Cruelty-Free skincare products that work


Improve shine & reduce frizziness with this luxurious duo.

I wanted to avoid cutting off many inches of hair while going gray.  So, I was seriously committed to finding the best products to keep my wavy, highlighted shoulder length hair looking healthy.

I discovered my breakthrough products late summer, after discarding 2 shampoos (one from a fancy Beverly Hills salon, $40, one around $10 from Whole Foods) that did nothing for my hair’s appearance.

Truth be told, my hair had bigger issues than just chemical processing. It seemed thinner and flatter as well.  Thinning hair is common for women over age forty.  I wanted to find a shampoo that would smooth but also add some body.  Finally, I was hoping for a deep conditioner that would make my hair feel smooth and soft.

The staff at Co-opportunity Santa Monica ( raved about John Masters Organics, so I decided to try their Citrus & Neroli Detangler. I liked everything about it!  It smelled delicious and smoothed my hair nicely.  I used it mostly as a lightweight leave-in conditioner and was thrilled that is contains no parabens, sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) or silicones.

Silicones are in many conditioners these days.  While they do smooth the hair, they also leave a plastic like coating that eventually requires a clarifying shampoo to remove it.  Thus the vicious cycle of over washing often with products containing sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) , which then leads to the need to smooth damaged hair again.

Since the detangler was amazing, I decided it was time to try their other products.


According to the company website, Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo “Deeply cleanses and moisturizes hair so you can rock a frizz-free look all day long…. a great choice for anyone with color-treated hair or fine and curly hair types.”

This is absolutely true, at least for my fine, colored hair. After one use, my hair literally felt softer and lighter, almost as if it was not highly processed, colored hair.  It was also dramatically smoother.  Once dry I noticed it was fuller with an almost “fluffy” feeling.

Many natural shampoos don’t lather, but this one does lather up nicely and smells amazing!

Key ingredients include:

Aloe Vera –  hydrates

Essential Oils – nourishes scalp and hair 

Jojoba & Panthenol – for softer, shinier tresses

I love this shampoo and would never be without it!


I’ve tried much pricier conditioners and masks over the past few years, but none performs as well as Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner. It smells fresh and earthy, with a strong lavender scent.  It includes avocado oil,  an excellent moisturizer.

Other key ingredients:

Arnica – hydrates

Soy protein – strengthens

This conditioner dramatically improved my hair’s texture without weighing it down. I used it about twice a week.

Both of these products are also available in travel sizes, making them easy to try out.  Be sure to take them along on fall vacations or holiday trips!


More information from John Masters Organics website:

John Masters Organics provides the finest in luxury organic beauty products to customers around the world. Founded by visionary stylist John Masters in his Soho, New York salon, John Masters Organics is synonymous with premium quality, earth-friendly botanical ingredients and the ultimate in professional salon-level results. …Through partnerships with farmers and harvesters of organic and wild-crafted ingredients, and dedication to using 100% recyclable packaging and earth-friendly production methods, John Masters Organics produces the ultimate in “guilt-free luxury.”

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