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|Rahua Volume Shampoo|
Would you believe it took me eight years into the green beauty journey to try Rahua? I can't quite believe it either! Even though I knew about them from the start of my switch, in fact their was one of the first natural products to come into my radar, but I think I know why I resisted for so long - up until very recently I was a total bargain hunter when it comes to my products, and I could never cough up the cost for it, seeing as way overpriced. I am still a frugal girl in many ways, but I have come to my senses when it comes to clean and natural beauty products - I am happy to pay as long as the product is working well for me. I know the costs of quality raw materials and I am prepared to pay for the quality now, whereas before I used to look for cheapest versions of products (still natural though) and cry tears of crocodile when nothing was working or I couldn't find what I want locally! Don't get me wrong, I didn't went all posh and overpriced on you, I still maintain that good and really natural products can be found at all price points, it's just I relaxed my tight grip on prices now and will happily invest, as long as the product works well for me. So let's see if I think this product is worth the money? I've been testing the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo (around 32€, link) for quite a while now and I can finally give you my two cents on it.
Rahua's story began deep in the Amazon rainforest thousands of years ago where the women of the Quechua-Shuar tribe discovered the beautifying properties of Rahua oil. The oil is sourced from Rahua nut tree and its fortifying and shine-inducing effect on hair and nourishing and lasting glow on skin, quickly elevated it to an honored ingredient that has solidified its place in Amazonian beauty rituals for centuries. The ancient beauty practice was discovered by the New York hairstylist Fabian Lliguin who then went on to create Rahua with his wife Anna Ayers.
All Rahua products are vegan, organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free and support indigenous people. The brand is based on sustainable business in partnership with women from Amazonian nations such as Waorani, Achuar, Quichua, Quechua and Shuar. They are dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and creating learning centres too. You can certainly feel good about it when buying Rahua products! Great ingredients too! Rates at 2 on the EWG Skin Deep Database, and a quick scan with ThinkDirty gave me a score of 3. Fabulous or what?
Aqua, Herbal Infusion of Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* and Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis leaf Extract*, Coco Betaine, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Saccharum Officinarum (Molasses) Extract, Glycine, Oenocarpus Bataua (Ungurahua) Oil, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Potassium Sorbate (plant derived), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil*, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Chlorophyll. *denotes organic ingredients.
So, as you can see, all fabulous ingredients and extracts, but does it actually work? And how did I find it?
Well, it does work, and fabulously, actually, apart from one teeny tiny detail - I find it does not give me volume. I am fine with it though, as firstly I am yet to come across a shampoo that actually would give me volume, and secondly, I don't do much with my hair anyways, so it does not bother me one bit. Apart from this, I like it a lot, I am using it for quite some time now, about six months actually, and I still have some left - so I can see it lasting for a while. It lathers well and washes the hair well, you know, some shampoos are hard to wash out or don't give you that clean hair feeling - this is none of those things. My hair is shiny and soft just from the shampoo (I didn't buy the matching conditioner) and I find it passes my four day test (and by that I mean I wash my hair only every four days). Actually it would last even longer than four days, but my scalp gets oily and it shows, but the hair looks good! So I find myself only washing the scalp/roots now and not the full length of hair, which I've never done before. That means two things - I really think the shampoo will last for MONTHS, and I have long hair; and two - I am starting to eye up their dry shampoo, which isn't a part of my usual repertoire either, but after reading some glowing reviews on it, my curiosity is well piqued. I also think I will pick a travel size conditioner too - I need to see if it makes a difference, because I want to bring well rounded reviews for you guys. My hair is quite tangly, but less so with Rahua shampoo.
Also, did you know that Love Lula has already started their Black Friday sale and you can pick this up at 15% off? Or any product for that matter? I know I am stocking up on some essentials :)
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That's my post for today. Have you tried Rahua line and what have you liked (or disliked) about it? Please share, I would love to know!
*Edit a couple of hours later. This shampoo smells of Palo Santo (earthy in other words) but does not linger.
My hair is fine, but lots of it, with very sensitive scalp. I haven't used any conditioners with it, just hair oils from the second day onwards, and only from half length down.
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