So I thought that it was about time that I did a review for my absolute favourite, the Odylique Tea Tree & Herb Shampoo*. Now, this isn't the first time that this little gem has popped up on my blog - I seem to mention it constantly - but I've never actually set down and given it the word count that it deserves.
I was first pushed to try Odylique's shampoo range by the lovely Sarah who is always singing their praises. At the time, I was still looking for a shampoo that effectively cleaned my oily hair, but without stripping my scalp that can be quite itchy and sensitive. She is a fan of the original Gentle Herb incarnation but I was drawn to this one due to the inclusion of tea tree. Tea tree is known to help with itchy reactive scalps and so I was eager to give it a go. And it did not disappoint.
I will say that it did take me a little time to get used to this shampoo due to its slightly odd formula. It's a very runny, almost gel-like consistency and so it's easy to use too much. It took me a good couple of uses to realise that less is more with this shampoo. You only need a small amount. It may not lather much but as long as you leave it to sit on the scalp (very important if yours is sensitive like mine), then you will have good results. The tea tree also adds a really satisfying scent to the shampoo. I know that some people find it a little medicinal but I find it very refreshing and almost comforting. Another kinda of 'out of the box' perk to this shampoo is that it's very good for mixing with other brands when you're trying to use something up. If I'm trying another shampoo that doesn't seem to work for me, adding just a pump of this makes it usable enough to empty the bottle.
My only issue with this shampoo is that for me, it could be better value for money. It costs about £11/12 and considering the small size of the container (250ml), I seem to go through them quite quickly as I wash my hair every other day. Yes, in the grand scheme of things, it's not too expensive but I'm still getting used to spending more than about a fiver on shampoo! The normal Gentle Herb variety is available in a large deluxe size and I really wish that Odylique would extend that to this version or at least offer some kind of multi-buy deal. This is the only reason that I have begun to stray from the shampoo every now and then, but I can still safely say that it will take a lot for a product to beat the Odylique for me. I'm currently using some from Avalon Organics - that I do really like - but I do find that my scalp gets itchy a lot quicker than it does with the Odylique. It's definitely the best green shampoo that I have come across so far!