Monday, 2 June 2014

REVIEW - O'Right golden rose shampoo, conditioner & hair oil*

On Saturday I had a most exciting day. For my birthday, my parents bought me a new car (I know, I'm a lucky girl) but it wasn't quite ready to collect until Saturday, when I was able to drive my shiny (and boy, is she shiny) new motor home for the first time. For those of you who are interested, her name is Meryl.

When Meryl and I got home, I was thrilled to find a parcel with my name on it, and the lovely folks at The Hut Group (who own websites including The Hut, Look Fantastic and HQ Hair) had sent me some gorgeous products to try by Taiwanese brand O'Right, which has just launched in the UK.

I knew upon opening the package that I had to drop whatever plans I had for the rest of the evening (which mostly revolved around Netflix) and have an impromptu hair-washing session. They smelled so amazing they had to be used instantly.

I tried out the Golden Rose collection which is made for coloured hair, but there are loads of other formula's on the Look Fantastic website - including volumising Goji Berry and moisturising Bamboo - which sound just as delectable.

First, let's talk about this packaging. I'm not even going to apologise for the picture-heavy post, cos this stuff is a treat for the eyes. The bottle itself is plastic, with a wooden lid which is just divine. But it doesn't stop there. The materials used for the packaging are 100% biodegradable and use non-toxic soy ink. Those marked with 'tree in the bottle' also contain Taiwanese acacia seeds, so once the product is used up, you can plant the packaging in the ground and it will decompose over the course of a year. This will nourish the soil, and a little tree will grow in its place. This is not just a fad, this is GENIUS.

The products themselves are largely organic and natural, and have been created with recycled water, using solar and wind energy. If you're eco-conscious (as we all should be) these are about as good as it gets.

Next up, the products themselves. As I mentioned before, the first thing I noticed about these was the smell, they smell so incredible. Floral, sweet, and a little bit fruity all at the same time. One of the things I hate most about hair products is when they smell incredible whilst you're washing your hair, but when it comes to rinsing, that scent goes straight down the plughole - I'm looking at you, Herbal Essences.

I'm happy to report that the scent of this really lingers on the hair. That evening, Andrew said: "It smells lovely in this house and it's your hair!" Bonus boy points. 

Both the shampoo and conditioner are a joy to use, easy to lather and rinse, which is a surprise as the conditioner is so thick it's like rubbing Sudocrem on your hair (this is a plus - it feels very luxurious and nourishing).

After towel drying, I finished off the routine with the Golden Rose hair oil which comes in a similarly adorable bottle with a pump. It also comes in a box which, again, is biodegradable and contains a little square of 'mulch' paper complete with seeds for planting. I must admit I am skeptical of hair oils - a hairdresser once told me to stop using hair oils as they repel water which our hair needs (which makes sense), but this one has me converted.

Let me tell you this - after my hair was dry, it was SHINY. As any bottle blonde will tell you, shiny is something we strive for but rarely accomplish. Until now. It also felt softer and easier to manage, and I haven't reached for the straighteners since washing. Phew. Talk about potential HG stuff over here.

My fellow vegans will be pleased to hear that, in-keeping with its green credentials, O'Right contains no animal ingredients, does not test its products on animals and is supported by Greenpeace International.

O'Right products are available to buy from with free worldwide delivery!

Have you tried any O'Right products yet?

Emily x

*These products were sent for me to try - the above is my own, honest, opinion and my real life garden (spinach is coming along nicely). I will never recommend something I wouldn't spend my own hard-earned pennies on, Brownies honour.

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