Product Review: Intelligent Nutrients PureLuxe Shampoo and Conditioner (and Paddle Brush!)

And for my next trick, I will interview myself about two new products from Intelligent Nutrients. (There are two more to come—so check back soon. But for now…)

What do they smell like?

Like the best Aveda product you ever tried, but better. IN, as you probably know, was created by the founder of Aveda, who sold that company many moons ago. Big difference here, of course, is that the fragrance is completely natural and organic—and smells way better as a result. It’s a mix of lemongrass, ylang ylang and geranium and I’m convinced they possesss aromatherapeutic powers. I also like to know that when I go in for a hug, my hair will smell nice. I don’t wear perfume every day other than my Lotus Wei Infinite Love stuff, which fades as natural perfumes should. So this does the trick there.

On a scale from 1 to 10, how good does your hair look when you use this stuff?

Acknowledging that these things are subjective (and relative), I’m going to go with 8. I’ve been using it almost daily for more than a month and I’ve been having really, really good hair days. Since summer is over and I’ve had lots of big work meetings lately, I haven’t been air drying as much as I did all summer. With very little effort and a little heat I’ve been accomplishing hair that’s not flat, not too bouncy, super shiny, and nice at the end of the day, too.

Do you like them better than the other hair stuff you’ve reviewed lately?

Yow. That’s like asking a mom to pick her favorite kid, which I’m more than happy to do because I’m not a parent (and a shampoo isn’t a child, and this analogy is completely falling apart). Anyway, yes. I prefer these products to the others I’ve reviewed recently—namely Acure and Yarok. But I prefer Yarok for air drying (see below) and I prefer Acure for the price, gentleness, and for everyday. So I still have those in my shower caddy, love them, and will replace them when they run out.

How does your hair look when you airdry with these guys?

Not the best. Not terrible, but I don’t get the same lovely waves and volume I get with Yarok, for instance.

Does the shampoo foam?

No, not really. It gets you clean, though, obviously. The bottles look similar, which can make showering a little confusing if you’re pre-coffee. I frequently grab the wrong one first.

So does that mean you’ve been doing that weird thing where you wash your hair backwards?

Yes! IN’s founder was the first person to teach us this trick and, no surprise, it works wonderfully well with his products. My favorite trick these days is to lightly wash just my roots with a dime-size dollop, rinse, condition all over, leave on for a few minutes, then rinse again at the roots with another dime-size dollop.

Are they gluten free?

Si signorina.

Do they cost an arm and a leg?

The shampoo is $18 for a regular size bottle, the conditioner is $20. There’s also a paddle brush I love. The brush is $30.

How excited are you to try this stuff? And are there other Intelligent Nutrients products you swear by?

Shampoo Ingredients: water/aqua, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, glycerin,1 disodium coco-glucoside citrate, glyceryl oleate, cocoglucoside, behenyl alcohol, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, ethyl palmate,1 theobroma grandiflorum (cupuacu) seed butter,1 astrocaryum murumuru seed butter,1 citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) leaf oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil,1 cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil,1 sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, nigella sativa (black cumin) seed oil,1,2 cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil,1,2 rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil,1,2 vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil,1,2 vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil,1,2 cistus ladaniferus oil,1 glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, elaesis guineensis (palm) extract, oryza sativa (rice) extract, adansonia digitata (baobab) oil,1 aleurites moluccana (kukui) seed oil,1 xanthan gum, citric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzyl benzoate,1,3 limonene,1,3 linalool,1,3 farnesol,1,3 eugenol,1,3 isoeugenol,1,3 geraniol,1,3 citronellol,1,3 benzyl salicylate,1,3 tocopherol (vitamin e)

Conditioner Ingredients: water/aqua, ethyl palmate,1 behentrimonium chloride, behenyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, pentaclethra macroloba seed oil,1 theobroma grandiflorum (cupuacu) seed butter,1 astrocaryum murumuru seed butter,1 cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil,1 pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil,1 cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil,1 nigella sativa (black cumin) seed oil,1,2 cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil,1,2 rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil,1,2 vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil,1,2 vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil,1,2 cistus ladaniferus oil,1 glycerin, glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, elaesis guineensis (palm) extract, oryza sativa (rice) extract, adansonia digitata (baobab) oil,1 aleurites moluccana (kukui) seed oil,1 citric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, benzyl benzoate,1,3 limonene,1,3 linalool,1,3 farnesol,1,3 eugenol,1,3 isoeugenol,1,3 geraniol,1,3 citronellol,1,3 benzyl salicylate,1,3 citral,1,3 tocopherol (vitamin e)

(1 means “certified organic”; 2 means “antioxidant Intellimune® seed oil complex; 3 means “aturally occurring component of organic essential oil blend”)

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13 Responses to “Product Review: Intelligent Nutrients PureLuxe Shampoo and Conditioner (and Paddle Brush!)”
  1. karen k says:

    I LOVE Intelligent Nutrients products. Their flagship store is down the road from me in Minneapolis. I tried this shampoo and conditioner in beta 6 months ago and totally loved it. The new version is great too. It definitely has made my hair more smooth and healthy (I color…).

