Nov 252010
 

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been introduced to a line of hair care products that has impressive credentials-Surya Brasil.  Surya Brasil’s initial claim to fame is in henna colorants, made with 100% plant ingredients.  The company uses a philosophy of harmony with nature, eco-friendliness, being cruelty-free and delivering results.  Rather than selling their product in green packaging to evoke eco-friendliness, Surya Brazil has pursued certifications to meet standards demonstrating that their ingredients are safe, environmentally friendly, organic and vegan.

In addition to using natural ingredients, Surya Brazil avoids ingredients that might be harmful, including lead, ammonia, PPD dyes, hydrogen peroxide and parabens.   Surya Brazil started as a company that used Indian henna for hair color, and now has a complete line of other hair care and beauty products.

Because my hair is color treated, I was happy to try some products from their Color Fixation line, a gentle, conditioning series of products that is intended to preserve the quality of the hair without fading color.  It uses rice protein, cupuassu butter, buriti oil, and 15 herb/fruit extracts from India and the Amazon forest,to protect hair. I’m going to review three products in this review, which are those that I’ve used for the past several weeks and with which I have gained personal experience.

First, I tried the Color Fixation Shampoo and Conditioner:

These are well-priced at $9.99 each for 8.45 ounces per bottle, which is quite nice compared to $24/each for the No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner that I’m currently buying.  The Shampoo is quite gentle, more gentle than No Frizz.  After using it, my hair feels lightly cleansed and very soft.  The Conditioner is a daily condition, it’s light but very effective.  The Conditioner reminded me of more expensive conditioners that I’ve used, my hair had less frizz, more shine and it was easy to control.  There was no hint of heaviness or over-conditioning.  Both products rinsed very cleanly and my hair felt great. I found that both Surya Brazil Shampoo and Condition had a very light, pleasant scent.  Even better, I did not notice any color fading from its use.

Second, I loved, loved, LOVED the Color Fixation Restorative Mask ($8.99 for 7.6 ounces), a generous tub of hair-transforming product.  For the past several weeks, I’ve been deep-conditioning my hair using the Restorative Mask on Sunday mornings for roughly twenty-minutes or so.  Afterword, my hair feels wonderful–very sleek, conditioned and shiny.  I was surprised how effectively this deep-conditions my hair.  It’s as good as a professional deep clean.  The product rinses clean, without leaving a weighed-down feel.  For this price (or for that matter, even higher), it’s definitely worth it.

I haven’t seen Surya Brasil’s products in my local stores, but they do have a website and Google searching turned up a few more sources.

Shampoo: Deionized Water (Aqua), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Dihydroxanthan Gum, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Essential Oils (Rose Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Oil and Santalum Album Oil), Lawsonia Inermis Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana Fruit Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Genipa Americana Extract, Malva Sylvestris Extract, Corylus Rostrata Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Zizyphus Joaseiro Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Hydrolized Rice Protein, Vegetable Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol and DMDM Hydantoin.

Conditioner: Deionized Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Sorbitol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Essential Oils (Rose Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale Oil and Santalum Album Oil), Lawsonia Inermis Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana Fruit Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Genipa Americana Extract, Malva Sylvestris Extract, Corylus Rostrata Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Zizyphus Joaseiro Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Hydrolized Rice Protein,Tocopheryl Acetate,  Phenoxyethanol  and DMDM Hydantoin.

Color Fixation Restorative Mask:  Deionized Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Orbignya Oleifera (Babaçu) Seed Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Sorbitol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Essential Oils (Rose Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil and Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil), Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla) Fruit Extract, Paullinia Cupana (Guarana) Fruit Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Genipa Americana Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Corylus Rostrata (Hazel) Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí) Fruit Extract, Zizyphus Joaseiro Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Hydrolized Rice Protein, Phenoxyethanol and DMDM Hydantoin.

This product was sent to Cafe Makeup by press relations for consideration for review.

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