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Monday, April 4, 2011

Review: Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

A few weeks back, Rite Aid was running a BOGOFREE sale on Organix haircare, so I decided it would be a good time to finally try the new Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner I'd had my eye on ever since this post.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
(retail: around $6 each, 13 oz)


I haven't used Organix products in a long time--I used to love their sulfate-free Vanilla Silk Shampoo and Conditioner and it worked quite well for me. But since their products don't seem to go on sale as often as others, I wandered away from Organix and have been using other brands for the last several years.

But the promise of restored "shine and softness" to my hair really pulled me in, and since I have used other products that contain argan oil in the past (with great results), I just couldn't resist.


As you can see, these products are paraben-free, and they're SLS-free as well. Organix claims that their products are not tested on animals, their bottles are made from recycled post-consumer resin, and the inks used on their bottles are compostable and from renewable sources. All things that are great for the planet, to be sure.

Unfortunately, I cannot say this shampoo and conditioner are great for my hair.

As most of you already know, my hair is long, naturally wavy and color-treated. The texture of my hair is fine, but I have lots of it. Also, my roots are quite oily, but my ends are pretty dry and damaged.

Let me begin with the shampoo: it smells wonderful (rich and perfumey, but in a very feminine, beautiful way). I find that it lathers nicely in my hair, and I am able work it from roots to ends relatively easily. The problem for me is that my hair feels dry after I rinse this shampoo from my hair. I love the way argan oil makes my hair feel, but honestly I could not detect it in this shampoo.

Also, my hair tangled a bit more than usual after using this shampoo, which leads me to the conditioner. For a conditioner that contains argan oil, I was really hoping that this would detangle my hair and leave it feeling soft, silky and incredibly moisturized. Well, I'm sad to say that this conditioner lacked the detangling properties I was anticipating, and it didn't leave any type of protective coating behind after rinsing.

After getting out of the shower, I find that my hair feels very dry and I have more tangles than usual. I've used these products every day for two weeks now, and I just haven't seen any improvement in the texture or dryness of my hair. In fact, my hair feels a touch drier now than it did before I started using these products.

FINAL VERDICT: Sadly, Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner are not a love-match for me. After using these product for 14 days, I find that they do not provide me with the type of softness, smoothness or conditioning that my hair craves. Perhaps the amount of argan oil is not enough for me to see results on my hair--I'm just not sure. The one positive thing I can say (other than that I love the fragrance of these products) is that they clean my hair so well that I can skip a day without seeing oil build-up on my roots. If you have very oily, healthy hair, these products may be a good match for you, but if you have any dryness to your hair, I'm not sure these products will do the trick.

If you have used Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner, I would absolutely LOVE to hear how they work for you. I'm hoping that they work much better for you than they did for me.

26 COMMENTS:

  1. I remember, I picked up their Pomegranate shampoo and conditioner a few years ago, too. I got them both free after a rebate. I... wasn't a fan, either. I have taken a sniff of all the new ones, though, because even though I don't think they're very good, they do smell amazing.

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  2. From your description of your own hair, I can tell you that my hair is very similar to yours. And that I had the same experience with the Organix Coconut shampoo and conditioner.

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  3. Love, B: Oh, I'm so sorry to hear the Pomegranate formula didn't work for you. I agree--that one smells amazing too. :(

    AKB: I always wondered about the coconut formula! But if you say we have similar hair, then I'm thinking it might not be a good fit for me either. Too bad! :(

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  4. Aw, I'm sorry to hear that it didn't work for you! :( I am loving it; I've been alternating it with the Garnier Pure or whatever it's called. I have pretty normal hair, not color-treated, a bit fine. It leaves my hair so shiny!

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  5. I include this shampoo and conditioner in my monthly faves for march! I like them a lot, but it's my first time ever using anything moroccan/argan oil so I have nothing to compare it to.

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  6. I watched a review on YouTube regarding Organix shampoos and conditioners (not the Argan Oil ones, specifically) and the reviewer stated that they weren't good either. She said her hair was worse off after having used it than before. Shame.

