Nature’s Gate Organics Lavender and Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner Product Review

by heather

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For those of you who caught my product review on Burt’s Bees Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo and Conditioner, you know I’ve been in a bit of a hair care conundrum.

In response to the lousy experience I had with that particular product, I went out and purchased Nature’s Gate Organics Lavender and Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner.  I’ve now been using this shampoo for about a month.

And, I’m in love.

Why I love Nature’s Gate Organics Lavender and Aloe Shampoo and Conditioner

My hair was a mess after the Burt’s Bees experience (I lovelovelove Burt’s Bees, but their Grapefruit and Sugar Beet line really gunked up my hair…).  It was oily and there was tons of buildup on my scalp from the conditioner.  It wasn’t looking good.

So, I really hoping that the Nature’s Gate Organics would bring things back to normal.  And, it has.

First, my hair feels really clean with this shampoo.  You don’t need a lot to work up a decent lather, and it rinses away very clean.

The conditioner is perfect.  I have very thick, curly hair, so usually I have to gunk on the conditioner just to get my comb through in order to brush the tangles out.  Not with this conditioner; one quarter-sized dollop is all I need.  It also rinses clean and leaves no gunk on my hair or my scalp.  And, my tangles are easily brushed out.

Another huge perk is the scent; both the Nature’s Gate Organics Lavender and Aloe shampoo and conditioner smell divine.

The Safety of Nature’s Gate Organics

Before I bought this new line I checked them out on Skin Deep’s Cosmetic Safety Database.  For some reason the shampoo isn’t up there, but the conditioner scored very well (a 1 on a scale of 0-10 for product safety).  You can see the full Cosmetic Safety Database write up on the conditioner here.

Plus, Nature’s Gate Organics have signed the Compact For Safe Cosmetics, which is their pledge to produce safe products, removing hazardous chemicals and promoting transparency between their company and the consumers who buy their products.

So, I figured the shampoo was probably just as safe as the conditioner.

Last Word…

I have nothing bad to say about this shampoo and conditioner.  I’ve been completely happy with it, and would definitely buy it again.  My vote: five out of five stars.

After it’s used up, however, I’m thinking about trying a shampoo bar. I love the idea, because shampoo bars are just a bar of soap; there’s no plastic packaging involved, which means less waste and resources consumed.

Two brands, Purple Prairie Botanicals, and Soap For Goodness Sake, scored very well on the Cosmetics Safety Database (you can see a listing of the safest shampoos by clicking here). So, I’m thinking of trying one of them.

Have you guys ever used a shampoo bar?  If so, did you like it?  I’ve never used one, and am not even sure I know how.  Do you rub it on your head?  Lather it up on your fingers and then scrub?

Last Word Part 2…

Disclaimer: Everything in this product review is 100% my own opinion. This is NOT a paid or sponsored post. There are no paid or sponsored posts on The Greenest Dollar.


Jen. March 17, 2009 at 8:49 am

I’ve been using a shampoo bar I got at:

I absolutely love it! It’s a really giant square of soap and the ingredients are all stuff I recognize. It’s only $5 for a 1 pound bar and it lasts a very long time. You can also use it on your body, which is great when traveling!

To use, I just rub the bar over my head. I do find that I need a conditioner afterward.

heather March 17, 2009 at 8:53 am

Hi Jen,

Thanks so much for that information; I’ll definitely go check them out.

The idea of using a shampoo bar is really starting to grow on me. And you bring up a great point about traveling; you wouldn’t have to worry about the shampoo dribbling out in your suitcase, or hauling the bottles across the country.

And the fact that shampoo bars use minimal packaging is especially appealing. I’m definitely going to try one out!

Thanks for the tips!

Living the Rural Dream March 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Hi Heather,

Thank you for visiting and leaving such a great comment on my blog – it’s nice to know there are others going through the same thing!

having a nose around your blog – love it! So much fabulous inspiration and information. You’ll definitely be on my blogroll. I have to say we too have really ‘downsized’ our dream since living in our camper. The realisation of how little space we actually need/use coupled with saving money and the environment totally made us rethink everything. Currently we’re thinking a small cabin with a hammock out front 😉

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