    I also swear by their skincare line. The best are their Renewal Complex Skin Serum (I think it really does help with lines – really) and the Anti-Aging Serum, which is made up of all kinds of yummy oils. If you haven’t tried these, you really should! And the price for the amount you get makes it a value too (my serum lasted me for 5 months and I used it 2x/day) – especially give the price of some oils today.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I swear by IN Stem Cell Renewal Complex. It’s a great booster to help my other products do their best. I won’t be trying these hair products (though I’m happy to see more gluten free stuff out there!) because I can’t handle ylang ylang on my body. I could enjoy it in a hug from you, Siobhan, but just can’t have that particular EO on me all day ; ) I’ve noticed it’s becoming quite the popular scent in various products, and I do like it in the EoV sleep formula.

  3. Lynne says:

    Siobhan…thanks so much for the review and comparisons vs Acure & Yarok. I use Rahua and occasionally Acure but was thinking I might give Yarok a whirl. I have really hard water and it makes my hair feel pretty rough sometimes. Do you have an opinion on the Rahua/Intell Nutr comparison? Thanks!

  4. Caitie says:

    A while back Intelligent Nutrients was looking for testers for a new shampoo/conditioner for drier/damaged hair and I was lucky enough to snag some to try out. I’m thinking this is what that ended up as.

    Assuming that’s right, I found it a bit too heavy for my hair for everyday use, but I love it as an occasional treatment-type wash, every couple weeks or so. It smells phenomenal too! Actually, I was just lamenting that I’m almost out of the samples, so I’m excited to see these are now available.

  5. Clara says:

    Hi!
    I tried IN Harmonic shampoo, but was too heavy for my hair ( very fine, wavy, shoulder length, greasier roots )… I usually use Rahua Voluminous shampoo, i find it more suitable for my typ of hair

  6. Alyssa says:

    This sounds good, but I think my next shampoo/conditioner purchase is going to be the Body Deli’s living hair shampoo & conditioner. The ingredients just sound so, so good, especially for my poor psoriatic scalp. If anyone has tried them I’d love to hear feedback!

  7. comagirl says:

    I’ve been looking for a good shampoo and conditioner for quite some time. I will definitely consider giving these a try. They are no more expensive than what I have been using (actually less) and I am excited to try something more natural. The products I am using are the in-house products of the salon I go to. They claim they are natural, Here are the ingredients:

    Shampoo – Deionized water, sodium-C14-16, olefin sulfonate (soy derivative), glycine soja (soy protein), cocamidopropyl beteine, decyl glucocide (soy deravitive), PPG-s, hydrudroxyethyl coco/isostearamide (soy derivative), polyquarteium-7, propyleve glycol, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract), aesykys guooicastaryn (horse chestnut extract), hydrolyzed yeast protein, calendula offinalis (marigold flower extract), panthenol (pro vitamin b5), centella asiatica (gotu kola extract), sodium chloride, tetrasodium EDTA, methylsothiazolinone, methychloroisothiazolinone, bing cherry extract, citric acid, essential oils.

    Conditioner – whole leaf aloe vera conentrate, purified water, glycerin, stearalkonium chlorid, sorbitol, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, wheatgermamidopropyl dimethylamine hydrolzyed wheat protein, cetearyl alcohol, lavandula angustirolia (lavendar) oil, diazoldnyl urea, simethicone, methylparaben, extracts of: (malva sylvestris, heda helix, parietaria officinalis, cucumis sativus, sambucus nigra, amica montana), babusa vulgaris extract, propylparaben, rosmarinum officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil.

    From which I see water, alcohol and wax already. My hair is extremely dry right now and I am not happy with my current products.

  8. Rebecca says:

    @comagirl, if your hair is dry you might also try Green Body Green Planet. I have a review coming up sometime soon.

  9. comagirl says:

    Thanks Rebecca. I look forward to reading your review.

  10. JJ says:

    sodium-C14-16, olefin sulfonate is an extremely drying surfactant. you should not use this on dry hair at all

  11. Frankie says:

    For my big past-shoulder-length super curly ringlet-ty black hair, I swear by Intelligent Nutrients Organic Styling Gel. It’s amazing! Curlies you should try this! I section my hair and work in a few drops of pure organic argan oil to each section, and then I go back and use the Intelligent Nutrients gel to shape my curls all over. A little goes a long way. I also love their Intelligent Nutrients Organic Leave-In Conditioner which I apply (just a quarter size or two) while my hair is still super wet, in the shower. It is so nice to rock big curly hair with styling products that are clean and work well! Thank you Alexandra and Siobhan for recommending Intelligent Nutrients.

  12. Morgan says:

    I have very curly hair and have been considering buying their detangling leave-in. I noticed that there are a lot of essential oils in the ingredients. I cannot tolerate a lot of oils because my eyes tend to get irritated. Anyone know how the detangler leaves your hair? Thanks.

    I just found this website and I love it. Great information!

  13. Vanessa says:

    Hello!

    I live in Delray Beach, Florida. Do you happen to know where I can buy these IN shampoo and conditioner?
    Thank you so much!

    Vanessa

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