Review updated July 2012: new re-formulated ingredients reflected and overall characteristics.
Out of the several “natural” shampoos now that I have tried – the ones from the Green Beaver company are my number one choice.
I support and promote the products from this company for many reasons that you can read here, in my overview of the company and what they stand for. Mainly though, I like that their products are local, work well, use no harsh chemicals and I am satisfied with their ingredients. It is also fantastic that the shampoos are made from wild and organic Canadian ingredients.
Their shampoos are biodegradable, vegan, gluten-free, certified organic and are not tested on animals. They include no parabens, sulfates, artificial fragrances, dyes, phthalates, glycol or petroleum.
I have up to this point tried 2 of the 3 varieties available. Those being the “Volumizing Lavender Shampoo for fine or thin hair” and the “Rejuvenating Cranberry Shampoo for dry, damaged or colour-treated hair.”
The third type in this line is the “Shine Enhancing Apple Mint Shampoo for dull-looking hair“.
Even though each of the shampoos is specified for a particular hair type, I have to be honest with you when I say that I almost never care about those claims. I am more likely to pick a shampoo based on its scent, as I really don’t see much, if any difference in shampoo doing anything more than cleaning my hair. Perhaps I just have the type of hair that is not picky, and responds the same to almost all shampoos.
The cranberry shampoo worked very well. It lathered just enough to build it up well through my hair (remember don’t expect extreme lathering, as it is SLS free). It left my hair feeling clean, smooth, silky – just what I would expect from a shampoo. I am not looking for miracle hair transformations, in terms of some of the claims that are made on commercial shampoos. Also, my hair is not colored, dry or damaged, so perhaps that is why for me it made little difference to my hair. The scent was invigorating and pleasant, gentle enough to feel “natural”.
The shampoo states:
From our family to yours – We offer you a biodegradable, certified organic product that is safe for you, your family and our environment. Wild P.E.I. Cranberries, indigenous eastern Canadian carrots and organic Prairie seed emollients will rejuvenate dry, damaged or color-treated hair.
The lavender shampoo was the same way. Aside from their scents, I did not see any difference in how my hair turned out whether during washing or after. I really liked both of these shampoos equally.
I can see both of these shampoos working well for every one’s hair type – but of course one needs to try it, to really know for themselves.
In terms of the ingredients, as of the 2009 formula they are great if we are talking high quality natural. It is rare to see a product have an almost perfect record in “0″ low hazard ratings from the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. As of 2012, there are more low and moderate hazard ingredients that make this product less desirable. The plant ingredients are still organic and roughly the same ones are present for healthy hair and scalp benefits.
Conclusion (newly added July 2012)
Over the past three years these shampoos have unfortunately changed, and in my opinion not for the better. I used to highly recommend these products, and today as much as I still love the local Canadian aspect, I feel it may be better in many cases to look for even more natural and purer options. It is too bad that many natural companies get confident with their lines and re-formulate for the worse, not better, and in the midst also increase their prices. The current formula contains a few worse ingredients and I have found the difference in my hair as well, in that it makes my hair go oilier faster.
Green Beaver still makes great natural products, but I would like to see them getting better as the future progresses, not worse. So while this used to be my first choice, I am now much more inclined to search for other options that are higher in natural quality.
Ingredients for Cranberry Shampoo
(Plant ingredients are italicized)
Note: The Lavender ingredients are very similar.
|Cranberry Shampoo 2009||Cranberry Shampoo 2012|
|Sodium Cocoamphoacetate* (0 – low hazard)||Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract|
|Glycerin (plant derived)* (0 – low hazard)||Lauryl Glucoside *(0 – low hazard)|
|Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate* (0 – low hazard)||Decyl Glucoside *(0 – low hazard)|
|Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate* (0 – low hazard)||Coco Betaine *(5 – moderate hazard)|
|Lauryl Glucoside* (0 – low hazard)||Glycerin *(0 – low hazard)|
|Myrica gale Flower Water *(0 – low hazard)||Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil|
|Cocoglucoside *(0 – low hazard)||Borago officinalis Seed Oil|
|Inulin *(0 – low hazard)||Hydrolized Rice Protein|
|Aroma blend 100% MADE FROM PLANTS (organic)||Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil|
|Sodium Benzoate *(1 – low hazard)||Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil|
|Potassium Sorbate *(3 – low hazard)||Tocopheryl Acetate *(4 – moderate hazard)|
|Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry Seed Oil)||Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Root Water|
|Ledum groenlandicum Water||Achillea millefolium Extract|
|Daucus carota sativa (Carrot Root Water)||Comptonia peregrina Water|
|Anthemis nobilis Flower Water||Ledum groenlandicum Water|
|Daucus carota sativa (Carrot Seed Oil)||Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil|
|Achillea millefolium Extract||PCA Glyceryl Oleate (no info)|
|Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil)||PCA Ethyl Cocoyl Arginate (no info)|
|Comptonia peregrina Water||Xanthan Gum *(0 – low hazard)|
|Borago officinalis (Seed Oil)||Sodium Levulinate *(0 – low hazard)|
|Citric Acid *(2 – moderate hazard)||Potassium Sorbate *(3 – low hazard)|
|Xanthan Gum *(0 – low hazard)||Citric Acid *(2 – moderate hazard)|
|Sodium phytate *(0 – low hazard)||Aroma *(0 – low hazard)|
|Mentha piperita (Peppermint Oil)|
* Safety Rating based on Skin Deep Cosmetic Database
2009 – The shampoo comes in a rectangular, green, see-through, plastic #1 bottle, which is recyclable once product is finished. The regular size is 325ml (11 fl oz).
2012- The shampoo comes in slim, rectangular clear plastic bottles, which are recyclable once product is finished.. The regular size is 250ml (8.4 fl oz.).
Price (as of this posting)
- $9 – $12 CAD per bottle at health food stores across Canada
- $10.69 CAD/US per bottle at Well.ca
(free shipping in Canada, no minimum order required)
- $9.34 US – $6.34 clearance price – per bottle from LuckyVitamin.com
(free shipping in US, minimum order required)
- Widely available at health food stores across Canada, especially Ontario
- Widely available at many on-line stores for Canadian, US and international shoppers
- Certified organic plant ingredients
- Great cleaning ability
- Hair and scalp health promoting ingredients
- 100% biodegradable
- Pleasant scents
- No parabens
- No sulfates
- No SLS
- No artificial aromas, fragrances or dyes
- No glycol
- No petroleum
- No animal testing
- Fair price
- Local Canadian
- New formula contains some moderate hazard ingredients