Product Review: Naturalmente SA

Recently I have come across Naturalmente. It was recommended to me by a friend. They produce Organic, Vegan products from adult cosmetics to Baby friendly products as well as products for your home. Naturalmente is imported to South Africa by Gentle Approach.

Now I’m sure you might want to know what a Organic, Vegan products are?

I was wondering the same thing – I found a great article on it, please go have a look at Logical Harmony.

“A product that is vegan does not contain any animal ingredients or animal derived ingredients. This includes, but is not limited to, honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, and many others. To many the term “vegan” also means that a product is free from animal testing as well. Because the term is not regulated, it is often used to simply note that a product does not contain animal ingredients. Items that are tested on animals can claim to be “vegan”. – Tashina Combs

At Naturalmente they believe that the vast biodiversity of nature offers us everything we need for our health, beauty and wellbeing.  That’s why all Naturalmente’s organic and biodynamic products are formulated using botanical ingredients like flowers, roots, seeds, oils, fruits, spices and resins that have been sourced from their country of origin and are free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Naturalmente is very aware that this planet is the only home we have, and share a desire to encourage an environmentally sustainable way of living. This is why they do not use any petrochemicals, animal substances, synthetic perfumes, sodium lauryl sulphates or parabens in our products.

Instead Naturalmente carefully consider the environmental impact of every aspect of our business, from planting to harvesting, and processing to packing.

I have been using 4 of their products, 2 Shampoos and 2 Conditioners – Yes Conditioners.

I have NEVER liked using conditioner even before my dreads – is makes my hair oily and it falls flat. AND! It is Impossible to wash out of my hair?! I mean seriously conditioner even makes the shower floor slippery  and when your in the bath it gets over your skin– I have just never been a fan..

I have however realised that there is a very fine line of moisture that needs to be kept within my hair (dreadlocks) to prevent weak spots and dreads just breaking. So I gave the conditioners a go, applying them to my actual dreads….  You will have to read down further to see what I have to say about that!

Here are the 4 products I used

  1. Fennel & geranium shampoo
  2. Rosemary & lavender shampoo
  3. Fruit acids conditioner
  4. Yoghurt & millet conditioner


Fennel & geranium shampoo

(Organic – Vegan)

A normalising, moisturising shampoo that hydrates hair and scalp. Will assist with balancing hyperhidrosis (sweating of the scalp). Good for dry and chemically treated hair as well as inflamed, flaky and dry scalp. Perfect as a second wash after a cleansing shampoo, although it can also be used for two washes.

I love this shampoo – it has actually become my little secret indulgence – I do not enjoy making my head wet – I just don’t like it! But I love washing my hair with this!

The smell is so nice – really amazing. I was amazed by how little shampoo I actually needed to wash my hair. Usually with the dreadlocks it’s hard to get my hair to foam.

– And just so that you know, having a shampoo that foams intensely does not mean it is a good product – most companies add a foaming agent to shampoos that has absolutely no benefit for you hair.-

Anyway – Now that you know that – This shampoo did a pretty good job at foaming my fringe and was easily transferrable to the back of my head where my scalp was basically less hairy. The water actually helped cleanse more where most shampoos just wash away with water and I have to reapply.

It does not leave any residue, no oiliness on my scalp and no product build up left behind. And again it smells amazing! It always sounds strange to me when people say things like this – but I really found it refreshing and I actually look forward to washing my hair.

Because I am a runner I obviously sweat allot when I run– it kinda comes with the territory. And due to the fact that my scalp is so exposed it has a tendency to be more exposed to the elements. Making for more dry skin and more sweat build up. Because I cannot brush my hair all that stays behind. This shampoo removes all the build-up so well. It is also very soothing for any irritations that I have on my scalp from traction.

I believe that it is good to know what is in a product – most people don’t even take a second look what they put in their body never mind their hair, but I looked up all the ingredients of this shampoo and what I found was that all the products used are indeed organic.

Ingredients:

Aqua – Water

Zinc coceth sulfate – Ethoxylated Alcohol salts are ingredients used primarily in cleansing products, including bubble baths, bath soaps and shampoos.

Co-camidopropyl betadine – Cocamidopropyl betaine is a mixture of closely related organic compounds derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. CAPB is available as a viscous pale yellow solution and it is used as a surfactant in personal care products

Maris SalDead Sea Salts: The unique waters of the Dead Sea contain 27% of various salts compared to only 3% in normal sea water.  Further, unlike in normal sea water, sodium is not the dominant component in the Dead Sea, rather the Dead Sea contains a more varied mix of magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, and bromides

Foeniculum vulgare Ftuit exstract – extract of the fruit of the fennel

Pelargonium graveolens oil – eranium essential oil is extracted from the plant Pelargonium graveolens of the Geraniaceae family and has a rosier smell than that of its cousin – Pelargonium odorantissimum, which is more the commonly known geranium essential oil and has a more wild “lemon-apple” smell.

