Name: Shampoo Addolcente Camomilla
Brand: Antica Erboristeria
From Antica Erboristeria’s website:
The actives in chamomile soften and protect delicate hair, giving it volume, enhancing its colour, and illuminating it with a warm golden tint.
What I liked:
– nice consistency, neither too thick nor too thin
– foams nicely
– cleanses hair well and gently
– leaves hair soft
– doesn’t irritate skin
– pleasant chamomile scent
– the packaging
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t leave oily hair clean for long
– chamomile is present only in trace amounts so it won’t enhance and illuminate your hair colour
– didn’t volumize my flat hair
– if you allergic to chamomile and other plants in the daisy family, you should stay away from it
I usually get bored of using the same shampoo after a year, but I Provenzali Shampoo All’Erba Cappuccina satuisfied my hair needs for a staggering two. That must be a record for me. Eventually, though, I got tired of that too, and so I ditched it for Antica Erboristeria Shampoo Addolcente Camomilla, a shampoo for delicate hair.
Now, my hair is not particularly delicate, but still, using it can’t hurt, can it? Plus, it was one of the cheapest shampoos in the shop. And you know me, I always love a bargain. Oh, and the scent! You can faintly smell it even before you open the bottle. When you do, your nose is hit by the pleasant, delicate but persistent scent of chamomile.
Chamomile makes your hair smell nice
Although it’s chamomile that gives the shampoo its name, it doesn’t really do much more than making your hair smell nice for hours here. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, but the amount in this shampoo is very small (it’s the penultimate ingredient listed on the label) so its effects are very limited.
Chamomile can’t colour hair
Chamomile also won’t really give a radiant warm golden tint to your hair. While chamomile, as anyone who crushed the cute flowers between their fingers know, can leave a yellow stain, it’s unlikely that the extract in the shampoo comes from the right part of the plant. Even if it did, you’d need a ton of it to stain hair, and it would work only on light or blonde hair. Dark hair needs to be bleached before it can be lightened.
Chamomile can cause allergies
However, the trace amount of chamomile used in the formula may be enough to trigger an allergic reaction in people allergic to plants in the daisy family. I’ve read some reviews of this shampoo before buying it, and a couple of girls mentioned how the shampoo had irritated their skin. They blamed the “harsh chemical surfactants” but it is more likely that it was either chamomile, or the fragrance, that caused the negative reaction. So if you’re sensitive to these ingredients, beware.
Cleanses skin gently
Just because chamomile doesn’t live up to all its expectations, it doesn’t mean that the shampoo sucks. On the contrary, the shampoo cleanses hair effectively but gently, thanks to a delicate blend of surfactants that include Sodium Laureth Sulfate (not to be confused with its harsher sister Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate. PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, instead, is a surfactant with conditioning properties. It gives shampoos a light and emollient feel, and leaves skin and hair feeling soft.
Antica Erboristeria Shampoo Addolcente Camomilla is white in colour and has a not-too-thin but not thick either consistency that lathers up nicely. It cleanses hair, leaving it clean, soft (but not so soft that you can skip conditioner, although that’s a step you shouldn’t skip anyway) and smelling gorgeous. Unfortunately, it doesn’t keep my oily hair clean as long as I hoped. After a day, I have to wash it again. And it didn’t give me much volume either, but then I have very fine and flat hair that’s very hard to volumize. If your hair doesn’t hate volume as much as mine does, you might get better results.
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Distearate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Laureth-4, Parfum, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Niacinamide, Polyquaternium-10, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Glycerin, Limonene, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Bisabolol
Available at: Italian supermarkets and drugstores
Antica Erboristeria Shampoo Addolcente Camomilla has a lovely, not-too-thin but not-too-thick consistency that foams nicely and leaves hair clean, soft and smelling gorgeous. However, it didn’t volumize my flat hair, and it didn’t add a warm golden tint to it either. Although the shampoo is gentle and non-irritating, the chamomile in it could cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to plants in the daisy family.