Review: John Masters Organics Haircare

John Masters Organics grew out of John's “desire to create a luxury beauty line that treats the earth with respect.” For over 20 years John Masters has been developing a range of organic skincare and haircare products. This is the first time I've tried John Masters Organics products and in this review I look at three products from the John Masters Organics haircare range:

  • John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair
  • John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner
  • John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Hair Milk

Thanks to Only Naturals for sending me these products to try.

About John Masters Organics

In the 1980s, John Masters was a well-respected hair stylist who developed an interest in an organic lifestyle. The serious health risks posed by inhaling and handling harsh salon chemicals on a daily basis inspired him to create a toxin-free salon environment which then lead to John seeing clients in his NY apartment, where he used only ammonia-free herbal and clay-based dyes from Europe and experimented with non-toxic forms of hair care.

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John created his first organic product, Dry Hair Nourishment and Defrizzer, in 1991 which developed into John Masters Organics, the first comprehensive, luxury-organic hair care line using essential oils, plant extracts, and other health-food staples. The range now has over 49 luxuruious products.

Green credentials

John Masters Organics explain on their website their green credentials as:

  1. All products must be made with 70-100% organic content
  2. No sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs
  3. No GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism)
  4. No animal testing
  5. No artificial colours, fragrances or fillers
  6. All plant extracts and essential oils must be certified organic whenever possible
  7. All essential oils used must be steam-distilled and not extracted with propylene glycol – which kills the effect of the oils
  8. All plant oils must be cold pressed, not heat distilled – which kills the therapeutic properties of plant oils
  9. All ingredients must be proven to be beneficial to the hair or skin
  10. All ingredients must be harvested in an environmentally-friendly manner (wild-crafted)
  11. All ingredients must be bio-degradable as possible

John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair

70% certified organic ingredients

Be a Shade Greener verdict

John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair blends lavender and rosemary extracts with 13 other certified-organic ingredients plus wheat amino acids and soy protein. The brown transparent liquid, like most natural and organic shampoos, doesn't lather up into masses of bubbles. (Remember it's not the lather that cleans your hair.) The lather is just enough to evenly distribute the shampoo throughout my hair and a little goes a long way. I tend to have greasy roots with normal ends and the shampoo effectively removes the grease without drying out the ends. It rinses out easily leaving my hair and scalp feeling properly clean. I am not great at conditioning my hair as I feel like I haven't got time. (Ridiculous, I know. I don't know what I've done with all those minutes I've saved from not conditioning my hair!) Even without using the conditioner my hair felt softer and looked smoother than when I just use my normal shampoo and my haphazardly wavy hair looked shiny, smoother with more defined waves.

 

Price and where to buy

Available from Only Naturals

£19/236ml

Fragrance

Lovely lavender smell.

Packaging

The shampoo comes in a brown plastic bottle with a flip-top lid and the bottle can be recycled in my household recycling.

Directions – how to use

Wet hair, lather, rinse. For fine hair, follow with Citrus & Neroli Detangler or Rosemary & Peppermint
Detangler. For curly hair, follow with Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner. For overly dry or damaged hair follow with Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor.

Ingredients – John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo for Normal Hair

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Aqua (Water), Babassuamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Root Extract*, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract*, Equisetum Hyemale (Horsetail) Extract*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract*, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil*, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sorbitol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sulfur, Soy Tocopherol, Linalool†, Limonene† * Certified Organic † A natural component of essential oils

John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner

71% certified organic ingredients

John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner

Be a Shade Greener verdict

Great conditioner which delivers moisture without weighing down my hair. It dealt easily with my sometimes frizzy fly-aways and left my hair feeling soft and smooth with more defined waves. It's definitely worth using as there is a considerable difference to the condition of my hair after a few months of use due to the organic lavender, avocado and babassu oils which renew dry and damaged hair. Soy protein helps to strengthen the hair shaft.

Fragrance

Very light, natural fragrance.

Directions – how to use

Apply to wet, clean hair, leave in for 1-5 minutes, rinse well. Follow with styling product if desired.

 

Ingredients – John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner

Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Sorbitol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Behentrimonium Chloride, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Mel (Honey)*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Wheat Amino Acid, Juniperus Mexicana (Cedarwood) Oil*, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil*, Glycerin, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Geraniol†, Linalool† * Certified Organic † A natural component of essential oils

Packaging

White plastic squeezy tube so easy to get out required amount of conditioner.

Price and where to buy

Available from Only Naturals.

£22 / 207ml

 

John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Hair Milk

Be a Shade Greener verdict

This leave-in hair milk was my favourite product out of the three John Masters Organics items I tried. It's the perfect versatile hair product for me as it can be used on damp or dry hair and it smells beautiful. I squeeze a small amount of the cream (it's not what I would call a milk) into my palm and then apply it to the ends before smoothing the residue on my palms over the rest of my hair. It de-frizzes and tames flyaways making my hair look shinier. “A little goes a long way” is probably the most common phrase on this website but it really is the case with natural and organic beauty products. The first time I used this, I applied far too much so I suggest you start with a tiny blob, let your hair dry and apply more if needed. It can also be used as a light-hold styling product.

Fragrance

This smells absolutely gorgeous with a beautiful rose scent.

Directions – how to use

Apply to damp or dry hair, focusing on damaged or frizzy areas such as the ends. Follow with any John Masters Organics styling products.

Ingredients – John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Hair Milk

Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Panthenol, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Mongongo Oil (Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil), Linum Usitatissmum (Linseed) Seed Oil*, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Rosa Rubginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Distillate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract *, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea Extract)*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract*, Sodium Pca, Soy Protein, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate * Certified Organic

Packaging

It comes in a squeezy white tube similar to the conditioner.

Price and where to buy John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Hair Milk

Available from Only Naturals

£25 / 118ml

Your thoughts on John Masters Organics Haircare

Have you tried these organic hair care products or any other items from the John Masters Organics Haircare range? What did you think? Please post your comments below.


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