’s review – Cattier Paris Rosemary Vinegar Shampoo
I’ve tried tons of shampoos in my time for greasy/oily hair with varying results. Oily hair is one of those things that sparks a lot debate; don’t wash it too frequently, use dry shampoo between washes, stop eating high-fat food, etc. I guess some of this advice would work for others but I can assure you I could eat nothing but vegetables for a month and my hair would still need washing everyday. I found this on the shelves when I was mooching around Monoprix in Paris with Christine and Pinkty. Christine noticed it first and then I decided that I needed it because 1) I have greasy hair and 2) I thought it might make my hair smell like salad (don’t ask me why I thought this would be good you should know by now I’m a bit strange like that). I understand the idea of vinegar cutting through the oil without being harsh which is why I wanted to give this a go plus I thought the bottle looked continental.
Cattier is a French cosmetics company that sells organic products formulated with natural ingredients and partly produced by organic farming methods. They do not use parabens, phenoxyethanol, synthetic colouring or fragrance, or any petroleum derivatives in their products. There is a lot of French words on the back of the bottle as one would expect, so I found this translation on their website:
Cattier Shampoo with Rosemary Vinegar deep-cleanses the scalp due to the action of its Plant Vinegar (Rosemary, Lavender, Sage and Thyme), which removes excess sebum and leaves the hair soft and glossy. Rich in Wheat protein, a composition which is very similar to the keratin proteins in hair, it nourishes and strengthens the hair at its very roots, leaving it easier to comb out. Essential oils selected with the utmost care, have been added to enhance its cleansing properties and to leave the hair lightly fragranced.
The first few times I used this I was amazed how clean my hair felt without it being stripped, but after the fourth/fifth time using I realised it might be a bit too much for my hair to use everyday. This is a shame but also a blessing as I only bought one bottle to try so I would probably be running out of it by now. I have been using it every four/five days as a clarifying shampoo along with my current everyday one for curly/wavy hair from Naked. The two shampoos work well together and it may be because they are both paraben and petrochemical free. I have to admit since using products that omit these ingredients I can see a real difference in my hair. It will always be oily but at least it’s getting cleaned with natural ingredients and has more of shine and bounce to it. So what about that salad barnet I hear you ask? Well there is a vinegary aroma when you wash your hair but it doesn’t last and my hair smells fresh and clean without being artificially perfumed. Jamie also loves using it too!
This retails for €6.45 for 250ml which is about £5.40 which isn’t a bad price. I’ve realised from their website that they also do oily hair shampoo with green clay in it, umm you can bet it will be in my shopping basket on my next Parisian jaunt for sure.
Have any of my European readers tried other Cattier products that you would recommend?