Review: Aromatherapy Associates Balance Shampoo

Aromatherapy Associates Balance Shampoo ★★½
Price: $28.80
Size: 300 ml
About: shampoo which claims to be mild, gentle and suitable for all hair types. Enriched with pure essential oils and packaged in a plastic bottle with pump applicator.
Review: Overall, Balance Shampoo was a let down. It is rather costly like a high end salon product and which promises to deliver healthy, strong tresses and to keep the scalp in good condition. I guess it would be better suited to those without sensitive skin issues because I did experience issues. My hair was soft, smooth and healthy after using the Aromatherapy Associates Balance Shampoo and Conditioner combination, however because I determined that the detergents in the shampoo were upsetting my scalp so much, I had to discontinue its use. Unfortunately, this product was not for me and based on my own personal views, I would only be comfortable suggesting it to people who are keen on the therapeutic benefits of essential oils and don’t mind the distinct fragrance they produce.

The clear, gel-like shampoo has a thick consistency and a very prominent herbal scented aroma with rosemary and ylang-ylang being the two key ingredients. I’m not sure if it’s the sort of smell that appeals to everyone, however I found it quite soothing and relaxing, yet considering it was quite strong initially, the scent eventually faded. I needed to dispense about a 20-cent coin worth of product to massage into my scalp and lengths, which developed into a very light, somewhat creamy lather that left my locks feeling squeaky clean and instantly refreshed. It rinsed completely out of my hair, leaving no oily residue, but I did notice my strands were quite tangled and feeling a little parched afterwards.

I then used the conditioner in the same range, with the combination resulting in shiny, lustrous tresses that ended up feeling adequately nourished. I was really disappointed to discover that the second ingredient listed on the back of the shampoo was SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), which I really didn’t expect to find in an aromatherapy range. I originally assumed the brand supported the use of natural ingredients, considering the company philosophy includes ‘Pure natural and effective’ and especially since it didn’t work into a very foamy lather either. But after using both the shampoo and conditioner several times, I noticed that my scalp had become irritated and itchy, only since introducing these products. This triggered me to check the ingredients list and I know based on past experience, that the SLES in the shampoo was the most likely culprit to cause the scalp aggravation. What a shame, in my opinion that alone, spoils the whole experience for me and I don’t understand the sense in using nasty ingredients in a product that claims to keep the scalp in good condition? It goes to show, if you're concerned and have sensitive skin then always check the ingredients labels despite what the product name suggests.
Purchased: No.
Reviewed by: Melanie Kuziemko, Yeah Yeah Ragger Ragger.