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  7. Hey! I have fine hair as well, and I use this shampoo (no conditioner) plus the Argan oil on towel-dried hair and it makes my hair sooooo soft!!

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  8. Thank goodness you reviewed it and I read this. I was THIS CLOSE to purchasing it. I have argan oil and put it in my hair at night. Smells good and makes my hair silky. I wash my hair every day because I workout in the morning and it gets all sweaty. So I need something that puts moisture back into my hair.

    My hair is just like yours, G, so I am confident that it wouldn't work for me either.

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  9. I love this hair care line from organix. I have been using for a month and levase my hair soft! I use the Renewing treatment in place of the conditioner and is much much better. And when my hair is towel dry i put the argan oil treatment. I think that you should try the other products from the line, they are great!

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  10. JenJen: I am SO glad these products work for you (and the Garnier too). I am willing to get my hair is MUCH more damaged than yours, and that's why they don't work for me. :( And yes, these product did make my hair shiny too! I just wish it didn't feel and look so dry. :(

    Justine: I'm so glad they work so well for you! That's fantastic! I just wish they did the same for me. :(

    NeutraKris: I'm getting the feeling that if your hair is already dry and damaged, then your results may not be as good as for those who have relatively healthy hair. So...if your hair is healthy, these might work better for you. :)

    BeautyMaven: May I ask if your hair dry/damaged (like mine) or relatively normal? And have you tried using the shampoo without using the argan oil after? I'd love to hear! Thanks!

    Kimberly: See, I LOVE argan oil too, which is why I had such high hopes for this line. But if you wash your hair every day (as do I), then I have a feeling these may be too drying for you since your hair's like mine. Bummer. :(

    Jennie Mar: Hum...if I can get them on sale, then I will try some of the styling products. Thanks for the info!

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  11. That's sad that it didn't work for you.
    I haven't tried this one, but I love organix shampoos. The conditioners aren't so good. You'rr right about them not doing anything but smelling delicious. I like to deep condition with real conditioner and then use the Organix afterwards for the smell, LOL.

    I like the color of the bottle though.

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  12. I'm in the same boat as Justine, I like the shampoo and conditioner combo...but I have zero to compare it too. My shampoo has a weird texture too, like it's too thick or something. If they do another BOGO I might try it another variety...after reading a review from you of course!!!

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  13. I'm really glad you reviewed this! I've been debating about trying this one or the vanilla one because they both claim to moisturize and strengthen. We seem to have very similar hair types so I think I'll go for the vanilla one. (Plus I'm a vanilla fiend anyway!) :D

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  14. I just recently bought the Coconut one and I must say everything you said happened with this. The shampoo left my hair feeling like a big lump of hay and then when I went for the conditioner and rinsed, it was no better. No silky or smooth feeling. Felt like I skipped the whole conditioner step altogether. For the $ these do no justice.

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  15. I've got their Argan oil after-shower treatment and I am loving it! My hair was already soft, but now it is softer and wayyyy more shiny in a nice way :)

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  16. I went to Walmart to pick up shampoo yesterday and actually put my hand on this and then changed my mind back to my good old reliable Suave! After your review I am so glad I did! Thanks for all your work G.!

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  18. I agree...I was soo excited to find another line of products that were paraben/sls free and reasonable, I ran out and purchased the shampoo and conditioner (it was the cherry pomegranate I think) and it was just okay...the conditioner didn't have much slip in my opinion but that's okay...i chalked it up to the scent, so i ran out a few months ago and go the Teatree mint shampoo...same thing...it almost dries my hair out...as much as the Organix line has yummy scented items, my hair is just not a fan....which makes me sad because the Argan oil scent is divine....

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  19. I agree with you wholeheartedly on this one--although I haven't tried the argan oil one, I have used two other Organix formulas (the coconut one and the pomegranate one) and both completely stripped my hair of moisture. I was rather expecting the opposite, given that they're sulfate-free, but even with my super oily hair, this is ridiculous. Like you said, it's too bad, because they smell so delicious. I wonder what it is that makes these so drying?

