Wednesday, January 16, 2013

REVIEW -- DermOrganic Argan Hair Products

Hey everyone! Today I have a MEGA review for you! It's 9 products from the DermOrganic line of Argan Hair and Skin Treatments! (I received all hair products.) Since this post is going to have so much info, I'm just going to dive right in!

Also, sorry for the quality of the product pictures. It's been completely rainy and overcast here, so I had no natural light to take pictures with! I did the best I could with a lamp, but they're just not quite the same. :(
DermOrganic Argan Hair Oil Treatments are the new beauty ritual for unparalleled performance. Their argan oil is cold pressed from the fruit of the Argan tree, and is rich in omega-6, antioxidants, and vitamin E. It creates a protective barrier against the damaging effects of heat, sun, and wind to restore a healthy and natural shine. 

These professional formulas combine the healing properties of the ancient and highly revered argan oil with the advanced therapeutic qualities of rice amino acids and grapeseed extract to repair, smooth, and soften hair.

DermOrganic products are:
  • Vegan
  • Not tested on animals
  • Free of artificial preservatives
  • Sulfate & Gluten free
  • Free of sodium chloride, salt, MEA, DEA, or dyes
  • Paraben free
  • Propylene Glycol free
  • pH balanced (4.5-5.5)
The DermOrganic products are available in Ulta stores and online at, at the DermOrganic website, and through various distributors.

Since I have 9 products to review for you, I'm going to include a brief description and my thoughts under a picture of each product.

12 fl oz, $16

The Daily Conditioning Shampoo looks, smells, and feels exactly like white public bathroom hand soap... which makes sense because "it's the shampoo made with skin cleansers!" It is sulfate free and safe for color treated hair. It's enriched with omega-6, panthenol, rice keratin, and antioxidants.

Even though it's sulfate free, it DOES lather, which I appreciate. There's just something about lather that makes me think my hair is getting cleaner.. does anyone else feel that way?! Overall, it cleaned my hair well enough, but didn't leave it feeling super luxurious, or even that conditioned at all. To me, my hair felt similar to after I've used a clarifying shampoo on it, although this is NOT a clarifying shampoo.

10.1 fl oz, $16

The Daily Hydrating Conditioner is supposed to:
  • Eliminate tangles
  • Prevent flyaways
  • Control frizz
  • Improve slip and brushability
  • Be lightweight and rinse clean
  • Neutralize static
  • Keep hair manageable
  • Be pH balanced and color safe for everyday use
This one smells like a slightly more cherry version of the white public bathroom hand soap. But I will say that my hair did feel better after using the conditioner than it did after just using the shampoo. Although it did NOT help detangle my hair. At all. Whenever I test a new product line, I put all of my other normal products aside and just use the particular line that I'm testing, but after the first day I had to break down and use some Suave No More Tears for kids to get the knots out of my hair. I just couldn't do it without some type of additional help.

8.5 fl oz, $16

The Intensive Hair Repair Masque smells like a slightly spicier version of the shampoo. I promise I'll stop comparing everything to bathroom hand soap soon! It is enriched with omega-6, antioxidants, rice keratin amino acids, and essential lipids.

This one is supposed to:
  • Repair damaged hair
  • Smooth and soften
  • Strengthen and texturize
  • Fortify and improve elasticity

What I like about this one is that you only have to leave it on for 1 minute, so if you're running late in the shower and you don't have the 5-7 minutes to sit like you would with a normal intensive masque, you can use this one and still be out the door on time with fabulous hair. You're supposed to use it twice a week, but it is also safe to use daily instead of conditioner.

I find that this one does a better job at conditioning my hair than the Daily Hydrating Conditioner, and  actually makes my hair a bit easier to detangle, too. If you're used to using a very rich, thick conditioner every day, or you were only wanting to buy one conditioner from the line.. I would pick this one.

4 fl oz, $25

The Leave-In Treatment is a thin oil that smells like black cherry...scented soap. It's made with Certified Argan Oil of Morocco, and enriched with omega-6 and antioxidants. 

