Yarok. All Natural Hair Care

 

I love checking out new hair products almost as much as I love exploring fragrance. Unfortunately, truly green hair care options are pretty limited. As most of you are fully aware, many companies claim to be made with natural ingredients which means there might be a smidge of lavender oil in the mix, but the rest is petrol derived or synthetic chemicals. On the other hand, when you do come across a shampoo or conditioner that is truly all natural, frequently it leaves your hair feeling like straw.

John Masters Organics has been my go-to brand for several years now, and even though I’m more than satisfied with my faves from that line (I just ordered another large bottle of their Neroli Detangler) I was anxious to check out something new on the green scene, Yarok.

Yarok literally means “green” in Hebrew, and thankfully the line lives up to its name. The ingredients are 100% natural, vegan, cruelty free and 3% of its profits go to the The Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit that protects over 10 million acres of rainforests in the Amazon. All of these facts led me to Yarok, but the high quality and efficacy of their products will keep me coming back.


I’ll start with my favorite from the line, the Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner. It’s made with loads of organic oils like jojoba, evening primrose and apricot, and comes in a spray bottle that produces a fine mist that makes over-application almost impossible. The instructions read, “for use on damp hair prior to heat styling”. I do use this spray on my wet hair but always let it air dry, and the results have been wonderful. I still use my JMO Neroli Detangler as a leave-in conditioner as well, but Yarok adds some extra hydration. I also use a few sprays when my hair is dry which helps keep the frizzies under control and adds some curl definition to my sometimes unruly hair. Oils of rosemary and litsea cubeba impart a lemony herbal scent which I really like, but it dissipates almost instantly, so no worries if that combo doesn’t sound appealing.

Upon reading the tagline of Yarok’s Shampoo and Conditioner, “Feed Your Volume”, I wasn’t sure they’d become a part of my repertoire as volume is not what I need to be adding to my hair. But I gave it a go, and was highly pleased with the results. First off, I fell in love with the scent of the shampoo. It has an enticing sweet orange blossom fragrance that lingers gently after a shower. It foams nicely and readily and does not give your hair that dreaded straw-like feeling. It’s really a pleasure to use. The only negative thing I can say is that its price tag is steep, $26 for 8.5oz. Sadly, Feed Your Volume Shampoo won’t become my daily shampoo, but I would love to have a bottle on hand for selective use.

 

Like the shampoo, Feed Your Volume Conditioner is also very lovely and costs $26 for 8.5oz. It however, does not smell like orange blossoms, but rather vetiver. In fact, the vetiver scent is so strong that I would dissuade anyone from buying it who is not a fan. I am very fond of vetiver and loved it wafting from my hair throughout the day. Yarok’s conditioner is not heavy or terribly thick, but it does a good job as a detangler which is a must in my book. For someone with fine hair, this conditioner would be ideal. For me it works nicely, but requires a leave-in conditioner which is the case with most conditioners. I’ve also been testing their Feed Your Shine Hair Serum which I apply before swimming and it has kept my hair from becoming a hot mess. I love running this rich serum through my hair before getting into the pool as it makes putting on that unflattering swim cap worth the trouble.

Overall, I am very impressed with Yarok and am thrilled to have found such a fabulous leave-in conditioner that is super easy to use. I don’t mind paying the $22 for an 8oz bottle as it will last much longer than a bottle of shampoo. In fact, I’m pretty sure it will last several months. Speaking of shampoo, I might have to forgo the requisite request of perfume for Mother’s Day and ask for a couple bottles of Yarok’s instead.

Yarok is available at Yarokhair.com and one of the best etailers around, SpiritBeautyLounge

Posted by ~Trish

Disclosure: A samples were sent to me for consideration by SpiritBeautyLounge. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.

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Intelligent Nutrients Jasminas and Finishing Gloss

It might seem strange to combine a hair product review with a fragrance review, but in the world of Intelligent Nutrients, it makes perfect sense. All of their products are made to be used all over the body, even in the hair. Multi-use is encouraged throughout their website and I have taken them up on their recommendation as I use their Jasminas fragrance in my hair, and their Finishing Gloss on my skin.

Jasminas is a big name to live up to in my opinion. Of course a fragrance with such a name should be jasmine based and therefore somewhat bold, but I want it easy to wear. So kudos for Jasminas. Not only did it meet my expectations, but exceeded them as well. Jasminas is a terrifically audacious scent, bursting with juicy jasmine sambac in a macadamia seed oil base. It luxuriously smooths onto the skin and exudes the signature spicy, citrusy floral redolence of this tiny blossom which is also known as pikake if you are in Hawaii. Like a fresh lei of jasmine sambac around your neck, Jasminas swirls around your body as you move, delivering you to a warmer and more relaxing climate.

Add a few drops in your hand  along with a pump of Intelligent Nutrients Finishing Gloss, and Jasmina’s scent will linger throughout the day in your softly smoothed hair. The Finishing Gloss includes a blend of jojoba oil, sesame oil, shea butter and beeswax which is a potent mix, so only a pea-sized pump or two is needed to tame my long curly-wavy-frizz prone hair. I use one pump if my hair is already dry and I want a polished pony-tail, and two pumps distributed evenly throughout my wet hair for supple waves. The scent is a mild sesame/neroli combo and I let any leftover product absorb into my hands, as the hydrating ingredients work just as well on the skin as it does the hair. I’m loving this feel-good, smell-good multi-tasking!


Intelligent Nutrients was founded by Horst M. Rechelbacher, the creator of Aveda which he sold to Estee Lauder in 1997. He continued consulting for Aveda until 2003 when he focused on creating Intelligent Nutrients, a company dedicated to using 100% food-based and organic certified ingredients.

Intelligent Nutrients Finishing Gloss is $29 for 1.7 oz, Jasminas is $45 for 11mls. Available at SpritBeautyLounge.

Posted by ~Trish

Disclosure: Samples were sent to me for consideration by SpiritBeautyLounge. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.

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