You know how you get those people who are all like ‘Bleh! I hate lip gloss/lipstick/foundation with a scent!’ Well, I’m not one of those people. I actually almost feel a little cheated if I whip open a zexy new gloss and it doesn’t boast some kind of yummilicious fragrance. And a flavour’s even better. Also, things that have fragrance have never really bothered my skin. I’m not the sensitive type.
Still, there are loads of people who don’t appreciate anything extra added to their products, be it due to allergies or just a preference and if that’s you you’re going to want to know about Philip Kingsley’s No Scent No Colour sham and con. The name’s pretty self explanatory – it’s going to wash and condition your hair and you’re not going to walk about smelling like an Amazonian rain forest – just clean.
The backstory here is that when trichologist* Philip’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, he became more aware of the lack of ultra mild products on the shelf so he whipped up paraben-free No Scent No Colour to gentle cleanse without the foaming agent sodium lauryl sulphate. Instead, it uses tea lauryl sulphate that still lathers, but doesn’t produce a lot of foam.
I’ve used the duo twice now and really liked how it cleansed in a way that left my hair feeling clean yet with just the right amount of hydration so that it was easy to brush while wet but still felt bouncy while dry.
At R419,95 for the shampoo and R499,95 for the conditioner (250mls each), it’s not exactly pocket-friendly, but if using incredibly gentle products free of any potential irritants is very important to you, you could consider it an investment. Also, there is a smaller size available if you’d like to try before you buy, but at R217 for 75ml, you’re getting a lot more bang for your buck if you go big.
*That’s fancy speak for hair doc. Just so you know.