It's supposed to:
  • Add incredible softness and shine
  • Protect hair from thermal damage
  • Speed drying time by up to 30%
  • Restore optimal moisture balance
  • Revitalize and repair
The oil is light-weight and absorbed quickly into my oily, fine, porous hair. I use about a dime sized amount and it didn't weigh it down or make it look greasy. I can't say that drying time was MUCH improved, but it might have been a bit faster than normal.

3.4 fl oz, $19.99

The Leave-In Spray Therapy is almost like a dry-oil version of the Leave-In Treatment. It even smells the same! It also promises pretty much the same things as the Leave-In Treatment:
  • Easy application for long hair
  • Adds softness and shine
  • Eliminates frizz and improves slip
  • Improves blow drying time
  • Ideal for use with hot irons
  • Seals cuticle and protects color
I feel like if you have one, you don't really need the other as far as the Leave-In Treatment and Leave-In Spray are concerned. The spray is thinner, lighter, and easier to use and touch up with than the actual oil treatment is, and that's about the biggest difference that I see between the two. For testing purposes, I used both in conjunction on wet, towel dried hair and my hair (oily, fine, porous) did not look greasy at all afterwards.

5 fl oz, $15

The Firm Hold Volume Foam smells a bit citrus-y, and NOT like soap at all! It is alcohol free, non-aerosol, made with 3 UV inhibitors, and Enriched with omega-6, lipids, antioxidants, vitamin E, and panthenol.

It promises to:
  • Provide all day root lifting power
  • Thicken and amplify
  • Define curls and waves
  • Add volume, support, and shine
  • Maintain style after brushing
  • Provide humidity resistance
  • Provide heat protection
  • Guard against color fading
As a long time devotee of both Big Sexy's Root Pump and Root Pump Plus Volumizing Foam, I was interested to see how the DermOrganics compared. Especially because it's alcohol free. Well, I'll be honest with you.. that alcohol is kind of necessary for the product to dry quickly without turning into a sticky mess. Every time I used the Firm Hold Volume Foam, I had to blast my roots with the hair dryer to get the stuff to dry. And I only used one pump.

It provides decent lift and volume at the start of the day, but my hair was usually flat after about 4 hours. It could be the humid Georgia weather, or the fact that it's been almost consistently rainy.. who knows? I didn't try scrunching my curls with it, but that might be a more effective use of the product.

4 fl oz, $17

The Windswept Defining Whip smells JUST like Dimetapp. Or a grape Jolly Rancher. Maybe they smell the same?! I thought this would be like a defining paste, but it's actually for curls!

It's supposed to:
  • Separate and define
  • Add bounce and movement
  • Control frizz
  • Create definition without crispiness
  • Make hair smooth and supple
I tried to come up with nice things to say about this one, but it just did not work for my hair at ALL. I tried it by itself.. and it didn't hold any curl in my hair, leaving it limp and lifeless. I looked like I'd been caught out in a thunderstorm and my curls had been completely drenched and fallen flat. The next day, I tried it again with a medium hold spray gel. I had very weak, limp curls that were more like extremely relaxed waves. 

While it's true that it doesn't leave your hair crunchy, my hair apparently needs a little crunch to hold it's curl pattern and structure. I think if you were an ACTUAL "naturally curly" girl (you know, spirals/ringlets), this would be amazing. And it truly does smell great. It just doesn't work for me one bit. :\

3.4 fl oz, $17

The Texture Taffy just smells. It has a fragrance, but neither my husband nor I could place it until the product was used.. then it turns decidedly fruity. Since this is more his type of product than mine, I handed this one over to him and let him test it for the review.

The Texture Taffy is supposed to:
  • Be pliable and fibrous
  • Create manipulative, layered looks
  • Provide textured styling without stiffness
  • Provide superior memory and flexible control
  • Design and redefine
  • Have a matte and malleable finish
Since my husband is a pretty low-maintenance guy, he was pleased enough with how simple the Texture Taffy is to use, and that you can vary how much you emulsify it between your hands to better control the level of control that you want. 1 versatile product that can replace having separate light hold and firm hold pastes? He counts that as a definite win.

