I don’t do much in the hair department (styling skills? What’s that?), but I am picky about the basic hair care products I use. My sensitive scalp needs a soothing shampoo, and my very long hair needs all the moisturization it can get. I had been eyeing Phyto products for a while earlier this year. When an opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it and tried *Phytoapaisant Soothing Treatment Shampoo and *Subtle Elixir!
Just in case Phyto is new to you, it is a French pharmaceutical hair care brand that uses plant extracts in their products. “Natural” is an abstract concept in the cosmetic industry. However, going through the ingredient lists, I have to acknowledge they are different from most!
Phytoapaisant Soothing Treatment Shampoo (200ml/6.7 oz. It goes for around 12 euros on Farmaline, a Belgium-based online pharmacy) comes in an aluminum bottle. The consistency of the shampoo is liquid enough to pour out easily, but not so liquid that I often end up with too much on my palm. This shampoo is formulated to treat sensitive and irritated scalp. It has a slightly herbal scent that is very very light. Foaming agent is not high on the ingredient list here. For me personally, it foams up just enough!
Phytoapaisant Soothing Treatment Shampoo cleanses without drying my scalp or hair out. My scalp has been pretty calm for the past couple of months, despite the fact that the seasons are changing. All in all, it is a mild and reasonably-priced shampoo that I will for sure repurchase!
I usually use a nourishing pre-shampoo treatment in my hair. If I have the time to leave it in overnight, I use an oil (I used to use Caudalie Divine Oil). If I don’t, I reach for Kérastase Iris Royal Immersion Nutritive. Having tried Phyto Subtil Elixir (75ml/2.5 oz. It goes for around 23 euros on Farmaline) however, I have to say it is a new favorite!
Phyto Subtil Elixir has a sweet floral smell. One major doubt I had about this was that I would go through the 75ml bottle in several weeks. It turned out that it doesn’t take much each time for this thick, viscous oil to cover the length I have (believe you me, it’s long now. Without the wave, it is almost waist-length). That’s why I still have about half a bottle left 2 months later!
I apply Phyto Subtil Elixir liberally to the drier parts of my hair before bedtime (like most conditioners, masks, and so on, you probably don’t need it on your scalp). When I get up in the morning, if I have some more time before I take a shower, I add a little more to the ends. It doesn’t simply coat the hair with silicone or paraffin (there’s nothing wrong with that, especially if a quick fix is all you have the time for). It nourishes it with oil and egg yolk extract!
All in all, color me impressed! I would love to explore more Phyto products, and these two are definitely on my re-buy list!
Have you tried Phyto? I think what impresses me the most about the brand is that it strikes a balance between natural and effective, which I personally find pretty rare when it comes to hair products!
Here are the ingredient lists if you guys are curious:
Phytoapaisant Soothing Treatment Shampoo:
Phyto Subtil Elixir: