When it comes to body and hair products (essentially: everything that isn’t directly related to beauty and the stuff I put on my face) I pick items based on one of three ways: 1) if I’ve been swayed by a fancy TV advert 2) if the packing is nice 3) if it’s on offer. These three options don’t really leave room for lots of ingredient checking and artisanal, organic product buying. But then I received a whole bunch of stuff from Dr. Organic, and I set myself the challenge of giving up the products I know I like for their organic counterparts to see if I could tell a difference. All in the name of ~science~.
Before I get into the review, lemme tell you about the two times Dr Organic essentially saved my LIFE. When I was in Dubai and Cannes recently, being the pathetic white girl I am, I burnt to a crisp. Both times. Skin so red I couldn’t wear any of my pink or orange clothes for the rest of the holidays. Skin so burnt I had to only wear strapless bras. Awful. Anyway coincidently, the people I was travelling with on both trips had a bottle of Dr Organic hemp skin lotion (which has Aloe Vera in it) and my sunburn cleared up in a few days. Which was great, because in Cannes I had Leo DiCaprio’s yacht party to go to, and ain’t nobody got time for being burnt when it comes to tryna get wifed by Leo. Dr Organic, I owe you my first born.
Even though I have butt-length hair, I don’t really care about what I put on it or do to it. It’s generally in quite good condition despite its length, which is why I think I don’t care too much about it (I straighten it every day and use whatever shampoo smells nice, I’m every hairdresser’s nightmare). However, my hair gets greasy so quickly and I have to wash it every day or I feel icky. I was kind of hesitant about using the Dr Organic Hemp hair products because the smell of hemp… is not my favourite.
However, these hemp products turned out to be my favourite from the whole Dr Organic package, and I’m happy about that but also super UNHAPPY because now ‘normal’ shampoo isn’t going to cut it.
Dr Organic products, like the name suggests, don’t have any nasty stuff in them. They’re not tested on animals, have no animal ingredients, no SLS or bad chemicals, and only use natural, bioactive ingredients. I didn’t think I’d be able to see a huge difference in my hair just by changing shampoo, but BOY. My super unobservant boyfriend, two days into using the hemp hair routine, commented on how shiny my hair was. And it was! It made my hair shiny like glass. Also, for the first time in my entire life, I can leave it longer than a day without it feeling greasy. I literally can’t rave about this stuff enough.
At first I wasn’t a huge fan of the conditioner, because I didn’t think it actually did a great job at ‘conditioning’. I was confused, because my hair felt soft and shiny when dry, but whilst using it, it didn’t feel really moisturising like my regular conditioners. I then did some research and realised this is because the ‘normal’ conditioners I usually use all contain silicone and dimethicone. Those ingredients essentially ‘coat’ your hair so it feels moisturised in the short term, but it leaves it heavy and greasy in the long term. As Dr Organic products don’t have those nasties in them, that’s why the conditioner didn’t feel deeply moisturising (I’ve been tricked into thinking my hair was moisturised when it was just a coating! Everything I know is a lie!), but it made my hair super shiny and lightweight. 100% truly recommend, run to Holland and Barrett.
As I have a pretty strict facial routine, the skincare was the stuff I was most scared to use. I usually use the Kiehl’s Rare Earth mask if I feel like I need a clay mask, and it’s my holy grail. That and the matching face wash I’ve repurchased so many times (RIP bank balance). Therefore I was pitting the Dead Sea Mineral mask against that, as they both promise similar things. The only difference whilst it was on is that with the Dr Organic mask my skin tingled, which I kind of like because I feel like it’s gettin’ all up in there. I feel so upset to say this buuuuut… Dr Organic wins here. My skin looked more refreshed and my pores diminished with the Dead Sea Mineral mask than after the Kiehl’s mask, which is surprising (Dr Organic mask = £8.29, Kiehl’s mask = £21.50).
The thing I was most wary about in the entire package was the Snail Gel. The gel is supposed to be like if you were to pick a snail off the ground and rub the slimey bit against your face; and that’s supposed to make you beautiful? I was expecting it to smell weird but it didn’t have a smell. It was kind of like a gelatinous gel moisturiser, and became part of my Cannes sunburn dream team. It left my sunburn feeling cooled and my face moisturised without feeling greasy. Cheers, snails!
Something I was super excited about was the Virgin Coconut Oil Hydrating Radiance Elixir. Essentially, it’s a coconutty face serum. This is cool, because serums are the part of your skin routine that put vitamins directly into your skin, so I was happy this serum was 100% natural, as all the natural vitamins were being directly soaked up into my post-toned face. It had a lovely, light coconut smell, and left my face glowing without feeling greasy (as you can probably tell by this post, grease is my enemy). It left my skin moisturised enough to not even really need a post-serum moisturiser, and it’s super affordable at £12.99 for a big bottle. [I would even go as far as to compare the way it made my skin look and feel to the way the über expensive Sunday Riley ‘Good Genes’ did!]
I’m really un-fussy about the shit I put on my body. I rarely moisturise and I don’t mind about what brand my shower gel is, but I always look out for one that smells like coconut. Which is super convenient, as Dr Organic sent me, yep, coconut shower gel. And it was fab! Not much to say about a shower gel, but I liked how it wasn’t a ‘fake’ coconut smell like most mainstream coconut shower products.
The real winner here thought is the Virgin Coconut Oil Monoi Moisture Melt. It’s essentially a glass bottle of coconut oil, which hardens and liquifies depending on the temperature. I know you can basically use coconut oil for anything and everything (thanks Tumblr!) but I’ve never tried it myself. But with this super convenient bottle, I shaved my legs, moisturised and used it as massage oil for a back rub. AMAZING. Coconut oil convert.
Overall, I definitely saw the differences switching to organic products made, especially with the haircare. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to ‘normal’ shampoo and conditioner again. My pick from the whole are the Dead Sea Mineral Plasma Mud Mask, the whole hemp hair range, and the Coconut Monoi Melt!
Do you have a Dr Organic holy grail I should try next?
[All products featured can be purchased from Holland and Barrett, in store and online. All the products were sent to me by Dr Organic, but I wasn’t under obligation to review them, and I would only ever give my real opinion on them (and my opinion is: they’re amazing!)]