I have a thing for that Panda Mint Filled Natural Licorice Bar that you can buy at Holland and Barrett’s. Every now and then I will pop in and buy 10 bars to chew on, even though I am not sure why they are organic or particularly good for you at 384 calories per tiny bar.
Holland & Barrett’s is a health food store in the UK that sells – well, health food, supplements, that kind of thing. Its where your nan sends you to buy her cod liver oils and your hypochondriac sister sends you for her Echinacea before going out at the weekend to drink herself into stupor.
Guess what! They now their own comprehensive skincare/haircare/beauty range called Dr. Organic.
I knew this was going to be good or extremely poor – I am a bit of a Organic product fanatic at the moment mainly because the very sniff of SLS gives me the itches. There are so many products out there that LOOK organic, CALL themselves organic, but are anything but.
The Dr. Organic range had a few flavours to choose from – Hello Vera, Tea Tree, Manuka Honey, Pomegranate, Lavender, Vitamin E etc. I wanted to try Pomegranate and Manuka Honey so I got:
Manuka Honey Shampoo & Conditioner:
I think they were £4.99 each which is very good value.
No Parebens and No SLS! Very good:
I tried this out and I didn’t get any itchies and it left my hair pretty shiny and soft. I’d like to see an intensive conditioner under the Manuka Honey range….
*I also got the Manuka Honey body lotion the other half stole and used as a hand cream which he is HIGHLY singing the praises of. Manuka I think was best for dry skins.
I got the Pomegranate deodorant and toothpaste (well…I had to try) and body butter. The body butter is now being used by the other half (he steals ALL the moisturizers) and as for the toothpaste – yes I like it! I have a think about conventional toothpastes anyway, they leave my mouth dry and generally tasting horrible in the morning (don’t get me started on Listerine)….
I like Dr. Organic because:
1. The range is HUGE. It was like product overload, but you can pretty much find a deodorant or cream, or lotion or shower gel in the flavour you prefer.
2. I didn’t see anything over £10. I was suspicious for a while because it is very affordable for what it is. I think the body butter at £8.99 is one of the most expensive things which is great because….
3. Organic products can be pretty expensive to purchase at the best of times and…
4. They are hard to get hold of. If someone asks me where to these paraben/SLS free products most of the time I have to direct them to the internet because the high street is seriously lacking in choice.
Verdict: Yep I’ll be back for all my general toiletries – it isn’t costing me more than my usual bits and pieces and at least I am avoiding any unnecessary chemicals. A success!