Product Review: True Nature Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner

True Nature Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner

If there’s one thing I’m picky about, it’s my hair. It’s always been that way, since I was a little girl getting mad at my mom for not making a perfectly slicked back ponytail for my second-grade school photos (sorry, Mom). I’m incredibly choosy about my hair stylist, I bring my own shampoo and conditioner (and styling products…) to the salon and I have often been guilty of spending a Friday night creating new hairstyles—even though I wasn’t going anywhere to show them off.

I think that in all of my health issues (hey celiac disease!) and skin problems, I’ve found comfort in the fact that I have a little control over my hair. I can straighten, curl or air dry it and I know how to disguise a greasy scalp to salvage one more day without washing it. I can choose how it looks each day, unlike my skin, which has been known to break out no matter what I do.

So when True Nature Botanicals launched their shampoo and conditioner, and founder Hillary Peterson herself told me that it was tested until even her super picky teenage daughter approved, I was itching to try it. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Let’s start with the shampoo, shall we? I think one of the hard transitions into green beauty is getting used to the fact that shampoo just doesn’t lather the way we’re used to (no shampoo unicorn horns here—anyone else do that as a kid?). And we can tell ourselves day in and day out that that super-lather is actually  bad for us, but honestly, when your hair is covered in grime, it’s hard to feel like it’s getting clean when your shampoo feels more lotion-y than lather-ful.

TNB knew this when they began their quest for a great shampoo, and they succeeded in creating a natural, nontoxic shampoo that really gives you a clean feeling—without your hair feeling stripped. Even with my hard water, it lathered and foamed, and removed build-up with only one wash. Sometimes, natural shampoos require more than one application in the shower in order to remove unwanted oil, styling products or dry shampoo. And who has time for a double-wash?

But even better than that lather is that the shampoo infuses hair with needed antioxidants and nutritive oils. Green tea oil, which is an antioxidant, emollient and conditioner, helps treat a dry or flaky scalp by breaking up dead skin cells and clearing them away. Meadowfoam seed oil is a lightweight, hydrating conditioner that locks in moisture, while aloe leaf powder uses its naturally humectant powers to prevent moisture loss and soothe your scalp.

The shampoo (and conditioner, which I’ll get to) also smells incredible. It’s TNB’s proprietary scent blend, with lemon, orange, ylang ylang and sweet violet essential oils, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the haircare duo. It’s light and bright, and caused my husband to say, “It always smells so good in the bathroom after you shower.”

The conditioner is as lovely as the shampoo. It’s not a heavy, thick conditioner when it comes out of the convenient pump, so I thought I was in for disappointment. I usually like a fairly heavy conditioner on my dry ends, but I may be a convert to a lighter conditioner now that I’ve tried TNB’s. I love the silkiness of how it feels in my hair, like it’s really moisturizing from the inside out. It gives me that soft, touchable hair without silicones or mineral oils. Instead, TNB utilized shea butter, green tea oil and macadamia seed oil to create a powerful blend that protects, hydrates and restores hair.

The combination of the TNB shampoo and conditioner has also given me the strongest, longest hair I’ve had since my scalp acted up and I incurred some hair loss. My stylist has commented the last two times I’ve had my hair cut about how fast it’s growing and how healthy it is. That’s not something you can make up, people!

Have you tried TNB’s new haircare? If so, share your experience below! If not, you MIGHT want to stick close to the site this Friday…

8 Responses to “Product Review: True Nature Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner”
  1. Caitlin says:

    I’ve been eyeing it since it came out. Is it good for fine hair?

    I will keep an eye out for Friday – I’ve been waiting to splurge on the entire skincare range! So far I’ve tried and liked the cleanser and face oil.

  2. Jaime says:

    Hi Nicolle, great review!
    Just curious, were these products gifted to you?

    I did write True Natures asking if smaller sizes could be purchased and never heard back. I would like to give it a try.

  3. Hi Nicolle,
    Yes, the new shampoo and conditioner is great. I tried it after a Night For Green Beauty and came home and immediately bought a set for my mother, who also has auto-immune issues. Beautiful job, TNB team!

  4. Thank you Nicolle for sharing your love of our new Shampoo and Conditioner. With your fabulous hair that is quite the compliment.

    Jaime, at this time we aren’t offering sample sizes of the hair care products but we are exploring ways to add this as an option in the future. If you have any questions, always feel free to email me directly and I am happy to help.

  5. Nicolle Mackinnon says:

    @Jaime: Thanks for reaching out! Yes, they were gifted to me, but I will be buying them again. At NMDL, we only write reviews about products we truly think are great, and would rebuy. So, they’re on my list to buy once I run out of the bottles!

    @Suzanne: Oh, such a good review from you too! I’m so happy to hear that that others are loving it as much as I am. It’s a beautiful product!

    @Caitlin: Yes, come back to the site tomorrow! You won’t be disappointed. :)

  6. Peony says:

    Can anyone comment on how this duo is similar to and different from the newest duo from Josh Rosebrook (the Balance ones)? Nicolle, have you tried them both?

  7. Therese says:

    I would love to hear a comparison between Josh Rosebrook Balance and this TNB one, too!

  8. BB says:

    I am a long-time BIG fan of True Nature Botanicals skin care so I was pleased to hear that they now make hair products. I have been wanting to move to safer hair care products for awhile now but I don’t have naturally easy or great hair. Shampoo and conditioner has been my last chemical hold-out as my hair is fine, color-treated and straight as a string. Other natural shampoos/conditioners I have tried (many!) have left my hair dry and tangled. Would True Nature Botanicals’ shampoo and conditioner work for someone like me? Honest opinion GREATLY appreciated since trial sizes are not available. Thank you!

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