A new brand came to Selfridges over the summer, and seen as my sister and I were in London, we were lucky enough to try the new hair care line: Concoctions Shampoo.
Concoctions shampoo--only stocked in Selfridges--is the brand from an ex The Apprentice contestant, Alex Epstein. His product is specifically shampoo (£14 per bottle), which is branded as a crafted wash for your hair type. I have to say it is bespoke; the shampoo is a mix of a base ingredient, which is then spiced up with a number of essential oils and 'secret concoctions' such as 'superserum', and silk for 'dry', 'bushy', 'greasy' or 'fine' hair.
Parabens free and it claims to be enriched with essential oils, but those claims don't wash with me. In my scepticism I tried the shampoo, and was pleasantly surprised.
My black pepper and citrus shampoo truly smelt like pepper and orange, and cleaned deep-down to my roots. I've heard black pepper is great for your skin, but I never imagined it would be good for my scalp. Smelling fresh and citrusy I worked the shampoo into a light lather and felt my scalp come 'alive', It sounds silly, but that is exactly how it felt.
The shampoo itself comes out clear, which is common in a lot of natural hair products, so I knew it was free from unnecessary additives - my hair was in good hands.
Once I'd washed my curly mane my hair was squeeky-clean, and each curl looked defined, even after an hour of it being dry, and that is rare when I usually condition my hair to ensure tendril-definition.
The staff at Concoctions make a real fuss over the product, which I think is quite nice because you don't normally get such a service when you're buying shampoo at your nearest drug store. It comes packaged in a box, and with a guiding leaflet for your hair type. I didn't need the leaflet, however, because I was solely concerned with the shampoo, and (thankfully), it did the job.
Concoctions Black Pepper and Citrus shampoo makes your hair (curly, straight, lank, or flyaway), clean as a whistle, and after an evening out - when your hair is looking less shiny - clean hair is what you need. I only used about the size of a 50p piece to wash my hair, and it cleaned all of my hair, from root to tip, and got rid of the horrible second-hand smoke which had coated my curly barnet all evening.
It's an impressive shampoo which does exactly what you want - not bad for a product from an ex-contestant, not bad at all.