Jungle Botanics Forest Leaves Shampoo & Conditioner

I have dry, processed hair that doesn’t do too well with most hair products, so I was excited when Wishtrend graciously offered to send me a new shampoo and conditioner they are carrying. The Jungle Botanics line of hair and body care products is based on natural ingredients and I was happy to hear that the shampoo and conditioner are silicone-free and phthalate-free.

 

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The products featured in this post were provided for review by Wishtrend.com. All opinions are my own.

 

Hair products that have a lot of silicone in them tend to weigh down my hair with residue and need to be washed off with a strong shampoo. Unfortunately, the harsh surfactants required to wash off silicone-based products tend to irritate my scalp, making it itchy and more flake-prone (ick). For a long time, I stuck to gentle baby shampoos to cleanse my hair and I’ve been looking for silicone-free conditioners and hair treatments as well.

Another problem with silicones in hair products is that they coat the hair shaft and sit on top of your hair, preventing moisturizing ingredients from penetrating into your hair. While silicone-based conditioners make your hair feel really nice and slick in the short term, they may actually be causing more dryness over the long term.

 

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Jungle Botanics Forest Leaves Cooling Shampoo

The Forest Leaves Cooling Shampoo is meant to be a hypoallergenic shampoo that is designed for sensitive scalps and oily scalp and hair. My hair isn’t oily, but I do have a sensitive scalp, so I was looking forward to the cooling effect. The shampoo is a light green color and contains menthol capsules that contribute to the cooling feeling when rubbed into the hair and scalp.

I love that it is also a pH-balanced shampoo, in that it is slightly acidic, similar to the natural acidity of your scalp. This makes it less likely to strip your scalp of its natural protective oils.

 

Ingredients 

Water, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Menthol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mannitol, Sucrose, Butylene Glycol, Buteth-3, Salicylic Acid, Climbazole, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Crocus Sativus Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tributyl Citrate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chromium Hydroxide Green, CI 19140, CI 42053, Fragrance

 

There are a lot of plant extracts in this shampoo as well as salicylic acid, mint oil and tea tree oil. These ingredients can be great for soothing irritation and itchiness, but beware if you have ever been sensitive to any of the extracts in this shampoo.

 

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Performance

I found this to be a low foaming shampoo. It was difficult to lather up in my thick hair and to get it to disperse evenly through my hair. Part of this might have been because I have very very hard water at my house, and hard water tends to inhibit foaming. To solve this problem I ended up buying a shampoo brush at my local Daiso (Japanese dollar fifty store) and used it to massage the shampoo into my roots and scalp. This worked like a charm and felt really nice too.

I found that when I rinsed out the shampoo, it was a little drying to my dry, chemically processed hair. Not having silicones to coat the shaft of the hair, it didn’t feel slick or smooth and I definitely felt the need to condition my hair after rinsing.

The great thing was that my scalp felt great! The cooling sensation was especially nice given our hot weather lately, and afterwards my scalp felt refreshed, clean, and non itchy.

I do feel that this shampoo is more suited to people with oily hair though, or perhaps to be used once a week to deep cleanse the scalp.

I also didn’t particularly care for the fragrance, which reminded me of incense and was a little strong for my liking.

 

 

Jungle Botanics Forest Leaves Warming Treatment

 

The Forest Leaves Warming Treatment is a deep conditioning treatment for dry and damaged hair. It’s a bit odd to me that the Cooling Shampoo and the Warming Treatment are offered as a package deal by Wishtrend, since they purport to be for different hair types (shampoo for oily scalp and hair, and treatment for dry damaged hair). I personally loved the Forest Leaves Warming Treatment and I would absolutely buy it again, but I wouldn’t necessarily buy the Cooling Shampoo again just cause it’s more suited for oily hair.

The Warming Treatment has a ton of nourishing and antioxidant oils to suffuse your hair with moisture. Do be aware if you have nut allergies, as this product does contain oil from Brazil nuts (or as they call them in Brazil, just “nuts” har har).

The instructions say to squeeze excess water out of your hair, apply the Warming Treatment, and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

 

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Ingredients

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Steartrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Malpighia Emarginata (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Crocus Sativus Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance

 

Performance

 

The Botanic Jungle Forest Leaves Warming Treatment is truly a treatment and not a mere conditioner. Think of it as a moisturizing mask for your hair. As a treatment, therefore, you do need to follow the instructions and leave it on for at least 5 minutes for it to be effective. The first few times I used it, I applied it like a regular conditioner and washed it off after 1-2 minutes, and it really didn’t do much for me. However, once I started leaving it in longer, I saw a real difference in my hair’s moisture levels.

As a silicone-free conditioner, the oils in this treatment really do absorb into your hair, which is why you need to let it have time to do its work. The longer the better, in fact. As you rinse it out it can feel a tiny bit oily so do take the time to rinse it out thoroughly.

I didn’t find that it had any “warming” effect.

I found that this left my hair very soft and after letting my hair dry, I really felt like I had fewer flyaways and my hair looked smoother. It also felt moisturized and healthy, which kind of compensated for the fact that the Cooling Shampoo felt a bit drying. I think this is a great deep conditioner that should be saved for when you have time to really let it absorb and do it justice.

 

Bottom Line

I liked the Forest Leaves Cooling Shampoo, which made my scalp feel clean, refreshed, and itch-free, but I probably won’t repurchase as it’s better for oily hair.  I loved the Forest Leaves Warming Treatment, which deeply moisturized my hair, and would absolutely repurchase it.

 

Buy it at

On Wishtrend:

Shampoo and Conditioner* together for $35.82

Some offers for Wishtrend.com* this month include 10% off orders of $50+ with code AF16AUGUST10 and free Vitamin 21.5 sheet mask with code BESTVITAMINCMASK

They currently only have the shampoo and conditioner for purchase together on their site, however, you can find them separately on Amazon (also sold by Wishtrend):

Jungle Botanics Cooling Shampoo* for $22.90 (free shipping)

Jungle Botanics Warming Treatment* for $17.90 (free shipping

 

What’s your favorite hair care product? Does a “cooling” shampoo and a “warming” conditioner sound appealing to you?

 

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