than for its cheap price, I wouldn’t recommend anyone try this product.
However, I felt a better connection with the two dry oils the company sent me. One oil – the Strengthening Dry Oil – improves normal to dry hair while the second oil – the Healing Dry Oil – improves dry to damaged hair. I liked them both.
→ Buy the Natural Essentials Strengthening Dry Oil, $9.99, at walgreens.com.
Although I didn’t notice a major difference between the two products, both got rid of frizz and helped my hair feel a bit softer and more manageable, both after I towel dried my hair and while I styled my hair with a round brush. For $9.99, I would have this product around if I ran out of my high-end oil, but I wouldn’t go buy it unless I needed a solution right away.
Disclosure: Review samples of Natural Essentials hair products were provided by Natural Essentials; no compensation was received in exchange for this review. All opinions are the writer's own.
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.