Foeniculum vulgare oil – fennel essential oil is extracted from Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce, which is sweet fennel (also known as F. officinale, F. capillaceum and Anethum foeniculum) of the Umbelliferae (Apiaceae) family and is also known as fenkel and Roman fennel.

Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil – A number of ingredients made from sweet oranges, including Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract

Lavandula angustifolia oil – Most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations

Salvia sclarea oil – Clary sage essential oil is extracted from Salvia sclarea of the Labiatae family and is also known as clary, clary wort, muscatel sage, clear eye, see bright and eye bright (but not to be confused with the common herb also called eyebright (Euphrasia).

Panicum miliaceum extract – Millet originally grew in eastern India and was cultivated in China as early as 2500 B.C. where it was regarded as one of the five holy plants. The extract also contains silicic acid that promotes the formation of collagen and elastin while helping to retain moisture.

Amyris balsamifera bark oil – Amyris (Amyris balsamifera) comes from the Rutaceae botanical family. It is also known as West Indian/Indies sandalwood, which originates from the West Indies, specifically in Haiti. The essential oil is used as a base fixative in making perfumes and soaps.It is also added in creams, cosmetics, incense and perfumes for additional fragrance.

Santalum albim oil – Santalum album or Indian sandalwood is a small tropical tree, and is the most commonly known source of sandalwood. It is native to India, Indonesia, and the Malay Archipelago. Sandalwood oil has been widely used in folk medicine for treatment of common colds, bronchitis, skin disorders, heart ailments, general weakness, fever, infection of the urinary tract, inflammation of the mouth and pharynx, liver and gallbladder complaints and other maladies.

Hydrolyzed soy protein – Water soluble protein derived from soy. Strengthens and mends hair fiber. Increases the ability for hair to hold moisture. Adds shine and smoothes hair.

Lactic acid – a popular AHA for cosmetics, is found in several shampoos for aiding in smoothing dry, scaly hair making it more manageable. AHAs are ideal in shampoos because they strip the hair of the dirt, pollutants, and products without stripping the hair’s moisture

Hydroxpropyltrimonium hydrolysed wheat protein – Water soluble protein derived from wheat, it penetrates the cortex of each strand. It strengthens and moisturizes hair, increases it’s ability to receive and maintain moisture.

Decyl glucoside – Decyl Glucoside is a, natural, non-ionic surfactant, ideal for all foaming and cleansing products.  Like Coco Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside is , obtained from renewable raw materials, through a combination of plant based fatty alcohols (coconut c8-16) and glucose (sugar / starch).  Decyl Glucoside is a mild, and gentle, surfactant and because it does not dry the skin it is ideal for the formulation of personal hygiene and toiletry products.  Decyl Glucoside is comparable to the other Alky Polyglucoside Surfactants (Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside (c8-10), Coco Glucoside (c8-16), and Lauryl Glucoside (c12-16)) all being the combination of the glucoside and select fatty alcohols.

Polyquaternium – 10 – Polyquaternium-10 is a white granular powder with a characteristic amine odor. In cosmetics and personal care products, it is used mainly in the formulation of hair care products, lotions and makeup.

Coco-glucoside – This ingredient serves as an excellent foam booster and allows shampoos made with healthier ingredients to generate the lather and bubbles customers enjoy. When used in hair care products, coco glucoside smooths the structure of the hair follicle. Finally, it is a very effective conditioner and emulsifier. The Duhring Chamber Test lists coco glucoside as having the absolute lowest irritation score of all commonly known surfactants. As yet, no negative comments or references have been found regarding the safety or performance of coco glucoside.

Glyceryl Oleate – Glyceryl Oleate, also called, Glyceryl Monooleate, is obtained from naturally occurring oils and fats. It occurs as a clear amber or pale yellow liquid. In cosmetics and personal care products, it is predominantly used in the formulation of lipsticks, eye shadows, makeup bases, and skin care products.

Sodium olivamphoacetate –  is an amphoteric surfactant showing a very mild detergent activity together with good foaming and thickening properties. It is suitable for formulating shampoos, bath foams and for personal care products in general.

Limonene – Limonene is a colorless liquid hydrocarbon classified as a cyclic terpene. The more common d-isomer possesses a strong smell of oranges.

Glycerin – Glycerol is a simple polyol compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is sweet-tasting and non-toxic. The glycerol backbone is found in all lipids known as triglycerides

Linalool – Linalool functions as a fragrance ingredient. Linalool is a naturally occurring fragrance substance produced by a wide variety of plants such as mint, cinnamon, citrus fruits, and birch trees. Linalool can also be produced synthetically.

