All-natural, made with recycled materials, and left my locks lustrous: I love using Silk18.
For the last five or so years I have been transforming my bathroom. It became glaringly obvious as we slowly took stock of the plastic in our kitchen that bathroom products were also an issue. Now we mostly use Dr. Bronners as a base in variations of recipes for body wash, face wash, dish soap and more. But one recipe that hasn’t been easy to craft at home is conditioner, which is why we were thrilled to try out Silk18 conditioner by Maple Holistics.
The name comes from the 18 unique silk amino acids that make up the moisture retention formula in Silk18. On top of that it is also hypoallergenic, paraben, silicone and BPA free. It’s not just what’s in the bottle that’s conscious either, the bottle itself is made from recycled materials.
As someone with very thin hair I have to be choosy about what conditioners I use. Oftentimes my tresses are left greasy at the end of the day if I wash and condition with the wrong product. But I was so pleased after trying the Silk18 conditioner because my hair was soft and tame, lustrous and fresh. The rich but subtle vanilla aroma was just a plus.
For another testament, my boyfriend is growing his hair out and actually started to have beautiful ringlets after using the eco-conscious hair product. Our locks are soft to the touch with a volume that isn’t the usual for two people with generally flat, thin, stick straight hair. It is truly a miracle salve for all of the negative points of my hair, leaving it thick and sleek without weighing it down.
Now, in this journey that we’ve taken in clearing our bathroom of plastics and toxins I’ve not done my part in researching ingredients. That is why for this post I took the time to do a bit of research on each active ingredient in the bottle that sounded like a chemical. Just two of them have any allergenic issues, and even those are exceptionally minor. Frankly, I’d rank this conditioner 100 billion out of 100 billion, or whatever other arbitrary scoring system makes sense to you.
Bottom line, it’s a great option for the eco-conscious shopper who also love to look good.
Take a look at the ingredients with me.
Aside from the scientific names below this bottle contains water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin, argan oil, shea butter, certified organic blend pomegranate, hibiscus, green tea, sea buckthorn, silk amino acids, jojoba oil, natural vanilla fragrance, and guar.
Red Flag Ingredients
It is legal to use phenoxyethanol in cosmetics up to 1%, but this ingredient has shown to be harmful to the skin and lungs. Paula’s Choice, however, states that the studies done on this ingredient weren’t done topically.
One plus of this conditioner is to tame your flyaways, and that may be due to this organic compound and antistatic agent. The EPA does warn about possible it being a possible allergen and has to be made up of less than .1% of the recipe to be legal. That is because if it gets into your eyes it can cause tissue death resulting in eye damage.
Safe But Hard To Say Ingredients
This mixture of fatty alcohols is low on the EPA hazard list but there is still some concern that it may be an environmental toxin. It can be made using vegetable sources like coconut fatty acids.
An oily wax derived from the fatty acids derived from olive oil combined with the ester of cetearyl alcohol. It nourishes the hair for a soft, lustrous feel. It’s also considered safe by common environmental studies on the main ingredient. Often found in recipes alongside sorbitan olivate.
This ingredient is formed by combining the fatty acids of olive oil with sorbitol to be used as an emulsifying agent. It is commonly used alongside Cetearyl Olivate and has been deemed generally not hazardous.
You can get propanediol from either petroleum or corn, it’s considered similar to glycol but even safer. Studies have found that a very low percentage of people had some irritation when absorbed into their skin, but otherwise it is effective in helping transport and dilute other active ingredients in cosmetics.
Caprylic Capric Triglyceride
Some may mistake this ingredient for fractionated coconut oil, but it’s actually a mixed triester made from glycerin and coconut oil. It’s just fatty acids and plant sugars, so basically, safe for the humans.
With such an intimidating name it’s hard to believe that this ingredient is a water-soluble organic compound, but it is! There’s a synthetic quality to this, but it’s mostly plant derived. It is positively charged so it neutralizes the hair strands’ negative charges to reduce static and tangles.
This ingredient helps the conditioner stay fresh, and is a popular paraben alternative in cosmetics. It’s regarded as safe and is common in many foods and drinks we consume every day.