When it comes to hair care, I’m totally lost. My hair is super thin and straight, and I’ve worn it in a rather short pixie cut for a few years now. Having glorious long locks was never something I aimed to achieve before. Now that I have the aspiration of a curated, asian beauty inspired hair care routine, I have an extreme lack of direction for the kinds of products I want to try. Picking up this shampoo was a way for me to get my toes wet so I can start working on properly taking care of my hair and scalp.
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What is it?
Innisfree’s Camellia Essential Shampoo is a shampoo enriched with camellia oil that promises to moisturize, nourish, and revitalize damaged hair.
- Size: 300 mL
- Price: $7.97 CAD +shipping from RoseRoseShop.com
- pH: ~5.5
- Texture: Clear, viscous liquid similar to a shower gel
- Scent: A dryer herbal (and I’m assuming camellia?) scent
- Packaging: A matte red plastic bottle with a press top cap
- Longevity: ~6 months+ at a quarter-to-loonie sized amount once a day
Ingredients and pH
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Laureth-23, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Camellia Japonica (Camellia) Seed Oil, Citrus Unshiu (Satsuma) Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica (Camellia) Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera (Prickly Pear) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-48, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-7, Citric Acid, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
CosDNA breakdown. Sodium laureth sulfate and laureth-23 score a 3 for comedogenicity, and sodium laureth sulfate also scores a 2 for irritation. The shampoo contains a number of botanical extracts, and camellia oil which is the basis for the claims of providing moisture and nourishment to hair.
My pH strips show this shampoo to be at right around a 5.5, which is perfect for a cleansing product.
The shampoo is packaging in a brick red opaque plastic bottle with a press cap. I like the press caps less on shampoo bottles because they tend to be very small, which means I can’t easily seat the bottle upside down when it starts to run low. The product doesn’t drain towards the opening, and so I may be missing out on shampoo that clings to the inside of the bottle.
I find this red packaging less appealing than some of Innisfree’s other products. The bottle comes off more plain-looking and dull, but I’m not entirely sure why. It might be the finish of the plastic? It looks sort of drab and uninspired, really lacking in the elegant simplicity that Innisfree usually pulls off. It doesn’t feel like something I want on display in my bathroom.
The shampoo is a thick, clear gel with almost no color. It lathers well, and there is a sweet, earthy/herbal scent. It smells very similar to the Camellia Essential Hail Oil that I also have, so I can only assume that it is meant to be the scent of camellia oil. I have no idea what camellia truly smells like, so I can’t say for sure. It could just be a signature concoction of Innisfree’s, much like the scents for their green tea lines. I do like the scent, but it doesn’t do anything particularly special for me.
As much as Innisfree claims this shampoo to be moisturizing and nourishing, it turned out to be pretty middle-of-the-road in that regard. I tend to have issues with an itchy scalp, and my itchiness wasn’t exacerbated with this shampoo. It wasn’t totally alleviated either, so it’s not drying but also not all that moisturizing.
With moisturizing hair products, there’s also a risk that it will weigh down my super fine hair strands by depositing too much product, making me look greasy. That didn’t happen, so this shampoo is an alright choice if you have concerns about volume. I didn’t notice any significant change in the texture of my hair, so I wouldn’t recommend it if your hair is overly dry or damaged.
All in all, it’s an average product. It’ll do the job, and not do much else. The unique scent is the most noteworthy thing about it, so it might be something interesting to try if you have no other ideas.
Would I Repurchase?
Nah, this shampoo is definitely too plain Jane for me. Not to mention that there’s also a whole world out there of exciting hair care I’ve yet to try. Even if I was wowed by this, it’d be way too soon to tie myself down.