Deep Steep makes some of my absolute favorite body products, so I knew I would eventually check out their line of haircare when it came out last year. The line includes shampoos and conditioners that come in four different varieties: Nourishing Volume, Weightless Moisture, Daily Repairing and Glossy Smoothing. I opted for Glossy Smoothing Shampoo and Conditoner ($8.29 each for 2 oz) because, well, that was what was in stock at the time on Vitacost.
These are really the first Deep Steep products I've tried that didn't totally hit the mark. First off, the scent. These products are very heavily fragranced. When I opened up my Vitacost order, the entire box smelled strongly of the perfume from these products. While it smells pretty good from a distance, when you're actually using the products they almost have a chemical note that is not all too pleasing. The other thing about the scent is that it does not smell natural at all. When I checked the packaging, I was surprised that it claimed to be all-natural, because it's like nothing natural that I've smelled before. The scent is fruity and sweet, and reminds me of Pantene or other drugstore brands. I really much prefer hair products scented with essential oils or natural extracts.
The shampoo has a very thin texture and will spill right out of the cap once you open it. I found that that makes the product get used up pretty quickly. The conditioner has a more normal rich texture. The shampoo was too drying on my scalp in the wintertime, and made my dandruff get worse. In the summer, the products work much better and feel relatively gentle. My hair really does feel smooth and silky after using both the shampoo and conditioner, which is exactly what the product claims to do.
The ingredients in this product are leaps and bounds better than what's found on drugstore shelves, but it's obviously not the most straightforwardly natural formula. If you really miss using conventional products, or haven't even switched over yet because you can't bare the though of parting with your Pantene, I think these might be the perfect alternative for you. I might consider trying some of the other varieties in the future, but honestly after using these products I could not wait to get back to some of my herbaly-scented Alaffia standbys.
The Compact Review: Deep Steep's shampoo and conditioner feel and smell more like a conventional brand of haircare products, but have substantially better ingredients. The ingredients are still not the most straightforwardly natural, and though they claim to not have any artificial fragrances, they don't smell natural at all. The products make my hair feel smooth and silky, but in the winter the shampoo seemed to exacerbate my dandruff. The scent is too strong and overpowering for my taste.
Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Organic Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Coco-Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Arginine, Polyglyceryl-4-Caprate, Lactic Acid, Coco-Caprylate, Caprylic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Sodium Polyaspartate, Diheptyl Succinate (and) Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Aroma, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum.
Conditioner Ingredients: Aqua, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Organic Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Behentrimonium Methosulphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Caprylic Acid, Coco-Caprylate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Aroma, Potassium Sorbate.
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