Green Product Review: Giovanni Shampoo Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture

I’m a Pantene shampoo and Infusium conditioner person and have tried some of the organic shampoos only to have them turn my hair into something resembling the bottom of a horse’s stall (no, not manure – hay, people).  I can’t comb my hair, it’s dry and sticky, it’s frizzy.  Yuck.

I have somewhat thick but very fine hair with a bit of a wave that I usually straighten.  It’s medium to long and highlighted as well so it’s on the dry side.  With Pantene moisturizing and Infusium conditioner (not the leave in kind), it’s shiny, easy to comb, and lies flat.  I was so excited to try Giovanni because I read great reviews, spoke with someone who said it’s the organic version of Pantene, and it’s relatively affordable.  I’ve been looking for a good organic shampoo and thought the moment had finally arrived.

I decided to try it on myself for over a week, my 2 year old, and my husband who has thick straight shiny hair, not color treated.  I figured I’d give it a thorough sampling among the three of us.  I went with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo because it’s supposed to be moisturizing and make your hair lie flat and be shiny.  I tried it with the matching Giovanni conditioner and when that didn’t work, I paired it with Infusium.  No matter what I tried, the result:  neiiiiiggghhhhhhh!  (or, nay!).  This is my review:

Ingredients:  Aqua (Purified Water) With *Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Valencia Orange) Extract, (Mangifera Indica (Mango) Extract, *Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, *Ginkgo Biloba Extract, *Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, *Salix Alba (Willow Bark), *Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamide Mea, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol Distearate, Amodimethicone, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysulfaine, Decyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disteareth-75 Ipdi,C11-15 Pareth-7, Citric Acid, C12-16 Pareth-9,Glycerin, Trideceth-12, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance With Essential Oils. *Certified Organic By Guaranteed Certification Services.

Cosmetics Database Score:  Estimated at a 5 (not in the Database).  Giovanni shampoos rank 3-5 on the CD.  I looked up the hazardous ingredients and estimate this at a 5.

Potentially Hazardous Ingredients:  Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Grandis (grapefruit seed extract), Disteareth-75 Ipdi, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide Mea

Pros:  this shampoo lathers really well, unlike some organic shampoos.  It smells nice and you don’t need to use much of it.  Gives your hair a lot of body if that’s what you’re after.  My hair shouted out “Holy 80’s Batman!” after using it.  The bottles are pretty.

Cons:  it made my hair sticky at the roots and a total frizz bomb at the ends.  Even if I straightened my hair, it was flyaway and frizzy.  I couldn’t comb my hair after using it and the next morning was even worse.  It made my husband’s brown shiny hair, flat and frizzy and turned our daughter’s hair into a fright wig!  Her hair was so sticky and tangled the next day after washing that I could do nothing with it.  The verdict:  HATED IT.

Notes:  my Pantene ranks a 4 on the Cosmetics Database (granted it contains some of the Dirty Half Dozen of chemicals we’re supposed to avoid, while Giovanni does not), but this would probably rank even higher at a 5.  This may work well on oily hair.

Overall Score (0 being worst, 10 being best):  2

Where to Buy:  Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, online

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