Citronellol – Citronellol, or dihydrogeraniol, is a natural acyclic monoterpenoid. Both enantiomers occur in nature. -Citronellol, which is found in citronella oils, including Cymbopogon nardus, is the more common isomer

Geraniol – Geraniol is a monoterpenoid and an alcohol. It is the primary part of rose oil, palmarosa oil, and citronella oil. It also occurs in small quantities in geranium, lemon, and many other essential oils.

Linalool – Linalool refers to two enantiomers of a naturally occurring terpene alcohol found in many flowers and spice plants. These have multiple commercial applications, the majority of which are based on its pleasant scent.


Rosemary & lavender shampoo

(Organic – Vegan)

A purifying shampoo that invigorates and cleanses hair and scalp of excessive oil and build-up. A deep cleansing shampoo for thicker and coarse hair types.

I also enjoyed this shampoo – the smell is really relaxing and I wish I could leave it on. Also cleaned my hair very well and left my scalp clean from any residue and sweat. Lavender is commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body and the smell of this shampoo really urges relaxation on.

It is a very strong fragrance at first but it leaves a milder smell on your hair – so you won’t smell like an herb garden when you leave the house. Whilst drying my fringe I could smell the Shampoo very clearly – which was nice.

It left my hair clean, shiny and bouncy that is my fringe of course. My dreads on the other hand smelled lovely with no shampoo build-up caught inside them, they were also shiny.

I would definitely recommend this shampoo.

All the ingredients in this shampoo is similar to the Fennel & geranium shampoo with the difference mainly being the essential oils added in for the different fragrance and attributes.


Yoghurt & millet conditioner

(Organic – Not Vegan, Due to Yogurt as ingredient)

An intense revitalising sealing conditioner that repairs and protects hair structure. Fortified proteins enhance shine and improve manageability. Good for all hair types, including chemically treated, dry or damaged.

As previously stated I have however realised that there is a very fine line of moisture that needs to be kept within my hair (dreadlocks) to prevent weak spots and dreads just breaking. My Friend Ensured me that I can leave this conditioner on and it will still be all good for my Dreads.

So I took a leap of faith and got the first time in 3 years I drenched my little locks in Conditioner – I kept using more and more – this is basically just because where you might have loose hair I have one solid dread and covering the dread takes a lot more conditioner than for you.

It smelled pretty good, I love this conditioner more than the other one – but they both work well. I would wash my hair and then apply the Conditioner gently covering my dreads and my fringe. I left it on and continued my normal routine.

I leave it on as long as I can depending on the time of day or how much in a rush I am. I then rinse it off with normal luke warm water.

I Wish I took before pictures – But I didn’t think it would make such a difference. Where the normal dread had lots of broken-brittle-dull hairs (which is what you would expect from dreadlocks). The conditioner revived the hair so much that they stood up! Like they were almost static – but they weren’t static. Like they were saying – “ HELLO WORLD!”  – Shame poor things, all locked up.

I was really impressed and even now after a few washes they are still so vibrant and shiny – they look happy! If the conditioner did that to my very broken dreaded hair, I cannot even imagine what it would do to normal Semi-healthy hair.

Washing the conditioner out was also very easy – it did not leave any residue and I didn’t have to rinse and repeat a million times to get rid of the conditioner, which was great.

Ingredients:

Aqua – Water

Behenamidopropyl dimrthlamine – In the cosmetic industry, this ingredient serves as a precursor to various other ingredients, mainly solvents, surfactants and skin/hair conditioners. It’s commonly used to create lauryl dimethylamine oxide (common soap ingredient), stearamidopropyl dimethylamine (common hair conditioner ingredient), behenamidopropyl dimethylamine behenate(common anti-static ingredient) and oleamidopropyl dimethylamine (common emulsifier). It can be found in mostly cleansers and hair products like shampoo & condition

Myristyl alcohol – Myristyl Alcohol is a saturated fatty alcohol found in natural oils often used in cosmetics as an emollient and a stabilizer, preventing separation. Myristyl Alcohol smooths the skin and prevents moisture loss.

Cetyl alcohol – Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol and Behenyl Alcohol are white, waxy solids. Isostearyl Alcohol is a clear liquid. Cetyl Alcohol and Stearyl Alcohol are the two major components of Cetearyl Alcohol. These ingredients are all fatty alcohols and that are widely used in cosmetics and personal care products, especially in skin lotions and creams

Panicum miliaceum extract – Millet originally grew in eastern India and was cultivated in China as early as 2500 B.C. where it was regarded as one of the five holy plants. The extract also contains silicic acid that promotes the formation of collagen and elastin while helping to retain moisture.

Yogurt – Yogurt contains tons of vitamins and proteins, so if you are looking for a quick protein treatment it can be used.

Simmondsia chinesis seed oil – Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil and Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Wax, also called Jojoba Oil and Jojoba Wax, are natural ingredients derived from the seeds of the desert shrub, Simmondsia chinensis.

