A while ago on Twitter a friendly woman propositioned me. No, not in that way, silly. She wanted me to try out her homemade organic hair product. And I was more than happy to oblige.
The product in question was Haven Organics Smoothing Balm, the creation of a woman who began Haven Organics after finding herself with a dry, damaged mane after years of colouring her hair and couldn’t find anything on the high street that would fix it. She set about creating her own nourishing concoction that would soothe her tangled, parched barnet, starting by mixing together different store bought products, then gradually adding oils and herbs she came across through online research. After reading up and taking some courses in product development she decided to create her own conditioning balm from scratch using only natural and organic ingredients, since she found these worked best on her hair, which had already started to drastically improve using her homemade potions.
The result is a completely natural, potent concoction of various organic oils mixed together to form a luxurious hydrating balm. Containing nourishing brazil nut, raspberry seed, sunflower seed and argan oils, plus grapeseed oil, a natural heat protectant, this is a fantastic product for dry, frizzy hair, especially before heat styling. I was only given a small sample size bottle so can’t testify to really dramatic changes in the quality of my hair, but it certainly did feel noticeably softer after using this a few times on damp hair, then blow drying. My hair is long and quite thick so I used about 2 teaspoons worth each time, although it was a little hard to judge. The proper bottles however, in 50ml and 100ml sizes, come with a pump to make application easy. 1-2 pumps is recommended, rubbed through damp hair from root to tip after shampooing and conditioning. For very frizzy hair you can add a little extra on the ends before blow drying.
Haven Organics Smoothing Balm is available from Etsy and costs £12.50 for 50ml or £16.50 for 100ml – very reasonable for a handmade, natural/organic product. For the full ingredient list see below.
I’d definitely recommend trying this product if you have dry, damaged hair. Quality organic ingredients, home made and affordable… What more do you want?!
Ingredients: aqua,cetearyl olivate(emulsifying wax derived from olives)(&)sorbitan olivate(emulsifying wax derived from olives),chitosan succinamide(mushroom extract), brassica oleracea italica(broccoli seed oil),*vitis vinifera(grape seed oil),*helianthus annuus(sunflower seed oil),*helianthus annuus(sunflower seed extract),*rubus idaeus(raspberry seed oil),**bertholletia excelsa(brazil nut oil),*Prunus amygdalus(sweet almond oil),*linseed usitatissimum(flaxseed oil),mauritia flexuosa fruit(burit oil),cocos nucifera(coconut oil),gardenia tahitensis(tiare flower extract),argania spinosa(argan oil),*aloe barbadensis(aloe vera powder),hydrolysed vegetable protein(sea algae),*limnanthes alb(medowfoam oil),*simmondsia chinensis(jojoba oil),hydroxyethyl cellulose(cellulose gum),**butyrospermum parkii(shea butter),lecithin,*citrus paradisi(grapefruit seed extract),*lavandula angustifolia, lavender oil),*rosemarinus officinalis(rosemary antioxidant),limonene,linalool,geraniol
* certified organic ingredients, **fair trade and certified organic ingredients.
(natural constituent of essential oils listed)