Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Review: Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner

I always tell myself that I'm really going to write regularly. Not that I keep busy and all, just plain lazy. I mean who else has a 5 day week which comprises of at least 2 whole free days at work where I embarrass myself by Facebook-ing all day long and yet, not write a single para! Yes, that’s me. But *pretty please*, let bygones be bygones. So here’s my first review on the blog.

It’s the Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner.
Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner
 The thing is that I have terribly dry hair, like the monstrous frizz ball variety! So I have to be rather diligent about oiling them before every wash. But to add to my woes, my scalp is insanely oily! And the oiling causes dandruff and itching later L Do you see what I have to deal with every day? Phew!

Hence I’m always on the lookout for good moisturizing shampoos. On my regular and infamous online window shopping escapades, I've noticed this smart tube of shampoo from Organic Surge. I really wanted to try it out since it said moisturizing AND organic. It claims to be “your hair’s best friend”. What more could I ask? But the asking price was a little more than I wanted to shell out so it always remained on my wish-list.
It so happened that I had mentioned about Organic Surge and wanting their Moisture Boost range to my brother once and surprise surprise, he sent them to me (with some other pretty cool stuff) Now its weird getting toiletries from your bro but wasn't it sweet that he remembered? Thank you B J

The package arrived via Flipkart and since it was a gift, they had wrapped it in a pretty paper and since it’s raining here in Bangalore, they had covered it in a plastic wrap as well. Other than that it was the standard cardboard and bubble-wrap packaging.

The first surprise that I got was that Organic Surge is actually a brand from the house of Lord and Berry. I knew of Lord and Berry cosmetics but didn’t know that they have diversified into toiletries too. Organic Surge claims to be an ethical and conscious brand. That means no parabens or SLS or animal testing.
On to the product now.
Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo 
The shampoo comes in a convenient tube packaging. The product itself is surprisingly thin in consistency considering that this is a shampoo.  Since I am the oil-before-shampoo kind of girl, I usually like my shampoo to lather well because otherwise I never know if the oil has been washed off. Although the text on the tube claimed that this is a light lathering shampoo, which I hadn't read before the first use, I had to pour out the shampoo some four times before I even got the semblance of foam. For a shampoo as expensive as this, this is not a desirable feature.

The smell is nothing to write home about. When I tried to whiff from the tube, it was just some very subtle fragrance. And even after the four applications of the product, when I undid my towel, my hair reeked of the Amla hair oil I had used.

 For full list of ingredients check below:

Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo ingredients
The shampoo claims to boost moisture retention, restoring silkiness and manageability. Sadly none of this happened to me.
Organic Surge Moisture Boost Conditioner

The conditioner on the other hand has a more generous consistency. The standard white, slimy, thick texture. Thankfully, the conditioner seems to spread easily so I haven't had to use a lot of it.

But what I absolutely hate about the conditioner is its smell. It’s smell is way stronger than that of the shampoo and not in a good way. The first thing that came to mind when the smell hit my nostrils was whey protein! I don’t know why though. I doubt I've sniffed whey protein ever! But to put it more simply, remember the projects we did back in school, one which involved growing wheat. The conditioner smells exactly like how the wheat would smell when gone bad due to excessive watering. Get my drift? Yes, that bad. 

 For full list of ingredients check below:

I have used the shampoo and conditioner for a month now but haven’t noticed any significant ‘moisture boost’ in my hair. I still have to oil before shampooing to reduce the frizz. The ends of my hair which are the curliest/waviest do look pretty on day 1 but my second day hair have a lot of fly-away.

Rating: C

Price: Shampoo- INR 625 for 250 ml, Conditioner- INR 625 for 200 ml
You can get it on Flipkart or Urbantouch for INR 500 each.

Recommendations: All in all I am not very happy with the products. For the cost and promise, they aren't very good. My earlier Dove shampoo was no different than this one. This is of course, unless I see some drastic change with another month’s usage of the Organic Surge Moisture Boost shampoo and conditioner. If you have dry hair, it doesn't tame the frizz and if you have oily hair, it won't give you the squeaky clean feel.

