Faith In Nature Ginkgo Review
So last week I ran out of my Holland & Barrett Dr. Organics shampoo and conditioner I had been trying out, and decided to purchase Faith In Nature Ginkgo shampoo and conditioner. I had seen this brand before in a local independent health food shop and after reading good reviews about the product online, I decided to buy.
From the first wash, I have fallen in love with this shampoo and conditioner. I can’t get over how super soft it leaves my hair! I’m not one to have much patience to let my hair sit in conditioner for very long before rinsing out, so I am very impressed at how nourished my hair feels afterwards. It smells lovely, and I am quite excited by the active ingredients which are ginkgo biloba and organic camomile extract. At just £5.55 for each 400ml bottle from Amazon (including free Prime delivery) it’s quite a good price for quantity you get.
The Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba
I didn’t know anything about ginkgo before I bought this product, and to be honest, I’d never even heard of it, but doing a bit of research I was intrigued at the health properties of the plant. An ancient herb, ginkgo biloba extract has been noted for it’s an antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), and antioxidant properties; combating free-radicals and repairing molecular damage. Most interesting of all, it has been scientifically proven to be effective for hair regrowth – most likely as it promotes blood circulation and strengthening of blood vessels. Having quite thin, fine and flat hair, I am particularly hoping to see some long-term results in hair health – an update on this will follow in a few weeks of testing!
The Benefits of Camomile
As a dark blonde girl, I have had my eye out for anything that will help lighten my hair and bring out my natural highlights. One of the most well-documented and widely used herbs throughout human history, camomile is a brilliant natural, safe and gentle hair lightener; in addition to an incredible host of other traditional medicinal properties including use as a treatment for skin irritation, eczema, inflammation, rashes, sunburn and sores. I have sensitive skin and so realised this would be very beneficial to help soothe and maintain a healthy scalp with regular use.
The product clearly says it is free from artificial colours and fragrances, parabens, SLES, but I was a little concerned when I researched into ammonium laureth sulphate (ALES). According to Environmental Working Group (EWG), ALES is assessed as being an irritant to the skin, eyes and lungs, but an overall fairly low health concern. It is part of the same family as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS), though it has been suggested to be the most gentle and least irritant of them all.
I also was slightly worried with the presence of sodium benzoate, a preservative which in high concentration, is known to be toxic to humans. By law, however, companies are obligated to use 0.1% by weight to products – at this concentration it is much less harmful, though it would be ideal to avoid completely.
Faith in Nature Ginkgo Biloba Shampoo Ingredients
Aqua (water from the Lake District), ammonium laureth sulphate*, maris sal** (dead sea salt), polysorbate 20*, ginkgo biloba*, chamommila recutita extract** (chamomile), aniba rosaeodora* (rosewood), pelargonium graveolens* (geranium), citrus bergamia* (bergamot), rosa centifolia extract* (rose), vanilla planifolia extract* (vanilla), viola odorata extract* (viola), ascophyllum nodosum powder (kelp), melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil* (narrow-leaved paperbark), potassoium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid*, linaloolº, citronellolº, geraniolº, limoneneº
* vegetable origin ** certified organic º from essential oils
Faith in Nature Ginkgo Biloba Conditioner Ingredients
Aqua (water from the Lake District), cetyl stearyl alcohol*, brassica oleifera* (rapeseed), ginkgo biloba*, matricaria recutica** (chamomile), aniba rosaeodora* (rosewood), pelargonium graveolens* (geranium), citrus bergamia* (bergamot), rosa centifolia extract* (rose), vanilla planifolia extract* (vanilla), viola odorata extract* (viola), melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil* (narrow-leaved paperbark), cetrimonium chloride*, linalool°, citronellol°, geraniol°, limonene°
* vegetable origin ** certified organic ° from essential oils
The Verdict – Bad purchase
I did at first really enjoy using this shampoo and conditioner, but after a month of using I began to get a super sensitive scalp. I have never had this problem before, so I was quite surprised. It was so uncomfortable, even just to brush my hair was sore! I’ve now had to completely stop using these two products so my scalp can recover, and I can confirm it was this shampoo and conditioner that was causing the discomfort.
Looking into some of the ingredients a little closer, I am anxious that not only is this set not as green as I’d really like it to be – but that Faith In Nature wasn’t as ‘all-natural’ as I first assumed they were (my lack of research in the first place is partly to blame). This now raises the question as to what percentage of companies marketing themselves as all-natural and organic, truly are this? It is disappointing that I still have to rigorously comb through every single product label, and not completely trust the ‘paraben free, SLS free’ branding.
If anything this has now made me even more determined to set myself the task or creating my own homemade lightening shampoo!
Has anyone else had problems with this brand too? Let me know in the comments or tweet me!