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  20. I got the rejuvinating treatment the day before you posted this. It smelt great and I was soo excited to use it! Well lets just say I had the same experience as you... When I combed it through my hair in the shower, something just didnt feel right. I kept it in for a few minutes and rinsed it out. It made my hair feel all tangled and grungy. Like it was dirty when I was rinsing it out. Not the way I would expect my hair to feel when rinsing out a treatment. When I brushed my hair out after shower and blew it dry, my hair just felt weird. I dont know... Returned it the next day. Am soo disappointed because I had lusted after this stuff since I first saw it!

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  21. First of all, I LOVE your blog! I look forward to the first look at all the wonderful stuff we're seeing at drugstores lately. As for the Morrocan Oil Organix haircare, I too was dissapointed. After reading about it on your blog, I stalked the drugstores to find it and had the same exact experience you did. Also like you, my hair is long and wavy an chemically processed. After using these products, I can't even brush my hair after I shower unless I use a detangling spray! I've resorted to using both products as a shaving cream until they run out...

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  22. First off, I want to apologize for such a long comment and to thank Nouveau Cheap for allowing it to be posted. I wanted to talk about silicones. At some point , someone decided that all women everywhere should have stick straight hair. So companies put out "shine" serums and "gloss" serums. We already have some silicones in most of our conditioners. It seems for awhile there, companies were dumping even more silicones into all kinds of products to repel 'humidity'. Remember when 'humectant" was the buzzword? So, you would go to wash your hair and you might remove some silicone with the harsh sulfates that are in nearly every single shampoo on the market but add it right back when conditioning or styling. This creates a vicious cycle of "strip and recoat". At some point the hair begins to look like straw and the best conditioner on the market does'nt help because it can't penetrate through all the silicone build up. I really wanted to love the Moroccan oil stuff from Sally's. I tried it once and it made my coarse , wavy hair ...perfect. I envy the women who can use this stuff and have perfect hair and dried in half the time without any ill effects. I have sensitivities to silicone and I found this out the hard way. Silicones make my entire scalp look and feel like a sunburn. It itches but it hurts to scratch. Then come the little scabs and eventually actual bald spots begin to develop. Every now and then , I would attempt to use 'just a little' silicone' but I just can't. I stopped using shampoos with sulfates in them also because my issue was not entirely resolved untill I had purged my bathroom of those as well. Since i really hate putting things in my hair anyway, I simply stopped using nearly everything. The holy grail product I found to use is "Mizani Supreme Oil". No silicones, No waxes, No petroleum. Just an awesome bottle of every hair friendly oil they could think of. It's very thin like a dry oil and it doen't sit on the top of my hair but sinks in and penetrates. My hair is thick and holds alot of water so it takes awhile to dry and with something like mousse or gel in it , it takes even longer. This is so thin it does not give me that problem. I don't even use the little tubes of conditioner in the hair color kits when I color my hair. Giovanni makes a good and accessible sulfate/silicone shampoo and conditoner and this what I've been using.(I find the Giovanni products in the organic section at walmart and also in the organic section at local fred meyers near the bread and deli) I'm glad to see more and more companies making products without sulfates and silicones. If your scalp is as sensitive as mine and you are looking to wean your hair off the silicones, Mizani Supreme Oil could be your holy grail product too. This is all I put in my hair other than John Frieda's "Sheer Blonde " hairspray and it looks no different than if I had moussed it. This product finally gave me all the things I wanted for my hair without silicones and since it's actually improving my hair, this effect doesn't stop when I wash my hair. The only place I am finding Mizani is in walmarts with the 'smart style' salons in them. It is a 4.1 oz bottle at a cost of about $25.00. My hair is well past my shoulders and my bottle lasted me about 6 months. I can't say enough about this stuff. I dyed my hair recently and then used color oops and redyed it and you cannot tell by looking at my hair. This stuff really saved it.

