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Review of Aubrey Organics GPB and Camomile Volumizing Shampoos.

Given my raving review of the Aubrey GPB hair conditioner, it’s only fitting that I profile the company’s shampoos as well. Especially since these are the only shampoos I’ve been using for the past six months. I have yet to find a better price plus quality combination.

But let’s not jump ahead. Allow me to present you with a pretty thorough analysis of two of Aubrey Organics shampoos I’ve been especially addicted to.

Product name:

Aubrey Organics GPB Shampoo (Glycogen Protein Balancing)

Aubrey Organics GPB (Glycogen Protein Balancing) Shampoo

and Camomile Luxurious Volumizing Shampoo.

Aubrey Organics Camomile Luxurious Volumizing Shampoo

What and who is it for:

GPB shampoo is for all hair types and it “cleanses and strengthens for full, shiny, healthy hair”.

The volumizing shampoo is for normal hair, and it “cleaneses & tones for bouncy hair and brilliant shine”.

About the brand:

For a review of Aubrey Organics, please see my “about the brand section” in the Aubrey GPB hair conditioner review.

Price:

The price is the most reasonable price for something of such quality. It’s somewhere under 10 Canadian dollars for an 11 oz bottle. But most stores have the two-for-one deals where a shampoo and conditioner are sold together. I’ve been going with that system and getting both (shampoo and conditioner) for about 12 dollars. Really worth it, in my opinion.

Packaging:

Regular bottles, as far as I can tell.

Claims:

GPB Balancing Shampoo:

  • Made with 78% organic ingredients.
  • Non-vegan – contains milk protein
  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parabens or Petrochemicals
  • No Animal Testing
  • Biodegradable
  • Recyclable Container
  • Volumizing Shampoo:

  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parabens or Petrochemicals
  • Vegan
  • No Animal Testing
  • Biodegradable
  • Recyclable Container
  • Reading the ingredients:

    GPB Balancing Shampoo:
    Pure Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Orange Pith Juice, Coconut Oil-Corn Oil Soap with Quillaya Bark, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (from organic, non-GMO soybeans), Carrageenan, Organic Shea Butter, Lactalbumin, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, balsam Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamis A, C and E).

    Volumizing Shampoo:
    Deionized Water, Coconut Oil-Corn Oil Soap, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (made from organic, non-GMO soybeans), Organic Aloe Vera, Carrageenan, Roman Camomile Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil, Organic Sage Oil,; Extracts of Camomile, Nettle, Horsetail, Coltsfoot, Fennel, Hops, Balm Mint, Mistletoe and Yarrow; Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Inositol, Niacin, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E), Carrot Oil.

    Scent:

    GPB:
    I find the smell a bit sweet. Very pleasant and subtle.

    Volumizing:
    The camomile volumizing shampoo does a good job of smelling like chamomile. In fact, it smells very much like my favorite chamomile tea.

    Texture:

    GPB:
    This one has an unusual texture for a shampoo. It’s a bit watery and feels like there are tiny particles dissolved. So be careful when pouring it on – more comes out then you’d expect. It lathers without any issues though.

    Volumizing:
    A regular shampoo texture. Just the right amount of gooiness…

    What does it do:

    It does miracles on your head, without any suspects and side effects. My hair is healthier and stronger than it’s been in ages. I tend to rotate the shampoos, as most of the times I reach for them with my eyes semi-closed. Combined, though, they definitely resulted in a healthy strong and quite volumy hair…

    Verdict:

    These are both great shampoos. As far as I’m concerned, Aubrey Organics shampoos are the best bang for your organic buck. You get great ingredients, and a fully effective product. So, buy whichever one is on special, and you won’t regret it :)

    August 17, 2008   5 Comments

    Review of Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner

    I know that technically a hair conditioner is not really organic skin care. But it goes on the hair. And hair is on the head. And head has skin. And I bought it. And used it. And it’s organic. And am aching to review it. So here we go.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce:

    GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner by Aubrey Organics.

    What and who is it for:
    This is a hair conditioner for all hair types. “Nourishes and strengthens for full, shiny, healthy hair”, proudly proclaims the bottle.

