Marks & Spencer recently launched a new, exclusive range of natural hair care products called Australian Native Botanicals. As the name suggests, these natural, pure and plant-based products have been “developed using the finest quality raw ingredients to create luxuriously pure products to gently cleanse, nourish and protect your hair. Ingredients include wild harvested, organic native Australian botanicals, essential oils, anti-oxidants and vitamins and are sulphate-free.”
Why should we avoid sulphates?
Sulphate is the ingredient added to hair cleaning products to produce the lather. Sulphates can cause the hair (and skin) to dry out and strip it of its natural oils. You know when you get shampoo in your eyes and it causes them to sting? This is the sulphate inside the shampoo. Sulphate has also been known to cause thinning of the hair and has been linked to cancer, immune system damage and damage to the skin. It is something which can be easily avoided and with the new ANB products, we get incredible results without a trace of sulphate. Their products lather up and cut through grease just as well as any sulphate containing product.
I tested the Volumising, Strengthening Shampoo for fine or limp hair and the Weightless Conditioner. These are packaged in pump-action bottles which I usually dislike, because in the shower it can be difficult to get a proper purchase on a slippery pump action nozzle. However, these are pretty good, the nozzle dispenses a generous amount of product so that you don’t have to keep pumping away at it.
The first thing to notice is the fragrance, which is subtle but lovely, this one in particular contains Desert Peach & Lemon and is yummy. Desert Peach is a nourishing, moisturising anti-oxidant. The Quandong is a small native tree found in the dry open savannah and desert regions of Australia.
But really impressive for a sulphate-free shampoo, is it’s lather production. A lack of lather is historically what has put people off from buying natural haircare, but not so with this range. It lathers up a treat immediately, leaving hair feeling very clean after one wash.
I liked the conditioner too, it washes out well, hair feels silky but not coated, and it was easy to brush through after washing. However, I can’t say that I noticed much in the way of volumising. If anything, my hair felt so clean and shiny (obvs a good thing) that it needed a lot of additional volumising styling products to give it the needed root lift.
This would not put me off from buying Australian Native Botanicals again though because I so enjoyed the experience of using a natural shampoo with such good lathering capability. I always have to use pretty hefty styling products anyway, so limp is my hair. At £7.50 for a large 250ml these are competitively priced too.
The range also includes natural Shower Gels which I LOVE. Review coming soon.
You can buy online or in store from M & S.