Last year, I wrote about my diagnosis with psoriasis and how I am conscientious about the products I use on my body because I have highly sensitive skin. I also previously wrote about seeking beauty products that don’t contain parabens or sulfates or ones that have not been tested on animals and discussed ingredients to avoid in makeup and skincare products due to the harmful impact that they have on our bodies. With all that, clearly I was eager to try an all-natural product by Maple Holistics that combats scalp psoriasis, which affects an estimated 7.5 million Americans. Scalp psoriasis can be mild and almost unnoticeable, but it has caused intense itching, which affects my everyday life.
Maple Holistics is a health and wellness company that provides a natural, holistic range of premium products that can enhance hygiene, health and daily living. Some of the products offered include therapeutic shampoos, facial masks, bath soaks and more that are all natural, cruelty free, sulfate free, safe for color treated hair, and made in the United States.
I tried Maple Holistic’s Tea Tree Shampoo, which helps mild to moderate seborrheic dermatitis and dry scalp. The shampoo comes in a plastic bottle that claims to use over “98 all-natural compounds to promote scalp health” and the slogan “the natural solution” aims to please those looking for an all-natural, botanically-based haircare product, minus the harsh ingredients. I usually get prescribed steroids to treat any flare-ups from psoriasis that can occur on my face, scalp, and behind the ears, so I welcome any products that can help promote healthy hair growth and sooth irritated scalp and skin naturally.
The packaging features, logos, and informative descriptions give the impression that this product is more therapeutic than a cosmetic product you might purchase at the drug store. However, the shampoo itself is a silky white with a pearl sheen and does not contain any dyes or colors—which is beneficial for me since I’m allergic. The shampoo has a pleasant botanical smell that picks up the handful of essential oils in the formula, particularly lavender and tea tree oil. However, it isn’t overpowering and smells pleasant. But if you’re sensitive to fragrances—even essential oils—you may want to proceed with caution and test it on a section of your wrist before trying it on your scalp.
The good news is that there are no artificial fragrances used. In addition to tea tree oil, which is known for its antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds, the shampoo features lavender oil, rosemary oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, and botanical keratin. The rosemary is stimulating and invigorating for the scalp, helping to lift and slough away dry flakes. Lavender is healing and soothing and is helpful for a dry, irritated scalp and scalp blemishes. Both argan and jojoba oil are nourishing, hydrating and help soothe an irritated scalp. Argan oil adds shine and essential fatty acids to revitalize the health of the scalp. Jojoba oil is the closest oil to our scalp’s natural sebum and can moisturize without making the scalp too oily. Botanical keratin is a protein found naturally in our hair and helps to replenish the hair of its natural compounds to create strong, healthy hair.
The shampoo felt soft and silky in my hair and on my scalp. It was mildly sudsy without being too harsh and stripping of my hair’s natural oils. A dry irritated scalp, such as mine, should not be treated with overly harsh products that take away the moisturizing oils that are needed to help it heal its dryness. I thought the shampoo cleaned very well, lifting away the excess oils and build-up, without feeling too clean. The shampoo cleaned my hair nicely but left some flakes behind, something that I have struggled with for years with a variety of shampoos—medicated and over-the-counter. I understand that this may be because I need to use the shampoo more before all of my dry flakes have disappeared, but I did see a difference in the look and feel of my scalp. There were fewer flakes, and my scalp did feel nourished and moisturized. You might not need an additional conditioner unless you have an exceptionally dry scalp.
Overall, Maple Holistics has created a good dandruff shampoo that leaves out sulfates, parabens, artificial coloring and fragrances, and other harmful ingredients and only includes all-natural ingredients and botanicals. If you suffer from mild dandruff and you want to use a natural product you can feel good about, you won’t be disappointed with this shampoo. However, if you have a sensitivity to essential oils and fragrances or even severe dandruff, then you might need a more powerful (unfortunately) medicated shampoo.
If you would like to try Maple Holistics at no cost, all while learning about an all-natural, cruelty-free company based in the U.S., please fill out the form on their website here.
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