So my hunt for a good shampoo for dry, frizzy hair continues. Best friends, like they claim to be, should behave better but then again, best friends don’t quit on each other. So I’m planning on at least going through these tubes for now, though I am also now looking at John Frieda’s Frizz-ease and TIGI. Next time lucky, maybe?


Birthday Haul

Hi all you wonderful people, it was my birthday last month. Yaey, happy birthday to me :D
Now, birthdays are a time when everyone is allowed to go a little bonkers and I did. A bit too over the top actually and then of course I fell prey to the usual guilt trip! What is with women and guilt? Why do we have to constantly battle with ourselves to feel good? Anyway, I chided myself for feeling guilty. I mean, what’s done is done. So although I went overboard with my shopping and after my little, fun trip, my account balance was exactly half of what I had to begin with (yes, I went that crazy) I pushed those nasty guilt pangs away and decided to enjoy the outcome of my retail therapy. And what better way to enjoy than share? Since I haven’t been particularly regular with my posts on the bog, I thought I’ll do a little haul post. This was also a kind of reward for making healthier meal choices. Not that I am not eating the occasional calorie laden goodie (and oh, it is good!) or the insane binge, my meals have been more thoughtful and considered choices. So yaey to that J
Birthday Haul
I bought a ton of stuff as birthday gifts to myself, both online and in-store.

I went to a local, newly opened mall and as soon as I entered, I knew I was home. The first store I walked into was Clinique. Clinique stores/storefronts had always piqued my curiosity. The well-lit facade  the shop assistants in their white coats and that Clinique-y smell! Back in the day, on my student pocket-money I could never even dream of going there, even for a look-out but now that I am on my own and earning, 

Clinique was one of the first pit stops. This was my second visit to a Clinique store and they haven’t failed to impress me with their professionalism, yet again. Although my original plan was to buy only a cleansing lotion and one of the famed chubby sticks, I picked up a makeup remover and a kohl liner as well. I was  a tad bit disappointed with the chubby stick later since the shade, is the same as my lip color. So much for colored lip balms! The SA was a delightful lady who gave me some skincare tips and offered a free sample of their anti-blemish face pack and moisturizer! Moreover, Clinique is celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali in India and are offering a beautiful box packaging for all customers. Clinique is also celebrating October as the Breast cancer awareness month, so I also received a booklet on same and a pretty pink awareness ribbon.

Haul from Clinique

Next on the list was MAC. I have wanted to buy a MAC blush since forever and I finally laid my hands on the gorgeous Gingerly! I love how it makes my face all warm and happy! A beautiful plush glass in Amply Pink and the MAC blush/powder brush meant another small hole in my pocket.
Haul from M.A.C

A compulsory next stop was The Body Shop. You see, I am starting to notice that my pores are rather large and TBS’s tree tea pore minimizer seemed like a God-send. A night face lotion from the tea tree range, orange body butter, a dragon fruit lip balm, BB cream and a pair of gorgeous lavender bath mitts later, I was grinning ear to ear!
Haul from The Body Shop
Birthday Haul

Like I said earlier, I also shopped online. I am currently addicted to watching movies and sitcoms over my laptop. This is rather disgraceful for a person who until recently, found her solace in the magical world of books. To rekindle that magic, I ordered a few books online. I bought a bunch of titles:10 super stories about mom and me, To kill a mocking bird by Harper Lee, Losing my virginity and other dumb ideas by Madhuri Banerjee and Can love happen twice by Ravinder Singh.
Now, I wouldn't really have picked up those titles but I wanted to ease back into reading and picked up something light, for the brain and pocket alike ;)
The real reason for me trying to shop online was to pick up the Jillian Michael's  30-day shred DVD. I read some wonderful praise about it and decided to give it a try. I am still on Day 3 and loving it! I am really lazy in the exercise department and I thought that since Jillian’s workouts are only 20 minutes a day, I could as well stick with her! And mind you, they are some mean workouts!