Welcome to Beauty Finds! This edition features Aromatica B5 + Biotin Fortifying Shampoo.
While I’m all about plastic free packaging when possible, solid shampoos I have a hard time finding on that works. Ones I’ve tried leave my hair looking dry and in bad condition. The current shampoo bar I was using initially made my hair beautiful until one day it turned on me leaving lank dry locks. I also didn’t want to try another expensive shampoo and condition again (ha) or a cult shampoo, use my hairdresser recommended duo again, or one with a few no to me ingredients. Out of desperation I went to my favourite beauty shop in Barcelona, you guessed it Miin Cosmetics. I thought I like Korean skincare so let’s try Korean haircare. I’m not sure whether I went during the sales, it was still an expensive gamble. I know biotin and black sesame seed oil is good for hair. I sprinkle ground black sesame seeds on my salads to help fight white hairs as well as host of other anti grey treatments! Yes, I’m vain. I don’t want to dye my hair just yet and plus it’s chemicals down the drain into the water systems. Read on for my Beauty Finds requirements or skip a paragraph for the review.
I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil, I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then…. As for my hair, it’s fine, oil and sadly those whites ones are saying hi.
A Vitamin shampoo containing the nutrients of Vitamin B5, Pro vitamin B5, and Biotin helps weak and thin hair to strengthener. Water-soluble Vitamins, Black food complex and Ceramide keep your hair healthy
Thankfully the gamble paid off. My hair likes it. Used with Aromatica Rosemary Thickening Conditioner my hair is in a lot better condition. Even my hairdresser said it’s looking better. So would I recommend? Yes.
I initially noticed it was a lot more shiner and less frizzy if straight hair can be less frizzy. It’s designed for fine brittle hair. If you have fine hair, you know how easily it can show damage and dryness. I have fine oily hair and every 3 months when I get a hair cut I also have rebuilding treatment. I noticed within week my hair looking and feeling healthier having a lot more volume and feeling thicker. I will add that I take fo-ti and amla with are good for delaying grey/white hairs as well as boosting hair growth, apply amla powder masks and Hair Mayraki Anti Grey Restoring Treatment. Probably too much as I also applied last year weekly amla oil as I had a lot of hair loss which I didn’t want growing back white, my hair completely changed from strawberry blond to dark almost black ginger. Kinda scary. I’ve eased up, as I’d like my natural hair colour to return somewhere like before, before it all goes white and I start dying it. Getting old sucks. More so if your ginger hair starts loosing its fire for burnt embers. I have also tried to stick to low histamine foods for digestion issues.
B5 is also know as panthenol which helps against breakage and keeping hair moisturised. Biotin helps strengthen the scalps barrier function, ceramides from tonka beans give hair shine whilst hydrating and reducing frizziness. I mentioned earlier it contains black sesame seed extract which is what attracted me to it, it also contains 5 other black foods: black rice, black soy, blackberries, aubergine/eggplant as well as pepper seeds (black pepper is also on those fo-ti tablets!). It’s a power house shampoo for fine hair!
Full ingredient list:
Aqua, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Erythritol, Lauryl Glucoside, Panthenol, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Oryza Sativa Extract, Glycine Soja Seed Extract, Sesamum Indicum Seed Extract, Solanum Melongena Fruit Extract, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Piper Nigrum Seed Extract, Ceramide NP, Illicium Verum Fruit Extract, *Citrus Reticulata Peel Oil, *Limonene, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, Polyquaternium-10, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, *Abies Sibirica Oil, Arginine, *Styrax Benzoin Resin Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, *Canarium Luzonicum Gum Oil, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Acetate. * Naturally found in essential oil(s)
Its scent is quite strong, kinda masculine however it dissipates quickly. It also washes out hair oil, or amla oil with 2 washes. You don’t have to use much and it foams nicely even without SLS’s. Did I mention it leaves my hair feeling soft too?! It’s cruelty free, vegan and ecocert certified!
I was doing all the additional hair treatments and tablets last year and quickly saw how dark my hair was going around November last year, so I know they were working. I was using other previous mentioned shampoos and conditioners with my hair not looking the greatest, so I know the shampoo’s working of 8 months use. It’s even helping keep my hair from drying out like it usually does in the summer from being in the sea a lot.
It is expensive, €34.95 for 400ml for which lasts me about 3-4 months. I’ve nearly finished my second bottle and it’s always nearly sold out unless I want to pay more at other companies including shipping. I try to get in when the sales are on. It’s only con, it’s all plastic packaging.
Would I recommended? Yes as I’ve already said! If you have fine hair, you won’t be disappointed! It’s expensive yet worth the price tag!