Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Speed Review: Mark Hill MiracOILicious Nourishing Shampoo

In a beauty blogger's world where we're constantly on the search for the next big thing, it's rare to stay dedicated to one particular product yet regular readers will know that La Biosthetique Shampoo has remained a constant and favourite in my routine for the last few years. Since I started using the La Biosthetique shampoos, which care for my hair without irritating my sensitive scalp, around four or five years ago I've only tried one or two other shampoos.

With that in mind, it may seem surprising that today's review is of the Mark Hill MiracOILicious Nourishing Shampoo, with a review of the conditioner coming up tomorrow.



I didn't have high expectations when I came to try out the shampoo. My usual shampoo is a salon brand and I was concerned that a "drugstore" brand would irritate my sensitive scalp. I was, however, somewhat reassured to note that the shampoo is sulphate free (it's also paraben free).


The shampoo contains a blend of fourteen essential oils and plant extracts including Moroccan Argan Oil, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Sage, Sandalwood, Palmarosa, Spearmint, Castor, Orange, Clove, Patchouli and White Birch. It's designed for dry and damaged hair, as well as being marketed as ideal for use when heat styling. My hair is fine and prone to breakage but isn't particularly dry. I've recently been reaching for my straighteners more regularly so I was keen to try the shampoo to see if it would add some nourishment back into my hair.

I appreciated the functionality of the tube dispenser. I wouldn't say that it looks particularly luxurious but nor is the packaging offensive.

Nothing about the shampoo itself gave away the fact that it's sulphate free. It has a clear gel texture which produced an impressive lather, yet rinsed away effortlessly. A little goes a long way. The sweet, candy-like scent was a little juvenile for my personal taste so I was grateful that it didn't linger following use.

Whilst I didn't notice anything nourishing during use, e.g. there wasn't a creamy formula, I was impressed with the results following use. My hair was left looking shiny and I was impressed at how smooth the finish was. I normally need to use finishing products to tame my tresses but this wasn't necessary after washing my hair with Mark Hill MiracOILicious Nourishing Shampoo. My fine hair wasn't weighed down (although after regular use I noticed that my hair was a little limp) but had manageable movement and my sensitive scalp wasn't irritated.

At £6.49 for 250ml, Mark Hill MiracOILicious Nourishing Shampoo is affordable and is a product that I'd recommend.
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