THE COMPANY :
Everyone who knows me knows I'm very proud of where I'm from, so in my venture into a greener life, I've promised myself I would try and encourage local and national business. The Green Beaver company is an Ontario based company that prides itself in not only delivering natural and organic products and ingredients, but in supporting local farmers and businesses by using over 95% all Canadian ingredients, most of them wild crafted. Why not 100% you may ask? Because Green Beaver does not believe in synthetic preservatives so they have to import natural ones derived from citrus which cannot grow in Canada.
So we decided to start with this new rejuvenating shampoo and conditioner made from wild crafted Prince Edward Island cranberries.
First off, a product overview : Both the shampoos and conditioner are 100% biodegradable, vegan and gluten-free. The bottles are made from clear polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PETE recycling number 1) which is one of the most widely used plastics because it is easy to recycle and has one of the lowest risks of leaching breakdown of its compounds.
These products contain no paraben preservatives, sulfate detergents, artificial aromas, fragrances or dyes, no glycol or petrolatum products and are not tested on animals. Not to shabby if you ask me!
THE REVIEW :
Now, first off, they smell WONDERFUL! The cranberry aromas in the one we are trying were simply invigorating. Also, I'm usually very sensitive person when it comes to fragrances in products, but in this case, not one itch or discomfort.
For the shampoo : The first thing I noticed was the almost watery texture of it. Of course, without all the chemicals and detergents in it to thicken it up, it was to be expected, but just be warned : There is no need to squeeze the bottle. Also, it takes a bit more than I would have usually used in other brands. Mostly because it does not spread as readily as a creamier shampoo. This is DEFINITELY a "rinse and repeat" product. It is not a very "sudsy" shampoo, but you get that very clean feeling before you even go to rinse and when you do, it rinses in a flash!
For the conditioner : TWO THUMPS AND TWO BIG TOES UP! Light, creamy and so fragrant. Spreads all over with just a small amount in the palm of your hand. Detangles like a dream and if you just let it stand for a few minutes before rinsing, you can feel your hair getting healthier. Winter here had left my hair a ragged mess and just a few days of using this conditioner and my hair already feels a thousand times better.
Price : Very reasonable. We paid about 7$ CD a bottle. Most of the organic shampoos that are sold here unfortunately come in little 250 ml (8 oz) bottles, so we were very happy with the price since these come in bottles of 325 ml (11 oz).
Now as I mentioned earlier, I have a feeling that this will be a 2 bottles of shampoo for every bottle of conditioner deal, but at that price and with how lovely my hair feels, I think we will definitely stick this one out for a few.
Hope this was useful! Happy greening everyone!