Detoxing Beauty for Baby: Depth Body Wash and Hair Care
Welcome to a new series here on KissandMakeup, Detoxing Beauty for Baby. That's right, I am expecting a baby in August and have been flabbergasted by how it's affected my beauty routine. I figure if I've been surprised and confused, other expectant women are too.
Plus, this series will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about natural alternatives to the often chemical-laden products we keep in our showers, medicine cabinets and makeup bags. Most of the products will not be specific to pregnant women.
Such as my first product review - Depth Body body washes and hair care. Shampoo and conditioner are some of the most basic beauty products women really don't want to give up, but at the same time they are some of the hardest to find in super safe versions. If you're looking to avoid sulfates, parabens and synthetic fragrances - which I think everyone should be - it is very difficult to find a shampoo. Especially in the drug store or super market.
Depth Hair Care shampoo and conditioner are free of these dangerous ingredients, as well as being hypo-allergenic, 70% Certified Organic, and 100% vegan. To determine safety, I run all the ingredients in a product through the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database hoping to avoid high hazard ratings. Depth Body is one of the first shampoos I submitted to this barometer that passed. But how do the products work?
The hardest thing next to finding a shampoo without sulfates is finding a shampoo that works without sulfates. I have thick, somewhat oily hair. Or at least, I don't like to shampoo my hair every day, which can leave it oily. All I wanted was a natural shampoo that worked like a "regular" shampoo and Depth really does the job. It has modest lather, it smells nice, and it cleans my hair on the first try. My hair doesn't feel greasy or oily afterward or within the next day. I follow with their daily conditioner which looks and feels a lot like a regular conditioner and also does the job. My hair feels healthy and doesn't look or feel any different than it did with my usual products (other than getting a bit dark since I've been skipping the highlights).
I will say that moisturizing may be where these products aren't as effective as the usual salon-brand shampoo and conditioner for chemically-treated hair that I used before pregnancy. But, first of all, formulas for chemically treated hair are extra-moisturizing. And I'm willing to make this small sacrifice for a safer product and healthier hair. I will sometimes cheat and apply a non-completely natural hair mask to my ends, since it doesn't touch my scalp so chemicals won't get absorbed through my skin. This helps me keep frizzies and split ends at bay.
Depth body wash performs just as effectively, though the sea berry scent I use is a little strong for me (though it is still synthetic-fragrance free). It lathers and cleans and my skin feels healthy.
Depth Body products are available at Whole Foods, drugstore.com and many healthy food stores.