Hi everybody,

The cold, harsh winter days of 2011 have made my scalp very itchy. Mind you, I don't have dandruff and this year, I don't have flaky scalp during the wintertime, either. However, the itchiness drives me nuts. Between my regular organic shampoo and Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo, my hair is clean. However, they couldn't stave off the itchiness.

Then, I went to get a haircut at Aveda Institute and experienced their famous Rosemary Mint shampoo and conditioner. Twice. It took me the second time and the almost running out of shampoo at home for me to get a bottle of this shampoo. And guess what? This might have been the best shampoo I've tried yet.

Aveda Rosemary Mint shampoo (8.5 fl. oz, $10.50 USD)
 Wanna know why I like it so much? Jump!

First of all, while Rosemary Mint shampoo has been around for a while, Aveda recently changed its formula. Now, it does not contain SLS, which can cause contact dermatitis to some people. I think my scalp as well as my face has this issue with SLS. Since I stopped using products that contained sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, my face and scalp have been behaving better.

At $10.50 USD for the smaller size, Rosemary Mint is considered one of the cheapest haircare line at Aveda. (The other one is Shampure, their flagship shampoo/conditioner that probably exist as long as Rosemary Mint.) After using Rosemary Mint for the last two weeks, I've realized how amazing this shampoo is: it volumizes my hair, y'all!

Seriously, it gives my hair beaucoup volume without using any other styling products. And I thought nothing like this existed. Not only my hair looks so voluminous on the first day but the bounciness also prolongs way into the second and third day. (By then, my hair started to resemble Robert Pattinson's hair. I know, TMI!) On top of that, the hair has a lot of shine. Although the best way to get more shine is to couple with the Rosemary Mint conditioner, I still have some Brilliant conditioner left and it works just fine.

Like other Aveda haircare products, Rosemary Mint contains essential oils. In this case, the two oils used are rosemary and peppermint leaf extracts. The whole hair washing experience is very therapeutic with the oils works on my olfactory sense. With the presence of peppermint, I feel more alert while washing my hair and my scalp has a tingling sensation. On top of that, rosemary oil treats the itchy scalp very well. I come out of the shower feeling refreshed and a lot calmer.

An attempt to capture the ingredients
The new formula does not contain SLS and parabens.
Ingredients: aqueous extracts/ rosemary leaf extract, peppermint leaf extract, sodium coco-sulfate, lauramidopropyl betaine, glycerin, babassuamidopropyl betaine, vinegar, camphor, menthol, cocamidopropylamine oxide, steramidopropyl dimethylamine, polyquartenium-4, fragrance, linalool, limonene, citric acid, sodium chloride, sodium gluconate, phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid.
Like many SLS-free shampoos, Rosemary Mint lacks vigorous bubbles. However, since I already went through a couple of sulfate-free and organic shampoos before it, this is not a big issue to me. However, I find myself using about 2 quarter-size of shampoo to get my hair clean. A quarter-size amount of product only gives me a weak attempt to clean about half of my head. Also, if you have dry hair, this is not the shampoo for you. Since my hair is oily, it cleans the gunk out very well and leaves it in a squeaky clean state. I'm very impressed with its ability to clean without using any SLS in the formula.

While I know Suave made a dupe of this shampoo, I decided not to buy it since it contains SLS. I tried a Suave shampoo before and I found myself scratching my head the same way Belly scratches his fur. My hair also came out in clumps. Yes, my scalp can get very sensitive sometimes.

At $10.50 USD per 8.5oz bottle ($29.50 USD for the 33.8oz size), Aveda Rosemary Mint shampoo is an excellent volumizing shampoo. The tingling sensation from peppermint as well as the essential oil blend give me a nice aromatherapy experience every time I use it. If you have oily scalp with some lingering itchiness, you should give this shampoo a try. My itchiness is gone since I started using it, which is a huge relief to me.

How about you? Have you tried Aveda Rosemary Mint? Do you like it?

Disclaimer: I bought Aveda Rosemary Mint out of my own pocket. The opinions and experience are mine.

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