Name: Nettle Shampoo for Oily Hair
Brand: Antica Erboristeria
From the packaging:
Antica Eboristeria has always been studying the properties of the natural ingredients which selects with care.
Ortica contains natural mineral salts which regulate sebum production, Vitamin A, B2 and C that help maintain oily hair’s natural equilibrium. Hair is left shiny and healthy.
What I liked:
– cleanses and degreases oily hair
– the scent
– the packaging
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– not organic
A few months ago, I went to the mall to look for a new shampoo with my boyfriend and he recommended Antica Erboristeria Nettle Shampoo. I’m always a bit weary of his recommendations cos he’s into anything beauty-related, knows nothing about ingredients and usually just suggests that I buy the first cheap thing I see just so that we can get out of the shop real fast.
Since I’ve wanted to try this brand for a long time, I gave in but told him I would have blamed him if the shampoo had turned out to be crap. Luckily for him, it works quite well although the Nettle in it doesn’t do anything.
If you have oily hair, then you know how hard it is to find a shampoo that leaves your hair clean for at least a couple of days and this is just what this one does. It lathers up nicely and once rinsed off, it leaves hair soft and shiny for 2 to 3 days.
It has the perfect consistency, not too thick and not too runny, and is green in color. It has a very nice herbal scent too!
The bottle is dark brown with a green cap and the whole packaging is made with materials that can be recycled.
Antica Erboristeria means Ancient Herbalist shop, so you would expect their products to be completely natural. But that’s not the case: the shampoo also contains synthetic chemicals. This doesn’t bother me because if the ingredients don’t pose any health risks and the product works I don’t see any reasons not to use it. But if you’re into organic products, you would probably want to skip this.
Antica Erboristeria claims it’s the nettle extract (Urtica Dioica Extract) that regulates sebum production. But the truth is there is barely any nettle extract in the shampoo! Urtica Dioica extract is one of the last ingredients on the list and therefore doesn’t do anything for your hair.
The main surfactants (ingredients that cleanse hair and skin by helping water mix with dirt and oil so that they can be washed away) are Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide and Cocamidopropyl Betaine.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate can be derived from coconut oil and is considered an effective and gentle cleansing agent. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine and is one of the most gentle surfactants used in personal care products.
Cocamidopropylamine Oxide is made by reacting coconut oil with Dimethylaminodpropylamine and Hydrogen Peroxide. It cleanses hair, increases foam, and has conditioning properties that increase body, sheer and suppleness.
Overall, I like the shampoo. It cleanses and degreases oily hair, leaving if soft, shiny and smelling gorgeous for a couple of days. However, it doesn’t work the way the company says and it is not an all-natural product.