I’ve been using John Masters Lavender Rosemary Shampoo daily this summer, and it’s earned my loyalty through its combination of natural ingredients, beneficial results, and a fragrance that works as a quickie aromatherapy treatment in the shower. It seems to have improved the overall condition of my hair, and it’s made my morning ritual a little more pleasant in the process.
If you’re interested in natural haircare, a John Masters shampoo has a lot to offer: like the other products in the line, Lavender Rosemary Shampoo is made without sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, artificial color, paraben preservatives, or animal testing. Instead, its base of coconut-derived soap is enriched with herbal infusions, many of them certified organic. Just a few of the natural ingredients listed on the label are wheat germ oil, jojoba seed oil, sage, willow bark and babassu fruit oil. The result is a low-lathering shampoo with a dark maple-syrup color.
Of course, the star ingredients of this shampoo are the essential oils of lavender and rosemary. Both herbs are known for their ability to purify and disinfect; the fragrance of lavender is also a time-tested remedy for reducing stress and tension, while rosemary enhances mental clarity, alleviates fatigue, and even reputedly improves the memory. (“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance,” as poor Ophelia said.) The rosemary is more prominent than the lavender, although the lavender is always present, in its understated way; the lavender is a softer, herbal-floral note, and the rosemary is sharper and greener, just like its original needle-like leaves, with a fresh woodsiness.
This shampoo has been a welcome addition to my morning routine because it does an efficient job of cleansing my hair while also gently nudging me further awake. (I am most emphatically not an early-morning person.) All too often, citrus is the default scent for a “wake-up” body or hair product, but citrus has a particular style of sensory stimulation that I don’t always enjoy. Citrus is sunny and insistently cheerful and thoroughly unsubtle. If citrus notes have the same early-morning effect as a jangling old-fashioned alarm clock, then this rosemary-lavender blend is like a clock radio tuned to a public radio station, whose conversation slyly engages the sleepy mind into gradual alertness.