    About the brand:
    Aubrey Organics is a brand from Aubrey Organics, Inc. They started mixing up their first products in 1967. (Isn’t it amazing, Dr. Hauschka also started in 1967. Coincidence? Or was there something in the air that year?) The company site states that they were the first to list ingredients (1967), and the first to be certified organic (1994). They manufacture everything in small batches, so that the product is as fresh as possible. And they use a natural citrus seed extract preservative which gives the products a shelf life of up to 36 months.

    I am a skeptic by nature, and I don’t like to put too much value on official sites. But it’s hard to find external information from unbiased sources. All I’ve been able to ascertain is that it is a private company headquartered in Florida, US. Its 2007 sales are estimated at 4.6$ million. Most of the products are manufactured in Tampa, Florida. The company is “committed to organic certification” and their organic certifying organization is Quality Assurance International of San Diego, California.

    They seem to have the right philosophy, so I’m giving them a chance.

    Price:
    ~$10 Canadian for 11 fl oz bottle. And I really gotta start keeping receipts… ( It ranges from $7 to $17 at amazon.com)

    Certifications:
    Quality assurance international certified organic. This label is on the bottle:

    Packaging:
    Recyclable container. Looks like a completely regular bottle of conditioner. And is actually bigger in size than many other guys on the shelf.

    Other claims:
    No animal testing. 100% Natural. Non-vegan. Contains milk protein.

    Ingredients:
    Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base, Organic Aloe Vera, Wheat Germ Oil, Lactalbumin, Organic Rosemary Oil, Organic Sage Oil, Horsetail Extract, Coltsfoot Extract, Nettle Extract, Amino Acid Complex (Cysteine, Methionine), Glycoprotein (from oyster shells), Balsam Oil, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E).

    Personally I don’t see any dangerous offenders. So, it’s a pass for me. (I got this list from their site. I’m too lazy to type the list from the bottle. Though, the list on the bottle seems longer – more things in brackets and side notes, but I didn’t spot any offenders either.)

    First impression:
    Help! It’s not coming out! I’m soaked, the water is turning cold and nothing is coming out of the darn bottle!

    Oh, wait…

    Did I actually open it? Oops… Sorry, bottle. I forgot the little plastic thingy on the top under the cover…

    Ok, let’s try this again.

    Good first impression. Looks like a regular hair conditioner…

    Scent:
    The scent is somehow fruity/soapy/nutty. It is actually quite pleasant, though not in a “I want to smell like this all the time” way. It remained on the hair for a while as it was drying. Maybe I didn’t rinse too well.

    Texture:
    Creamy, just a little bit rougher/thicker than what I’ve used in the past. But that becomes irrelevant as soon as spread on hair.

    The effect:
    Great! Perfectly normal hair is achieved. In fact, it actually feels stronger then before I showered. Hmm… I’m liking this thingy. Quite comparable in price to that Pantene conditioner I used to buy way back when. (Ok, I confess, it wasn’t that long ago… but let’s move on, shall we?) And it’s actually cheaper. I’m sold. And so is my hair.

    Verdict:
    The bottle is slightly bigger then Herbal Essences, but has much more herbs. It’s cheaper than Pantene, but just as effective. And it’s organic. Cruelty free. Good for you and the environment. What more could you ask for?

    P.S.:
    By the way, I was looking through some databases, and found a list of ingredients for a Herbal Essences conditioner, my former “herbal” product of choice. The particular one that intrigued me was a deliciously named “Fruit Fusion Purifying Conditioner”.

    Here is that list:

    Ingredients from packaging: water, cyclomethicone, stearyl alcohol, cyclomethicone, stearymidopropyl dimethylamine, cetyl alcohol, hydrolyzed wheat protein and hydrolyzed wheat starch, actinidia chinensis (kiwi) fruit extract, citrus japonica fruit extract, ficus carica (fig) extract, fragrance, quaternium-18, stearyl alcohol, dimethicone, peg-2m, cetearyl alcohol, hydroxyethylcellulose, glyceryl stearate, oleyl alcohol, polysorbate-60, benzyl alcohol, citric acid, EDTA, propylene glycol, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, potassium sorbate, phenonip, blue 1, yellow 5, yellow 6. (Few… That actually broke my spell-checker…)

    Now, doesn’t it just make you feel fused and fruity?

    April 23, 2008   12 Comments