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There seems to be a lot of hype with shampoos that claim to hold in the color, or help hair color treatments last longer. One of the latest in the area is Burt’s Bees. Burt’s Bees was founded in 1984 by Burt Shavitz and Roxanne Quimby. Without going into a whole lot of detail, the company is now owned by Clorox, which paid over $900 million dollars for it. Ms. Quimby has been very philanthropic with the money she made from the sale of Burt’s Bees, but it hasn’t been without controversy. On the other hand, Burt Shavitz has reportedly moved back into the converted turkey coop that he lived in before Burt’s Bees was started in 1984-ish. The whole saga is way too long for me to lament about here. In short, it was a two person company with a humble begining, and it’s now owned by a huge corporate conglomerate. Clorox, according to what I could find in a detailed internet search, is philanthropic as a company, donating almost $1 million dollars a year to environmental causes.

I purchased my 12 ounce bottle of Burt’s Bees Color Keeper Green Tea & Fennel Seed Shampoo at a Publix grocery store in my neighborhood for about $9.00. It’s amber-colored, and has a liquidy consistency. The scent is interesting. It doesn’t smell like green tea, and it doesn’t smell like fennel either. I personally don’t care for the smell, which by the way, stayed in my hair for 2 days.   I don’t understand why a company that uses synthetic fragrance wouldn’t take full advantage of the wonderful scents that you can get with them. I’m not saying that I’m FOR using synthetic fragrance, don’t get me wrong, but they could have used something better.

All Burt’s Bees products have a “Natural Bar” on the label which show the percentage of natural ingredients in each individual product. On some that I have seen, it can be a  pretty impressive number. For this shampoo, the level was 97.3 %. There are some good ingredients in it, such as green tea leaf extract, fennel seed extract, and jewelweed extract.  These plant-based ingredients are good natural uv protectants and can surely help protect your color from the suns rays.  However, it’s not a 100% natural product, and it does not contain organic ingredients.

Some other pluses are that the shampoo is sulfate free, and contains no parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals. If you color your hair you want to use a shampoo free of sulfates to “keep” the color. Sulfates are strong detergents that can strip the hair color and cause the color to fade out faster. Burt’s Bees uses a coconut and sugar based gentle surfactant in this shampoo.  It does containe a betaine, that can be a possible irritant for sensitive scalps.  We measured the PH to be 5.2 which is within an acceptable range.  However, when I shampooed my hair with it, I could hardly work the product through my hair because my hair instantly started to matt up and tangle and feel completely stripped and dry as is I were using a deep cleansing or clarifying shampoo.  Thank goodness their Super Shine conditioner that I tested next was loaded with enough oils and conditioning agents to smooth out and detangle my hair. I find it a problem that companies only offer a “one size fits all” product.  You cannot have one shampoo that is good for all types of colored hair.  Someone with fine hair has totally different needs than someone with thick, dry, coarse hair like mine.

Burt’s Bees does no animal testing, and they use 80% post-consumer waste in their packaging. These are all great things, and Clorox should be applauded. I can only ponder as to why they would go as far as they have, yet not take that little extra step to have at least some organic ingredients (hint: $$$ is my guess). And I’ve already explained my position on fragrance. I also could not verify on the website that there are no GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). I looked elsewhere for answers, but couldn’t find any that I felt comfortable publishing here.

All in all, for the money and a non-professional product, I think it’s an ok option for a natural shampoo.

I give it a rating of 2 on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being highest)

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