I noticed a collection of unused shampoos and conditioners hidden in a box while clearing some items in my room recently. They were part of a review project I worked on last year and I never got round to finishing them up, mostly because they either do not suit me so well or because I’ve moved on to try other things. Anyway, of the lot, the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic set is most interesting as it is made with non-toxic chemistry, and its unique selling point is being gluten free. And boy, after a year, they’re still usable!
I’ve written something about gluten-free cosmetics, which are created to help people with gluten sensitivity because some believe that such ingredients in cosmetics can get absorbed into the body and trigger a gluten reaction. In addition to being gluten-free, the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic products are also said to be “Harmonically Made”, which indicates products have been verified for authenticity and safety, including but not limited to certified organic ingredients. Anyway, both the shampoo and conditioner are formulated without sulfates, parabens, silicones, ethoxylates, PEG, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.
Described as a multifunctional daily use shampoo that is anti-aging and antioxidant rich, this shampoo is able to rid hair of build-up, revealing hair in its cleanest, purest form. Interestingly, while this shampoo contains three surfactants from what I can spot from the ingredient list, this product does not lather up as much as other sulfate-free shampoos I’ve tried. But amazingly, it did cleanse my hair pretty well even with just one wash although I had to use more than my usual quantity of shampoo. With the combination of peppermint oil, spearmint oil and menthol, this shampoo has a minty aroma and left my scalp with a minty freshness.
Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner
Again, this is said to be a multifunctional daily use conditioner that is anti-aging and antioxidant rich, but I don’t find anything special about it other than the same minty freshness like the shampoo. It works like a normal conditioner but I did notice however that this conditioner contains Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, which I recently found out to contain significant UV absorption properties and was associated with an important sun protection factor. I had no idea! So because the ingredient is listed quite high up in the ingredient list of the Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Conditioner, I suppose using the product provides the hair some level of sun protection too?
Overall, the non-gluten shampoo and conditioner does an effective job of cleansing and nourishing my scalp and hair. However, despite the claims that this range will leave hair volumizing. I did not find it so for mine and this is one of the reasons I’ve stopped using it. I reckon it could be because my hair is particularly oily and so this product might work better for those with normal hair. I’m rather surprised however that the products still work well after a year considering this is paraben free. However, you do want to note that both products contain Behenyl Alcohol and Phenoxyethanol as preservatives.
Price and availability
Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic shampoo and conditioner are available in two sizes; in 444ml bottles and 60ml travel size packaging. If you’ve never tried the products and would want to see how effective they are for your hair, you might want to give the travel size a trial. They cost S$14 each at Bud Cosmetics. I also found their products retailing at Lovelula but it seems the store only carry the full size items.
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