Eucolyptus globulus leaf oil – Eucalyptus oil is a pure essential oil that has practical and industrial uses, as well as healing properties. It comes from a fast-growing evergreen tree native to Australia, with global eucalyptus oil production mainly from Eucalyptus globulus or “Blue Gum.”

Mentha piperita oil– Peppermint oil

Hydrolyzed soy protein – Water soluble protein derived from soy. Strengthens and mends hair fiber. Increases the ability for hair to hold moisture. Adds shine and smoothes hair.

PanthenolPanthenol is mostly used as a humectant, a substance that helps retain moisture, and is primarily used in skin and hair products. Panthenol’s molecular structure allows it to attract moisture from the atmosphere and bind to water molecules. The result? Panthenol helps moisturize hair and skin and stops both from getting dehydrated. In addition, because panthenol also spreads evenly on the surface of the hair strand, it forms a smooth film over hair cuticles that enhances light reflection and makes tresses look shinier and glossier. What’s more, the smooth film also gives hair strands “slip” to discourage nasty knots or tangles. (One big drawback, though, is ingredients that penetrate the hair shaft can sometimes make strands swell and frizz.)

Lactic acid – a popular AHA for cosmetics, is found in several shampoos for aiding in smoothing dry, scaly hair making it more manageable. AHAs are ideal in shampoos because they strip the hair of the dirt, pollutants, and products without stripping the hair’s moisture

Benzyl alcohol – Benzyl alcohol is produced naturally by many plants and is commonly found in fruits and teas. It is also found in a variety of essential oils including jasmine, hyacinth, and ylang-ylang. It is also found in castoreum from the castor sacs of beavers.

Potassioum sobrate – Potassium sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid. It is a white salt that is very soluble in water (58.2% at 20 °C). It is primarily used as a food preservative. Potassium sorbate is effective in a variety of applications including food, wine, and personal-care products. While sorbic acid is naturally occurring in some berries, virtually all of the world’s production of sorbic acid, from which potassium sorbate is derived, is manufactured synthetically.

Soduim benzonate – Sodium benzoate is a substance which has the chemical formula NaC7H5O2. It is a widely used food preservative, with an E number of E211. It is the sodium salt of benzoic acid and exists in this form when dissolved in water. It can be produced by reacting sodium hydroxide with benzoic acid.

Soduim dehydoacetate – Sodium Dehydroacetate is a preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products because of its antimicrobial properties. It appears in a variety of products, including bath, skin care, suntan, sunscreen, fragrance, shaving, hair and nail care products, and eye and facial makeup, because of its ability to kill microorganisms and “prevent their growth and reproduction, thus protecting cosmetics and personal care products from spoilage,” according to CosmeticsInfo.org. Sodium Dehydroacetate is considered to be an effective antimicrobial and preservative even at very low concentrations, as low as .6%, prohibiting the growth of bacterial and fungal microbes, although they do not necessarily kill already developed microbes.

Parfume – Fragrance enhancer

Glycerin – Glycerol is a simple polyol compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is sweet-tasting and non-toxic. The glycerol backbone is found in all lipids known as triglycerides

Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride – Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is an organic compound that is a water-soluble quaternary ammonium derivative of guar gum. It gives conditioning properties to shampoos and after-shampoo hair care products


Fruit acids conditioner

(Organic – Vegan)

A light detangling and moisturising sealing conditioner that hydrates hair and scalp. Good for all hair types, including chemically treated, dry or damaged hair. Hydrates and rebalances pH of hair and scalp. Detangles without weighing hair down and gives hair shine.

I have not used this conditioner as often as the other one, it smells very nice and sweet. I think the fact that is restores the pH balance of the scalp I need to try it more often.

When you have a very exposed scalp I would definitely recommend a product that Hydrates and rebalances pH of hair and scalp. I was a little careful for the detangling part of the conditioner as that is the last thing I would want to happen with my dreads.

I think I would then concentrate mainly on my roots with this one and use the Yoghurt & millet conditioner for the actual dreads.


All in all I’m very happy with the products, and would definitely consider using it forever if I’m able to. You don’t have to use as much of it at a time so it should not run out too fast. I would definitely recommend these products to anyone that has Dreadlocks. Taking care of my dreads are crucial and they won’t just grow back again as fast as normal hair, that is why it is so important to me that they stay pretty and healthy. If they break then it will be a big mission growing them back.

I also love how Naturalmente is all about the environment and taking out planet into consideration. The price of the product I would say is not ridiculous. It is a little more expensive than your normal commercialised products that you can buy in stores. Like I said you know what you’re putting in your hair, its environmentally friendly and smells amazing, much better than most products that I’ve used before, even before my dreadlocks.

Their products are more concentrated than the products you get in store so you do use less than normal shampoos. Also consider that when you are using it.

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