I’ve had scalp woes (documented on this blog!) for a while now, mainly itchiness, flaking etc. I have managed to contain the symptoms well although I recently had a bad flare up, a result I believe of testing some cheap products (boo!). I had intense itching for days which no amount of washing stopped or scalp serums. At its worse I was scratching away for a whole day (not attractive) and anyone who has suffered from a dry itchy scalp knows how weepy and uncomfortable it can get. Using anything with SLS and alcohol makes my scalp much worse.
As if it were fate, I was given a bottle of this scalp essence – Phyto’s Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Essence.
Phyto are a French hair care brand which is absolutely huge and have a range of really effective pharmacy type products for the hair and scalp. They may not look flashy but the are effective (I haven’t used anything from Photo apart from this essence for a while so I can’t really vouch for anything just yet!).
This little bottle of scalp essence is pretty small – just 25ml for £24.50 but it is supposed to be a highly concentrated formula.
This treatment is supposed to balance and clarify troubled scalps. It helps with flaking and help if you are using other treatments such as hair loss ones. It is energising and helps dryness or oiliness and irritation. It can also be left overnight, but you shouldn’t use it 5 days before or after a chemical treatment.
It contains rosemary, sage, cypress, eucalyptus and lemon.
So – first things first the product comes in a heavy weight bottle with a small rounded tip you can use for precision application. As you need to cover troubled areas or the whole scalp, I recommend parting the hair and working methodically making sure you comb the hair away so that it isn’t wasted in the hair, and applied directly to the root.
The texture is like a lightweight oil which is easy to spread. One application took about 1/8th of the bottle – I am going to hazard a guess that if I were neither stingy nor generous with my applications I could get about 8 goes with this product which makes it about £3.50 per application.
Now – the scent! The tingle!
Being full of essential oils this does smell extremely strong – that minty smell which reminds me very very much of Olbas oil. I don’t mind oblate oil but then again I love the smell of petrol – if you dislike Olbas oil then you will not like this because it is very pungent. I personally quite like it, I find it zingy and refreshing but do be aware that this does not smell like flowers or anything like that.
It tingles a lot – luckily it didn’t burn any sore areas (because I had been scratching a lot) but it warms your entire head up.
After 30 mins I shampooed this out. I loved the result. Itching had gone which was such a relief, no residual smell, and my scalp felt clean but not tight. Lovely. Such a relief if you are currently suffering from never ending itching. I would totally consider keeping this on all night if it wasn’t for the fact the baby still nurses through the night – it might smell a bit too strong for him! Or it might clear his airways 🙂
Now I need to tell you that a day after using this my scalp started to flake – I knew this was going to happen whenever my scalp goes through trauma it needs to ‘shed’ if that makes sense before it gets better. The flaking lasted 1 day then my scalp was like new. It also seemed to make my hair looking shiny and soft. No more horrible cheap shampoo for me!
Well it isn’t the cheapest product. As mentioned above its about £3.50 a go, but worth it if you have a difficult scalp, certainly more than buying yet another styling product. Scalp health is important! Also if you dislike that strong menthol smell you won’t like this BUT most scalp treatments I have tried will contain tea tree or that kind of thing.
Buy it here (Feel Unique) there are there stockists also!