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I‘m not going to lie, I absolutely hate styling my hair. You spend almost an hour to get your hair looking good and then within a couple days you have to rinse and repeat. What a waste of time! Therefore, I have a pretty good relationship with dry shampoo and see it as a huge life-saver. Along with the Bio:Renew Argan Oil of Morocco products from Herbal Essences, I also received the Bio:Renew Dry Shampoo in Cucumber + Green Tea free courtesy of Bzzagent.
I’ve already spoken about how I believe that the Herbal Essences brand is guilty of Greenwashing in my last post, therefore I’m not going to be a broken record about it. However, we are going to dive deep into the ingredients within this dry shampoo and see how natural + green it really is! (I find great joy in learning about words that I cannot pronounce…you’ll see when we get to the last ingredient!)
Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Dry Shampoo Claims
- Crafted with bio:renew, a signature blend of essential antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp – Please see more about the bio:renew blend in my last post.
- Cucumber and Green Tea Dry Shampoo has 0% parabens, gluten and colorants – This is true
- Dry Shampoo that instantly revitalizes texture and adds a boost of scent – This is true
- Experience the multi-layered scents of green leaves, water lily, and clean amber – Matter of opinion on fragrance
Unlike the shampoo + conditioner these claims hold more true to the product.
Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Dry Shampoo Cucumber + Green Tea Ingredients
The first thing I noticed is that the back of the dry shampoo bottle has less ingredients than what is on their website. It looks like the website has the ingredients for the shampoo listed under their dry shampoo… so we’re going to go with what’s on the bottle. The colours correspond to the ratings on EWG Skin Deep 1-3, 4-6, 7-10.
- Isobutane. A hydrocarbon gas used as a propellant. Classified as a high human health priority and expected to be toxic or harmful according to environment Canada.
- Alcohol Denatured. A mixture of ethyl alcohol with a denaturing agent. Ethanol is toxic and linked to birth defects when consumed orally. Herbal Essences says it dissolves ingredients.
- Propane. A hydrocarbon gas used as a propellant. Classified as a human toxin and allergen.
- Tapioca Starch. A starch most likely used for absorbing oils. (Not listed in the Herbal Essences Ingredients Glossary.)
- Fragrance/ Parfum. Unknown mixture of chemicals.
- Histidine. An amino acid, used for skin-conditioning or moisturizing. (Not listed in the Herbal Essences Ingredients Glossary.)
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice. Aloe vera gel used for moisturizing.
- Ecklonia Radiata Extract. Australian sea kelp extract.
- Silica. Derived from sand and most likely used for oil absorption.
- Polymethylsilsesquioxane. Herbal Essences states that it is used to moisturize hair but it could be an opacifying agent as well.
This ingredient list isn’t so different from the Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo that they debuted in 2016. Which also seems to be impossible to find on their website… The main difference is the “antioxidants” that they have in them. Although this product is not filled with a slew of nasty chemicals, the biggest offenders are on the top of the list meaning that their concentration is much higher. Therefore, I think it would be best to avoid.
Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Dry Shampoo Review
I did give this a try. Similarly to the Shampoo + Conditioner I did not read the ingredient list first as I want to have an unbiased review in terms of usage. And you know what? I think it works really well. Such a bummer because I don’t want to love it, but if you’re looking for a dry shampoo that can combat 2+ days of unwashed hair… this does pretty darn good. I am really impressed with how much oil it manages to magically absorb and keep under control.
That being said, I never went more than 3 days without washing my hair and I don’t recommend ditching showers all together. Will I repurchase? Definitely not. As well as it works, I don’t believe that spraying my head full of chemicals is something I want to do on a regular basis. I really would prefer to find a more natural substitute that works just as well.
Plus, I’m still pretty upset at Herbal Essences as a brand for actively Greenwashing and misleading consumers.
What’s your favourite dry shampoo?