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Review: Seed Phytonutrients Shampoo, Conditioner, and Anti-frizz Cream

To say this review is long overdue would be an understatement. Seed Phytonutrients generously sent over a few of their products several months ago. I had every intention of posting a review soon after, but I lost all of my photos when my computer crashed. So here we are: many months later with a few new photos and a detailed review!

As their website states, Seed Phytonutrients is “a young company with old school values.” Their products are mindfully crafted, sustainable, and vegan. The line offers hair care products, skin care products, and body care products.

Seed Phytonutrient’s mission is to “plant the seeds of health, well-being, and sustainability for future generations.” To that end, they partner with local independent farmers to source the seeds used in their products. They also support their organic farmers by paying for 100% of their crop upfront, regardless of yield. And a charming bonus? Seed Phytonutrients partnered with the Hudson Valley Seed Company to provide packets of heirloom herb seeds inside each paper bottle product.

I was sent the shampoo, conditioner, and styling cream from their anti-frizz line. Let’s get to it!

Anti-Frizz Shampoo

Performance: Infused with ingredients like jojoba oil and sunflower seed oil, this shampoo cleanses my hair without drying out my scalp. I only need a quarter-sized amount for my hair to feel clean. If you like a rich lather, this shampoo may not be for you.

Scent Profile: As its fragrance notes suggest, this shampoo smells like orange flower and parsley. It’s herbal and fresh; perfect for a shampoo.

Packaging: The shampoo bottle is comprised of a shower-friendly, compostable outer shell with an inner plastic bottle and plastic pump.

According to their website, “Our revolutionary shower-friendly paper bottles are made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper with a post-consumer recycled plastic liner, resulting in 60% less plastic than a traditional bottle. Our bottles likely started out as cardboard boxes, and we give them a second (or maybe even a third) life.”

While this isn’t an entirely plastic-free option, I think its a step in the right direction. I just can’t seem to find a shampoo bar that works for my hair, so I think this is a compromise between plastic-free and virgin plastic packaging. Would I prefer a plastic-free option? Absolutely.

You can read more about Seed Phytonutrient’s packaging partner, Ecologic, in the blog section of their website. Worried about recycling the plastic pump? TerraCycle and Seed Phytonutrients have partnered to create a free recycling program for Seed Phytonutrients’ pumps.

As for its performance in the shower, I tried not to get these bottles completely wet and found that they held up fairly well. Pro-tip: I would recommend keeping the bottle in its outer shell, as the inner plastic bottle has a rounded base and cannot stand on its own.

Ingredients:

Formula Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (Coconut), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (Coconut), Glyceryl Stearate SE (Coconut), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (Coconut), Glycerin (Vegetable), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (Sugar/Coconut), Lauryl Glucoside (Sugar), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (Coconut), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (Coconut), Glyceryl Oleate (Vegetable), Cetearyl Alcohol (Mixed Plants), Coco-Betaine (Coconut), Coco-Glucoside (Coconut), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate (Coconut), Behentrimonium Chloride (Rapeseed), Wheat Amino Acids, Soy Amino Acids, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Beans), Serine (Vegetable), Arginine HCl (Vegetable), Threonine (Vegetable), Fragrance (All Natural), Gluconolactone (Glucose Syrup), Potassium Sorbate*, Sodium Benzoate*, Citric Acid.

*Food-grade preservative

Fragrance Ingredients
Gurjun Balsam Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedar) Wood Oil, Illicium Verum (Star Anise) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora L. (Ho) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palma Rosa) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil.

Price: $24.00 USD

Anti-Frizz Conditioner

Performance: I LOVE this conditioner. It’s nice and thick, which is perfect for my dry, damaged hair. I usually have to use gobs and gobs of conditioner to moisturize my hair, but I only need to use a palmful of this product. It has a significant amount of slip, washes clean, and doesn’t weigh my hair down.

Scent Profile: Similar to the shampoo, the conditioner has a light herbal and citrusy aroma. I notice that the scent doesn’t last long on my hair once dry. I wish it did!

Packaging: The packaging for the conditioner is similar to the shampoo. See the “Packaging” section of the shampoo review above for more details!

