Around March of this year, Whole Foods had this special beauty bag that was $18, kind of like the VeganCuts Beauty Box. Each bag had some full size products, as well as some samples of various sizes. The girl I spoke to at Whole Foods told me that everything was cruelty free and at least vegetarian, but she didn't know if they were vegan. I knew that 2 of the full size products, Pacifica's lip stick ($14) and Gabriel Cosmetic's Mascara ($16) were vegan, and I thought even if the samples weren't, those two products alone more than covered the cost of the bag, so I bought it.
So, when I got home, I checked out all of the products, and did my research to discover which ones were vegan and which were vegetarian. To my pleasant surprise, all of the products in the beauty bag were vegan! Woo!
The first things I tried were the samples of Giovanni 2chic Ultra Repair Shampoo and Ultra Repair Conditioner. These products smell amazing! The blackberry and coconut milk not only smell amazing, but the coconut seal the hair cuticle and leave hair silky, soft, and smooth. The blackberries are full of antioxidants. All hair loving ingredients! The 2chic line has different products for different needs, including Ultra Sleek and Ultra Moist. So there's something for whichever hair care needs you have. These products are safe for color treated hair as well.
This scent collection also has a hair oil, body wash, and lotion. I have seen the hair oil, but haven't been able to find the body wash or lotion anywhere but on their website and naturally shipping is outrageous because they're such heavy products. I love the scent so much I would love to find the body wash and lotion, and if I ever do, I'll be sure to review them for you!
Naturally, like I said previously, especially with shampoo and conditioner, I did my research before trying them to ensure they were vegan, as you can see below they are:
I was super excited these were vegan because they smelled so good and I would've been so sad if I couldn't use them! The sample sizes were deluxe, so even with all of my thick hair, I was able to get a decent amount of uses out of them. The shampoo lathered really well, and my hair felt clean after one wash but still moisturized. The conditioner was also very moisturizing. I will say that with the conditioner, a little goes a long way. I made the mistake of applying it to my whole head, and I felt like I couldn't get it out completely no matter how much I rinsed. In addition to that, my hair looked greasy afterwards. So, from that point on, I only used it on my ends.
Despite that little mishap, I liked the product enough to go out and purchase the full sizes not once but twice. I'm still on my second set of products. For me personally, my hair isn't really dry, especially in the summer, so using this in the summer can moisturize my hair too much that it gets greasier quicker, which my hair already gets greasy quick enough. It was hard to tell if it was the hot summer weather making my hair greasy, or the product itself. But honestly, I've used it long enough throughout the summer and have used other products throughout the summer, and I feel like it's a combination. I feel like this would be more beneficial for me to use in the winter time when the air is drier and my hair gets drier and staticy. I've been using my many samples of shampoo and conditioner in the meantime, and I plan on keeping the remainder of these products until it gets cooler out.
Overall, I do recommend these products! Everyone's hair is different, and for me, my summer hair just doesn't do well with products that moisturize so well. My winter hair I think will really benefit from these products. You can find these at Whole Foods, Target, and Ulta, both in the stores and online. At this current time, Ulta is having a buy one get one half off sale, which is a pretty sweet deal. Both 8.5 oz bottles retail for $8.99 each.
Have you ever tried these products? What's your go to shampoo and conditioner?