If ever there was a time when I wished that a range of products was completely natural this was it! Oh, lovely Macadamia Natural Oil, your packaging had me fooled for a while, you like so wholesome, you utilise the beautiful oil from the Macadamia Nut and there’s even the word natural in your name. Alas, it was only a brief fling I had with you, for when I read the ingredients list I knew that you and I could never be anything more – I have my reputation to uphold and I just couldn’t have you dirtying my name!
My Brief Encounter with Macadamia Natural Oil Hair Care Range
Look how pretty these products look! The range is so comprehensive as well, there’s a Shampoo, Moisturising Rinse, Deep Repair Mask, Leave-In Cream, Nourishing Hair Oil and a Comb which is apparently infused with Macadamia Oil for easy detangling.
This Macadamia Natural Oil set comes bagged up in a pretty washbag, which is an ideal size for a weekend away.
Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo
This product was where it all began. Whenever I’m reviewing hair care I will test a shampoo’s efficacy by just using the shampoo on my hair and nothing else, I find this a good benchmark to begin with. The sweet-smelling Macadamia Nut Oil makes this product a joy to use, as does the rich lather created by the product. How did they get such a rich lather? Sodium Laureth Sulfate* I’m afraid my dear readers. It’s a shame because they have several marvellous natural oils in this product besides from Macadamia Nut – Argan, Linseed, Lavender and Wheatgerm. How did it leave my hair? Less tangled than usual (pretty impressive seen as I used no conditioner!), smooth and sleek.
Macadamia Natural Oil Moisturising Rinse
So, the next time I took two bottles into the shower, Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo and Moisturising Rinse. All the products in this range smell the same and on investigation, I learnt that they contain Parfum (Fragrance). I don’t like this term on ingredients lists as it can hide a particularly nasty group of chemicals called Phthalates which can do all sorts of horrible things inside us and to the environment. That doesn’t mean to say that they are in these products, but they MIGHT be… Again there are a few unpleasant chemicals cropping up in the ingredients list, but at the same time, they’ve used some excellent nourishing ingredients – Macadamia, Argan, Barley Protein, Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten, Hydrolysed Silk, Hydrolysed Soy Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, which all help to nourish and strengthen the hair. It really is such a shame to pollute this formula with parfum, octinoxate and the like.* Nevertheless, with each new product I tried from this range I fell a little deeper, I didn’t read the labels till after I’d tried everything. Did I know what I’d find? Maybe in my heart of hearts yes, my nose probably sniffed out the parfum and the lather was uncommonly good for a natural product.
Macadamia Natural Oil Nourishing Hair Oil
Now personally, I believe if you are going to sell a hair oil or any kind of oil for that matter, it should contain just that. Nothing more, nothing less. Macadamia Nut Oil penetrates the hair shaft so there is no need for any chemical mumbo jumbo about penetration facilitators and suchlike. Unfortunately, this contains Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone, two plastic polymers, as the main ingredients. Now, these do make the hair appear smoother, sleeker and repaired but that’s because they coat the hair. Do the oils in this product make it into the hair shaft with these two ingredients present? I’m not sure but I’d imagine their progression would be very hindered by the presence of these two chemicals!*
Macadamia Natural Oil Nourishing Leave-In Cream
By this product, I was hooked! Quite often I find leave-in treatments too heavy and clumpy in my thick hair. This product applied like a dream and when my hair dried there was no visibility of this product, just gorgeous, soft and shiny hair. On later inspection of the label, I realised this was partially down to the silicone and I also found some PEGs and Parabens thrown in for bad measure!*
* Reconciliation for Macadamia Natural Oil??
There could be a reconciliation on the cards for Macadamia Natural Oil, as I’ve just read that their formulas are now sulfate and paraben free. I’ve emailed to ask for ingredients lists for all the products and will update you on this when I have the response back!
If, unlike me, you don’t mind a few undesirables in your beauty products, you can pick up Macadamia Natural Oil at macadamiahair.co.uk