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    1. I don't want to be disrespectful of your experience, and I am glad you found something that worked but silicone by itself is benign and works better than natural oils on many hair types, fragrance is much more irritating as are some other preservatives etc.. It also does not build up if you use small amounts and clean your hair with a good shampoo. Personally I don't think most sulfate free's clean very well, but if you have dry hair they may work ok. Only Sodium Laurel Sulfate irritates, Sodium Laureth Sulfate is gentle. If you like gentle but want to branch out Jason fragrance free shampoo (at health food stores was nice. My friend who is a hairdresser likes Mizani alot too and I think many Ulta's and Hairdessers carry them. Again, glad thins worked out!

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  23. WHOW CRISTY THIS IS REALLY INTERESTING AND I AM GLAD YOU WROTE IT AND SHARED IT WITH US!! I TOO HAVE HAIR LIKE YOURS, FROM SOME ETHNICITY DON'T KNOW SINCE I WAS ADOPTED. IT'S A FRIZ BALL FOR SURE. LOOK LIKE ROSEANNE ROSEANNA DANNA FROM SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE IN THE OLD DAYS IF YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER. I USED TO GO THROUGH A WHOLE BABY OIL BOTTLE SIZE OF PURE COOKING OLIVE OIL WITH SOME AVONS SKIN SO SOFT ON MY HAIR IN ONE MONTH BEFORE FINDING THIS PRODUCT I AM USING BELOW.
    NOW NO MORE OILS FOR ME!!
    SO ANYWAY I WOULD LOVE TO TRY THE PRODUCT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT TOO THE
    "Mizani Supreme Oil GUESS I WILL HAVE TO TRY TO GET IT ONLINE SOMEWHERE AS I LIVE ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII AND OUR ONLY WALMART DOES NOT HAVE ANY 'PERKS', IT'S PRETTY BASIC.
    ANYWAY I WROTE IN MY PREVIOUS BLOG (POST) ABOUT HOW THE MOROCCAN OIL SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER AND TREATMENT DID NOTHING POSITIVE FOR MY HAIR.
    THIS IS WHAT HAS REALLY BEEN GREAT FOR MY HAIR IT IS FROM GERMANY BUT HAS A DISTRIBUTOR IN CALIFORNIA SO IT IS AVAILABLE IN PLACES WHERE BEAUTICIANS BUY PRODUCT, MY DAUGHTER IS A HAIR STYLIST ON OAHU SO SHE SENDS IT TO ME. BUT IT IS AVAILABLE ON LINE TOO! YOU CAN GET ALL 3 FULL SIZE PRODUCTS IN A PURPLE BOX AND IT SAYS SAVE $42% ON IT. MY DAUGHTER SENT ME 3 BOXES AND I HAD ALREADY GONE THROUGH ONE BOX. STILL WORKS GREAT!!!!
    IT IS CALLED:
    1. SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL BC BONACURE HAIR THERAPY AMINO CELL REBUILD SMOOTH SHINE SHAMPOO FOR UNMANAGEABLE HAIR


    2. SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL BC BONACURE HAIR THERAPY AMINO CELL REBUILD SMOOTH SHINE CONDITIONER FOR UNMANAGEABLE HAIR


    3. SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL BC BONACURE HAIR THERAPY AMINO CELL REBUILD SMOOTH SHINE LEAVE IN TREATMENT THIS ABSORBS RIGHT INTO MY HAIR DOESN'T EVEN GO ON THE SCALP BUT ACTUALLY MAKES MY HAIR FEEL TOTALLY DIFFERENT AND GREAT!!!

    IT SAYS THE PRODUCT IS GLUTEN FREE.

    ANYWAY I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU ALL TRY THIS AS IT HAS WORKED FOR ME WHEN NOTHING ELSE HAS.
    ANTOINETTE

    GOSH I JUST LOOKED AT THE BLOGS I HAD WRITTEN A POST GUESS THE MODERATOR DID NOT LIKE IT I DON'T KNOW WHY? WELL HERE IS THE INFORMATION AGAIN HOPE SHE POSTS IT THIS TIME SO EVERYONE CAN GET HELP FROM THIS PRODUCT.

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  24. Hiii. I also did a review on this product. For me it actually worked and I have dry hair. I really love this product. I'm so sorry to hair it didn't work for your hair. I really liked your review. :)

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  25. Try Organix MACADAMIA one, it is 10 times better.

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