The Taffy does actually dry down to a matte finish, but it does make the hair look wet or damp. It gives his hair a finished look and provides all day hold, even on rainy days with him taking animals outside repeatedly to use the bathroom at work.

1.5 fl oz, $8

I received two of these? Not quite sure why, but I'm not complaining! I can keep one in my purse for on-the-go touchups and the other one at home! Again, this is another product that just smells.. like hairspray. It lingers for a few minutes after use, but not very much. However, if you have pets.. be wary of using it around them. All four of our pets (2 cats, 2 dogs) either immediately started hacking or sneezing whenever I used this with them in the same room. I've never seen any of them do it with any other hairspray, so I'm definitely going to make sure I use it away from them in the future!

The Fast Dry Shaping Spray promises to:
  • Dry on contact
  • Be able to be brushed through while blow dry styling
  • Have ultra-fine mist for inside-out support
  • Provide all day hold for all hair types
  • Maintain shape after brushing
  • Be humidity resistant and color safe
  • Have anti-fade extracts to protect color
I've used this to control flyaways, and provide a good solid, all-over hold for top knots. I like it for both uses. It's a firm hold, but not like glue. You can still brush through it, and it does retain a level of hold afterwards. It dries matte, and doesn't give you that "slicked back" look. If I had to pinpoint it, I would call it a medium hold hairspray, and I have definitely been needing one of those! This fills that bill perfectly.

Are you still with me?! I know I just gave you a LOT of information! And there's also a Sculpting Spray Gel in the line that I didn't receive to review.

Overall, I like the DermOrganic products, but I don't really love any of them.. except for the Fast Dry Shaping Spray. There are definitely some overlapping products in the line where if you have one, you don't need the similar one, and I've shared those thoughts with you in the itemized reviews above.

I think if you're looking for any of the specific requirements of the line (vegan, cruelty free, pH balanced, paraben/gluten/sulfate free, etc.), then it is a fantastic choice, and that's usually why I recommend it to customers at work.

Maybe it's my pregnancy hair? Because my hair has legitimately changed throughout the course of my pregnancy. Maybe it's the dreary, drizzly Georgia weather? I'm not sure. I'm giving these 3 out of 5 stars. I think they're good products, unfortunately they're just not great for me. I plan on retesting them again post-delivery, once my hair finally returns to "normal" and see how they do then. I'll update with those results when I have them!
RATING: 3.0 out of 5 STARS


  1. Pammy Blogs BeautyJanuary 16, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    I wonder if this line might be geared more towards dry/damaged hair? My hair adores this line (but I believe we have different hair types). I remember that my hair got so oily during pregnancy. So, I think there really is something to "pregnancy hair". I typically wash my hair every other day or every 3 days...but, when I was pregnant I had to wash it every single day. :)

  2. I'm bummed that they didn't work out the way that you wanted them to. I actually loved all of the products on this line because I feel like they made my hair shiny and soft and didn't weigh down my locks.Maybe you'll feel better about them when your back to your old self again?

  3. Ooooo thanks for sharing lady! That hair masque sounds awesome. Talk soon

  4. You're welcome, love! Glad to see you back in the blogosphere! We've missed you! xoxo

  5. I am too! I still think it's a great line, just.. not for me. I will agree that they also made my hair soft and shiny, but I didn't really feel like it hydrated my hair, and I couldn't deal with the tangles! I'm definitely willing to give them another try at a later date, though. Hopefully they will work better for me then. Thanks for your comment! ♥

  6. Pam, that's what I'm wondering too! It didn't make my hair awful in any way, I just didn't feel like it HELPED it at all. You know what I mean? Does it seem to help your tangles at all? (I was reading your paddle brush comparison post earlier!) It made mine about a hundred times worse, and my hair is already crazy prone to them to begin with!

    And yes, I'm an every day hair washing girl to begin with, but pregnancy seems to have changed my hair in the sense that other shampoos I loved pre-pregnancy do nothing for me now, and shampoos that were so-so for me before are AMAZING now. So weird, how much your body changes, isn't it?!