My hair posts on this blog are far and few in between, but if you’ve managed to catch the last one you’ll know that I’ve had scalp issues in the last +1 year stemming from natural shampoos and conditioners. With each one that I’ve tried, after a period of time I notice a lot of dandruff-like buildup on my scalp that leads to raw skin and extreme itchiness. I’ve come to the conclusion that the ones I’ve tried in the past are not properly removing oils and dead skin from scalp, causing the buildup that leads to the un-fun issues. Occasionally I’ve had to resort to conventional shampoos that clear my scalp up, but I’m not comfortable with the artificial fragrance and they tend to dry my hair strands out. In my last hair care post I showed a duo from Honest Beauty that I was seeing success with, but that brand is drowning in (super dishonest) scandals, so I decided to not go all in in buying the full sizes.
Now, enter Max Green Alchemy! This beauty brand has been around since 2004 (quite impressive for a clean brand) and they strive to formulate natural and “green” hair, face, and body products that are just as effective and sensual as their conventional counterparts. Their PR team reached out to me to ask if I’d like to try their Scalp Rescue Shampoo* and Conditioner* and considering that I was using conventional products, and had exhausted all the affordable hair care options, I figured it would be worth a shot to try.
SCALP RESCUE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
MGA breaks down the key ingredients below:
Scalp relief – tea tree, lemon tea tree, geranium and lavender
Dandruff – tea tree, lemon tea tree, neem oil, herbal blend, geranium and lavender
Psoriasis – macadamia oil and herbal blend
Free radical and environmental protection – vitamin C ester and naturally derived mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)
Experience: The shampoo is a viscous, honey-like gel with a fresh lemon-y citrus scent (think: A cup of fresh hot tea with heaps of lemon – that’s how great it smells!). Works up a good lather and is easy to massage into the scalp. The conditioner is thin in consistency and feels more like a conditioning milk. Herbal scented. The scents of both products really stand out to me and are among the best scented hair care products I’ve tried.
Needless to say, scalp and dandruff relief are what stand out to me about this shampoo and with ingredients like tea tree, lemon tea tree, and lavender, I had high hopes that this would thorougly clean and treat my scalp right. I wash my hair 3-4 times a week and have been using this duo for a little over a month now. So far, I’m happy to report that I’m not seeing a crazy amount dandruff build-up nor am I experiencing an itchy scalp! With previous shampoos I would have already been experiencing these symptoms by now, so I’m optimistic about this duo. It leaves my hair VERY shiny and healthy-looking, so much so that someone actually complimented my hair which never happens to me. I also appreciate that my second day hair doesn’t look crazy oily which indicates to me that it’s cleaning my scalp and hair really well. I’ve already repurchased a second bottle!
I’m not really picky about my conditioners other than that I don’t want it to overload my hair with residue. Since this conditioner is more like a milk, it’s thin and coats my hair with just the right amount of condition. If your hair is really dry or damaged it might not feel like it provides enough condition, but I think it’s worth trying since it pairs so well with this shampoo. I’m almost out of this bottle and will definitely be buying another!
All in all, time will tell if this shampoo and conditioner duo continues working for my scalp. So far I feel like I’ve found some keepers, so I’m pretty optimistic!
When I picked up my second bottle of the shampoo I grabbed a few samples. Applying code SAMPLES at checkout lets you choose up to $4 worth of samples for free!
Sole Rescue Foot Balm: Color me impressed by this foot balm! It’s water based but rich with moisturizing ingredients of different oils, butters, extracts, and other emollients. It’s super thick and rich and it has the consistency that reminds me of a conventional body butter, which I prefer when it comes to foot products. This is excellent for very dry feet especially if they’re chapped and I can see this foot balm being a life saver in the winter. It has that typical scent you expect with foot products – peppermint-y, spicey, and a little bit strong, but I actually don’t mind it. Considering buying the full size!
Skin Rescue Shower Gelee and Naked Rescue Lite Lotion: These samples are quite small and aren’t great indicators of performance, but I’ll say that I like the light scent and consistency of the shower gelee and I think the lite lotion will be great for my arms since I avoid heavy moisturizers there due to having keratosis pilaris. If the hair care and foot balm are good indicators of formula and performance I think these will be great products as well.
Have you tried Max Green Alchemy? Have any favorite hair care products that are good for scalp health? Let me know below!