Since in my Insta Q&As most of you have hair care related queries, I decided to review this awesome product asap. The product I am talking about is the G.Tox scalp scrub shampoo from the brand Goop.
Goop is a brand by Gwyneth Paltrow, the wonderful actress from movies like Iron Man, Shakespeare in love, Emma; which are my favorites. I have mentioned the Nuxe lip balm in many posts and I buy it from cultbeauty, when they have free shipping offer. I came to know of this product first from my fellow formulator, Utkarshini. So next time I got the lipbalm, I added this as well to the cart.
What is special about this Salt Scalp Scrub shampoo? (oooh that’s a tongue twister)
Unlike the regular shampoos that comes in cream, gel or lotion form, this Goop shampoo is a whipped cream that has scrubby Himalayan salt for exfoliation. The texture is very thick, which means that the 200ml tub is going to last forever because you need just a pea size to scrub and cleanse your scalp.
Salt, Water, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Coconut Acid, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Canarium Luzonicum Gum Nonvolatiles, Orange Peel Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Schinus Terebinthifolius Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Isostearate, Glycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Maltodextrin, Triethyl Citrate, Dimethyl Heptenal
Why scalp exfoliation is important?
Just like how exfoliating the skin on our body is important to aid cell turnover, scalp exfoliation helps in clearing the oil and dead skin build up. This helps in clearing the dandruff and also reduces thinning of hair follicles due to clogged pores. All the sweat, dead skin, various hair care products and pollution leaves the residue on the scalp which has to be cleared for the health of hair.
But if you have psoriasis, infections, dermatitis, eczema and similar skin conditions, you should stay away from scrubby products and use gentle cleansers instead.
Is this a new trend?
Definitely not. This was a lifestyle for our grandparents, who used natural bath powders and hair wash powders. These powders when massaged on scalp helped in gentle exfoliation and leaves the scalp squeaky clean. When it came to our generation, we stopped this practise and started relying on aesthetically appealing synthetic products that are easy to apply and wash off, but just makes the pH of our skin and its health go for a toss.
Now an exfoliant need not be a salt scrub itself. Exfoliants like Salicylic acid or Glycolic acid can be used as well, but ensure that you use them in the right concentration that suits your scalp.
My take on the Goop Gtox Shampoo
One of the best hair cleansers I have tried so far. I have had a hard time finding a hair cleanser that is gentle, non-stripping and that which leaves hair soft and clean. This ticks all those check boxes.
Take a pea sized amount of the product and massage it on the wet scalp. The salt in the product is non abrasive, but still be gentle when you massage it. The product lathers up well and makes a thick creamy lather. It is easy to wash off. Hair feels clean and soft after air drying, basically beach hair. The salt really helps in volumizing the hair. It keeps the scalp from getting too oily for next few days which is great for people whose hair falls limp after a day or two of hair wash.
The best thing about this cleanser is that you just have to take a spoon full of product in a small container and you can carry it in your purse without worrying about any leakage. The consistency is so travel friendly.
How to make most of the shampoo?
Definitely this product is a luxury buy. It is quite expensive and doesn’t make sense as a daily use product. Using this once or twice a week is sufficient and incase you use hair cleanser daily, you can use a natural budget friendly gentle hair wash on other days.
Is this a great product -> Definitely
Do you “need” it -> Not really
Will I repurchase it -> 100%, until I figure out how to formulate this.
Probably try mixing some well milled Himalayan pink salt with your gentle shampoo and see if that works.