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This review was originally written in 1997 and initially published in early 1998 as one of the very first articles for the HairBoutique.com site launched in early 1998.
A lot has changed since my first introduction to the Phytotherathrie line in 1997 (also known at various times in the past as Phytologie and currently known in 2007 as Phyto).
In 2001 the wonderful people at Phyto agreed to let their biggest fan, namely me, carry their complete line of products at HairBoutique.com.
To say I was thrilled is an understatement. What could be better than to be able to sell a product that I had been using for years with fabulous results.
If anything, having all of the Phyto products in the HairBoutique.com warehouse has made me an even bigger fan. Not only do I regularly read every box and every label, I am constantly trying the different products. At some point it's my hope to finish testing every one of their products. I might even try one of their famous relaxing formulas.
The evaluation that follows documents my very first experiences with Phyto in July of 1997. Keep this in mind as you read my comments. Although I cringe when I read my writing from so many years ago, I am encouraged by the knowledge that HairBoutique.com, Phyto and my writing have all come a long way.
Introduction To Product Evaluation - 1997
I am a woman on a mission. My personal goal is to continue to try and find the very best products that I can for my long hair. Based on the recommendation of my stylist I have been using the Aveda line of products with great results. Recently in my goals to test other products I have just finished one month of intensive testing of some of the Phytotherathrie (changed in 2004 to Phyto) products.
Why I Tested PHYTOTHERATHRIE
I had heard about the PHYTO products for several months. When I was in New York on my long hair research mission in July of 1997, I bought a complete line of the PHYTO products and tried them for one full month.
A naturally curly haired friend of mine in California had been using some of the PHYTO products and she strongly recommended them to me. They did a great job for her curls, so why not hope for great results for my dry, wavy hair?
What Is PHYTOTHERATHRIE?
"PHYTOTHERATHRIE is a special line of therapeutic hair products developed through the use of plants". Phytotherathrie promises that they use the vast natural resources of the botanical world to give you healthier and more beautiful hair. They also claim to offer you the most natural benefits through a complete system of hair treatments with a natural plant base. They promote the philosophy of treating nature with respect.
The PHYTOSOLBA Laboratories (makers of the PHYTO products) are the pioneers and leaders in therapeutic care for hair through plants. They continue to search, test and discover new products for hair. Phytotherathrie specifies in their literature that "nature is far from revealing all of its abilities to treat and care for hair...and now more than ever hair needs nature's abilities."
What I Tested
I decided to try the recommended Phyto products in the Dry to Extra Dry Hair product line.
Since it was July and the height of the hot dry summer months I felt my hair could really benefit from the dry hair treatments. The hair products for dry hair seemed like they would be a good test.
I was curious to see if they made my hair oily, gooey or gummy from the added oils or plant extracts.
I wanted the most gentle, conditioning and nourishing products. With this in mind the hair consultant at Cosmetics Plus recommended that I purchase the following Phyto products:
I have listed very detailed information about the three different Phyto Products that I experimented with. I also had a second volunteer, a man with shoulder length naturally curly hair, use the products. This man had also been using the Aveda products for many years with great results.
Besides the ingredients that are listed on the box, all of the Phyto products come with a very detailed set of instructions for using the product properly.
With each product there is a list of complimentary products. As an example, the HUILE D'ALES (Revitalizing botanical oil) and the PhytoJoba (Gentle, regulating milky shampoo) are recommended for use with each other and the Phyto 7 Treatment Cream.
Phytotherathrie gives you the choice of buying all the recommended products in a hair care grouping or you can mix and match appropriately.
Note: This shampoo was replaced with Phytocitrus Shampoo by Phyto.
PHTYOCIDRE Shampoo lists the following Property Information on the box:
This is a shampoo with a Cider vinegar base. PHYTOCIDRE has a natural acidity which allows it to:
Ingredients of PHYTOCIDRE Shampoo
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil Derivative) Cider Vinegar, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, PEG-150 Distearate, Isostearoamphopropionate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Cetrimonium Bromide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben,
The PHYTOCIDRE box lists the following important fact: "This bottle contains 10 % pure Cider vinegar - 0.5% acetic acid. Rinse well after each application."
Listed pH balance 4.8 - 5.1.
Directions For Use
Thoroughly wet hair. Apply shampoo and massage to obtain a rich lather. Rinse. Repeat, leaving second shampoo on for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly. For External Use Only. The listed pH balance : 4.8 - 5.1
Karen's Review of PHYTOCIDRE Shampoo
I used the PHYTOCIDRE Shampoo uninterrupted for a period of close to one month. I found that it did a great job on my hair. I would compare it very favorably with Aveda's Shampure. It worked very well for my long hair and equally as well for the hair of my male volunteer.
The first thing that I noticed was that the shampoo came in a glass bottle. I have never seen this before. I had read that some of the hair products with apple cider vinegar use glass to preserve the delicate composition of the shampoo. This may be true. It did make me a little nervous because I always wash my hair in the shower and was concerned about dropping the bottle.
The glass bottle is clear and it is easy to see the contents clearly. The shampoo looked sort of golden and clear. I was expecting an apple cider vinegar smell but was pleasantly surprised to find the shampoo did not have a strong aroma.
This shampoo does not lather much, if at all. I had to really work the shampoo in to get any sort of lather. I only used one application of the shampoo which is my normal routine with Aveda. A lot of people would probably freak out that this shampoo does not lather but I felt comfortable with this non-sudsing right away.
I applied the PHYTOMOELLE hair mask once a week and the Phyto7 leave-in conditioner every other day.
The shampoo left my hair soft and very manageable. I got some compliments on how shiny my hair looked. I liked the overall effect of the shampoo on my hair. On the days that I did not use either the PHYTOMOELLE or the Phyto7 I still found my hair to be soft and manageable. I was very pleased.
I am very particular about what I use on my hair and have always found Aveda to be the best product for me. It was nice to find another product line that left my hair feeling great.
The cost of the shampoo is $15.00 for 6.8 fl.oz (1997 pricing). I did not find this excessive compared to the other products on the market that advertise similar benefits. For example Rene Furterer OKARA shampoo (which I have also tested) is very similar in price for the 5.07 fl. oz.
I would recommend that anyone with dry or extra dry, damaged or chemically treated hair try the PhytoCidre Shampoo. You will probably need to experiment with the shampoo to find the best application for your hair type.
2006 Note: Unfortunately this wonderful shampoo has been discontinued.
PHYTOMOELLE W/ Bamboo Marrow
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