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John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo

June 30, 2008

A gently herbal shampoo free from GMO’s, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, TEAs, SLS, artificial color, artificial fragrance and petrochemicals.

  • Certified organic
  • PH balanced
  • Safe for colour treated hair
  • Biodegradable

I was lucky enough to get hold of a few samples of this product and I’m glad I did because I don’t think I’d usually have bought it in case the rosemary was too strong – I haven’t been able to find a high street retailer near me that sells it, so I would have had to buy it online and wouldn’t have been able to smell it first. The strongest smelling ingredient was the lavender, but wasn’t overpowering. If you want a natural shampoo that contains oil and herbs but is still ‘gently herbal’ then you might like this.

My first impressions of this shampoo were that it was very dark – a semi-transparent brown. It lathered up nicely without an excess of bubbles and rinsed away without weighing my hair down or leaving a product build up when I washed my hair with it frequently. The ends of my hair are very curly and this shampoo left them very soft and frizz free.

Although this product is a little pricey, it would buy a bottle of it because it’s biodegradable and works so well without all of the usual nasties packed into hair care products. The only slight draw back for those of us in the UK is that it is made in the USA – and therefore has to be shipped or air freighted over.

I have recently managed to find 59ml versions of this product for around £4.25, so if you want to try it without having to buy a huge bottle, you can.


  • Pros: Biodegradable, left my hair very soft
  • Cons: A little pricey and has to travel from the USA to the UK


Aqua (purified, deionized water), decyl glucoside,** sodium lauroamphoacetate, behenamidopropyl hydroxyethyl dimonium chloride (rapeseed oil derived), babassuamidopropyl betaine (organic babassu palm fruit derived),** panthenol, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hyaluronic, sorbitol (organic humectant),* simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil,* tocopherol (vitamin E), sulfur, extracts of lavandula angustifolia (lavender),* urtica dioica (nettle),* equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract,* achillea millefolium (yarrow)* & salix alba (willow),* essential oil of lavandula angustifolia (lavender)* & rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary),* gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) extract, aloe barbadensis (aloe vero) leaf juice, cocoyl sulfoacetate pathel (Vitimin B5), soy protein, guarhydroxypropyl trimonium, lelianthus annuus, chloride, sunflower seed oil, extracts of symphytum officinate (comphrey), anthemis nobilis. *Certified Organic by EcoCert / QAI, **Certified by EcoCert (for eco-clean production)

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