Ingredients:

Formula Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Chloride (Rapeseed), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Glyceryl Stearate SE (Coconut), Glycerin (Vegetable), Cetearyl Alcohol (Mixed Plants), Fragrance (All Natural), Coconut Alkanes, Cetearyl Glucoside (Coconut/Sugar), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Distearoylethyl Dimonium Chloride (Vegetable), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate (Coconut), Wheat Amino Acids, Soy Amino Acids, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Beans), Serine (Vegetable), Arginine HCl (Vegetable), Threonine (Vegetable), Gluconolactone (Glucose Syrup), Potassium Sorbate*.

*Food-grade preservative

Fragrance Ingredients
Gurjun Balsam Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedar) Wood Oil, Illicium Verum (Star Anise) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora L. (Ho) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palma Rosa) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil.

Price: $24.00 USD

Anti-Frizz Smoothing Cream

Performance: This styling cream is perfect for those with thicker, drier hair. It’s rich but not too heavy. I had to experiment to find the perfect amount to use for my hair (dry, damaged) and found that a quarter-sized amount is enough to coat my shoulder-length hair. My hair seems to be thinning with age, so I may switch to a lighter mousse-like product in the future. I haven’t tried this product when I leave my hair curly, but it works well as a styling cream when I blow dry my hair.

Scent Profile: Like its counterparts in the anti-frizz line, this hair cream smells like the shampoo and conditioner.

Packaging: This hair styling product comes in a post-consumer recycled aluminum tube with a plastic screw cap.

Ingredients:

Formula Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol (Mixed Plants), Glyceryl Stearate SE (Coconut), Glycerin (Vegetable), Behentrimonium Chloride (Rapeseed), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Cetearyl Glucoside (Coconut/Sugar), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Heptyl Undecylenate (Vegetable), Coconut Alkanes, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Seed Protein (Baobab), Sorbitol (Fruit), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Trehalose (Sugar), Acacia Senegal Gum (Acacia Tree), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate (Coconut), Tocopherol (Vegetable), Pullulan (Tapioca), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Beans), Fragrance (All Natural), Gluconolactone (Glucose Syrup), Potassium Sorbate*.

Fragrance Ingredients
Gurjun Balsam Oil, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedar) Wood Oil, Illicium Verum (Star Anise) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora L. (Ho) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martini (Palma Rosa) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil.

Price: $24.00 USD

Overall, I find that these products work really well with my dry, frizz-prone hair. The scent is pleasant, and the price points are accessible (especially when on sale). I love that their paper products come with heirloom seed packets, too!

One point I wanted to mention—that I didn’t realize at the time they reached out to me—is that Seed Phytonutrients is funded by L’Oréal. The brainchild of seasoned L’Oréal executives, Seed Phytonutrients utilizes L’Oréal’s wealth of resources but operates as an independent venture.

I recognize the benefits of being funded by a corporation like L’Oréal: products can be made at scale and offered at competitive prices, speed-to-market can be increased exponentially, and the supply chain can be expanded such that products can be quickly taken mainstream. Did you know General Mills owns Annies? How about Proctor and Gamble owning Native? I could go on and on. Unfortunately, the good can come with the bad. Being owned by a large (often public) entity can compromise brand autonomy, product quality, and the magic that makes a company unique.

Do I think this impacts Seed Phytonutrients? I haven’t yet come to a conclusion about that, especially since this is a relatively new brand (a few years old). While the products are really effective and the mission-driven ethos of the brand is aligned with mine, I can’t say the same of the parent company. As of 2019, L’Oréal is still not included PETA’s cruelty-free list. This issue gives me pause about supporting Seed Phytonutrients in the future, as I prefer to support cruelty-free indie brands.

Am I always pitch-perfect with the brands I choose to patronize? No, but I try my best to find companies whose values are in line with mine—and that extends to parent companies, too. I recognize that this is a multi-layered issue that requires critical thought to make an informed decision; as such, I encourage you to consume this information and take the path that works best for you. Have you tried Seed Phytonutrients? Let me know in the comments below!

FTC: This is not a sponsored post. These products were kindly gifted. There are no affiliate links in this post.

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