Tips and tricks for natural body care
I am constantly struggling with my hair. Whether it’s dealing with the humidity that comes with living in Kansas during the summer or the dried-out effects of winter in general, my long hair can be a pain to deal with. So finding a product that helps tame my tresses is always worth raving about.
John Masters Organic’s Green Tea & Calendula Leave-In Conditioning Mist helps tame frizz without the heavy feeling many antifrizz treatments leave behind. This natural leave-in conditioner is a lightweight mist that uses myriad herbal ingredients to strengthen and revitalize hair. A company that excels in natural hair care, John Masters Organics offers many other tout-worthy hair-care products. But if you’re looking for a finishing product rich with natural ingredients, snag a bottle of their leave-in conditioning mist.
John Masters Organics’ Leave-In Conditioning Ingredients
Although finding hair-care products that are free of nasty chemicals can be tough, you can usually count on John Masters Organics to load up on the good stuff. The company promises products made with 70 to 100 percent organic content. Let’s take a look at what it’s packing in this product:
Aqua (water), aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, glycerin, panthenol, hydrolyzed soy protein, polyglyceryl-10 laurate*, **sodium benzoate, **potassium sorbate, guar hydroxypropyl trimonium chloride, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, juniperus mexicana (cedarwood) oil, chamomilla recutita (chamomile) extract*, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil*, urtica dioica (nettle) root extract*, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, pelargonium pelatum graveolens (geranium) flower oil, linum usitatissimum (flax) seed oil*, borago officinalis (borage) seed oil*, helianthus anuus (sunflower) seed oil*, broccoli seed oil*
Of this herb-rich list, only two products show minimal sign of worry, according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: sodium benzoate (ranks 3) and potassium sorbate (ranks 3), two compounds that are typically used as preservatives. Both of these risks are low, so it’s up to you and what you feel comfortable putting on your body.
Loaded with green tea and calendula—the stars of this hair-care product—as well as chamomile, geranium, ylang ylang, rosemary, nettle and other nutrient-rich botanicals, this leave-in conditioning mist feels great on hair. Anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial calendula helps condition oily hair while giving hair body and luster. This bright flower contains falconoids, antioxidants that protect the body against cell-damaging free radicals. Using green tea for hair is another great natural beauty trick, as it is an antiseptic that can treat irritating skin conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis, and can inhibit the growth of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that hinders hair growth.
My favorite thing about this product is how well it works—it really tames my frizz! Best of all, it smells amazing, thanks to all the wonderful ingredients. Although you can spray it through your tresses right after getting out of the shower, I like to use it after I finish styling my hair to give it that final touch. Simply spray this mist all over (three to four squirts), paying special attention to the roots for added volume and the ends of your hair for extra shine. Buy this conditioning mist for $24 online.
Gina DeBacker is the associate editor at Mother Earth Living. She loves that part of her job entails testing beauty products enriched with natural ingredients.