I’ve always thought it’s so annoying that my hair gets oily within a day, but otherwise I wouldn’t give my scalp any thought. As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve noticed my scalp getting flaky. Regular shampoo wasn’t doing anything to help, so I realized I needed to find something to exfoliate that dead skin away.
I was also using dry shampoo every other day to keep my excess oils at bay. Since I was using so much dry shampoo, it was building up on my hair and my shampoo wouldn’t get my hair completely clean. To get a healthier scalp and hair, I had to find the right product.
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I knew I needed to find a product that would be both exfoliating and detoxifying to get both my scalp and hair completely clean. I’d never seen a product like that and felt pretty discouraged for a while. Then YouTube came to the rescue and introduced me to Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo.
I was so excited to try a Briogeo product because I knew they used quality, mostly natural ingredients. In fact, all of their products are made with 90-100% natural ingredients! This shampoo is 98% natural. 🙂
Product claims directly from BriogeoHair.com
This unique shampoo infuses Binchotan charcoal to draw impurities from the scalp and hair follicle to provide the foundation for optimal scalp health. Vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators remove dead skin cells and product build-up from the scalp to support a clean, balanced, and healthy scalp. A cooling blend of peppermint and spearmint oils reduces scalp itchiness and tea tree oil has antiseptic and healing properties that reduce scalp irritation and inflammation. Coconut Oil provides superior moisturization to the scalp to combat and prevent dryness and flakiness. Super-vitamin, panthenol, provides essential nutrients to strengthen the hair roots and shaft.
Other product details
- Price: $42.00
- Net weight: 8 oz.
- Made in the USA
- Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner 2018
- “6-free” hair care
- NO sulfates
- NO silicones
- NO phthalates
- NO parabens
- NO DEA
- NO artificial dyes
- Shelf life: 18 months
- Where to buy: Amazon.com or BiogeoHair.com
- Overall rating: 8.0/10
- Cleansing: 10/10
- Ingredients: 8/10
- Fragrance: 8/10
- Packaging: 6/10
- Price: 8/10
This shampoo provides the perfect combination of gentle exfoliation and detoxification to remove all excess oil, dead skin, and product buildup. I’m always impressed by the exfoliation because the texture of this product is very smooth and creamy. There isn’t any chunkiness that I would usually associate with a physical exfoliator. This product relies on microcrystalline cellulose, which is a plant-derived powder, for the exfoliating property.
My scalp and hair always feel squeaky-clean after I’ve used this shampoo!
I would advise not using this shampoo more than twice a week as it could be drying if used too often. Recently I’ve only been using this product if I’ve gone an extra day without washing my hair or if I use dry shampoo (I don’t use it nearly as often now that I’m spending more time at home) and need to remove the buildup. I use it once a week at most, but have used it twice a week in the past and didn’t have any problems with it.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate*, Glycerin*, Microcrystalline Cellulose*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate*, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil*, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Panthenol, Xylitylglucoside*, Charcoal Powder*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil*, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil*, Anhydroxylitol*, Bisabolol, Menthyl Lactate*, Xylitol*, Polyquaternium-7, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid*, Sodium Hydroxide
* Coconut, vegetable, or plant derived
I had very high expectations for this shampoo’s ingredients since Briogeo has a reputation for using only the best ingredients in their hair care products. I found that, while most of the ingredients are naturally-derived, they aren’t all good. There is a mix of good and bad ingredients. I’ll start with the good!
- Coconut oil
- Moisturizes and seals in moisture
- Penetrates hair very well
- Microcrystalline Cellulose
- Gentle exfoliating powder
- Panthenol (provitamin B5)
- Moisturizer and humectant
- Charcoal powder
- Absorbs excess oil
- Tea tree oil
Almost half of the ingredients are pretty standard shampoo ingredients like cleansing agents, texture-enhancers, and preservatives. There is nothing wrong with these and they definitely help this product to get its job done.
Unfortunately, I found that there are five “bad” ingredients. These are all added to give the product a pleasant fragrance:
- Peppermint oil (Briogeo claims that peppermint oil is soothing to the scalp, but it is actually a known skin-irritant)
- Ginger root oil
- Spearmint leaf oil
- Menthyl Lactate
- Fragrance (Parfum)
This shampoo smells minty and wonderfully invigorating. It’s especially nice in the morning when you need something to help you feel refreshed and ready for the day.
However, that minty goodness comes from five ingredients that could be very irritating or sensitizing for some people. I do like that all of the added fragrance comes from natural sources except for “parfum” which is very far down the ingredients list.
I don’t think most people will have an issue with the added fragrance in this product, especially since shampoo does not stay in contact with the skin for very long. However, people with sensitive skin should avoid this product to prevent possible irritation.
This shampoo is packaged in a plastic jar. The shampoo itself is a very thick creamy, almost whipped texture, so I assume that is why they packaged it in a jar instead of a bottle. The jar is fine, but I do think they should make it easier to open with wet hands by adding ridges to the lid. The lid is smooth plastic so it is difficult to grip when your hands are wet.
One of the first times I used this shampoo, I was struggling to get the lid off and ended up dropping the jar and losing a lot of product. I was not happy! To avoid that problem now, I keep the lid screwed on loosely so it’s always easy to open.
This product is quite pricey at $42.00 for only 8 ounces ($5.25/ounce). Also, if you have thick hair and want to use this shampoo often, it probably won’t last very long. I have to use a lot of product to wash all of my hair, which is long and thick. To stretch a jar of this shampoo further, I usually only use it on the top of my head and use my regular shampoo for the rest of my hair.
While I don’t enjoy paying $42.00 for this shampoo, I do think it’s worth the price. It’s a unique product that is very effective!
I’m currently on my second jar of Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. It cleans my hair like nothing else I’ve found. No matter how much oil or dry shampoo I have built up on my scalp, this shampoo washes it completely clean!
I’d recommend this shampoo to anyone (without sensitive skin) struggling to find a shampoo that cleans and purifies sufficiently. You will not regret giving it a try! 🙂
Have you tried this exfoliating shampoo or found anything similar? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!